Summer faded quickly this year and we are well on our way to fall. We may get a few last nice days in before the crisp new season takes full effect, but it is definitely time to start transitioning from shorts, dresses and tank tops and pull out the sweaters, boots and hats.
As we approach the new, chilly season, we’re shifting into new hobbies and activities.
Here are a few ways to enjoy all that autumn has to offer.
1. Fall Fest
Since this annual festival is this weekend, we figured we should add it to the list. Bend’s Fall Festival is an amazing time to say “hello, autumn” and get your friends and family out for some pumpkin-appreciating fun. With the Harvest Market, Kids Harvest Run and streets of vendors, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy.
2. Photo Opportunities
When summer switches to fall, the same trails you’ve loved since June take on a new look and are ideal for a fall foliage hike. There are plenty of opportunities for landscape photo shoots! Head to the Old Mill District, Drake Park, the Deschutes River Tail, Shevlin Park and the Metolius for a great starting point.
3. Fall-Themed Beers
With the new season comes new tasty beverages that are the perfect flavor for the chillier weather. Hit up the Bend Ale Trail to get to all the best breweries and enjoy what they’re creating this season.
4. Bend Film Festival
The Bend Film Festival is an annual festival that takes place each year in October. And when you’re transitioning to more indoor activities, this is a great way to do it. This year, the festival features movies like Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm (feels fitting), Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon and Vanilla, to name a few.
5. Get to Smith Rock
This may not seem like a “fall activity,” but Smith Rock often gets too hot during the summer to enjoy too much time out there. Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s a beautiful time to get back out there and enjoy the scenery before winter rolls through. And while you’re there, head to Smith Rock Ranch to check out this year’s corn maize.
What are your favorite fall activities?