Community Events

Community Events

The District offers several community events each year including our Old Fashioned July 4th Pet Parade & Festival, Gopher Broke, Discover Nature Day and more!

4th of July pet parade dog walkersJuly 4th Pet Parade & Festival:
Pancake Breakfast & Festival – Drake Park
Pet Parade – Downtown Bend

parademap.jpgJoin us for a Bend tradition dating back to 1932 – a July 4th filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation District.
Begin your celebration at 8:00 am in Drake Park with the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast.Then move on to downtown Bend for the ever popular Pet Parade, presented by Bend Pet Express. Line up at Bend’s City Hall parking lot with your dog, wagon, bicycle or stuffed animal by 9:30 and be ready to walk the 1.5 mile parade route at 10:00 am.

After the Pet Parade, come back to Drake Park between 11:00am – 4:00 pm to enjoy live music, local artisans and lots of delicious food presented by 2016 festival sponsor, Zolo Media.  And – don’t forget to cruise through the expanded Kids & Family area brought to you by the Law Offices of Warren John West where kids of all ages will be entertained with FREE old fashioned fun and games.

For more details, visit the Pet Parade page.
For festival schedule and details, visit the July 4th Festival page.

Do you want to be a vendor? Click here for information.

Gopher Broke Scramble: 2016 TBAGopherBroke.jpg


The annual “Gopher Broke Scramble” ~ Bend’s Own Caddyshack for Kid’s Sake fundraiser. Held at a local golf course with a 12:30 pm start, this fun-filled event is a four-person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf and a happy hour & hors d’œuvre awards presentation. The money raised in the tournament is used for creating a scholarship endowment fund to help provide families in our district the opportunity to participate in our recreation programs. In the past year the Scholarship fund has been used to award over $100,000 to families in need. We still have room for a couple more teams so sign up today!

Players and sponsors are needed for the 2016 event!

For more information contact Sue Boettner at (541) 706-6125, or email her at