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





2 thoughts on “Summer’s Last Hurrah

  1. I noticed two things recently — saw one tree in Bend that had fall color, but also noticed some trees in Redmond that went straight to dried and falling leaves without any color happening — could that be due to extremely hot summer mostly in the 90s?

  2. We do think that might be happening due to our hotter summer. We’re also starting to see more color change starting to hit this week!

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