There's a nip in the air on the Olympic Peninsula, with crisp days and chilly nights. Time to break out the sweaters and jackets. It's harvest season here and we invite you to discover the locally grown, fresh caught and lovingly foraged food that inspire local chefs to create our Olympic Coast Cuisine. Taste handcrafted area wines, microbrews and artisanal ciders. Stop by our farms or farmers markets to take home some inspiration for dinner or pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve. The road trip is half the fun, as you explore scenic back country roads and enjoy leaf peeping at its best.
 
BONUS! With the summer crowds departed, find fall savings at many area hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges. Many RV parks and camp sites are still open and have more availability. Click HERE for lodging options.   
 
It's a delightful time to slow down and explore the Olympic Peninsula. We welcome you to come share our bounty!


Marsha Massey, Executive Director
Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
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CULINARY FESTIVALS

October 5-6 | Shelton

The 38th Annual OysterFest features oysters, wines, microbrews, music, and more. A large food pavilion features nearly 100 unique items on the menu, while four different stages offer entertainment for all ages. OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships. If you're a bivalve fan, you won't want to miss this party! LEARN MORE

October 11-13 | Port Angeles

This popular event is in its 18th year of celebrating the region's diverse bounty - our seafood, our rich maritime and cultural traditions, and our breathtaking coastal environment. Last year, the festival served up eight tons of fresh-caught local Dungeness crab, along with music, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities. Come join the fun! LEARN MORE
October 11-13 | Chimacum

Celebrating the traditions and culture of growing apples and fermenting cider, enjoy a truly authentic Pacific Northwest tree-to-glass weekend experience. It's a weekend of feasting, tasting and celebrating. LEARN MORE

November 9-10 | Olympic Peninsula Wineries

Nine artisan wineries and cideries invite you to sip and savor your way along the Olympic Peninsula. Open from 11 am to 5 pm both days, the region's finest winemakers will pair locally made wines with harvest-inspired appetizers made with many locally sourced ingredients. LEARN MORE
COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
October 5 | John Wayne Marina, Sequim

Visit the beautiful John Wayne Marina on the shore of Sequim Bay for the second annual Waterfront Day. The event will educate and entertain guests with waterside and shoreside activities. LEARN MORE

Kinautikal is the theme this year with some of the best things being "under the sea" or on the sea. It all begins Saturday with the parade starting at low noon. The Rosehips Ball and Kween's Kostume Kontest is from 8 pm-midnight at the American Legion Hall. Sunday the Kinetic Sculpture, Sand and Mud Kourse Race begins at low noon, concluding with the Survivor's Post Party and Awards Ceremony at 6 pm where everyone will bask in the glory! LEARN MORE

October 8-14 | Forks

Enjoy a week-long celebration with opportunities throughout the week to wear your Hickory Shirt and get in on the fun - painting, dancing, listening to stories, watching sawing and spinning demonstrations. The fun week culminates October 13 with the Little Logger Contest at 3 pm held in the Outfitters Thriftway pumpkin patch. LEARN MORE

October 18-20 | Port Angeles

The Story People of Clallam County host a fun annual International Forest Storytelling Festival bringing master storytellers from across the nation - and even internationally - to perform on stage. The festival's mission is to preserve storytelling as a performing art and strive for cultural diversity. LEARN MORE
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

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Fall is the perfect time to photograph the wonders of Olympic National Park. Remember to prepare, be safe, slow down and engage the senses. Tell the story. Be prepared for rain and celebrate sunshine. If you take great photos in the park this autumn, we invite you to share your experiences on Instagram using #olympicnationalpark and #olympicpeninsula!

When planning a visit to Olympic, be sure to check out the Alerts & Conditions information on the park webpage at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm  and call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 (updated daily).

Regarding the Lake Crescent - Highway 101 Rehab Project, be sure to check the park website to help plan your visit. For current information on traffic delays at Lake Crescent, go to  go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project.

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

NOVEMBER EVENTS
Save these dates in November for more fall fun:

November 11: Olympic National Park and Forest, & WA State Parks entrance fee-free day



November 22, 2019 - January 20, 2020:  Port Angeles Winter Ice Village
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