Fall is here, and this weekend’s roundup includes plenty of autumnal excitement to keep you and your crew happy and entertained. Consider: a neighborhood festival with rockin’ entertainment, a harvest celebration in the Valley and a production based on a popular children’s book. If you’re looking for more family fun, the 15th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival will take place on Saturday along with the always-popular Seattle Children’s Festival  (pictured). Scroll down to learn more and to see more weekend ideas.

photo: Erinn Hale/Seattle Children’s Festival


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Fans of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, are going to love this latest Seattle Children’s Theatre production. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold production that features 75 lovable puppets and the faithful adaption of three additional Eric Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks and The Very Lonely Firefly. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

Park(ing) Day
This fun event happens only once a year. During Park(ing) Day, explore more than 50 pop-up parks around the city (think: street parking spaces temporarily turned into public places). At each location, play life-size games, listen to stories and enjoy entertainment all while helping to raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable and healthy communities. Fri. Event details.

The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival
This popular Octoberfest-style festival (and fundraiser for St. Benedict) returns this weekend with tons of family fun! Enjoy games, bouncy houses, German food, a Biergarten, an eclectic mix of live entertainment, craft booths and much more. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


The Good Garter Snake
Garter Snakes are the only native snake in Bellevue. Nearly harmless, they slither through the wetlands hunting insects, frogs and other small creatures. Join a Bellevue park ranger to learn more about this awesome snake, who was recently named the master naturalist species of the year! Fri. Event details.


Sammamish Valley Fall Harvest Celebration
Kick off the fall harvest season with a visit to the beautiful Sammamish Valley where you will find farm tours and activities all weekend long, plus hay rides, farm animals, live entertainment and other fall harvest bounty (think: fresh-pressed apple cider!). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Kirkland Oktoberfest – All Ages Sunday
Take the whole fam to Kirkland on Sunday to enjoy the all ages area outside the Biergarten. Entertainment in this area will include the annual Wiener Dog Races (at 1 p.m.), games, food and merchandise vendors. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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