Public Health Advisory

Bend Park and Recreation District has modified operations due to COVID-19.

Parks and trails remain open with temporary use & social distancing rules.
Playgrounds, sport courts & skateparks closed.
All facilities closed:
including Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, Bend Senior Center, The Pavilion, Art Station, District Office and Park Services.
Spring & summer recreation programs adjusted.

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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!

Old Fashioned July 4th Pet Parade & Festival | Free

Presented by Bend Pet Express

Join us for a Bend tradition dating back to 1932 – a July 4th filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation District. The day begins with a pancake breakfast and the  ever popular Pet Parade where dogs, wagons, bicycles and stuffed animal walk the 1.5 mile parade through downtown Bend, Oregon.

After the Pet Parade, residents head over to Drake Park  to enjoy live music, local artisans crafts, food carts and FREE old fashioned fun and games for the kiddos and kid’s at heart.

Learn more about the Old Fashioned July 4th Pet Parade and festival.

Days of Play | Ages: 4 – 10 | Free

Presented by Bend Park and Recreation Foundation

Sponsored by the Bend Park and Recreation Foundation, Days of Play runs at various parks in the community on weekdays from June through August. Children in the community have the opportunity to participate in crafts, water play, field games, sports activities and much more. Come enjoy these great recreational activities at no cost.

Days of Play parks are also Bend-La Pine School District summer lunch program locations, too!

Note: This program may be canceled without prior notice due to bad weather. Days of Play is not a daycare program and should not be used as such. Every child under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 16. This program does not require registration. Children may come and go as they wish. Because of the popularity of this program, take-home activities will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to one per child.

2019 Days of Play Schedule:


Hollygrape Park Mondays
1:00 – 3:30 pm, 6/24 – 8/12

Pilot Butte Park Tuesdays
9:30 – 12:00 pm, 6/25 – 8/13

Kiwanis Park Tuesdays/Thursdays
1:00 – 3:30 pm, 6/25 – 8/15

Orchard Park Wednesdays
9:30 am – 12:00 pm, 6/26 – 8/14 (No program 7/4)

Sun Meadow Park Thursdays
9:30 am – 12:00 pm, 6/27 – 8/15

Al Moody Park Fridays
9:30 am – 12:00 pm, 6/28 – 8/16


Let’s Picnic | All ages | Free

It’s time again for Let’s Picnic!  held July through August on fun-filled Wednesday evenings in your neighborhood! And, it’s all for FREE!

Pack a picnic and gather with friends and family for a delightful evening of live music, games and art activities in your local park! To top it all off, we’ll even bring the ice cream treats! Feel free to bring a blanket and/or chairs (please no glass or alcohol).

2019 Let's Picnic Schedule:


Wednesday, 7/17: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Kiwanis Park, 800 Southeast Centennial Street
B Side Brass Band

Wednesday, 7/24: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Rockridge Park, 20885 Egypt Drive

Wednesday, 7/31: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hollygrape Park, 19489 Hollygrape Street
Five Pint Mary Band

Wednesday, 8/7: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Providence Park, 1055 Northeast Providence Drive
Dennis McGregor

Wednesday, 8/14: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Orchard Park, 2001 Northeast 6th Street
Brad Tisdel Band

Wednesday, 8/21: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Al Moody Park, 2225 Northeast Daggett Lane
Honey Don’t

Image of musicians playing at a free Let's Picnic event in Bend.

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

Presented by Step & Spine Physical Therapy


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

Sunday, August 25, 2019 • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm • Ages 4 – 15

Program: 205607
Early Fee: $25.00 ID / $30.00 OD includes event t-shirt (Register by August 21)
Fee: $30.00 ID / $36.00 OD includes event t-shirt
Get the kids ready! Register for the Kids Triathlon Clinics.

Tentative Event Schedule:

  • 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

Join us on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, for over 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
Program Coordinator

Email Brenda Chilcott

For the Health of It! Wellness Fair | Free

Community barbecue sponsored by PacificSource Health Plans

Make plans to attend the For the Health of It! Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00-3:00 pm at the Bend Senior Center. Join Bend Park and Recreation for a FREE fun filled afternoon of health. Featuring over 50 health and wellness providers, free health screenings and give-a-ways. Flu vaccines available.

Vendor and Sponsor Information

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

For more information, contact:

Brenda Chilcott
Program Coordinator

Email Brenda Chilcott

Winter Solstice Celebration | All ages | $6 with canned food donation

Join us Friday, December 20 when we kick off two weeks of holiday skate sessions with The Winter Solstice Celebration at The Pavilion. The event features skating, treats and cocoa, raffles, a photo booth and performances by Bend Ice Figure Skating Club. Skaters receive a special $6 rate with a canned food donation to Neighbor Impact’s Food Bank. Learn more.

Community Events in Parks

Looking for an event being held in a Bend Park? Here is a calendar of organized, community events. If your 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.


April 18, 2020
April 25, 2020