Leavenworth, WA

Northwest Zone

If it’s fall fun you’re seeking there’s plenty to do; from apples to pumpkins, it’s all there for you. A festive Oktoberfest just might do the trick, if a fall full of fun heads up your list. See what’s on tap near your favorite preserve!

The Corvallis Fall Festival will celebrate 41 years this September 28-29 and if you spend the weekend at Whalers Rest in Oregon, you’ll be close enough to enjoy the celebration at this fabulous art fair which offers more than art. There’s 160 artists and vendors, food carts, wine tasting, music and a 5/10K fun run. For more information visit www.corvallisfallfestival.org.

Three weekends of Oktoberfest fun are yours for the picking when you visit Leavenworth, Washington. The town hosts one of the biggest Oktoberfests in the country, one which they say is “the next best thing to being in Munich.” Choose from October 4-5, October 11-12 or October 18-19 and plan to stay with us at Leavenworth. The event will feature traditional German fare, as well as BBQ, music, games and a kinderplatz, an area just for kids complete with a climbing wall.

Snohomish Valley’s Festival of Pumpkins runs throughout October and offers visitors a variety of fun at pumpkin patches throughout the valley. Some offer corn mazes, others offer pumpkin-related games of skill. Still more offer haunted corn fields and evening fun. To check out what to do, visit www.festivalofpumpkins.org. Don’t miss any of the fun and make Thunderbird in Washington your home base while you check out all the valley has to offer.

On the Calendar

Come celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving at Cultus Lake in British Columbia – the preserve will host a Thanksgiving Potluck on September 28. For information, contact the preserve.

While staying at Oregon’s Pacific City, don’t hesitate to join in the fun on October 5 and help decorate the family lodge for autumn and Halloween.  Snacks will be provided!

La Conner in Washington will also celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving on October 12 with a Potluck Dinner. You bring the veggies and dessert and the preserve provides the turkey with all the fixings.

Spend some time at Birch Bay in Washington on October 13 to take part in the member generated Holiday Potluck at 5 p.m.