Who needs summer to have fun in Bend, Oregon? Not us! Here are some of the fantastic events happening in November 2013 in Bend and Central Oregon.

There may be a chill in the air but Wanderlust is still doing their daily lava cave tours. With a naturalist as your guide explore Central Oregon’s desert lava caves. Average temperature is around 42 degrees so dress appropriately! Reservations are required so visit their website for more information.

Bend’s premier literary event, Nature of the Words is back! Scheduled November 7-10 at the Tower Theatre, this unique event offers renowned guest authors from genres of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult fiction in readings, workshops, lectures and receptions. Authors include Lawson Inada, Karen Finneyfrock, James Prosek, Jim Lynch and Emily Carr. More information can be found on their website.

It’s close to the opening of ski season in Central Oregon and Warren Miller’s ski film, “Ticket to Ride” is the perfect ski film to get you in the mood to shred. Showing November 15 and 16 at the Tower Theatre, the film features the Alaskan Tordrillos, Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, fjords of Greenland and Big Sky country of Montana. The film showcases athletes such as Sean Pettit, Ted Ligety, Seth Westcott and Jess McMillian, all leaving tracks. To purchase tickets, visit the Tower Theatre's website.

Thanksgiving is a great time to visit Bend, Oregon. If you are a runner, sign up for the Footzone’s “I Like Pie” run taking place on Thanksgiving Day November 28 starting at 9 a.m. in front of Crows Feet Commons. Participants bring a pie to share and food to donate to NeighborImpact. For more information on the event, visit their information page.

In Bend for Thanksgiving? Make a reservation for dinner at Crossings at the Riverhouse. We'll be open from 12-8 pm serving turkey with all the trimmings along with our classics including our award-winning steaks. Review the menu and make a reservation by calling 541-389-8810.

Don't forget about our monthly events at Crossings at the Riverhouse. November 29, we'll be featuring Treasury Wine Estates at Dine with Wine. On November 30, we'll feature Bend Brewing Company at Meet the Brewer.

The Downtown Bend Association will hold their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Saturday November 30 with festivities starting under way at 6 p.m. at a new location near Brooks Street and Franklin Ave at the top of Drake Park. For more information, visit their website.

Ready to book your stay in Bend, Oregon? Check our Hot Deal Hotel rates for the month of November. Save up to 25% off while supplies last.* Rates are reflection on our reservation website. Call us at (866) 452-6883 or make a reservation online.

*Prices subject to change. Based on availability. Some restrictions apply. Rates are already reflected on the reservation website.