10 Best Things to do in Portland, Oregon This Fall

Fall time in Portland, Oregon can be quite wonderful. The temperatures drop, school starts, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of things to do. Portland has a variety of things to do that area that are only available during fall or they just happen to be better during the fall.

With the leaves changing all around the local gardens become even more lovely than they were during the summer. The Japanese garden is absolutely stunning during the fall and is a must for nature lovers. For wine lovers we've included the gorgeous Anne Amie Vineyards where you can enjoy great wine, but also an incredibly scenic drive out to their property. 

Some of the most fun things to do are available only in September and October like pumpkin patches and haunted houses. We've included two of the top pumpkin patches in the area on our list as well as one of the top haunted houses. 


Lan Su Yuan, the garden's official name, means "Garden of Awakening Orchids," and is considered the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Having opened in 2000, the garden was a joint project between Portland and its Chinese sister city Suzhou. Set behind a wall, the garden is a tranquil, urban oasis that fills a full city block. As a living work of art, the garden contains a balance of the five traditional garden elements: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions. Paths wind through the courtyards, pavilions and bridges. The Tao of Tea offers visitors a chance to experience a traditional tea service in recreated Ming Dynasty tea house.

Japanese Garden
Photo courtesy of David M. Cobb

One of the many attractions in Washington Park, the Japanese Gardens is a one of Portland's brightest gems. Designed by renowned landscape architect Professor Takuma Tono, the site opened in 1967. Five separate gardens comprise this collective: Strolling Pond, Tea, Natural, Flat and Dry Landscape. Each one offers a unique environment and design comprised of elements such as water, stone and vegetation. The garden's elevated location in Portland's West Hills offers a quiet escape above the city. The Japanese Garden is always a lovely, but it the fall it is stunning. There is an admission fee to get in and be sure to get there early enough to spend at least an hour and a half.

The Pumpkin Patch over on Sauvie Island is a popular family farm offering a seasonal produce market and gift shop, cafe, a massive corn maze, hay rides & pick your own pumpkins during the month of October. For little ones they have an adorable cow train that will delight them. There's also a large hay pyramid that kids have fun climbing all over. They have a big red barn that was built in 1929 and filled with animals. Kids can see turkeys, goats, and more. You can pack a lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic tables covered by a large awning.


Feast Portland is a multi-day festival celebrating the glory of Oregon's bounty every September. The Feast kicks off on Thursday and continues through Sunday. This event includes all kinds of food and drink events throughout Portland, Oregon. You can attend special dinners with award wining chefs or take a class. The classes offer vary greatly. You can learn all about wines, crafting the perfect cocktial, butchery, cooking with marijuana, how to make salt or how to make the perfect pie. They have large scale events where you can try a large variety of small plates and drinks in one setting.


FrightTown is a collection of three haunted houses at the Moda Center every year during the Halloween season. Each of the haunted houses are different from each other and they change every year. They have live actors throughout the houses dressed up in scary costumes. Each haunted house gets progressively scarier, so you can decide if it's too scary to continue or not. From October 7-Halloween you can go get scared out of your mind at FrightTown starting at 7 PM. They are closed every Monday and Tuesday except 10/30 and Halloween. This is a great activity for anyone over the age of 11.


Liepold Farms is a sustainable family owned farm operating in Boring, Oregon since 1952. For years, they have offered one of the most fun pumpkin patches in the Portland area. Their pumpkin patch is always packed with family fun. They have a corn maze, hay maze, hay rides, pumpkin slingshots, and more. On the weekends they offer food options and alcoholic beverages for adults. You can purchase a ticket to participate in just one activity or you can puchase a bundle to save a few bucks. This is a great activity for groups, families, and couples as well as a perfect setting for photos.

Overlooking the Tualatin River Valley, Cooper Mountain Nature Park is located on the edge of Beaverton. The 230-acre park offers visitors 3.5 miles of trails that traverse the park and pass through each of its distinct habitats, from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands. Visitors will be rewarded with grand views of the Chehalem Mountains, close-up looks at Oregon white oaks and a small prairie that has sat relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years. This is a great place to go for a walk. For kids there is a little play structure near the parking lot. There are also restrooms there.

The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is a recreational cooking school located on a family hobby farm just south of Portland in Wilsonville, Oregon. Cooking classes explore fundamental skills in the kitchen and garden, as well as some of the lost arts of handcrafting and preserving food like our grandmothers did. The Kitchen focuses on the traditional methods of cooking, from making the perfect pie, to learning the basics of cheesemaking, to putting up fruits and vegetables for the winter. They will guide you through basic knife techniques and the science behind food and why it behaves the way it does in different situations, helping to instill confidence when cooking in your own kitchen.

Outside the City

Our Table is a cooperative of farmers and producers working together to create handcrafted, thoughtful and delicious food for the local community. They are a model multi-stakeholder collective that harnesses the power of collaboration to create shared value through all stages of food growth and production. Our Table is a new paradigm for a more localized food system based on a new form of agriculture that blends the wisdom of the past with the science of the present. In addition to their store full of local fresh goods they also offer classes, dinners, and farm camps for adults. During the fall they have a pumpkin patch. They also offer tours of the farm for groups.

Outside the City

Anne Amie Vineyards specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. The winery is located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District with incredible views of the Willamette Valley. You can enjoy wine tastings, tours of the vineyard and celler, picnic tables, umbrellas, a bocce ball court, and corn hole at the tasting room and winery. They charge $15 for a wine tasting but waive the fee with a $100 purchase. They host exquisite wine dinners on their property that are just incredible and a must if you can. These sell out quickly, so watch their website for dates.


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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan