4 Peaks Music Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Bend, Oregon over the summer solstice weekend every year. Its name comes from the beautiful peaks of the Cascade Mountains surrounding the area. Over the years the festival has enriched the music scene of the region and has also played a role in boosting its economy.
4 Peaks Music Festival started as the brainchild of one of the founding partners, Eric Walton. He had the vision of putting together a small backyard music event that brought world-class music and a unique vibe to Bend. Once more partners came on board, the festival became much larger in scale featuring two stages, multiple bands, and numerous other fun activities.
The event strives to showcase music from the best local, regional, and national bands and musicians. Artists who have performed at 4 Peaks Music Festival in the past include Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robben Ford, The Jeff Austin Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Greensky Bluegrass, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, MarchFourth Marching Band, and Jackie Greene.
In addition to the great music at the festival, guests can enjoy some delicious food and also take in the scenic views. RVers can enjoy camping at the festival with family and friends while taking in the incredibly gorgeous scenery.
You can choose between a single-day pass or a weekend pass. Prices for these range from $40 (Sunday single-day ticket) to $225 (weekend pass). Kids under the age of 10 can enter for free and discounted tickets are available for young adults between the ages of 11 to 17.
You can purchase passes online or at local businesses Bend, in which case you can avoid the processing fee. The tickets are transferable, but no refunds or exchanges will be given. More information on tickets, pricing, and scheduling can be found on the festival website. Parking, camping, and RV passes can also be purchased on 4 Peaks Music Festival site.
Bend, Oregon lies at the intersection of two major highways, US Route 20 and US Route 97, and little over three hours from Portland. Motorists tend to have an easier time traveling in this area in the summer months, but be aware that summer snow has landed in the area in the past. The weather can be unpredictable, so always check if any storm or road alerts have been issued in Bend and the nearby towns like Redmond. Routes to the area may lead drivers through national forest lands and along roads with plenty of curves.
Paid overnight parking is available at the venue. If you’re driving a car, you’ll need to buy a vehicle impact fee to enter the grounds. You'll need an RV pass if you’re planning to get there in an RV. Day parking is also available at a separate lot for a nominal fee.
You can get to the venue by bus or by using a taxi-hailing app. A shuttle service will be available to ferry passengers back and forth from several points in Bend to the festival venue. You can also choose to ride your bike to the site and park it for free.
There are a couple of camping options available onsite. 4 Peaks Music Festival offers passes based on vehicle type, so be sure to note the style of rig you will have when purchasing your tickets. Generators are allowed during certain hours. Campers will need to be prepared to remain self-contained while at the festival.
RV camping in Bend is highly recommended thanks to the beautiful, rugged landscape and a large number of attractions in the area. Travelers will find several well-equipped RV parks within a 10-mile radius of the festival site. Campsites here and further afield also offer waterfront access and come with facilities like full-hookups, WiFi, and laundry services.
Four-wheelers, golf carts, motorcycles, and other personal vehicles will not be allowed on the grounds. Guests with disabilities can use wheelchairs, and most parts of the venue are accessible. However, the festival is held outdoors, so there are some grassy, mud-covered, or uneven areas which can be challenging to navigate.
You’re not likely to see many lavish costumes at the 4 Peaks Music Festival. The vibe is pretty relaxed and casual. Most festival attendees will be dressed casually in jeans and t-shirts or flannel shirts. The temperature tends to drop after sundown, so go prepared with warm clothing for the evening.
A few essentials that can come in handy are sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, an extra pair of shoes, bug spray and a refillable, non-glass bottle. You can also carry low backed chairs or a blanket for seating. If you’re going to be camping on site, take a first aid box, a lantern, and a waterproof tarp to protect your gear.
Free potable water will be available throughout the venue. You will be able to buy drinking water and ice at the beverage tents. Guests will also have easy access to portable toilets and hand-washing stations. Stay close to your group and designate a central meeting place in case someone gets separated.
You are allowed to bring your own food to the campground and cook on the stove in your RV. You may also be allowed to cook on a portable propane stove. Charcoal, wood or gas grills are prohibited and so are open fires of any kind. Be sure to bring all the supplies you need to your campsite since exiting and re-entering the venue will involve an additional fee and needs to be arranged in advance.
Bend’s culinary scene has really blown up in recent years. So you’ll find so much more than fast food joints and diners to eat at in this eclectic portion of Oregon. There are some great restaurants serving up modern American food made from locally sourced ingredients. You can also choose from other cuisines like Thai, Chinese, and Argentinian.
4 Peaks Music Festival is known to have a wide range of food and drinks available around the clock. Whether your food preferences tilt toward the vegan or carnivore side, you’ll find something at the festival to suit your taste. Alcoholic beverages like beers, wines, and cocktails can be purchased at the full-bar that’s on site. Guests are invited to enjoy non-alcoholic drinks like coffee, tea, and kombucha.
All vehicles will be searched before entry to the campgrounds, and bags will be checked before you enter the staging areas. Be sure to take a look at the list of prohibited items on the website to ensure that you’re not carrying anything that’s banned. Festival officials request that guests adhere to the guidelines for the enjoyment of all attendees.
The weather in Bend can be highly unpredictable since it is located at a higher altitude. It can be pouring with rain one minute and warm and sunny the next. Come prepared for sudden climate changes by adaptable clothing and gear. The festival will go on unless the weather turns severe.
There will be an emergency tent located in a central area at 4 Peaks Music Festival. Medical services will be available 24 hours a day to anyone who needs them. Service animals will be allowed in to assist patrons with disabilities. Medications and medically necessary devices will be permitted as long as they are accompanied by the right documentation.