Fall Washington Festivals in 2016
As you can see from the list, there are a ton of fall festivals in Seattle, WA to look forward to in September and October 2016. Celebrate local culture, foods and music in Washington State at one of these events. They offer plenty of things to do to enjoy autumn in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sustainable Ballard Festival - Seattle, WA - Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2016
A free family friendly festival celebrating their 13th anniversary. They feature live music, cooking demonstrations, 75 vendors, a bike and pet parade, and lots of kids games and fun. They are big on recycling and feature workshops and demonstrations. Location: Ballard Commons Park, downtown Ballard near 22nd & NW 57th.
Frontier Days - Walla Walla, WA - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2016
The Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebration 150 Years of History in the Making.
Pig Out in the Park - Spokane, WA - Aug 31 to Sep 5, 2016
A six day food and music festival with free admission.
Kittitas County Fair - Ellensburg, WA - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2016
A Labor Day weekend fair about 40 minutes north of Yakima.
Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
A music and arts festival in Seattle since 1971. 44th annual event is held the first weekend in September (Labor Day Weekend). It is located downtown at the Seattle Center.
Ellensburg Rodeo - Ellensburg, WA - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
75th anniversary hosted in conjunction with the Kittitas County Fair.
Harbor Days - Olympia, WA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
Tugboat races and a festival on the waterfront hosted by the Olympia Kiwanis.
Washington State Fair - Puyallup, WA - Sep 2 to Sep 25, 2016
Rodeo, rides, fine art show, animal exhibits, food, shopping and kids’ games.
Bremerton Blackberry Festival - Bremerton, WA - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2016
Live music, car show, fun run and other events on the Louis Mentor Boardwalk.
Seafood Festival and Craft Show - Westport, WA - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
Chelan County Fair - Cashmere, WA - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
A county fair and rodeo.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival - Mukilteo, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Food, fun and a firework show. Parade down Harbour Point Blvd, 50 juried artist booths, live music and dance groups. Admission is free. Activities are at Lighthouse Park.
Puget Sound Bird Fest - Edmonds, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
An annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.
San Gennaro Festival - Seattle, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
An Italian street fair on S. Angelo St.
Spokane County Interstate Fair - Spokane, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 18, 2016
Rodeo, carnival & rides, fair food, live music, demolition derby and more. Advance adult admission is $7, kids/seniors are $5. At the gate, adults are $10, seniors and kids ages 7-13 are $7.
Wheelin’ Walla Walla - Walla Walla, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
An annual two day classic car and motorcycle event with Friday night BBQ. Held the weekend after Labor Day.
Wooden Boat Festival - Port Townsend, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Live music, drinks/food and 300 boats on land and water.
Quincy Valley Balloon Festival and Pyrotechnics Experience - Quincy, WA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Live music including local rock bands and oompah music. Award winning German style beers from Chuckanut served.
Trucktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Pairing the best food truck grub with the best breweries from around the world.
Spokefest - Spokane, WA - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016
Cyclists of every age and ability take part in a ride.
Quilt Show - Walla Walla, WA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
A three day vintage quilt show.
Beat the Blerch Marathon - Carnation, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
3rd year. 10k, half marathon, and full marathon inspired by a comic about running.
Downtown Harvest Festival - Wenatchee, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Formerly called the Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest.
Whidbey Island Kite Festival - Coupeville, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Join in kids’ kitemaking, lessons, kite demonstrations, and Sport Kite Championship events.
Downtown Harvest Fest - Wenatchee, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Ballard Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lucky Envelope & Populuxe are hosting a progressive Oktoberfest on September 17th. Each brewery will offer commemorative steins, German-style brews and an oompah band will lead revelers to each location.
Kitsap Oktoberfest - Bremerton, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
The Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill will host the Kitsap Oktoberfest to benefit the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund. German food, live music, games and beer from Silver City Brewery.
Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington - Seattle, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Enjoy the real beer tent atmosphere at this authentic Western Washington Oktoberfest! Wear your Dirndl or Lederhosen and dance the night away with Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler. This year’s feast will be Bratwurst and Leberkäse, together with potato salad, sauerkraut, and other items.
Autumn Leaf Festival - Leavenworth, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Celebrate the turning colors of the leaves at one of the oldest festivals in Washington State.
Chinese Lantern Festival - Spokane, WA - Sep 23 to Oct 30, 2016
Port Townsend Film Festival - Port Townsend, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Over 80+ films in eight theatres over three days. Venues are in the walkable National Historic District. Passes available starting at $35.
