Harvest Days: Farm tours, family celebrations and pumpkin patches

Get out into the autumn weather: pick pumpkins, catch leaves and attend an Oktoberfest or two. If you’re planning to travel to another city (or nearby) this season, check out these fantastic events:

If you live near Seattle, grab a light jacket for this weekend’s families-welcome harvest celebration. Can’t make it? Find farmy goodness (markets, stands and u-picks) at Puget Sound Fresh website, including the always-popular Remlinger Farms.

Further from Seattle, this weekend (September 25), the party-hearty Leavenworth offers a Leaf Festival. Leavenworth also hosts an Oktoberfest that runs through three weekends in a row.

A more sedate time may be found at the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, on October 2, 2010, which features farm tours and kid-friendly activities.

Near Portland, in the shadow of Oregon’s Mt. Hood, Clackamas County offers many harvest happenings, including the Pumpkin Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

About 20 minutes northwest of downtown Portland, Sauvie Island has delighted children for generations with pumpkin patches galore.

Outside Vancouver, BC (and accessible to Bellingham and N. Washington), use the listings at BC Farm Fresh to discover great picks in BC’s Fraser Valley , including hayrides and pumpkins at Aldor Acres and rides around a Corn Maze.

And if you’ve ever considered a visit to BC’s Salt Spring Island, the first weekend in October is the time to go. It’s the perfect excuse to sink your teeth into 100 varieties of apples at the Salt Spring Island Organic Apple Festival. Kids attend for free.


I do miss the East Coast’s apple farms. One in particular offered transitional apples, hot apple cider, tractor rides, pumpkins, a petting zoo, and amazing apple cider doughnuts. Wow, is there anything like that in BC, Washington or Oregon?

I will add additional festivals, if you let me know about them, and keep this listing up to date in October.

About Lora

Lora Shinn writes about travel for regional and local publications, including AAA Journey, National Geographic Traveler, Bankrate.com, Natural Health and Whole Living.


  1. The 14th Annual Harvest Celebration and Farm Tour happens October 2nd in the Port Angeles and Sequim area. We might be a little more West than your audience, but I’d swear it is worth the drive! :)



  2. We love the Hood River Fruit Loop, and if you are looking for apples, it is the place to go in Oregon. A few fave stops:

    Kiyokawa Farms – Wonderful Asian pear variety and it is the place we go apple picking with the kids (just picked there this weekend!). They have a huge play fort that the kids enjoy as well: http://www.mthoodfruit.com/

    Draper Girls – We generally go here for peach picking in the summer. But we always stop here to pet and feed their goats, get some delish fresh cider, and enjoy the view of the mountain:

    Rasmussen Farms – This is the stop for fall! Picking pumpkins, walking in the corn maze, looking at the delightful otherworldly Pumpkin Funland, and yes they usually have caramel apples: http://www.rasmussenfarms.com/

    Apple Valley Country Store – Here is where we pick up all the local preserves for out of state friends so they can get a taste of Oregon! And this is where top off every Hood River trip with a slice of pie and a Huckleberry Milkshake: http://www.applevalleystore.com/

  3. Love these tips, Milagros!

  4. Thanks, Becca.

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