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 in the coming weeks.
Festival season is well underway. Coming up soon:
- The Autumn Leaf Festival this weekend in Leavenworth
- Cider Fest at Lisa Bee’s this Saturday, Sept. 29
- Grace City Church’s Downtown Hoedown this Sunday, Sept. 30
- Apple Days in Cashmere on October 6-7
- The Okanogan Harvest Festival on October 6
- The Fall Harvest Roundup at Rocky Reach Dam on Oct. 14
- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth the first three weekends in October.
Annie’s Fun Farm on Grant Road in East Wenatchee is a great place for pumpkin picking, plus they’ve got tons of fun kids activities.
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 6 and will remain open daily between 2-6 p.m. through Halloween. Pick your pumpkins and walk the maze.
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 20.
The Buckner Homestead and Orchard’s Harvest Fest on October 5 and 6 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 5th. Harvest Fest officially kicks off that evening with live music. Things really get 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 almost over, there’s still Fuji and Golden Delicious apples ready for the picking at Stutzman Ranch. Get them while they last!
Smallwood’s Harvest in Peshastin is always a lot of fun this time of the year. There’s the “cow train,” petting zoo, and tons of other kid-friendly activities.
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 Thursday evenings through October at Lions Club Park. The Chelan Farmers Market is open for business Thursday evenings through Sept. 27, which is also the day of the big Chelan Farmers Market Harvest Fest. There’ll be crafts, an apple pie contest, live music and more.
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