Earth Day Fair and Parade

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Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! Earth Day Fair & Parade kicks off with a colorful, creative parade of children and adults costumed as their favorite plant or animal. This year, we’ll be revealing two very special “Earth Guardian” costumes! Join the fun and get ready for the parade by creating your own …

Christmas Lights Paddle through the Old Mill

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Every year Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes and kayaks in holiday garb and paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for the Annual Christmas Lights Paddle in the Old Mill District. This is one of those events that gets the whole town in the spirit and feels very authentic to Bend. Paddlers should meet us …

Sunriver Grand Illumination

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Join us as we kick-off the 18th Annual Traditions Holiday Celebration at our Sunriver Grand Illumination lighting ceremony, parade and fireworks! This year’s event will be fun for the entire family and will include a visit from Santa, live music, children’s craft projects, sleigh rides, entertainment from Mr. Magic, face painting, works from select local artisans and huggable characters. Grab …

Don’t Miss the Sunriver Grand Illumination

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* Sunriver Resort brings on the fun this Saturday at their annual Sunriver Grand Illumination event. This is an outdoor event featuring a “North Pole” tent, which is heated & offers tons of fun for the little ones!   Last year, our kiddos enjoyed holiday crafts, face painting & magic! There were also cool local artisans, a few food trucks and a bar for …

4th of July Parade & Festival

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The 4th of July in Bend is amazing! And it’s a lovely reminder that we live in a small town with festivities that are fun, convenient, safe and easy to access. That’s something that is hard to find in bigger cities. Even through we are a vacation destination and summer brings loads of tourists to Bend, I am still in …

Bend Christmas Parade

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The place to be on Saturday at noon was downtown at the annual Bend Christmas Parade! Parade Floats and participants ranged from Smokey the Bear, to the Polar Express, to Roller Derby Girls…and everything in between!                         I can’t forget to mention the garbage truck carrying Santa’s sleigh full …

Sunriver’s Grand Illumination

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We spent the day after Thanksgiving at the North Pole! Sunriver Resort brings on the fun at their annual Grand Illumination event. A blanket of snow covered the landscape which set the scene for a beautiful event. Upon arrival, we hit the “North Pole” tent, which was heated & offered tons of fun for the little ones with crafts, face …