Leaves are falling and Mariah Carey is trending on Twitter: Yep, it's that time of year again. Naturally, events around Washington are getting cozier and more festive.
The Northwest's premier sewing celebration marks its 20th anniversary at Puyallup's ShowPlex center November 18 through 20. Handcrafted jackets, blankets, quilts (obviously), and more adorn the booths of vendors hailing from around the country. Also featured are tools and machinery for those looking to up their craftsmanship game. Buy tickets at the door ($12 for a three-day admission) or online; the latter allows you to skip the line at the entrance.
Also in Puyallup, the weekend of November 5 offers three related food events, all with live music. The Wine Makers' Ball on Friday and the Brewallup Craft Beer Festival on Saturday cover the drinks, and Sunday offers the Foodies and Family Culinary Expo, more oriented to family fun.
There's no doubt you saw a Regina George costume or two over Halloween weekend. But if your newly ignited longing for more Mean Girls doesn't jibe with the show dates at the Paramount (November 16–21), good news: A live musical performance of the 2004 classic runs November 23–28 at Spokane's 2,700-seat theater. Just make sure you're wearing the appropriate color should you buy a ticket to the Wednesday performance.
The first apple distillery in the state of Washington is celebrating all things cider on November 13. In addition to tastings from various cideries around north Washington, there are bonfires, a homebrew competition, and live music. A ticket runs $25 and includes tastings of 10 different ciders and a take-home shot glass.
The arrival of November means all things Thanksgiving, but also that Christmas is basically here and it's time to think about gifts. On November 13, head to Bothell for an opportunity to make a dent in the shopping list with stocking stuffers from independent vendors. It's an outdoor event but there will be warm drinks and snacks on the premises.