Fall is a great time to visit the Oregon Coast. You’ll discover exceptionally fresh food, fabulous local wine and craft beer, and plenty of local history and adventure.
Fall is also a spectacular time to stroll along the miles of uncrowded sandy beaches, dine in the best restaurants, and taste wines; all without contending with scores of visitors. Plus, the Oregon Coast puts on a colorful display as this heavily wooded expanse change to yellow, orange, and red. The following events are just a taste of what fall on the Oregon Coast offers.
The Bite of Oregon
September 1-4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend
Start September off with a visit to The Bite of Oregon, our state’s premier event which showcases west coast life, food, and drink. This event features outstanding cuisine from seven Oregon regions, and everything from appetizers to desserts.
Fall would not be complete with tasting at least a few of Oregon’s award-winning craft beers from across the state. Oregon also has a thriving wine industry, and up and coming distilleries making a name for themselves too.
The event also includes the Iron Chef Oregon and Iron Mixology Oregon competitions which determines who can create the most amazing concoctions under grueling conditions.
Carlton Crush Harvest Festival
September 9, 2017
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to roll up your pant legs and actually stomp grapes? Well you can, if you act quickly.
Every year, Carlton puts on their Crush Harvest Festival where 24 teams of 4 people compete in a team stomping completion. There’s also a stomping competition for kids. You need to register to take part.
Even if you’re not too keen on purple feet, it’s a hoot to watch and there’s plenty of wine, beer, food, entertainment and crafts to enjoy. They also offer free admission and parking.
Cannon Beach Cottage Tours
Cannon Beach, Oregon
September 08 – 10, 2017
Fall is the best time to explore the Cannon Beach area. Its postcard-perfect beaches are home to vintage cottages, unique beach getaways, and spectacular dream homes and you can tour them, courtesy of the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.
Many major publications including Sunset, Oregon Home, and Oregon Coast magazines describe this tour as an excellent opportunity to take in local history, view amazing architecture, and “see” how the locals live. The 14th Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour also includes a concert, luncheon, lectures, presentations and a reception. The event is very popular, so buy your tickets in advance.
Indian Style Salmon Bake
Depoe Bay, Oregon
September 16, 2017
This is the 61st annual salmon bake at Depoe Bay, and they certainly know how to do things right. This event draws people from far and wide, and with good reason.
Preparation for the salmon bake begins many months before the event. Volunteers find alder wood from the neighboring forests, just as native tribes have for centuries. They build an 80-foot fire line in Depoe Bay City Park and then light the wood before sunrise on the day of the event. The park offers an outstanding view of the Pacific and the harbor.
Hundreds of Pacific salmon fillets are fastened to alder wood stakes and then baked over the coals. The alder adds flavor to the fish as it bakes to perfection. There’s no need to worry about parking. You can catch a free shuttle to the park and back to the shops on the oceanfront. Many merchants also offer special discounts during the event.
Cherry Blossom Orchestra–100 Years of Recorded Jazz
Lincoln City, Oregon
September 21, 2017
Fall marks the 100-year anniversary of some of the best and earliest jazz recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band from New Orleans. This September, you can hear these timeless classics come to life again when the Cherry Blossom Orchestra performs at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
This seven-piece Portland band will get your foot tapping and tickets are very reasonable.
Fall Splendor Scenic Railroad Excursion
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
September 30, 2017
Take in the splendor of our Oregon forests as the leaves change color on a steam locomotive as it chugs along the Nehalem River. You’ll do a circle route from Wheeler Depot, and past a few historic logging camps. You can even ride in the engine cab for a small fee to cover insurance costs. Dogs are welcome and excursions run through October too.
Fall Vacation Rentals Without Fees
If you’re looking for fall Oregon Coast vacation rentals, without the hefty fees that sites like Airbnb, VRBO, TripAdvisor, and others charge, we can help. We have many oceanfront units with high-end amenities. We offer condominiums in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay at affordable prices so you can experience the Oregon Coast in the fall for yourself.