The English Beat
LIVE MUSIC—Munch & Music is always a fun time, but getting to see the seminal British ska/punk band play in Drake Park will be legendary. No other two-tone, three-chord ska band ever came close to sounding like these guys, and their catalogue is filled with so many classic songs, it will be hard to pick a favorite. // 5:30pm, Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Free.
Thursday 21 – Sunday 24
Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival
FESTIVAL—This Defeat MS fundraiser features 25 acts ranging in genres from blues, funk, indie, Americana and more. Headliners include Eufórquestra, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Lil Smokies and many more. Grab a tent, grab some dancing shoes and check out this great festival. // Fri. & Sat., 9am-10pm, Sun., 9am-5pm. DiamondStone Guest Lodges, 16693 Sprague Lp., La Pine. $100 four-day pass.
Thursday 21 – Sunday 24
Balloons Over Bend
FESTIVAL—The annual hot air balloon festival is as spectacular as ever with daily balloon launches, a nightglow illumination show and a children's festival. The children's festival benefits Saving Grace and is full of hands-on learning, creating, moving and experimenting. // See website for balloon launch times: balloonsoverbend.com. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. Free to spectators, $15 for festival.
SEND ME—This group from Pennsylvania probably sounds familiar because you've sung along to one of their most famous songs, "Send Me On My Way," on almost every car trip you've ever taken from 1992-1996. Rusted Root's done a lot since then, so if you enjoyed that song you'll be sure to enjoy the others. // 8pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $43.
Friday 22 & Saturday 23
High Desert Hijinks
C.O. COMEDY—Laughter is said to be the best medicine, so come get your dose at this show. It's described as "...an evening of mirth, music, and mayhem..." with a lineup of both national and local talents. Note: this event is intended for adults only, as content may be a bit edgy. Consider yourself warned. Earmuffs! // 8:30-11pm, Old Stone Performing Arts Center, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. $15.
BENEFIT—This event has beer, and that's all you really need to know. Still reading? OK, well, there will be more than 20 breweries along with music and food, and it's all benefiting the High Desert Museum. The entrance fee comes with two tasting tokens and any additional tokens will cost you a buck. See you there! // 2-6pm, Whole Foods Market, 2610 Highway 20, Bend. $5.
Downtown Twilight Criterium
RACE—Hey, look! The Crit is back! Some locals consider it the best night in downtown Bend. It's the most spectator-friendly stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest-running elite stage race in the country. Keep in mind that Wall Street and Bond Street between Idaho Avenue and Oregon Avenue will be closed to vehicles for the event. // 5:30pm for Pro 1-2 Women; 7:30pm for Pro 1 Men. Downtown Bend. Free for spectators.
The Akae Beka
REGGAE—This is some good old-fashioned roots reggae from Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The group was founded by members of "Midnite" after a line-up change last year. If you're a fan of reggae, The Akae Beka will become a permanent part of your roots reggae rotation. This will be a massive dance party. // 8pm, Volcanic Theater Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $27.
LIVE MUSIC—The Wailin' Jennys are the best Canadian folk supergroup you have ever heard. Cara Luft, Nicky Mehta, and Ruth Moody are three of the finest vocalists touring, and their acoustic guitar playing mixed with the dobro, cajun drum, piano and accordion make for a beautiful and memorable band. // 7pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $44.50-$56.
Bluegrass—There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than listening to bluegrass, munching on food and dancing in the grass. The Kitchen Dwellers is a five-piece bluegrass band from Montana that is high energy and talented to boot. There will be family activities on site to entertain the youngsters and the young at heart! // 2:30pm, Les Schwab Amphitheatre, 344 SW Shelvin Hixon Dr., Bend. Free.