Valleyfest - Spokane Valley, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Festival with parade, car show, fishing at the falls, pancake breakfast, run for a cause, live music and more. Located at Mirabeau Point Park CenterPlace Regional Event Center.
Fremont Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
20th annual event in 2016! The popular Seattle Oktoberfest with seasonal microbrews and German steins in the beer garden, live music, Texas Chainsaw pumpkin carving contest, 5K, Buxom Royalty costume contest. Kids area on Saturday and Sunday with zucchini racing and pumpkin carving. Dogtoberfest on Sunday. Location: Fremont neighborhood, Seattle
Kirkland Oktoberfest - Kirkland, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Both local craft beers and German imports in the biergarden, brats, multiple entertainment stages with live music, wiener dog races (typically Sunday), and costume contest on the Kirkland waterfront. Games include foosball, stein hoisting, keg rolling, beer pong and corn hole. Homebrew competition takes place before event with award ceremony at the festival. Located just over the bridge from Seattle near Redmund. Must be 21+ to enter. This event benefits several nonprofits, including Kirkland Off-Leash Group, Imagine Housing, Sibling House and Eastside Timebank. Location: Marine Park Pavilion, 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland, WA 98033
Darkside Festival - Wenatchee, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Mountain bike rides, trail runs and a hike at the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.
Italian Festival - Seattle, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
The 29th annual event to celebrate Italian culture atx the Seattle Center. Grape stomp, car show, bocce and Italian food.
Tough Mudder - Black Diamond, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
An intense, team obstacle course near Seattle. Located at Palmer Coking Coal Company.
Eagle’s Oktoberfest - Eatonville, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Macefield Music Festival - Seattle, WA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
A three day music and arts festivals in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest - Leavenworth, WA - Sep 30 to Oct 15, 2016
Leavenworth, located two hours east of Seattle, celebrates Oktoberfest for three weekends in October. Started in 1998, it is now attended by more than 10,000 people annually. Four venues of activities for families to enjoy. Keg tapping ceremony every Saturday at 1 PM. The Leavenworth Marathon is held on one of the Oktoberfest weekends. Live music, beer and German food, of course. There are free shuttles within Leavenworth and shuttles outside the city available for a fee. Location: Front and Tenth St, Leavenworth WA
Riverfest of the Lewis Clark Valley - Clarkston, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Live music, entertainment, cycling, games, demonstrations and more at Granite Lake Park.
CroatiaFest - Seattle, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
The 13th annual event held at the Seattle Center Armory. A celebration of Croatian heritage and culture. Music and dance performances, authentic food booths, cooking demonstrations, marketplace and more.
Eatonville Fall Fest - Eatonville, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The 6th annual event at the Eatonville High School Commons. Bring a non-perishable food item, eyeglasses or medical supplies to donate.
Fife Harvest Festival - Fife, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The largest community celebration in Fife, with more than 5,000 participants and free admission.
Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Yakima, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Festival is located at 7 South 3rd street, Yakima, Washington.
Oysterfest - Shelton, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
The 35th annual event with West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship & Washington State Seafood Festival. Food pavilion, live music, microbrews and more on the first weekend in October.
Penmet Parks Scarecrow Festival - Gig Harbor, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Annual event held at Sehmel Homestead Park. Features live entertainment, music, farm animals, hay rides, hay maze, carnival games, food and so much more.
Riverfest - Clarkston, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Salmon Days - Issaquah, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
The spawn is on with this fishy festival in Issaquah.
Old Apple Tree Festival - Vancouver, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival - Sequim, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Activities located at Sequim Museum & Arts Center, Sequim Open Aire Market, and the Dungeness Schoolhouse.
Birdfest and Bluegrass - Ridgefield, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Celebrate the coming of fall with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and their staff. Features live bird show, parade, family activities, storytelling and so much more.
Rhein Haus OktoberFEAST - Seattle, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest - Old Ballard, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Trout Lake Community Foundation Oktoberfest - Trout Lake, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fourth annual event in downtown Trout Lake. Enjoy local microbrews, apple cider and other treats.
Northwood Oktoberfest - Battle Ground, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Tacoma Film Festival - Tacoma, WA - Oct 6 to Oct 13, 2016
A celebration of independent film in Western Washington’s second largest city.
Cranberry Harvest Festival - Grayland, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival - Port Angeles, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Enjoy the foods of the Olympic Peninsula with a Friday night community crab feed. Grab-a-crab tank derby, 5-K fun run/walk, and Crab Revival (breakfast with gospel music).
