An Oregon Fall is Near!

Fall is starting to show up! It hasn’t quite come to full swing, but there are notes of colorful leaves popping up through the regions. Although we aren’t in peak season yet, there are still plenty of things to see and do. We included a few of our favorite harvest festivals, markets, and other celebrations to check out as Fall is heading our way.

Willamette Valley

Depending on where you are, fall colors have made their appearance or are in the process of starting to show. The Willamette Valley isn’t in peak season yet, but there are some great events popping up!

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Color popping in Coburg just north of Eugene and Springfield – by Tiffany Ottem

Public House in Springfield is having its Grand Opening and Oktoberfest Celebration on the 21st, the Lane County Master Gardener Fall Festival is happening on the 22nd at Emerald Park, and Salem is having a Harvest Lunch at Bjornson Vineyard,

If you want to see some fall colors on the McKenzie River check out Fall Color Scenic Jet Boat tours.

Greater Portland

Looks like Portland is getting into fall and will have beautiful weather all week, so it might be the perfect time to head over to Portland for the fall foliage and see for yourself. Looks like Saturday you might need an umbrella, but the rest of the week will be beautiful and might even get into the 80’s! So, if you plan on making Portland your stop, here are some events you might want to add to your to-do list.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge

Some color is starting to show up around Mt. Hood, but the vibrant colors haven’t quite reached the top of the mountain yet. Sounds like lower elevations are starting to see more color this week.

There are some great things to still do and see in this region right now! Check out the 8th Annual Confederated Tribal Celebration Mt. Hood Ski bowl on Sep 22, 2018, and the Hood River Hops Fest.

Central Oregon

A hint of Fall is starting to show in Bend, with nighttime temps cooling off the foliage should be turning quickly.  While we wait for peak there is plenty to do in central Oregon this weekend. Check out the Oktoberfest at McMenamins in Bend and visit their Fall Foliage tours on the Tumalo Creek by kayak or canoe.

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Fall color popping in Bend from Lisa Sidor

Eastern Oregon

Sounds like Eastern Oregon is starting to show off some fall shades in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forrest. Some beautiful yellows and oranges have started to turn and accompany the lush green forest. Check out the Steens Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness for some possible fall foliage spots and even if the leaves haven’t turned, the views are well worth the adventure.

Southern Oregon

Looks like the leaves are just beginning to change in this region. The area has a mixture of green, orange, yellow, and dark red showing up. It’s slowly but surely getting to be fall! Some areas to check out when you head to Southern Oregon for fall foliage are Table Rock, Roxy Ann Loop Trail, or Jacksonville. Here are a few weekend events to explore while you’re there:

 

That’s it for this week! We’ll see you next Friday with all of the leaf tips we’ve collected so far. Happy leaf-hunting!

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Fall hitting Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery Near Eugene

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The Very Beginning of Fall Color

Welcome to some crisp fall weather! It’s getting to be that time of year again where the weather changes, the school buses are out, the pumpkins and ghost start showing up, and the leaves are finally starting to turn.

Although the majority of foliage has yet to make a change, there are plenty of reasons to jump in the car this weekend and enjoy some fall themed events or enjoy the last of the warm days with beautiful blue skies before the season truly hits. Here are a few highlights we picked up:

Oregon Coast
Florence Oregon is seeing a little color change; some trees have made a quick turn to full orange and red but nothing is in peak as of yet. This weekend has a few fun events to note, Florence Kites and Habitat beach walk is happening at the Driftwood Shores Resort or perhaps this may be the perfect time for a drive up the North Fork Road for some scenic back roads with a view.

Willamette Valley
It sounds like Salem is just starting to see the beginning of fall, there is a bit of yellow and red coming through, and some leaves are starting to fall in their downtown area.

Even though it isn’t peak season, fall events are starting to line up in this region!

Mount Angel Oktoberfest is Sept. 13-16 in Mt. Angel, Oregon. The 53rd annual German-style festival will celebrate with a blend of food, beer and family fun, including traditional dances, wiener dog races and live music.

Tap Into Polk County with a weeklong celebration of local beer and harvest season Sept. 14-23. Events throughout the week will include farmers’ markets, block parties, culinary experiences and ghost walks.

Greater Portland
Portland is seeing some change in isolated spots, but hasn’t hit full peak. Good news is that it’s getting close! If you’re heading to Portland, there is still plenty of things to do indoors and out. Head over to the Portland Art Museum and see work by Avantika Bawa and if you get hungry Feast Portland is happening the right now though 16th at various locations through the city.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge
Mt. Hood isn’t seeing much of fall color in its view yet, but you can still explore the fall season to come! On September 15th, take part in the Cider Squeeze at Philip Foster Farms.

