Whether it’s in your own little corner of the city, or a neighborhood you’ve been meaning to check out, Seattle boasts a bevy of fall festivals full of family fun. From festivals with farm animals and tractor rides, to festivals with fish and boat building, to festivals with corn mazes and U-pick pumpkins, we’ve put together a list of the best local fests you won’t want to miss this season. Scroll down and get ready to fill your calendars!

photo: Patrick Hagerty

Washington State Fair

Families in Washington have been “doing the Puyallup” for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise this is a popular fair. This year's state fair is going to start a week early again (running from Aug. 31–Sep. 23, 2018) with the exception of Tuesdays and Wed., Sep. 5. If you want to see and do it all, you’d better plan on waking the kids up early. In addition to an awesome rodeo, hundreds of exhibits, special presentations such as The Farm at SillyVille, Discover the Dinosaurs and Outpost 47, you and your crew will want to catch the Cirque Ma’Ceo Equestrian Stunt Show, jump in the world’s biggest bounce house and take in the "Pioneer Experience: 1880’s Variety Show,” plus enjoy the free concerts, amusement park rides and games, fair food (don’t forget the scones!), 4-H animals, arts and crafts and over 700 vendors.

Good to know: On Fri., Aug. 31, enjoy free gate admission from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation. Offer valid at any gate.

Dates: Aug. 31–Sep. 23, 2018 (excluding Tuesdays and Sep. 5)
Times: Varies (see website)
Cost: $11-$14 (5 & under Free); parking is $10 Mon.-Fri. and $15 Sat.-Sun.

Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98371
Online: thefair.com


29th Annual Blackberry Festival

Bremerton will be brimming with blackberries on the boardwalk during this free, family-friendly, festival (say that five times) during Labor Day Weekend. Lots of berry-themed entertainment, food and beverages will be on hand including freshly made pie, blackberry infused lemonade and blackberry wine tastes (for mom and dad) for just 25 cents! Challenge yourself to participate in the Berry Fun Run and enjoy music and entertainment from the main stage and children’s stage.

Dates: Sept. 1-3, 2018
Times: Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

100 Washington Beach Blvd.
Bremerton, WA 98337

Wooden Boat Festival

The Wooden Boat Festival is a celebration of boating with Kid’s Cove being a big part of it. In addition to over 300 boats on land and water, 120 presentations, dozens of exhibitors, live music and interactive exhibits, kids of all ages can design, build and sail their own wooden boat and fish paint their own t-shirt (first you paint a real fish, then you press it on a t-shirt and then you hang it on the line to dry and pick it up on the way home). Kids can also enjoy the nautical characters at the puppet theater, listen to a story or two, get their face painted, take part in a scavenger hunt, check out the marine life that divers bring to the surface to explore, visit the Plankton Lab to learn about microscopic plankton, go on a pirate treasure hunt, learn about oceanography, enjoy Captain Cloud’s Latest Adventure play, take a paddle board or a “bumble bee sailboat” ride, work together and crew a longboat and, of course, nosh on delish food.

Dates: Sept. 7-9, 2018
Times: Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: One day tickets are $20/Adults; $15/Students (13-18), Active Military & Seniors (65+); 12 & under Free. Multi-day tickets are $40/Adults; $30/Students (13-18), Active Military & Seniors (65+); 12 & under Free

Northwest Maritime Center & Point Hudson Marina
431 Water St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-3628 x104
Online: nwmaritime.org/wooden-boat-festival

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

Mukilteo’s biggest party of the year takes place in September along the waterfront at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and the Rosehill Community Center. This big event features a parade, firework show and Avenue of Food, plus a beer garden, a fishing derby, live entertainment, the Mukilteo Marketplace and plenty of children’s activities.

Good to know: This year's festival will feature a Princess and Prince Tea Party by the Sea. Cost is $40/person on Sunday and includes a unicorn or pony ride for kids age 12 & under.

