written by Lindsay McWilliams
Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Eugene | September 29-October 2
The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. that travels to cities all over the United States. For the first time in thirty years, the wall will be presented in Eugene at Skinner Butte Park with opening ceremonies beginning at noon on Thursday.
E.Z. Orchards Harvestfest | Salem | October 2-31
Started in 1996, the Harvestfest offers a way for guests to interact with the farm during this exciting season. It features a corn maze, a petting zoo, live bluegrass music and, of course, a patch for finding that perfect pumpkin.
Umpqua Brew Fest | Roseburg | October 8
The Umpqua Brew Fest celebrates its seventh year with brewers from around Oregon, live music, an Iron Chef competition and a home-brewing contest at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Umpqua also gives back to its water supply by donating funds to Umpqua Watersheds.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta | Tualatin | October 15
Watch dressed-up patrons race across a lake while seated in giant pumpkins carved into boats. This truly unique event has drawn national media attention in the last thirteen years, and for good reason.
Oktoberfest Pendleton | Pendleton| October 15
Located in the Pendleton Round-Up Stadium, Oktoberfest Pendleton brings a western cowboy twist to a German classic. Oregon beers and Hill Meat sausages are served from noon to 9 p.m, accompanied by live music from Keith and the Hankers. “Let’er drink!”
Little Woody Festival | Eugene | October 21-22
Sample hundreds of barrel-aged beers, ciders and whiskeys from across the Northwest at the Little Woody Festival in Eugene. Held at Venue 252, the event also includes live music and presentations by brewers from Lagunitas, Ninkasi, Deschutes and more.
Portland VegFest | Portland | October 22-23
Plant-based living is the focus of this festival, with vegetarian and vegan product samples ranging from fashion and beauty products to foodstuffs. It also includes a bookstore, cooking demonstrations and fitness classes, along with a Family Activities Area.