Changing leaves, pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters are not the only fall favorites to look forward to in and around Portland. Local family-friendly fall festivals have an array of fun activities for everyone. Get a taste of the best of the fall harvest at these festivals in and near Portland.
The events below are organized by date.
Cider Squeeze at the Philip Foster Farm
September 16 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
22725 SE Eagle Creek Road, Eagle Creek
Got apples to press? Bring them to Philip Foster Farm for a day of cider, homestead tours and wood stove cooking demonstrations. Admission is $5. Families pay $20.
Oktoberfest at Oaks Park
September 22-24 | hours vary
7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way
Beer. Pretzels. Wiener dog races. What’s not to love? Oaks Park boasts the most family-friendly Oktoberfest with activities for every age. $6 adults. $3 kids.
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
September 23 and 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
694 NE 4th Ave., Canby
The fall harvest isn’t just about fruits and vegetables. Get hands-on experience with wool and fiber at the Clackamas County Event Center.
Harvest Festival at OMSI
October 1 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1945 SE Water Ave.
See the science behind the crops at OMSI. Cooking demonstrations, kids activities and a bounty of local food and snacks will fill the OMSI bridge lot. The event is FREE. Parking is $5.
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
October 13-15 | hours vary
Portway Ave, Hood River
Get the best of Hood River’s harvest in one place. Apples, wine, local arts and crafts and more will be displayed at the Hood River Event Site. Adults $6. Kids under 12 FREE.
Portland Nursery Apple Tasting
October 13-15 and 20-22 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
5050 SE Stark St.
Nothing beats samples upon samples of fresh apples. Explore new flavors at the Portland Nursery along with cider demos, booths and music. The event is FREE.
Great Onion Festival
October 14 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
16155 SW Sunset Blvd., Sherwood
Think all things onion at the Archer Glen Elementary School. Please go participate in the onion eating contest and let me know how that goes. The event is FREE.
Cedar Mills Cider Fest
October 15 | 1 – 4 p.m.
12050 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton
Learn the art of cider pressing and get free samples at the John Quincy Adams Young House. The event is FREE.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
October 21 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8325 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin
How well do pumpkins float? Find out as people test their boating skills in giant pumpkins at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons. The event is FREE.
All About Fruit Show
October 22 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
694 NE 4th Ave., Canby
Taste your fall favorites and new varieties for fruits at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. $7 per person. $12 per family.
October 29 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
34901 Frank Parrish Road, Eugene
More than 300 local species of mushrooms will be on display at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, hay rides, nature walks and more. Suggested donation $8 per person. Kids under 12 FREE.
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