Fall festivities in the Mid-Willamette Valley
Apple cider? Check. Pumpkin patches? Check. Corn mazes, hay rides and pig races? Yes, the Salem, Oregon, area has all of that, too! Don’t miss the fun at these nine harvest festivals this fall:
Airlie Hills: If you’re looking for the perfect item to complete your fall décor, you’ll want to make a stop at Airlie Hills Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch in Monmouth, Oregon. The farm has more than 30 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. It also offers corn and hay mazes, farm animals and trike racing. The farm is open Friday through Sunday all October long.
Bauman’s Farm and Garden: The farm, located in Gervais, Oregon, is home to one of the area’s largest harvest festivals. The festival kicks off Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 31. Explore the farm, animal barn and corn maze, or take a hay ride, taste apples and visit the jumping pad. The farm also hosts the famous “Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off,” live music and a cider festival during harvest season.
E.Z. Orchards: Bringing visitors closer to the fields, orchards and animals of E.Z. Orchards for more than 20 years, the annual harvest festival has a petting zoo, live bluegrass music, duck races and a corn maze. The Salem orchard is also known for its delicious seasonal treats, including kettle corn, warm apple cider donuts and caramel apples. This year’s festival runs from Sept. 29 – Oct. 31.
Fir Point Farms: Giant slides, hay rides and a beer garden are just part of the fun at this harvest festival in Aurora, Oregon. Visit the farm every weekend from Oct. 6-28 to partake in its autumn activities, like pumpkin painting, nature trail walks and cow train rides, purchase seasonal decorations and grab a cup of freshly-pressed apple cider.
Fordyce Farm: Warm up at this Northeast Salem farm with your favorite seasonal treats, including melt-in-your-mouth scones and freshly-baked pies. The farm also has apple cider pressing, a three-acre field of pumpkins, a five-acre corn maze and several other family-friendly activities. The festival opens on Oct. 1, with the farm hosting a haunted corn maze on select weekends.
French Prairie Gardens: Get ready for a day at the races – pig races, that is. French Prairie Gardens, in St. Paul, Oregon, offers more than 15 seasonal activities throughout October, including pig races, a corn cannon and a ninja challenge course. The festival is open Oct. 6-31.
Greens Bridge Gardens: Head to Jefferson, Oregon, this fall for a day of seasonal fun. With a hay maze, duck races and a petting zoo, the garden has several free, kid-friendly options.
Vince Woods Farm: Growing pumpkins for more than 50 years, Vince Woods Farm, in Salem, is known for its u-pick pumpkin patch. The farm also has a kid-friendly corn maze, a “gently haunted” 1941 Southern Pacific caboose and squash and ornamental corn for your fall decorating. The farm is open throughout the month of October.
Wavra Farms: From pumpkin bowling to hillbilly golf, this Southeast Salem farm has a variety of unique seasonal activities. Kids can pick a pumpkin in the patch, navigate through a corn maze or climb a straw tower.
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