Autumn festivals, hot air balloons, film fests, and farmer’s markets abound just a car ride away from Seattle.

Whidbey Island Kite Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 24 and 25
Camp Casey Conference Center
1276 Engle Road
Coupeville WA 98239

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Features colorful and impressive kite flying displays, kids’ kite making, beginning sportkite lessons, sportkite flying competition. Free event.

Great Prosser Balloon Rally and Harvest Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 23, 24 and 25
Prosser Airport and Art Fiker Stadium
1500 Paterson Road
Prosser, WA 99350

Come and join us for a weekend full of family activities. The weekend activities include Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Launches, Night Glow, Harvest Festival, and Farmers Market. Hot Air Balloons take to the sky for The Great Prosser Balloon Rally. The balloons are scheduled to launch at sunrise from the Prosser Washington Airport on September 23, 24, 25, 2011 (weather permitting). Spectators are encouraged to arrive early (about 6:15am) at the Prosser Airport to watch the pilots prepare the giant balloons! Parking and Admission are Free.

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!

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Port Townsend Film Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 23, 24 and 25
Port Townsend, WA 98368

The Port Townsend Film Festival was started in 1999 by a group of volunteers in Port Townsend. The festival is billed annually as “A film lover’s block party celebrating great films and filmmakers.” Many local theaters will be showing great films and documentaries throughout the weekend.

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.

Stew and Brew
Saturday, September 24
Conconully, WA 98819

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Conconully, a tiny town nestled on the sunny side of Washington’s North Cascades, bounded by two lakes, and embraced by state and national forests — is waiting for you in the heart of Okanogan County. Saturday, September 24 is an annual community celebration of delicious stews and seasonal beverages to welcome fall.