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Fun in the Fall

Alas, summer can’t last forever and in our humble opinion it shouldn’t because there are plenty of fun family activities to do all year.  Still, it’s hard not to get a little sad when the days start to shorten, the nights get colder, and the threat of frost grows ever closer.  We’d like to help you fight off those fall blues with a few of our favorite fall activities.  For more fun tips, you should check out these two articles from our sister site, Stillwater Outdoors:

Why You Need to Have One Last Paddling Adventure

The Allure of Autumn: A Guide to Camping in Fall

Local Fall Attractions

Valleyfest

September 22-24

This is a prime example of how a community can come together and make a difference.  Valleyfest is a free family-fun three days focused on creativity and the community.  Besides the many booths where you and your family can participate in crafts for free, there is the Lion’s Club Bed Race, the Hearts of Gold Parade, free use of the Mobius Planetarium, Robotics and STEM activities, a Car Show, a Pancake Breakfast by donation.

For those looking to take a more active role, there is a 5K/10K run ($20 registration), a Duathlon with an 11 bike trail and 3 mile run ($30 for single and $50 for two person team registration), Step UP for Down Syndrome family friendly 1 mile walk (no registration required), and a Family Bike Ride of varying distances (under 10 years old $5 and over 10 is a $15 registration).

And be sure to pick up an extra coat at the store this year as Stuff the Bus will be taking place at Valleyfest.  For those who don’t know, Stuff the Bus is a community challenge where participants try to fill a STA bus with coats for kids.  Coats 4 Kids will then distribute these donated coats to kids in need throughout the community.

To find out more or to register for an activity, please visit their website at: Valleyfest

Terrain

1st Friday in October

Founded in 2008, a group of friends gathered together to give a chance for new artists in all medium to showcase their work.  During this one day event, you can see paintings, film, live music, poetry, and so much more.  If you find something you like, be sure to ask the artist as many of the works on display are for sale.

If you can’t make it to the main event, don’t fret.  You can always visit the Terrain Gallery Thursday-Saturday from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Washington Cracker Company Building or you can come to their Pop Up Shop at Steam Plant Square on Wednesdays-Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM.

Pumpkin Patch

Corn Maze

Green Bluff Farms

Hours Vary By Farm

There is always something to do at Green Bluff.  Whether you’re looking to pick that perfect pumpkin, want a basket of hand-picked apples for pie, or are looking for a beautiful setting for lunch, Green Bluff has it all.  There are over 30 family farms to choose from, not to mention over 30 more artisan vendors and shops.

It’s not just about fruits and vegetables.  For those looking for place to get together with friends for a little adult time, Green Bluff also offers things like wine tasting, craft beers, mead, and hard cider.

For more information on specific farms, their hours, and what they offer, please check out the Green Bluff Grower’s Association website.

Fall Fun For Everyone

Now we understand that not everyone is lucky enough to live here and have access to these events (though you definitely should come and visit), which is why we’d like to explore some ways to have fun in the fall that can take place anywhere.

  • Go for a hike.
  • Go for a hayride.
  • Participate in a race or bike event.
  • Jump in a pile of leaves (one of our favorites).
  • Eat a candy apple.
  • Bake a homemade pumpkin pie (after handpicking the pumpkin at a farm if possible).
  • Start making your children’s Halloween costumes.
  • Visit a haunted house (or check out Scarywood if you’re in the Pacific Northwest).
  • Tour a winery.
  • Learn to knit or crochet.
  • Make a pine cone bird feeder.
  • Plan a backyard family dinner.
  • Plan a fall scavenger hunt.
  • Make pumpkin donuts (dusted with cinnamon and sugar … yum).
  • Plant fall flowers.
  • Tailgate at a football game.
  • Bring a fresh homemade pie to a neighbor or loved one.
  • Explore a corn maze.
  • Go antiquing.
  • Have a fall canning party.
  • View the leaves.
  • Collect leaves and pine cones for crafts.