It’s the last full weekend of September and time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Luckily, there’s plenty of great autumnal fun to keep you and your kiddos busy this weekend. Consider: a super-fun neighborhood festival, a BIG hands-on event, a party for your pooch, a day at the farm, a family fun run, and a pumpkin festival with more excitement than you can shake a stick at. This week, take the kiddos to see Harold and the Purple Crayon and watch what happens when a curious four-year-old boy launches a magical exploration with his crayon. And if you’re looking for a super-fun Bavarian festival, check out Freemont Oktoberfest (pictured) where the Kids Area will feature face painting, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving, and plenty of (root) beer.


The Bite of Broadview
This annual North Seattle fall festival has a new name and a new focus this year. Enjoy carnival rides, live music and entertainment (including a Caspar Babypants solo show on Saturday at 10:30 am), a Kids Zone, food vendors, a beer and wine garden (for Mom and Dad), and plenty of arts and craft booths. Plus, check out some super-cool hot rods at the classic car show on Saturday. Fri., 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details

Touch-A-Truck Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair
Take your little truckophile to Foster High School for a fun hands-on event with some of Tukwila’s biggest heavy-duty rigs. Sit in the driver’s seat, honk the horn, and kick the monster size tires of some very big trucks. Plenty of free safety and emergency preparedness information will be on-hand from a variety of vendors. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Tukwila/Seattle. 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 one or two mile walk with your canine. Then, enjoy the ultimate pooch party!  Shop for unique dog products, enjoy tasty bites (for you and Fido), check out the animal adoptions, and enjoy lots of children’s activities. Plus, enter your favorite four-legged friend in one of the dog contests — beautiful baby, cutest mutt, savvy senior or pet owner look alike. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. Free admission ($30 to walk; $5 per contest). Registration required for walkers. All ages. Event details


Corn Maze & Farm Fun @ Dr. Maze’s
Head to Dr. Maze’s Farm for lots of family fun. Enjoy hayrides, farm animals, rubber ducky races, and the new honeybee corn maze. Then, shop for botanicals at the farm stand, go on a Farm Tots adventure, or make a fall art project at the craft table. Fri.-Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Redmond. Free admission (prices vary per activity). All ages. Event details

Richard’s Run Bellevue
Run, walk, or jog and help raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Go4theGoal, a non-profit organization that provides supportive services to children with cancer and their families. After the run, enjoy live entertainment, an awards ceremony, food, and lots of family fun. Sat., 7:00 am. Medina. $25 to $55. Registration required. All ages. Event details

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Take the fam to Remlinger Farms for a super-fun fall outing. In addition to a hay maze, two corn mazes, 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 and visit with the farm animals or pick the perfect jack-o-lantern at the U-pick pumpkin field. Eric Ode and funny Farmer Lolly will entertain the little ones at the farm theatre (check the online calendar for dates and times) and there will be plenty of yummy food and apple treats (think pies, turnovers, and caramel apples!) for sale at the farm market. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (through October 30). Carnation. $13 to $15.25 (under 1 free). All ages. Event details

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Patrick Lennox Wright Photography