Fall events and activities in Spokane, Northwest Interior
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped your outdoor fun. Here are several fun outdoor activities you can still enjoy this fall.
SPOKANE, Washington – September 22 is the official first day of fall, and in Washington that means yellow and orange landscapes and perfect weather for outdoor hikes and biking adventures.
The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to put an end to all your outdoor fun. Here are several fun outdoor activities you can still enjoy this fall.
On Friday, October 15 at 9 a.m., there will be a drive-thru pumpkin picking service at the Coeur d’Alene library. Participants are to stay in their vehicles and sewage and library staff will hand out the pumpkins. Bagged decorating supplies will also be available.
Customers are also welcome to use these pumpkins, or their own, for a pumpkin decorating contest. To enter the contest, participants are requested to submit a photo of their decorated pumpkins to the CDA library website by October 22.
All entries will be posted on the library’s Facebook page where the public can vote on the entries by liking the images until October 31, the winners will be announced the same day. Entries will be voted on in the youth, adolescent and adult categories. In order to ensure that prizes can be claimed, participants must be local residents who are able to access the library.
The big pumpkin festival
The Brick West Brewing Company is hosting a festive fall event from October 8-10. Friday there will be line dancing, food trucks and pumpkins. On Saturday there will be a makeup artist from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Jona Gallegos in concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday there will be a football night, a pumpkin raffle and of course, lots of beer.
Pick the perfect pumpkins or try homemade pies at Green Bluff
Green Bluff is still open for business this fall for a variety of activities that will keep all ages entertained. People can choose pumpkins and explore the iconic corn maze.
Green Bluff also still hosts its Fall Harvest Festival, starting September 25th through October 31st.
For apple lovers, the festival offers freshly picked apples for purchase, homemade pies and handmade Green Bluff apple cider.
For more information, visit the Green Bluff website.
High Country Orchard Farmers Market and Craft Fair
High Country Orchard, Gift Shop and Restaurant are open daily from April 1 to December 23. Its craft fair takes place every weekend in September and October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come taste their famous pumpkin fritters and shop for local crafts, cotton candy, homemade cookies or fresh produce from the local farm.
Are you looking for fun activities for the kids? You can take a cow train ride through the orchard, then head to Story’s Barnyard to feed the animals.
They also have a lot of games available such as giant jenga and a 9 hole mini golf course. If you’re up for the challenge, sign up for the Fall Orchard Scavenger Hunt.
Families can also enjoy a rotating line of food trucks that will be stationed outside the Country Store throughout the Harvest Festival.
For more information and fun activities, visit the High Country Orchard website.
Carver Farms Harvest Festival
Carver Farms also has a harvest festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Guests can enjoy pick-your-own pumpkins, squash, winter squash, pumpkin fritters, mug cider, corn maze, and kettle corn.
Unit 55 Horror Games is back at Unit 55 with its third Psycho Circus installment, Buttons’ Backyard Bigtop. Since the Circus closed years ago, Buttons has sat in his tent waiting for the day customers to return and when they do he has vowed they would never leave again! In this horror-themed escape experience, players will have 60 minutes to complete challenges, tasks, play games, and solve puzzles while being chased by the inhabitants of the circus.
You can visit Greenwood Cemetery. It has been 100 years since its creation but its staircase still attracts a lot of people, and according to an urban legend, even a few spirits. If you’re looking for some of the most haunted places in Spokane, the “1000 Steps” to Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane’s oldest public burial site, is a good place to start.
Spokane has more spooky places that can be haunted. Check them out here if you dare!
Tasting room at Arbor Crest
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Tasting Room The Cliff House State offers stunning views of the Spokane River and open-air green views. It is open daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and open for indoor and outdoor seating on a first come, first served basis. This historic monument is a hidden treasure that visitors leave behind with unique experiences offered nowhere else in the Northwest Interior.
People can also book for a guided tour on the Tours and Tastings page.
Tasting room at Green Bluff
Townshend Cellar at Green Bluff opens its patio space for tasting and live music from August 25 through September 25. All seating and service is first come, first served. Bring your own garden chair or picnic blanket as an extra!
All ages are welcome and dogs are permitted on the patio only, but must be well behaved and kept on a leash at all times.
Enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage
Fall arrives on September 22, and with it, fall colors appear around the evergreen state. Spokane has several beautiful spots to watch the leaves change color that are worth checking out.
The John A. Finch Arboretum has over 2,000 tagged ornamental trees that are perfect for a fall stroll. The Arboretum is located southwest of Spokane on 65 acres of wooded hills. Take this self-guided walking tour for the complete experience.
While Manito Park is known for its summer blossoms, one could argue that it is just as beautiful when the trees are decked out in fall colors. Visit the peaceful Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Japanese Garden or stroll along Manito Boulevard.
The Iller Creek Trail is also a prime spot for fall views. From the Sharon Rocks viewpoints, hikers can enjoy “panoramic views of Steptoe Butte, Mica Peak, and Palouse,” according to the Visit Spokane website.
Visit Spokane also recommends the section of the Centennial Trail that goes from Gonzaga to Riverfront Park for a view of the most leafy trees on the route.
According to the US National Weather Service in Spokane, the fall equinox begins Wednesday at 1:21 p.m. in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The days will shorten and cooler temperatures will begin.
Experience an adventure on foot or by bike
Whether you like to hike or cycle, Spokane is the right place to enjoy outdoor adventures.
Rimrock Drive, Palisades Park, about 30 minutes from Spokane, is the perfect hike if you want a quick escape from the city. With several intersecting trails, this park offers stunning views of downtown Spokane, according to the Visit Spokane website.
Liberty Lake Loop is the perfect location for nature lovers. From lake shores to wetlands or backcountry trials, Liberty Lake Regional Park offers a variety of options for a number of round-trip hikes.
Indian Painted Rock and Knothead Valley Loop will never disappoint. Take a hike near town and enjoy the sunset. The Loops are 6.8 miles and a 25 minute drive from Spokane and you can visit it year round.
Here is a list with more hiking and biking adventures in Spokane.
Visit a Washington State Park
Washington State Parks offer several free days during the fall when a Discover Pass is not required to visit the parks. Free days for this fall include September 25 for National Public Lands Day, November 11 for Veterans Day, and November 26 for Fall Free Day.
Pack the family up and take them for a hike at your favorite Evergreen State Park. For more information and updates, visit the Washington State Parks website.
Have a hot cup of coffee
Coffee warms the soul during fall and there are so many local shops to visit in Spokane, from The Shop in the Perry neighborhood to Revel 77 on South Hill.
Here is a list of some of the best places.
And of course, if you’re a PSL fan, Starbucks has already started serving their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Treat yourself to a dessert
While it’s true that eating more sugar is not good for you, indulging yourself once in a while won’t be the end of the world. No matter the occasion or the time of year, desserts put you in a good mood, they make life more enjoyable and you can always share. Spokane has many bakeries and ice cream parlors which
The Scoop at the South Hill of Spokane offers a variety of ice cream and ice cream flavors that change frequently depending on the season.
If you are looking for fresh baked goods, Mi Flavor Modern French Bakery will not disappoint. It offers an elegant selection of delicious French pastries, ice creams and giant macaroon ice cream sandwiches.
Here is a list of some of the best places for dessert in Spokane.
Looking for more local markets? Here is the list of local Spokane markets open this fall:
All of these events run through October and end at different times throughout the month.
Fairwood Farmers Market runs May 18 to October 12 every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Hillyard Farmers Market is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday at 4001 N Cook St.
Millwood Farmers Market meets at the Water Tower on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Spokane Farmers Market began operating in 1998 as an independent, self-managed Farmers Market in downtown Spokane. Visit their website for more information.
The Thursday Market in the South Perry neighborhood takes place every Thursday from May 2 to October 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 924 S. Perry.
The Wonder Building Saturday Market is open from May 15 to October 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
She Se Puede Pop Up is a small women’s movement encouraging local women entrepreneurs. The pop-up will take place two days in Spokane from October 23-24 at 5108 N. Market St.