The Best Things to Do in 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.
Cool Desert Nights, an Annual Fall Event
Fans of classic cars and motorcycles won't want to miss Cool Desert Nights, an annual event that happens in West Richland, WA! This treasured Tri-Cities event has been taking place for three decades. People from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond make their way to our region to show off their rides or just casually admire all the chrome and timeless design of yesteryear.
Hit the road, but check out event details here.
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 farmers markets. But, catch them while you can this fall! Our local markets will soon be packing up for the season, although many go through the end of October.
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.
Middleton's Fall Festival, an All October 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 a decade now their son and daughter-in-law have 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 weekend fireworks on 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.
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? We proudly partner with our local winemakers to offer you a Wine Passport. This 100% free offer allows you to explore more than 20 of our local producers in Tri-Cities' piece of wine country. Talk terroir, change your chablis, muse over merlot, sip sauvignon, and say cheers to a host of deals.
If you're looking to make a trip out of it, take a look at this Wine Tour Package offered by one of our partners.
Get out to Taste, Wear, and Stay on a Farm
If you want to not only see our farmer's markets but also where the produce is grown, you should spend a morning or afternoon picking berries at Bill's Berry Farm, located in nearby Grandview, WA. They grow everything from apples to strawberries, and doughnuts.* Make sure to visit their website and learn about hours, offerings, and pick-your-own experiences.
*Ok, maybe they don't grow the doughnuts. But they're homemade. That's healthy, right?
If you want something to take back home to keep you warm and fuzzy, Sandollar Farms & Alpacas makes for an ideal outing. This working farm has plenty of events throughout the crisp, autumnal days ahead. In addition to admiring their herd of alpacas you can take one home!*
Not ready to acquire an alpaca? 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. They also have an AirBnB service which you'll be sure to love.
*Check with the airlines, as Alpaca Airways no longer serves the PNW!
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 and check out our Ales & Trails Pass for special offers and deals.
Pröst! Give Back to the Community with Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels Oktoberfeast!
If you're here in the Tri-Cities from September 30th through October 3rd, consider ordering a hearty German-style meal through the Mid-Columbia Meals-on-Wheels Foundation. Their annual Oktoberfeast festival is a drive-through service with proceeds going to feed senior citizens in the Tri-Cities region.
Taco Crawl, a Pasco Tradition from October 1st through 16th
Tacos? Did anyone say they like tacos? We like tacos! If you don't...that's OK. That's more for us! But come on, who doesn't like a taco?
At the end of the two-week taco crawl, a local taco maker wins an award for their craft.* In Pasco you can take a tour of the many taquerias and other eateries which make our culinary scene so "delicioso!" A $30 taco voucher gets you 20 taco trucks and eateries to get your taco one. We have so much variety here because our taco scene is mas fuerte! Best of all, this is another opportunity to give back to our local community. The purchase of your taco vouchers, which you must order ASAP, go to the local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.
*You are a big part of this process! Don't just scarf down those tempting tacos, make sure to make notes in your taco voucher booklet. On October 19th a winner will be selected.
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