It’s the first weekend of fall, families and the last weekend to catch the rides, animals and foods you can’t get enough of at the Washington State Fair. It’s also time to take advantage of outdoor activities your kids love like apple picking, salmon watching and hiking before the rain settles in. You’ll find plenty of all three around Seattle this weekend. We’re also looking forward to: festivals for lords, ladies and little pizza lovers plus a whole lot more. Here’s where to find the fun this weekend!

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Friday Movies in the Park
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an outdoor movie. Bring the kids to Burien Town Square Park to watch Coco on the lawn. Chairs, blankets and warm clothes are recommended to enjoy the movies in comfort. The show starts at dusk (around 8 p.m.) cancelled if rain is falling or forecasted one hour before the event. Psst… this event is a prelude to Burien’s B-Town Fiesta on Saturday. Fri. Event details.

Free Parks Day
If ever there was a weekend to take the kids forest bathing, this is it. Both Washington State Parks and Washington’s National Parks are offering free park entrance. That’s right, no passes needed to enjoy all the amenities found in either. Waterfall hikes? You can find plenty. Family-friendly hikes in Mt. Rainier? It’s the weekend to get it done. Or check out a new-to-you National Park for a change of scenery. Sat. 

Festa Italiana Seattle
Seattle’s Annual Festa Italiana is back this year. And it’s in-person too. Festa Italiana is an all-volunteer community organization that produces an annual series of events the last week of September, culminating in a free Italian Festival. Since 1988, Festa Italiana has been celebrating the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest by promoting the arts, the food and the culture that are uniquely Italian. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Michaelmasse Festival
Lords and Ladies of all ages will enjoy this festival in Carnation. Go back in time to experience Chaucer’s England with demonstrations, performances and food that’ll make you think you’re in a village circa 1376. After the celebration, stay for the feast. Tickets required. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Tour the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Tours at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery are back! Bring the kids on this guided tour that’s a great opportunity to learn about and see the salmon this season. Schedule a tour online to grab your spot. Guided tours are $5 per person. Tickets required. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Go on a Guided Nature Walk
Explore Shadow Lake Nature preserve and learn about different natural aspects of the area, including birds, edible plants and more. Hikes take place in rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Registration is required for this event. Fri. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe

Looking for more things to do? Check out our full events calendar and summer bucket list for ideas.