As much as we hate to say goodbye to summer, we might as well embrace saying hello to fall. It helps that there’s lots of great autumnal fun to be had this weekend, including a puppet show, a bug fest, salmon watching, pumpkin hurling and pirates galore. For some pre-October Oktoberfest-style fun (including delish bratwurst), check out the Great Wallingford Wurst Festival. Meanwhile, Redmond Town Center will be rocking with tons of cool ,kid-friendly bands at Good Fest on Saturday. And it’s always fun (and inspiring!) to watch kiddos achieve athletic feats, so head over to Houghton Beach Park to watch the Kids Tri, part of Kirkland’s Triathlon events this weekend.


Curious Minds

Bug Fest at Burke Museum It’s one of the Burke’s most popular yearly events where the kiddos can get all comfy cozy with bugs by seeing them, holding them and even tasting them (oven-baked crickets, oh my!).  Hint:  Don’t miss entertainment by The Bug Chef David George Gordon, and Bee Boppin’ Bugs singer Nancy Stewart.  Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seattle, $6 to $9.50. Read more.

Better Than TV

Amadoo and the Crocodile The whole family will be mesmerized by the enchanting toy and hand puppets of master puppeteer Clay Martin, who presents a collection of African fables set to the music of jazz greats like Cab Calloway and Ma Rainey. Sat., Noon and 2 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

Reading Rainbows

Author Reading at REI Award-winning author Eugene Buchanan previews his new book Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids with an interactive presentation geared to getting you and the Littles more exposed to everything from biking and paddling to fishing, swimming and hiking. Thurs., 7 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle, Free. Registration required. Read more.


Community Communing

Pirate Day at Country Village It’s the annual gathering of patch-wearing, little mateys who will be looking for treasures, playing outdoor games and meeting Captain Scarface and his crew from the Pirates of Treasure Island. Sat., 11 a.m., Bothell, Free. Read more.

Out and About

Pumpkin Hurl  at Bartelheimer Farm There really is no better way to kick off Fall and the harvest season than by watching gorgeous, orange gourds get catapulted high into the sky and then land as a big, gooey, pulpy mess. Talk about family fun for everyone.  Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Snohomish, $5. Read more.

Nature’s Bounty

Salmon Seeson in Redmond The amazing sight of wild adult salmon migrating to their spawning grounds is always a spectacle worth experiencing.  Bonus: Staffers will be on hand to help spot adult coho, sockeye and Chinook salmon and will give tips on how to help these wild species survive.  Sat., 9 a.m. to noon, Redmond, Free. Read more.

-Kavita Varma-White