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






Oregon Fall Foliage Rolls On!

Hello and welcome to week six of Oregon Fall Foliage! This week has been good to the leaves, as it looks like most of the regions are almost in peak or in peak, so here we are with some great fall foliage sightings from all over Oregon.

No matter where you look this weekend, you will see some beautiful leaves, be able to experience some great fall weather, and have your pick of some great events in all of our regions. So, get out there, enjoy the foliage, and share your adventures at #ORFallFoliage!

Willamette Valley

With plenty to see and do all over the Willamette Valley, it’s the perfect time to explore the region. Salem is almost in peak with beautiful colors all over. Silver falls is starting to turn, over the next few weeks you should add it to your list of beautiful fall foliage spots. Over in Eugene we are nearing peak; the evergreens and fall foliage are pairing nicely. After you cheer on the Ducks at Autzen Stadium  this weekend, check out Hays Tree Garden for the variety of trees in is beautiful hidden park. Alternatively, make the easy drive to Florence, along the coast, and bask in the sea air at the Florence Farmers Market Harvest Celebration.

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, October 10th-Nov 4th

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” has shocked and delighted audiences across the world. Enlightened Theatrics, in Salem, is proud to offer this showing.

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McKenzie River area from Deigh Bates

Greater Portland

True peak color in Portland is still holding out, but there is always plenty of stuff to do while in the city. Check out these great spots for fall foliage Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion, and Cathedral park should be on your list of places to stop and see the leaves. After you visit some of the parks, head on down to some of the wonderful events happening this week.

BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour, October 11th-14th, 16, and 18th-21st, come check out the dark side, a walking tour of the paranormal with samplings of local beer.

Portland Night Market, October 12th, over 175+ vendors from food, music, drinks and retail, is one of the best events to come and see all things Portland.

Lents International Farmers Market, October 14th, Enjoy a great selection of produces from the Portland Community.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge is nearing peak enjoy the yellow, orange, and reds popping up! It’s the perfect time to be in the Gorge and head out for a hike, pick some apples, grab a pumpkin and hit up the fruit loop. If that all sounds like the weekend for you, but you want less driving, the festival in Hood River, has all that in one place and more!

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, October 12th-14th, More than 120 farmers, artisan food producers, wineries, cideries, and artist gather along the Columbia River for one weekend to celebrate the regions great bounty.

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Zigzag Falls from Jarrod Lyman

Southern Oregon

Medford is also in peak! With so many rich reds, oranges, yellows, and golds to be seen, try these great spots Hawthorne Park, Table rock, and Jacksonville. For a true fall experience, stumble upon these charming events!

Rouge Valley Growers & Crafters Market, October 13th, The vendors here serve healthy options, organic produce, gift ideas, unique crafts and more every week. Each of our markets showcases a number of wonderful vendors and providers.

Bales & Ales, October 14th, 12-5pm, Carve pumkins, have a pumpkin beer, have some BBQ, and play games! All with live music down in Downtown Medford,

Central Oregon

Leaves are flying and the sun is shining. Be prepared for the chance of rain, but the weather looks stunning. Drake park is full of golden leaves and Shevlin Park is starting to turn. After wondering around the parks, here are the events in Bend area to know about.

Bend film Festival, October 11th- 14th, Lectures, films, outreach, and education are all part of BendFilm, now on its 15th year. This festival is short, lasting just one weekend, and intimate, with several smaller movie houses or theaters to show the films.

The Sisters Harvest Faire, October 13th, Includes juried art and amazing vendors with handcrafted items. Live music from Dry Canyon Stampede.

Sunriver Resort, October 13th and 14th, Come to the fall festival in Sunriver for a pumpkin patch, hay maze, petting zoo, live music, and so much more.

The Haunt Walks and Talks, 12th and 13th, Twelve one-hour tours offered each night with the first tour leaving at 4:00pm and the last leaving at 7:30pm. Bring your flashlights, comfortable walking shoes, and plenty of nerves, as our tour guides leads you along the streets and alleys of historic downtown, telling tales from the town’s past and weaving it with a pinch of the paranormal and mystery of the unknown.

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Aspen near Sisters by Deigh Bates

Eastern Oregon

It’s a great time to check out the mountains and all of the fall foliage on the rolling hillsides. The Wallowas are beautiful any time of the year, and the Steens are beautiful in the fall, or head over to the Umatilla National forest for some breath taking colors. Meet in the middle and explore the stunning color and flowers of the Zumwalt Prairie. Don’t miss the Eastern Oregon Oktoberfest in Pendleton.

Find Your Oregon Fall This Week

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!

Portland Capture 2018

Beautiful look down a Portland Street from Instagrammer n1ck_on #ORFallFoliage

Oregon Coast

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.

Willamette Valley

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.

Greater Portland

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.

Southern Oregon

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.

Central Oregon

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.

Eastern Oregon

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.

Echo Corn Maze

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!