Britt Crater Lake Project
The National Park Service is turning 100 this year, and that means it's time for a once-in-a-century event. The Britt Crater Lake Project is a two-day concert series at Crater Lake, featuring over 100 musicians. Performances include members of the Britt Orchestra, Steiger Butte drum, brass and percussion students from Southern Oregon University, and a regional choir, all led by Teddy Abrams, music director of the Britt Orchestra. Multiple shows are scheduled around the lake, but one highlight will be the premiere of "Natural History" at Picnic Hill. Crater Lake was the inspiration for the orchestral piece, written by renowned composer Michael Gordon. The concert series is free, but bring your own chair. Shows run Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. For a complete schedule, visit brittfest.org/performances/craterlake16.
Deschutes Virtual Reality Tour
Deschutes Brewery tipped a glass to the wonders of Central Oregon when it named its beers Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Ale. Now it's offering fans a new way to experience these popular landmarks: virtual reality. The brewery's two 360-degree, 3D films explore Black Butte and Mirror Pond. Viewers control the camera's movement during the 3-minute tours, complete with narration about the location's history and features. You can also watch the films online, but you'll need a VR headset like Google Cardboard or Oculus Rift to get the full experience. Visit Deschutes Brewery's Facebook or YouTube pages.
Oregon High Desert Classics
With its lively athleticism, show jumping is quickly becoming one of the most popular spectator sports in the U.S. Hop into the sport at the Oregon High Desert Classics, one of the premier horse show jumping competitions in the region. More than 600 horses and 3,000 competitors of all skill levels will perform at the J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend July 27-31, starting at 8 a.m each day. Stop by one of the many vendors on site to sample food, drinks and more. The event is a fundraiser for J Bar J Youth Services, a nonprofit supporting at-risk youth. To catch the most exciting action, check out The Grand Prix starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 30, and the Mini Prix at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31. Admission and parking are both free, tickets required for special events. Visit oregonhighdesertclassics.org.