Oxtober Pumpkin Festival

Thank you to everyone who visited us for Oxtober 2018! We’ll see you next year…
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Fall is Oxbow’s most bountiful and beautiful season. Celebrate with us at our month-long Oxtober Pumpkin 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.

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Please, no alcohol or smoking/vaping on Oxbow grounds. While we love animals, dogs are NOT allowed, with the exception of registered service animals. Thank you for helping us keep our certified organic farm clean and safe for all!

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! We purchase some of our jacks from neighboring Novelty Hill Farm, a local family farm that practices organic growing methods, but is not certified organic. Our specialty pumpkins, sugar pie pumpkins, and other produce grown at Oxbow are all certified organic.

Jack-o-lanterns: $0.50/lb. | Sugar Pie Pumpkins: $1.00/lb. | Specialty pumpkins: $1.50/lb.

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 are on weekends only.

Magic Beans and Activities

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. There is no fee to enter Oxtober, and guests are free to browse, explore the Kids’ Farm, enjoy the music, and play in the House O’ Hay.

Magic Beans can also be used for purchases made in our Farm Stand. We do not buy back unused beans.

  • Hayrides: 1 bean per person
  • Kids’ Farm Tours: 5 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/shot or 2 beans/3 shots
  • Arts & Crafts: Flower crowns (5 beans), Mini-pumpkin decorating (3 beans), and “Tree cookie” necklace decorating (2 beans)
  • Scavenger Hunt: Free!
  • Climbing Tractor: Free! Parental supervision required
  • House of Hay: Free! Parental supervision required

Hours

Festival Hours
Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm
Every weekend in October starting on the 6th

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 4th-28th

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!

Live Music

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

October 6th & 7th | 1-4: Baby Gramps

October 13th & 14th | 12-4pM: Squirrel Butter

October 20th and 21st | 12-3PM: Tinkham Road

October 27th and 28th | 12-3PM : Dysfunction Junction

Food and Beverage

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

The Cheese Pit: Every Sat/Sun in Oxtober. Opens 11AM. 

Main St. Gyros: Dates TBD

Hot apple cider will also be available for purchase in our Farm Stand and at the Magic Bean & 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. There will be a large pumpkin-shaped sign at the intersection of Hwy 203 and 268th Ave. to help mark the correct 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.

Bringing a large group (20+ people) to Oxtober? Please give us a head’s up!

Interested in holding an event here during Oxtober? See our venue rental page

Other Oxtober Happenings

Tours

We have several fascinating tours scheduled for this fall. Tours are $8 per person for Oxbow Members, and $10 per person for non-Members. Please pre-register by clicking on the links below.

Birding Excursion #1 | Saturday, October 6th | 8:00AM-10:30AM

Extending the Growing Season | Saturday, October 13th | 1:00-2:30PM

Floodplain Ecology and Dynamics | Saturday, October 20th, | 1:00-2:30PM

Birding Excursion #2 | Saturday, October 27th | 8:00 AM-10:30 AM

Please note: The tours are best suited for attendees ages 15 & up. Looking for a kid-friendly tour? Our education team will hold Kids’ Farm Adventure tours (cost: 5 magic beans per child) every Saturday and Sunday the month of Oxtober. Kids’ Farm Tours are held at 11:30AM and 1:30PM.

Restoration events

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

Saturday, October 13 | 10AM-2PM with Stewardship Partners. Please register via their website.

Sunday, October 21 | 9AM-1PM. Please RSVP via the Oxbow website.

 Learn more about our restoration work here.

Rent space for a party

Our Kids’ Clubhouse is available for rental by groups for birthday parties and other private gatherings. The clubhouse is adjacent to the Kids’ Farm and is well-equipped with picnic tables and straw bales for seating. It offers a cozy sheltered space in case of wet weather. Learn more about birthday party offerings and register here!

School Field Trips

Autumn is a wonderful time to learn with our farmer educators and explore Oxbow with a class field trip! Our Fall Farm Adventures take kids ages preschool through 5th grade on hands-on tours of our unique Kids’ Farm. Children search for and eat six plant parts, learn about the animals that help us farm, and even get to take home a sugar pie pumpkin. We also offer Organic Farming 101 Field Trips for older students, ages 6th grade and up. Learn more about  field trips and register here.


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