Bend Fall Festival October 5-7 A Central Oregon Celebration of The Harvest Season

A much-loved tradition, the festival brings two stages of free music, family activities, fine art, a conscious living space, food and beverages, fall-themed contests and more.  

New this year is a series of kick-off concerts that will take place on Friday evening, October 5, and the Deschutes Brewery Homebrew Competition that will showcase a live tasting on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage on Sunday, October 7 at 11am.  

“The soul of our festivals is bringing the vital spirit of art and artisans, musicians, families, food, and festive fare  to the streets of Downtown Bend” says Cameron Clark, owner of C3 Events. “The Bank of the Cascades Bend Fall Festival is our favorite, celebrating the pristine nature of fall, harvest and coming together around warmth, comfort and friendship.”

A more detailed glance at the festival:  
The Peak 104.1 Mainstage presented by AT&T
Located on Oregon Avenue
Friday, Oct. 5
5pm Radiation City

7pm Sophistifunk
9:30pm Mosley Wotta

Saturday, Oct. 6
11am Sara Jackson Holman
12:30pm The Horde and The Harem
1:30pm The Artists’ Runway (Fashion Show!)
2pm Leaves Russel
3:30pm Tango Alpha Tango
5:30pm Sophistafunk
7:30pm Larry and His Flask
9:30pm Steve Kimock Band

Sunday, Oct. 7
11am Deschutes Brewery Homebrew Competition
1pm Five Pint Mary
2:30pm The Artists’ Runway (Fashion Show!)
3pm Tony Smiley

KPOV Locals Only Stage
Located in the Wells Fargo parking lot
Saturday, Oct. 6
11am Vasu
1pm Lino
2:30pm The Artists’ Runway (Fashion Show!)
3pm Flannel Bandana
5pm Moon Mountain Ramblers
7pm Broken Down Guitars
9pm Your Birthday

Sunday, Oct. 7
11am Hilst and Coffey
12:30pm The Artists’ Runway (Fashion Show!)
1pm Bend Ukulele Group (BUG!) Jam
3pm Bill Keale

fallfestivalFine Artist Promenade
Located on Wall Street between Franklin Avenue and Oregon Avenue
The Fine Artist Promenade for 2012 will be a lively mix of curated Art and Craft, showing work of over 125 participants. The Artists’ Runway sponsored by North Soles Footwear returns after a smashing hit last year, with two runway shows each day, showcasing the original clothing and accessories of Artist participants carrying fine art. The Studio Sale section has expanded from last year, with its focus on Sculpture, Painting, and Printmaking, as has the House and Home area, with works to tempt you as all our lives begin to return indoors in this harvest season. The promenade is a great place to start early holiday shopping.

Best of Jury: TJ Anderson- Lopez Island, WA
Growing up the son of a custom cabinetmaker, TJ has been exposed to wood from an early age. He has worked in cabinet making, home restoration and furniture making over the years.  After spending 24 years in the maritime industry, he now spends time in his wood studio. He specializes in unique turned bowls, platters and forms – both open and closed – as well as small furniture pieces. His bowls and forms are created from salvaged wood, with the goal of giving the wood another chapter in its life by turning it into something interesting, useful and hopefully beautiful.  “Once the lathe is turned on, the wood’s unique characteristics take over and I simply follow its lead in terms of grain orientation, design, shape and finish. My goal is not to achieve perfection, but to create a piece that not only is pleasing to look at but also feels good in the hand,” said TJ. All of his functional pieces are finished with pure walnut oil, so they are safe for use with food. A perfect addition to your fall harvest or holiday table!

The Artists’ Runway presented by North Soles Footwear
This year welcomes the second coming of the Artists’ Runway at Bend Fall Festival, first conceived of as a showcase for the original hand fabricated garments and accessories by the artists and craftspeople who participate. “When we started it came out of excitement with the combination of original fashion and repurposing so evident in the artisanal clothing,” explains Karin Roy, artist coordinator for C3 Events, producers of the Festival. “Because of my background in fashion, I naturally wanted to put it on a runway, and Cameron and Tiffany Clark jumped right onboard. Then we realized that by using the music stages, we could show not only clothing and accessories, but also 2- and 3-dimensional art to the audience who is there for the music, but might not otherwise walk the arts and crafts section, an introduction of sorts.”  

