It's time to kiss summer goodbye and usher in a whole new season - with a party downtown.
The Bend Fall Festival is two days of music, food, art, stuff to buy and family fun with an Oktoberfest flavor. When was the last time you bobbed for apples, entered a pumpkin pie baking contest or simply sipped a microbrew and watched the passing parade? Why wait for winter?
The Family Harvest Area, on Minnesota Avenue between Wall Street and Lava Road, is the epicenter of fun, especially for the kids. There's a hay maze, pony rides, a playhouse and inflatable castle, and an inflatable jumping area.
Produce Row, on Wall Street at Minnesota Avenue, is where the delights of autumn all come together. The cornucopia of locally grown vegetables for sale includes sweet corn, decorative gourds, miniature pumpkins and fall squash.
The Food Court, in the Wells Fargo parking lot, with entrances on Oregon Avenue and Wall Street, is a perennial center of activity. A who's who of Central Oregon eateries, including Bend Fish Co., Bernie's Barbecue, Demetri's, Goody's, Longboard Louie's, Papaya's and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will set up shop and serve hungry revelers.
Nearby, in the Souk de Fall Festival Area, at Oregon Avenue between Wall and Brooks streets, shoppers can browse through an outdoor bazaar.
The Pumpkin Painting Competition, for participants 17 and younger, offers a $100 cash prize. The contest is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. For those 18 and older, the pumpkin carving contest is set for 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Pumpkins are provided; participants must provide their own carving tools. A $100 prize will be given for the best-carved pumpkin.
There's also the Green Building and Renewable Energy Fair near Wall Street and Greenwood Avenue (See accompanying story), and the Artist Promenade on Wall Street, between Greenwood and Franklin avenues, where more than 100 artists will be selling items as diverse as pottery and paintings.
From two venues - the Main Stage at Bond Street and Oregon Avenue and the International Stage in the Wells Fargo parking lot - will emanate the soundtrack for Bend Fall Festival 2006.
Main Stage performers include Adrian Xavier with Geoffrey Castle, FX, Marcus Eaton, Mark Alan, the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Sweater Club (See story, page 4), Vinyl and the Freak Mountain Ramblers.
Over on the International Stage, there's Chayag, Bob and the High Fives, One World Taiko, the Bill Beach Trio, Xavier and Castle, and Harold and the Country Dutchmen. Oom-pah-pah.
New for this year: The Healthy Living Fair on Oregon Avenue next to the Grove Garden of Fine Beers and Wines. Here, healthy lifestyle practitioners representing Pilates, herbal medicine, chiropractic and naturopathic healing join medical professionals from Bend Memorial Clinic in presenting an array of health care options.
If You Go
11 a.m.: Fall Festival opens; Family Harvest Area opens; Chayag, International Stage
Noon: Pumpkin Painting Contest (to 5 p.m.); The Grove Garden of Fine Beers and Wines opens (to 10 p.m.)
12:30 p.m.: Mark Alan, Main Stage; Bob and the High Fives, International Stage
2 p.m.: One World Taiko, International Stage
2:30 p.m.: Marcus Eaton, Main Stage
3:30 p.m.: Bill Beach Trio, International Stage
4:30 p.m.: Adrian Xavier and Geoffrey Castle, Main Stage
5 p.m.: Family Harvest Area closes
5:30 p.m.: Bob and the High Fives, International Stage
6:30 p.m.: Freak Mountain Ramblers, Main Stage
7 p.m.: One World Taiko, International Stage
8:30 p.m.: Vinyl, Main Stage; Adrian Xavier and Geoffrey Castle,
10 p.m.: Fall Festival closes
11 a.m.: Fall Festival opens; Family Harvest Area opens; Pumpkin Painting Contest (to 3 p.m.); FX, Main Stage; Bob and the High Fives, International Stage
Noon: Beer and Wine Garden opens (to 6 p.m.)
12:30 p.m.: One World Taiko, International Stage; Pumpkin Carving Contest (to 3 p.m.)
1 p.m.: Sweater Club, Main Stage
2 p.m.: Harold and the Country Dutchmen, International Stage
3 p.m.: Moon Mountain Ramblers, Main Stage
3:30 p.m.: Pumpkin Painting and Carving Contests Awards; One World Taiko, International Stage
4 p.m.: Family Harvest Area closes
5 p.m.: Harold and the Country Dutchmen, International Stage
6 p.m.: Fall Festival closes
What: Bend Fall Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Downtown Bend
Cost: Free admission