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!


Fall just starting to show in Eugene by Tiffany Ottem


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