Everett Sausage Festival - Everett, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Bavarian themed fair on the first weekend in October. 39th annual event. Carnival, food booths and Bavarian Beer Garden. Supports Catholic Education at Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.
Tacoma Greek Festival - Tacoma, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Authentic greek cuisine, live dance performances and free admission. 55th annual event.
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA - Oct 7 to Nov 11, 2016
Over 50 concerts and events in venues all around the city.
Bier on the Pier - Anacortes, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Beer from 30 Breweries served as well as food and live music. Costume contest on both Friday and Saturday. 21+ only.
Oktoberfest Northwest - Puyallup, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
The 12th Annual Washington Oktoberfest will have beer, brats and authentic entertainment. There’s entertainment planned from noon to almost midnight. Manuela Horn, the Queen of Oktoberfest and participant in the 2009 season of America’s Got Talent, will headline the event. It’s also the home of the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions in the northwest. The Hammerschlagen is one of the most addictive bar games ever and has been happening at this German festival since 2005. Contestants try to drive a nail into wood faster than their opponents. Brett Roberts has won for the past three years! Entry to the Hammerschlagen is free but first come, first served. Great prizes to the top three contestants. Other events include the 5K, wiener dog races, stein holding, corn hole toss, beer pong, chicken dance and Kinderhaus/Family Fest Zone. Kids are welcome to try their own version of the Hammerschlagen with supervision. Shop for souvenirs at the German Corner. This is an all ages event until 7 PM and 21+ only after 7 PM every evening. As an indoor event, it happens rain or shine. The opening ceremony takes place at 8 PM on Friday night in the Festhalle Main Stage with the tapping of the Firkin. Cost: Admission is free from noon to 3 PM on Friday. The cost is $12 for Friday after 3 PM and Saturday. Sunday is half price ($6) thanks to the sponsorship of the News Tribune. Free parking in the blue lot (enter through the blue and gold gates).
Everett Sausage Festival - Everett, WA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
40th annual family oriented weekend fair with a Bavarian theme. Bavarian dinner, children’s games, family entertainment, carnival and beer garden. Location: Perpetual Help Grounds, 2619 Cedar St., Everett, WA, 98201
GeekGirlCon - Seattle, WA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Celebrate your inner geekdom.
Cranberrian Fair - Ilwaco, WA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Hosted during the cranberry harvest on the second weekend in October. Bog tours, crafts, food and music to celebrate the harvest. Admission to the events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is covered by purchase of a $5 collectible button. The Cranberry Museum is free. The Cranberry Trolley transports visitors between the two locations.
West Seattle Rotary Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
German & local beer, authentic German food, and Oompah band. Net proceeds support the Rotary Club of West Seattle charitable projects.
Junk Bonanza - Ridgefield, WA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
CouvFest NW - Vancouver, WA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Eatonville Salmon Festival - Eatonville, WA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Family friendly activities at Mill Pond Park hosted by the Nisqually Tribe. Celebrate the spawning salmon in the Mashel River.
Oktoberfest - Bellingham, WA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
6pm-10pm. A celebration of brews and bratwurst for a good cause! Local breweries and food vendors will be serving up their Oktoberfest specials,- you don’t want to miss out!
Incredible Feast - Seattle, WA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2016
A benefit for the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Market. 24 chefs are paired with farmers to create tasting samples for guests.
Fauntleroy Fall Festival - Seattle, WA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2016
Save the date and join in at the Fauntleroy Church, YMCA, and Fauntleroy Schoolhouse for the biggest event of this town’s year.
Enumclaw Brew Fest - Enumclaw, WA - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
festival featuring live music, delicious food, game tournaments, beer pong, corn hole & washers. Local brewers. Tickets for admission are $10 which includes 2 brewlicious tastes. Additional tastes are $1. Sessions are 3.5 hours. Free parking. Location: Enumclaw Expo Center, 45524 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA
Freak Night Festival - Tacoma, WA - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
Plattdeutsche Vereen Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show - Puyallup, WA - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2016
Over 400 booths at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
Hmong New Year Celebration - Seattle, WA - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
A cultural celebration of the Hmong New Year through live performances, visual arts, activities, food, games and a marketplace.
Short Run Festival - Seattle, WA - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Experience the Seattle Comix & Arts Festival at the Fisher Pavilion in the Seattle Center.
