3rd Annual Whole Foods Market Summer Brewfest

What’s a good way to follow up the 4th of July? How about a brewfest on the 5th?

Today is the 3rd annual Whole Foods Summer Brewfest taking place from 1 to 6pm over at the Whole Foods Market on Bend’s east side. It’s only $5 entry, which gets you the glass and 2 sample tokens, and additional tokens are only 50 cents each. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

With some 20 breweries (or more?) pouring beer, and the weather looking beautiful, this is one you’ll want to check out!

3rd Annual Whole Foods Market Summer Brewfest

Who’s ready for the 4th of July?

Fireworks!We’re coming up on one of my favorite Bend holidays of the year, and this year is pretty ideal because it falls on a Friday—three day weekend! As usual there is a ton of things to do on the Fourth itself and on top of tall that, it’s also First Friday downtown. So after a day of celebrating you can still get your First Friday art, music, and refreshments fix and watch the fireworks off of Pilot Butte not too long after.

Visit Bend has a great FAQ-style blog post detailing many of the activities taking place on Friday, and includes some weekend-long additions (camping, river activities, etc.). That’s a good place to start if you’re looking for ideas for things to do.

Of course, I have a list of possibilities for you too:

  • If you get up early enough you can start with the Sunrise Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in Drake Park which starts at 8am.
  • Do not miss the Pet Parade in downtown Bend which starts at 10am! This is simply the best parade of the year (and yes, I like the Christmas Parade too) because it’s tradition, it’s free for anyone who wants to join it, and it’s great fun to see the variety of animals. Probably no other Bend event says “July 4th” as much as this one.
  • The Old Fashioned July 4th Festival starts in Drake Park right after the Pet Parade, at 11am. Games, food, crafts and vendors, live music, and more will be on hand to make this a lively outing in the park. This runs until 4pm if you’re so inclined.
  • For me the Deschutes Public Library’s quarterly book sale that always takes place on the 4th is a highlight and a must-stop. Cheap books, you cannot go wrong with that! This year it starts at 11am to the public and runs until 4pm. (There’s a bag sale as well the next day from 1 to 4, where you can fill a bag with books for only $5.
  • Another highlight is the annual Free Day at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, right across the street from the library book sale. From 10 to 4 admission is free and they even serve free ice cream cups out front. If you haven’t been to the Museum before—or if you have but not in a while—this is a great opportunity to stop in and check out some of Bend’s history. And, this year they are also celebrating the centennial of Reid School (the building they are housed in)! The school was built in 1914 and was the first modern school building in Bend. I will try to have a longer post about the school and the centennial up (since I’m writing a book on Bend, beer, and history) in time for the 4th.
  • If you are bicycle-minded you can check out annual Freedom Ride which is the 1000-plus-strong bike ride through downtown Bend, organizing first at Pioneer Park starting at 2pm and ending up at Columbia Park… whenever. Dress up in your best patriotic costume, please bike safely, and join the chaotic takeover of downtown Bend as many, many, many bicyclists pedal through.
  • Alternatively, you may want to check out the “Anti-Freedom Ride Freedom Ride” which isn’t trying to take over the Freedom Ride but offers more actual bike riding and less crowding. The organizer writes, “Let’s take it back to its roots with a true bike ride. With the Booty beat box playing jams, and possibly a second music bike, we’ll cruise around Bend on the best day of the year! Dance party stops with picnics, bbqs, games and activities. Don your best American regalia. Kid friendly so invite everyone you know! This isn’t a protest or ride to stick it to the man. We’ll follow traffic laws to the best of our abilities, leave no trace at stops and keep the drunken debauchery to a minimum.” Details will be posted on that page on Thursday the 3rd.
  • Jake’s Diner is again holding their Vietnam Veterans of America Fourth of July BBQ, taking place from 4 to 7pm, with all proceeds going to the VVA. You’re welcome to stick around and watch the Pilot Butte fireworks from Jake’s parking lot (but no fireworks of your own or alcohol please).
  • Worthy Brewing is hosting a “Party on the Patio” out east of town with live music, a special firkin tapping, and possibly some of the best Pilot Butte fireworks views in town (especially if you have a beer in hand!).
  • And of course, you cannot miss the Pilot Butte fireworks show that starts at 10pm. It’s approximately 20 minutes long, and radio station 99.7 FM will be playing synchronized music along to the fireworks. Always fun to watch, and you will of course be wondering at what point the Butte itself is on fire…

Happy 4th of July!

Beery anniversary weekend

Deschutes Brewery spin the wheel!Three of our breweries are celebrating anniversaries this weekend! That means you’ve got a lot of drinking to do, starting today!

