October Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Portland


It is officially fall. Pumpkin spice lattes have been in full swing for a month and it’s time for us to tote our little darlings through the mud for pumpkins. There are lots of great family events and experiences to enjoy this October, many of them including eating and taste-testing the fall bounty around us. Sounds good to me! I hope you can get out and enjoy one of these events, and let us know if you do!


Kite Festival (October 6-7)

The Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is held on the beach, in the center of Lincoln City, at the D-River Wayside from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch (October 1-31)

There are many awesome spots to visit to pick a pumpkin, pet a goat, take a hay ride, or even eat a pumpkin doughnut, which is my personal favorite activity while at the pumpkin patch. One of our favorite places has been Fir Point Farms (best doughnuts and many free kids activities), Lakeview Farms (it has a train AND boat!) and The Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island. For more PMB favorite pumpkin patches, check out this post.

Apple Tasting Event (October 7-9)apple tasting

This is a favorite for our family! You can try up to 60 kinds of apples, drink apple cider or wine, eat apple strudel, and there are fun activities for the kids to do as well. Head out to the Portland Nursery to join in on the delicious fun.

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (October 12-14)

Hood River Valley Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the county and surrounding region. This area has been a premier fruit and vegetable producing region since the start of the 20th century. Today, the Harvest Festival has grown to a family-friendly, weekend-long celebration with hundreds of art, craft, food, and wine vendors. There are games, contests, pumpkin carvings and, of course, an entertainment and education tent featuring local brews and wine.

Squishing the Squash (October 19)

The Oregon Zoo’s annual Squishing of the Squash, in which some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins, will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m.

13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (October 20)

Join in the spectacle at the Giant Pumpkin Regatta as people dressed like superheroes paddle across the lake in a giant pumpkin. There is also a 5K walk or run, costume contest, and pumpkin carving.

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Halloween Events

Halloween Fantasy Trail (October 1-30)

Take a Halloween walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail” decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes. They also have a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge, and more. Pumpkins and refreshments are available and it’s good for all ages. Check the Wenzel Farm website for prices, times of operation and even a video to see what the experience is like.

Howloween at the Zoo (October 20)

The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo all weekend. Best suited for ages 3-11.

Eek Week at the Children’s Museum (October 27-31)

Join in on five days of Halloween fun at the Portland Children’s Museum. Photo shoots, pumpkin carving demonstrations, trick-or-treat bag decorating, spooky story times, pumpkin smashing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, candy-free trick-or-treating, and more!

Trick or Treating (October 29-31)

Need a list of some free spots for your kids to go trick or treating? Check out this post of trick-or-treating alternatives!

Did we miss any of your favorite October family events? Leave them in the comments!

Community-Submitted Events

Our community calendar is a free resource for Portland families and businesses. Below, you can scroll through many mom- or family-friendly events in the area this month. Have something to add to the calendar? Please add your event here!

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Any events we missed? Leave them in the comments!

As you can see, the end of summer is just the beginning of a new kind of fun in Portland.
Any October events we missed? Please let us know in the comments!

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Jody grew up in a small town in Central Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University, traveled to Africa for three months and, upon returning, moved to Montana to be near her then fiancé. They lived in Bozeman, Montana for nine years working on the Montana State campus in full-time ministry. They now have lived in SE Portland for nearly eight years and work part-time with the same faith-based non-profit. She is also now a business owner and helps others find health and happiness through Plexus. She has been married for 16 years and they have two beautiful kids. Their 11 year-old daughter is a miracle biological child after years of infertility, and their son 7 is a miracle child through the gift of adoption. Jody loves living in beautiful Portland where flowers are always in bloom and there is always an adventure around the corner to be had. She loves Jesus, coffee, a good book, deep conversation with people she loves, being intentional to love those around her, hosting events in their backyard, sausage, beer, traveling, and being a wife and mom. The beach is her happy place. She also blogs occasionally at jodymccomas.com about motherhood and ministry.