Hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, leaf peeping, and more. Whatever your favorite way to celebrate fall may be, here is a list of events and activities that can help you feel the season in Snohomish County and beyond.
Fall brings along a host of fun and unique festivals in the Puget Sound. Don't miss these opportunities to take a breath of crisp autumn air.
Everett Sausage Fest - September 28-30th
Wanna eat a sausage while riding a Ferris wheel? Whatever you're into! Find live music, games, beer, and of course, sausage here!
Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms - October 6th & 7th
A self-guided tour of family farms offering many fun activities. A unique opportunity to meet the farmers behind locally grown and harvested food. You can shuck oysters and build a fairy house on the beach with Taylor Shellfish or taste wine and ciders with Eagle Haven Winery. Twelve farms around Sedro-Woolley, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Rockport, and Concrete make up the tour including: Golden Glen Creamery, Taylor Shellfish, Double-O Ranch, Sauk Apple Farm, Hedlin Family Farm, Gordon Skagit Farms, Schuh Farms, RoozenGaarde Tulips, South Fork Farms Alpacas, Cascadian Farms, Hemlock Highlands Ranch, and Eagle Haven Winery/Perkins Apple Orchard. Skagit Valley is a quick trip from Seattle and offers beautiful mountain views and scenic outlooks.
Rail Road Days in Granite Falls - October 6th
A festival tradition that is 50-years-old! Featuring a parade, a carnival, local vendors and museum tours highlighting the rich railroad history of the area.
Camano Pumpkin Project - October 6th & 7th
Taking place at the historic Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island, this fundraiser offers two days of pumpkin games and contests!
Leavenworth Oktoberfest - October 5-6th, 12-13th & 19-20th
Did you know about Washington's adorable German town? Leavenworth is a great weekend getaway destination for those living in and around Seattle. They claim that Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is the next best thing to being in Munich!
Snohomish Zombie Walk - October 20th
Hosted by Downtown Historic Snohomish, this spooky event is also a fundraiser for the Snohomish Food Bank. Dress like a zombie and bring some cans of food! The zombie apocalypse will start around 2:30pm.
What is more delicious than a fresh Jonagold plucked from a tree in a local orchard? Washington State is the Apple capital of the world, but you don't have to go all the way to Wenatchee to get your apples – you can pick them nearby too! The Farm at Swan's Trail in Snohomish offers family fun activities in addition to the u-pick apple experience such as a pumpkin patch, tractor rides, petting zoo, indoor slides and more! If you're looking for a wide variety of apples, check out Jones Creek Farm in Sedro Woolley. They have a huge list of apples to choose from – everything from Galas to Belle De Boskoops (we don't know what those are either)!
Outsiders may only think of evergreen trees when they imagine Seattle, but there are plenty of places to watch the fall colors change. One of the best ways to explored the areas outside of the city are to take an afternoon drive through the country. There are several that offer great views and lots of foliage to appreciate. The Mountain Loop Scenic Drive is a 55-mile loop that takes you through Arlington, Darrington, and Granite Falls. You'll see the Cascades, the Stillaguamish and Sauk Rivers, as you travel through the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. It is considered to be one of Washington's best kept secrets.
There are almost too many options to choose from! Snohomish County has a lot of options for finding the perfect pumpkin to decorate your porch with. Most of the pumpkin patches also offer hay rides, corn mazes, snacks, games and activities for the family. The Snohomish Valley Festival of the Pumpkins coordinates the events and activities of several area farms on one convenient website. You can find information about the farms participating, the hours and offerings at each location. The involved farms include Bailey Vegetable Farm, Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Carleton Farms, Craven Farm, The Farm at Swan's Trail, Stocker Farms, and Thomas Family Farm.