Santa is in Downtown Bend every Saturday in December until Christmas. He arrives in Downtown Bend at 6:55 p.m. on Friday, December 1 during the Community Tree Lighting. Saturday, December 2 he will be in the Annual Downtown Bend Christmas Parade. After the parade, he will be available until 4 p.m. for free visits and photos with kids.
Come sing your face off in this fun, non-threatening group where people of all skill levels have the chance to sing loud. No experience needed. Contemporary Rock and Pop music, no hymns. The first time is free. SingBend.com
December's Jazz at the Riverhouse is a double bill featuring pianists and composers Darrell Grant and David Goldblatt. They round out the band with Chris Brown, Dave Captein and John Nastos. Riverhouse.com
Droids Camp is back! Kids ages five to eight can have fun and learn about science and engineering as they explore the various elements of physics (motion, force, gravity, etc.), drive full size robots, play games and much more. Dates are Wednesday, January 3 and 4, 12-4 p.m. Team753.com
Come join the downtowners as they celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists, many of which specialize is glass blowing. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda, and demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!
Kids get JSFC to themselves as they play in the pool, participate in crafts and games, and watch a movie under the supervision of the trained and caring staff. Snacks provided. $14 in-district, $17 Out-of-district. BendParksAndRec.org
This is a great opportunity for any level skier to get some tips to further their ability. Mini-clinics start every 30 minutes. Plan to arrive a few minutes before your preferred start time (1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 2 p.m.). Classic Cross Country Skiers of any level are welcome. Donations encouraged. MeissnerNordic.org
The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest and OSU-Cascades are partnering to offer educational opportunities for OSU-Cascades Students and the public. A lecture series called “The Greatest Good” will feature presentations from land managers and specialists from the Deschutes National Forest on a variety of topics in natural resources. Free. DiscoverYourForest.org
A unique mix of products, services, demo’s, special offers, prizes, raffles, shopping, music, food, libations and fun! Also, a great networking experience after hours along with some fantastic deals! Free.
Enjoy a night of jazz from George Colligan, Buster Williams, and Lenny White. Come catch one of the top trios in the country. Riverhouse.com
The OXFORD hotel and the Bend community will welcome an incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists over five separate weekends. Their tradition of featuring unique and innovative talent who rarely has the opportunity to play in Bend continues. OxfordHotelBend.com
Enjoy tubing runs under black light and colorful laser lights. Have fun with glow sticks, illuminated runs, hot chocolate and more. Reservations required. $15 public; $12 SROA with Member Preference ID. SunriverSharc.com
Don’t miss this breathtaking artistic performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Hailing from China, these athletes, actors and artists combine award winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary music with theatrical techniques. Shows on January 16 and 17. $27 - $47. TowerTheater.org
Jump start the new year with a yoga retreat in charming Sisters. Join them for four days and three nights of active fun, restful contemplation, and connecting to nature, all from the comfort of the beautiful FivePine Lodge. FivePineLodge.com
Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country’s top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author’s current works, literature and writing process. All proceeds benefit the Deschutes Public Library. Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, among others. DPFoundation.org