Fall is in the air and so is festival season. From festivals with farm animals, tractor rides and U-pick pumpkins, to festivals with fish and toy boat building, we’ve put together a list of the best fall fests Seattle has to offer. 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. 30–Sep. 22, 2019) with the exception of Tuesdays and Wed., Sep. 4. 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, Lost World of Dragons and Tropical Odyssey, you and your crew will want to catch the Cirque Cavallo Equestrian Stunt Show, jump in the world’s biggest bounce house and take in the Pioneer Farm experience, 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. 30, 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. 30–Sep. 22, 2019 (excluding Tuesdays and Sep. 4)
Times: Varies (see website)
Cost: $10.50-$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

Learn more here.

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: The Beer Garden will be open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and will feature live musical entertainment.

Dates: Sep. 13-14, 2019
Times: Fri., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission (activities and food extra)

St. Benedict Catholic School Grounds
4811 Wallingford Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Learn more here.

Chinatown-ID Night Market

Enjoy a night of fab food, live music and entertainment and more 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. 14, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.–midnight
Cost: Free admission

Chinatown-International District
Seattle, WA 98104

Learn more here.

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. 20-22, 2019
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

Learn more here.

Sea Mar 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, Latino dancers, music and art and even more children’s activities and delicious food.

Dates: Sept. 14-15, 2019
Cost: Free admission

South Park Community Center (Sat. only; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. parade; 1 pm.-6 p.m. community festival)
8319 8th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Seattle Center (Sat., noon-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.)
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Learn more here.

photo: Erinn Hale

Seattle Children's Festival

This annual festival, now in its sixth year and produced by produced by Northwest Folklife, is back and better than ever! Expect to find dance performances, interactive workshop spaces, arts and crafts, a Discovery Zone with hands-on activities, a STEAM Lab dedicated to science and arts-based activities, live entertainment, delish food and much more!

The two-day, multi-cultural event brings local communities and families together to celebrate "Our Big Neighborhood.” From hands-on activities to interactive workshops to well-loved children’s performers, learn about all the different cultures that make the Northwest so unbelievably fantastic. Oh, and did we mention…it’s completely free!

Dates: Sep. 21-22, 2019
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Learn more here.

photo: Fishermen's Fall Festival

Fishermen's Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for the 31st Annual Fishermen's Fall Festival at Fishermen's Terminal. The festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal and works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry, as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle, while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation.

The Festival provides families with a fun and educational outing on the waterfront as well as an opportunity to learn more about seafood. Kids can participate in fish-themed art projects, try their hands at wooden boat building and "Fish for Fun" in the fish pond, plus nosh on delish food and enjoy live musical performances, educational demonstrations and more.

Good to know: The Reptile Man will take the stage at noon, the Lutefish Eating Contest will take place at 2 p.m. and Louie Foxx (aka The One Man Side Show) will hit the stage at 5 p.m.

Dates: Sep. 21, 2019
Times: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fishermen's Terminal
1900 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle, WA 98119

Learn more here.


Celebrate the autumnal equinox and bid farewell to summer at the Fremont Art Council’s annual 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 parade around the lake. Throughout the park, encounter magical art installations, music, performances and a secret banquet (we don’t know exactly what that is, but it sounds like fun!).

Date: Sept. 21, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Green Lake Park
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98104

Learn more here.

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. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27, 2019
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

Learn more here.

32nd Annual Italian Festival

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 fest include music by Mbrascatu (who are coming from Portland), cooking demonstrations from celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York, a special performance of "Opera Magic–Stories in Song”starring Spotlight Repertory NW, a grape stomping competition, kids' activities and the hugely popular group pizza toss.

Dates: September 28-29, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Learn more here.

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. 28-29, 2019
Times: noon–5 p.m.
Cost: $10/Adults; $7/Youth (12 & under) and Seniors (60 & older); 5 & under Free. Feast & festival tickets are $45/person.

10320 Kelly Rd. N.E.
Carnation, WA 98014

Learn more here.

photo: ElCajon Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest NW

At this annual event, now in its 15th year, families can expect to find all things German (think: beer, brats, authentic entertainment), plus wiener dog races, fab family entertainment like the Chicken Dance and May Pole dance, a Family Fest Zone & Kinderfest with arts and crafts, a root beer garden, pumpkin decorating, dance lessons, games, face painting and much more!

Dates: Oct. 4-6, 2019
Times: Fri., noon-midnight; Sat.,11 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (21 & older on Fri. & Sat. after 6 p.m.)
Cost: $6-$15 (12 & under free all weekend). Free from noon-3 p.m. on Friday.

Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371

Learn more here

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.

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. 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19, 2019
Times: Fri., 4 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.

Learn more here

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, dogs jumping off docks). Psst! Be sure to take in the Grand Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. and get your picture taken with a fish!

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

Date: Oct. 5-6, 2019
Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission

Learn more here.

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 more.

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

Date: Oct. 5, 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

Learn more here.

2019 BrickCon

Who says LEGOs are just for kids? BrickCon is an annual convention put on by adult LEGO hobbyists that runs every year during the first week of October. During the last two days of the convention, the public is invited to see what these creators of colorful bricks have come up with at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. And 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 will 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.

Good to know: No strollers are allowed. At the door, tickets may not be available if online tickets are sold out.

Dates: Oct. 5-6, 2019
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $11-$17 (4 & under Free). Purchase tickets online or at-the-door. Ticket prices vary depending on time of entry.

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Learn more here.

32nd 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 26, 2019
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

Learn more here.

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 annual 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. 27, 2019
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

Learn more here.

photo: Yes Creative Lab

Day of the Dead Festival

Celebrate Día 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 cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

Date: Nov. 2, 2019
Time: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission (food and drink extra-bring cash)

Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Learn more here.

—Kristina Moy & Jeffrey Totey


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