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Top Things to do This Fall

Published: September 01, 2019


It's a well-known local secret that fall is one of the best times in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Bright red, orange and yellow leaves contrast against Oregon's signature evergreens, and crisp, cool and sometimes wet days are often matched with an equal number of clear, sunny skies. Students return to the University of Oregon and the air is buzzing with fresh excitement. It's harvest time on the South Willamette Valley Food Trail and vineyards in wine country are moving from harvest to crush and preparing for Cellar Season. With younger kids back in school, this is one of the best times to catch beautiful days on the Oregon Coast and in the Cascade Mountains with fewer crowds.

Pack layers, your camera and get ready for a season of enticing culinary events, autumn festivals and amazing performing arts. Here's our guide to what's happening in the region this season, from fall foliage hikes to Oregon Duck football.

Oregon Bounty & Harvest Season

Roasting Marshmallows at Pfeiffer Winery by Joni Kabana

Pfeiffer Winery by Joni Kabana

Fall is a fun time to be a foodie! Farmers' markets are still robust with fruits and vegetables and local chefs present autumn-inspired menus. Seasonal flavors infuse beer, spirits and coffee offerings. And of course, there are all the baked treats.

Join the Veneta - Fern Ridge community at the annual Veneta Harvest Festival! This one day event features 70+ vendors, a food court, kids… More Info
Celebrate the harvest season with a unique fall experience on a family farm. Take a tractor hayride to the pumpkin patch and then visit the… More Info
A fun festival featuring several hundred species of local fungi, collected throughout Western Oregon. This annual event is the largest… More Info
Over the Thanksgiving weekend take family and friends wine tasting in Oregon Wine Country. Many of the South Willamette wineries host… More Info

Duck Football

Autzen Stadium at Sunset by Peter Callero

Autzen Stadium at Sunset by Peter Callero


It's back to school with Duck football. Join University of Oregon students for a rousing home game at Autzen Stadium. Tailgate at Essig Field or pre-func at a local sports bar. If it's an away game, join a watch party at one of the local hotels or restaurants.

TrackTown USA & Running Events

McKenzie River Trail Run in Autumn by Michael Sherman 

McKenzie River Trail Run in Autumn by Michael Sherman

Keep moving with a road race or a trail run! TrackTown USA has plenty of running events throughout the season, from fast, easy runs on the river to an ultra in the Cascade Mountains.

Welcome to the Labor Day Eugene Brews Cruise 5K! Start at Hop Valley Brewing Co. on 1st Ave and wind your way to Railroad Blvd, continuing… More Info
This year participants have a choice of 31 beautiful miles to run wherever they want any time between the weekend before and the weekend… More Info
The 71st annual Walterville Waddle will take place with modifications for safety. Runners will start first, with walkers after, all in… More Info
CANCELED. This event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Run along the Willamette River in a marathon, half marathon or… More Info
This exciting annual run features a medley of courses from a 3.5-mile, 6-mile, 10-mile and 16-mile. All courses start and finish near Frank… More Info

Oregon Fall Foliage

Oregon's Fall Leaves by Colin Morton

Oregon's Fall Leaves by Colin Morton

Oregon is a destination for fall foliage seekers who come to see the stunning colors set against a backdrop of dark evergreen. Fodor's included the Willamette Valley in its recommended ten "Great Fall Foliage Trips Across the Country" and Conde Nast Traveler's blog credited the McKenzie River region with the most visual variety in its top-five picks for fall foliage in the Northwest.

In a typical year leaves peak mid-October, depending on elevation. Track the progression of colors across the state on our Oregon Fall Foliage blog and share your colorful fall snapshots and own leaf-spotting tips. Combine autumns color with exploring covered bridges, fall hikes and jet boat tours.

Fall on the Oregon Coast

Florence Farmers Market on the Boardwalk by Taj Morgan

Florence Farmers Market on the Boardwalk by Taj Morgan

Fall on the Oregon Coast brings a mix of cool, damp days and days filled with bright sunshine. From gaming at the casino to shopping along Bay Street, Florence offers plenty of fun memories in the fall – rain or shine. Check the Florence Events Center calendar for performing arts and special exhibits.

See more than 100 of the West Coast's most marvelous automobiles that have been selected for the invitational. It's going to be a weekend of… More Info
Explore the wine and chowder trail through Historic Old Town Florence and along the way, search for hidden glass floats. Taste wine from… More Info


Mystery Corn Maze at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm by Taj Morgan

Mystery Corn Maze at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm by Taj Morgan

Halloween events get spooky with corn mazes, haunted houses and haunted hikes. Take the kids trick or treating at the mall or at special "trunk" or treat.

More Fall Events

This event is canceled. After a busy summer season on Fern Ridge Reservoir, sailors gather to unfurl their sails for another race before… More Info
CANCELED. This event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 33rd Annual Coburg Antique and Vintage Fair! Shop for rare… More Info
Columbia Drag Boat Association holds some of the biggest and fastest races on water in the Northwest. View dozens of competitors vying to be… More Info
Showcasing great home and garden transformations! Shop and compare 250 exhibits featuring experts, products and services for homes and… More Info


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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.