Dates: Sept. 7-9, 2018
Times: Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
609 Front St.
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Rosehill Community Center
304 Lincoln Ave.
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Online: mukfest.com

Chinatown-ID Night Market

Enjoy a night of fab food, music and entertainment and goods you won’t find anywhere else at the Chinatown-ID Night Market. Located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, the Night Market is where your family can feast on variety of international food items from street vendors and local restaurants and stroll through the outdoor market to browse local handmade goods, fresh-cut flowers, Asian-inspired items and more. Psst...don't miss the all-ages dance party.

Date: Sept. 8, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.–midnight
Cost: Free admission

Chinatown-International District
Seattle, WA 98104
Online: cidbia.org/events/night-market

Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival

During Arts-A-Glow, Dottie Harper Park becomes an illuminated wonderland with jugglers, acrobats, magical harp music, drums, guitars and ukuleles. This free event will feature a lantern-making booth where you and the kids can learn how to make your own whimsical lights using jars, balloons and pie tins – who knew? A variety of food trucks will also be hand serving up everything from Alaskan Dumplings to Full Tilt Ice Cream. Then at dusk, gather at the Annex parking lot with your lanterns and costumes for an evening procession through Burien.

Good to know: The evening procession begins at approximately 8 p.m. 

Date: Sept. 8, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Dottie Harper Park
421 S.W. 146th St.
Burien, WA 98166
Online: burienwa.gov/cms

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

So while you may not be able to afford that trip to Hawaii this year, you can still enjoy the next best thing: The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival which aims to bring a little bit of Hawaiian culture into the Pacific Northwest by sharing some of Hawaii’s treasured music, dances and history. Whether you’d like to learn how to hula, string a lei or play the ukulele with Willie K., this is the festival for you!

Date: Sept. 9, 2018
Time: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: seattlelivealohafestival.com

photo: Kristina Moy

Saint Demetrios Greek Festival

This annual festival will feature everything and anything Greek! Enjoy Greek food and Greek folk dancing, take a tour of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, shop for Greek items and delicacies at the Greek Deli and enjoy lots of family-friendly activities.

Dates: Sep. 14-16, 2018
Times: Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
2100 Boyer Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Online: seattlegreekfestival.com

Fiestas Patrias

Fiestas Patrias is an expression of Latino culture including music, dance, food, folklore and more. The annual two-day event begins on Saturday with the South Park Parade (14th Ave. & Cloverdale St.) and is followed by the health fair and festival held at the South Park Community Center. Here, you’ll find a variety of traditional Latin-American food, children’s activities, free health screening and entertainment. Then, part two takes place at the Seattle Center where families can enjoy live performances of Latino dancers, music and art and even more children’s activities and delicious food.

Dates: Sept. 15-16, 2018
Cost: Free admission

South Park Community Center (Sat. only; 1 pm.-6 p.m.)
8319 8th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Seattle Center (Sat., noon-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.)
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Online: seattlefiestaspatrias.org

photo: The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival.

The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival

Mark your calendars for the return of The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival. This Octoberfest-style, end-of-summer/fall kickoff celebration, hosted as a fundraiser by St. Benedict, will feature tons of family fun! Expect to find bouncy houses, an array of delicious foods and games for kids of all ages, plus craft booths, homemade sweets, a book sale, a beer garden, raffle prizes and live entertainment on an outdoor stage.

Good to know: Caspar Babypants will play on the mainstage on Friday at 6 p.m.

Dates: Sep. 21-22, 2018
Times: Fri., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight
Cost: Free admission (activities and food extra)

St. Benedict Catholic School Grounds
4811 Wallingford Ave. N. (between 48th and 49th Streets)
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: facebook.com/events/181789929139431


Celebrate the autumnal equinox at Green Lake with the Fremont Art Council’s Luminata event. The celebration of light begins with a ceremony at the Aqua Theater where families are invited to bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas and luminous costumes to join in. Take in the whole part to find art installations, live music, performances and a secret banquet (we don’t know exactly what that is, but it sounds like fun!).

