Category Archives: Washington Events

Fall Bucket List

fall bucket list

Now that our favorite season is officially here, we at Carrig & Dancer have compiled a fall bucket list, complete with family-friendly activities throughout Washington.

[] Enjoy Fresh Apple Cider

What better way to celebrate fall than sampling fresh apple cider? Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm in Olympia, holds an Apple Festival every weekend in October with games, tractor-drawn wagon rides and other family-friendly activities. While there, you’ll want to sample the farm’s award-winning cider, and bring home a pie or two.

[] Bake Pumpkin Bread

[] Take a Fall Foliage Drive

Some of the most vibrant colors – from vibrant reds and oranges to brilliant golds and yellows – can be found at Mount Rainier in west-central Washington state. Plan on heading out early in the day to avoid crowds. Mount Rainer will certainly have you and your family eliciting “oohs” and “ahhs.”

[] S’mores anyone?

[] Craft with Fallen Leaves

Bring nature’s beauty indoors with DIY leaf art. This project is perfect for kids of all ages. Simply gather some of your favorite leaves and/or flowers, flatten them under a heavy book, copy with a color photocopier, then glue the prints onto inexpensive canvas boards. Pinterest provides other DIY leaf art crafts.

[] Decorate Your Porch for Fall

[] Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Make this fall season unforgettable. Head on over to the Rutledge Corn Maze in Olympia and get lost in their 8-acre Corn Maze. The farm offers activities that are fun for all ages including: Spookley the Square Pumpkin, corn hole games, swings, and rides on their new cow train. When the sun sets, the maze becomes haunted.

[] Visit a Haunted House

[] Ensure Proper Levels of Insulation

Under-insulated homes waste energy and money, harm the environment, and negatively affect the comfort of homeowners. A great place to start improving your home’s insulation is in the attic. Adding insulation to the home’s walls and ceilings is also a simple and effective way to increase energy efficiency.

Top 6 September Events

things to do in September; September events

Are you always seeking out things to do throughout Washington? The month of September has some of the year’s biggest happenings including one of the largest state fairs in the world. Check out these Top 6 things to do this September.

#1. Washington State Fair

When: September 2 – 25, 2016 (closed Tuesdays)

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center

110 9th Ave SW

Puyallup, WA 98371

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What: The Washington State Fair is one of the top ten largest fairs in the world. This annual event features delicious food, wild rides, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. This year’s concert lineup – included in event admission – features names such as Smash Mouth (9/8), Alan Jackson (9/17), Gavin DeGraw (9/21), and Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (9/23). You won’t want to miss the fun!

Cost: Regular price admission is $12.50 for adults and $9.00 for students (ages 6-18) and seniors (ages 62+). Kids 5 and under are free. Early bird discounts are available through select retailers. Parking is $10 during the week and $15 on the weekends.

#2. Wooden Boat Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: Northwest Maritime Center

431 Water St

Port Townsend, WA 98368

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What: The Wooden Boat Festival features more than 300 wooden vessels, hundreds of indoor and outdoor demonstrations, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts. There’s something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Also included this year is lively music, Washington inspired cuisine, and local spirits. This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!

Cost: One-day tickets are $17.00 and Multi-day tickets (Fri-Sun) are $35.00. Discounted ticket rates are available at the gate for seniors 65+, students, and active military personnel with ID.

#3. Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: Mukilteo Lighthouse Park

609 Front St

Mukilteo, WA 98275

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What: Celebrating its 50th year, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival features a grand parade, fireworks, Battle of the Bands, children’s activities, live entertainment, local artisans, foods from around the globe including Mukilteo’s own famous Salmon Bake, and a children’s fishing derby (open to ages 5-14 years old).

Cost: Entry to the festival is free! Some activities such as the children’s bounce houses and rides, however, require the purchase of tickets.

#4. San Gennaro Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: 1225 S Angelo St

Seattle, WA 98108

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What: Do you love Italian food? Then you won’t want to miss this three-day Italian Street Fair in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This year’s event brings together the best in Italian cuisine, local spirits, children’s activities, merchandise booths, and three nights of live music and dancing. You won’t want to miss it!

Cost: Entry to the festival is free.

#5. Skagit River Salmon Festival

When: September 10, 2016

Where: Waterfront Park

12885 Casino Drive

Anacortes, Washington 98221

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What: The Skagit River Salmon Festival is back to celebrate the Skagit River and the return of salmon. This free, family event will be located at Waterfront Park, surrounded by breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Padilla Bay. This year features live entertainment, artisan wares, ‘Hunters of the Sky’ Raptor shows, great food, and so much more.

Cost: Entry to the festival is free!

#6. Fremont Oktoberfest

When: September 23 – 25, 2016

Where: 3503 Phinney Ave

Seattle, WA 98103

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What: Fremont Oktoberfest is a fall tradition in Seattle and has been hailed as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest! This event takes over more than half of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, featuring fun for the whole family, including the four-legged variety. Things to do include Dogtoberfest, a Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, a 5K run on Sunday, and Sunday of all ages day.

Cost: General admission tickets are $25.00, grand admission tickets are $30.00, festival only admission is $20.00, Fremont brew crew admission is $50.00 (limited quality available), and Alpine Climb 5K registration is $25.00 if purchased before September 23rd. Kids are free on Sunday.