August 31st, 2018

7 Don’t-Miss Fall Events in McMinnville

Stroll Sunset Magazine’s “Best Main Street in the West”

On the 3rd Friday of every month, take a trip down charming 3rd Street!  Locally owned shops and galleries stay open late and feature local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries in-house.

Live music and fun activities make it a great evening experience for a group of friends or for a surprise date night.  $10 gets you 5 tasting tickets, a commemorative wine glass, and a keepsake wine bag.

Dates and maps for 3rd Friday on 3rd Street can be found here!

Catch a Game

Entering their 62nd winning season in a row, the Linfield College Wildcats consistently bring a Game Day experience that’s worth bringing the whole family to see.

Two blocks in front of the stadium become the aptly named “Streak Street,” where food carts and coffee stands meet family games and live music.  Or, enjoy craft beer and wine from the “Country Club” in the third-base bullpen of Roy Helser Field, just underneath the football scoreboard. Adult general admission tickets are $10, kids under 12 are free.  After the game, grab dinner and celebrate with fans at Golden Valley Brewery, a proud supporter of Linfield athletics.

Click here for a full Linfield College Football game schedule.

Take a Drive & Meet the Artists

For two weekends in the fall, the Art Harvest Studio Tour invites local artists in all mediums to open their studios to the public.  Take a scenic drive through Yamhill County’s fall colors (the vineyards are every shade of yellow and red) and stop in to see approachable, affordable art in the heart of Oregon wine country.  Pop in to an estate winery or two while you explore for fantastic wines and even better views.

A full driving map, artist list, and more information is available here.

Experience Halloween the Old-Fashioned Way

With vibrantly colored leaves lining the streets and scarecrows decorating the lamp posts, Fall in downtown McMinnville is a magical treat.  If your little scarecrows are looking for treats of their own this Halloween, bring them downtown for the McMinnville Downtown Association’s Trick or Treat on 3rd Street.  Local shop owners are delighted to share goodies with your goblins and ghoulies.

If you like to share a scare, then sneak on over to Yamhill County Historical Society’s Night at the Museum for creepy museum tours, activities for the kiddos, and a few surprises… for only $5 per vehicle.

Appease the Relatives During Thanksgiving Weekend

Running out of entertainment while your sister-in-law’s cousin’s kids are in town?  Better not pout – Santa’s watching!  Take the family to charming historic downtown McMinnville for Santa’s Starlight Parade down 3rd Street, and watch the twinkling of the lights as the annual Tree Lighting takes place in City Park.

For the older set, sip your way through the 35th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving – where boutique wineries open their doors to the public and many of your favorite wineries feature special releases and hard-to-find selections perfect for pairing with holiday meals.