Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Check out the frequently asked questions below.

Still have questions? Use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

We follow the venue’s guidelines regarding pets and other animals. The Deschutes County Fairgrounds pet policy is as follows:

“The only animals allowed on the grounds are those that align with the ADA’s service animal classification for animals specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are therefore not allowed on the grounds.”

Oregon WinterFest takes place on President’s Day weekend this year, February 17-19.

Friday: 5 -10pm | Saturday: 11am – 10pm | Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Festival entry requires a ticket to enter. Vendors and organized activities within the festival, such as the Kid’s Hot Cocoa Run and others, require tickets.

Nope! Oregon Winterfest bars will take both cash and card. Methods of payment accepted by other vendors will vary based on their preference.

You can register your kiddos for the Kids Mini Marshmallow Run, a part of the PacificSource Kids Rock the Races series, through Friday, Feb. 17 online. Race registration is free with entry to the festival. You can register ahead of time to sign the waiver and skip the line. Follow this link to register.

Onsite registration


Every year, a portion of proceeds from OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest is donated to a local nonprofit. In 2022, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon returns as this year’s beneficiary! Learn more.

Oregon WinterFest is produced by Lay It Out Events — a local events company in Bend, Oregon.

Lay It Out Events produces more than 20 festivals, races and contract events each year. For each ticketed event and race, LIOE donates a portion of proceeds to local nonprofit organizations. Through our beneficiaries, we raise awareness and much-needed funds for vital nonprofit groups across the Northwest. In the past 10 years, LIOE has donated over $277,000 to local charities and nonprofits.

Yes! Feel free to leave your car overnight in the Deschutes County Expo Center parking lot. No overnight camping will be permitted in the parking lot. There is an RV Park near the Expo Center that is perfect for camping!