Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 8/31/2013

Leaves are already starting to change in some areas of Oregon. Here’s an update from our leaf peepers across the state.

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Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path along the Willamette River in Eugene

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Small pockets of color can be found along the Willamette River in Eugene. Take a walk, run or bike ride along the Ruth Bascom Riverbank System, which was recently named one of USA Today’s Best Urban Bike Paths. Some of the leaves have already fallen off the trees around the DeFazio Footbridge that leads to Autzen Stadium. Spend the warm and sunny Labor Day weekend strolling the booths of the Eugene Saturday Market for unique gifts and fresh produce.

Oregon Coast
Fall color has come early on some parts of the Oregon Coast. The leaves around Coos Bay are already starting to turn oranges and yellows. Take in the pre-season glows on the 4th Annual Sunset Bay Trail Run, August 31, 2013, which will give you great views of the late summer foliage. The salmon have arrived in the bay, so cast a line right off the dock.

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Elk River in Port Orford

The leaves are still pretty green in Florence on the Central Oregon Coast. Expect the first colors to pop in the next two to three weeks, beginning along the many lakes and streams.

Willamette Valley
Most of the Willamette Valley is still very green. Expect to see the first signs of fall in the next three weeks. Take advantage of the late summer sunshine and head to the Oregon State Fair in Salem. Labor Day weekend is one of the best times to visit Oregon Wine Country. The grapes are ripening and getting ready for the fall harvest. Enjoy beautiful venues, specials on wine, live music and wonderful food throughout wine country all weekend long. Dance, sip and savor the flavors at Pfeiffer Vineyards’ Wines, Vines and Sweets, which raises money for Energizing Junction City. Here’s a complete list of wine events.

Greater Portland
Fall color has not started yet. Celebrate Labor Day in one of Portland’s hippest neighborhoods. The Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, August 31-September 2, 2013, fills the Northwest Portland Park Blocks with art, live music, theater and hands-on activities.

Mt. Hood/The Gorge
Colors have not started to change yet in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge area. Enjoy live bluegrass music at the Americana Music Festival, September 2, 2013, at Mt. Hood’s historic outdoor amphitheater.

Central Oregon
The leaves are starting to change around Central Oregon. Look for early hints of yellows and oranges around Reed Market in Bend. The Black Butte aspens are just beginning to turn in Sisters.

Eastern Oregon
Leaves are slowly starting to tun in Eastern Oregon. The first yellows should come within a week or two. In the meantime, stock up on fresh and ripe seasonal produce at the La Grande Farmers Market, Saturday  9 a.m. to noon.

Southern Oregon
Fall color has not started, but expect it to start mid-September. Sip and taste your way though Labor Day at the 11th Annual Taste of Harry and David, August 31-September 1, 2013. Southern Oregon wineries pair their finest vintages with artisan chocolates, cheeses and other foods to help benefit Access Food Bank.

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