The Best Things to do in the Fall in the Tri-Cities
Welcome fall! When the colorful leaves, cooler days, and crisp nights return, that means it's a great time to visit the Tri-Cities.
Farmers Markets: Capture Fall Bounties in the Tri-Cities
We all love the summer here in our beautiful part of Washington, which boasts farmland, winemakers, spirit distillers, brewers, and a host of other makers who responsibly take from the land. During the warmer months, they all come together to take part in our annual outdoor farmers markets. But, catch them while you can this fall!
These delightful open-air experiences don't cease operations on just one day. So, be sure to check out these listings and make sure to catch the remaining dates this autumn. For a year-round indoor market that celebrates local artisans and food producers, be sure to visit Public Market at Columbia River Warehouse.
Enjoy Our Wineries this Autumn, Less Crowds, More Savor
It's no surprise to hear that much of rural Washington State can consider itself to be wine country. With the cooler weather upon us, and with the summer crowds back home for the season, autumn in the Tri-Cities is an ideal time to plan a weekend exploring our wineries. Or why not make it a full week? Talk terroir, change your chardonnay, muse over merlot, sip sauvignon, and say cheers!
If you're looking to make a trip out of it, check out our guide and plan your itinerary.
Get out to Taste, Wear, and Stay on a Farm
Stop by Country Mercantile any day and peruse their selection of local produce, gourmet food items, and home decor. A visit to Country Mercantile isn't complete without ordering some delicious food from the deli including homemade ice cream, salsa, chips, tamales, and enchiladas. Make sure to check out their Harvest Festival for a variety of family-friendly activities including pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more!
If you want something to take back home to keep you warm and fuzzy, Sandollar Farms & Alpacas makes for an ideal outing. Their charming Fuzzy Wuzzy boutique has over 2,000 square feet of retail space dedicated to luxurious alpaca wools, sweaters, decorative items, and other potential gifts for you or your loved ones. This working farm has plenty of events throughout the crisp, autumnal days ahead. Turn your visit into a weekend getaway and book a stay at the farm.
Oktoberfest All Year When You Visit the Tri-Cities!
Maybe it's our climate that produces such fine grains and hops. Maybe it's our water, much of it coming from clean, clear rivers, and alpine streams that feed our water supply. Maybe it's the dedication to craft. But most likely, it's all of these elements! Washington is very lucky to be have such fantastic wine. But, if you're more of a malty-hoppy-type, you already know we have you covered! Make sure you stop at a couple of our brewery partners here in the Tri-Cities!
Pröst! Give Back to the Community with Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels OktoberFeast!
If you're here in the Tri-Cities on October 1st, consider participating in the casual 5K Fun Run hosted by Mid-Columbia Meals-on-Wheels Foundation followed by a beer garden and German-style lunch. This annual, family-friendly OktoberFeast festival is a great experience for all visitors and proceeds go to feed senior citizens in the Tri-Cities region.
Endless Halloween Tricks & Treats
From late September to the end of October, Tri-Cities is filled with a wide variety of family-friendly Halloween activities. Fall festivals, pumpkin picking, Halloween arts and crafts, and Trunk-or-Treating puts families in the holiday spirit. For those searching for a good scare, Tri-Cities is also home to multiple haunted experiences.
Middleton's Fall Festival, an All Fall Event
Bill and Cinda Middleton have been growing on their land in the Pasco region for over 40 years. And, in addition to raising prized local hay and crops, they raised a fine family of six sons. For over a decade their family has been welcoming the world onto their family land to for their Fall Festival, which celebrates the end of the growing season and the beginning of autumn in the Tri-Cities. This year's fall Fall Festival features Sunflower and Zinnia fields, weekend fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, a pumpkin patch (as well as some hands-on sports using these would-be Jack-o-lanterns), an eight-acre corn maze, a cider (beer and wine) house, sweet shop, plus more eateries, fire-pit rentals with picnic tables, and...well, so much more!
When you purchase your tickets, make sure you plan this as a full day outing. Want to make a weekend out of it? Check out our local lodging options.
We all anticipate the future and look forward to resuming travel under the Washington State Re-Opening Phases.
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