Follow "Phil" and "Bert" around Aurora's historic village this autumn!

Follow “Phil” and “Bert” around Aurora’s historic village this autumn!


Get out of the city to the beautiful North Willamette Valley into our historic village for a fall experience you’ll long remember.  Antiques and vintage shops, specialty decor and garden stores, wineries and golf, even a candy factory!

October 1-31  Vintage Table Top Hop!   Follow our free map and view great ideas for entertaining in 15 shops.  See a Mid-Century Modern “cocktail party” display, Halloween and Autumn ideas, Thanksgiving and Christmas all with vintage flair incorporating antique and vintage goods.  Pick up a recipe or two along the way!

October 22 Santa’s Christmas Bazaar, Aurora American Legion Hall, 9am-4pm.  Lots of vendors for this popular annual bazaar.  Homemade chili & cornbread served downstairs 11-2.

October 1-30  Pumpkin Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.  10-6 Fridays thru Sundays.  Just minutes from Aurora, bring the family for an old fashioned farm day, choose a pumpkin and enjoy a list of fall activities including a nine-acre walking corn maze!


ATTENTION AURORA HOMES & BUSINESSES:  Do you like to decorate your Yard or Business for Halloween? Join us in entering Aurora’s Community Pride Halloween Display Contest!! No entry fee. Grand prize is a family pass for 4 to the Old Aurora Colony Museum. Independent judging will be on Oct. 29th, 2016. Entries are due by Oct. 22nd. Our volunteer will compile a list of entries for the judges and for the community and post it here for all to walk/ drive to enjoy the displays. Get your creative children involved!! Call Sandy Tucker (503-678-6904) to sign up!!

QUILT WEEK October 14-23

Whether you are a quilter yourself, have family quilts or just enjoy the work that goes into creating and stitching these ‘works of art’, you’ll find examples all around town.  Merchants will have quilts on display and available for sale.

View this original 19th century Aurora Colony quilt during the 2016 Aurora Colony Quilt Show, October 7-16.

View this original 19th century Aurora Colony quilt at the 2016 Aurora Colony Quilt Show during.QUILT WEEK October 14-23

44th Annual Quilt Show

October 14-23  “Home at Last – An Aurora Sampler” Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum, daily 10-4. 

Celebrating the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Aurora Colony in 1856 and the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Colony Historical Society, this annual quilt show will feature quilts from the museum’s extensive collection (here’s your chance!) in addition to contemporary and antique quilts selected to be shown this year from private homes.  Over 100 quilts will be displayed over the five buildings including the popular Kraus house.  The Steinbach log cabin will feature the “Colony Store” filled with fat quarters, vintage notions and various sewing goodies.  Coffee, hot cider and cookies will be served to keep attendees filled with the energy to see it all!

Purchase chances to win this year’s popular annual quilt, designed from the winning 2015 Quilt Blocks and handstitched by the Aurora Colony quilters group.

For details on admissions and group pricing go to

This year quilt show visitors will also be able view several special additions included in the admission ticket.  Choose the day you will come and see the following:


Aids Memorial Quilt


The museum will be hosting a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church. This internationally famous display will run for the duration of the quilt show. The church is just across the street from the Museum within easy walking distance.


Patriotic themed quilts are made and distributed to military veterans.

Patriotic themed quilts are made and distributed to military veterans.

October 17-18 Volunteers from Quilts of Valor will be showing their beautiful patriotic quilts that are given as thank yous to military veterans for their “service, sacrifice and valor”.

October 21-22  Quilters will enjoy a presentation by fiber artists and quilter Isaac Yoder.  Another ‘show within a show’ will be collections of 1800’s quilted skirts, petticoats and bonnets courtesy of collector Cathy Harper.


December 3 & 4 Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk, 11-5.  Advance tickets are now available for our most popular event of the year, all for a good cause.  Your passport will take you all around our little village to enjoy 8-10 local wine and artisan chocolate stations as you browse Aurora’s famous vintage and specialty shops,  candy factory, historic buildings, galleries and even a cozy log cabin!  For a limited time EARLY BIRD tickets: just $35/couple $20 single also includes souvenir wine glasses and Aurora Bucks to spend in town.  Click here for details or purchase now at the shopping cart.


Step into Fall at Aurora!

Follow "Phil" and "Bert" around Aurora's historic village this autumn!

Follow “Phil” and “Bert” around Aurora’s historic village this autumn!

Nothing says Autumn more than the traditions of colored fall leaves, a brisk morning followed by bits of sunshine (even a stray raindrop!) and a historic village filled with antiques and history!

Spend the day in our national historic district where 23 antiques and specialty shops await you.  Aurora was recently selected as one of 50 of America’s best antiques towns by Country Living and House Beautiful magazines!  Come see why.

Explore the unique Old Aurora Colony Museum’s 5-building complex complete with two furnished Colony houses on site.  Their staff and volunteers are busy preparing for the state’s oldest quilt show (see info below).

Enjoy home-style lunches and desserts, fresh bakery goods and candy, local wines and beers and of course, browse the shops with a fall-inspired coffee in hand!  Our friendly merchants are happy to welcome you.

Plenty of free parking; park your car (or RV) for the day and stroll Aurora’s shops and museums.  Conveniently located public restroom.


Dahlia fields are abloom and open through the end of September, just minutes from Aurora.

Dahlia fields are abloom and open through the end of September, just minutes from Aurora.

Now through September 30.  Acres of the famous Dahlia fields open daily, 9-6 just minutes from Aurora in Canby at Swan Island Dahlia farm.  Purchase cut dahlias to take home or order your favorite tubers for your garden. Don’t forget your camera!




fall-leaves-tree.jpgAurora Celebrates the Harvests with local farms to bring you fresh produce, autumn and Halloween events.  In our shops, look for our ‘Berries and Beyond’ baskets of brochures and info on these locations and events.

October 1-31  Aurora’s Tabletop Hop!  Pick up a map in Aurora’s shops and come home with ideas for setting Vintage style holiday tables.  Impress your friends and families with our ideas!  Free.

October 14-23  44th Annual Quilt Show, “AURORA – Home at Last”  celebrates 160 years of the beginning of the Aurora Colony.  Daily, 10-4.  This five building complex is filled from top to bottom with fabulous quilts!  Don’t miss it.  Old Aurora Colony Museum,


Color Your Summer with a Bang!

Dahlia fields are abloom and open through the end of September, just minutes from Aurora.

Dahlia fields are abloom and open through the end of September, just minutes from Aurora.

And you thought your summer couldn’t get any more colorful!  Step into the North Willamette Valley right now and see the spectacular dahlia blooms in Aurora’s neighborhood while enjoying our historic village experience and antiques galore.

IN THE VILLAGE:  23 shops filled with America’s best antiques and vintage goods, local wines, hazelnut candy made right here in town and Aurora’s fascinating story at the Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Park your car for the day (your RV too!) and easily stroll the 5-square-block historic downtown.  Aurora was recently selected by House Beautiful and Country Living magazines as one of 50 of America’s best antiques towns!

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:  Dahlias are now in bloom just minutes away at Swan Island Dahlia farm, Canby.  Fields are open daily 8-6.  Buy cut dahlias or order tubers for your own garden or just come for the photo experience!

Dahlia Festival  August 27, 28, 29 and September 3,4 5 (Labor Day).  Free.  free parking, live music, food and wine booths, childrens’ activities.  Indoor displays of 400 spectacular dahlia arrangements 11-6.  Swan Island Dahlia farm.