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Sound Fall Fun: Things to Do This Autumn in Seattle and the Puget Sound Area

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I haven't updated this post for 2021, and, at this point, am not sure if I will get around to it due to life events and changes on this website. Look for future posts with holiday event, though!

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Please note: We are in the process of updating this post for 2022! The last time we updated it was 2020 admist mass event cancellations. So what you might be reading here right now, is a mixture between the two posts as it might take us a while to do the update and we’ll need to save between edits.

Wow! What the year 2020 has been, and here we are in Autumn again. I had so many plans for this fall! Some of the activities I was planning to attend are still happening on some scale, with distancing measures in place (like Halloweentown in Oregon). I had toured a bunch of Pumpkin farms last year, and I had video clips I was intending on editing together for an overview of some of the choices — but things are likely to look very different this year, even at places, like open pumpkin patches. This post covers some Puget Sound Autumn activities in 2020.

At the time of this writing, Jay Inslee has relaxed some of the rules for “agritourism” a bit, and animal viewing, hayrides, corn mazes, and the like are once again allowed if the farm meets specific requirements. I’m not sure I’ll be jumping on that tractor this year, but the thought of a walk in the pumpkin fields on a brisk Autumn day is calling me.

So I’ve deconstructed this post for 2020, and I’ve been looking into what types of Autumn activities are available right now. You might find that your Oktoberfest needs to be virtual this year. Doing a “virtual Oktoberfest” might be a great way to support a local community business or organization. However, while I’m thankful that we have things like Zoom, drinking your beer while looking at a screen seems a bit…enttäuschend (disappointing.)

And I’m avoiding trick-or-treat as the thought of multiple small hands dipping their hands into a candy bucket seems to be the opposite of physical distancing. And kids will hate me if I string up individual toothbrushes on the porch!

(How are you handling trick-or-treat this year?)
How are you handling trick-or-treat this year?x

Puget Sound Autumn Activities in 2020

I’ll be trying to lift my spirits and enjoy this autumn by:

  • Going to a small pumpkin farm, taking a stroll, picking a pumpkin, and carving it. I may add to this fun by trying to transport the thing home on my e-bike. We’ll see.
  • Sampling some local ciders. I might miss the Gig Harbor cider swig drive-through tasting box, but I may make my own collection from the store and have a mini-tasting at home. Some of my favorite local ciders I’ve tasted in the past were a pumpkin pear cider (I think from Pear Up), and most of Finn River’s ciders.
  • Taking a walk in the fall leaves. I’m going to force myself to get outside on a lovely autumn day, find a park, and do some serious leaf-stomping this year.
  • Virtual turkey trot. I hate to say it, but I’ve not used this “opportunity” to get into better shape. But it’s time to start. I can do a virtual turkey trot at turtle-pace without feeling any shame.
  • Virtual craft shows and fairs. Not sure if I’ll do this or not — but if you like to shop for handmade gifts, some annual craft fairs are taking their show virtually, so you can still shop online for indie craft items.
  • Trying to go to a local park to try to view the salmon. In Kitsap county, WSU usually holds salmon tours. This year, they’re hosting virtual events, but that doesn’t stop one from going to try to view the salmon on your own.
  • Other than that, I’ll be celebrating fall by making some seriously yummy butternut squash soup, blogging, finding a good book to read, taking a bike ride.

What follows below is an edited version of the “post-previously-appearing-in-this-spot.” It includes notation of some events that have been cancelled (I completely deleted the seafood festivals, which are all off) and changing some events to virtual versions.

I may be listing more events this Autumn on our events calendar which may not show up here as I’ve made a significant change to the events calendar here and haven’t yet worked out a system for auto-listing events on a post. If you know of events that readers may be interested in, consider adding it to our calendar.

Do you have any suggestions for things to do this year for Halloween, Oktoberfest, or other usual Autumn activities?
How are you handling trick-or-treat this year?x

Leave a comment, or discuss it in the forum.


Well, we missed many of the Oktoberfest events this year: Fremont Oktoberfest, Edmonds Oktoberfest, and the Great Wallingford Wurst festival. We didn’t start revising this until late September as we were prepping for a big family wedding! We’ll try to get to this earlier next year.

At this point, you can still attend Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup the weekend of October 7-9.

Cider Time

Autumn is a great time for cider! We also missed adding the Gig Harbor Cider Swig (this year in Tacoma, it seems) to our calendar. But here are some other cideries and events we can recommend:

Finn River Farm and Cidery


It’s worth a drive to Chimacum just to go to this cidery and farm on 80 acres. Finn River IS open Fri-Sun from 12-8 with safety measures in place, but please check in advance for any changes.

Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival

Various Locations

This event happens in several locations around the Olympic Peninsula.

