September is finally here and there is just something special about autumn in southwest Washington. From the crisp cool days and crunchy golden leaves to all the wickedly exciting events, you’ll find yourself in the fall spirit while in and around Vancouver USA. Take a walk down Pumpkin Lane, catch a spooky classic in a 1930s theater, or go on a scenic train ride into the forest with a special headless guest!

Not quite ready to give up summer? Mark your calendar for these upcoming fall events when the pumpkin-flavored everything and foggy mornings are in full effect!

PUTTING ON A SHOW

Cinema of Horrors—a live-action, drive-in horror movie experience where monsters from the screen come to life—makes its way to the Clark County Fairgrounds in October. Magenta Theater invites audiences for a welcome back onstage performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and Kiggins Theatre presents a line-up of spooky films throughout the month of October in addition to the Denton Delinquents' special October 31 performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

For concert goers: Alanis Morisette, Luke Bryan, Kings of Leon, and the Doobie Brothers are all slated to play at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, while Darius Rucker, Boys II Men, Miranda Lambert, and Old Dominion hit the ilani stage this season (limited tickets available). For a more classical note, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra starts its Classical Concert season in late September with themed performances through the winter.

LIVELY FESTIVITIES

The 6th annual North Bank Beer Week kicks off in mid-September with 10 full days of events north of the Columbia, including Beer Can Derby Races, Oktoberfest at Barlows Public House, Run the Haze at Trap Door, and anchored by the Brewing Bridges Collaboration Festival. Then, Dine the Couve is up next for the entire month of October. Vancouver’s official dining month features original Clark County eateries, breweries, and wine tasting rooms serving up special 3 for $20 and 3 for $30 menus for dine-in and takeout. It’s a great way to support local businesses, try a new restaurant, or go on a much-needed date night.

UNIQUE EXCURSIONS

Discover the autumn forest by train during a Chelatchie Prairie Train Ride, with a special Headless Horseman guest during the Halloweekend event. Or bring your goosebumps and a trusty flashlight to the Haunted Walking Tours with the Clark County Historical Museum around some of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. (Warning: They sell out fast, but you can get on the waiting list.) Learn about Fort Vancouver’s past as the Hudson's Bay Company with a walk through reconstructed buildings like the Fur Store and Bake House, or stroll down Officers Row with golden shades and crisp air adding to the historical significance of the 22 preserved Victorian homes. For an even spookier tour check out the Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks where you are guided to learn more about the Vancouver Barracks' shady past. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the Vancouver Barracks' past inhabitants.

MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

Get outside and try your hand at apple cider pressing at the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Take a hayride at Pomeroy Farm to see all the pumpkin people of Pumpkin Lane every full weekend in October. Bi-Zi Farms hosts Harvest Days and Pumpkin Patch in October complete with hayrides, a corn maze, and a pumpkin launcher. Plus, you can get an early start on your holiday shopping at the Farmers Market and Night Market Vancouver.

For the active bunch, the APPLETREE Marathon is a Boston-qualifying race that takes participants on a “Run Through History” around the scenic, historic parts of the Couve. This race is followed by the Girlfriends Run for a Cure in mid-October where a sea of pink ladies (and some men) fill the streets for a good cause. Then get out your Halloween costumes and be prepared to be scared out of your wits at The Scary Run. If the running doesn’t increase your heart rate, being chased by monsters and zombies will!

To find more events happening in Vancouver USA, visit our Events Calendar.