The fiber artists on this year’s runway, sponsored by North Soles Footwear, will run the gamut from the edgier knitwear of Flood Clothing and Shabby Knapsacks who repurpose sweaters and jersey into warm, unique garments to Blossom Merz’s hand-woven wraps and ruanas, drawing some of their inspiration from the deep simplicity of monk’s garments seamlessly complementing a variety of attitudes. Models will be accessorized with jewelry, scarves and other fashions from artist attendees such as Stuart Breidenstein, Francois Schneyder and Union Studio Metalworks. They will also carry a piece of fine art from the Artist Promenade, from small sculptures to woodwork, paintings and glass. This show is truly an eclectic representation of the artisans who attend the festival—a live illustration of their fine work and personality. The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show will round out two of the shows with a vignette from their own collection.  
The Artists’ Runway Schedule
1:30pm on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage
2:30pm on KPOV Locals Only Stage
12:30pm on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage
2:30 on KPOV Locals Only Stage

Mt. Bachelor Family Harvest Area
Located on Minnesota Avenue between Wall Street and Lava Road

  • Visit Mt. Bachelor at Bend Fall Festival and learn more about the award-winning ‘Ski or Ride in 5’ program, named best beginner lesson package in the U.S., and speak with representatives to learn more about registering for seasonal Snowsport programs, bus passes, take your season pass photo, and get the inside scoop on what’s happening this winter up at the mountain!
  • SunWest Builders Castles of Play to benefit Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs. Take a break and play in a make-believe area built with castles.
  • Second Annual Central Oregon Children’s Costume Swap, to benefit Healthy Beginnings. Trade in last year’s costume for a new, gently-used frock! All proceeds benefit Healthy Beginnings.
  • CE Lovejoy’s Pumpkin Painting presented by River Song School! Paint a pumpkin to take home and decorate your doorstep. One of the most-loved activities at Bend Fall Festival.
  • Discover art at The Creation Station with artist-led, fall-themed art projects.
  • Check out some Jr. Roller Derby action on the street at 12pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Roller skating tricks and skill from the area’s only jr. roller derby team!
  • Watch amazing junior skateboarders as they rip through a skate ramp provided by The Truckstop Skate Park.
  • Pony Rides and Petting Zoo – DD Ranch in Terrebonne with bring their ponies to downtown Minnesota Avenue for kids to enjoy. After pony rides, cuddle with bunnies, pet chickens, llamas and ducklings!
  • High Tea with the Autumn Fairy. Saturday, October 6 at 12pm AND Sunday, October 7 at 12pm in Tin Pan Alley, off of Minnesota Street across from the Oxford Hotel, just in front of Lone Pine Coffee Roasters. The 8-foot-tall Autumn Fairy will be hosting a deliciously endearing tea party for 25. She will tell a memorable tale (on stilts!) while guests dine on high tea finger foods, and cocoa and apple cider from Lone Pine Coffee Roasters. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their autumn best—costumes are welcome but not required! Tea party tables will be set for a maximum of 25 kids at 12pm on Saturday and again at 12pm on Sunday. First-come first-serve basis with pre-registration HIGHLY recommended. This is a popular attraction and will fill up fast. The party is FREE! Email to reserve your seat.

Conscious Living Showcase presented by Clean Energy Works
Located on Wall Street between Oregon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue
The Conscious Living Showcase on Wall Street between Oregon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue will feature businesses that are dedicated to helping attendees live a healthy, whole, and well lifestyle. More than 40 local businesses and organizations will fill the street with their knowledge and missions. Special this year will be Toys for Tots booth sponsored by Building Solution. Festival attendees are encouraged to drop off a holiday donation at this booth space.

C.E. Lovejoy’s Harvest Market
Located in the parking lot at the corner of Wall Street and Greenwood Avenue
Abundant with the colors, tastes and textures of the most fruitful time of year. Come indulge in the beautiful produce and fine food products grown and home made in our own Oregon community. Sweet corn, crisp apples, juicy pears, heirloom tomatoes, vibrant flower bouquets, knobby gourds and stout pumpkins are just a few of the autumn treasures to be found at the market. Be sure to visit the Harvest Market stage, featuring guest chef demonstrations Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. Local chefs will be using fresh ingredients from the market and attendees will be able to sample their creations. Savory Spice Shop will be hosting a live contest in this area as well, the “Best Pumpkin Pie in Central Oregon” with a live tasting and prizes. See below for more information. Follow the “Yellow Corn Road” to find your way to the market space—great fun for kids!  

Live fall-themed competitions
Deschutes Brewery Homebrew Competition
Contestants must sign up in person Friday evening at the Main Bar on Oregon Avenue. First 15 to sign up win a spot!

