The Art Scene in Scenic Central Oregon

Art in the High Desert

Get cultured at our nationally ranked arts festival in Bend

Guess what… we’re nationally ranked for something AGAIN.

Our Art in the High Desert festival was ranked 14th out of the top 25 events for sales of fine art in Greg Lawler’s Fine Art Fair Sourcebook. We are now in the big leagues with other top ranked festivals such as La Quinta Arts Festival (#1) near Palm Springs and Portland’s Art in The Pearl (#4). Our show is only five years old and has risen above some of the biggest, oldest art fairs in the country. If you want to experience the greatness yourself, Art in the High Desert takes place the weekend before Labor Day weekend at the Old Mill.

This is a big deal, to say the least. So if you can’t wait for September to get here, the First Friday Art Walks in downtown Bend can hold you over until then. This is when dozens of businesses downtown open up their shops and display local and national art. Many even offer live music and serve food and wine from 5 to 9 p.m.

There’s something for everyone when it comes to art and culture in Bend. So while we’re waiting for Art in the High Desert, put on your Patagonia micro-puff and hit the streets of downtown Bend for your monthly dose of acclaimed artwork, awesome food and drink, and an overwhelming sense of community worth its own national recognition.

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