Welcome to the fourth weekend of September and official start to fall! With the start of a new season, there are all sorts of fun events to be enjoyed from a film festival to train rides and the end of the Washington State Fair. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this weekend.

Local Sightings Film Festival

This is the 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival and this year features a selection of curated short film programs and feature films. You’ll be able to watch regional “experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.”

When: September 15th-24th
Where: 1515 12th Ave
Cost: Passes range from $60-$150

Ride the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

Steam is back for a limited time only. Visitors can make online reservations to ride on a 1 hour and 15-minute, 12-mile journey on a historic train. You’ll get to experience the thrill of a real steam locomotive, as the train is driven from Elbe to Mineral by 100 year-old steam engine, Polson 70.

When: Saturday, September 9th-Sunday, October 29th
Where: 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA
Cost: $33-$95+

Washington State Fair

This year, the fair runs from September 1st to 24th and takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. During the almost month-long fair, you can find farm animals, agricultural displays, concerts, rides, and much more. While the rides and cute farm animals are the main draws for many, this year’s concert lineup has some big names that you’ll probably recognize like The Temptations, Kane Brown, Zac Brown Band, and Third Eye Blind with Built to Spill.

When: September 1st-24th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $12-$18

Head to the pumpkin patch

Looking to get in the fall mood? What’s a better way than by heading to the pumpkin patch? There are tons of great pumpkin patches near Seattle and this weekend is one of the first weekends where you can indulge in the fall past time.

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

MoPOP’s Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is a permanent exhibition and is included in your ticket each time you visit. That means there’s no need to pay extra to see more than 50 props and costumes from your film and television horror favorites.

When: Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 AM-5 PM
Where: 325 5th Avenue N
Cost: $31+

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Seattle Kraken Training Camp

Fans are invited to watch the team during on-ice training sessions at Kraken Community Iceplex, the team’s training facility at Northgate. Not only can you watch the players prepare for the season, but you can also check out the Iceplex and all that it has to offer.

When: September 21st to Monday, October 9th
Where: 10601 5th Ave NE
Cost: Free


Luminata will take place this year on Saturday, September 23rd, at Green Lake Park and will include lanterns crafted by the community. While this event is cool in itself, what makes it even more amazing is the fact that you can actually help create those lanterns.

When: Saturday, September 23rd
Where: Green Lake Park, 7201 East Green Lake Dr N
Cost: Free/Varies

Festa Italiana Seattle

Festa is a celebration of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll experience arts, food, and culture that are uniquely Italian. Events happening include Italian cooking demonstrations, the Festa Grape Stomp, a Bocce Tournament, children’s activities, a historical photo collection, a contemporary art exhibition, and an Italian Classic Vehicle Show.

When: Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th
Where: 305 Harrison Street
Cost: Free/Varies

Watch a locally made horror movie

As we’re halfway through the month it’s time to start getting ready for falls best holiday, Halloween. What’s a better way to do that than by enjoying a locally made horror movie? It turns out Seattle has quite a few.

Visit a museum for free

You may or may not know but Seattle actually has 5 museums that you can always visit for free. We’ve listed them out and given you some details so you can take yourself on the perfect adventure. Or you can use your library card to check out even more. 

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!