Oregon is returning to its rainy-state and its trees are changing colors — fall is here, and there is plenty to do. October offers numerous local and inexpensive/free events.

Here are five diverse events located around Silverton, Salem, and Portland areas:

1. Bauman Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival

Bauman Farms offers festive activities for the whole family through October 31. The attractions include a pumpkin patch, mazes, slides, apple tasting, hayrides, cider demos, and an animal barn.

Open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais, OR.  Admission is $5 on weekends. For more price information visit their website.

2. Literary Discussion group

If you love to read contemporary and classic literature, and want a free space to discuss books and meet other fellow book lovers, this event is for you. The group meets in the Plaza room at the Salem Public Library, located at 585 Liberty St. SE. The next events are October 22 and 29 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

3. Men for Hope and Safety Community Engagement  

Men for Hope and Safety works alongside the Center for Hope and Safety, a Salem organization serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, to engage men in conversation and provide resources to prevent domestic violence.

On October 23 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. the organization will provide a presentation and discussion about capacity building opportunities. The discussion is open to teens and adults. The center is Located in downtown Salem at 605 Center St. NE.

4. The Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden offers more than 20 specialty gardens and features, which include waterfalls, quiet ponds, fountains, the 400-year-old Signature Oak, a Northwest Garden, a pet garden, and art.

The garden is open daily through October from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Located in Silverton at 879 W. Main St. Tickets range from $11 to $5 (ages four and younger are free).

5. Macbeth at the Pentacle Theater

A rendition of one of William Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful plays. The play runs through October 25 and begins at 7:30 p.m.

The theater is located in Salem at 324 52nd Ave. NW. For tickets call 503-485-4300.


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