Winter Solstice Celebration | 2023 date TBD | 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 welcomes any non-perishable food donations, but especially needs these nutritious foods: pasta, canned vegetables, canned tuna, canned fruit, soups and ready to eat meals.

cartoon bear ice skating

‘For the Health of It!’ Health & Wellness Fair | 2024 date TBD | Larkspur Community Center | All ages | Free

Join Bend Park and Recreation District and community providers for a free, fun-filled afternoon focused on your health including free health screenings and giveaways.

  • Dozens of health and wellness vendors.
  • Farmer’s Market with a variety of products.
  • Larkspur Community Center tours available.

Interested in being a vendor?

  • Review the Vendor Information packet.
  • Call Larkspur Community Center at (541) 388-1133 for more information.
Seniors milling about in a health fair.

Roller Pride | 2024 date TBD | The Pavilion

A dance party celebrating Pride and community with roller skating, music and good fun. The beats will be on, the fire pits going and the disco ball shining!

Friday event is all ages; Saturday is age 18+ with local brewery on site.

$10/person including skate rental.

Learn more about roller skating on The Pavilion webpage.

graphic of roller skate with rainbow accents and text of Roller Pride! at The Pavilion

4th of July Pet Parade | Downtown Bend | All ages | Free

In partnership with the City of Bend, the July 4th Pet Parade is a community tradition since 1924 and it’s now designated as an Oregon Heritage tradition.

Parade Lineup at Harmon Park begins: 9 a.m.
Parade begins: 10 a.m.
Ends at Drake Park

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.

Learn more about the July 4th Pet Parade.

Dalmations at Pet Parade

Summer Community Celebration | 2024 date TBD

Free recreation activities for children and families, music, community partner booths and more. Spanish-speaking staff on site.

Fun on the Fly! | Summer 2024 | All ages | Free

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).

Fridays at 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Kids Triathlon | Sunday, August 27, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | Ages: 4 – 15

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.

Sunday, August 27, 8:30 – 11:30 am

$29/in-district. Details and registration at

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

Kids riding bikes as part of a youth triathlon

Movies in the Park! | Summer 2024

Nothing beats a movie under the stars! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and join us each summer for our annual Movies in the Park event series.

  • Enjoy games and craft fun starting at 7 p.m.
  • Movies begin at 8 p.m.
  • Spanish-speaking staff on site.
  • No alcohol; no glass.

Movies in the Park! 2023 has wrapped up. Please check back next June for more movie fun in the parks.

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.


March 2, 2024