Things To Do: Seasonal Events this Fall in Lake Chelan

Looking for something to do the next couple months? Take a short drive to Lake Chelan and experience a few seasonal events from Hydroplane Races, Lake Chelan Crush Classic Golf Tournament, a Vintage Boat Show, Fall Barrel Tasting, and more.

Chelan Hydrofest: Saturday, September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2013
This two day event features approximately 60 Hydroplanes and Racing Runabouts on Lake Chelan, some classes reaching speeds of more than 150 mph. Spectators will enjoy a beer garden, food, boat viewing, and a meet-and-greet with the drivers.

Lake Chelan Crush Classic; Friday, September 27, 2013
The wineries of Lake Chelan are teaming up with Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course this fall for a day of putting and tasting throughout the valley. The fun begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on the 18-hole Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course. After picking up a box lunch to take on the road, golfers will then travel to select wineries where they will find putt putt holes set up to finish the tournament. All score cards are due by 4 p.m. at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course where golfers will gather for wine tasting, appetizers and announcements of winners. Each member of the winning group will receive a two-night stay and complimentary tickets to 2014 Winterfest in Chelan. Online registration and more information is available at The cost for an individual player is $100 and $400 for a foursome.

Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat Event; Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2013
The 2013 Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat Show is an ‘on-the-water’ boat show featuring the Vintage Unlimited Hydroplanes from the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Seattle, in addition to restored Vintage Inboard ‘Limited Class’ Hydroplanes, and Antique & Classic Mahogany Runabouts from the Golden Era of pleasure boating. Visitors will enjoy a beer and wine garden and food vendors. The event is free to attend. For additional information and a complete list of participating boats, please visit

Lake Chelan Crush; October 5-6 and October 12-13, 2013
During back-to-back weekends in October, the boutique wineries of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley celebrate the harvest season during the annual Crush Festival. Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of wine enjoying exclusive vineyard and winery tours, live music and award-winning wine tastings at each of the wineries. Attendees are invited to mingle with the winemakers who will share the intricacies of the winemaking process explaining the effects of the surrounding terroir, and sharing their experiences of harvest season. In addition, many of the wineries offer a distinctive dining experience and nearby farms offer fresh locally grown produce to complement the region’s premium wines.

Fall Barrel Tasting; Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1, 2013
During Thanksgiving weekend in November, the boutique wineries of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley will host their annual Fall Barrel Tasting event. Guests are invited to celebrate the season with beautiful fall harvest lake views as they explore winery cellar rooms for exclusive barrel tastings with Lake Chelan winemakers. The region is known for its refreshing Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris and sophisticated Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Syrah. To view a complete list of wineries, wine releases, tasting room hours and special event activities planned at each winery, please visit

About Lake Chelan

Located in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Lake Chelan is a spectacular Pacific Northwest waterfront destination three hours east of Seattle. Lake Chelan is characterized by its crystal clear, blue water; sunny, semi-desert valley climate; and sprinkled horizon of orchards and vineyards. Described as one of the most beautiful lake settings in the world, generations of families have been making the journey to Lake Chelan to enjoy year-around recreational opportunities in a world class setting. Visitors experience a combination of breathtaking scenery along with a long list of activities including boating, water sports, golf, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. A thriving community of boutique wineries operate as members of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley that are attracting attention from winemakers, grape growers and wine enthusiasts. Downtown Chelan is home to a classic American Main Street with galleries, retail shops, a variety of dining options and the crown jewel, Ruby Theatre offering visitors a look back into the history of small town America. The Lake Chelan Valley also encompasses the quaint Village on the Bay in Manson and a variety of premier dining options. For more information about the schedule of events or lodging options visit

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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