October 1, 2017
8 Harvest Festivals to Attend in the Mid-Willamette Valley
By: Karen Choules
Fall festivities near Salem/Silverton, Oregon
Ready to enjoy some apple cider? Pumpkin patches? Corn mazes, hay rides and pig races? Oh yea! The Salem/Silverton, Oregon, area has all of that, too! Don’t miss the fun at these eight 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 Thursday through Sunday all October long.
Bauman’s Farm and Garden: The farm, located in Gervais, Oregon, is home to one of the area’s most popular harvest festivals. The festival kicks off on Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 31. Explore the farm, animal barn and corn maze, or take a hay ride, taste apples and visit the new jumping pad.
The farm also hosts the famous “Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off” and a cider festival during harvest season.
E.Z. Orchards: Celebrate the harvest in Salem with delicious seasonal treats such as kettle corn, warm apple cider donuts and caramel apples. The festival will also have a petting zoo, live bluegrass music, duck races and a corn maze. The festival opens for the season on Sept. 30.
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 Oct. 7-29 to partake in autumn activities, 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 a 1,000-bale hay fort complete with tunnels, a slide and a jumping pit.
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 20 seasonal activities throughout October, including pig races, a corn cannon and a family ninja course.
Greens Bridge Gardens: Head to Jefferson, Oregon, 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.
For more events happening this fall in the Silverton/Salem area, check out the Travel Salem events calendar.
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