When searching for travel inspiration, there’s nothing quite like a festival to light the way. The Northwest is full of fun events that invite locals and visitors to take in cities brimming with opportunities surrounding food, music, art and more. Here are a few experiences that will ensure a good time for everyone and, hopefully, create traditions for years to come.
2019 Autumn Leaf Festival
September 27-29, 2019
For decades, Leavenworth’s Autumn Leaf Festival has celebrated the changing colors of the autumn leaves with a parade and lots of entertainment in Park Gazebo. From brass bands to street dancing to a classic car show, there is truly something for everyone in your group. Don’t forget to book accommodations in the Leavenworth area as you begin your trip planning.
Bend Fall Festival 2019
October 4-6, 2019
An October trip to Bend, Oregon will be just the ticket for family-friendly fall festivities! Plan a long weekend around the fabulous First Interstate Bank Bend Fall Festival and enjoy pumpkin painting, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market (seasonal produce and handcrafted food products), Family Play Zone, live music and so much more. Start your holiday shopping in the most unique marketplace in Central Oregon with outstanding vendors as you settle into fall. Don’t forget to book accommodations early for the best spots.
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival (CrabFest)
Port Angeles, Washington
October 11-13, 2019
There’s not a better seafood festival around than CrabFest, so let the planning begin! Located on the Port Angeles waterfront, CrabFest is an annual celebration of the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse bounty including seafood, agriculture and aquaculture, maritime history, culture and the stunning coastal location. Not far from Dungeness Bay, come celebrate the region’s prized Dungeness crustacean and Olympic Peninsula culinary creations. Crab is off-the-boat fresh, cooked onsite and available all weekend thanks to High Tide Seafoods. Shop at The Landing, take a crab home and enjoy all that is good at CrabFest. Accommodations are available for all size groups, but get them early!
Oktoberfest in the Northwest
Also, keep in mind there are many opportunities to celebrate Oktoberfest throughout Washington State. Fall-themed, of course, these events typically focus on food, fun, beer, games and more. Each festival is different—some are perfect for the whole family, while others are for the 21 and older crowd. Start checking calendars for late September and early October to find the one that looks like a fit for you. Some noteworthy Oktoberfest’s to check out include Leavenworth (city-wide event for most of the moth), Fremont in Seattle (late September with family-friendly times and dog-friendly days) and Oktoberfest Northwest at the Washington State Fairgrounds.