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8 delicious apple festivals to experience in the Northwest

The North West offers much more than spectacular coastline. When the air turns crisp, your fall visit to this part of the country should make room for some of these festivals celebrating all things apple:

Apple Cider Tasting at the Ravalli Museum McIntosh Apple Day & Liquid Apple Night

Apple Cider Tasting at the Ravalli Museum McIntosh Apple Day & Liquid Apple Night

Photo: Ravalli Museum, Hamilton, Montana

1. Ravalli Museum McIntosh Apple Day & Liquid Apple Night

Hamilton, Montana

Do you love apple butter, apple pie, and hard apple cider? Then you’ll love Apple Day and Liquid Apple Night at the Ravalli County Museum!

Mackintosh Apple Day

Hailed as the biggest bake sale under the big sky, the 43rd Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival is not to be missed! This time-honored festival was recently named one of the “Best Festivals in the United States” by Flight Network.

This street festival features hundreds of made-from-scratch apple pies, freshly bottled apple butter, apple wedges with creamy caramel sauce, apple cider, barbecue pork with apple chutney, beef steak kabobs, live music, children’s activities and up to 180 local vendors and vendors outside the area.

Enjoy arts, crafts, food and produce from the local Hamilton Farmers Market, as well as new vendors from outside the area. The highlight of the day is the company bake sale. Handpicked, locally grown apples are lovingly made into apple pies.

Liquid apple night

This hard cider festival takes place the evening after McIntosh Apple Day. Cider companies from across the Rocky Mountain Northwest are invited to share their craft. A commemorative cider tasting glass is included in the ticket price.

There are also local food vendors and live music. The event will take place on the grounds of the museum, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky. Burnout barrels and propane heaters will be available to keep you warm and toasty!

  • Dates: Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Admission: Apple Day is free ($5 suggested donation per person), Liquid Apple Night is $30 — buy tickets here
  • Parking: Limited handicapped parking on Third Street; parking on neighboring streets is free
  • Contact: (360) 385-0519
Pouring Finnriver Currant Cider at the Olympic Peninsula Apple and Cider Festival

Pouring Finnriver Currant Cider at the Olympic Peninsula Apple and Cider Festival

Photo: Jen Lee Light

2. Apple and Cider Festival on the Olympic Peninsula

Port Townsend/Jefferson County, Washington

You’re invited to celebrate the season and the flavors of the Olympic Peninsula during the sixth annual Apple and Cider Festival. Appreciate the traditions and culture of apple growing and cider brewing with a truly authentic Pacific Northwest weekend tree-to-glass experience.

The weekend schedule shows all locations and associated fees. Attendees are welcome to join for one, two or three days of feasting, tasting and celebration. Weekend passes are on sale. A $75 pass includes VIP entry to all events/venues plus a limited edition bottle bag.

Note: There will be no Friday night tasting event this year. Check back for a possible alternative.

  • Dates: Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9, various locations/times
  • Admission: Tickets are available here
  • Parking: Available at various locations
  • Contact: (360) 385-0519

3. Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival

Onalaska, Washington

The Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival celebrates and highlights the area’s agricultural heritage, rural roots and small-town life where nearly everyone has an apple tree in their yard. Apple Harvest is an opportunity to share rural lifestyle and history, showcasing the talents, skills and values ​​of the local Onalaska community. Come celebrate the fall harvest with activities for the whole family!

Onalaska’s Apple Harvest Festival features over 70 vendors, including farm and ranch products, educational booths and more. The Apple Harvest Parade begins on Saturday, October 1st at 11:30am at the corner of 5th and Carlisle Avenues.

Events include apple pie baking and eating contests, apple pie auction, farm and homestead tour, farm-to-table dinner, pancake breakfast, live music, corn hole tournament, apple cider pressing and beer garden, cider and wine. Check their website for more information.

  • Dates: From Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, hours vary by event
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Parking: It depends on the place
  • Contact: [email protected] or Contact Form

4. Lattin’s Country Cider Mill And Farm Apple Festival

Olympia, Washington

Since 1976, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm has been known for its award-winning apple cider. Enjoy a day in the countryside amidst the sweet aroma of apples at Lattin’s Cider Mill and Farm Apple Festival. Try freshly picked, crisp apples, apple fritters and apple cider. Enjoy a wagon ride, visit the farm animals and ride the train.

  • Dates: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Parking: $5
  • Contact: (360) 491-7328

5. Marcus Ciderfest

Marcus, Washington

Are you into apples? CiderFest features fresh cider pressed on site. Cider can be purchased from the cider stand located in Markus’ Lower Park. Fresh cider is sold by the gallon, half gallon, or glass. You can even enjoy a glass of hot cider on a cold fall morning.

