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10 Bend Area Classes Where You Can Learn a New Skill

  |  Central Oregon

When you think about taking a class as an adult, it’s usually to help pad your resume and climb the next step on the corporate ladder. But sometimes it can, and should, be just for fun!

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to create your own craft beer or how to salsa. No matter what you’re curious and passionate about, you’re in luck: Bend, OR is home to countless ways for you to indulge your desire to learn. Take a look at our list, where you’ll find our favorite classes in the area, from candle making to fly fishing.


Fancywork Yarn Shop

Art | Class Schedule

Bend Adult Classes


If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to work with needles and yarn — now’s your chance! Fancywork Yarn Shop offers classes for fiber fans of all levels so you can learn how to knit or crochet. For more advanced yarn workers, they also hold several project courses throughout the month, giving you the opportunity to create your own pullovers, socks or shawls.


Deschutes Public Library

Technology | Class Schedule

By taking a class at Deschutes Public Library, you’re not only supporting your local library, but you’re also getting the opportunity to learn a brand new skill — for free! Learn how to update your resume, expand your skills in Microsoft Office and Windows 10, or explore basics of Facebook and Instagram.


Confluence Fly Shop

Fishing | Class Schedule

Bend Adult Classes

Photo courtesy of Confluence Fly Shop

Confluence Fly Shop, located in the Old Mill District, offers everything from beginner fly tying courses to classes on aquatic entomology. For a special treat, try their “Intro to Winter Steelheading” two-day immersion course. You’ll learn all about the gear, tactics, fly selections and techniques needed to chase the enchanting Steelhead fish.  


Wick’d Candle Lounge

Candles | Class Schedule

Wick’d Candle Lounge is a bright and open space where you can create your own, original candle from start to finish. Pick from an abundance of shape, size, color and fragrance options so you can personalize your perfect candle. Or, attend one of their many classes and learn how to make a gorgeous themed candle from scratch!


Immersion Brewing

Beer | Class Schedule

Bend Adult Classes

Photo courtesy of Immersion Brewing

Make all of your beer-loving dreams come true by crafting your own unique brew under the guidance of a professional brewer at Immersion Brewing! Their “Brew-it-Yourself” sessions last around two hours and offer more than 30 recipes for you to choose from, giving you about five gallons of your very own craft beer at the end.  


The Northwest Outward Bound School

Outdoors | Class Schedule

The Northwest Outward Bound School offers a vast number of incredible courses that will teach you about any outdoor activity you can imagine. For a once in a lifetime opportunity, try their 7-day “Three Sisters Backpacking” course, where you’ll travel on and off trail through Oregon’s Central Cascades and learn how to set up shelters, cook, navigate and administer first aid.


Kindred Creative Kitchen

Cooking | Class Schedule

Bend Adult Classes


Whether you’re looking to hone your culinary skills or want to learn something specific — like how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner or how to cook with beer — the Kindred Creative Kitchen has you covered. They offer cooking classes for almost every age range, skill level and occasion.


The Workhouse

Art | Class Schedule

The Workhouse is a space where local artists can collaborate and connect with environmentally conscientious buyers. Aside from their retail gallery and on-site studios, they also offer events and educational programs for everyone! From writing and figure drawing to painting with coffee or beer, they have a class for you — no matter what type of art form you’re interested in learning.


Latin Dance Bend

Dancing | Class Schedule

Adult Classes in Bend

Photo courtesy of Latin Dance Bend

Anyone can dance as long as they have a great teacher! Latin Dance Bend offers a variety of classes no matter your skill level. Learn Latin dances such as the Salsa or the Bachata in a fun and welcoming environment. Dance partners aren’t required but they are encouraged, so grab your sweetheart and head over for a romantic date night you won’t soon forget.


DIY Cave

Art | Class Schedule

At the DIY Cave, you can take a variety of unique classes from welding and jewelry-making to woodworking and auto repair. Their schedule of classes is constantly changing, so there’s always something new for you to learn. Plus, if you have a skill you’d like to share, you can rent a room at the Cave and teach your own class!


Happy Learning!

Is there a skill that you’re interested in learning this year? Let us know in the comments!


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