Autumn adventures: Your guide to fall fun in NCW


Ready to get into the autumn spirit? Of course you are. So pull out those soft sweaters and get ready for a season of pumpkin-flavored everything. Here are a few of the most fall-ish things to do and see around North Central Washington between now and Halloween:

Festival season is well underway. Coming up soon: Grace City Church’s Downtown Hoedown on October 2, Apple Days in Cashmere on October 1-2, the Okanogan Harvest Festival on October 1, Cider Fest on October 8 and 9 at Orondo Cider Works, the Phoenix Festival at Twispworks on October 8, and the grand-opa of autumn festivals — Oktoberfest in Leavenworth the first three weekends in October.

Annie’s Fun Farm on Grant Road in East Wenatchee opens for the season on October 1. Bring the kids out to the farm for pumpkin picking, a giant dragon bouncy house, a corn maze, hay rides, an apple catapult, cornhole and more.

Another popular pumpkin picking spot is the Gau-Sco Produce and Pork Farm in Malaga, with three patches spread over four acres. The farm opens for the season on October 1 and will remain open daily between 2-6 p.m. through Halloween. Hay rack rides will be offered on October 15 and 16.

And in Quincy, there’s the Quincy Valley Lions Club’s Harvest Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Cider Pressing on an old-fashioned hand-crank press at Sunshine Farm Market in Chelan — Saturdays and Sundays through October.

Celebrate the harvest at wineries around Chelan at the annual Crush Festival, the first two weekends of October.

Want to take a hike through gorgeous golds and reds? The mom blog’s own adventure mama, Sarah Shaffer, has some suggestions: “Trails of Fall Color Brilliance.”

Race through a fall forest at the Oktoberfest Trail Runs on October 15.

The Buckner Homestead and Orchard’s Harvest Fest on October 7 and 8 is a beloved annual tradition. If you feel like pitching in around the place, come up for the annual work party beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday the 7th. Harvest Fest officially kicks off that evening with live music at the Stehekin School. Things really gets going the next morning with picking and pressing at the orchard at 10 a.m., followed by a community potluck. Visitors and locals are welcome at this peaceful place. (Small black bears have been known to make appearances at the cider-making event, too, drawn by the sweet smell of apples.)

While the U-Pick season may be over, there’s still a fun reason to stop by Stutzman Ranch: The pumpkin cannon will shoot October 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Every weekend through November 15, the Smallwood’s Harvest experience includes a kiddie “cow train,” a prop maze, bouncy house, “apple blaster,” hay wagon rides and petting zoo. During the week, the petting zoo and a few other activities remain open.

Check out what’s fresh this harvest season at local farmers markets. The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is open for business in the Pybus Market parking lot Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is open Thursdays through October 20 at Lions Club Park. The Chelan Farmers Market is open for business Thursday evenings through October 6.

On October 22, bring your dog down to Firehouse Pet Shop for Halloween photos and a party.

What did we miss? Know of a fall event that should be on this list? Email and I’ll add your event. Thanks!

(Top photo: Second photo: Wenatchee World/Michelle Naranjo. Brooke Bromiley investigates a pumpkin at Annie’s Fun Farm last fall.)