Oregon’s largest outdoor concert venue shines on the Deschutes
Built in 2001 and named in honor of one of Central Oregon’s most successful entrepreneurs – you might have bought tires from one of his stores – the Les Schwab Amphitheater has quickly become one of the premiere venues in the Pacific Northwest to see live music.
Located in the historic Old Mill District along the Deschutes River, “the Schwab” boasts an all-grass infield and scenic views of the Cascade Range. The Amphitheater is also extremely popular with picnickers, kite flyers and dog owners as the space is open to the public on non-event days.
With the space to accommodate more than 8,000 concertgoers, the Les Schwab Amphitheater is the state’s largest outdoor concert venue. In past years the Amphitheater has drawn living legends such as Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson and artists who are shaping the sounds of their own generation like Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie and the Deftones.
Nestled right in the heart of Bend, the Amphitheater also plays host to numerous community events. The Bend Brewfest is held every year at the Amphitheater during the third weekend of August and the classic Pole Pedal Paddle race – individuals and teams ski, bike, paddle and run their way from the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area into Bend – finishes in its infield. And in partnership with the North Pole, the Les Schwab Amphitheater welcomes Santa the day after Thanksgiving, providing landing ground for his helicopter before he is whisked away to SantaLand in the Old Mill District.