If pumpkin patches, apple everything and corn mazes are on the annual fall agenda, Olympia and its surrounding farmlands have you covered. Rutledge Corn Maze featuring the Thurston Bountiful Byway logo opened Sept. 16 and there are pumpkin patches with your perfect gourd waiting. Find quintessential harvest fun at a variety of farms and festivals along the Thurston Bountiful Byway, or take it up a notch as some seasonal traditions go beyond the expected.
In decidedly different fashion, you can find zombie apocalypse paintball at the corn maze, camel rides alongside pony rides and a town gym known for its paranormal activity. Find fall traditions or make new ones–your seasonal travel planner follows:
- Rutledge Corn Maze featuring The Thurston Bountiful Byway, Sept. 16–Oct. 31. Rutledge Farms opens its corn maze, along with a bevy of farm fun including a pumpkin patch, cow train, story times and more. At night experience, zombie apocalypse paintball or a haunted maze experience. Historically known for its artistic and iconic images–in 2012 the Rutledge Corn Maze gained national notoriety for its depiction of Marshawn Lynch–this year’s corn maze features the Thurston Bountiful Byway logo, a recently launched 60-mile agritourism route throughout the region (BountifulByway.com), encourages tasting and touring the farms, wineries, distilleries, farmers markets and breweries. Rutledgecornmaze.com
- Fall Fun at Hunter Family Farm, Sept. 30–Oct. 31. Visit the farm for every fall photo opportunity imaginable. From camel rides to carousels, pumpkins and corn mazes, Hunter Family Farms provides a pumpkin patch and so much more. Visit on weekdays for wagon rides, a hay maze and slide, corn maze and on the weekend the fun expands to camel and pony rides, ducky races, a pillow jump, pumpkin slingshot and much more. Entry to the barnyard area with a goat walk, small animal pens, picnic tables and a holiday shop is complimentary, tickets are sold for activities. hunterfamilyfarm.com
- Apple Festival at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm, Sept. 30–Oct. 28. Find the famous apple fritters, along with pumpkins, bluegrass music and fall fun at this family farm. Open Saturdays and Sundays beginning Sept. 30 through October, visitors will find pony rides, apple bobbing and plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Work up an appetite to enjoy the farm’s famous apple fritters, along with barbecue, apple crisp, caramel apples, cider doughnuts and more. lattinscider.com
- Fall Festival at Schilter Family Farm, Sept. 30–Oct. 31. Finding the perfect pumpkin is just the beginning of fall fun at Schilter Family Farm. Daily, visitors will find plenty of fall fun including a five-acre corn maze, a hay pyramid, a corn cannon, duck races, farm animals, pony and tractor rides and much more. A visit to the pumpkin patch and market store are free, admission to the festival ranges based on age and day of the week. schilterfamilyfarm.com
- Scary Nights at “Boo-coda,” Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. During the month of October the town of Bucoda becomes “Boo-coda" and hosts Scary-Nights, a haunted house that is not for the faint of heart. Held in the town gym known for paranormal activity, guests claim to have witnessed doors slamming unprovoked, spooky giggling from inanimate objects and more. The haunted gym is not recommended for children under 10. scary-nights.com
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Fall Arts Walk, Oct. 6-7, 2017
Experience visual and performing arts at more than 100 businesses by hundreds of artists in downtown Olympia. Special features include hands-on family activities, demonstrations and impromptu street performances. For artists, art lovers and the art curious, this event is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the arts in all forms. The fun takes place Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. For details visit olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks/artswalk.aspx
Turn Back the Clock Fun Run, Nov. 5, 2017
Lace up and get ready to run into daylight savings. The action starts bright early at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 with three different races to choose from; a half marathon, 10k and a 5k. Make the most of the only day of the year with 25 hours and we'll see you at the finish line. For more information visit the event's Facebook page.