South Sound Craft Beer Festival - Tacoma, WA - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Features 30 Washington breweries pouring over 100 craft beers.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
BurlyCon - Seattle, WA - Nov 10 to Nov 13, 2016
An annual burlesque social and educational convention.
Seattle Auto Show - Seattle, WA - Nov 10 to Nov 13, 2016
An international auto show held annually at CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington.
Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show - Seattle, WA - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016
Northwest Chocolate Festival - Seattle, WA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
This third annual event held on Saturday and Sunday at Bell Harbor Pier.
Great Train Show - Puyallup, WA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
Seattle Slack Key Festival - Seattle, WA - Nov 13 to Nov 13, 2016
Features Hawaii Master Musicians at the Town Hall Theater.
Seattle Startup Week - Seattle, WA - Nov 14 to Nov 18, 2016
A free, 5 day entrepreneurship community event.
Northwest Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival - Puyallup, WA - Nov 17 to Nov 19, 2016
Held at the Washington State Fair pavilion.
Garden d’Lights - Bellevue, WA - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2016
Holiday light show at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
Seattle Marathon - Seattle, WA - Nov 27 to Nov 27, 2016
An annual run held from the Seattle Center at 5th and Harrison.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Tacoma Craft Beer Festival – Tacoma, WA – August 29th at Tacoma Dome.
The Slime Run – Carnation, WA – Sept 12, 2015
Decibel Festival – Seattle, WA – September 23-27, 2015. Seattle’s five day electronic music festival.
Quincy Valley Hot Air Ballon Festival – Quincy, WA – September 12-13, 2015
Couvfest – Sept 19-20, 2015
Old Apple Tree Festival – October 3, 2015
Town Toyota Wings and Wheels Festival – October 1-4, 2015
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – Seattle, WA – October 2-3, 2015
North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival – Sequim, WA – October 2-4, 2015. Activities located at Sequim Museum & Arts Center, Sequim Open Aire Market, and the Dungeness Schoolhouse.
Cranberrian Fair – Ilwaco – October 10-11, 2015. Hosted during the cranberry harvest on the second weekend in October. Bog tours, crafts, food and music to celebrate the harvest. Admission to the events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is covered by purchase of a $5 collectible button. The Cranberry Museum is free. The Cranberry Trolley transports visitors between the two locations.
Birdfest and Bluegrass – Ridgefield, WA – October 3-4, 2015. Celebrate the coming of fall with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and their staff. Features live bird show, parade, family activities, storytelling and so much more.
Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA – Oct 9 – Nov 14, 2015. Over 50 concerts and events in venues all around the city.
Seattle Super – October 17, 2015. An 8+ mile / 20+ obstacle team race. Located at Meadow Wood Ranch, 18601 Sky Meadows Lane, Snohomish, WA.
TurkFest – Seattle – October 17-18, 2015. A cultural festival celebrating Turkish heritage with coffee, marketplace, live music, art, performances, activities, good and games.
Enumclaw Brew Fest– Enumclaw, WA – October 23-24, 2015. Exciting festival featuring live music, delicious food, game tournaments, beer pong, corn hole & washers. Local brewers. Tickets for admission are $10 which includes 2 brewlicious tastes. Additional tastes are $1. Sessions are 3.5 hours. Free parking. Location: Enumclaw Expo Center, 45524 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA
KiSCon 2015 – Seattle, WA – Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015. A celebration and fan fest of all things Star Trek. One of the largest Trek conventions in the country. Help celebrate 50 years of Star Trek.
One Sky, One World Kite Fly for Peace – Long Beach, WA – October 11, 2015
Meadowbrook Community Center’s Fall Harvest Festival – Seattle, WA – Oct 2, 2015
Freaknight Festival – Seattle, WA – October 31, 2015
Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Festival – Elma, WA – Oct 9-11, 2015
Veterans Day Parade – Auburn, WA – Nov 7, 2015. The 50th anniversary parade and one of the largest parades in the United States. Located at Auburn Main Street.
Seattle Slack Key Festival – Nov 8, 2015. Features Hawaii Master Musicians at the Town Hall Theater.
Best of the Northwest Fall Art and Fine Craft Show – Seattle, WA – Nov 13-15, 2015. See over 110 different artists for demonstrations and handiworks. Held at Northwest Art Alliance, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 102N, Seattle, WA.
Great Train Show – Puyallup, WA – Nov 14-15, 2015. Trains and workshops of all kinds. Join them at the Washington State Fair Events Center.
Don’t forget to celebrate the nation’s German heritage at Oktoberfest in Washington.
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