Culture, Arts & Entertainment

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Pendleton’s culture is defined in large part by its rich history.  Western themes may dominate, but look a little closer and you’ll find a community that values diversity and offers something for every taste.

Western Heritage

  • The world famous Pendleton Round-Up has been drawing tourists from around the globe to Pendleton for over 100 years.  Steeped in tradition, the Round-Up is one of the largest professional rodeos in the country and since its inception has partnered with local Native American tribes to share their culture and hospitality with visitors to the area.
  • Wildhorse Resort & Casino’s Annual July Pow Wow brings Native American dancers and drum groups from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  Enjoy the sights & sounds, and explore the many booths of native art & delicious food.
  • Pendleton’s Cattle Barons Weekend was created in honor of our region’s cattlemen and ranchers and their legacy.  Held each spring, the weekend includes ranch rodeo events, a horse sale, a barbeque competition and more.  And all proceeds go to scholarships for regional students!

Museums & Galleries

  • Tamastslikt Cultural Institute – Immerse yourself in the history, culture and hospitality of the people who have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years – the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes.
  • Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts – With a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio, CSIA brings in emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and editions — including lithographs, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts and more.
  • The Pendleton Center for the Arts offers fine arts exhibits, live music performances, arts education for all ages, and a great venue for purchasing hand-crafted fine gifts made by regional artists.
  • Heritage Station Museum is Umatilla County’s historical museum.  Exhibits change often to portray local history from a variety of perspectives, utilizing historic objects and information from the museum archives.  The museum also hosts touring exhibits and showcases private collections.
  • Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame houses exhibits that document over 100 years of Round-Up and Happy Canyon history, as well as a special section dedicated to Hall of Fame inductees.
  • Pendleton Underground Tours takes guests on a tour of Pendleton’s historic red light district.  Considered controversial at its founding due to the colorfulsubject matterassociated with any red light district, the tour is now celebrated as Eastern Oregon’s #1 year round tourist attraction.

Performing Arts

  • Oregon East Symphony and Chorale has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high quality musical experiences and events for 27 years.  Musicians come from around the Pacific Northwest to play four diverse season concerts and a holiday music festival.
  • Happy Canyon is the night show of the Pendleton Round-Up and nearing its centennial is the longest running wild west show in America.  The show depicts the way of life of local Native American tribes prior to the white man, the pleasures and hardships of the emigrants who came west, and the conflicts that occurred between those two cultures.  With livestock, gunfights and a cast of over 300 colorful characters the show is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
  • Blue Mountain Community College’s College Community Theater – a collaborative effort of community volunteers and BMCC’s Theater Arts Department, the CCT stages multiple showings of both classic and contemporary plays almost every month of the year.
  • Live Music – Pendleton is home to a growing and vibrant live music scene.  During summer months superstar musicians play large, outdoor concerts at venues like Wildhorse Resort & Casino or the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon arenas.  And on any given weekend you might find acts ranging from folk to funk and country to classic rock playing in Pendleton’s restaurants and night spots.

Dining

  • Pendleton has a diverse selection of classic western steakhouses, fine dining, ethnic restaurants, cafes, coffee shopsand more.Coyote Business Park staff favorites include:Plateau, Hamley Steakhouse and The Prodigal Son Brewery.

Other local attractions:

  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Pendleton Farmers Market