Whether it’s Oktoberfest, celebrating all things apple, or picking the perfect pumpkin, September is the beginning of fall fun in Puget Sound!
Pumpkins, Pretzels and Pints: An Oktoberfest Celebration
Saturday, September 17
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Dog Mountain Farm
7026 Tolt Highlands Rd NE
Carnation, WA 98014
Come learn the basics of the home brewing process and how to create beer in your own kitchen! Use spices, hops, fruits, and vegetables along with ingredients from your local homebrew store. After baking tasty pretzels to enjoy as we sample some home-brewed beers, learn to craft a malt extract brew complete with a few unique additions from the garden, and take in a short history lesson of hop growing in the Snoqualmie Valley! $30/person or $40/couple. Go to http://www.lostartschool.org to register. The School of the Lost Arts is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to revitalize sustainable living skills in the culinary, agricultural and traditional arts.
Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl and Medieval Faire
Saturday, September 17
10:00am – 4:00pm
Alexander’s Farm on Ebey Island
3419 52nd St SE
Watch pumpkins fly and die! You won’t believe your eyes as record-setter Trebarbaric and other pumpkin hurling machines fling 8lb pumpkins into the sky (some as far as 1800 feet!) in a contest for distance. And a Medieval Fair including a living history village, armored combats, an archery tournament and a sampling of period foods. For your enjoyment this event also features artisan craft and food vendors. $5 admission, $3 parking
Seattle, WA 98103
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 23, 24 and 25
It’s the 15th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Come to the Tasting Garden where you can sample over 90 microbrews, German beers and wine. The Buxom Beer Garden, located inside the Tasting Garden, serves up authentic German beers in 16 oz. glasses or 1-liter souvenir steins. Various lounges and music stages provide guests with non-stop entertainment including the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, Dog Modeling Contest and Buxom Royalty Contest. The Oktoberfest Village features traditional German food booths, a free entertainment stage and a kids’area with Zucchini 500 races, pumpkin carving and Oktoberfest themed arts and crafts.
The weekend also includes a Brew HA-HA of a run, the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, complete with a beer belly division and appropriately ending at the Village Beer Garden. And the Fremont Oktoberfest Street Scramble sends you on a scavenger hunt to find the hidden treasures of the Fremont neighborhood.
Tickets to the tasting garden are $20/person in advance, and $25/person at the door. Check out the website at http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com.
Saturday and Sunday
September 24 and 25
9:00am – 5:00pm
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm
9402 Rich Road SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Saturday, September 24
10:00am – 5:00pm
The Country Store
8815 272nd St. NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
Enjoy a day in the country with Bluegrass music amid the sweet aroma of apples! Sample fresh-picked, crunchy apples and take some home at a great low price. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride out to the Pumpkin Patch from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Kids can pick our their own pumpkins, bob for apples, enjoy the clown and visit the farm animals. Savor apple crisp, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cake, baked apples, apple pie by the slice and the farm’s own famous apple fritters. No admission charges. $2.00 per vehicle parking.
Eighteen working farms and nurseries welcome visitors to meet the farmer and explore where their produce is grown. There will be special offerings for purchase and a drawing to win a farm product at every farm. Pick up Tour Maps and information at The Country Store. Take in educational exhibits featuring Small breed livestock for Small Farms and learn how you too can be a farmer. Take a wagon ride towed by an antique tractor; Shop for handmade arts and crafts from local vendors; enjoy a bite to eat while listening to live music provided by The Bayou Buzz, The Swingnuts Jazz and more.
Start the day with a farm breakfast at the Stanwood Community and Senior Center and round out the day with dinner at one of the area restaurants. Tour maps available at all locations. The Festival and Farm Tour are FREE and FUN for all ages.