This weekend, we’re ushering in fall with a healthy dose of family fun. For starters, we have an awesome Bavarian festival in Freemont, a fundraiser and party for Fido, and a bug-tastic event at the Burke. We also have salmon tours at the Issaquah Hatchery, a family day inspired by Nickelodeon, and a competitive skateboarding competition and fundraiser. If you’re looking for a fun fall activity for the Littles, head over to the Seattle Children’s Museum for a First Day of Fall Celebration. In addition to the Museum’s fab exhibits, daily programming will focus on the best things about fall – apples, leaves, trees, and more!

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Fremont Oktoberfest
Looking for a family-friendly Bavarian festival? The Village at Fremont’s Oktoberfest will feature food vendors, Texas chainsaw pumpkin carving, and a beer garden plus a Kids’ Area with Zucchini 500 races, pumpkin carving, painting, and plenty of (root) beer. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate all things dog at this annual fundraiser for the Seattle Humane Society. Start your morning off with an easy walk followed by the ultimate pooch party. Shop for unique dog products, enjoy tasty bites (for you and Fido), check out the adoptable pets and enter your four-legged friend in one of the dog contests. Sun., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (festival starts at 11:00 am). Seattle. Free admission ($30 to walk; $10 per contest). Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Bug Blast (pictured)
Get your “bug” on at this annual event. Examine bugs from the Burke’s collections, try some buggy snacks, touch live bugs (if you dare!), learn about bug-eating plants, and make some buggy crafts. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $7.50 to $10 (under 5 free). All ages. Event details.


Salmon SEEson in Issaquah
Take the family to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to see the salmon return and to take a guided tour with a trained docent from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH). Sat.-Sun. (through November 10). 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mercer Island Day of Play
Turn off the boob tube and get outside with the kiddos to play. In honor of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Mercer Island will be hosting tons of family-friendly activities at Mercerdale Park. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure
This first annual event and fundraiser for ALD will include an all ages skateboard competition, special appearances by X Games star Mitchie Brusco, a pro skater showcase, prizes, giveaways, and a barbecue. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bellevue. $15 to participate. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Lora Shinn/Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture