By Makenzie Whittle

The Bulletin

Bend Summer Festival

When:

Friday

5 p.m. — Festival opens

11 p.m. — Festival closes

Saturday

11 a.m. — Festival opens

11 a.m. — Lotus of Bhakti Yoga (Center Ring)

Noon — Bend Ukulele Group (Center Ring)

Noon — Droplet Dash (Troy Field)

1 p.m. — Oregon Tai Chi Wushu (Center Ring)

1 p.m. — JD Platt’s K-9 Kings

2 p.m. — Dingo Factory (Center Ring)

2:30 p.m. — JD Platt’s K-9 Kings

3:30 p.m. — La Cage Aux Folles Sneak Peek (Center Ring)

4 p.m. — Alicia Viani and Mark Karwan (Center Ring)

4 p.m. — JD Platt’s K-9 Kings

6 p.m. — Family Play Zone closes

9:30 p.m. — Floater (Main Stage)

11 p.m. — Festival closes

Sunday

11 a.m. — Festival opens

11 a.m. — Lotus of Bhakti Yoga (Center Ring)

11:45 a.m. — The Space’s West Coast Swing (Center Ring)

Noon — The Nomads (Center Ring)

1 p.m. — JD Platt’s K-9 Kings

1:30 p.m. — “Newsies” and “Mama Mia” Sneak Peeks (Center Ring)

2 p.m. — String Theory Music (Center Ring)

2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. — JD Platt’s K-9 Kings

5 p.m. — Festival closes

Where: Downtown Bend

Cost: free to attend, $5 Droplet Dash

Contact: bendsummerfestival.com or 541-323-0964

As we dry out from a particularly stormy end to June, it’s time to fully celebrate summer with the 29th annual Bend Summer Festival.

This weekend thousands will line the streets of downtown Bend for the yearly tradition of music, food, drinks, art and everything in between.

This year, local and national musicians will light up two stages over the three-day festival including Floater, Hillstomp and many more. For a full breakdown of who will be playing and when, check out Page 3.

In the center of it all, at Minnesota Avenue and Wall Street, the aptly named Center Ring will bring local performance groups out to shine. Thoroughly Modern Productions will present a special preview of two of its upcoming shows, “Newsies” and “Mama Mia” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and MejCho Productions will strut its stuff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with a sneak peek of its Theater in the Park show, “La Cage Aux Folles.” Other performers in the Center Ring include the Bend Ukulele Group, west coast swing dancing from The Space, Oregon Tai Chi Wushu, music from the Dingo Factory and more.

Festival frequenters can also stroll through the fine artist promenade on Saturday and Sunday, which will showcase over 100 artists and craftspeople and include photography, sculpture, woodworking, glass works, jewelry and body care.

Or mosey through the Souk, a marketplace complete with cool and funky clothing, jewelry and other handcrafted and imported goods.

The kids can play at Family Play Zone on Oregon Avenue between Bond Street and Lava Road on Saturday until 6 p.m. and Sunday until 5 p.m. Here, the younger crowds can play around in bounce houses, get their faces painted, or at noon Saturday, head to Troy Field for the Droplet Dash. The water-themed course includes a water-balloon toss, sprinklers, kiddie pools and more to splash through to the finish.

The Bend Summer Festival may not be about the food, but it sure isn’t skimping on tasty treats either. Local food carts will bring fish and chips, noodles, bao dumplings, pizza, cool treats and plenty of local drink options to wash it all down.

With so many things to do, see, eat and drink this weekend, everyone can peruse and groove at the Bend Summer Festival.

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