So, you’ve decided to vacation in central Oregon during fall time. When you think of beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves, crisp air, and seasonal drinks, you may think more east coast than west. However, autumn is a highlight in central Oregon that boasts a beautiful season with plenty to do. To help plan your vacation this fall, here are 10 activities, sights, and perks that you can enjoy whether you’re on a romantic getaway or a big family reunion.
10 Reasons to Visit Central Oregon this Fall
1. Bend Fall FestivalOctober 5-7. Bend’s Fall Festival is the first weekend in October and boasts more than 20 food and drink vendors. A celebration of a new season and Bend’s local restaurants, businesses, and artists, it’s a three-day affair with lots to do, see, eat, and drink. Deschutes Brewery is one of Bend’s most famous breweries and offers a selection of its loved brews. If beer isn’t your style, there’s also a wine and cocktail selection. If you’re a baker, sign up for the pie baking contest. And if you prefer your pumpkins carved over baked, then join the pumpkin carving contest and put your art skills to the test. For more information, visit their site.
2. Oregon Observatory at Sunriver
October 11-14. This October is the 15th Annual Bend Film Festival that brings independent films to Bend. Bend’s downtown theaters, music rooms, party venues, and more show indie movies throughout the weekend. The film schedule is jam-packed, and movies are shown nonstop during the three-day festival. Downtown bars and restaurants will be filled with festival-goers who want to discuss the movie they just saw.
3. Bend’s Film Festival.
If you’ve brought your children with you on vacation but don’t think they’d enjoy a movie you want to buy tickets to, the festival also offers childcare offered by Bend Montessori. For more information, visit their website here.
4. Oregon High Desert Museum
5. OktoberfestSeptember 21 & 22. Oktoberfest in Bend is one of the most anticipated events of the year! Better yet, it’s free and open to all ages. You’ll experience the traditional weiner dog races, brews, and brats and even some not-so-traditional experiences like tricycle races, yodeling contests, and belly dancing. This event is put on by the Bend Downtown Business Association, and it’s their biggest fundraising event of the year. The BDBA is a non-profit that serves over 300 businesses in downtown Bend, so while you’re having fun, your money is also going to a great cause! For more information, visit Bend Oktoberfest.
6. The Village at SunriverThe Village at Sunriver offers a little something for everyone. It’s a great place to bring your kids to burn off some energy with many opportunities for fun: bounce houses, bumper cars, mini-golf, and a rock climbing wall. Not only are there fun activities for your kids, but there’s dining, shopping, art, and music for the adults. Click here to plan your trip.
8. Discounted golfOnce golf season starts winding down, many of central Oregon’s golf courses will majorly reduce their prices to hit the greens. From Sunriver to Bend to Redmond, there are plenty of golf courses who are willing to cut their prices to bring you out during the off-season.
Another perk of visiting central Oregon in the fall is that many of the summer tourists have packed up and gone back home. What you’re left with is cooler weather and less-crowded trails to hike. If you come in early fall, you’ll still be able to travel through the Deschutes National Forest without worrying about snow. Take in the awe-inspiring sights that central Oregon has to offer. Make sure you bring a hat and sunscreen, though! The weather is cooler, but the higher altitudes and sunny days will still burn if you don’t protect your skin.
9. Less crowded trails
10. Cooler nights
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