Feel the love for Oregon a little more as wild, wacky and tasty adventures aplenty hijack the weekend. From laughing at the insanely hilarious hijinks of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta to sipping fresh pressed cider at the Cedar Mill Cider Festival to seeing salmon swim the Sandy, there’s plenty going on around Portland to love. Oh, and everything on this list is free and perfect for all ages. Read on for details.
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Bigger is Better at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
There are few fall harvest events more entertaining than a race between your friends and neighbors as they attempt to paddle giant pumpkins across a lake. Sound like fun? Be sure to drop by the 12th annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, where regatta-goers will also be treated to a performance by the Tualatin High School Marching Band, a hilarious circus act by Heather Pearl, a visit from llamas Smokey and Rojo and arts, crafts and food vendors galore. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Cedar Mill Cider Festival Cranks It Up
Celebrating its ninth year, the Cedar Mill Cider Festival is something of a trip back in time. As the Lauren Sheehan String Band performs folk, bluegrass and other old-time music, Boy Scout Troop 208 will serve free fresh apple cider, hand-cranked from antique presses. Kids can enjoy games, activities and pioneer coloring pages with the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, while adults can peruse the country store and sample the pulled pork goodness of Da Fat Boyz’ sandwiches and nachos. Sun., 1-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Get Connected at the Beaverton City Library Resource Fair
This event features information and activities with more than 30 area nonprofits serving families in the Beaverton community, such as the American Cancer Society, Le Leche League of Beaverton and Hands on Greater Portland, and many others, as well as family health, dental and vision services. Families that visit five vendor booths will receive a free children’s book for each child and can enter to win a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free All Ages. Event details.
Holladay Park Harvest Festival
Rain or shine, Lloyd Center and Holladay Park offer up harvest and Halloween-inspired games, crafts and live entertainment for families in this second annual event. Sat., Noon-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
See Swimming Salmon
Oxbow Park’s section of the Sandy River offers the perfect view of salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Polarized fish-viewing glasses will be available and naturalists will be on hand to point out the salmon and answer any questions. Afterwards, visitors can warm up by the campfire and sip hot cocoa.Oct. 17-18, Free, All Ages. Event details.
Is the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta part of your fall must-do list? Let us know in the comments below!
— Suzie Ridgway