5 Ways To Fall Into Fall – Central Oregon 2021

Fall in Central Oregon brings crisp mornings, beautiful sunny days, and cooler evenings

The changing of the season brings vibrant fall colors almost everywhere you look and people around town are now wearing puffy coats and beanies out of necessity (and not just as part of the Bend uniform).  And while the 2021 season may not be quite back to normal with some larger events, such as Oktoberfest, on hold until next year due to the pandemic, there’s still plenty to do this fall season and it’s a great time of year to get outside and explore our beautiful community.


5 Ways To Fall Into Fall In Central Oregon – 2021:

1. Seasonal celebrations

Bend Fall Festival – October 2 & 3

Celebrate all things fall at the Bend Fall Festival! Enjoy live music, stroll through the harvest market, support local artists and makers, and of course, there’ll be great food and drinks with a seasonal twist. Located downtown from 11 am – 8:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm


Sisters Harvest Faire – October 9 & 10

Head to downtown Sisters for the annual Sisters Harvest Faire, bringing together over 150 juried vendors of handcrafted quality arts and crafts, plus food and entertainment. Located downtown on Main Avenue from 10 am – 4 pm both days.


2. Pumpkins with a view

For a great day out, take a trip to Terrebonne to visit the Central Oregon pumpkin patches at DD Ranch and Smith Rock Ranch. Both pumpkin patches are about a 45-minute drive from Bend, and trust us, the gorgeous Smith Rock views and hiking and horse trails make that drive well worth it.

Closer to town, head to The Patch at Schilling’s Garden Market and enjoy the incredible view of the Cascades while you hunt for your perfect pumpkin! They’ll have carving pumpkins and a big selection of specialty pumpkins too. In the farm stand find seasonal favorites like pumpkin butter, apples, teas, and coffee plus a variety of heirloom squashes. And, the nursery will have a great assortment of mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, asters, pansies, and everything you need to create a beautiful front porch for fall!


3. Explore the outdoors

Photograph stunning autumn landscapes, waterfalls, and river scenes in the heart of Central Oregon’s Cascades.  Autumn in Central Oregon is one of the most rewarding times to photograph! Book a photo tour – self-guided or alongside an expert photographer – with Bend Photo Tours or sign up for a photo outing workshop hosted by Cascade Center of Photography and capture the vibrant fall colors on display in nature throughout Central Oregon.

Paddle Central Oregon’s most iconic river on a Deschutes River Brews and Views Tour hosted by Wanderlust Tours. Experience the pristine Deschutes River with a naturalist guide, taste various beers from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and other local breweries, and hear the story of their crafting. Beer not your thing? Wanderlust Tours has several tour options around Central Oregon; view the fall tour line-up here.


4. Play in the leaves

To really fall into fall in Bend, when the leaves start to fall from the trees, head downtown to Drake Park where we guarantee you’ll feel like a kid again when you dive into the piles of leaves. A famed spot for seasonal family photos this time of year, the park is perfect to stroll through with a nice warm drink in hand as you admire the fall colors.


5. Countdown to snow

Beautiful fall colors and pumpkin spice lattes can only mean one thing in Bend; the best part of fall (according to many Bendites) is the anticipation of mountain snow and the official countdown to opening day at Mt. Bachelor! It’s not too early to plan ahead for your winter mountain experience with opening day slated for November 25th and several COVID restrictions in place – learn more here.


Still needing some fall inspo? We’ve got a few ideas for how to embrace the season:


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