Celebrate the small town atmosphere with traditional carnival games and prizes galore. Enjoy a front-row seat as the parade rolls down Highway 25. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., with floats, fire trucks and more. Visitors will also enjoy the car show, featuring everything from antiques to hot rods. This popular car show has something for everyone!

There will be more than 100 vendor booths offering local homemade products. From 11am, musicians fill the stage located in the Upper Park, near the food court. Local bands will be playing throughout the day, offering a variety of musical options sure to please everyone. When the sun goes down, enjoy the live music offered in the beer garden (open on Fridays from 16:00 to 12:00).

  • Dates: October 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Parking: Around the park
  • Contact: [email protected]
Fall colors in Tacoma, Washington

Fall colors in Tacoma, Washington

Photo credit: Artazum / Shutterstock.com

6. Cider Swig — 9th Annual Great Peninsula Cider Festival

Tacoma, Washington

After the pandemic-imposed hiatus, Cider Swig is back in full swing with a variety of Northwest ciders to try, live music and award-winning cuisine from local chefs and their food trucks/tents. This is a 21+ event.

One of Washington’s largest cider-focused festivals, Cider Swig attracts thousands of visitors each year. The tasting event will showcase more than 130 Northwest apples in addition to wine, mead, beer and other regionally crafted libations. Born out of a commitment to community and the environment and a love of local flavor, Cider Swig connects festival goers directly with producers. And Swig’s pop-up bottle shop is back, so you can take your favorite products home to enjoy.

The Cider Swig admission fee includes five drink tokens, a 6-ounce festival glass, live music and entertainment and access to food, a pop-up bottle shop, vendors and all other festival activities. Additional tokens are available at the event.

Pro tip: Cider Swig usually sells out about 2 weeks before the festival! Advance ticket purchase required.

  • Dates: Saturday, September 24, from 12 noon to 8 p.m
  • Admission: Tickets will be available here ($10 to $123)
  • Parking: Upper and Lower Park
  • Contact: (253) 514-6338, [email protected]

7. Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival, Northern California

Fortuna, California

Northern California’s Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival celebrates the historic apple harvest and Fortuna’s Clendenen’s Cider Works & Orchard.

Individual events typically include A Taste of the Harvest Hard Cider Festival, a cidery tour, narrated tours of the historic apple orchard, an applewood barbecue, live music at several locations, artisan and craft booths, a house for jumping and children’s games. Visitors can enjoy fan favorites like kettle corn, apple pies, apple chips, jam, cookies and more!

The 2022 festival will be held with a Downtown Fortuna street fair and will feature free event rides throughout the city. It will continue on Sunday with orchard walks, live music and cider at Clendenen’s Cider Works.

  • Dates: Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 2
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Parking: Take the Kenmar or Main Street exits from Highway 101, park in one of five lots, then take a free hay wagon to your desired event
  • Contact: (707) 725-9261, [email protected]
Cider press at Bauman's Cider Festival

Cider press at Bauman’s Cider Festival

Photo: Cynthia Liang / Shutterstock.com

8. Bauman’s Cider Festival

Gervais, Oregon

Enjoy a day of incredible cider tasting and entertainment at the sixth annual Bauman Cider Festival. What better place to enjoy some of the best ciders in the North West? The Bowman family has been growing apples and making cider since 1895. This festival attracts some of the best cider makers in the Northwest. The entire event will be under one roof for your tasting and drinking pleasure!

No advance purchase of admission is required. You can purchase your ticket at the festival entrance. Advance ticket purchase (check the website closer to the festival date) will be offered as a convenience for those customers who prefer to do so online.

Note: Cider Festival tickets are available online only and are limited to a total of 1200. There will be no Cider Festival ticket sales at the entrance booths. These tickets are non-refundable. You must be 21 or older to purchase cider festival admission and participate in tastings. Minors are allowed in the festival area as long as they are accompanied by their parents or guardians.

The recommendation is to come early and spend a good part of the day. At least plan to spend about 3 hours there. Please note that the entrance booths will stop selling tickets at 16:00

This year there are over 25 activities for children of all ages. These include a petting zoo and barn, Bowman’s Cider Sampling, Gopher Hole Tunnels/Slide, Jumping Ground, Madhouse, Rope Maze, Dark Rope Maze, Bug Train, Apple Cannon and a Maze corn.

  • Dates: Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Admission: See prices on the Bauman website
  • Parking: Parking is always free. Weekend parking is manned by volunteers from the Marion County Sheriff’s Cadets.
  • Contact: (503) 792-3524, [email protected]

Do you have room in your schedule for other fall festivals? While you’re planning your fall vacation, be sure to check out all of our fall festivals on TravelAwaits. For more information about the Northwest, check out these articles: