Fall is officially in full effect. It’s time to start thinking about which sweaters and scarves to wear to which Central Oregon activities. And lucky for us, there’s no shortage of fall fun as we make our way through this transition season.
If you’re wondering what might you do this season, look no further and enjoy some of these amazing events in the area.
October at Smith Rock Ranch, All of October
Smith Rock Ranch is a real working farm, specializing in producing carrot, onion, and blue grass seed. As well as wheat, hay, pumpkins, and squash which are sold throughout the state of Oregon and beyond. During October they open their farm to the public and provide family friendly activities to celebrate the fall season, with pumpkin cannons, a corn maize and much more.
Pumpkin Patch, All of October
Another event out by Smith Rock, DD Ranch hosts the Pumpkin Patch every October. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, kids corral, hay maze, DD Dirt Express, hay ride, potato cannon, cowboy arcade, and too many other activities to list.
The New Chinese Acrobats, October 2 & 3
The New Chinese Acrobats will be at the Tower Theater this season. These mind-boggling performers represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, this show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.
ScaleHouse Voices: Rick Silva, October 3
ScaleHouse Voices is a series of talks at OSU Cascades featuring visiting artists, exploring ideas and techniques, practice and process, creativity and culture. Rick Silva will be featured October 3 to discuss his latest work, a journey through southern Nevada and Utah using drones to document public lands and sacred sites that are being slashed and sold of by the current administration.
Fall Festival, October 5-7
Fall Fest is a hoot of a time and kickstarts our season by taking over the streets of downtown Bend. This two-day festival is chock-full of activities fit for the whole family. It features a harvest market, play zone for kiddos, pumpkin painting, gourmet food and all the beer and wine you could ask for. There’s a concert each night and this year you can find Redwood Son, Watkins Glen and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Harvest Festival at the High Desert Museum, October 6
Head to the High Desert Museum to help The Miller family. The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and needs your help to prepare for winter. Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and even pickle some eggs. Help make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons!
October”Feast” Beer & Brat Garden, October 6
Join friends, neighbors and visitors for a special October”Feast” Beer & Brat Garden at C.E. Lovejoy’s Brookswood Market! There’ll be free live music by “Off The Record” (classic rock), hot homemade brats, tasty local brews and wine. Celebrate fall the Lovejoy’s way.
Swivel Digital + Creative Conference, October 8-9
The Swivel Digital + Creative Conference attracts some of the most dynamic speakers and innovative thinkers across the country and one of few conferences where you can actually hob nob with the speakers directly. Swivel is a boutique conference experience offering cutting-edge digital marketing trends and tactics along with plenty of creative inspiration. They invite anyone whose livelihood involves the web, creative or marketing to explore mind-blowing topics. Get your tickets before they’re sold out!
BendFilm, October 11-14
Come mid-October, the city of Bend takes on a new look and that look is that of independent film. This year will be BendFilm’s fifteenth year, and to celebrate, the film festival is kicking it up a notch by hailing big names. Filmmakers and buffs from all over the country come to watch the curated list of independent films. Tickets sell out quickly so don’t forget to get yours!
Sisters Harvest Faire, October 13-14
This Sisters event has been going on for more than 35 years. Vendors selling handcrafted items line the streets in celebration of the changing season. Get local food, dance to live music and chat with artists in Sisters’ downtown.
Bend Venture Conference, October 18-19
BVC is a competition for entrepreneurs where great ideas and investors come together to create opportunities. The event features three competition categories: Early Stage, Growth Stage and Impact with five finalists selected for each. The conference is a whirlwind of creativity and engagement. And it sells out, so get your tickets asap!
Photography Workshop: Autumn in Central Oregon, October 20
Do you have an interest in photography and want to capture the shifting of seasons? This Day Photo Workshop, organized by the Cascade Center of Photography, features two sessions: a morning session sunrise at Sparks Lake and an evening session along the Deschutes River when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp and clear. Bring out your camer and join photographer, Douglas Bowser for this incredible experience.
Bend Photo Tours: Fall Foliage Workshop, October 21
Another photography opportunity, it’s no question that fall colors are a force to be reckoned with in Central Oregon and you’ll find the best places to get those colors. This epic day takes place along the McKenzie Pass where you’ll stop by waterfalls, trek along the river and take in all the stunning leaf changes. This workshop will include moderate hiking so head out prepared!
Bend Design Conference, October 25-27
Three days of talks, interactive workshops, hands-on exhibits, and collaboration-sparking conversations for everyone who’s curious about how design thinking can transcend job titles and help shape our shared future. Hear from innovative thinkers from a diverse range of disciplines and professions, exploring the processes, practices and impact of design thinking toward solving complex problems in new ways. Plus, Patty’s son, John, will be speaking!
Tales of Hallow’s Eve at the High Desert Museum, October 27
Kick off the Halloween weekend right with this High Desert Museum party. It will be a Halloween party like you’ve never seen! Live animals appear during dramatic readings of cautionary tales. Dare to enter into the haunted Spirit of the West exhibit. Family fun for all ages and costumes are definitely encouraged.
These are just a few of the events happening in October. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful season in Central Oregon. And for more happenings in the area, check out the Visit Bend event calendar.