With the fall festival season in full swing, it’s a great weekend to take in all the excitement. On our radar: an annual Greek extravaganza, a day for junior firefighters, a phenomenal festival for kids, a fair with old-time activities, a family night with magical entertainment and a classic tale told with Bunraku puppets. If you’re looking for a family-friendly Oktoberfest festival, be sure to check out Oktoberfest Northwest. This German festival will feature fab food, lively entertainment and the annual wiener dog races, plus a Family Fest Zone with arts and crafts, a (root) beer garden, pumpkin decorating and games.

Folklife 2014 - Friday

photo: Christopher Nelson 


Saint Demetrios Greek Festival
This annual festival (now in its 55th year) will feature everything and anything Greek. Enjoy Greek food and folk dancing, take a tour of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, shop for Greek items and delicacies and enjoy lots of family-friendly activities. Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun.,noon.-7 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fire Day at MOHAI
Your lil’ firefighters will love everything about this annual event at MOHAI. Co-presented with the Seattle Fire Department, activities will include trying on firefighter gear, learning fire safety tips, exploring antique and present day fire engines, participating in hands-on activities and crafts and enjoying fire truck artifacts and giveaways Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Seattle. Free (regular admission rates apply for access to upper galleries). All ages. Event details.

Second Annual Seattle Children’s Festival (pictured)
If your family loves the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, then you don’t want to miss the Second Annual Seattle Children’s Festival. Celebrate “Our Big Neighborhood” with a day full of hands-on activities, interactive workshops and well-loved kindie rockers, plus demonstrations, food and games. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Kelsey Creek Farm Fair
This annual family fair will feature a variety of old-fashioned activities as well as pony rides, live entertainment, farm animals, pumpkin decorating, tractor-pulled hayrides, inflatables, food and much more. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bellevue. Free admission (costs vary for activities and food). All ages. Event details.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Bunraku puppets of all sizes tell this classic Medieval English tale. See what happens when Jack Spriggins trades his family’s cow for five colored beans and encounters a golden hen, magic singing harp, green fairy and the Fee-fi-fo-fum Giant. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. (also Oct. 17-18 and 24-25). Bellevue. $10/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Looking for a fun family event? This month’s family night at Crossroads will feature game time, free popcorn and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids, plus Alex Zerbe’s mind-blowing magic, physical comedy and amazing juggling. Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Are you going to hit any of these fun events this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy