What is Bend Roots?
Bend Roots is an annual festival and renaissance of creativity rising up in Central Oregon. Our culture thrives in connection with nature and the arts, and the Revival links us to both. An annual ritual down by the river which celebrates the creative talents of our community, the “Roots Fest” is an interactive showcase of music, art and culture in Bend. Proceeds from sponsorship of the event, donations, sales of merchandise, and Deschutes beer support art and music education projects, through camps and workshops, and at six schools in Central Oregon.
The Bend Roots Revival is a free, family-friendly festival featuring over 100 musical acts and educational workshops. The event takes place annually, the last week in September, and showcases all genres—from folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and hip-hop, to funk, punk, metal, jazz, and rock.
Over a decade in the making, this festival is a multi-faceted phenomenon, an authentic grassroots expression emerging from a culture contained by volcanos and expansive high desert. Home to seven stages surrounding Bevel Brewing and the DIY Cave on Bend’s East side, Roots is a revival of creativity, and the end-of-summer party for locals in Central Oregon.
Revenue from fundraising efforts, donations at the festival, Deschutes Brewery beer sales, and merchandise sold at the Revival, support art and music education in our community through the Roots Educational Collective, and the local 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization, Rise Up Presents.
This group of artists, musicians, local businesses partners, and philanthropists has grown, over the last decade, to help fund and run arts-outreach programs at Westside Village Magnet School, REALMS Middle & High School, Cascades Academy, The Tamarack Program and Skyline High School.
Other Roots Events
In addition to the Revival, throughout the year, Bend Roots organizes a series of interactive art and music events, like the legendary Church of Neil celebration and Dead at the Doj (multi-band live tributes to Neil Young and the Grateful Dead respectively), the Chow Summer Jam, and the Roots Art and Music Camp for Youth.
Browse our website to learn more about Bend Roots in the community and to see how you can get involved!