It’s autumn in the Okanagan and that means crisp air, hot apple cider, and cozy sweaters. Autumn also brings a delightful array of seasonal produce to Vernon. Around the city you’ll be able to find all the colours and comforts of fall that take part in all your favorite autumn traditions! The Vernon Fall Festival brings together a selection of seasonal family events, with an event for everyone we can assure you that Vernon is the best place to spend October!
Enjoy Vernon this fall by starting at Davison Orchards! This 5th generation family-run orchard is not to be missed. From the fresh fruits, vegetables of all sorts, freshly pressed apple juice, and mouthwatering homemade pies, you will not leave empty handed! Every weekend in October Davison’s has their Family Pumpkin Festival. Ride behind their “Johnny Popper Train” as the farmers bring you into the orchards and pick out your very own Jack-O-Lantern! Since 1933 Davison Orchards has been in Vernon and under the watchful and patient gaze of the Davison family, they have a lot of history to share with you.
Join Tourism Vernon and Davison Orchards on October 20th for a giant pumpkin weigh-in! Win some amazing prizes! To enter your pumpkin please contact the Vernon Visitor Centre at 250-542-1415!
The Historic O’Keefe Ranch provides many events yearly for the community to take part in but two that stand out for this time of year are the Field of Screams and Family Daze in the Corn Maze. If you’re looking for some heart-thumping scares, then the Field of Screams is for you! If jump-scares and live actors aren’t your thing, stop by during the day for Family Daze. Although still spooky, this Halloween-friendly maze is appropriate for all ages of the family! There are also food trucks on site for both events to provide some comfort food after a spooky day at the maze.
Activate your encounter with awe-inspiring birds of prey with The Raptors at Allan Brooks Nature Centre! These incredible animals will be entertaining audiences until October 6th, 2018. Whether you take in a flight demonstration with the whole family or opt-in for a more up close and personal experience with a ‘Raptor Encounter Course’; don’t miss this thrilling event staged on one of Vernon’s best viewpoints! If you are looking for another way to connect with the natural world join Elements Adventure Company and learn more about the diverse landscape we live in! Choose from a ‘Wild Mushroom Tour’ or a ‘Salmon Tour’ and discover the wild and rustic side of the Okanagan and its surrounding areas. These tours will make you one in nature and bring out your inner ‘woods-person’. Make sure you register ahead of time to secure your spot!
New to Vernon this year is the Diwali in Vernon Festival! Enjoy a host of multi-cultural events across the city inspired by the Hindu Festival of Lights. Learn to make handmade lanterns or study the South Asian mythology hidden in the night sky, find a variety of pop-up performances across the city or plan a night with friends taking in rhythms from the other side of the world. Indulge in a new culture and expand your horizons with Vernon’s Inaugural Diwali Festival
As the leaves start their colour change, Vernon can be seen transforming into an Autumn connoisseur. Regardless how you #ActivateYourAutumn in Vernon we guarantee you will not regret spending some of your October with us!
Contact the team at the Vernon Visitor Centre for more information on these events or any other fantastic fall events!