- Suzie Ridgway
- Portland Tribune - Features
Lee Farms celebrates the season with its annual offering of spicy cider, homemade doughnuts and 12 varieties of pumpkins.
Weekends during October bring hayrides, pony rides, a hay maze and kettle corn. Visit the barnyard petting zoo where you can feed the bunnies or visit with the goats in their 'goat hotel.'
Other animals on display include calves, piglets, ponies, puppies, chicks and turkeys.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, through Oct. 28, Lee Farms, 21975 S.W. 65th Ave., Tualatin, 503-638-1869, www.leefarmsoregon.com, free admission, $1-$2 for some activities
The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
Portland's original cornfield maze offers a new design each year. This year's sports whimsical twists and turns with pumpkin shapes and leafy twists.
On weekend evenings and Halloween, a 'haunted maize' experience offers spooky creatures popping out from every dark and corny corner.
Well-behaved, leashed dogs (with plastic bags in tow) are welcome in the nonhaunted version.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (regular maze), 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (haunted maze) FRIDAY and SATURDAY (and Halloween), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (regular maze) SUNDAY, Oct. 13-31, the Pumpkin Patch, 16525 N.W. Gillihan Road, 503-621-7110, www.portlandmaze.com, $6 adults, $4 children 6-12 and seniors; haunted maze: $8 adults, $6 kids 6-12 and seniors
Great Onion Festival
Join fellow onion lovers at this annual fall event celebrating the end of the onion harvest with more than 1,800 pounds of onions donated from Amstad Farms.
Visitors can check out - or take part in - friendly competitions, including the Best Dang Onion Dish in Sherwood and the Onion Eating Contest. Children can get involved in the pumpkin decorating contest (decorate one on-site or bring in your own to be judged) and games such as bowling for onions and the onion toss.
Live local entertainment, a farmers market, and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand, along with the Sherwood Volunteer Firefighters, serving up their famous barbecue chicken dinners.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., SATURDAY, Oct. 14, Archer Glen Elementary School, 16155 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Sherwood, 503-625-7800, www.sherwoodchamber.org, free admission, food prices vary,/em>
Oregon's official state fish, the chinook salmon, has been making its epic journey for thousands of years, bravely swimming upstream from the Pacific Ocean to return home to the Sandy River Gorge to give life to the next generation.
The 23rd annual Salmon Festival celebrates the struggle of the salmon, giving visitors a new appreciation for clean water, healthy watersheds and ancient culture.
Festivalgoers can expect art displays and demonstrations, children's activities, a food court, salmon barbecue and the Oregon Marketplace under the rainproof tents in the main festival area.
The School of Fish by the water's edge offers educational activities for all. By taking a short hike or horse-drawn wagon into the forest, visitors will experience the Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum Village.
Native American fishing tribes of the Columbia River Basin will offer the history of tribal fishing from bone hooks to modern methods, as well as storytelling, beading, weaving, fishnet-tying, drumming, dancing, hide tanning, flint knapping and drum-making. No pets allowed.
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Oct. 14-15, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway, Troutdale, 503-797-1850, www.metro-region.org/salmonfestival, $8 per vehicle
Pier Park skate park grand opening
The highly anticipated renovation of Pier Park's concrete heaven by Dreamland Skateparks debuts with demonstrations by the Nike Skateboarding professional team after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It's the first of 19 skate parks planned for the Portland metro area thanks to Portland Parks and Recreation and Skaters for Portland Skateparks.
11 a.m. to sundown SATURDAY, Oct. 14, Pier Park, North Bruce Avenue between Lombard and James streets, 503-823-7529, www.portlandparks.org, free
Kruger's Farm puts on a heaping helping of boot-stomping, heel-clicking good times as square-dancing caller Caroline Oakley keeps the floor moving this Saturday night and Oct. 28.
Lisa and Her Kin will serve up a sweet slice of honky-tonk tunes next weekend. Show up early to check out the multitude of old-fashioned fall festivities, including a six-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, apple cider and caramel apples.
Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SATURDAY, through Oct. 28, Kruger's Farm, 17100 N.W. Sauvie Island Road, 503-621-3489, www.krugersfarm.com, hoedowns are $5 per car (corn maze is $5 for adults, $3 kids ages 5-12, free for kids 4 and under)