Bend Oktoberfest How drinking beer helps keep Bend Beautiful. (and how you can help!)
The Friends of Downtown Bend 501c3, a subsidiary of the Downtown Bend Business Association, is dedicated to creating Downtown Bend as the quintessential Bend experience. Historic, vibrant, & unique – we strive to make Downtown Bend an exceptional adventure for locals and visitors alike.
Our largest fundraiser of the year is Bend Oktoberfest. For over a decade, one hundred percent of the fundraising proceeds from Bend Oktoberfest have gone into Downtown Bend beautification. Did you know that all of the cleaning & beautification for Downtown Bend is done by our small nonprofit? That's right. Most people assume that it is the City of Bend, but it is actually a small group of dedicated individuals who LOVE downtown. We need your help to keep Downtown Bend beautiful - and it's easy to join our mission, just purchase an Oktoberfest passport, enjoy local breweries & family owned businesses, and rest assured that every dollar raised goes directly to creating a thriving Downtown Bend.
This year, we’ve redesigned Bend Oktoberfest with the following intentions: #1 - To create a win/win for local businesses and Downtown Bend. Our intention is to create an event model that will help local businesses recover from COVID19, (with the dream of someday becoming one of their biggest revenue-generating days of the year). While at the same time, raising much-needed funds for the beautification and growth of Downtown Bend. In fact, we want to raise more funds than we ever have before & put more money into the dreams and visions for our Downtown. Bend Oktoberfest is a grassroots campaign to flood money into our local community.
#2 - To create the most community-centered, goofy, and outrageously fun event in Bend. Our intention is to create an event that will show the colors of our community - featuring local talent, local beer, local foods… the best that our Bend community has to offer. Plus, we want to invite our Bend community to get silly with us, because we know that when we allow ourselves to be silly together – this is when our true colors shine, and laughter and acceptance flourishes. We invite you to join us in being ridiculous for this event… wear your costumes, sing songs about your love of beer, yodel to the mountains, and participate in our outrageous feats of strength.
#3 - To grow Bend strong. Our intention is to create a model where we work together with you, and other community partners, to grow our community into the strongest, truest version of itself. Thrive and help thrive, it really is the way of the future!
Thank you for joining us & supporting our mission!