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Discover Nature Festival | Sept. 17 | Alpenglow Park | Free

Discover Nature Festival celebrates the diversity of ways that we all connect with nature. The event happens from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will provide something for everyone, including nature arts and crafts, STEM activities, outdoor recreation, music, food, and more. Bring your family out to try a new outdoor activity, connect with amazing community organizations, and learn how we can all help take care of our environment and community. The event is made possible by 20+ community partners, including Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest.  A huge thank you to our presenting sponsor, The Gear Fix!


2022 Winter Solstice Celebration | Dec. 16 | The Pavilion | All Ages

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.

solstice bear small

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

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Kids Triathlon | Ages: 4 – 15 | 2023 dates TBD

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.

Movies & Music in the Park | All ages | Free | Summer 2023

Nothing beats a movie under the stars! Join us each summer for our annual Movies & Music in the park events. Enjoy games and craft fun starting at 7 p.m. Movies begin at 8.

Fun on the Fly! | Fridays during the summer | 2023 dates TBD

Crafts, games, sports, play…It’s Fun on the Fly!

Each Friday of the summer, BPRD will bring fun to your neighborhood and provide children the opportunity to participate in crafts, water play, field games, sports activities and much more.

Come enjoy these great recreational activities with your neighbors at no cost. Bilingual staff will be present (English & Spanish)

Kids Triathlon Event Details

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

4th of July Pet Parade | All ages | Free

In partnership with the City of Bend, the July 4th Pet Parade is a community tradition since 1924 (it’s 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.

Parade Lineup: 9:00 am ★ Parade: 10:00 am

Parade in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, bikes or trikes or watch all the action on the new parade route.

a pig dressed in a red white and blue tutu

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.


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