Oxtober Fall Festival

Fall is Oxbow’s most bountiful and beautiful season. Celebrate with us at our month-long Oxtober Fall Festival featuring live music, food trucks, hay rides, fall activities, and farm fun for all ages! 

There’s no entrance fee for Oxtober, and parking is free. Some festival activities require magic beans; see below for purchase information.

|  U-Pick Pumpkin Patch & Farm Stand  |  Magic Beans & Activities  |  Large Groups  |  Hours  |  Music & Food  |  Directions  |  Other Happenings  |


Pumpkin Patch and Farm Stand

Oxbow offers pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, including jack-o-lanterns, specialty pumpkins, and sugar pie pumpkins — and we have plenty of wheelbarrows and carts to haul them in! Our specialty pumpkins, sugar pie pumpkins, and other produce grown at Oxbow are all certified organic.

Our Farm Stand is stocked with delicious seasonal veggies grown right here at Oxbow. Each year brings a different bounty, but expect to see winter squash, leafy greens, potatoes, leeks, carrots, and more.

We’ll also have a selection of organic fruit from our partners at Okanogan Producers. Native Plants grown in Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery will also be available for sale.

Our Pumpkin Patch and Farm Stand are open Thurs-Sun from 10-5. **Festival activities, food trucks, and music are held on weekends only.**

Please, no alcohol or smoking/vaping on Oxbow grounds.

While we love animals, dogs are NOT allowed, with the exception of service animals. Thank you for helping us keep our certified organic farm clean and safe for all!

Magic Beans and Activities

Oxtober Activity Map 2019 – click to enlarge

Magic Beans are Oxbow’s special festival currency, used for purchase of select activities. Magic Beans can be purchased at the Magic Bean & Info Tent, and at the Farm Stand (1 Magic Bean = $1.00). There is no fee to enter Oxtober, and guests are free to browse, explore the Living Playground, enjoy the music, and play in the House O’ Hay.

We do not buy back unused beans, but if you have extras at the end of your visit you may apply them to purchases made at the Farm Stand (including pumpkins!)

  • Hayrides: 2 beans per person – babes in arms are free!
  • Kids’ Farm Tours: 6 beans per child. Tours are held at 11:30 and 1:30 and are 1 hour long. Parents are welcome to accompany their kids for free!
  • Pumpkin Slingshot: 1 bean = 1 shot or 2 beans = 3 shots
  • Arts & Crafts: Flower crowns (6 beans), Mini-pumpkin decorating (4 beans), and “Tree cookie” necklace decorating (3 beans)
  • Scavenger Hunt: Free!
  • Climbing Tractor: Free! Parental supervision required
  • House of Hay: Free! Parental supervision required

An important note about large groups

We receive numerous requests to accommodate large groups for private events and tours on Oxtober weekends. Several of our fall festival activities, such as hay rides and Kids’ Farm tours, have participant limits to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. We are currently filled to capacity for hosting large private groups (15+ people) during 2019 Oxtober weekends.

For information on Oxbow’s year-round educational programming, visit our School Programs page. 


Hours

Festival Hours
Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm
Every weekend in October starting on the 5th

Full festival activities, including crafts, live music, and hay rides, are on weekends only.

Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch Hours 
Thursday through Sunday from 10AM-5PM
October 3rd-27th

We are open rain or shine, but will post updates here and on our Facebook Page if high winds, lightning, flooding, or other dangerous weather conditions impact our hours. Come dressed for the weather!


Entertainment & Food

Live Music

A variety of local bands will be at Oxtober this year. Here’s the lineup!

October 5th, 12-4PM | Big Dirt | Good Bones
October 6th, 12-4PM | The Tallboys
October 12th & 13th | 1-4PM: Baby Gramps
October 19th and 20th | 12-4PM: The Tallboys
October 26th | 12-4PM: Mr. & Mrs. Something

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration

Saturday, October 12th
11AM-3PM
Bob and Laura Antone will wow the crowd with their sculptural talents. Stop by and watch them turn ordinary pumpkins into EXTRAordinary works of art!

 

Food and Beverage

Food trucks accept cash or credit card only, magic beans not accepted. 

Every Oxtober weekend (except for Oct. 5th): 314 Pie
October 5th: Roasted Organic Veggies and local sausage prepared by Chef Seth Fernald. $11/plate, purchase food tickets at the Farm Stand or Info Tent.
October 12th and 13th: The Cheese Pit
October 19th and 20th: Chef Seth Fernald returns to grill up delicious Oxbow veggies!

Hot apple cider will also be available for purchase in our Farm Stand and at the Info Tent.


Directions and Contact Info

Please use our Public Entrance off of 268th Ave NE for the pumpkin patch this season. Click here to view a map and get visitor tips. Look for the orange-bordered Oxbow sign labeled “Public Entrance.” Please do not enter at the Staff Entrance!  

You can reach us with questions about the pumpkin patch at thedirt@oxbow.org or by calling 425-788-1134, M-F from 8AM-5PM.


Other Oxtober Happenings

Restoration events

Join our restoration volunteers and help remove invasive plants to make way for native plants and wildlife!

Sunday, October 19th | 10AM-2PM
Sunday, October 27th | 10AM-2PM

RSVP for a fall restoration event here.
Learn more about Oxbow’s restoration work here.


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Oxbow is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, and we can’t do this work without your help! We’re grateful for your contributions.

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