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Seattle Fall Event Guide

Published Aug 6, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Make the most of the fall season by going to these awesome, family-friendly events.

School's back in session and you're straight back into your regular, daily routine. But just because the sun stops shinning doesn't mean that the fun has to end! Try to keep things fun and interesting for your kids by participating in these events from September to November. There's lots happening in Seattle this fall to keep the family entertained! From a grilled cheese festival to a Where's Waldo 5K, there's something for everyone in this family-friendly fall guide. 


San Gennaro Festival

Get ready! The San Gennaro Festival of Seattle is bringing you a taste of Italy. Expect Italian food vendors, children activities, and live music performed by Italians! Best of all, admission is free!

When: September 6-8

Where: 1225 S Angelo St.

Children's Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Visit Donnie Chin International Children's park to gaze up at the full moon and try traditional Chinese mooncakes, or enter the mooncake-eating contest. There will also be lots of games and prizes.

When: September 13, 4pm-6pm

Where: Donnie Chin International Children's Park

Green Lake Family Fun and Wellness Fair

Come and celebrate the Green Lake community while promoting health and wellness at this family-friendly event. There will be lots of activities, like yoga and dancing, and face painting, arts and crafts, food and beverages, and vendor tables. 

When: September 14, 10am-4pm

Where: Green Lake Community Center

Grilled Cheese Grand Prix 2019

Yah. That's right. There's an event dedicated to grilled cheese! Come to the South Lake Union Discovery Center to try one grilled cheese after another. Come hungry because you and your family will be noshing the day away.

When: September 14, 11am-5pm

Where: South Lake Union Discovery Center

Seattle Children's Festival

The Seattle Children's Festival is an intergenerational celebration of Pacific Northwest arts, culture, and traditions. Come sing, dance, play, and learn through interactive exhibits, crafts, and hands-on activities at three 'Discovery Zones'. 

When: September 21-22

Where: Seattle Center Armory

Photo Credit: Seattle Children's Festival

Fisherman's Fall Festival

This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the fishing industry and seafood. Participate in hands-on, fish-themed projects like the wooden boat building project. There will also be ample opportunities to eat seafood and listen to live music. 

When: September 21, 11am-6pm

Where: 1900 W Nickerson St.

Bite of Broadview Neighborhood Festival

The Bite of Broadview, or BOB, is a weekend-long event that offers crowd-pleasing family entertainment. With carnival rides, live music, a kids' zone, a car show, and mouth-watering food, there's something fun for everyone. 

When: September 27-29

Where: Christ the King Catholic Church

Photo Credit: The Bite of Broadview

Seattle Children's Book Festival

This is the first ever free Seattle Children's Book Festival, and you're in for a treat! Meet your favourite children's authors and illustrators, purchase signed books, and participate in literacy activities. There will also be opportunities throughout the day to hear authors and illustrators present.

When: September 28, 11am-3pm

Where: Greenwood Elementary School


Water Lantern Festival

The Water Lantern Festival brings families, neighbors, and friends together for a night of celebration. You and your family can decorate a lantern, and then watch it float and shimmer amongst other lanterns on Green Lake. It's a beautiful sight to cherish. 

When: October 12, 4pm-10:30pm

Where: Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse

Photo Credit: Water Lantern Festival


This annual event showcases the diversity and richness of Turkish culture. Come for contemporary performances, textile exhibitions, youth activities, Turkish cuisine, and genuine Turkish product vendors. Dancers, musicians, and artists will be sharing their artistic forms with all attendees. 

When: October 19, 11am-6pm

Where: Seattle Center Armory

West Seattle Monster Dash

Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and run or walk this 5k route in Lincoln Park. There will also be two Little Monster dashes. Stick around after the race for race prizes, costume contests, kids' crafts, and tons of family fun!
When: October 26
Where: Lincoln Park

Where's Waldo 5K

Dress up as your favourite Waldo for this run or walk around Green Lake Park. This is the third annual Where's Waldo 5K, and it's a big hit! The trail is fairly flat, making it a good workout for participants of all ages. 

When: October 26
Where: Green Lake Park

The StoryBook Theatre Presents The Beauty and the Beast

The StoryBook Theatre's musical The Beauty and the Beast is running from the end of October through to mid-December at various locations in the greater Seattle area. The musical is an hour long and is recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years old. You and the kids will be singing along to all of the catchy songs!

When: October 26 - December 21

Where: Various venues 

Harvest Fest

Calling all costumed kids, adults, and pets! This year's Harvest Fest is going to be a big hit! California Ave will be closed off for all of the festivities, which include a chili cook-off, music, a costume parade, a hot chocolate and cider garden, games, crafts, and a kids pumpkin pie eating contest.

When: October 27, 10am-2pm

Where: California Ave, in front of West Seattle Junction


Disney on Ice: "Mickey's Search Party"

Mickey's Search Party is an all-out magical celebration on ice. Help Mickey and his friends search for Tinker Bell as they try to navigate Captain Hook's treasure map. You'll meet characters from a number of Disney's most beloved worlds such as Elsa, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Moana, and more! 

When: October 30-November 4

Where: accesso ShoWare Center, Kent

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Get into the Christmas spirit early and book tickets to see the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Paramount Theatre. You'll be dazzled by the world class dancers, detailed costumes, beautiful puppets, and stunning sets. 

When: November 7 & 8

Where: The Paramount Theatre

Tacky Turkey Sweater 5K

Grab that sweater that grandma knitted you that's a the back of your closet, and come and shed a few calories in preparation for your Thanksgiving feast by running around Green Lake. The Tacky Turkey Sweater 5K is suitable for all ages and is a lot of fun!

When: November 24

Where: Green Lake Park

Seattle Kids Marathon

This noncompetitive run is designed for kids in kindergarten to grade 8 to complete an entire marathon (that's right, the whole 26.2 miles) at a rate that is fun and safe. The route takes participants around the Seattle Center and the Space Needle, and they will finish the marathon at Memorial Stadium. Remember to start training early!

When: November 30

Where: The Seattle Center

Photo Credit: Seattle Marathon

Looking for more events in Seattle? Check out ChatterBlock's complete Events directory that lists all the best kid-friendly events in the area. 

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