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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Tacoma Craft Beer Festival – Tacoma, WA – August 29th at Tacoma Dome.
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA – September 5-7, 2015. A music and arts festival in Seattle since 1971. 43rd annual event is held the first weekend in September (Labor Day Weekend). It is located downtown at the Seattle Center.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival – Sept 11-13, 2015. 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.
Spokane County Interstate Fair – Sept 11-20, 2015. Almost 200,000 attended the fair last year. 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.
Washington State Fair – September 11-27, 2015
Rodeo, rides, fine art show, animal exhibits, food, shopping and kids’ games. Concert series includes Keith Urban, Ann & Nancy Wilson, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The Slime Run – Carnation, WA – Sept 12, 2015
Beat the Blerch Marathon – Carnation, WA – Sept 12-13, 2015. 2nd year. 10k, half marathon, and full marathon inspired by a comic about running.
Tough Mudder – Bloack Diamond, WA – Sept 19-20, 2015. An intense, team obstacle course near Seattle. Located at Palmer Coking Coal Company.
Sustainable Ballard Festival – Seattle, WA – September 19, 2015. A free family friendly festival celebrating their 12th 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.
Whidbey Island Kite Festival – Coupeville, WA – September 19-20, 2015. Join in kids’ kitemaking, lessons, kite demonstrations, and Sport Kite Championship events.
Decibel Festival – Seattle, WA – September 23-27, 2015. Seattle’s five day electronic music festival.
Valleyfest – Spokane Valley – Sept 25-27, 2015. 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.
Port Townsend Film Festival – Sept 25-27, 2015. Over 80+ films in eight theatres over three days. Venues are in the walkable National Historic District. Passes available starting at $35.
Italian Festival – Seattle – Sept 26-27, 2015. The 28th annual event to celebrate Italian culture at the Seattle Center. Grape stomp, car show, bocce and Italian food.
Everett Sausage Festival – Everett, WA – October 2-4, 2015. 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.
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.
Fresh Hop Ale Festival – Yakima, WA – October 3, 2015. Festival is located at 7 South 3rd street, Yakima, Washington.
CroatiaFest – Seattle – October 4, 2015. The 12th 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.
Oysterfest – Shelton, WA – October 3-4, 2015. The 34th 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.
Northwest Chocolate Festival – Seattle, WA – October 3-4, 2015. This second annual event held on Saturday and Sunday at Bell Harbor Pier.
Seattle Auto Show – October 8-11, 2015. An international auto show held annually at CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington.
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – Port Angeles, WA – – October 9-11, 2015. 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).
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.
Eatonville Fall Fest – Oct 3, 2015. The 5th 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 3, 2015. Annual event held at Sehmel Homestead Park. Features live entertainment, music, farm animals, hay rides, hay maze, carnival games, food and so much more.
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.
GeekGirlCon – Seattle, WA – October 10-11, 2015. Celebrate your inner geekdom.
Incredible Feast – Seattle, WA – October 11, 2015. 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 11, 2015. Save the date and join in at the Fauntleroy Church, YMCA, and Fauntleroy Schoolhouse for the biggest event of this town’s year.
Eatonville Salmon Festival – October 17, 2015. Family friendly activities at Mill Pond Park hosted by the Nisqually Tribe. Celebrate the spawning salmon in the Mashel River.
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.
Seattle Startup Week – October 19-23, 2015. A free, 5 day entrepreneurship community event.
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.
Short Run Festival – Seattle, WA – October 31, 2015. Experience the Seattle Comix & Arts Festival at the Fisher Pavilion in the Seattle Center.
Hmong New Year Celebration – Seattle – November 7, 2015. A cultural celebration of the Hmong New Year through live performances, visual arts, activities, food, games and a marketplace.
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.
America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show – Puyallup, WA – Nov 7-8, 2015. Over 400 booths at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
Seattle Slack Key Festival – Nov 8, 2015. Features Hawaii Master Musicians at the Town Hall Theater.
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Puyallup, WA – Nov 12-14, 2015
BurlyCon – Seattle, WA – Nov 12-15, 2015. An annual burlesque social and educational convention.
Northwest Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Puyallup, WA – Nov 12-14, 2015. Held at the Washington State Fair pavilion.
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.
Garden d’Lights – Starts Nov 28, 2015. Holiday light show at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
Seattle Marathon – November 29, 2015. An annual run held from the Seattle Center at 5th and Harrison.
Last Year’s Events:
Riverfest – Clarkston – Sept 26-27, 2014
One Sky, One World Kite Fly for Peace – Long Beach, WA – October 12, 2014
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – Seattle, WA – October 2-3, 2015
Freaknight Festival – Seattle, WA – October 31 – November 1, 2014
Georgetown Art Attack – Nov 8, 2014
Quincy Valley Hot Air Ballon Festival – Quincy, WA – September 14-15, 2013
Tacoma Craft Beer Festival – Tacoma, WA – September 7, 2013
Meadowbrook Community Center’s Fall Harvest Festival – Seattle, WA
City Arts Fest – Seattle, WA – Last Year’s Dates: October 18-20, 2012
Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Festival – Elma, WA
Don’t forget to celebrate the nation’s German heritage at Oktoberfest in Washington.
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