You love Sunriver in the summer — taking out the paddleboards, riding bikes through the paved paths and trails and sharing a bottle of rose on the patio with family. You also love Sunriver in the winter — skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, snowshoeing at Tumalo Falls and relaxing in front of the fireplace. Now, with Sunset’s new rate plan, you can enjoy Sunriver in the fall, which if you haven’t visited during this wonderful time of year, you’re missing out.
With autumn comes less congestion on the bike paths and at the golf courses, great weather and a bevy of events throughout Sunriver and Central Oregon. Plan your fall Sunriver getaway during one of these great events, most taking place over a weekend, which means you’ll be back to work on time on Monday.
Sunriver Half Marathon For A Cause
September 1 & 2, 2018
Technically, this first one and a couple of the other events don’t take place in “fall” proper, but for the sake of this blog, let’s call all of September fall, not just the last third of the month. The Sunriver Marathon for a Cause winds through our beloved resort town and features stunning mountain and river views. The race itself benefits St. Charles Cancer Center, which keeps funds in the local community and helps individuals going through cancer treatment. Choose from the half marathon, 10K, 5K or Kid’s Dash. Cap off your summer and bring in fall feeling good both inside and out.
Team Cup Challenge
September 7-9, 2018
Love tennis? The Team Cup Challenge is a NTRP team tournament that takes place in Sunriver every year. Teams can include five or six players and matches consist of one singles and two doubles. Each team is guaranteed three team matches throughout the tournament. The event also includes two parties — a Friday night social at the Village Bar and Grill, as well as a Saturday night dinner and dance party at the SHARC. Entry includes court times for all matches, fresh fruit, water, coffee, the Saturday night dinner and dance. Prizes awarded to the winning and runner-up teams.
Uncorked – Sunriver Style
September 14 & 15, 2018
SHARC – Benham Hall
Wine, cheese and chocolate — need we say more? Enjoy Uncorked Sunriver Style, a two-day wine festival featuring Oregon wines, cheese, chocolates and live music. The event takes places at SHARC and features live music from Dancehall Days on Friday and live music from Juju Eyeball and Gbots & The Journeymen on Saturday. Local vendors will also be on-site with food and gifts for sale. Indulge in the decadence while the sun shines.
The Head and The Heart In Concert
September 19, 2018
Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend
This one may be a little tougher to make, as it takes place on a Wednesday night, but will no doubt be worth the trip. The Head and The Heart close out concert season at the Les Schwab Amphitheater with support from Oregon favorites Blind Pilot. Enjoy an evening of folk-inspired rock and roll along the banks of the Deschutes River. Upbeat, edgy and the kind of music you’ll have a hard time not singing along to, don’t miss The Head and The Heart live in Bend.
September 21 & 22, 2018
A fundraiser for the Downtown Bend Business Association, Bend Oktoberfest has become a favorite festival among visitors and locals. At the heart of the festival, the beer. Taste beers at three different tents from local breweries including Deschutes Brewery, Boneyard Beer, Silver Moon Brewing, 10 Barrel, Good Life Brewing, and Three Creeks Brewing Company. Taste German foods (brats and pretzels included!), listen to Oompah music, play in the family fun zone, challenge friends during the tricycle races, sing in the yodeling contest and watch Oktoberfest’s most popular event – the Weiner Dog Races!
Bend Roots Revival
September 28-30, 2018
Deschutes Brewery Lawn
If you love music, we highly encourage you to come to town during Bend Roots Revival weekend. The annual music festival features more than 100 bands over the course of three days, It’s a one-of-a-kind block party featuring live music, yoga, craft beer, food and educational workshops. The annual festival benefits the non-profit’s music education missions and programs throughout the year. The festival includes music on seven stages between the Art Station and the Deschutes Brewery warehouse.
Bend Fall Festival
October 5-7, 2018
Bend Fall Festival brings together fall traditions in one conveniently located festival in the heart of downtown Bend. Bring the entire family and enjoy activities like pumpkin carving, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, live music and Family Fun Street. The festival features live music on two stages — the Main Stage and the Locals Only Stage, with Dirty Dozen Brass Band headlining the Main Stage on Friday night. Show off your cooking skills in the pie baking contest and the chili cook-off or visit the fine artist promenade with booths from 150 fine artists.
Swivel Digital and Creative Conference
October 8 & 9, 2018
Old Mill District
Do you work in digital marketing? Are you a writer, designer, strategist, developer or marketer? Why not extend your attendance at Bend’s Swivel Digital Marketing Conference into a full weekend adventure in Sunriver? Mix business with pleasure by spending your nights in Sunriver and days networking at the conference in Bend? The Swivel conference includes speakers, breakout sessions, parties and networking with other digital marketers.
October 11-14, 2018
For the past 15 years, BendFilm has brought quality independent cinema to Central Oregon. Watch independent films from filmmakers from across the globe. The festival includes documentaries, narrative films, shorts and films from students. BendFilm is almost like a running a marathon for film lovers. Films are screened at theaters throughout town and the event also includes breakout sessions and panels with filmmakers and parties celebrating independent cinema.
Halloween in The Village
October 31, 2018
The Village at Sunriver
What would a list of autumn events be without mentioning the biggest holiday of the season? Bring the kids for spooktacular fun on Halloween in The Village. Trick-or-treat with village merchants, compete in the costume contest and win frightful prizes. This year, The Village adds a pet costume contest, which means it may be time to bust out the mini Darth Vader outfit for Fido. Halloween activities in The Village include a bounce house, cupcake walk, ghoulish games and a spooky Halloween party. Best of all? It’s free!
Take advantage of new, lower nightly rates from Sunset Lodging and visit us during the fall for a memorable getaway filled with events, activities and adventures. Contact us today for more information about current availability.
What are some of your favorite fall traditions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.