Fall is evident everywhere in Portland. Gaze into the sky to spot migrating birds at Bird Fest or a pod of life-size whale kites at he Fall Kite Fest. Look into the water and see the Salmon coming home to spawn in the Sandy River. Get close to the ground to forage for mushroom. Or roam into the fields to pick a prize pumpkin and then cuddle up around a bonfire with hot cider at the Harvest Hoe Down.

Out of town

Fall Kite Festival (pictured)
The festival will include kite-flying demonstrations by experts and family-friendly activities like kite making, a kid’s kite parade, and a pod of life-size whale kites. Sat and Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Lincoln City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate the coming of fall and the wildlife and enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration with a kids’ activities tent, canoe rides, Audubon’s Wild Birds of Prey, family birds walk and many more activities. Sat and Sun. 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Wa. Location map online.  Most events are free. All ages. Event details.


Wordstock for Kids
In addition to enjoying readings by children’s authors and illustrators, kids can cozy up with a book, read to dogs, write a great tale of adventure, or participate in activities like bookmaking, word games and puzzles and much more. Sat and Sunday. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oregon Convention Center. $7 for one day or $10 for both days. Children 13 and under free of charge. Young readers of all ages. Event details.

Story and Stroll: Mushrooms
Funghi is fun when you join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the park. Sun. 10:30 am – 11:45 am. Tryon Creek State Park. $Free. Pre-registration required. Ages 2 -6. Event details.

Harvest Hoe-Down
Take a nighttime hayride out to the pumpkin patch, pick your prize pumpkin, marvel over the corn maze, check out the big bonfire, listen to live music, and top it off with a fresh caramel apple. Sat. 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. $10 per car after 6:00 pm. Children 13 and under free of charge. All. Event details.


Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow
Witness the return of wild salmon to one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier rivers. Family hikes, rafting trips, mushroom classes, and more. Sat and Sun. 11:00 am – 3:30 pm. Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham. $5 parking. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen