LIOE produces some of the Northwest’s most popular festivals, including the Bite of Bend, Balloons Over Bend, The Oregon WinterFest, The Little Woody (Bend) and Big Woody (PDX), along with heart-pumping races like The Deschutes Dash, Haulin’ Aspen, the Happy Girls Run series, The Salmon Run, and Snow Warriors.
The Big Woody
The Big Woody was inspired by the Little Woody beer festival in Bend, which has drawn thousands to Central Oregon in the name of specialty wood-aged beers for the past five years. Beer was originally created and aged in wooden barrels, a traditional technique the Big Woody celebrates. Wood-aging beer gives the brew a deeper, more complex character with a higher alcohol content.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 13th, 14th and 15th
Grab your friends and family for Bend’s largest festival, celebrating all things winter! The snow-centric events will be bigger than ever, with a massive, re-designed rail jam brought to you by U.S. Cellular, snow and ice sculptures thanks to Subaru of Bend, more artisan fire pits than ever before, the OSU Cascades Snow Warriors Race presented by Fleet Feet, and all the live music, food, and family activities you love!
Bite of Bend
Saturday & Sunday, June 28th & 29th
Celebrate the local flavor of Central Oregon during the region’s largest food festival. The Bite of Bend is a two-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend! Visit the website!Bite of Bend Beer Run
Balloons Over Bend
The RBC Balloons Over Bend Children’s Festival brings families, visitors and businesses together in a community celebration that has something for every generation and demographic to enjoy.
The Little Woody
August 29th and 30th, 2014
The Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest was created to commemorate one of Central Oregon’s cultural hallmarks – craft beers. This is a festival for beer lovers and connoisseurs alike!
In the past, brewers served beer that had been aged in oaken casks. Once again, brewers are turning to these historic techniques in order to add depth of flavor to their brews. The Little Woody celebrates this ancient brewing technique as adapted by American craft brewers, featuring beers aged in wine barrels, whiskey barrels and oak barrels, which uniquely flavors and intensifies the beer.
Shakespeare in the Park
Sunday, August 24th
The Shakespeare in the Park series is one of the benchmark cultural events in Central Oregon. Lay It Out Events and Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company are again bringing the Bard back to Bend and Sunriver for three brilliant performances of Shakespeare’s quintessential comedy: Twelfth Night.
Lay It Out Events Sports is proud to produce and manage some of the most exciting, well-attended and best-known events in the Northwest. We create and manage sporting events that offer participants a compelling athletic experience. Each event is unique in its ability to challenge, entertain and celebrate – leaving a lasting impression on sponsors and participants alike.
Our team has the experience to create a successful event from the ground up, or give you the tools you need to take your event to the next level — from sponsorship sales, marketing and promotions to the down-and-dirty of race-day operations.
Not for the faint of heart, Snow Warriors is an outrageous, fun and challenging obstacle course-like event. Sprint from the start and traverse defiant terrain featuring mud, snow, fire and ice.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Each year, the mighty Salmon make an expedition of a lifetime back to their homes – traversing thousands of miles and overcoming countless obstacles on their river journeys. The Salmon juxtapose the infinite space of their ocean homes against the micro-streams of their birth in one monumental run. Their achievement is awesome in the true sense of the word. Visit website!
Happy Girls Run • Bend, Oregon
Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th
The Happy Girl courses attract first-time racers and seasoned runners alike. Be a part of pre- and post-race parties, special entertainment, and fabulous gift bags that make the Happy Girls Runs a favorite among women runners and a tradition among friends.
Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & July 27th 2014
Join us for the 11th Annual Deschutes Dash Weekend Sports Festival at the Old Mill District, the most spectator-friendly, multi-sport venue in the Pacific Northwest! Bring the whole family out to compete or watch the race this summer.
Saturday August 9, 2014
It’s one of Oregon’s favorite trail running races and for good reason. Race under towering Ponderosa trees, drink in the Cascade mountain view, meander in and out of beautiful forest, and end with a celebratory craft brew. Experience for yourself why Trail Runner Magazine voted Bend the #1 Top Trail Town in September 2013 and featured the Haulin’ Aspen as one of its top races! Visit website!
