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 – August 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 – Sept 4, 2016
The Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebration 150 Years of History in the Making.
Washington State Fair – September 2-25, 2016
Rodeo, rides, fine art show, animal exhibits, food, shopping and kids’ games.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival – Sept 9-11, 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.
Beat the Blerch Marathon – Carnation, WA – Sept 17-18, 2016. 3rd year. 10k, half marathon, and full marathon inspired by a comic about running.
Whidbey Island Kite Festival – Coupeville, WA – September 17-18,2016. Join in kids’ kitemaking, lessons, kite demonstrations, and Sport Kite Championship events.
Pig Out in the Park – Spokane, WA – Aug 31 – Sept 5, 2016
A six day food and music festival with free admission.
Kittitas County Fair – Ellensburg, WA – Sept 1-5, 2016
A Labor Day weekend fair about 40 minutes north of Yakima.
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA – September 2-4, 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.
Harbor Days – Olympia, WA – Sept 2-4, 2016
Tugboat races and a festival on the waterfront hosted by the Olympia Kiwanis.
Ellensburg Rodeo – Ellensburg, WA – Sept 2-5, 2016
75th anniversary hosted in conjunction with the Kittitas County Fair.
Seafood Festival and Craft Show – Westport, WA – Sept 3, 2016
Bremerton Blackberry Festival – September 3-5, 2016
Live music, car show, fun run and other events on the Louis Mentor Boardwalk.
Chelan County Fair – Cashmere, WA – Sept 8-11, 2016
A county fair and rodeo.
Wheelin’ Walla Walla – Walla Walla, WA – Sept 9-10, 2016
An annual two day classic car and motorcycle event with Friday night BBQ. Held the weekend after Labor Day.
San Gennaro Festival – Seattle – Sept 9-11, 2016
An Italian street fair on S. Angelo St.
Puget Sound Bird Fest – Edmonds – Sept 9-11, 2016
An annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.
Wooden Boat Festival – Sept 9-11, 2016
Live music, drinks/food and 300 boats on land and water.
Spokane County Interstate Fair – Sept 9-18, 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.
Spokefest – Spokane, WA – Sept 11, 2016
Cyclists of every age and ability take part in a ride.
Quilt Show – Walla Walla, WA – Sept 16-18, 2016
A three day vintage quilt show.
Downtown Harvest Festival – Wenatchee, WA – Sept 17, 2016
Formerly called the Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest.
Valleyfest – Spokane Valley – Sept 23-25, 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.
Autumn Leaf Festival – Leavenworth, WA – Sept 23-25, 2016
Celebrate the turning colors of the leaves at one of the oldest festivals in Washington State.
Chinese Lantern Festival – Spokane, WA – Sept 23 – October 30, 2016
Port Townsend Film Festival – Sept 23-25, 2016. Over 80+ films in eight theatres over three days. Venues are in the walkable National Historic District. Passes available starting at $35.
Tough Mudder – Black Diamond, WA – Sept 24-25, 2016. An intense, team obstacle course near Seattle. Located at Palmer Coking Coal Company.
Darkside Festival – Sept 24, 2016
Mountain bike rides, trail runs and a hike at the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.
Italian Festival – Seattle – Sept 24-25, 2016. The 29th annual event to celebrate Italian culture atx the Seattle Center. Grape stomp, car show, bocce and Italian food.
Macefield Music Festival – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
A three day music and arts festivals in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
Riverfest – Clarkston – October 1, 2016
Fife Harvest Festival – Fife, WA – Oct. 1, 2016
The largest community celebration in Fife, with more than 5,000 participants and free admission.
Eatonville Fall Fest – 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.
Penmet Parks Scarecrow Festival – Gig Harbor, Washington – October 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.
Fresh Hop Ale Festival – Yakima, WA – October 1, 2016. Festival is located at 7 South 3rd street, Yakima, Washington.
Salmon Days – October 1-2, 2016
The spawn is on with this fishy festival in Issaquah.
Oysterfest – Shelton, WA – October 1-2, 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.
CroatiaFest – Seattle – October 1-2, 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.
Tacoma Film Festival – October 6-13, 2016
A celebration of independent film in Western Washington’s second largest city.
Tacoma Greek Festival – October 7-9, 2016
Authentic greek cuisine, live dance performances and free admission. 55th annual event.
Everett Sausage Festival – Everett, WA – October 7-9, 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.
Cranberry Harvest Festival – Grayland, WA – October 7-9, 2016
GeekGirlCon – Seattle, WA – October 8-9, 2016. Celebrate your inner geekdom.
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – Port Angeles, WA – – October 7-9, 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).
Eatonville Salmon Festival – October 15, 2016. Family friendly activities at Mill Pond Park hosted by the Nisqually Tribe. Celebrate the spawning salmon in the Mashel River.
Incredible Feast – Seattle, WA – October 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 – October 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.
South Sound Craft Beer Festival – Tacoma – November 5, 2016
Features 30 Washington breweries pouring over 100 craft beers.
Hmong New Year Celebration – Seattle – November 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 – November 5, 2016. Experience the Seattle Comix & Arts Festival at the Fisher Pavilion in the Seattle Center.
America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show – Puyallup, WA – Nov 5-6, 2016. Over 400 booths at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
BurlyCon – Seattle, WA – Nov 10-13, 2016. An annual burlesque social and educational convention.
Seattle Auto Show – November 10-13, 2016. An international auto show held annually at CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington.
Northwest Chocolate Festival – Seattle, WA – Nov 12-13, 2016. This third annual event held on Saturday and Sunday at Bell Harbor Pier.
Seattle Startup Week – November 14-18, 2016. A free, 5 day entrepreneurship community event.
Northwest Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Puyallup, WA – Nov 17-19, 2016. Held at the Washington State Fair pavilion.
Garden d’Lights – Starts Nov 26, 2016. Holiday light show at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
Seattle Marathon – November 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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