Our picks for Oregon events to attend and products we think you’ll want to try
written by Kelly Rogers
Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival
The Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 6 and 7 on the beach in the center town, on the D-River Wayside. Kids can make their own kites, and everyone can enjoy seeing some of the largest kites in the world being flown while you watch the running of the bols—a race to see who can run fastest into the wind while harnessed to a doughnut-shaped kite.
Botanical Bug Off Spray
Summer may be almost over, but for those who still plan to hit the trails this fall, Suzi’s Bug-Off Spray is a must-have. It’s free of chemicals, like DEET, that you find in many commercial bug sprays, but still super effective, so that you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors. There is also a Bug-Off Stick for easy packing.
Whyld River DoggyBag
Keep your pup cozy at the campsite with his very own sleeping bag. Whyld River’s DoggyBag was created to help keep your best friend warm on the coldest adventures around the Pacific Northwest. These lightweight bags pack up super small, making them easy to take on the trail. Plus, they are available in three sizes.
This real-food energy snack is the perfect thing to bring on your next trail hike or run. Packed full of instant whole-food nutrition, it’s guaranteed to fill you up and keep you going wherever your next adventure may take you. Convenient to-go pouches are available in three flavors.
Smith Rock Ranch Corn Maize
The largest corn “maize” in Central Oregon opens on September 29 in Terrebonne. The Smith Rock Ranch is a fabulous place to take the family to kick off the start of fall. The maize is open until 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Other fun activities on the property include a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannons, petting zoo, general store and more, plus food and drink vendors and live entertainment.
Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon & 10K
The Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon and 10K may be the most scenic run in Oregon, with its nonstop views and tree-lined forest paths. Fifteen hundred runners depart from the deck of Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks and travel along the Columbia River Highway Trail. At the finish line, pick up a finisher medal and enjoy some well-deserved lunch, beer and live music. The race starts at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15, so grab your girlfriends and get ready to run.