Earlier this month, we went to the local Summer Festival here in Bend, Oregon.
If it’s a summer festival, you might see fairies walking down the street, right? Are those blurry spots behind them spots on my windshield? Nope, I’m pretty sure that’s a cloud of fairy dust. 😉
As the sign says, this festival features music, food, and art. It takes place downtown on three city blocks, plus a couple side streets. It’s estimated that 70,000 people attend this two and a half day festival.
The art booths have everything from jewelry and landscape art, to pillows featuring an image of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Various businesses feature their products and services in the Bend Business Showcase section.
There’s also a place for kids to play at this event.
Musicians play on this stage and in various locations around downtown. You’ll hear a wide variety of musical genres.
Hanging baskets, overflowing with colorful flowers, decorate the streets.
There are lots of food booths. We enjoyed watching this cook hold various vegetables in his hand and then slice them directly into two enormous woks. It was like watching performance art.
I bought a little memento of the Summer Festival from a local artisan at the Branch + Barrel booth. Pretty, aren’t they?
Bend has lots of activities and events, but this is definitely one of my favorites. After months of dealing with the chill of winter and the rains of spring, this festival signals the unboundness of summer.