Oregon is seeing fall, and we have officially welcomed fall foliage to many places. Now is a perfect time for a long drive to see the changing leaves. Head from Bend to Eugene to experience the beautiful color changing magic of the Santiam Pass along Highway 126, head to Mt. hood and see beautiful fall foliage covering the mountainside. It’s safe to say wherever you go, you will find Oregon Fall Foliage right now!
The Hebo Ranger district, along Highway 22 near Pacific City, is seeing some color change. There’s lots of yellow along the coast, and if you head east towards the valley, experience more orange and reds. We are expecting in the next few weeks for those golden yellows to transition to fiery reds. Always a great drive for fall colors is Highway 22, west of Salem, from Grande Ronde to Highway 101 in Hebo.
Octoberfish, October 6th, this year they will have games and activities for the kids, great music for the adults, yoga & movement workshops, local art and a tuna cookout.
October 5th-7th, check out Oregon Coast Jazz Party. “Honoring Women in Jazz” is the theme of this year’s event, to mark its 15th anniversary. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.
Salem is looking great in near-peak colors, with the leaves starting to change to vibrant shades of red and yellow. With lots of green in the area, expect a second wave of color to start soon. Full peak should be within the next 2 or 3 weeks.
Now is a great time to take a drive though the wineries. Try checking out the foliage at the wineries along Territorial Highway, west of Eugene, while in the area, collect stamps with Pinto Bingo.
Harvest Festivals Harvest festivals are happening throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley this weekend. From Bauman’s Harvest Festival, in Gervais to Airlie Hills Farm in Monmouth, there are several corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches to visit.
Bauman’s Harvest Festival Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, October 6th, This annual event in Gervais, Oregon has produced national and world records over the last decade.
Colonial Harvest Days & Corn Maze – Take a tractor hayride to the pumpkin patch and then visit the farm animals. Festivities include live music, pie eating contests, scavenger hunts and more. Shop for holiday favorites including ornamental and popping corn, pumpkins, fall flower bouquets, crafts and goodies to eat.
WildCraft Cider Works Harvest Party, October 5th and 6th, join WildCraft for their fourth annual Harvest Party to commemorate the participants of their cherished Community Cider Drive. Activities include apple pressing, carnival games, face painting, photo booth, live art by Steven Lopez and the Cider Olympics.
Portland is still seeing warm days mixed with a lower elevation, so their fall color is slowly creeping in. All the images being shared with us on social media show some wonderful colors popping up in many areas around the city. The Pearl District is really getting a taste for fall. Downtown is seeing some color and leaves falling, but they’re still not in full peak. As you’re stopping by the city, check out these local events.
13th Door Haunted House, with the 13th Door Haunted House of Oregon’s highly detailed sets, you will become part of the horror as you journey amongst animated creatures and theatrical actors. Join Portland’s oldest Halloween attraction this fall and enter at your own risk.
Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge
Mt Hood is almost in peak, with a whole array of colors from yellow to orange and deep reds. A local favorite and a great hike check out Government camp, a short hike with a great view of Mt. Hood, and Trillium Lake. Or how about a “Fall Color Extravaganza,” at Mirror Lake?
After your hike, head over to the Spiral Gallery Artists Cooperative for a First Friday open house featuring work from local artists from 6-8pm. This month join Phyllis Flury and Jerilyn Walker for their work featuring fused glass and handcrafted jewelry. Can’t make the opening? Their work will be featured in the studio for the month of October.
Over in Ashland they’re almost in peak as well. Bright Orange, reds, and yellows are popping up all over. The region will be in full season soon enough. Take a drive thought Ashland’s railroad district, or a stroll through the tree lined neighborhoods. From Mouton Street to Walker Street, it’s a beautiful area.
Bear Creek Salmon Festival, October 6th 11am – 4pm, Celebrate the Bear Creek Watershed and the return of the salmon with a day of free, family activities, live music and good food at North Mountain Park.
Ashland Fall Festival, October 5th, explore Ashland’s downtown and the Railroad District during the First Friday of October. Shop in Ashland’s wonderful shops, visit our galleries and take in the local art, enjoy a glass of wine, cocktail or a nice meal at a local restaurant. Help us welcome fall and celebrate the Ashland community.
Bend is in full swing for fall. It’s officially in peak! From trees in full turn, to leaves on the ground, Bend is seeing fall at its best. Sounds like the perfect time to head down to Central Oregon to stop and see some fall foliage and check out their events this week. Be prepared for the occasional spot of rain.
Bend Fall Festival, October 5th, join us for the First Interstate Bank Bend Fall Festival 2018! All the Bend Fall Festival traditions return for a family-friendly event to remember. Pumpkin painting, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, Family Fun Street, live music and more!
First Friday Art Walk, October 5th, Come join us as we celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda, and demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!
October at Smith Rock Ranch, Smith Rock Ranch is a real working farm, specializing in producing carrot, onion, and blue grass seed. As well as wheat, hay, pumpkins, and squash which are sold throughout the state of Oregon and beyond. During October they open their farm to the public and provide many family friendly activities to celebrate the fall season.
Fall has begun in Eastern Oregon, head to the Umatilla National Forest and see all the fall foliage that has started to change or another great is Eagle Cap Wilderness where the fall foliage has just started it is worth looking and seeing all the scenic wonders. After taking in the views and enjoying a hike you can check out a fall festival or corn maze or, for a crazy time, both!
Athena Fall Festival, October 6th, There will be a Classic Car Show, Pie Baking Contest, Local Vendors and a Kids’ pumpkin patch and craft area.
That’s it for this week! Follow along on #ORFallFoliage and we’ll see you next Friday with all of the leaf tips we’ve collected so far. Happy leaf-hunting!