What to Do in Washington in September

Tiptoe into fall with fairs and festivals, including one very sunny flower celebration.

By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

It's gonna be a bright, sunshiney fall with a sunflower celebration in Snohomish.

Cue pumpkin spice everything—including posed photos in front of sunflowers. The first inklings of fall bring a social calendar stocked with ways to forget our short-lived summer is coming to a close.

Washington State Fair

September 2–25

Fairgoers can do the Puyallup all month long alongside the signature rodeo, ticket gobbling thrills, nightly concerts, and nostalgic fair games that still best us each year. New in this iteration of the century-old tradition: animatronic dinosaurs tower over paleontology fanatics, an interactive exhibit through 120 years of fair antiquity occupies history buffs, and the littlest of animals strut their stuff in a miniature livestock show.

Goose Gap Harvest Dinner

September 16

One of Washington’s newest American viticultural areas celebrates the Yakima Valley harvest with a five-course family-style dinner. Hyper-seasonal, local dishes pair with the fruits of the season’s labor: Goose Ridge Cider, Vido Vodka and an abundance of wines selected by resident winemaker Andrew Wilson.

Sunflower Days and Fall Festival

September 17 & 18 and 24 & 25

Stocker Farms in Snohomish has all the photo ops covered—a u-pick pumpkin patch, a dizzying corn maze, endless sunflower fields, and hay rides. Gourmet hot dogs and mini doughnuts await to refuel after all the obligatory fall festivities.

Index Climbers Fest

September 17 & 18

Dirtbag climbers and outdoor stewards, unite. The annual festival centers the Sky Valley pastime with competitions and clinics delving into granite essentials: rescue skills and crack climbing. After a community-wide park barbecue, troops rally for a second day dedicated to trail maintenance and town infrastructure projects.

Bellingham Veg Fest

September 18

Everyone—from the veg-curious to experienced herbivores—can take part in the quintessentially Bellingham lifestyle at the family-friendly event. Food tasting is a must; music, raffles, and vendors serve up entertainment on the side.

Autumn Leaf Festival

September 24 & 25

Leavenworth rings in fall weather with the Bavarian town’s longest-running festival. Just in time for stunning larches to adorn the Enchantments with splashes of gold, a festive parade, food booths, live outdoor music, and a car show ease any post-summer depression.

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