Even though we’re sad to say goodbye to summer, fall comes with plenty of autumnal excitement to make the transition easy. From harvest festivals and Halloween-themed activities to children’s shows and fall eats, we’ve rounded up 50 fabulous things to do this fall in Seattle.
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
1. As soon as those fall leaves start to pile up, head to your nearest park, rake in hand and build some epic leaf jumping piles! (Psst! Stay away from parks that are popular with dogs… If you catch our drift!)
2. See the salmon return to Issaquah Creek and take a guided tour with a trained docent from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH).
3. When was the last time you visited Snoqualmie Falls? Check out the extensive park and trail enhancements, see the train depot and carpenter shop and make your way to the bottom of the falls.
4. Attend a free, family-friendly program on spawning salmon along the Cedar River.
5. Plan a day at Remlinger Farms. This farm is one of our area’s oldest and beloved spots for harvest time fun so you can’t go wrong.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
6. Looking for a fun fall getaway? A trip to Leavenworth is as good as being in Germany itself for Oktoberfest. Well, minus the terribly long flight with your toddler!
7. You don’t have to be UW Alums to enjoy a Husky football game. Take the fam to a game and check out the newly remodeled Husky Stadium!
8. Head to FROST and order the minis an Autumn Pumpkin Spice or Classic Glazed Pumpkin doughnut and a Bourbon Caramel Pecan for you. Then, hit the awesome Miner’s Corner Park.
9. Cheer on our beloved Super Bowl Champion Seahawks with blue and green game day treats.
10. Take the ferry to Bremerton and explore a historic Navy destroyer, a kid-friendly museum and super-popular Bug Museum.
photo: Kristina Moy
11. It’s scarf time, Sounders fans! The regular season lasts all the way through the end of October.
12. Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure, including toddler-solvable mazes.
13. Get your tickets now for Recess Monkey’s Big Top Rock: Curious Circus. What could be better than rock n’ roll and circus arts under Teatro ZinZanni’s tent?
14. In addition to the annual Oyster Slurp competition, there will tons of kids’ activities at this year’s Fisherman’s Fall Festival.
15. Who loves a pumpkin as a snack more than a hippo? Or an elephant? Or a bear? Stop by the Woodland Park Zoo during October for the ever-popular Pumpkin Bash!
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
16. Enjoy everything and anything Greek at the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival.
17. Buzz down to Meeker Mansion in Puyallup for their annual Cider Squeeze.
18. Can’t stand being stuck in your house for one more second? Take the gang to one of our favorite spots to paint your own pottery.
19. Go on a non-scary pumpkin barn adventure at Craven Farm. It’s 3-D!
20. Poor apples! It’s all about the pumpkins this time of year! Show our yummy Washington State apples some love by going apple picking.
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
21. Who doesn’t love the Seattle Home Show? Kids will get a kick out of the zany demonstrations and all of the free samples!
22. Put on your Halloween costume and hit these low sugar Halloween happenings that still pack a spooktacular punch.
23. Take a stroll to the Ballard Locks to watch the fish make their way upstream.
24. Enjoy plenty of LOL moments at Dick Whittington and His Cat—playing at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
25. Take advantage of those roaring fall winds by busting out your kite.
photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie via Flickr
26. Tots can dress up like a wolf eel, make a fish print painting and enjoy water play with ocean animals during Toddler Time at the Seattle Aquarium.
27. Plan a weekend road trip to Portland and find some fall fun down south!
28. See all your fave Yo Gabba Gabba! characters including DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Plex and Toodee as they celebrate their fifth anniversary on the road.
29. Hit the zip line and then try to find a leaf the size of your face at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
30. The first annual Seattle Children’s Festival is going to be jam-packed with non-stop kids’ activities. The best part? It’s totally free!
photo: Christopher Nelson, courtesy of Northwest Folklife
31. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t camp. Book a yurt for fall camping fun!
32. Visit a new spot to play and explore at the Imagine Children’s Museum, just to the north in Everett. Or head south to Olympia to check out the Hands On Children’s Museum.
33. Looking for fall clothing and gear for your crew? Shop the ginormous Seattle Families of Multiples Fall Clothing and Gear Sale and save tons of money on gently used items.
34. Take the Littles to MIPA’s annual non-spooky Halloween party for tons of Halloween-themed crafts, games, and activities as well as some tricks and treats!
35. Plan a fall getaway to Victoria, BC. and take in the iconic, impressive and totally kid-friendly activities and attractions.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
36. Spend a rainy fall day cozied up in one of Seattle’s indie bookstores getting lost in a new read.
37. Explore Gilman Village, a charming enclave of over 40 shops, restaurants and services. Psst… The expansive, multi-level toy store carries over 17,000 items!
38. Take a ride on The Seattle Great Wheel – the gondolas are enclosed for fall weather! Already took a ride this summer? Try going at night this time!
39. Rollercoasters and Halloween costumes? Why not? Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme Park is major nighttime fun. And, another excuse for your kiddos to wear their costumes you spent 38-hours making.
40. Play tourist in Seattle. Have you ever been to the gum wall in Post Alley? Up to the top of the Space Needle? When was the last time you strolled through Pike Place Market? Just don’t forget a raincoat.
photo: Dianna Clark
41. The post-summer months are the perfect time to schedule a weekend out of town. Try one of these kid-approved fall getaways within a few hours of Seattle.
42. This is the final season of PNB’s beloved Nutcracker. Grab your tickets now before it goes into the PNB vault forever.
43. Explore the science of the extraordinary at PSC’s new exhibit, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
44. Get ready to fill your pillowcases or buckets with loads of candy at these trick-or-treating hot spots.
45. Hit the Kelsey Creek Farm Fair for tons of old-time activities as well as pony rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating and tractor-pulled hayrides.
photo: Kristina Moy
46. Here’s what dads wants to do this fall – visit the LeMay American Car Museum in Tacoma. Little car lovers under age five visit for free!
47. Keep an eye on the shellfish harvesting dates and book it to the Hood Canal to find an infamous Washington Geoduck. Don’t forget your shovels!
48. What’s that we spy? Snow before Thanksgiving? We love it! Dig out the mittens and snow pants and head to the local passes to go tubing and sledding!
49. BrickCon is coming back to Seattle this year to celebrate its 13th anniversary – go and get your LEGO on and check out some insane LEGO creations.
50. There’s no time like October for pumpkin picking and harvest fun at several local farms—all within an hour’s drive of Seattle!
photo: Katie Gruver
Which of these fall activities is a hit with your family? Tell us what’s on your fall must-do list this year!
– Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla