We’re wrapping up the end of September with a weekend jam-packed with family fun. On our radar: two lively fall festivals, an event for little bookworms and a season opener with plenty of pumpkin-themed excitement. If you’re looking for fall clothing or gear, be sure to hit the always-popular Jack & Jill Fall & Winter Consignment Sale. And don’t forget to take advantage of National Public Lands Day and visit a Washington state park for free. Scroll down to learn more.

photo: Lindsay Engler


Bite of Broadview
This annual fall festival will have a little something for everyone. Kids will love the fantastic Kids Zone with carnival rides, live music and entertainment, dad will love the car show and everyone will love the food vendors, craft booths and marketplace vendors. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Seattle Children’s Book Festival
Calling all bookworms! The first ever Seattle Children’s Book Festival will feature 49 award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators under one roof. Meet your fave authors and illustrators, purchase signed copies of their books, participate in hands-on literacy activities and crafts and listen to author and illustrator presentations throughout the day. Sat. Event details.

Festa Italiana Seattle
This annual family festival returns with pizza tossing contests, yummy food (think: pizza, pasta, Italian sausage, gelato), celebrity chef demonstrations, Sicilian puppetry, kids’ activities, live music, a grape stomp and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Japan Week at Bellevue College
Experience Japan’s rich culture and history during the opening Saturday of Japan Week. Enjoy a full day of games, music, workshops and activities, plus play with traditional Japanese toys, shop the Flea Market filled with authentic Japanese gifts, learn the Code of Samurai “Bushido,” show off your karaoke talents and participate in the cosplay contest. Sat. Event details.


Camlann Medieval Village Michelmasse Festival
At this lively festival take in a host of craft demonstrations like blacksmithing, candle making and pottery, get hands-on lessons in archery, swordplay and medieval dancing and enjoy cider pressing demonstrations, puppetry, music and authentic food. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival Opening Weekend
Nothing screams fall fun more than a trip to Remlinger Farms. In addition to hay and corn mazes and pony, steam train and tractor rides, there will be plenty of mini-carnival rides, live entertainment, yummy food and jack-o-lanterns galore in the U-pick pumpkin patch. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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