by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
The days are heating up, and so are your options for festivals in Central Oregon this summer. Fantastic options range from quilts and beer, to music and fine art. And fortunately they are spread out throughout the month, so you may just want to hit them all!
Head to Sunriver for the Sunriver Quilt Show and Sale on August 2, or the Sunriver Art Faire August 8-10. An annual event since 1988, Mountain Meadow Quilters will display over 100 quilts in The Village at Sunriver along with music by the Notables Swing Band. The Sunriver Art Faire, also at The Village will showcase over 65 artists. From ceramics to glass and jewelry, peruse the art while enjoying three days of professional entertainment, and of course the dance party on Saturday night.
Starting with the Festival Fair, the Sunriver Music Festival’s (SRMF) annual fundraiser, on August 4, the SRMF will provide six different concert opportunities in Bend and Sunriver throughout the month. With the theme, A Season of Love, the music of love will infuse each concert from Brahms to Mendelssohn to Beethoven and the remarkable voice of Storm Large.
Love the charm of Sisters? The 19th annual Country Fair & Art Show on August 8 and 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration is sure to please the whole family. Head to Sisters for the juried art show, silent auction, book sale, children’s activities, music, food and more.
After all that activity, head to the Bend Brewfest in the Old Mill District for a tasty brew! August 14-16 over 170 distinct craft beers will be available at the Les Schwab Amphitheater from more than 60 breweries.
Rounding out the month is the fine art show, Art in the High Desert (AHD), August 22-24 on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Bringing over 110 professional artists from all over North America, AHD was recently ranked in the top 15 art shows in the country. Take home some stunning art by master artists, and if you attend on Sunday, August 24, stick around for the Jack Johnson show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.