Get out into the autumn weather: pick pumpkins, catch leaves and attend an Oktoberfest or two. If youâ€™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-welcomeÂ harvest celebration. Canâ€™t make it? Find farmy goodness (markets, stands and u-picks) at Puget Sound Fresh website, including the always-popular Remlinger Farms.
A more sedate time may be found at the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms,Â on October 2, 2010, which features farm tours and kid-friendly activities.
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 BCâ€™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.