On Friday night, when that gorgeous harvest moon is shining in the night sky, you'll wish you were out at a barn dance celebrating. And you could be! Blue Lake Harvest Days kick off under Dell'Arte's big top tent with Colin Vance and the Striped Pig String Band. Just mosey over to the Blue Lake Business Park at 7 p.m. and follow the sound of caller Tony Mates out of Portland.
Once you've recovered on Saturday, there's the Mad River Grange Harvest Fest. Kids can carve a pumpkin (BYOP), press some apples, get their faces painted and whip up a scarecrow while you procure some pulled pork and pumpkin pie. Back at the business park, there'll be artist booths, ghost tours, an interactive mural and pony rides. Pony rides! Ahem.
At 3:30 p.m. you can enter the Pumpkin Chuck Contest, which requires no explanation but possibly a good arm. Get back under that tent for the kids' concert at 4:30 p.m. and the Story Howl at 7 p.m., when local yarn spinners take the stage and get spooky in the moonlight. There's even room for a tale or two from the crowd if you get inspired. When it's over, shake off the goosebumps with Beatles tunes from Silver Hammer then roll to the La Patinas gig at the Logger Bar for one last howl at the moon.