OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon Winterfest Returns to Redmond Expo Center February 17-19

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Over the past two decades, the OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest has grown into the largest winter festival in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s back on holiday weekend Presidents 2023! The three-day event returns to the Deschutes Expo Center in Redmond, February 17-19, 2023.

The upcoming 2023 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest will brighten up the winter season with lights, live music, art, food, drink, shopping and entertainment for the whole family.

The festivities begin on Friday, February 17, with live music kicking off Friday night on the Oregrown Indoor Main Stage. Popular country and hip-hop music acts (to be announced soon) will take the stage with plenty of room to dance and sing along, with two acts on Friday and Saturday nights. Meanwhile, on the Sparks Outdoor Stage, local musicians of various genres will entertain festival-goers Friday through Sunday, surrounded by fire pits and light art.

The all-new indoor Royal Lounge will include a stage for additional musical performances, seasonal shopping with various local and regional vendors, and gourmet artisan food and drink. Gourmands will be able to delight their palates all weekend long with regional wines and epicurean delicacies.

Other heated indoor activities include the Wonderland Marketplace, where businesses and service organizations will showcase goods and merchandise including clothing, food and other products. This huge indoor shopping area will also feature dozens of regional and local artisans displaying their artwork and other unique handcrafted products, from fine woodwork to handcrafted jewelry to paintings.

Festival-goers will be able to stock up for their winter activities at the outdoor Cascades Market, where the latest snow sports apparel and outdoor accessories will be available for purchase along with other unique gifts.

Warm up next to a vibrant fireplace and marvel at unique fire sculptures, or watch ice sculptors turn blocks of ice into intricate masterpieces. More than a dozen artists will sculpt throughout the weekend, creating distinctive pieces for each day of the event. Festival-goers can peruse all of the sculptures each day in an outdoor gallery tent.

Be enchanted by the Central Oregon Light Art exhibit, featuring light art from the Holiday Light Experience. You will pass through millions of dazzling lights illuminating each area of ​​the festival.

Young children have a space just for them in the Family Play Zone. There will be bouncy houses and other kid-focused booths with fun activities and memorabilia. Kids can also participate in the Mini Marshmallow Run or hang out with the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) puzzle challenges.

A new element of the festival for 2023 is the start of the hot chocolate race (adults only) on Sunday 19 February. Costumes are encouraged for this fun 5K, which culminates in a hot chocolate bar complete with all the toppings and the option to add a splash of Crater Lake liquor. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest is donated to a local nonprofit organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon returns as a 2023 grantee. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides one-on-one mentorship to children who need supportive role models. The organization provides more than 100 volunteers to the OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest. More information is available online at www.oregonwinterfest.comincluding applications to be a vendor or volunteer at this year’s event and to purchase tickets, which include four-family packs and one-day-only admissions.

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