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Central Oregon Weekend Planner – May 16, 2024

Central Oregon Weekend Planner 05 May

Central Oregon Weekend Planner – May 16, 2024.

Here is our Central Oregon weekend planner – created each week to showcase events throughout Central Oregon!

Selected Events

FRI., MAY 17 – Bird Walk, Willow Springs Reserve
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Aaron Jenkins for a bird walk at Willow Springs Preserve. Search for dippers and other water birds along Whychus Creek and warblers working the willows. Then, watch for woodpeckers in the Preserve’s cottonwood and aspen stands and raptors soaring above the meadow. Find birds through sight and sound and learn about recent restoration work at the Preserve. Registration is required.

FRI., MAY 17 – Date Night Stained Glass
In this class, you and your partner will make stained glass honeycomb sun-catchers (options: 1 big project together, or 2 small projects separately). This is a great way to try out making stained glass and you can take the class with a date, spouse, parent, bff, etc.

FRI., MAY 17 – Country Line Dance Lessons
Come on down and have a hootin’ hollerin’ good time at Legends Cider in La Pine!  Dust off those boots, drink delicious cider, and meet fun people!   Two beginner line dance lessons will be taught every session. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for consistent updates!

SAT, MAY 18 – SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle
The Annual Pole Pedal Paddle is back! Online registration is now open for the country’s top ‘multi multi-sport’ event – the 46th annual SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle which takes place Saturday, May 18, 2024. The multi-sport race includes alpine and cross-country skiing, cycling, running, and kayaking, beginning on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, and ending at River Front Park.

SAT., MAY 18 – 26th Annual Trout Fishing Derby
Crook County Parks & Rec invites you to join them for this fun and exciting Trout Fishing Derby at Ochoco Lake.  Fishing is open to anglers of all ages, with fishing from either the shoreline or from a boat. Any and all angling must comply with current ODFW regulations for Ochoco Lake – NO EXCEPTIONS – Kiwanis will be providing a free pancake breakfast with all the fixins to the Derby participants!

SAT., MAY 18 – Crooked River Wetlands Guided Bird Walk
Come join guided bird walks in the award-winning Crooked River Wetlands Complex in Prineville.  Nature and wildlife abound.  Amenities include over 5.4 miles of new walking, running, and hiking trails, 3.25 miles of which are paved for use year-round.  A covered pavilion with two picnic tables and restrooms makes for a wonderful gathering place. There is no potable water so BYOW.  Guided walks take place the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of April through October at 7:45 am. Many people enjoy walking their dogs on leashes, bringing children and strollers, or recreational hiking.  The wetlands are also a wonderful place to ride bikes.  If bike riding, be sure to share the trails safely by passing on the left and announcing “passing on the left” so as not to surprise anyone.

SAT., MAY 18 – Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards 12th Annual Crush Cancer Fundraiser
We are excited to announce our 12th Annual Crush Cancer Fundraiser!!! “Crush Cancer” is a family-friendly event with 5k,10k & Half-Marathon trails in the Terrebonne area hosted by Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards.  The event is mostly on vineyard property away from city pavement and traffic. Bring the kids and your dog to meet the alpacas, hang out by the pond eating pizza, play in large, grassy areas, and enjoy the race excitement (dogs must be on leash for this event. No dogs will be allowed on the race trail).

SAT., MAY 18 – Early Days of Bend Walking Tour
Join the Deschutes Historical Museum on a stroll around Bend’s historic downtown district! Travel back to a time when the river ran wild, ponderosa pines were plentiful and Bend the Beautiful was a town in infancy. Hear about early Bend through the stories of six Bendites and how these residents transformed a fledgling community into a booming town. $15.00 per person, reserve your spot by calling 541-389-1813 or email us at All tours leave the museum at 10:30 am. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in. Led by trained museum volunteers. 90 minutes and one mile in length.

SAT., MAY 18 – Kids Fairy Houses: Metolius Preserve
Let your little one’s imagination run wild! Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Martha Lussenhop at the Metolius Preserve to build your own fairy house. Use materials found in the forest, create your own small fairy abode, and imagine the fairies that might come visit. Build confidence exploring and enjoying nature. Perfect for kids ages 4-7 with a grown-up in tow. Registration is required.

SAT., MAY 18 – Interpretive Kayak Tours at Prineville Reservoir State Park
The sweeping hillsides and cliffsides of Prineville Reservoir create a stunning backdrop for our guided kayak tour. Paddle with our interpretive staff and learn about local geology, area history, water cycle, and the plants and animals of the High Desert. Allow up to 3 hours for the tour, including pre-launch gear setup and post-launch check-in. Kayak, paddle and PFD provided. Minimum age:  Children 8 – 11 must ride with an adult in a tandem kayak, 12 – 17 may ride in a single – all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Dogs are not allowed on the kayak tour.

SUN., MAY 19 – Bird Walk: Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Laurie Hildebrandt for a bird walk at one of Central Oregon’s birding hot spots–Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Tune your ear and focus your binoculars as you stroll around Hindman Springs and into the meadow, watching for warblers in the willows and woodpeckers working the pine groves. More than 160 species of birds have been observed at the Preserve–see how many you can find. Beginners welcome! Registration is required.

See Also…

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For events elsewhere in Oregon, head to Travel Oregon’s Event Calendar and/or see our other event calendars at

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Mitch Darby

I am a real estate broker, architect (both licensed in the State of Oregon), and life-long Oregonian. If you are looking to buy or sell, I can help! I have Northwest Knowledge and am proud to be associated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Real Estate's Forever Brand!

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