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It's harvest festival season! Check out these events in Seattle and beyond

Pumpkins symbolize harvest season, but events in our area also feature salmon, sausages and giant lanterns.


Seattle wears September and October well. The rains return, relieving the dry and smoke of late summer. The slanting light brings out the colors, which in turn get brighter. Farmers market stalls are jammed with colorful vegetables and fruit, and the gales of November haven't chased everyone inside yet. Here are some fine city festivals to celebrate the season.

Great Wallingford Wurst Fest: Several streets in Wallingford close to cars and open to live bands, bouncy houses, games, craft booths, and street food, including sausages.  Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday Sept. 22.

Luminata: Celebrate the Autumnal equinox by joining a lantern procession around Green Lake, featuring live music and illuminated art installations around the park. Starts at the Green Lake Aqua Theater at 7 p.m. Bring your own lantern or buy one on site. The revelry continues around the lake until 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Issaquah Salmon Days: A uniquely Northwest take on the harvest festival: one that celebrates the season of salmon spawning! The event kicks off with a parade, then continues with arts and crafts, bands, running events, and a carnival. It’s a huge event with tons of wonderful local food and plenty to keep the kids occupied during this popular event. Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct 7. 

Fauntleroy Fall Festival: Straw-bale portraits and salmon hats give a unique feel to this small but mighty neighborhood event. A cakewalk, bounce toys, performances, and even fire-truck tours are part of the annual event in the far reaches of West Seattle. Sunday, Oct. 21.


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