October fun near Salem, Oregon
Fall activities abound this month in the Mid-Willamette Valley! Attend a family-friendly harvest festival or take part in a Halloween haunt. Here are 30 events to attend this month:
1. Airlie Hills Harvest Festival
The pumpkin patch at Airlie Hills Farm, in Independence, Oregon, has a large variety of pumpkins for the harvest season. From Oct. 5-31, people can also enjoy hay rides through the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and family fun!
2. “Almost, Maine” at Pentacle Theatre
This production is described as “Thornton Wilder” crossed with “The Twilight Zone.” The show runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 21 at Pentacle Theatre in Salem.
3. Aurora Colony Annual Quilt Show
The 45th annual Quilt Show in Old Aurora Colony Museum will take place Oct. 13-22. There will be a beautiful gallery of more than 100 contemporary, vintage and antique quilts. There will also be a quilt block contest and quilting demonstrations.
4. Barn Dance and Pig Roast
Have some good, old-fashioned fun at the Oregon Garden’s annual Barn Dance and Pig Roast on Oct. 21 in Silverton, Oregon. The party offers dancing, line dance lessons and an awesome pig roast dinner.
5. Bauman Farms Harvest Festival
Head to Bauman Farms, in Gervais, Oregon, throughout the month for the farm’s annual harvest celebration. The event has more than 30 attractions, including mazes, obstacle courses, rides and farm animals.
6. Billy Ray Cyrus
Spirit Mountain Casino invites you to enjoy the smooth sounds of Billy Ray Cyrus on Oct. 14 in Grand Ronde, Oregon. Attendees must be 21 or over. Make a night of it by staying at the casino!
7. Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25
Visit the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in Salem, to view the exhibition through Dec. 22. It features 74 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images and media and process.
8. Cubanisimo Vertical Tasting
Cubanisimo Vineyards, located in Salem, is hosting a blind, vertical tasting of its Estate Pinot Noir from 2006 to 2015 on Oct. 6. Participants will be among the first to try the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir before it is released! Tickets are required.
9. Cup and Easel at Blue Quail
Everyone can be an artist at Blue Quail’s Cup and Easel events on Friday and Saturday evenings. An artist takes guests through a painting step-by-step so that everyone leaves with a finished piece. The creative center is located in McMinnville, Oregon.
10. Deepwood Children’s Halloween Party
The beautiful and historic Deepwood Museum & Gardens will host its annual children’s Halloween party on Oct. 28 in Salem. Crafts and entertainment are planned with children 10 and under in mind. Registration is required.
11. Detroit Lake Mud Run
The Detroit Lake Mud Run is a challenging, six-mile trail course through mud, water, rocks and hills that is situated on the lake bed after it is drained. The race will take place on Oct. 14.
12. Elsinore Wednesday Evening Film Series
The Elsinore Theatre, in downtown Salem, is showing two fall classics in October. The theatre will show “Young Frankenstein” on Oct. 4 and “Nosferatu” on Oct. 18. Tickets are $6 each.
13. Enlightened Theatrics: Next Fall
Geoffrey Nauffts’ “Next Fall” takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, “Next Fall” goes beyond a typical love story. Performances will be held at the Grand Theatre, in Salem, from Oct. 27-Nov. 12.
14. E.Z. Orchards Harvest Fest
Celebrate the harvest in Salem this month with delicious seasonal treats such as kettle corn, warm apple cider donuts and caramel apples. The festival will also have a petting zoo, live bluegrass music, duck races and a corn maze.
15. Farm to Face Fresh Hop & Harvest Fest
Gilgamesh Brewing and Roth’s Fresh Market are hosting an inaugural celebration of harvest-inspired food and drink on Oct. 14 at the Gilgamesh campus in Salem. There will be more than 20 fresh hop beers and ciders to sample. There will also be small plate offerings from local farms and chefs.
16. Fir Point Farms Pumpkin Festival
Harvest fun at Fir Point Farms, in Aurora, Oregon, includes a pumpkin walk, paint ball gallery, petting zoo, tire swings, hay rides, nut house and more! The farm is open Tuesday-Sunday in October, with harvest activities open every weekend.
17. French Prairie Gardens Harvest Festival
Get ready for a day at the races – pig races, that is. French Prairie Gardens, in St. Paul, Oregon, offers more than 20 seasonal activities throughout October, including pig races, a corn cannon and a family ninja course.
18. McMinnville Short Film Festival
The 7th annual McMinnville Short Film Festival will be held Oct. 21-22. Filmmakers from all over the world will be sharing their short films.
19. Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony
Mozart's momentous final symphony, nicknamed "Jupiter" for a grandeur and exuberance unlike any symphony previously written, is paired with Barber's stunning piano concerto performed by the incomparable Garrick Ohlsson. A world premiere from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage rounds out the program on Oct. 27 at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium in Salem.
20. Nightmare Factory
This haunted walk is not for the faint of heart! The Nightmare Factory has haunts, thrills and scares around every corner. Located on the campus of the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem, the Nightmare Factory will be open on select dates in October.
21. OktoberFest: Bratwurst & Beer at Keeler Estate
Commemorating the start of harvest and Gabriele Keeler’s German heritage, Keeler Estate, in Amity, Oregon, will host OktoberFest on Oct. 1. The winery will be serving up Mt. Angel Sausage Company's bratwurst hot off the grill and will offer a selection of Rogue beer as a special addition to the tasting room.
22. Oregon’s Bounty: A Celebration of the Harvest
Celebrate Oregon’s bounty and meet the Oregon Dairy Princesses at the Oregon State Capitol on Oct. 7. There will be face painting, a free pumpkin patch, live music and dancing, baby animals, an antique tractor display and activities for the entire family.
23. Peter Courtney Minto Brown Bridge Walk
Willamette Wanderers AVA Club is sponsoring a 6K and 10K walk in Minto-Brown Island Park on Oct. 8. The walk will start at the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge in Salem’s Riverfront Park.
24. Popovich Pet Comedy Theatre
Salem’s Elsinore Theatre will host the Popovich Pet Comedy Theatre on Oct. 7. This hilarious, European-style circus extravaganza includes physical comedy, juggling, acrobats and highly-intelligent dogs and cats. The group was a finalist on "America's Got Talent.”
25. Scarousel Bash
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel will host the annual Scarousel Bash on Oct. 28. Tickets are $5 per person and include unlimited carousel rides, children’s activities, raffles and more. Children under the age of three receive free admission.
26. Spice Trade Dinner at Brooks
This dinner will spotlight the exotic flavors and spices from the Silk Road. Guests can expect the unexpected, as Chef Abby masterfully pairs Brooks’ wines with seasonal fare accented with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pepper and turmeric. The dinner will be held at the winery in Amity on Oct. 26.
27. “Stop Kiss” at the Gallery Theater
The Gallery Theater in McMinnville presents “Stop Kiss” Oct. 13-Nov. 4. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.
28. The FarmHouse Show
For all those who enjoy retro, vintage, antique, repurposed, rusty and handmade goods and items, this show is for you! The Farmhouse Show will be held in Turner from Oct. 25-28.
29. Wah Wah Music Fest
Full of food, drinks, fun and a killer lineup of bands, the Wah Wah Music Fest will be held in downtown Salem on Oct. 7. The event is free.
30. Westminster Festival of Fine Art
Everyone is invited to join the events of this fine arts festival at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem! The event kicks off on Oct. 12 with an artist reception. The gallery and sale will take place Oct. 13-15.
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