  • Competition will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 at 11am on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage presented by AT&T on Oregon Avenue
  • First 15 homebrewers to sign up at the main bar on Oregon Avenue on Friday night will have the opportunity to enter LIVE TASTING judged by four esteemed Bend brewers (Bar opens at 5pm.)
  • The next 30 homebrewers to sign up will be chosen to enter the Deschutes Brewery Sensory
  • Accepting Harvest or Fresh-Hop brews only
  • Grand Prize: “Brew Day” with Deschutes Brewery Brewer Robin Johnson!
  • For more information, please email

  Savory Spice Shop’s Best Pumpkin Pie in Central Oregon Contest

  • Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1pm in the C.E. Lovejoy’s Harvest Market at corner of Wall and Greenwood
  • Live judging and tasting of up to 25 pies. Great show for all to see!
  • Contestants must pre-register in-person at The Savory Spice Shop, located in the Old Mill, by 10/4/12
  • Grand Prize: $75 gift card to Savory Spice Shop. Second Prize: $25 gift card to Savory Spice
  • Please email for more information.

C3 Zero Waste Efforts and New Goals
The C3 Zero Waste program is attempting to capture more than three tons of recycling and food waste during Bend Fall Festival. In order to make this happen, the team is looking for additional volunteers and Zero Waste Warriors. Shifts are two hours long and volunteers will receive a food voucher to use at the festival. Please email with interest. For more information about the C3 Zero Waste efforts visit:

Beer/Wine Vending
Deschutes Brewery Libations Stations with microbrews and fine wine selections.

Street Closures:
Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10pm:
Oregon Street Closes between Bond and Wall
Wells Fargo parking lot closes

Friday, Oct. 5 at 5:30pm:
Parking lot at Greenwood and Wall closes
US Bank parking lot closes

Friday, Oct. 5 at 10pm:
Wall Street Closes between Greenwood and Franklin
Minnesota Ave. Closes between Wall and Lava  
The streets will reopen Monday, Oct. 8 at 6am.    
The festival will be 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.

Bringing The Homebrew To Center Stage: Deschutes Brewery Homebrew Competition With Live Tasting and Judging  
The Deschutes Brewery Homebrew Competition will give 15 local homebrewers the unique chance to bring their craft out of their basements, garages and personal tasting circles and share it with some of Bend’s most esteemed brewers, all for the chance to win the grand prize “Brew Day” with Deschutes Brewery head brewer Robin Johnson.  

The live tasting and competition of fresh-hop or harvest beers will take place on The Peak 104.1 Mainstage presented by AT&T on Oregon Avenue at 11am on Sunday, October 7 during the Bank of the Cascades Bend Fall Festival presented by The Source Weekly. Interested homebrewers must sign up at the festival main bar on Oregon Avenue starting at 5pm on Friday, October 5. The first 15 to sign up will be accepted into the live tasting and competition that will take place on Sunday, October 7. The next 30 to sign up will have the opportunity to have their creation sampled by the Deschutes Brewery Sensory Panel at a later date.  

“We are excited to do a homebrew event with C3 Events,” said Angela Jasus, field marketing and events manager with Deschutes Brewery. “Bend is becoming more and more of a mecca for creating craft beer and homebrewing is the heart and soul behind this industry! Brewing beer is truly a craft and brewers are the artisans–they get to experiment with different ingredients and materials to create many flavors and styles– it is an honor to be celebrating their creativity through this fun event at Bank of the Cascades Bend Fall Festival.”  

Four esteemed judges from local breweries including Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery and GoodLife Brewing will taste and rate the homebrews live on stage in front of the festival audience on Sunday. The competition MC will be Chelsea Woodmansee, winner of the 2011 Last Comic Standing Contest.  

“We have such a wealth of brewing talent in Central Oregon, whether people are brewing in their homes or publicly for all of us,” said Tiffany Clark of C3 Events. “We are excited to produce an opportunity for the next noteworthy brewmaster of Central Oregon to be revealed.  We love fresh hop and harvest ales, and so the timing of this contest is particularly interesting for us.”  

The winner of the competition will be announced live on stage on Sunday, October 7.  

A tremendous and unique opportunity for homebrewers to get in front of Bend’s beer experts and leave with feedback that will help them hone their brew, the competition will also be a lively and entertaining treat for festival goers and a must-see component of the weekend’s festivities. For more information contact  

Deschutes Brewery beer specials will run during the competition at the Mainstage Bar on Oregon Avenue, 11am-12:30pm on Sunday, October 7.     

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