Celebrating September

Celebrating September in Baker County Oregon, Labor Day and Beyond

There’s something magical about September in Baker County as summer fades away after Labor Day, the  days are still warm but the evenings are cool and the mornings crisp, and the first colors of fall begin to appear in the higher elevations along the Elkhorn and Hells Canyon scenic byways.  This is the perfect time of year to visit Baker City and celebrate the changing seasons with a multitude of community festivals and fall events throughout Baker County.    Here are just a few of our favorite ways to celebrate September in Baker County.

Labor Day weekend in Baker County is the last big weekend of summer and you’ll find fun celebrations and exciting community events in every corner of Baker County.2

The small town of Sumpter hosts one of the biggest flea markets in the Northwest every Labor Day Weekend Friday through Monday with hundreds of vendors, live music, and a festive fair atmosphere.  While you’re visiting you’ll also want to visit the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park and try your luck panning for gold, and enjoy a ride on the Historic Sumpter Valley Railroad.






History buffs will want to plan a trip to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on Flagstaff Hill on the outskirts of Baker City, for the Labor Day Weekend Wagon Encampment Saturday and Sunday.  You can visit with living history interpreters including wheelwrights, Blacksmiths, mountain men and pioneers a team of Oxen, while exploring the rich history of the Oregon Trail.




Labor Day Weekend is also the Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo in Halfway.7

Located along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in the Wallowa Mountains the town of halfway is a picturesque setting for a weekend of family friendly 4 H fun and classic American rodeo action Saturday through Monday.  If you go on Saturday don’t miss the opportunity to have dinner with a few hundred locals and celebrate the culture of cattle country during the Eagle Valley Steak Feed in Richland before heading over the hill to Halfway for the Rodeo.




if you’re looking for one more roadtrip with your classic car over the Labor Day Weekend , then be sure to catch the Snake River Car Show in Huntington. Just off of I 84 along the banks of the Snake River Huntington is one of the smaller towns in Baker County but pulls out all the stops for this Saturday celebration of classic cars and 1950’s Americana.




After Labor Day you’ll still find lots to celebrate in Baker County.



Always the weekend after Labor Day,(September 9 and 10, 2016) Pine Fest in the town of Halfway has become a musical sensation with some of the best bands in the Pacific Northwest returning year after year for this Friday and Saturday musical extravaganza.






The Third weekend is October is one of our favorites with Music in The Meadow in Sumpter, (September 17 and 18, 2016) providing the perfect excuse to spend a fall weekend along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway enjoying  the musical musings of some of the region’s most popular performers high in the Elkhorn Mountains.

And of course one of our favorite events in September is the Great Salt Lick Art Auction.  This quirky one of a kind celebration of cowboy culture and fine art is always the third Saturday in October in Baker City and always draws  a smiling crowd.

the great Salt Lick Art Auction is one of Oregon’s quirkiest art events and also a fundraiser for Parkinson’s research at Oregon Health Sciences University.  The Oregon Festivals and Events Association named this event Oregon’s’ Best Philanthropic Event and most of our local ranchers will agree that we have the most creative cows in all of Oregon if not the Northwest.  Come see for yourself on the third Saturday in September, (September 17, 2016) .

There’s lots more excitement all through September with First Friday Art Walk, the Baker City Farmers Market, train robberies on the Sumpter Valley Railroad, and ghost hunting at the Geiser Grand Hotel, to name just a few. For more information about these and other Fall events Visit Baker County Tourism’s event calendar.