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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Feast here in the Bend-Redmond area. This high desert setting with spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains offers Feastgoers access to a truly millennial setting. September usually offers warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights, providing beautiful autumn weather during the festival season.
You will find much to explore in the diverse topography, including piney woods, mountain peaks and desert plains. With the earlier festival dates this year, many of the area attractions will be open including Newberry National Volcanic Monument just south of Bend. Here you can explore the volcanic past of this area and climb on lava flows that go on for miles. You can walk the 5.5-mile paved sun-lava path to see the lava flows, Deschutes River and Behnam Falls, or you can visit the Lava River Cave and bring your headlamps and lanterns to explore the mile long lava cave. Drive up to the top of Lava Butte, and you will get a view from a 5,000-foot vantage point to see the entire area.
Also south of Bend is the Smithsonian affiliated High Desert Museum. Where wild meets West, you will come eye-to-eye with a raptor and join in the family-friendly, hands-on learning available to teach you about the wildlife, habitat and rich history of the high desert. Finish the day with either shopping in the outlet mall or in the Old Mill District located on the scenic banks of the Deschutes River, featuring shops, restaurants and a scenic walking trail along the river. The old downtown area of Bend with its wide variety of shops and restaurants offers an enjoyable afternoon activity.
Outdoor activities include sightseeing, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, rock climbing, caves to explore, agate and fossil hunting, fishing, canoeing, boating and whitewater rafting. Golfers will enjoy some of the nation’s best courses.
The small Western-themed tourist town of Sisters provides a great place to window shop and pick up some souvenirs. The resort village of Sunriver offers shopping, dining, a nature center, an indoor sports center and a water park. Just north of Redmond is Smith Rock State Park with scenic views, deep river canyons, excellent rock climbing with several thousand climbs available and miles of trails to walk, bike or hike.
This year we are planning some activities to take advantage of the earlier festival time to allow everyone to enjoy the area to its fullest.
Services are held in a spacious facility with plenty of parking, scenic grounds for picnicking and outdoor activities, and an on-site RV area with full hookups.