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Bend Park and Recreation District Community Events

The District offers several community events each year including our Old Fashioned July 4th Pet Parade & Festival, Discover Nature Day, Wellness Fair and more!

BPRD’s ‘For the Health of It’ Health & Wellness Fair returns June 14

Make plans to attend the ‘For the Health of It’ Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, June 14, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. outdoors at Larkspur Community Center. This is the first health fair since 2019 and everyone at BPRD is pleased to bring it back to our community.

You’re invited to join Bend Park and Recreation District and more than 50 health and wellness providers for a free, fun-filled afternoon focused on your health including free health screenings and give-a-ways.

Bring your appetite with you as PacificSource Health Plans is hosting a free community barbecue.

Look for more details to come in the June newsletter.

Interested in being a vendor? Call Larkspur Community Center at (541) 388-1133 for more information.

Vendor and Sponsor Information

Vendor applications will be available TBD. Use the contact information below to learn more about being a sponsor or event vendor.

For more information, contact:

Brenda Chilcott
Facility Manager

Email Brenda Chilcott

Health and Wellness Fair

4th of July Pet Parade returns for 2022!

A Community Tradition in Downtown Bend since the 1930s – now designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The parade was canceled in 1943 due to World War II and in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

We’re looking forward to hosting this event in 2022!

2022 Parade Information

New Route! 

The 2022 4th of July Pet Parade will feature a new route, similar to the routes used for Bend’s Veteran’s Day and Christmas Parade. Map coming soon!

Parade Participants:

  • Kids of all ages are invited to participate.
  • Dress in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, floats, bikes or trikes.
  • There’s even limited keepsake Pet Parade buttons available!

Parade Categories:

  • Big Dogs
  • Little Dogs
  • Big Bikes
  • Wagons & Wheels – little bikes, trikes, strollers, scooters, skateboards and wagons
  • Odds & Ends – includes other animals like horses, cattle, llamas, goats, guinea pigs, reptiles and more!

Parking Information

Details about parking coming soon!

goat at pet parade

Fun on the Fly! | Dates TBD

Coming Summer 2022.

Look for more information to come about this great BPRD mobile program coming to a neighborhood near you.

Summer Fun Fridays | All ages | Free | Dates TBD

Coming Summer 2022.

Look for more information about BPRD hosting movies and music in a park near you!

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Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Kids Triathlon | Ages: 4 – 15 | August 28

Swim! Bike! Run! Do a triathlon! The swimming portion of this non-timed event will be held in the safety of a supervised pool.

The mountain biking and running portions will be held in Juniper Park.

The event focuses on sportsmanship and making new friends. All abilities are welcome.

Build your skills and get ready for the race by signing up for one of the four weekly clinics.

Kids Triathlon Event Details

 Tentative Event Schedule for 2021:

  • 8:00 am – JSFC opens
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Onsite registration available (may be limited)
  • 9:00 am – Mandatory athlete meeting
  • 9:30 am – Triathlon begins

Race Lengths:

  • 4 – 6 year olds:  25 meter swim, 1/3 mile bike, 400 yard run
  • 7 – 9 year olds:  50 meter swim, 1 mile bike, 800 yard run
  • 10 – 12 year olds:  100 meter swim, 1.5 mile bike, 1 mile run
  • 13 – 15 year olds:  200 meter swim, 2 mile bike, 1.5 mile run

Holiday Craft & Gift Bazaar – FREE | 2022 Dates TBD

Join for more than 11,000 square feet of holiday shopping! Local crafters, gift sellers and artisans with unique one-of-a-kind wares for sale.

Vendor and Sponsor Information

Vendor applications are available here. Use the contact information below to learn more about being a sponsor or event vendor.

For more information, contact:

Brenda Chilcott
Facility Manager

Email Brenda Chilcott

2022 Winter Solstice Celebration | All ages | Free | Dates TBD

Bend Park and Recreation District’s ice rink will celebrate the shortest day of the year with a Winter Solstice Celebration. With twinkling lights to welcome winter’s delights, ice skaters will enjoy treats and a special figure skating performance by Bend Ice Figure Skating Club.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for NeighborImpact to receive a special $6 admission price including skate rental. NeighborImpact’s Food Bank needs these nutritious foods: canned meats, canned and boxed meals, peanut butter, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and fruit juice.

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Community Events in Parks

Looking for an event being held in a Bend Park? Here is a calendar of organized, community events. If you are looking for upcoming Bend Park and Recreation District public and free outreach events, check our events page.

For more information on each event, click on the event’s Details Link for further event details and event website link.

 

May 21, 2022
May 22, 2022
June 4, 2022