Go Pumpkin Hunting

Remlinger Farms Pumpkin Festival


Remlinger Farms Pumpkin Farm Festival Puget Sound Autumn activities 2020

Remlinger Farms holds its annual Pumpkin Festival weekends through the end of October.

Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch

Instead of having eight small glass pumpkin patch events, Tacoma Glassblowing has rented a large space in Tacoma and is having one BIG shop where you can buy glass Pumpkins this year. Tickets are by reservation. Click here for more information.

Pheasant Fields Farms


There are plenty of little pumpkin patches and farms in Kitsap (closer to Valley Nursery is Scandia Patch — recommended if you want to visit a small historic farm), but one of my favorites is Pheasant Fields. Their pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily October through November 1, and the farm includes various farm animals and a corn maze. Masks required to enter the farm.

Carleton Farms Fall Fun

Lake Stevens

This pumpkin farm has events that aren’t just for the kids! Yes, there are pumpkins, farm animals, and a corn maze. However, there are ALSO fire pit rentals, zip lines, a pumpkin cannon, a giant Pumpkin Pad, and a haunted house. The pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily — the other activities are reserved for weekends. Late September through the end of October. They’re open, but activities are available by appointment only.

Paranormal Adventures

Autumn glows but also lends itself to ghost stories. If you want to learn more about PNW hauntings, or are a Bigfoot Believer, here are some Puget Sound Autumn events to satisfy your supernatural inclinations.

Port Gamble Paranormal BootCamp, Ghost Conference, and Ghost Walks.

Port Gamble Virtual Ghost Conference Puget Sound Autumn activities 2020

Normally, by October, the ghost tours in Port Gamble are in full-swing on weekends. This year, of course, things are different…but I’m assuming the ghosts are still there if you want to take a nighttime stroll on your own. But it looks like they’re still having the annual ghost conference — virtually this year — from November 6-8. I haven’t been able to get more information about tickets as of yet. Ghostly Zoom meeting, anyone?

Sasquatch Summit

Quinault Beach

Sadly, bigfoot believers will have to wait this year. The annual sasquatch summit has been postponed for 2020.

Ghost Tours

Last year, I wrote quite a bit about ghost tours. However, the ghost tours I researched had been cancelled due to COVID this year.

Halloween Festivities

Except for Pumpkin Farms, large events such as Halloween parties, haunted houses, and the like have been canceled. If you want a drive, I did note that Halloweentown in St. Helen’s, OR was still going on this year, only with timed admission tickets. I’ll put that one on my to-do list again for next year and keep my hopes up.

Trick or treat

The CDC has recommended against traditional trick-or-treating in 2020 due to COVID. Having multiple kids reaching into a vat of candy isn’t exactly socially distancing. This year, we’ll probably just carve pumpkins and make cider at home.

Still, I’m looking for alternative Halloween activities — virtual events and the like — and will update this post if/when I find them.


How to spend Thanksgiving Day? Watching football or parades, overeating and falling asleep?

Many people go volunteer on Thanksgiving — so much so that usually shelters and food backs are overrun with volunteers. Food banks and other service organizations still depend on volunteers — check first to see what changes they’ve made due to COVID-19. If you want to help, are unable to volunteer and want to help, donations to your local food bank — nonperishable food or money — is a way to help. But consider that they may need your help just as much or more at time of the year that are NOT Thanksgiving.

Turkey Trots

Turkey trots are one thing that CAN happen this year — at least virtual ones!

Craft Shows

Seattle Autumn events include the beginnings of holiday craft shows, in case you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Here are a few that we know of so far:

Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Normally, this event helps you do your holiday shopping early — in late October. Due to COVID-19, the organizers have had to cancel the in-person event, but they’re working on an online presentation of items to present over the same weekend that the show was planned — October 22-25.

Gobble Up Seattle

Gobble Up Seattle, Urban Craft Uprising’s annual craft food fair, is back in person!

Some Other Miscellaneous Ideas for Puget Sound Autumn Activities in 2020

Here are some other miscellaneous ideas for Puget Sound area and Seattle Autumn events to to this season.

Cultural Festivals

Usually, throughout the year, the Seattle Center holds its Festál series of cultural events. For 2020, they’ve been either canceled or turned into virtual events. The popular Dia de Muertos festival is one such event. On November 1, there will be a virtual presentation all day.

Fall Colors

Though perhaps Seattle doesn’t have the fall colors of New England, there are places to catch autumn colors around here. Perhaps the best place is the Washington Park Arboretum. The Japanese gardens, in particular, show stunning fall foliage. While I haven’t been there for many years, in my younger days, I recall frequently stomping through maple leaves in Autumn on the trails at Carkeek Park.

Welcome Fall with Luminata at Greenlake

At the Autumn Equinox Fremont Arts Council holds its annual lantern festival at Greenlake.

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