Fall is upon us!
Enjoy the season with harvest festivals, grape stomping, Oktoberfest celebrations and more near Salem, Oregon!
1. 25th Street Oktoberfest
Celebrate the start of German Oktoberfest with a parking lot party at Salem Ale Works, in Salem, on Sept. 21. There will be several different German-style beers to taste from local breweries as well as bratwurst, spaetzle, beer pretzels and Oktoberfest-style games, such as beer pitcher relay races and a keg rolling competition. Admission is free.
2. Bauman’s 4th Annual Cider Festival
Taste some of the Northwest’s best ciders at Bauman’s Cider Festival, Sept. 28-29 at Bauman’s Farm and Garden in Gervais, Oregon. Children are permitted, but attendees must be 21 years or older to participate in the festival activities. Tickets are required for cider tastings.
3. Blues on the Willamette
Join Arcane Cellars, in Salem, for three days of great wine, classic blues, artisan vendors and food. Regionally-known blues artists will perform at the event Aug. 31- Sept. 2.
4. Broadway to Salem
Enlightened Theatrics' fundraising gala, “Broadway to Salem,” is Sept. 7 at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. The evening will feature a special performance by actor and singer Franc D’Ambrosio, as well as a three-course dinner catered by the Wild Pear, cocktails by Just Us Girls and a live auction. Tickets are required.
5. Capital City Cornhole Classic
Take part in a friendly cornhole competition Sept. 7 at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. The fundraiser for Shangri-La will also feature food trucks, beer from Salem Ale Works and activities for the whole family.
6. Cheap Date Night September Edition
Treat your significant other to a delicious and completely vegetarian date night at Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails, in Salem, on Sept. 5. Reservations are required.
7. Community Day at Gilbert House
Enjoy free admission all day on Sept. 3 at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, in Salem, in celebration of Community Day.
8. Evening Market at the Yard
Thirty local vendors will be at The Yard Food Park, in Salem, on Sept. 17, along with the usual 18 food trucks and craft beer and cocktail bar. Admission is free.
9. Fall Garden Fair at the Oregon Garden
Learn about Oregon-native plants and how to care for them with horticultural and floral showcases, demonstrations, workshops and a plant and garden sale Sept 14-15 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. There will also be activities for children. Tickets are required.
10. Fall Plant Sale
Support local nurseries and find all that you need for your home garden from multiple vendors at Sebright Gardens’ Fall Plant Sale, in Salem, on Sept. 7. Admission is free.
11. First Wednesday Yoga + Beer
The last Yoga + Beer of the summer is teaming up with First Wednesday on Sept. 4 at Salem’s Riverfront Park Amphitheater, followed by drinks and a raffle drawing at Taproot Lounge & Cafe. All ages are welcome to attend. Suggested donation of $5 per yogi.
12. Fischer’s Mill Music Festival 2019
Watch seven local and regional bands, take free music lessons and enjoy a picnic at the 3rd annual Fischer’s Mill Music Festival on Sept. 21 at Old Mill Park in Silverton. A $5 donation is suggested.
13. Grape Stomp Championship
Bring the family and pair up to compete in the 29th Annual Grape Stop Championship, Sept. 21-22 at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon. Compete for a chance to win the top spot and a trip to the World Grape Stop Championship in Santa Rosa, Calif. All ages are welcome, tickets are required.
14. Harvest Festivals
Harvest festivals begin throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley at the end of September. From Bauman’s Harvest Festival, in Gervais, Oregon, to E.Z. Orchards’ festival, in Salem, there are several corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches to visit this fall.
15. Hispanic Heritage Day at the Capitol
Celebrate the many Hispanic and Latino cultures that have brought richness to our state with music, dancing, bilingualism, art and more at the Oregon State Capitol on Sept. 14 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.
16. Hop & Heritage Block Party
Beer and history are the stars of this special community celebration on Sept. 7 in downtown Independence, Oregon, the former Hop Capital of the World. Enjoy live music, beer passports and family heritage throughout the day. The event is family-friendly. Tickets are required.
17. Hops & Vines
Powerland Heritage Park, in Brooks, Oregon, will feature some of the state’s finest wine, beer, cider and spirits on Sept. 21. Tickets are required.
18. Movie Night at Cubanisimo
Join Cubanisimo Vineyards, in Salem, for a free, family-friendly movie night on Sept. 27. The winery will be showing “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on the patio with food, wine, soda, popcorn and candy available for purchase.
19. Mount Angel Oktoberfest
Celebrate the harvest in traditional German-style at Oregon’s oldest Oktoberfest, Sept.12-15 in Mount Angel, Oregon. Most of the events are free and family-friendly, but tickets are required for certain events.
20. Northwest Pro Rodeo Finals
Cowboys and cowgirls will compete for the ultimate title through a series of events, including bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling, Sept. 20-21 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. All ages are welcome to attend. Tickets are required.
21. Oregon Hop Run
The whole family is invited to participate in the Oregon Hop Run on Sept. 28, which will start and end at Riverview Park in Independence. Registration is required.
22. Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair is Aug. 23 – Sept. 2 in Salem. The fair will host big-name entertainment, dozens of competitions, livestock, carnival rides and so much more. Tickets are required.
23. Rogue Farms Hop Harvest
Head to Rogue Farms, in Independence, during hop harvest to tour the farm and learn about hops. Harvest runs through Sept. 15. Call ahead to book a tour. All ages are welcome. Entrance to the farm is free.
24. Rotary Multi-Sport Riverfest
The Rotary Multi-Sport Riverfest will start and finish in Salem’s Riverfront Park on Sept. 15. Run or walk the 5K or 10K that will cross over into Minto Brown Island Park, participate in the triathlon or duathlon and end the day with a party in the park. All ages are welcome to participate, registration is required.
25. Sublimity Harvest Festival
What started as a friendly tractor pulling competition in 1973 has grown into a three-day festival where all ages can enjoy tractor, monster truck, horse and ATV pulling competitions as well as live music. The Sublimity Harvest Festival is Sept. 6-8 in Sublimity, Oregon. Tickets are required.
26. The Color Run 5K Salem
Also known as the “happiest run under the sun,” the Color Run 5K is Sept. 28 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. This vibrant running event is all about love, good vibes and honoring each other and our planet. There are no winners or official times, so all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Registration is required.
27. "The Great American Trailer Park Musical"
Based on the book by Betsy Kelso and music by David Nehls, this show revolves around the lives of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park residents and the ridiculous relationships they share. The show, which is suitable for mature audiences, will run Sept. 6-28 at Pentacle Theatre in Salem. Tickets are required.
28. Wedding & Event Show
The Wedding and Event Show, on Sept. 28 at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to make your wedding day unforgettable. Connect with local vendors and wedding professionals who can answer your questions and provide you with high-quality service. Tickets are required.
29. Willamette Pro Musica: Invitation to the Dance
Come to hear the music of Bartók, Finzi and Higdon performed by the Willamette Pro Musica, a new chamber orchestra combining faculty and students, on Sept. 8 at Willamette University’s Hudson Concert Hall in Salem. Tickets are required.
Celebrate cerveza, comida and cultura at Xichafest on Sept. 7 at Xicha Brewing Company in Salem. The event will feature live music, piñatas, face painting, food, beer and margaritas. All ages are welcome at this free event.