Celebrate fall with your family this weekend with local family-friendly activities and events that will get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays. Wind through corn mazes, visit a pumpkin patch, or check out gorgeous and educational Indigenous art. Read on to find out where you want to be when the weekend rolls around.

photo: christian m. via yelp

Indigenous Art Exhibit

Portland Indigenous Marketplace is excited to partner with the Architectural Heritage Center to host an amazingly indigenous art exhibit! Featured indigenous artists include Astrid Furstner, a.c.ramírez de arellaño and more. This exhibit is free and open to the public during ACH (Architectural Heritage Center) normal business hours. Event Details.

Forest Bathing

Join Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Shawna Hartung, for a two-hour guided walk through Hoyt Arboretum’s unique tree collection and forested areas. Shawna has over 20 years of experience leading environmental education programs for youth and adults in the Pacific Northwest and is certified guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. This is a great way to integrate some self-care into your outdoor activities! Event Details.

Pumpkin Picking at the Pumpkin Patch

Located on beautiful Sauvie Island, The Pumpkin Patch is Portland’s original pumpkin patch. It’s a third-generation family farm that is Good Agricultural Practices certified. The Pumpkin Patch has been around since 1967 and is located just 15 minutes Northwest of Portland on 800 acres with over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the year. Each October they put on an incredible harvest festival with many attractions including their Big Red Animal Barn, hayrides, giant hay pyramid, original Corn Maize, Patio Café, Giftshop, Pumpkin Perk coffee cart, a bounteous farmers market of produce, and a couple food carts! Feel free hitch a ride on the wagon to U-pick your own pumpkin in the fields or simply pick one out in the market. Event Details.

USS Blueback Submarine Tour

Join a fascinating, 45-minute tour of the U.S. Navy’s last active duty diesel-electric submarine. Limited to only six guests per tour, you’ll have a unique, socially-distanced opportunity to explore this 219-foot vessel full of marvelous period artifacts. Event Details.

Packer Orchards Fall Festival

You don’t want to miss this fall festival. Think corn mazes, hey towers, a bouncy corral, pumpkin bowling and more. Don’t forget to pick your pumpkin. Fri-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event Details.

Visit Oregon Historical Society Museum

Open seven days a week, the Oregon Historical Society shares its vast collection through thought-provoking, interactive museum exhibitions that make history visible and accessible. Three floors of permanent and traveling exhibitions feature rare documents and artifacts, and explore the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Oregon and America. Event Details.

Vancouver Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze

Head over the bridge to the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch where a corn maze isn’t the only fall fun you’ll find. For only $10 you and your kids can visit a pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, visit a petting zoo and wander through the corn maze. Take a stroll out to the u-pick portion of the farm to pick Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and beans all for $1.25 per pound. Mark the September 25 on you calendar. You don’t want to miss the pumpkin patches opening day!Head over the bridge to the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch where a corn maze isn’t the only fall fun you’ll find. For only $10 you and your kids can visit a pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, visit a petting zoo and wander through the corn maze. Event Details.


OrenKoFest, Hillsboro’s free family harvest festival, returns after a year hiatus . at Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station. This event features vendors and artisans from event partner Tuesday Night Market, a Beer Garden by Golden Valley Brewery, kids’ activities by Evergreen Christian Center, and live music all day long! The Bavarian flavor of this Oktoberfest-style event means German music, German food, and a traditional “Masskrugstemmen” beer stein holding contest at 3:30 pm. Event Details. Event Details.

Rosewood Saturday Celebrations

The Rosewood Initiative introduces Rosewood Saturday Celebrations, a multicultural market that meets a social fair. There will be diverse makers selling their goods, food vendors, a mix of community resources, COVID-19 vaccine clinic, and family fun! Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti


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