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It’s fall, which means the harvest season of pumpkin and pumpkin everything: pumpkin cookies, pumpkin lattes and the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

If you have never seen the Pumpkin Regatta before, then you probably miss the most anticipated event in Tualatin. Luckily, the festival will come back this year and bring all the best festivities to town. 

1. When And Where Does The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta Take Place?

Every year, the Pumpkin Regatta in the West Coast is held at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons to welcome the pumpkin harvest season. At the time, numerous visitors and locals flock into Tualatin to see the giant hollowed-out pumpkins and the pumpkin race.

The Pumpkin Regatta is held at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons
The Pumpkin Regatta is held at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons

As usual, the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta this year will take place on October 16, from 10 am to 4 pm.

2. What Is Special About The Giant Pumpkin Regatta?

After a long-running, the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has become an event with a national reputation and one of the most anticipated Fall events in the United States. It attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country as well as Canada. 

The fest is one of the most anticipated Fall events in the United States
The fest is one of the most anticipated Fall events in the United States

Over the last 15 years, the festival received many awards and be featured by a wide variety of media outlets like Southwest and Alaska Airlines magazine, Wall Street Journal, AAA Via Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, CNN, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Reader’s Digest, Food Network Magazine, and much more.

3. What Interesting Things To Do At The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta?

This one-day festival is certainly the best destination in fall with a host of amazing activities for families.

Hundreds Of Local Restaurants And Food Vendors

Located at the Lake of the Commons, the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is surrounded by plenty of local restaurants and food vendors. You can satisfy your taste buds there with a variety of different cuisines.

The fest is surrounded by plenty of local restaurants and food vendors
The fest is surrounded by plenty of local restaurants and food vendors

Some of the best names are American grill and hand-crafted cocktails at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, Mexican food at El Juan Colorado and Rosie’s Kitchen, Hawaiian food at Roxy’s Island Grill, Szechuan and Cantonese food at Lee’s Kitchen.

Don’t forget to drop by G-Man Sports Bar, New York Rubens, Tu Bella Pizza, Grab a Gyro, New York Rubens, Doja Tea Lounge to try Pizza, sandwiches, tap beers, and cocktails.

Pumpkin Races

There are a total of four races during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. The first one is for the pumpkin growers, the second is for special guests and sponsors while the next one is for Tualatin Police, the rescue team, or the local fire.

paddle around the lake in a pumpkin
Paddle around the lake in a pumpkin

The fourth race may be the one that you expect the most. It’s your opportunity to paddle around the lake in a pumpkin with other competitors. For a month before the race, organizers will open a special lottery to find the lucky ones who would get a ticket for the race.

Those selected will participate in the final race and have a chance to win the prize. Besides, you can also get the opportunity to paddle by purchasing a raffle ticket.

Pumpkins And Pints 

Pumpkins and Pints is a special event kicking off the Giant Pumpkin Regatta every year. It is usually held at Stickmen Brewing Company, including giant pumpkins and other oversized vegetables. So be sure to stop by to watch Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers competing in the Terminator Weigh-Off.

Pumpkins and Pints is a special event of the event
Pumpkins and Pints is a special event of the event

4. What To Wear To The Giant Pumpkin Regatta This Fall?

The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is just nearly a month away, and it means that now is the time to prepare for your trip, starting with choosing your outfit.

Fall is the season of fashion. When it comes to festival outfits, just opt for some basic items like leather jackets, boots, denim, jeans, sweater, T-shirts, Blazer and knits. Forget about the trend, just wear something that gives you comfort. Remember, being yourself will make you shine the most.

To help you add a little bit of “fall feel”, here are some outfit ideas for the hottest looks made by basic items.

Zara High Collar Knit Sweater

Knit Sweater is the best item for this season, and a high-neck knit sweater paired with a blazer is just a perfect ensemble for the fest. You can add several different colors to your outfits to stand out from the crowd.

Knit Sweater is the best item for fall
Knit Sweater is the best item for fall

Racer Jackets And Over-the-knee Boots 

A leather jacket is a classic and alway-on-trend staple
A leather jacket is a classic and alway-on-trend staple

A leather jacket is a classic and alway-on-trend staple, but this racer jacket will take you to the next level. You can either choose the colors that embody the fall season like brown, red, dark green or keep it simple and basic with white or black. It’s up to you.

One big plus of this item is that it can be paired with many kinds of bottoms, from skirts and dresses to jeans.

Shorter Midi Boots And Saturated Shades

Saturated colors are so popular this season, and also easy to style. You can divide it up with a bold sweater or go for a monochromatic look. Add midi boots to keep your foot comfy during a long day.

A bold sweater for a cool fall day
A bold sweater for a cool fall day

Sleek To The Knee And Neutral Coat

Camel-colored coats go really well with fall
Camel-colored coats go really well with fall

Camel-colored coats definitely are a must for this season. To elevate your look, you can pair a camel-colored coat with slim olive-toned separates. For texture, opt for some comfortable, fuzzy or fluffy materials.

If you haven’t had a plan this fall season, just head to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. This wonderful fall festival will give you the best fall experience that can’t be found elsewhere.

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