The arts and entertainment culture is booming in Central Oregon. So many artists and creativity flowing through this little town that it’s hard to keep track of where you can find what.
From galleries to plays to music, there’s a lot happening. Check out the list below to get creative with where to find the creativity.
2nd Street Theater is a small venue with seating for 93-100 people that has been in operation since 2001. Past shows include Menopause the Musical, the longest running sold out show in Central Oregon history, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Odd Couple- female & male versions, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Same Time Next Year, and the cult classic, Evil Dead, the Musical. 2nd Street Theater is available for rent for special events, company meetings and outside production companies looking for an intimate, affordable setting.
9th Street Village is creating community which inspires collaboration between Central Oregon’s finest makers, artisans and designers all in one central location! It’s a coworking environment bridging tech to handmade and prototype to fine art, mixed with retail, classes, workshops, entertainment, food and drink.
Bend has more art galleries than you’d think. Experience art in the Old Mill District, Downtown Bend and Second Street, during the monthly First Friday Gallery Walk, and all throughout the month. Be sure to check-out the Old Ironworks District on Last Saturday. The First Friday Gallery Walk was created by the Bend Gallery Association over 20 years ago as a way to acquaint the community to the galleries. It has grown into a city-wide cultural event with many businesses joining in the fun. Galleries in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District kick-off their monthly shows on the First Friday of every month with an opening, inviting the public. Plan on making it a part of your monthly entertainment plan!
Right around the corner, October 11-14, BendFilm will celebrate 15 years of bringing independent film and new ways of thinking. Bend will transform from a recreational haven into a small town fascinated by the film industry’s soul. Gather to behold the work of the most talented independent filmmakers. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms, and party venues spark with the energy excited by the overwhelming presence of cinema. The event runs deeper than the marathon film-watching that fills guests’ schedules from dawn until, well… dawn. Everyone you see on the sidewalks, in the restaurants, and bars makes films, cares about them, or has an opinion about film.
The mission of Cascades Theatrical Company is to entertain audiences by providing theatre to all. CTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1978. They are a membership organization, where all aspects of our productions, on and offstage, are created by volunteers.
Get a full experience of the art, entertainment and culture Central Oregon has to offer by exploring the cultural diversity along the first of its kind Cultural Byways route. Plan your trip through Warm Springs, Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties, enjoying art, museums, history, performances, heritage, music, festivals, county fairs, quilts, rodeos and more!