There are two types of people: Those who love the fall season and those who REALLY love the fall. And all are welcome to celebrate nature’s second spring in the Tri-Cities, where the autumn leaves pair perfectly with our pastel sunsets and the smell of cinnamon, spice and everything nice fill the crisp air.
Autumn in the Tri-Cities is a magical time where the local farmers open their orchards and pumpkin patches to visitors for spectacular festivals that highlight the harvest season. Enjoy thoughtfully crafted corn mazes, wagon hayrides, pumpkin picking, fresh mini donuts and much more. Read on and plan your fall getaway in the Tri-Cities!
Find Your Wine Crush!
Taste what makes the Tri-Cities region so unique when it comes to wine. CNN Travel declared the Tri-Cities the new West Coast Wine Country, as our winemakers are creating wines that consistently earn critical acclaim. Wine aficionados are hard pressed to find a wine tasting experience more authentic than what the Tri-Cities has to offer. This notable wine region features more than 200 wineries within an hour’s drive, from boutique tasting rooms to production scale facilities. Visitors can walk (or take a horse drawn wagon!) through rolling vineyards, taste some of the finest wines in Washington and maybe even have the chance to chat with the winemaker.
In fact, wineries are operated by the winemakers or owners themselves, creating a more intimate experience with in-depth knowledge about each vintage. Learn first-hand what it takes to get wine from farm to glass and see the production happening during your visit. As your crush on Washington wine develops, don't miss the annual Catch the Crush, October 12-13. Each participating winery offers their own celebratory activities, including grape stomps, free-run juice, hors d’oeuvres and live music.
Or enjoy a more metropolitan experience at the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village, which features boutique tasting rooms, food trucks and is located along the waterfront of the Columbia River. Follow the pathway from the Village to Clover Island, home to the most recently built Light House in the U.S. since 1962, for additional riverfront dining options.
The Tri-Cities is a perfect blend of small-town charm with cosmopolitan amenities. Visit Tri-Cities can help you plan your visit where the proverbial wine glass is always half-full!
The Tri-Cities benefits from its local agriculture and many restaurants incorporate the fresh produce into their seasonal menus. However, the best way to experience fall in the Tri-Cities is to go straight to the source! Fall is dedicated to harvest, when the local farmers invite the community to celebrate autumn with impressive festivals.
Savor homemade specialty chocolates, ice creams and mini-donuts made with locally sourced ingredients fresh from the farm. Spend a day weaving through the various corn mazes, or watch your kids navigate the straw-bale mazes, bounce houses or wagon rides. And don’t forget to scour the pumpkin patches for the best gourd to make your jack-o’-lantern!
After the festivities, grab a fork and nosh your way through the local eateries. You’ll find seasonal offerings of delectable concoctions throughout most locally-owned restaurants, who make use of the abundant apples, peaches and, of course, squash and pumpkins. There’s a lot more to fall than pumpkin spice, which you’ll soon discover in the Tri-Cities. Plan a family trip to experience life on the farm and make fall-tastic memories!
- Farmers' Markets: Enjoy a variety of farmers' markets throughout the Tri-Cities region through the end of October.
- Middleton Farms: Harvest Festival with corn maze, pumpkin patch and so much more. 1050 Pasco Kahlotus Rd #9602, Pasco WA 99301
- Country Mercantile Harvest Festival: Carnival rides, petting zoo and delicious treats! 232 Crestloch Rd, Pasco WA 99301
- Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival: Pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayrides! 3674 N County Line Rd, Grandview WA 98930
- Pumpkins & Pals Pop Up: Thursday, Oct. 10 A celebration of fall! 303 Casey Ave. Suite E Richland, WA 99352
- Catch the Crush: Oct. 12-13 Wineries throughout the Tri-Cities region celebrate harvest with a variety of activities such as vineyard tours, grape stomps and more.
- Uptown Art Walk: Saturday, Oct. 12 Art, buskers, kid's activities and zombie flash mob. 1317 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354
- Succulent Pumpkin Class: Saturday, Oct. 12 Choose a pumpkin and succulents to create amazing fall decor. My Garden Overfloweth 33512 W SR 14 Paterson, WA 99345
- Grape Stomp Competition: Saturday, Oct. 12 Get your team together for the Inaugural Grape Stomp Competition at Desert Wind Winery, 2258 Wine Country Rd Prosser, WA 99350
- Soul Food Dinner: Saturday, Oct. 12 Enjoy a sensational soul food dinner, featuring four mouthwatering course from the South! Frichette Winery 39412 N. Sunset Rd., Benton City, WA 99320
- Harvest Winemaker's Dinner: Saturday, Oct. 12 A five-course supper featuring locally sourced ingredients and Chandler Reach wines. Chandler Reach Vineyards 9506 W. Chandler Rd. Benton City, WA 99320
- Vineyard-Side Brunch: Saturday, Oct. 19 Enjoy wine, mimosa bar, brunch bites and more! Goose Ridge Estate Winery 16304 N Dallas Rd. Richland, WA 99352
- Columbia Gardens Crush Festival: Saturday, Oct. 19 Join Columbia Gardens Wine Village to celebrate the 2019 harvest and crush. 421 E Columbia Dr. Kennewick, WA 99336
- Harvest Bazaar: Saturday, Oct. 19 Shop for unique gifts, homemade housewares and hand-crafted items with over 130 vendors. 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99337
- Hike, Wine, Dine: Sunday, Oct. 20 Join Friends of Badger Mountain for a guided vineyard hike, followed by a delicious barbecue dinner on Red Mountain. Hedges Family Estate Winery 53511 North Sunset Rd. Benton City, WA 99320
There is a lot to see and do in the Tri-Cities, especially during the Fall. To help plan your fall getaway, check out a couple of our suggested itineraries.
Check out all the harvest activities in the Tri-Cities at www.VisitTri-Cities.com/events/.