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The Northwest is one of the few places in the world that receives a definite four seasons. The turning leaves of the fall provide a gentle transition from the warm summers to the cool winters, as well as a great opportunity to close out the summer with a social, outdoorsy bang. A plethora of festivals, conventions and celebrations dot the streets and towns of the Seattle area, creating an atmosphere filled with cultural diversity, good eats, fantastic music, and wonderful company.

Fremont Oktoberfest
3503 Phinney Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0422

Date: September 21–23, 2012
Hours: Friday–5 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday–11 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday–11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $15 non-tasting admission, $25 general tasting admission in advance (5 tokens)/$30 day of event

The Fremont Oktoberfest is a beer-lover’s mainstay! Rated as one of the best beer festivals around, the Fremont Oktoberfest runs for three days, from September 21–23. People of all ages (including children) can enjoy the Oktoberfest Village, which sits on the corner of N. 35th Street and Phinney Avenue in Seattle. Slightly west of the Fremont Oktoberfest Village resides the tasting gardens, which can be accessed with a valid 21 and over ID, and depending on when you purchase your tickets and tokens (as well as how many of the 80 different microbrews you want to try!), the price tag will run between $15 and $30. There will also be plenty of live entertainment from local bands and artists, a Buxom Royalty Contest (wear your finest lederhose and dirnd), pumpkin carving and a  5K and street scramble (with its own beer belly division) to round out the festival on Sunday.

Related: Guide To Renaissance Festivals In WA

Evergreen State Fair
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave. SE
Monroe, WA  98272
(360) 805-6700

Click here for a calendar of events

The Evergreen State Fair takes place every fall just north of Seattle in Monroe, and features all of the classic must-haves for any country fair. There are numerous attractions, carnival rides, animal showings and competitions, live music, a large food court—the list goes on and on!  The Evergreen State Fair is committed to promoting the livelihood of the community by showcasing its vibrant business sectors, its budding creativity, and (most importantly) its hardworking people.

Festa Italiana Seattle
Seattle Center
321 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA  98109
(206) 282-0627

Date: September 29–30, 2012
Price: Free
Click here for a calendar of events

For the past quarter century, Seattle has been home to the Festa Italiana—a week long series of smaller events topped off with a large, two-day Italian festival, which celebrates the cultural importance of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Northwest. From Sept 29–30, Festa Italiana will be hosting a myriad of activities throughout the two-day period, including a grape stomping competition, numerous cooking demonstrations, several Sicilian puppetry shows, and (per request) and expanded section for eateries and shops.

Seattle Home Show
CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98134
(425) 467-0960

Date: October 5–7, 2012

The Seattle Home Show is a large scale convention featured at the CenturyLink Field Event Center that focuses on one of the northwest’s largest hobbies and pastimes: home care and gardening. Running from Oct 5–7, the Seattle Home Show will be sharing, demonstrating, selling, and providing local homeowners, soon-to-be homeowners and garden enthusiasts with a variety of information and services, so head on over an check it out!

Earshot Jazz Festival
3429 Fremont Place North, #309
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 624-4516

Date: October 12–November 4, 2012
Click here for a calendar of events

Earshot Jazz began in 1984 as a continuing non-profit musical organization that aids in supporting jazz within the community. They partake in a myriad of activities including concerts, education, information and an annual fall jazz fest dubbed the “Earshot Jazz Festival.”  Running from October 12 to November 4, the festival aims to create the best jazz collaboration possible by selecting a stellar lineup with smooth transitions, all the while keeping a strong focus on the community and its youth.

Related: Best Seattle Area Jazz Clubs

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