Happy fall, y’all. The first day of Autumn sure came quick this year. And while we’ll certainly miss the sunshine and warm beach days, we can’t wait for all of the pumpkin spiced delights, apple ciders, and leaf crunching on the horizon.
Here are five big fall fests to help kick the season off.
🍁 Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival | Weekends Sat., Sept. 24-Sun., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Remlinger Farms, 32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation | $27+ | Go big or go home, you know? This festival includes kid rollercoasters, pony rides, a corn maze, u-pick pumpkin fields, pumpkin spice mini donuts, street food, and way more.
🍁 The Harvest at Skagit Acres | Weekends in October | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Skagit Acres, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd., Mount Vernon | Free | Grab a pumpkin for carving and then check out the petting zoo, apple slingshot, sunflower field, or vintage market.
🍁 Oxtober | Sat., Oct. 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, 10819 Carnation Duval Rd. NE, Carnation | Free | This family-friendly festival includes a fall scavenger hunt, hay rides, conservation tours, live music, and jam/chutney making demonstrations — registration is required.
🍻 Leavenworth Oktoberfest | Friday + Saturdays Fri., Sept. 30-Sat., Oct. 15 | Hours vary | Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee | $10+ | The festival’s 24th year comes with a new venue, a menu of entirely imported German beer, live entertainment, keg tapping ceremonies, and more. Pro tip: ICYMI, the City of Leavenworth is hosting its own Oktoberfest this year after a hiatus with a kid-friendly Kinderplatz + root beer garden.
🍻 Kirkland Oktoberfest | Fri., Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25 | Hours vary | Marina Park, Kirkland | $15+ | Kick it a little closer to home with imported beers, live music, wiener dog races, brats, the Parade of the Sausage Queen, and an attempt at the Bavarian handshake world record.