Dine The Couve
Check website for participating restaurants:
Vancouver’s official dining month brings unbeatable dinner specials and the chance to try out the area’s hottest restaurants. Treat your sweetheart to a date night, plan a group dine around, or swing by a new eatery to try a Dine the Couve menu special.
During the entire month of October, restaurants from across the city will offer special “3 for $23” menus that showcase what they do best. That means it can be the traditional three-course meal of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, or eateries can take a more unique approach by mixing in craft drink pairings, a variety of small plates, and other options.
Feeling ambitious (and hungry)? This year, 31 restaurants are participating—that’s one menu to try each day of the month!
Oct 4 (Recurring weekly Fri & Sat until Oct 26)
CCHM Haunted Walking Tours
Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St.
6:30 & 7:30pm / $18 (CCHM members $15)
Get in the Halloween spirit!
- guided by volunteers
- conducted rain or shine
- limit 25 people
- last between 60-75 minutes
- average around a mile long
- feature between 10-15 historic sites
- open to everyone – best suited for those 10 years of age and older (anyone over the age of six requires a ticket)
Pumpkin Pageant & Super Hero Contest
Historic Downtown Camas
5-8pm / Free to attend
Along with fun sales and featured fall items, participating downtown businesses will have their own artfully carved pumpkins on display. This year’s Pumpkin Pageant is paired with a Super Hero Costume Contest at the Camas Farmers Market.
Pumpkin Pageant: Participating downtown businesses each will carve a pumpkin and you get to vote for your favorite! Voting enters you to win a fall-themed basket!
Super Hero Costume Contest: 7pm at Journey at 4th and Birch. Prizes will be awarded for Winner and Runner-up for Best Super Hero for both Adults and Kids. Sponsored by iQ Credit Union.
Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Celebration
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 301 N Third Ave, Ridgefield
7am-7pm / FREE
BirdFest and Bluegrass is the main event put on every year to bring awareness to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Celebrate the Sandhill Crane’s return to the Refuge. Sadly, this huge and stately bird is endangered in Washington State.
Join the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Staff as they celebrate the return of the Sandhill Cranes to the Refuge and of the natural and cultural wealth of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Past events include Sandhill Crane tours, guided nature and bird walks, children’s activities, kayak tours, Chinookan Plankhouse tours, naturalist workshops, and the Birder’s Marketplace, featuring artists who concentrate on wildlife and/or nature themes.
BirdFest events in town include shopping, food, and kids activities at Overlook Park, more shopping from local artists and artisans at the Birders Marketplace in the Ridgefield Community Center, Bluegrass Music, Audubon Live Bird Show, Zoo Zap Teens, and general festival fun.
Old Apple Tree Festival
Old Apple Tree Park, 11 SE Columbia Way
11am-3pm / FREE
Trees, apples, and cider! Strongly rooted in our community, Vancouver’s legendary Old Apple Tree turns 193 this year. This event features live music, tree care workshops, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, kids’ hands-on arts & crafts, and food for purchase. The popular free apple-pressing returns, and the public is encouraged to bring clean apples and containers to participate.
During the festival, the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission will be giving away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.
Free to Breathe Walk
Marine Park, 4501 SE Columbia Way
10am-1pm / No registration fee; All participants who raise $100 or more will earn an official even T-shirt.
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Portland-Vancouver Free to Breathe Walk will feature a route of approximately 3 miles. Walkers may complete the entire route or choose an early turnaround point. As a special way to honor those impacted by lung cancer, participants will also have an opportunity to dedicate a hope flag to a loved one. Music, snacks, and festivities will be available for all ages to enjoy.
Wine and Food Fest
Ilani Resort, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, food enthusiast or simply looking for an exciting weekend, you’ll find it all at ilani Wine & Food Fest! Spend your weekend learning from the best during live cooking demonstrations and chatting with winemakers about the principles behind their craft.
Don’t miss your chance to sip and sample your way through endless vintages and signature dishes, incredible showcases and tastings during a three-day affair at ilani’s Meeting & Entertainment Center. The weekend will be nonstop with three days of ilani Wine & Food Fest’s featured event, the Grand Tasting and can’t miss exclusive events including the Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting and the Sunday Chef & Champagne Brunch.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill Apple Cider Pressing
Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland
This event begins at 9AM and presses 8,000 pounds of apples into cider and is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. The younger visitors are welcome to join the volunteers inside the Mill to help press the cider. The rumbling of the water-powered belt and pulley system, the dimly lit mill, the floor covered with sawdust and the sweet smell of the fresh pressed apple juice makes an atmosphere that will put a smile on the faces of all visitors. Come down, join the fun and take home a jug of fresh pressed apple cider.
Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St, Washougal
Half Marathon 8:30am, 5K & 10K 9am / $20-$90
Get out your Halloween costumes and be prepared to be scared out of your wits. If the running doesn’t increase your heart rate, being chased by monsters, zombies and psycho freaks will! We will make you earn your post-event party by running or walking a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in beautiful Washougal, WA. Festive food and drink to follow the race!
Ongoing in October
Scaregrounds Haunted House Scream Park & Harvest Fest
Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield
October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-31
See website for daily hours and attractions.