Philip Foster Farm brings out the presses for their annual Cider Squeeze at this event. You can bring and press your own apples or the farm’s apples or purchase delicious premade cider. Spend a day on the farm with family and friends and enjoy live music, food, games, and craft booths.

Southern Oregon
Ashland is just now starting to see a change. There are sprinkles of red, yellow, and orange starting to pop around in places. While not quite yet the time to view the colors, you can head over to Mt. Ashland for a day hike.

Medford Oregon is also just beginning to see some changes on the tops of trees. Some good fall viewing spots once we start to see more change are Roxy Ann Peak Trail, Table rock, and Prescott Park.

What should you do there in the meantime? Check out the BrewFest and Battle of the Bones, Central Point Saturday Artisan Market, and the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market. 

Central Oregon
Sounds like Central Oregon is just starting to see some changes – which seems to be a common theme for all our regions this week! Head to Bend for their Oktoberfest from the 3rd to 14th, or head to Crooked River Ranch for Cars in the Canyon on the 15th, or a Fall free day on the 15th at Sunriver nature center.

Also check out the Bend Oktoberfest, Cars in the Canyon, and Fall Free day.

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Be sure to check back next Friday and follow #ORFallFoliage to stick with where the leaves are changing and what family friendly events are being held across the state!

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Fall just starting to show in Eugene by Tiffany Ottem

Summer’s Last Hurrah

It’s nearly the start of the season! Oregon Fall foliage is just starting to show as weather and seasons begin to change, but as of now everything is still mostly evergreen with minimal leaf color changes.

We expect in the next 2- 3 weeks for colors to really start popping. Most places in Oregon haven’t seen much change yet, but we wanted to keep an eye out for some local events and things to do while waiting for the leaves to change!

Oregon Coast

The coast might not have much of a change in leaves yet, but the Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational car show in Florence this weekend 7th- 9th is a great way to spend the weekend, and a perfect way to send off summer days.

Willamette Valley

The area sure has felt the fall come in but across the board leaves have not started changing yet. A few trees got an early start but most of the streets are lined with green trees still holding onto their leaves.

Still plenty of events and things to do, while the weather is still nice and sunny. With the Coburg Antique Fair is this Sunday in Coburg Oregon, head over to the nearby Agrarian Ales between the 7th and 9 for the Hop Harvest Festival.

Greater Portland

Portland isn’t quite feeling the fall vibe yet, but they have plenty going on through the city in the meantime. Check out the Rose City Comic Con the 7th through the 9th, or signup for a Portland City Half Day Tour and explore historic downtown, the Park Blocks, and Portland’s living room – Pioneer Courthouse Square. Perhaps still you want to check out the corn maze and pumpkin patch on beautiful Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge

It’s a similar story in this region. Before fall hits, head on down to the Columbia River for a first Friday art walk, or a wine tasting event, or listen to some live music. There are plenty of things to see and do down in the gorge. Columbia River Gorge is having a waterfall tour! Pass through Troutdale, Gateway to the Gorge, as you travel down the Historic Columbia River Highway stopping at the Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and finally the largest fish hatchery in Oregon – Bonneville Fish Hatchery.  Be sure to stop by the sturgeon viewing center to see the 70 year old 450 pound Herman the sturgeon.

Southern Oregon

Hasn’t seen much of a change yet, the trees are green with a slight dark orange on the tops, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the view for some pre-planning at the table rocks.

You can see almost the whole valley from atop a cliff, be sure to stay posted for the best time to see this stunning view in full fall color. In the meantime, while you wait for the color shift, visit the 13th annual fall classic car and truck show, the central point Saturday Artisan market, and free mini train rides.

Central Oregon

Colors are just starting to show; cool nighttime temperatures will help the process but as of now, no changes to report. Be sure to check out the local events happening this weekend. In Sisters, stop by The Sisters Folk Festival.

Eastern Oregon

All though not much to report on leaves, there is still plenty of things to explore and see. Head over to the Steens Mountains for a hike with a view, or head over to the painted hills and see the breath-taking hills and all their natural colors,

There might not be much fall to report on yet, but plenty of activities to make it feel like fall or get you that last taste of summer before its all leaves and all harvest.

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Be sure to check back next Friday and follow #ORFallFoliage to stick with where the leaves are changing and what family friendly events are being held across the state!

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Some early color change captured in Bend by Instagrammer @polykick