Olympia Embraces The Fall Spirit

Thurston County October events in full-swing

The heat of the summer sun has waned and we’re officially in the season of cozy sweaters, pumpkin patches, and toasty drinks. With a plethora of family-oriented events in town, you won’t have to drive far to find entertainment for all ages.

Art Walk — Oct. 6 and 7

More than 100 businesses are participating in the art walk in downtown Olympia, featuring visual and performing arts. Bring the little ones for hands-on activities and enjoy the local talent.

Apple Festival at Lattin’s Family Farm — through Oct. 28

Indulge in apple fritters, pumpkin picking and soulful bluegrass music at the farm. You won’t run out of activities at Lattin’s Family Farm with pony rides and apple bobbing, too, plus tons of comfort food options that will have you going back for seconds.

Rutledge Corn Maze — through Oct. 31

Put your navigating skills to the test at Rutledge Corn Maze in Olympia by traversing through its 5-acre maze depicting Thurston’s County Bountiful Byway. The byway is 60 miles of farms, farmers markets, breweries and distilleries. Other entertainment includes its pumpkin patch, cow train, story times, and more. Stick around when the sun goes down when the maze transforms into a space for zombie paintball or the haunted maze.

Fall Festival at Schilter Family Farm — Oct. 31

Soak in the season with a five-acre corn maze, a hay pyramid, a corn canon, duck races, pony and tractor rides, adorable farm animals and much more. Admission to the pumpkin patch and the farm is free, but entrance fees for the festival are based on age and the day of the week. For all the details, visit them online.

Festivities at Hunter Farms — Oct. 31

Get your cameras ready because you’ll create tons of memories you’ll want to keep forever at Hunter Farm. There’s endless fun with camel rides, carousels, duck races, a pillow jump. And of course, there’s the typical fall activities too — pumpkins, corn maze, and a pumpkin slingshot. Entry into the barnyard area is free, but tickets are sold for activities.

Scary Nights at Bucoda – Fridays and Saturdays in October

When the leaves change color and the weather gets a bit cooler, the city of Bucoda becomes Boo-coda, hosting their haunted house. The haunted house is hosted in the town gym, which is known for paranormal activity. Guest reported seeing doors slamming and eerie giggling from inanimate objects. The activity is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Stay tuned for more holiday events in November and December.

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