Happy Girls Run • Forest Grove, Oregon
Saturday, September 6th
The 2nd annual Happy Girls Run Forest Grove will again take place at the beautiful Henry Hagg Lake County Park. Women runners from across Oregon enjoyed this first year event and we look forward to making it even better for 2014. The scenic route will include a mix of rolling hills, dirt trails, groomed paths, and paved surfaces.
Happy Girls Run • Spokane, Washington
Saturday, September 27th
Join us in kicking off our newest Happy Girls Race for 2014 in Spokane, Washington. Nationally recognized for their exceptional racing terrain, we are honored to bring the Happy Girls Series to Spokane. Run through the rolling terrain of Eastern, Washington and experience for yourself why Spokane is quickly becoming one of the running capitals of the US!
Happy Girls Run • Sisters, Oregon
Sunday, November 2nd
Happy Girls Run, Sisters is an off-road run for women runners of all abilities. This event is also designed to encourage interest in trail running among women. This run takes women through mainly single-track dirt trails and rolling hills and forest areas outside Sisters.
Successful events don’t just happen. It takes a team with experience and proven results. For over twelve years, LIOE, a Bend-based event planning company, has been delivering results for the area’s finest events.
Our relationships with event contractors ensures you will get the most for your investment. If you are a corporation or an individual just putting together a high-profile happening, you already know the importance of a smoothly running operation. Best of all, we can help you take care of — and anticipate — all of the details as they arise.
Light of Hope Run
This fun, family-friendly event took place at 9am at the Riverbend Park in front of the Bend Parks and Recreation building in the Old Mill District. Participants dressed up as their favorite superhero as they ran/walked the USATF certified 5k and 10k routes. There was also a 1k route for kids and the young at heart. Visit website!
Dash for Dads
Make Father’s Day extra special this year by participating in the second annual Dash For Dads Run for Prostate Cancer Awareness. Run with your father or your grandfather, bring your friends and run in honor of those you know who have fought prostate cancer. Visit website!
World Bear and Moustache National Championships
It’s time to start growing!
The 2014 Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships® are invading Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 25. Inside the spectacular, 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland, hundreds of the world’s best “beardsmen” will put the art of facial hair on display in the most entertaining and creative competition to hit the Northwest.
Kids Rock the Races
How it Works!? Kids Rock the Races gives kids the opportunity to get outside, have fun and experience the excitement of a race! Participate in the events listed above and with each race, receive a stamp on your Kids Rock the Races passport.
Why it Works!? Not only is it fun for kids to be a part of this race series but it’s also an important part of developing a healthy lifestyle. All of these races are non-competitive, and everyone is a winner for participating. Make a commitment to get your kids moving this year at any one of these events and watch their enthusiasm for sports grow!
Little Fry Run
Join us for the Little Fry Run, part of the Kids Rock the Races series, and encourage your little fry to join the salmon migration and festivities. All participants will receive a finishers ribbon and are eligible for tons of cool prizes. Check out our Kids Rock the Races page for details.
Happy Little Kids Run
COPA Kids Splash-N-Dash
This event is focused on FUN with an athletic obstacle course designed for children ages 3 to 10. The race will begin with a dash up an inflatable stair, jump down a big slide and into a pool of water! Continue through a series of muddy water pools followed by an intense sprint to the finish line.
Little Hopper Obstacle Challenge
Little ones like to drink and run too – drink root beer, that is! Join us for another Kids Rock the Races event at The Bite of Bend, this time featuring root beer and ice cream from Eberhard’s Dairy in the Little Hopper Root Beer Run!
Balloon Blast Kids Race
As if the Children’s Festival wasn’t enough for your kiddos, Lay It Out Events is excited to present the Balloon Blast Kids Race!
Little Snow Warriors
For aspiring Warriors and Warrior Princesses, join us in the Little Snow Warrior Dash! A shorter and less defiant course comprised of Warrior-in-Training obstacles that will have Little Snow Warriors ready for more.