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7 Family-Friendly Harvest Festivals in the Willamette Valley

Sipping your way through Oregon Wine Country in the fall months? Not only is autumn one of the most beautiful times of year, it's also one of the most family-friendly times to visit. Farms all over the Willamette Valley will be celebrating harvests and Halloween; from massive pumpkin patches, spooky haunted houses, and apple cider donuts galore, there is not a shortage of fall activities in the Valley.  

Fir Point Farms holds an annual Harvest Festival in Aurora each year; the fun includes a U-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin painting, and other fun activities for families of all ages—including a petting zoo and beer garden.

The festival will be open Wednesday-Sunday Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 2023; admission is free, but some activities (like the corn maze and hay wagon ride) cost extra.

Between Sept. 18 and Oct. 29, 2023, the Pumpkin Patch at Frog Pond Farm offers a variety of seasonal activities. The fun includes a massive U-Pick pumpkin patch, yard games, a playground, and animal displays (where you might see everything from pigs and goats to llamas and camels).

Bauman's Farm & Garden, meanwhile, hosts the annual Bauman's Harvest Festival—open Sept. 23-Oct. 29, 2023 just outside Woodburn. Each fall, the beloved festival includes a petting zoo (home to goats, alpacas, chickens, and more), a corn maze that measures more than three acres, old-fashion hayrides, a U-pick pumpkin patch, and fresh, seasonal fare (like apple cider donuts). Make sure to swing by the farm's on-site store to pick up home-grown produce and small-batch hard cider.

In nearby Salem, E.Z. Orchards Farm Market HarvestFest transforms the long-standing farm store into a full-blown harvest fest each year. The fun includes a U-pick pumpkin patch, a corn maze, hayrides, farm animals (including adorable pigs), children's games, and more. HarvestFest will run daily Sept. 30-Oct. 30, 2023.

Family fun at Detering Orchards in Harrisburg / Photo by Joni Kabana

Detering Orchards doesn't host just one harvest festival—but rather a whole season of fun between Corvallis and Eugene in the heart of the Willamette Valley.

The fun runs on weekends between mid-September and mid-November in 2023. Highlights include wagon rides, a cow train for tiny tykes, a corn maze, caramel apples for purchase, cider canning demonstrations, an apple blaster cannon, U-pick pumpkins, and (on the final weekend of October) trick-or-treating on the farm.

Check out the Detering Orchards events calendar for a full breakdown of what to expect each weekend.

Every October, Davis Family Farm offers hayrides to its U-pick pumpkin patch, a joyous corn maze, and hay pyramid near Corvallis. Cider and donuts round out the fun. In 2023, the festival is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in October, with hayrides being offered 3-5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Thistledown Farm sits just outside Junction City and hosts Lane County's largest pumpkin patch. Every autumn, the farm invites visitors to enjoy a horse-drawn or tractor-drawn wagon ride out to the 400-acre patch to find the perfect pumpkin. Back at the barn, visitors can pick up fresh apples, sip apple cider, nosh on donuts, and more.

The fall months are special in Mt. Hood Territory as our farms celebrate rich traditions such as corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches. This year the season is extra special with the NEW Mt. Hood Territory Harvest Trail passport!

  1. Throughout the month of October pick up a FREE passport stamp card at five participating farms: Dolan Creek Farm, Bushue’s Family Farm, Yesteryear Farms, Fiala Farms and Liepold Farms. You can also download and print the passport.
  2. Complete at least five activities at two or more of the farms.
  3. Look for the "stamp your passport here" signs located near the checkout at each farm.
  4. Redeem your stamped card for a Mt. Hood Territory Harvest Trail waffle knit beanie!

For every stamp card redeemed, a Thanksgiving meal will be provided to a local family in need through the Sandy Community Action Center, a local non-profit from the Sandy, Oregon area. Can't participate in the Harvest Trail Passport? You can still support this local non-profit in addition to or in lieu of redeeming your stamp card.

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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