Fall Festival Fun in the Willamette Valley
There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And when it’s fall in the Willamette Valley, our thoughts turn to changing leaves, fall bounty, fresh hopped beers and special events that bring friends and family together. Don’t miss these seasonal celebrations in the valley this fall.
Sept. 9-11, 2016
The Sublimity Harvest Festival marks more than 40 years of tradition in the little agricultural community of Sublimity. The weekend features pulling competitions of all kinds — ATV, horse and truck as well as the tractor pull contest that started it all. Attendees will also enjoy a fun run, parade, Monster Truck show, live music and the annual Sublimity Harvest Festival Breakfast.
Sept. 10, 2016
Septembeerfest in Corvallis, as the name suggests, celebrates the season with Oregon craft beer. The family-friendly event, now in its ninth year, will feature more than 60 different brews, 50-plus ciders and meads and live music throughout the day. The festival kicks off Corvallis Craft Beer Week, which runs September 6-11.
Sept. 15-18, 2016
Raise a stein to the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the Pacific Northwest. The 51st annual Mt. Angel Oktoberfest returns with a slew of great events, including German music, kids activities at the Extended Kindergarten area, special beers, street dances and wiener dog races. You’ll be saying “Prost!” in no time.
Sept. 16-17, 2016
Celebrate the hops harvest with the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival, held in what was once the hops capital of the world. Enjoy a homebrew competition, live music, a pie-eating contest and two robust beer gardens pouring Oregon craft beer. Keep an eye to the sky for hot air balloons, helicopter rides and fireworks.
Sept. 24 through October 2016
French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm in St. Paul keeps the fun rolling all month long with a pumpkin patch, pig races, mazes and more. Watch the donut-trained pigs in the Pig-Tucky Derby or have your own race through the 2-acre corn maze or 2,500-bale hay maze. Kids will love the hayrides, slide land, farm animal pavilion and the chance to pick their own pumpkins.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016
Quiltopia: A Weekend of Quilted Events happens at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in Salem. The event includes a host of lectures, demonstrations and competitions as well as quilt documentations sessions; bring our old (or new) quilt and a team of knowledgeable quilt enthusiasts will tell you about the design, construction and age. Quilts will be documented as part of a permanent national archive.
Oct. 22, 2016
Heel toe it to the Barn Dance at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. This sixth annual event includes line-dancing lessons, a pig roast and great craft beer. The best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl will win a prize from Double H Western Wear, so dress your best. Come for the evening, or take advantage of overnight packages from the Oregon Garden.
Oct. 30, 2016
The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival in Eugene spotlights the richness of Oregon mushrooms with cooking demonstrations, plant, mushroom and art sales, guided nature walks and food from local vendors. Kids will love the hayrides, apple pressing and arts and crafts.
about author Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.
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