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Best of This Weekend in Seattle October 19 – 21

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Films, pumpkins, music, food and gifts, and a final celebration of Seattle Center’s Next Fifty, Seattle is bursting with fun family activities this weekend! Take a look!

Gig Harbor Film Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
October 19, 20 and 21
Galaxy Theatre Uptown
4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
gigharborfilmfestival.org

It’s the 5th annual Gig Harbor Film Festival, including 70 films, including features and shorts, a KidsFest and a 72-Hour film competition with audience awards. Plus special guest, Gig Harbor High School graduate and Hollywood film star Josh Lucas. Details and tickets online.

Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival
Wednesday – Sunday
October 17 – 21
Wednesday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday – 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
800.521.7469
http://www.holidaygiftshows.com

The 30th Year of Fun! 5 BIG DAYS! The Largest Holiday Gift Show! 600 Booths, Arts, Crafts, Unique Gifts and Home Decor, Specialty Food & Gourmet section, cooking demonstrations, plus a visit from Santa and photo opportunities for the kids! Purchase tickets online.

Heineken City Arts Festival
Thursday through Saturday
October 17 – 20
http://www.cityartsfest.com

Over 15 Seattle venues, from The Triple Door to The Crocodile, with a curated collection of music and arts events for 4 days and nights. Wristbands give you access to dozens of concerts, secret arts shows and unexpected experiences. Or if you just want to see a couple shows, you can opt to buy tickets to any individual event. Do it any way you want. The city is yours. Tickets and details online.

Fall Tree Festival
Saturday, October 20
10:00am – 3:00pm
Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org

Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in other activities. Staff arborists will be on hand to answer tree care questions. The kids’ tree climbing is supervised by certified arborists who bring ropes, harnesses and helmets to help kids climb safely. In addition to tree climbing, kids can create leaf art projects and explore Point Defiance Park through a creative scavenger hunt. While in the park, families can help out with a Green Tacoma Day project or watch the Japanese Tree Presentation Ceremony (10:30am near the Pagoda).

Rocking Out: GirlFest 2012
Saturday, October 20
10:00am – 5:00pm
CenturyLink Field Events Center
800 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
http://www.girlscoutsww.org

Live music, rock climbing wall, unicycles and acrobats, dessert-making, skating with the Rat City Roller Girls, making a shark tooth necklace from a shark species you identified, building electronic circuits and so much more! Brought to you by Girl Scouts of Western Washington, it’s a great way to celebrate being a girl! Tickets online.

Zoo Boo
Saturday and Sunday
October 20 and 21
10:00am – 4:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5337
http://www.pdza.org

Put on your best costume and join in for a fun, fall-themed weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Come watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative the PDZA keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns! Festivities are free with zoo admission and everyone in costume will receive a $2 discount off the general zoo admission rate. The popular event features indoor and outdoor activities, as well as treats, camel rides, photos and more.

Auburn Wedding Show
Saturday and Sunday
October 20 and 21
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Emerald Downs
2300 Emerald Downs Drive
Auburn, WA 98001
253.288.7000
http://www.auburnweddingshow.com

Come to a very unique wedding show. Meet vendors, watch a fashion show and find everything you need to plan your perfect wedding. Free admission, free parking and free swag!

Turkfest
Saturday and Sunday
October 20 and 21
11:00am – 6:00pm
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.turkfest.org

Children’s activities, performances, spanning the traditional to the contemporary. Fun, informative seminars and workshops will ignite your curiosity while you enjoy authentic Turkish food, live cooking demonstrations, souvenirs at the Turkish bazaar and Turkish coffee; a truly wonderful weekend for the whole family at Seattle Center.

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo
Saturday and Sunday
October 20 and 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.548.2500
http://www.zoo.org

Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash! One child 12 years and under in costume is admitted FREE with a paid adult. And join Radio Disney for a “Madagascar” event on Saturday, October 20! Activities will include animal face-painting, photo opps, a coloring mural, crazy hair crafts, music, games and more!

Seattle Center Next Fifty Closing Celebration
Sunday, October 21
10:00am – 5:00pm
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com

Join Seattle Center for the final day of their 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Entertainment and activities include a FREE SeattleSymphony in concert at 2:00pm, exhibits, mobile food vendors and more. FREE admission for all!

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