Bring the whole family for fall harvest fun in one of Washington State’s most diverse agricultural areas, the Yakima Valley! More than 3,000 farms call the Yakima Valley home and this is where you’ll find more organic farms than anywhere in the state. Experience the fun and flavors of harvest, from hay rides to corn mazes, pumpkin patches to apple picking and so much more! Create a new family tradition and priceless memories at our Yakima Valley farms, events and museums!
Apple and Pumpkin Festivals at Bill’s Berry Farm – The whole family will enjoy the day down on the farm! Start with a hayride through the orchards to pick your apples and press your own cider, then skip over for some fun with the apple slingshots, barnyard train, farm store, kid’s playgrounds, hot apple cider donuts, pony rides, barnyard mystery corn maze, straw climb, steer roping, and barbecue! Be sure to check out the tube slide on the straw stack, and bring home a homemade pie. The apple festival will be Saturdays Aug 31 and September 7, 14 and 21, from 9 am to 5 pm. It will be open Labor Day, Monday Sept 2, from 12 pm to 5 pm. The pumpkin festival will be Wednesdays to Saturdays, September 28 to Oct 26, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Prosser Harvest Festival and The Great Prosser Balloon Rally – Take in the stunning sight and watch dozens of hot air balloons fire up and take to the sky over Prosser September 27 to 29 ! All weekend in Prosser is full of fun family activities, including the Harvest Festival, Farmers Market, and the Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival. The balloons also gather at Art Fiker Stadium for the unforgettable Night Glow Show at dusk. (Weather permitting, and there is free admission and parking.)
Pumpkin Patch at Thompson’s Farm – Have you ever seen a pumpkin fired from cannon? Thompson’s Farm’s giant pumpkin cannons at fires pumpkins every hour! Watch the pig races, take a hay ride through the orchard, or stroll through the pumpkin patch looking for the biggest and best pumpkins. The kids will love firing the walnut cannon, “panning” for gems and playing with water pumps in the play area. There are fresh-made pumpkin donuts, beverages and popcorn available for purchase. If you don’t want to pick your own pumpkins they have a huge selection of beautiful pumpkins and gourds for purchase, as well as other goods. You can also run out in the orchard and pick your own apples! Open every weekend in October.
WA Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards “October Days” – Bring the kids on the weekends throughout October to enjoy tractor hay rides, a hay maze, pumpkin patch, games and freshly squeezed apple cider and hot spiced cider! Pick up farm-fresh fruit for your holiday pies and maybe a gift or two at their quaint gift shop where you can find home decor, ice cream and artisan foods!
West Valley U Pick – Bring the whole family to help pick your own fruits and veggies. There are toys for the kids to play on, press your own apple cider stations and a picnic areas for the whole family to gather together. Pick peaches, apples, pears, pumpkins, basil, squash and more. This is a genuine, working family farm with plenty of down-home appeal.
The Central Washington State Fair is the biggest harvest festival of the year! Started in 1892 as an agricultural celebration, the fair has grown into the largest celebration of its kind in Central Washington. The kids will enjoy the petting zoo, farm animals and farm machinery displays, as well as learning about the fruit and produce of the Yakima Valley. Then, there are the fair thrills we all love: carnival rides, live shows, fair food and so much more! The fair runs from September 20 to 29, so grab the whole family and come party!
The Central Washington Agriculture Museum is located in Union Gap and it’s one of the best places to absorb a little of Washington State’s agricultural heritage, since it’s the largest museum of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The museum consists of 29 covered buildings and more than 15 acres filled with displays and exhibits. On view are horse-drawn equipment, early mechanical farm machinery, antique tractors, farm tools, farm equipment and several homestead exhibits. You’ll see machines that helped build this agricultural country into the bountiful croplands you see today. From a Classic 10-20 McCormick Deering Tractor to a portable hop picking machine, a pea picker, a 1930s gasoline station, a working sawmill and much more.
In addition to these spots, there are also many local farms and farmers markets open so you can get your farm fresh produce, and many more farm events going on throughout fall. Come visit us and enjoy the abundance of the Yakima Valley fall harvest season!