Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11
RODEO — "The Biggest Little Show in the World" returns to Sisters. This time-honored tradition brings together rodeo fans big and small with bucking broncos, barrel racing and an entire weekend of festivities. The Kiwanis Buckaroo Breakfast supports Sisters youth programs with a complete breakfast. Hardtails hosts post-rodeo parties with live music. Yeehaw! // Various times. Sisters Rodeo Grounds, 67637 Highway 20, Sisters.
6th Annual Fermentation Celebration
BEER — Celebrate the gloriousness of the metabolic process that converts sugar to alcohol with a taste-test stroll through the Old Mill. Breweries from around the region will be pouring experimental and unique beers and will showcase a few sneak-peek limited releases. Kid and pet friendly, it's the ideal after-work ale celebration. // 4-9pm. Old Mill District Powerhouse Dr., Bend. Free entry, $20 drink tickets.
Band of Drifters
ROOTS — Ian Thomas and Band of Drifters draw from a variety of roots, country and blues influences to create music based on their life experiences. The band delivers a raw live performance and a distinct Americana sound. Enjoy original compositions by Thomas played on guitar, harmonica and even kazoo. Read this week's Sound on p. 15 for the full scoop! // 6-8pm. The Lot 745 NW Columbia St., Bend. No cover.
Laci Day and Jason Traeger
COMEDY — When it comes to stand-up comedy, Bend is an embarrassment of riches. Bend Comedy has brought some of the funniest voices from the Northwest and beyond to our lovely little town and the comedic brilliance of Laci Day and Jason Traeger is no different. This will be a gut-busting night out. // 8pm. Seven Nightclub, 1033 NW Bond St. Bend. $8-$10.
Friday 9 - Saturday 1
MUSICAL — "Rent" is one of the most beautifully conceived musicals of the last few decades and Cascades Theatrical Company has a deep bench of brilliant triple threats to perform it. This is CTC's 300th production, which makes it the perfect show to attend to help celebrate the history brought to Central Oregon. // 7:30pm. Sundays at 2pm. CTC, 148 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $16-$23.
Saturday 10 - Sunday 11
Sisters Art in the Park
FUNDRAISER — The Sisters Art in the Park event has been going for 15 years and features arts, crafts, food and music. It's also a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Whether you prefer arts and crafts or cowboys and bucking broncos, you'll find plenty of entertainment in Sisters this weekend. // 10am. Creekside Park, Hwy 20 and E. Jefferson St., Sisters. Free.
Beer, Bands and Public Lands
PUBLIC LANDS — What better way to celebrate public lands than with beer, live music, an outdoor gear raffle and more in the heart of Drake Park? All proceeds from the event go toward protecting our public lands and waters, continuing to make them enjoyable for all. Bend's Wayward Soul and Eugene's Alder Street Band perform. // 11am-7pm. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Free.
FootZone's Dirty Half Marathon
RUN — There are many things we'd do for a commemorative Hydro Flask, and trail running just may be one of them. This challenging course takes you through beautiful swaths of the high desert forest before finishing off at a beer-garden extravaganza complete with live music and Deschutes Brewery throwing down its beloved Down and Dirty Ale. // 7am. 2843 NW Lolo Dr., Bend. $40.
Celebrate National Brunch Day
BRUNCH — Who doesn't love brunch? Deschutes Brewery and The Victorian Cafe join forces to celebrate National Brunch Day. Head down to The Vic for an extra incredible brunch experience featuring Deschutes Brewery's traveling beer barrel bar Woody. They'll be slinging beer brunch cocktails outside and beer-infused brunch items are on the menu. // 8am-2pm. Victorian Café 1404 NW Galveston Ave., Bend.
Bend Science Station's Festival of Science
FESTIVAL — Science is real—and needed! Featuring science experiments on steroids, this is a celebration in support of building a dedicated building for the Bend Science Station, a much overdue endeavor. Bring the kids and prepare to be amazed with contests, free swag, virtual tours and food and drinks. // 11am-1pm. OSU-Cascades Campus, 1500 SW Chandler Ave., Bend. Free.