30 things to do in October near Salem, Oregon

Celebrate fall in the Mid-Willamette Valley

Fall is here! Celebrate the season near Salem, Oregon, with harvest festivals, cultural events and seasonal foods.
 
1. Amazing You Women’s Conference
Amazing You is a full-day conference designed for business women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. The event, on Oct. 5 at the Salem Convention Center, promotes professional and personal growth. Tickets are required.
 
2. Aurora Colony Quilt Show
The Old Aurora Colony Museum’s 46th Annual Quilt Show will take place Oct. 12-21. There will be a beautiful gallery of contemporary, vintage and antique quilts, a quilt block contest and quilting demonstrations.
 
3. Barn Dance and Pig Roast at the Oregon Garden
Put on your boots for the 8th annual Barn Dance at the Oregon Garden, in Silverton, Oregon, on Oct. 20. Learn how to line dance and enjoy a BBQ meal from Adam’s Rib Smokehouse. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Tickets are required.
 
4. Bjornson Vineyard Harvest Lunch & Tour
Tour the vineyard and learn how the grapes make their journey from vine to wine every Friday through Monday at Bjornson Vineyard in Salem. Afterwards, sit alongside the harvest crew to enjoy a hearty harvest lunch prepared by Chef Matt Ross. The event runs through Oct. 22. Reservations are required.
 
5. Champoeg Harvest Day Living History Event
Celebrate the harvest season at Champoeg State Heritage Area, in St. Paul, Oregon, on Oct. 6. There will be family-friendly activities and food made from produce grown in the 1860s heritage kitchen garden and apple orchard.
 
6. Deepwood Wine & Jazz Festival
Held on Deepwood Museum & Garden’s beautiful and historic grounds in Salem, the Deepwood Wine & Jazz Festival, on Oct. 21, features jazz music, local wineries, great food, beer and more. Tickets are required.
 
7. Downtown Dallas Trick ‘N Treat Celebration
Dallas, Oregon, will host a free, indoor trick or treat celebration on Oct. 31. More than 20 local businesses will be present to give out goodies to children ages 12 years old and younger. There will also be games for the children to participate in.
 
8. Downtown Woodburn Trick or Treat
Several local businesses will pass out treats on Oct. 31 in Woodburn, Oregon. Children and their parents are invited to the downtown plaza to enjoy free games, crafts, contests and more.
 
9. “Dracula” at Pentacle Theatre
Pentacle Theatre, in Salem, will perform “Dracula” through Oct. 20. The performance is a seductive and suspenseful adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic. Tickets are required.
 
10. Elsinore Film Series
Salem’s Elsinore Theatre continues its film series in October with showings of the 1927 film “Metropolis” on Oct. 10 and “The Shining” on Oct. 24. Tickets are $6.
 
11. Fall bird walk at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Take a walk through Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, in Dallas, Oregon, with bird expert and naturalist Joel Geier on Oct. 21. You’ll have the opportunity to spot birds such as ruby-crowned kinglets, sparrows and western meadowlarks. Tickets are required.
 
12. Hallie Ford Museum of Art 20th Anniversary
Enjoy free admission Oct. 2-7 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in Salem, in honor of the museum’s 20th anniversary! The museum will have special events throughout the week, including extended hours, lectures and guided tours of the galleries.
 
13. Harvest Dinner: Food of the Americas
Celebrate harvest as Chef Abby of Brooks Winery, in Amity, Oregon, explores the foods of Native American cultures Oct. 13. The dinner will focus on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are required.
 
14. Harvest Festivals
Harvest festivals are happening throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley during the month of October. From Bauman’s Harvest Festival, in Gervais, Oregon, to Airlie Hills Farm, in Monmouth, Oregon, there are several corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches to visit this fall. Click here for a list of local harvest festivals.
 
15. Hispanic Heritage Day
To conclude National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, will host a celebration Oct. 20. The free, family-friendly event will have music, dancing, art and exhibits.
 
16. Mid-Valley Wine Trail
Try seven wineries on the Mid-Valley Wine Trail for $20 in October. The trail takes you to Chateau Bianca Winery, Namaste Vineyards, Van Duzer Vineyards, Johan Vineyards, Left Coast Estate, Firesteed and Eola Hills Wine Cellars.
 
17. Oregon’s Bounty
Families are encouraged to learn about the significance of agriculture through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste at the Oregon State Capitol on Oct. 6. The free event will have several hands-on activities and displays.
 
18. “POE: The Musical”
“POE: The Musical” is having its world premiere staged with readings from the cast at Chemeketa Theatre, in Salem, on Oct. 12-13. The show tells the story of literary genius Edgar Poe as he rises from the grave to clear his reputation, re-enter life and find peace. Tickets are required.
 
19. Salem Dining Month
October is Salem Dining Month! Approximately 20 local restaurants will provide menu options that feature two food courses and a local beverage for $30. There will also be culinary events happening throughout the month.
 
20. Salem Home and Remodel Show
The 29th annual Salem Home & Remodel Show is Oct. 19-21 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. There will be hundreds of interactive displays from local experts in design, remodeling, decorating, landscaping and more. 
 
21. Scarousel Bash
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel will host its annual Scarousel Bash on Oct. 27. The event will feature carousel rides, themed activities and prizes.
 
22. Silver Crest Haunted House
The Silver Crest Haunted House, in Silverton, Oregon, is open every Friday and Saturday evening in October. Admission is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the Silver Crest Booster Club. 
 
23. Silverton Sidewalk Shindig
The Silverton Sidewalk Shindig is a free, family-friendly music festival. From jazz and bluegrass to rock and rap, there will be dozens of musicians performing throughout downtown Silverton, Oregon, on Oct. 6.
 
24. Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon
Experience the Spirit of Oregon by running a half marathon or 5K through Salem on Oct. 7.  After the race, feast on beer, wine and goodies from throughout the state. Registration is required.
 
25. Stayton Ghost Tour and Chocolate Walk
A guide in Victorian costume will share the history and stories of Stayton, Oregon, starting at the Brown House Event Center on Oct. 27. Participants will receive chocolate treats from each of the stops along the way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
 
26. “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
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, will host performances of the musical from Oct. 10 – Nov. 4.
 
27. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4
A foreboding opening from the horns sets the stage for an epic journey through fate and destiny in Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony. The Oregon Symphony Association in Salem will perform the symphony Oct. 26 at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium.
 
28. The Great Junk Hunt
The Great Junk Hunt is coming to the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center, in Salem, on Oct. 19-20. Dozens of vendors will be selling farmhouse, industrial, handmade and vintage goods.
 
29. The Hook at The Space Concert Club
The Hook, Jason Achilles and Percy Lounge will be performing at The Space Concert Club, in Salem, on Oct. 7.
 
30. Westminster Festival of Fine Art
More than 60 artists will have their work displayed and available for sale at the Westminster Festival of Fine Art, in Salem, on Oct. 11-14. There will be open galleries, artist demonstrations and guest speakers.
  
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