This weekend, there’s plenty of autumnal excitement to keep you and your crew happy and entertained. Consider: a popular fall festival in Carnation, a mouthwatering cultural extravaganza, an event with cute and cuddly marine mammals, a harvest celebration in the Valley, a festival with loads of pumpkin-themed excitement and a highly entertaining puppet show. If that’s not enough excitement, catch an electrifying circus experience as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns with Built to Amaze (pictured). Or score some great deals on fall clothing and gear at the semi-annual PNPC Sale or always-popular Jack & Jill Consignment Sale.

Ringling Bros. built to amaze

photo: Feld Entertainment


The Bite of Broadview
This annual fall festival will have a little something for everyone. Kids will love the carnival rides, fab Kids Zone and live music and entertainment (including an appearance by The Reptile King) and everyone will love the food vendors, craft booths, car show and rummage sale. Fri., 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Italian Festival
This annual family festival returns with pizza tossing contests, delish food (think pizza, pasta, Italian sausage and gelato!), celebrity chef demonstrations, Sicilian puppetry by the Carter Family Marionettes, kids’ activities, live music, grape stomp and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend
Take the fam to the Seattle Aquarium to explore the lives of sea otters with the Aquarium’s biologists. See how the biologists care for these enchanting animals, including providing great nutrition, training and even toys, listen to stories, play sea otter-themed games and watch sea otter feeding demonstrations. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.


Sammamish Valley Fall Harvest Celebration
Kick off fall with a visit to the beautiful Sammamish Valley where you will find farm tours and activities, hay rides, pumpkins, farm animals and other fall harvest bounty including fresh-pressed apple cider. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sammamish Valley. Activity costs vary. All ages. Event details.

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival Opening Weekend
Nothing screams fall fun more than a trip to Remlinger Farms. In addition to hay and corn mazes, pony rides, an old-fashioned 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 fields. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (weekends through Oct. 31). Carnation. $15.75 (under 1 Free). All ages. Event details.

Pizza and Puppet Show
Join Portland puppeteer Penny Walter for an evening presentation of her musical puppet show, “Gourdenia’s Harvest Festival.” This interactive show will include plenty of songs, laughter and silliness. Plus, meet Gourdenia, the master of ceremonies, roll with laughter with Punky the Pumpkin and hear silly jokes from the Corn Sisters. Sat., 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Bellevue. $8 to $13 ($3 for pizza and lemonade). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy