Celebrating the return of the sun, the renewal of the earth and the launching of a busy Central Oregon outdoor event season, the free NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival takes place in the downtown-like corridor of NorthWest Crossing Drive, in the award-winning Northwest Crossing Neighborhood on Bend’s Westside April 11-13.
Last year saw our highest attendance with over 10,000 people coming out to explore the original art, to chalk on the streets, to enjoy a robust offering of children’s activities, live music, great food, wine, beer, cocktails and ciders. This is the most intimate seasonal festival in Bend, and offers a rare opportunity to personally connect with artisans.
The NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival, co-presented by The Source Weekly and Whole Foods Market, will take place Friday, April 11 through Sunday April 13. Friday evening kicks off with the Art and Wine Bop from 5-9pm, featuring a sneak preview of festival fine art, wine sampling and offerings of live music strategically placed inside the cozy confines of many NorthWest Crossing merchants. Again this year we will add a free concert alongside the Bop, starting at 5pm with 2nd Hand Soldiers, followed by Hobbs the Band and ending on a highly energetic note starting at 9:30pm with Larry and His Flask on Northwest Crossing Drive.
The festival at large kicks off on Saturday from 11am to 11pm and again on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Over 50 upcyled artisans, fine artists, global importers and crafters will be present in addition to a street dedicated to resourceful living. This year we are thrilled to host the TRASHFORMATIONS exhibit at this year’s festival. TRASHFORMATIONS is a brilliant partnership between Pak-It Liquidators, a local liquidation store and The Environmental Center, where from April 4 through April 6 this year (8am-5pm all three days), Pak-It opens their yard and store to individuals and teams of all ages, amateurs and professional artists alike, to create one of a kind sculptures, all recycled from the store. This year the sculptures will be delivered and installed in NorthWest Crossing during the festival for public viewing. The caliber sculptures will be visible throughout the festival with signage denoting materials and artist.
The Conscious Living Showcase sponsored by Northwest Quality Roofing and Great Northern Window and Door, will feature over 40 regional businesses who support a high quality of life here in Central Oregon.
A more detailed glance at the festival:
Friday, April 11 – Art and Wine Bop 5-9pm. This event will feature festival artists, live music and wine tasting inside participating NorthWest Crossing restaurants and retailers. Musicians will play live music 5-9pm in the businesses. Concurrently, the concert mentioned above featuring 2nd Hand Soldiers, Hobbs the Band and Larry and His Flask will be performing on the first block of NorthWest Crossing at Mt. Washington Drive, on the Peak 104.1fm festival mainstage. The festival food court and bars will be open from 5–11pm.
Locations/Entertainment for the Art and Wine Bop:
The Garner Group:
Artist: Sharon Poteet – Photography
Musicians: The Quons
Little Bite Cafe:
Artist: 541 Threads
All Mixed Up:
Artist – Adrienne Press – Jax Hat
Musician: Andy Warr
Artist: Bart DeGraaf – Painting
Sara Bella Upcycled:
Artist: Kate Carder – Fiber
Musician: Miguel de Alonso
Sunny Yoga Kitchen:
Artists: Lisa Sipe, Mandie Fleming and Cynthia Brown-Grochowski
Musician: Christina Griggs
Artist: Greg Bridges – Surf and Stand Up Boards
Musicians: Grit and Grizzle
Tooliani’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria:
Artist: Mitch Maciona – Glass
Musicians: Hilst and Coffey
Dr. Jeanne Young and Kimberly Klein:
Artist: Catherine McElroy – Painting
Musician: Evan Young
Greg Welch Construction:
Artist: Rick Hibbard – Metal
Jem Raw Chocolate:
Artist: Tai Vautier – Jewelry
Musicians: Laurel Brauns and Julie Southwell
Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 – Bend Spring Festival
Fine Artists Promenade
At the heart of NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival are the artisans and craftspeople that bring their soulful and energetic talent to the street to showcase and sell their art. This intimate collection of 40+ fine artists allows festival attendees to take time reviewing the art and connecting with each artisan.
Our curated collection this year offers art for all ages, and is intentional in offering products for the conscious consumer.
Best of Jury- Karsten Boysen – Port Orchard, WA
Karsten Boysen holds bachelor degrees in art and education, and a masters of fine arts degree, all from the University of Washington. His sculptures are created from recycled steel found in scrap yards. A bend, burned steel frame of a mobile home that was destroyed in a fire inspired him to see the beauty in loss. The shapes of the steel damaged by fire created a visual foundation for his art that continues to evolve today.
The artist has numerous large public percent-for-art and private art commissions in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. He formerly instructed art at the University of Washington, the University of Alaska, Juneau; and was Washington State Arts Commission Artist-in-Residence at the Seward Park Art Studio in Seattle.
Boysen explains his art in the manner of a native Alaska artist who worked with ivory. ‘To make a bear, start with a piece of ivory and cut everything away that does not look like a bear,’” he says.
Souk de Spring Festival Block
The term “souk” originates from the Middle East and is defined as an open-air market, and that’s just what you’ll find. With vendors and produce stands from India, Africa, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world, this area proves to be quite an international experience.
The Peak 104.1fm Mainstage is located at the intersection of Northwest Crossing Drive and Mt. Washington Drive. There will be an awesome line up of local and national talent including:
Friday, April 11
5pm 2nd Hand Soldiers
7pm Hobbs the Band
9:30pm Larry and His Flask
Saturday, April 12
11am Catie Curtis
1pm Seth Glier
3pm Tumbleweed Peep Show
5pm Tim Snider Band
7pm Redwood Son and the Revelry
9:30pm Shook Twins
Sunday, April 13
11am Five Pint Mary
1pm Blake Noble
3pm Tony Smiley
Spring into Fun Children’s Area
Look for the following entertainment and activities on the Spring into Fun Children’s Street:
• Spring Arts and Crafts Workshops from Local Artists (walk up, space limited)
• Jump ‘n’ Funs
• Face Painting
• Petting Zoo and Pony Rides from DD Ranch
• Live music, magic and dance performances and workshops (see stage schedule below)
• Giant Puppets
• Bend Endurance Academy Bicycle Obstacle Course
• Cascade School of Music , Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Kid’s Stage Schedule, Spring Into Fun Performances
11am Shireen Amini and the Westside Village Magnet School Roots Rhythm Drummers
12pm Cascade School of Music
1:30pm Kinzel and Hyde
3pm String Theory with Joe Schulte and Students
11am Christina Griggs
12pm Janelly Bean
1:30pm David Visiko- “Fe Fanyi”~West African Drumming Troupe Workshop/Performance– kids bring their own drums/there will be some additional on site
3pm String Theory with Joe Schulte and Students
Street Chalk Art Competition and Exhibition
Continuing to build momentum from last year’s wildly successful street chalk art competition, which included more than 100 participants, this year’s competition will include four luminary exhibition artists. Here are this year’s competition guidelines:
• Free Spaces and Chalk
• Adult Competition 18 and Up
• 4×8 space will be provided
• $250 “Best of Show”
• Two $100 honorable mention awards given
• Student Competition 8-17
• 4×4 space will be provided
• $50 first place winner
• Two $25 honorable mention awards given
• School Spirit Competition
• High School and Middle School teams of 4
• 4×8 space will be provided
• 1st Place: $100 donation to art program at your school
• 2nd Place: Pizza feed for your school’s art class
• 3rd Place: white water raft trip for your group of 4
• The Chalk Box (for kids under 8 years) FREE
• Non-competitive street chalking area
• Chalk, sponges, brushes, brooms, etc provided
• Check-in location on the east corner of NW Crossing Drive and NW John Fremont St
• Some pastel chalk provided – can bring your own
• Images must be “appropriate” and “spring themed”
• Winners announced Sunday, April 13 from the Main Stage
Spaces may be reserved for teams of up to four people. If an adult is on the team, it will be judged in the adult category. Winners will receive prize, certificate and 5×7 photograph of their winning artwork.
Festival Food Court:
Dump City Dumplings
Famous Kettle Korn
Bend Pizza Cart
Fries a la Carte
Deschutes Brewery, featuring Fresh Squeezed IPA and Red Chair NWPA, Atlas Ciders, Bend Distillery cocktails and regional vintner selections.
Northwest Crossing Drive from Mt. Washington to John Fremont St. Ft. Clatsop St. north and south blocks. These streets will be closed from 10pm Thursday, the 10 to Monday, April 14 at 2am.
High Lakes Elementary School, Merchant parking lots (Enter off Mt. Washington at High Lakes Loop or Ordway Avenue)
ADA Needs and Inquiries:
C3 Events is committed to creating events that serve our entire community.
in addition, at each entry/exit point of the event, our Cascade Security staff will be poised to assist with information and to refer folks on to Jennifer Peterson for additional assistance. Please write Jennifer and let her know in advance if you have any special needs that we may be able to accommodate, (listening devices, on site assistance, etc) or write her after the event with any helpful feedback or appreciations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival is produced C3 Events, founder of Bend Summer Festival, Bend Fall Festival, Munch & Music, Munch & Movies and Peak Summer Nights at the Athletic Club of Bend. www.c3events.com
To learn more about this neighborhood, go to www.northwestcrossing.com