October is here, meaning the weather is going to be more frequently cold and wet.
However, there is plenty to do inside and outside to celebrate the changing seasons. From Lake Quinault to Hoquiam to Elma, there is plenty to do this month for families looking for a fun fall weekend.
Cranberry Harvest Festival
When: Oct. 12 and 13
Where: Grayland Community Hall
What: A weekend dedicated to everything about cranberries including vendors, tours and contests.
Entries for a cranberry dish cook-off will be accepted until 8 p.m. on Oct. 11. Winners will be on display through Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, cranberry baked goods and crafts by local vendors are on display at the Grayland Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Saturday events start off with a cranberry breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at South Beach Christian Center.
For $7.50 per person, interested visitors can board a tour bus at 2071 Cranberry Road in Grayland for a tour of the nearby bogs. The Firefly Parade starts at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 13 a “Bog Jog” fun run starts at 9 a.m. at Community Hall. Registration is open on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Bob Gorton, Eileen Pinkerton and Virgil Stroeheon are performing live throughout the weekend.
The Harvest Festival schedule of events and entertainment is available at www.westportcam.com.
Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Festival
When: Friday, Oct. 11 from noon to 5 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, in Elma at the intersection of Highways 12 and 8
What: It’s the celebration of all things fiber and is free to the public.
Vendors will be selling finished products and supplies such as yarn, items for crafts, roving and fleece to make your own. Kid activities include make-and-take craft classes.
Adults can attend many different classes that they can sign up for at the event, from knitting, to felting, to making pot holders and more.
A book nook will feature lightly used items such as craft and fiber arts books, magazines and supplies.
People pay what they think the item is worth and all of the money then goes to local food banks.
The Squire Brooms are going to do a demo on handcrafted brooms.
There will be an ongoing group of women doing fiber arts demonstrations such as spinning, knitting or weaving.
“A lot of the ladies like to bring their supplies and get some knitting or spinning done right there,” said Carol Cox, a member of the Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Guild.
There will be music for the first time this year with a ukulele group at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Irish Music Festival
When: Oct. 24 - 27
Where: Ocean Shores Convention Center, 8th Street Alehouse and Galway Bay Restaraunt, Pub and Gifts
What: For the tenth year, Galway Bay is hosting a celebration of Irish music.
The Young Dubliners, Young Wolfe Tones, Molly’s Revenge and Tillers Folly — along with more than 25 Irish musicians and dancers from the United State, Canada and Ireland — will entertain attendants.
While the Alehouse and Pub are for those 21 and over, the Ocean Shores Convention Center is open to all ages. Cost varies on desired festival access.
A $70 “All Venue Pass” gives ticket holders unlimited access to the various venues and a free T-shirt (first come, first serve).
Passes for access to the Convention Center only are $40 and $10 for 8th Street Alehouse.
Day passes for each venue will also be available, though price and availability may change depending on the day.
Everyone who attends the festival will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Ireland for an extensive tour of whiskey distilleries.
The winner will be chosen on Oct. 27.
Workshops for various instruments will be open all day on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Convention Center.
A schedule and prices were not yet listed at time of print.
For more information on motels with shuttle service or to purchase tickets, visit www.galwaybayirishpub.com/entertainment/10th-annual-irish-mush-festival1....
11th Annual Mushroom Festival
When: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Oct. 18; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Oct. 19; 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oct. 20
Where: Lake Quinault Lodge
What: A weekend dedicated to a fungus-favorite features lectures, guided tours, chain saw art, vendors, cooking demonstrations and educational displays all about mushrooms.
A festival package includes all activities, most meals and rooms by reservation.
Admission is $60 with no room reservation and $25 for Saturday speakers with field trip.
When: Oct. 26 starting at 1 p.m.
Where: downtown Hoquiam
What: Children and their families can trick-or-treat participating Hoquiam merchants from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a Peoples’ Choice Decorated Pumpkin contest.
Each contestant will have a change container nearby and whichever work of squash art has the most money wins.
“Historically, this money then goes to funding the hanging flower baskets in downtown,” said a Hoquiam Business Association representative.
Crossing bridges awards: giving awards to different categories of different business. Legacy award.
More information available at www.facebook.com/hopovertohoquiam
Haunted Hoquiam Fun Run
When: Pre-registration open until Oct. 18, application on the city of Hoquiam’s website. Race starts on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
Where: Starts at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam
What: A fun run including a 5K, 10K, and 2-mile run or walk starts in at Sunset Memorial Park.
It costs $15 to join in and receive a T-shirt or $5 to just register.
“We will probably use the routes from the cemetery this year – we have switched back and forth between there and the 7th Street for the haunted Hoquiam run,” Tracy Wood, race coordinator said in an email.
When: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week
Where: 158 Geissler Rd., Montesano
What: A covered wagon departs whenever a group needs to go out to the pumpkin patch starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. to bring passengers to the pumpkin patch.
There, visitors can pick their own right off the vine or out at the barn.
Those ready for a trek can enter a corn maze for $2. A smaller hay maze in the barn loft and a hay jump on the side are both free for kids to enjoy.
There are also picture opportunities with tall cut-outs where people can stick their heads in including a stack of pumpkins and a school bus.
A tall picture of a pumpkin gives returning families a chance to measure how much the kids have grown since last year.
There are picnic tables to sit and enjoy the hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, caramel apple slices and hot spiced cider for sale.
“We also have tasting of our canned products for those wanting to try what we have available for samples that weekend,” said JoAnn Schaffner, co-owner of the farm.
For more information, please call 360-249-6722 or visit www.facebook.com/ShaffnerFarms.
When: Open9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week
Where: 239 Brady Loop Road E., Montesano
What: You pick pumpkin patch, price varies on size. There is also a corn maze for $5 per person. A free hay maze is open for kids wanting to go out on their own.
They also have fall decor for sale, such as wreaths. Groups are always welcome.
For more info, call 360-581-4177 or check them out at “Chapman Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze” on Facebook.