Washington’s Capital Region Announces Line-up of Fall Happenings


Washington state’s capital region announces happenings for its festive fall season. The line-up of events and offerings coming in September and October range from the traditional, with pumpkin patches and corn mazes, to the decidedly different, including camel rides, cemetery tours and a town that changes its name for the month of October.

The region’s collection of craft breweries are preparing to release seasonal selections like Top Rung’s Trashed Pumpkin Ale, balanced with pumpkin and subtle notes of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, as well as the Wet Line Fresh Hop Pale Ale with more than 200 pounds of fresh hops. Local distilleries will follow suit, using local produce in sippers like the apple vodka and pumpkin spice martinis at Sandstone Distillery.

New this year, both Rutledge Corn Maze and Schilter Family Farm will partner with The American Cancer Society and ALS Association, respectively, to raise awareness and funds. Read on for events and happenings:

  • Rutledge Corn Maze, September 22 – October 31, 2018. Rutledge Farms will open its corn maze, along with a bevy of farm fun, to the public. Family friendly activities include a pumpkin patch (opens September 29), cow train, story times and more. At night, the maze transforms into a space for zombie apocalypse paintball or haunted maze experience. Each year, Rutledge features a new, impressive design. The 2018 theme is Making Strides against Breast Cancer in partnership with the American Cancer Society, with a goal to raise $25,000 to support its mission.
  • Fall Festival at Schilter Family Farm, September 29 – October 31, 2018.Finding the perfect pumpkin is just the beginning at Schilter Family Farm, and this year a portion of proceeds from its festivities will support the ALS Association and awareness for ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Find a five-acre corn maze designed in the likeness of Lou Gehrig, a hay pyramid, a corn cannon, farm animals, pony and tractor rides and much more.
  • Fall Fun at Hunter Family Farm, September 29 – October 31, 2018. Visit the farm for every fall photo opportunity imaginable. From camel rides to carousels, pumpkins and corn mazes, Hunter Family Farm provides a pumpkin patch and much more.
  • Forest Grove Cemetery Tour, October 13, 2018 Learn Tenino and Bucoda history on a guided tour of the cemetery, featuring living history vignettes. The tours run from 4 to 8 p.m.; offering a daylight tour and Lamplighter tour in the evening. Proceeds benefit South Thurston County Historical Society and is made possible with the help of friends and the Boy Scout Troop 9014.
  • Scary Nights at “Boo-coda,” Friday and Saturdays, October 2018. During the month of October the town of Bucoda becomes “Boo-coda and hosts Scary-Nights, a haunted house that is not for the faint of heart.  Held in the town gym known for paranormal activity, guests claim to have witnessed doors slamming unprovoked, spooky giggling from inanimate objects and more. Other events include casket races, a hearse procession and viewing, a spooky/ghost storytelling contest, pumpkin pancake breakfasts, pumpkin decorating and carving contest. scary-nights.com


More events and details will be available as these dates near. For the most up to date calendar visit experienceolympia.com/events.