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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

13 Things to Enjoy in Seattle in the Fall

Fall is a great time in Seattle.  The days can be sunny and cold, with a nice bit of crispness about it.  You know that the rain is just around the corner, but till then, you just want to take it all in and enjoy.

Seattle Space Needle Here are my recommendations for how to enjoy a Seattle Fall:

  1. Go for a walk.  Bundle up, it will be getting chilly, but there’s nothing like an Indian summer walk.
  2. Catch a flick at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, one of the most respected GLBT film festivals in the U.S.  October 16 – 25th.
  3. Enjoy fresh fall produce from the Pike Place Market (map).  Apples for eating or pies, figs, grapes, pears, plums, and late berries.  Root vegetables are best in the fall, and broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, all sorts of squashes, wild mushrooms, onions, pumpkins, and corn of the cob are all equally tasty this time of year.
  4. Head over to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest (map), and celebrate in true Bavarian style.
  5. Football.  The race for the Apple Cup begins, and fans from opposite sides of the state take up their rally cries.  And Seahawk football (map)has everyone dreaming of a return to the SuperBowl.
  6. Theater season begins.  From the 5th Avenue (map), to Intiman (map), to all the great smaller and community theaters – fall is the beginning of a new season of great theater.
  7. Go shopping for a new car at the Seattle International Auto Show, November 11 – 15th.  Or if not real shopping, maybe a little window shopping.
  8. Meet friends for coffee.  There is no shortage of coffee shops here in Seattle, so take a break in the day and have a good cup of joe and enjoy some conversation with friends.  In Seattle, it’s the fall of equivalent of taking time to stop and smell the roses.
  9. Drive the North Cascades Highway.  Look at the changing colors, and maybe even get a glimpse of snow, as you travel to the eastern side of the state. You don’t have to go to the northeast to see beautiful fall foliage.
  10. Pick up some fall reading at the Central Library (map).
  11. Eat outdoors.  Many of the Seattle restaurants fire up the outdoor heaters to give us a few more weeks of outdoor dining.  Do it now, before the rain comes.
  12. Listen to some really great music at Earshot Jazz, running October 16th – November 8th.
  13. Give thanks.  And you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving.   We occupy a small little spot of heaven in the upper northwest corner of the map,  Seattle is a wonderful place to live or visit.

What are the things that you most like to do in Seattle during the Fall?

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  • Maria says:

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