Mid-October in Oregon

Happy middle of October, everyone! With the weather staying warm and sunny, it’s a great week to explore the state and get in the fall spirit while checking out the lovely fall foliage around us. Almost any region you pick this weekend will be showing full foliage and beautiful weather!


Leaves on the ground in Bend from Lisa Sidor

Willamette Valley- The Willamette Valley seems to be in peak from Salem to Cottage Grove, the fall foliage is stunning all around. Bright reds, golden yellows, and orange all over. With the warm days and cool nights, and little rain in sight, I am hopeful that the fall foliage will stick around. A walk-through Riverfront park in Salem, a day at the Saturday Market (one of the last for the season) in Eugene, a stroll through Cottage Grove for all the covered bridges and fall foliage. Along with all the views of fall foliage, here are some fall events to check out if you’re in the area.

Pumkinpalooza, Eugene, Oregon, October 19th, The Beir Stein.

The Bier Stein will feature Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Roadshow with eight delicious pumpkin beers and a pumpkin firkin. Beer will be poured from a very large pumpkin which will be tapped at 7 p.m.

Haunted Hike, Eugene, Oregon, October 20th.

The hikes will go along festive trails lit with Jack-O’-Lanterns and encounter all sorts of critters of the night in costume, from a gigantic bat to a sneaky spider

Greater Portland- Portland is getting very close to peak, our hope is that it will be very soon. So many places are getting close, so from what we’re hearing full peak might be just around the corner. Still a great time to head to Hoyt Arboretum or Pittock Mansion, and so many other great parks and walks to go on around town. Check out these great events if you find yourself in Portland this weekend:

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Tualatin, Oregon, Saturday October 20th.

The Giant Pumpkin Regatta is one of the most anticipated fall events in the Northwest. Costumed characters, paddling 1,000 pound pumpkin boats, compete in a series of wacky races across the Lake of the Commons.

Howloween, Portland, Oregon, October 20th. Portland Zoo.

Halloween fun treats and educational activities.

Laser Halloween, Portland Oregon, October 18 and more dates though the 31st, Omsi.

Spooky lasers and ghoulish dances, Get into Halloween sprint with the spooky tunes at Omsi.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge – The Columbia Gorge is in full peak, great time for a hike or a walk around town. Pumpkin patches and the fruit loop are full of produce and pumpkins! It is a great time to take a trip to the Gorge for all the foliage and fall fruit. 

Southern Oregon – Medford is going strong in fall foliage, it’s still in peak with deep shades of red, orange, and yellow; like a sunset of leaves. Plenty of great parks to check out all the fall foliage while you’re in Medford. Hawthorne park, Table rock, Jacksonville, or Lithia park. Along with all the places to view fall foliage, there are some great events to check out while you’re down there.

Harry and David Harvest Festival, Medford, Oregon October 13th & 20th.

Live music and samples. Child friendly activities such as face painting and decorating of their own pumpkins to take home.

Rogue Valley Market, Ashland, Oregon, October 20th 8:30am- 1:00pm.

Fruit, flowers, and veggie, 32 booths with crafts and food.

Central Oregon- Bend Oregon is past peak, with warm and sunny days and cold nights there are still remaining leaves on trees. Check them out at drake park that is still a great fall foliage spot, Shevlin park, just west of Bend is still fill of gold aspens, and Western Larch/ Tamarack. Great time to hike the Deschutes River trail, which is south of Bend.

Scaregrounds Haunted Houses, Redmond, Oregon October 19th at 7:00pm.

For Ages 12 and up, three different haunting experiences starting at $15 for one haunt!


#ORFallFoliage showing near Bend from Lisa Sidor





1 thought on “Mid-October in Oregon

  1. Visited Oregon Oct 17th-20th. Appreciate all the info! Foliage highlight was Ashland (of course). Also, Watson Falls, driving thru Mckenzie Hwy and Fort Klamath area was pretty great too. I posted lots of pictures and story videos on my Instagram @waynstapix. Thanks again!

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