Date: Sept. 22, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Green Lake Park
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98104
Online: fremontartscouncil.org/luminata

photo: Remlinger Farms

Remlinger Farms Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Take the whole fam to Remlinger Farms for a super-fun fall outing. In addition to a hay maze, corn maze, pony rides and an old-fashioned steam train, there will be plenty of mini-carnival rides including a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, electric cars, flying pumpkins and a horse carousel. If that’s not enough excitement, head over to the barn to visit with the farm animals, pick the perfect jack-o-lantern at the U-pick pumpkin patch, check out the daily entertainment inside the farm theater and enjoy plenty of yummy food and apple treats (think pies, turnovers and caramel apples) at the farm market.

Dates: Sept. 29 & 30 and Oct. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, 2018
Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (admission gate closes one hour prior to closing)
Cost: $19.75 + tax (under 1 Free)

Remlinger Farms
32610 N.E. 32nd St.
Carnation, WA 98014
Online: remlingerfarms.com

31st Annual Festa Italiana Seattle

Since 1988, Festa Italiana has been a labor of love from a community of Italian American volunteers providing this free event of Italian food, arts and culture at the Seattle Center. Highlights of the two-day festival include music by The Swingle Kings (who are coming all the way from Perugia, Italy for their first American performance), cooking demonstrations from celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York, a special performance of Opera for Kids by Spotlight Repertory NW, a grape stomping competition, kids' activities and the hugely popular group pizza toss.

Dates: September 29-30, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: festaseattle.com

Camlann Medieval Village Michelmasse Festival

Your family has been invited by the Lord of Camlann to go back in time and attend his Michelmasse Festival with demonstrations of fresh cider pressing, puppetry and music by Jacob Priestly’s Troop Ministrels, plus experience long bow archery, sleight of hand tricks, sheep petting, candle dipping, wool dying, blacksmithing, carpentry and a look at what cottage life would be like in 1376 in the colorful world of Chaucer’s England. Join in the fun by renting fine attire and taking in the Michelmasse Feast. Psst...don't forget to stop by the Scribe Shop where you can purchase books, gifts and replica pottery with medieval art to take home as keepsakes.

Dates: Sept. 29-30, 2018
Times: noon – 5 p.m.
Cost: $10/Adults; $7/Youth (12 &under) and Seniors (60+); 5 & under Free. Feast & festival tickets are $45/person.

10320 Kelly Rd. N.E.
Carnation, WA 98014
Online: camlann.org

photo: La Mesa Oktoberfest

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Sure, the main draw to any Oktoberfest is going to be the brats and beer, but in Leavenworth, there is so much more. In fact, so much more that the town celebrates Oktoberfest over three different weekends and claims their fest is "the next best thing to being in Munich." Beginning at noon, the Muenchner Kindl will lead a Bavarian procession with the people of the village carrying various countries’ flags. And Leavenworth’s own Musikkapelle will ride in a blue and white colorful band wagon, playing traditional Bavarian marches and polkas. The march will travel down to the Festhalle where the Keg Tapping Ceremony will take place. Kids will especially love Kinderplatz with its climbing wall, bouncy toys and L-Bow the Clown and everyone will love the many vendor booths as well as the crafts, souvenirs, German items and local food favorites complimented by live German music and dance numbers performed by the Edelweiss Tanx Gruppe.

Good to know: The Keg Tapping Ceremony with Leavenworth’s Mayor will take place at 1 p.m. every Saturday. Afterwards, hang around and check out music from the town's own Musikkapelle Leavenworth who will be joined by other musical groups from the US and Germany. Minors are allowed with an adult until 9 p.m. each night

Dates: Oct. 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20, 2018
Times: Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight; Sat., noon-1 a.m.
Cost: $10/person on Fridays; $20/person on Saturdays; under 12 Free. Active Military and their family members with Active Military ID will receive free admission at the gate.