Deschutes Brewery is celebrating their 26th anniversary all day long today started at 11am when they open. Featuring “samples of Black Butte XXVI, decadent food specials featuring this new anniversary brew, the release of the newest Bond Street Series Beer, Foray Belgian Style IPA” and they also have their newest collaboration beer, Conflux #3 Doppel Dinkel Bock, on tap as well. Starting at 5pm the party in the back alley kicks off with live music by Eleven Eyes along with what they’re calling “retro pricing” (meaning, great deals on beer!) and probably other fun and games (one year they had a spin-the-wheel for something). Be there!

Saturday, Crux Fermentation Project is celebrating their second anniversary with their CRUXAPALOOZA III festival all day long: “Come out and join Crux Fermentation Project for our 2nd Anniversary Festival! It’s FREE, ALL AGES and music will run from 11:30am to 10:30pm. All performances will be on a special outdoor festival stage which features one of the best sound systems in the region.” There will be some special beers available (of course!) and here’s the music lineup:

  • Polyrhythmics
  • World’s Finest
  • Elektrapod
  • Wilderness

And also on Saturday, GoodLife Brewing is celebrating their third anniversary from 4 to 10pm, featuring “VIP all-inclusive industry access” which from what I can tell, means they are open to the public and if you’re a VIP you’ll get perks, otherwise (I think) you buy beer and food as you normally would. There will be catered BBQ from Rockin’ Dave’s, live music from The Eric Tollefson Band, and a special anniversary beer release.

The Indigo Girls are at the NWX Hullabaloo this year

NorthWest Crossing HullabalooThe 7th annual NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo kicks off tomorrow (Friday the 27th) starting at 4pm (though the Kids’ Crit starts at 3:15). Don’t know what the Hullabaloo is? Here’s the short blurb:

The Hullabaloo is a celebration as unique as its name. This unofficial kickoff to summer features food, fun, music, bike races and more, all in a friendly, street festival atmosphere. It’s a party and everyone is invited!

Music is the main draw and this year’s headlining artist is The Indigo Girls! They will take the main stage at 9:30pm to close the night. Here’s the full music lineup:

  • Franchot Tone, 4pm
  • MOsley WOtta, 5:30pm
  • Redwood Son and Laura Invancie, 7pm
  • The Indigo Girls, 9:30pm

There will be a kids’ zone, a kids’ stage featuring magic and a reptile exhibit and more, and the NWX Criterium bike races starting at 4:25. And there will be food and drink too, of course.

And, parking and transportation: because they are closing off the main streets around the area, NorthWest Crossing is encouraging folks to ride their bikes in, or ride a free shuttle. Here’s what they say about it:

As a sustainable community, NorthWest Crossing would like to encourage Hullabaloo-goers to consider alternative forms of transportation. For neighbors who bike to the festivities, there will be ample bike parking available next to La Rosa; just be sure to bring your own lock!

The Bend Tour Company bus will be offering FREE shuttle service, 6pm – 11pm to and from downtown Bend. Pick-up/drop off site is 900 Wall Street in downtown Bend at the top and bottom of every hour, and by La Rosa in NWX roughly a quarter past or quarter till each hour.

We understand that sometimes, a vehicle is necessary. Parking is available at Summit High School, as well as street parking. We ask that you be considerate of our residents and their landscaping when parking on the street, taking care not to block driveways.

If you’re an old fan—or a new one—of The Indigo Girls, then make sure to be down there Friday night! Because it’s an open-air festival it’s entirely free, so don’t miss out!

Enjoy The Bite of Bend this weekend

The Bite of BendCentral Oregon’s largest food festival, The Bite of Bend, is taking place this Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th, respectively. As a run-up to the main event, “Bite Week” is again taking place all this week featuring chef’s dinners, classes, and demos to whet your appetite.

The Bite of Bend will be taking over Downtown Bend and will offer up a number of things to do:

  • Food and drink! Enjoy small plates for $1-2 from the area’s best restaurants.
  • Top Chef Competition: Used to be the “Iron Chef” but it’s the same deal—six chefs in a culinary competition, featuring a secret ingredient and one hour to come up with a winning dish.
  • Beer Run at noon on Sunday: “The Bite of Bend Beer Run sends participants along a 5k race loop through Drake Park to Alpine Physical Therapy and back through Columbia Park, enjoying the fine beer from 10 Barrel, Cascade Lakes and Deschutes Breweries along the way. Bonus prizes are awarded to participants in best costume!”
  • Live music all weekend
  • Wine and Spirit Walks: “New for 2014, be sure to save some time and room to partake in the plethora of wines and spirits that grace our region at the Wine and Spirits Walk.”
  • Kids area and activities, of course, including a root beer run

Looks like it’s going to be a good weekend for it too so far—sunny and warm but not too hot, a good one to be enjoying a downtown festival.