A bounty of fall family festivals are sprouting up. Now is the time to get a jump on the crowds and search for the perfect pumpkin at Kruger’s Farm. Get lost in a corn maze. Celebrate the grape harvest with a crush party at a local vineyard. Or, join The Northwest Children’s Theater for their 20th season opening show, featuring a thrilling and inspiring story about “the world’s only nice and jumbly giant.”
Roald Dahl’s The BFG (pictured)
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and his friend Sophie save the children of England from bigger, less-friendly giants. Sept 29 – Oct 28. Northwest Children’s Theater. Saturday and Sunday shows at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. $18-$23. Best for ages 6 and up. Event details.
Farmalicious Fun Fridge
Darigold is bringing a huge 16 foot fridge to Pioneer Courthouse Square along with several other wacky and unique fridges that will make you do a double take. Munch on gourmet bites from a local food truck, enjoy live music, and stick around for free giveaways. Bring a non perishable food item to fill up the fridge and help those who struggle with hunger. Sat. 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Portland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Kruger’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
Along with acres of pumpkins, the farm offers hay rides, a family corn maze, an animal barn, a hay pyramid, caramel apples, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn, fresh autumn produce, and family activities. Sept 28-Oct 31. 9:00 am (closing time varies by day). Corn maze admission: adults $6 (one free child with every adult) and kids 4 and under free. All ages. Event details.
Portland Juggling Festival
Visit Reed College for one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, featuring hundreds of juggling friends, non-stop workshops, and thrilling shows. Fri-Sun. Hours vary by day. See website for festival and show prices. All ages. Event details.
Montinore Crush Party
Compete in the grape stomp competition, listen to bluegrass, enjoy delicious food, go on a vineyard tour via hay ride, drink freshly pressed grape juice, have your face painted, and enjoy the fruits of our labor from years past with some wine tasting. Sat. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Forest Grove. Free. All ages. Event details.
Harvest Century Family Bike Ride
Tricycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers—this safe, 3-mile family-friendly bike course is for you. It is a separate course from the three longer Harvest Century routs, but everyone will share in celebration at the finish line! Sun. Check-in at 1:00 pm, ride begins at 2:30 pm. Free. Washington County Fairgrounds. Please pre-register online. All ages. Event details.
— Cheyenne Terbrueggen