Posted on September 26, 2017
October is an exciting month on the Long Beach Peninsula – it marks the arrival of storm-watching season, kicks off the cranberry harvest and includes a number of excellent events. October fun includes kite-flying, fine musical performances, a spectacular 10k race and the Chinook Oktoberfest.
It includes ripe cranberries, wild mushrooms and Dungeness crab. Halloween might steal the show, but you definitely won’t have to wait until the end of the month to celebrate.
Kite-flyers will enjoy the One Sky, One World Kite Fly on Oct. 7-8 in Long Beach. Bring a kite and fly in solidaritywith world peace and understanding. Sign the register, fly your kite for at least two hours and score an official “One Sky, One World” pin. That same weekend is the Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show, a collection of work produced by local artists on display at the old train depot in downtown Long Beach.
Water Music & Cranberries
The next weekend hosts two fabulous Peninsula events – the Water Music Festival on Oct. 13-15 and the Cranberrian Fair on Oct. 14-15. The Water Music Festival draws fans throughout the Pacific Northwest for three days of music split between two sensational venues, the Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco and Leadbetter Farms north of Ocean Park. The Cranberrian Fair at the Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum is a celebration of the Peninsula’s rich cranberry history. A spinoff event called the Cranberry Trail is taking place both days at the Port of Ilwaco, where businesses will feature cranberry treats, cranberry artwork and other cranberry offerings.
And be sure to stop by Cranguyma Farms to stock up on fresh cranberries. The ready-picked berries are $6/gallon – a great deal!
Also on Oct. 15 is the Great Columbia Crossing 10k beginning at Dismal Nitch on the Washington side of the river and finishing in Astoria, Ore. The race offers a unique perspective of the Columbia River and Astoria-Megler Bridge.
And wrapping up the month is the Chinook Oktoberfest, a unique twist on the popular Bavarian event. The event is held at the historic Chinook School, a marvelous event space chock full of local history.
Wild Mushroom Celebration, Oct. 1 – Nov. 15
One Sky, One World Kite Fly, Oct. 7-8, Long Beach
Peninsula Art Association Fall Show, Oct. 6-8, Long Beach
Water Music Festival, Oct. 13-15, Long Beach Peninsula
Cranberrian Fair, Oct. 14-15
Great Columbia Crossing 10k, Oct. 15, Astoria, OR
Chinook Oktoberfest, Oct. 21, Chinook