The first day of fall is this Friday, September 23. Suddenly, our minds think of pumpkins, cider, changing leaves and harvest. Here are some great activities around the Sound where you can take the family to enjoy the first celebrations of fall.

Apple Festival
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

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Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am – 3:00pm
Skagit River Park
1100 S. Skagit Street
Burlington, WA 98233

Picture this… A medieval type machines hurling pumpkins through the air, zucchini car races, pumpkin painting contest, bouncy house, pie eating contest, and lots of kids activities, all for FREE!

Autumn Leaf Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 23, 24 and 25
Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Since 1964, the longest running festival in Leavenworth. Music, food, kids’ activities, pumpkin pie eating contest, Grand Parade, artists and entertainment for the whole family.

Harvest Jubilee
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.

Key Peninsula Harvest Fest & Farm Tour
Saturday, October 1
Longbranch, WA

Farms paired with FREE kid’s activities, farm stands, chef demos, wine tastings, pumpkin patches, farm animals, corn mazes, a fiber arts show, historical exhibits and other educational events. Participating Farms: Blue Willow Lavender Farm, The Bee Lady & Barefoot Boys Garden, Bea’s Flowers, Creviston Valley Farms, Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch, Trillium Creek Winery
and Fiber Arts Show: Threads Through Time.

DuPont’s Fall Festival and Hudson Bay Day
Saturday and Sunday
September 24 and 25
11:00am – 3:00pm Saturday
11:30am – 4:00pm Sunday
DuPont’s Clock Tower Park
1408 Palisade Boulevard
DuPont, WA 98327

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Celebrate the official start of Autumn by joining the fun and festivities of the DuPont Fall Festival. This free two day event is jam-packed with games, contests, and historic displays that will entertain and educate guests about the local history and culture. On Saturday, enjoy a Fall Festival with poony rides, a magic show, and arts and crafts will be on hand for kids. Adults and teens can test their creative skills during the scarecrow building contest and pumpkin carving contest. Schilter Family Farm will be on site selling natural fall yard decor. Live music and food vendors will also be available.

On Sunday, you’re invited to Hudson Bay Day at the 1843 Fort Nisqually site in DuPont. Walk the historic grounds and learn what brought the Hudson Bay Company to establish Fort Nisqually. Activities include an ‘archeology dig’ for kids, guided tours by historian Drew Crooks, live old-time music, antique gun display, historic re-enactors in costume, Ezra Meeker’s Hop Wagon, wood-carving demonstrations, needlecrafts, butter making demonstrations, and so much more.

Duvall Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 24
10:00am – 4:00pm
Dougherty Farmstead
26520 Cherry Valley Road
Duvall, WA 98019

Learn how the pioneers lived and worked. Watch a blacksmith at work and a field being plowed the old fashioned way with mules. Look at antique tractors. Shell some corn, make cider, braid rope, churn butter, and wash clothes the old-fashioned way.

Antique quilts will be on display in the Dougherty House, a well preserved example of a late 19th century farmhouse. It was built one year prior to Washington’s statehood and once served as a territorial post office. Guided tours include the farmhouse, a restored logging bunk house, milk house, and old tool display. A pioneer cemetery is also located on this site.

Apple Squeeze
Sunday, October 2
10:00am – 4:00pm
Downtown Steilacoom
Steilacoom, WA 98338

Come to the 38th annual Apple Squeeze! There will be a street fair with quality hand crafts, music all day, and activities for young children. Watch the apples being squeezed into cider! The folks at the Apple Identification Booth will answer all your questions about apple trees and you will be able to enjoy apple pie in Town Hall in addition to other good foods.

Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Painting Contest
Saturday and Sunday
October 7 & 8
11:00am – 5:00pm
Country Village Bothell
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

Fun for all ages! Paint a pumpkin, win a prize, it’s that simple! Enjoy 40 craft booths providing all locally hand made products, music, pony rides, train rides, King’s Original Kettle Korn, specialty foods including roasted corn on the cob, a beer garden and fall décor.

Scarecrow Festival
Saturday, October 8
11:00am – 5:00pm
Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Rain or shine! Wear your Pacific Northwest gear and head out for some Fall Fun! Scarecrow Contest & Displays, KidsZone/Carnival Games, Hay Rides/Pony Rides/Farm Animals, Food & Fair Treats, Live Music/Entertainment, Beer Garden. There will also be a 5K SCARECROW DIRT DASH FUN RUN at 10:00am.