Online: leavenworthoktoberfest.com

photo: Issaquah Salmon Days

Salmon Days

Issaquah’s Salmon Days is a celebration of the return of salmon to their "birth-waters” as well as the city’s history, culture and diversity. Each year, the festival attracts over 275 artists and crafts people and presents five stages of live music and entertainment, plus sporting events, a carnival, a huge food court and a Field of Fun (think: giant inflatables, a toymaker's workshop, human hamster balls, trampoline jump zone and dogs jumping off docks). Psst...be sure to take in the Grand Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., enjoy food from around the world and get your picture taken with a fish!

Good to know: The Grand Parade starts at Front & Dogwood Streets and heads north on Front St. where it will take a left onto Gilman Blvd. and exit at 12th Ave.

Date: Oct. 6-7, 2018
Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission

The festival takes place all over Issaquah, including the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Veterans' Memorial Park and Front St.

Online: issaquahchamber.com/salmondays

photo: Kelsey Creek Farm

Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

Celebrate fall (and everything it brings with it) at Kelsey Creek Farm. This annual fall fest will feature a variety of old-time activities and plenty of  farm fun. There will be inflatables, animal encounters, a petting zoo, 4-H animal demonstrations, interactive children’s activities and food, plus heritage demonstrations and activities by the Eastside Heritage Center, tractor-pulled wagon rides and much more.

Good to know: There is limited onsite parking; shuttle service from Bannerwood Sports Park and Wilburton Park and Ride will begin at 10:45 a.m. and run throughout the day, approximately every 30 minutes, but wait times can be longer. The last shuttle leaves Kelsey Creek Farm Park at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Oct. 6, 2018
Times:  11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free (some activities have nominal fees that take cash only)

Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005
Online: farmerjayne.com/Special_Events.html

17th Annual BrickCon

Who says LEGOs are just for kids? BrickCon is an annual convention put on by adult LEGO hobbyists that runs for days during the first week of October. However, during the last two days, the public is invited to see what these creators of colorful bricks have come up with at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Oh, this is no ordinary LEGO store display. Here, you will see hundreds of builders with their models that feature tens of thousands of pieces. Some will even be on hand to share their love of brick building with you and give out a few pointers as well. Your family can also vote for their favorite display, take as many pictures as they want and play in the Building Zone with their newfound inspiration. (Just share the space with the kids, okay?) You’ll also find LEGO items for sale as well.

Dates: Oct. 6-7, 2018
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $11-$17 (4 & under Free). Tickets available online or at-the-door. 

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: brickcon.org

photo: Kristina Moy

Fauntleroy Fall Festival

From children's activities, a petting farm, vendors and fab food, to pony rides, pumpkin decorating, crafts, a climbing wall and live entertainment, this neighborhood bash has a little something for everyone. Psst...don't miss the cake decorating contest and cake walk inside the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse.

Date: Oct. 21, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free (food and pony rides extra)

Fauntleroy Church, YMCA & Schoolhouse
9140 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
Online: facebook.com/FauntleroyFallFestival

31st Annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands

Where else can you see and hear 17 marching bands from Western Washington play all at the same time? Celebrating Washington State Marching Day, the preliminary competitions will be held in the morning and early afternoon (tentatively from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) with the finalists battling it out in the late afternoon (tentatively at 5 p.m.). Lots of food concessions will be on hand to keep you going as well.

Date: October 27, 2018
Time: Preliminary competition from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (tentative); Finals competition starts at 5 p.m. (tentative)
Cost: $40/Family (2 adults, 2 youth); $15/Adults; $9/Seniors & Military; $7/Youth (6-18); 5 & under Free

Everett Memorial Stadium
3802 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201
Online: psfob.com

photo: Yes Creative Lab

Day of the Dead Festival

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead), a Latin American holiday honoring relatives who have passed away at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. This free celebration begins with a community procession and dedication of a traditional altar for offerings to the deceased. Then, enjoy live music and dance, decorate sugar skulls, get your face painted, nosh on delicious food and warm up with a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

Date: Nov. 3, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission (food and drink extra - bring cash)

Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: phinneycenter.org

—Jeffrey Totey & Kristina Moy


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