Enjoy an autumn day with the short drive to Aurora, Oregon, only 20 minutes from Portland or Salem!
Aurora boasts 25 shops and eateries and is a national destination for antiques and vintage goods, everything from the now-decorative industrial salvage to the finest porcelain and antique jewelry. Mid-century modern furnishings, country primitives, shabby French flea market and 20th century collectibles round out a full variety of decorating styles.
Park your car (for free) for the day and you can easily walk to most every shop in town as well as the tiny historic “village” within the Old Aurora Colony Museum complex. Fiber arts studios, wine tasting, a hazelnut candy factory and antiques auction house are all within town and more wineries and garden farms are located just outside the city limits.
October 3 First Friday Evening Events 4-10pm Spend the first Friday night of autumn exploring Aurora’s once-a-month evening happenings for wine, food, coffees & desserts, music, crafting and visiting in downtown Aurora. Click on First Friday Events above.
Now through September 30. Dahlia fields open daily, 8am-8pm. Swan Island Dahlia farm, Canby. Just 8 minutes from downtown Aurora, view acres of blooming dahlias and purchase cut flowers. Follow Holly Street from downtown Canby north toward the Canby Ferry and watch for signs. www.dahlias.com
October 11-12 Hazelween, 11-5. Follow our squirrels Fil and Bert as they hide their favorite Hazelnut recipes in Aurora’s shops. When you find the recipes you can also win prizes as well as purchase just the right nuts for the recipe. Tour Pacific Hazelnut Farms Candy Factory and have a fun day of it! Bring your family or favorite “cooking” friend for a day of antiquing and recipe collecting! Pick up your free map at shops.
October 11 Chili Cookoff, 12-6pm, Maplewood Grange. $5. Warm up for Hazelween with a lunch of a variety of chili entries presented by Maplewood Grange #662 at their hall at top of hill on Hwy 99E just north of Aurora. Do you have a chili you wish to enter? Contact Dan Keeley at (503)633-2838.
October 10-19 “Are We There Yet?” Annual Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum. Daily 10-4. This 42nd annual quilt show includes Old Aurora Colony Quilts as well as contemporary quilts of this theme, quilting demonstrations, a quilt block contest and the Colony Store full of quilting and crafting materials for sale. Admission $6 per person; $5 for groups of 10 or more. Details at www.auroracolony.org