Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
It’s that time of year again. Fresh apple cider, pumpkin patches and acres of corn mazes will draw thousands of visitors to the Salem, Oregon, area to celebrate the harvest season. From family-friendly events to haunted attractions, this area has something for everyone. Here are nine great festivals to attend 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 this farm in Monmouth. The farm has more than 30 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. It also offers corn and hay mazes, farm animals and trike racing.
Bauman’s Farm and Garden: The farm, located in Gervais, is home to one of the area’s most popular harvest festivals. It features a pumpkin patch, animal barn, corn maze, hay rides and other fall-themed activities.
The famous “Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off” will take place on Oct. 1. Last year’s winning pumpkin weighed 1,997 pounds, making it the largest pumpkin ever grown in Oregon.
E.Z. Orchards: Celebrate the harvest in Salem with delicious seasonal treats such as kettle corn, warm apple cider donuts and award-winning hard cidre. The festival will also have a petting zoo, live bluegrass music, duck races and a corn maze shaped like farm animals.
Fir Point Farms: Giant slides, hay rides and a corn maze are just part of the fun at this harvest festival in Aurora. Visit the gift store to purchase seasonal decorations or 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. But don’t be surprised if you find a few monsters lurking around, too. The farm hosts a haunted six-acre corn maze on Friday and Saturday nights.
French Prairie Gardens: Get ready for a day at the races – the pig races, that is. The French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul offers more than 20 activities, including pig races, a corn cannon and family ninja course.
Greens Bridge Gardens: Head to Jefferson this fall for a day of seasonal fun. With a children’s play area, duck races and a petting zoo, the garden has several free kid-friendly options.
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.
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest: In Woodburn, tulips are traded for tricks and treats in October as the famous Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is transformed into the Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest - complete with a giant corn maze, pumpkin cannon and activity tents.
For more events happening this fall in the Salem area, check out the Travel Salem events calendar.