Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. To be certain of your plans, always check before you go.

Animal events

Caturday! Celebration of Cats

PLAN AHEAD Celebrate the awesomeness of cats; cat videos on the big screen, cat stories, adopt a cat from the Seattle Humane MaxMobile and other activities for all ages, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28, Sammamish Branch Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; free (425-392-3130 or kcls.org).

Sea Otter Weekend, Seattle Aquarium

PLAN AHEAD Join biologists to learn about the lives of sea otters and how they’re cared for, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28-29, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $19.95-$34.95 ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org).

Benefits

Night of Wonder Gala & Auction

SAT Learn about Wonderland’s impact, auction; proceeds support therapies for children with developmental delays or disabilities, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3819 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; $100 (206-364-3777 or wonderlandkids.org/night-of-wonder-gala-auction).

Hearts & Horses

SAT Wine tasting, local craft beer, appetizers, music, dancing, auction, proceeds benefit the health and welfare of horses at the Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehibilitaion, 5 p.m. Saturday, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, 28818 S.E. 216th Way, Maple Valley; $40-$45 (serenityequinerescue.com).

An Incredible Feast

SUN Neighborhood Farmers Markets fundraiser to support emergency relief fund for Washington farmers, bites by local chefs showcasing farm-fresh ingredients, drinks from local breweries and wineries, music, games, silent auction, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $100-$185 (206-632-5234 or seattlefarmersmarkets.ejoinme.org/tickets).

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An Evening of Wine, benefiting PNRI

PLAN AHEAD Washington wine tasting, dinner, auction to benefit research to prevent disease, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $250 (206-568-1489 or pnri.org/wine).

Hope for Freedom Gala

PLAN AHEAD Nepali dinner, wine and beer, auction to benefit Friends of WPC Nepal, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28, Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; $75-$100 (friendsofwpcnepal.org/events/hope-for-freedom-gala-2019).

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

PLAN AHEAD Honor those impacted by Alzheimer’s in Promise Garden Ceremony, followed by a 2-mile walk, for all ages, pet friendly, fully accessible, shorter route available, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center, Seattle; free donations and fundraising suggested (180-027-2390 oract.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/WA-WashingtonState?fr_id=12273&pg=entry).

Boating

Tall Ship “Lady Washington”

PLAN AHEAD Dockside tall-ship tours, 3-6 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28, $5 donation; Adventure Sails, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 6, $49-$59 by reservation, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 6, Carillon Point, 5000 Carillon Point, Kirkland; $5-$59 (800-533-9384 or historicalseaport.org).

Dance

Skandia Third Friday Dance

FRI Dancing and music; 7:30 p.m. Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson teach traditional dances; 8:30 p.m. Martha Lebenson leads Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, followed by a hardingfele and Tune Sisters Plus set; 7:30-11 p.m., Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10-$15 (skandia-folkdance.org).

NW Dance

SAT Dance lesson, 7 p.m., dance with Little Bill and the Blue Notes, 8 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-781-1238 or nwdance.net).

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Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Traditional dances; 7 p.m. request dancing; 7:30 p.m. Diane and Steve teach Sijer from Lemkowczyzna, a Polish set dance, program of international folk dances and requests until 9:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $6-$8 (sno-king.org).

“Thriller” Dance Workshops

PLAN AHEAD Get prepared to join Redmond Zombies in the “Thriller” dance on Oct. 26, four-week workshop to learn the dance in preparation for the big day, for ages 8 through adult, 1 p.m. Sept. 28, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $5-$7 per class (425-556-2314 or redmondzombies.com).

Fairs/Festivals

Brew on the Slough

FRI Beer, music by The Walrus, food by Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen (cash only), 7-10 p.m., Friday, Maple Hall, 108 Commercial Ave., La Conner; $25 (lovelaconner.com).

Kirkland Oktoberfest 2019

FRI-SUN Authentic München-style Oktoberfest Biergarten with imported German beers and local craft favorites, food, live oompah music and DJs, keg rolling, stein hoisting, wiener-dog racing, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; $20-$40 (425-456-1111 or oktoberfestkirkland.com).

Washington State Fair

FRI-SUN Concerts, carnival rides, entertainment, animal displays including draft horse demonstrations, exhibits, food vendors, Fine Arts Show, kids activities, vendors, contests, rodeo, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Cirque Cavallo equestrian show, through Sunday, $8 in addition to fair admission; Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $11-$14 ages 5 and younger free; (541-841-5045 or thefair.com).

Fishermen’s Fall Festival

SAT Crafts and activities for kids, music, salmon barbecue, demonstrations and competitions, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Avenue W., Seattle; free (fishermensfallfestival.org).

Luminata

SAT Fremont Arts Council celebrates autumnal equinox with traditions from around the world; ceremony at the Aqua Theater, bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas, luminous costumes or other beaming creations to parade around the lake, hand-decorated lanterns available for sale at the Luminata Lantern Shoppe; art installations, music, performances around the park, 6 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; free (fremontartscouncil.org/luminata).

Opening Ceremony of Colors of Peace and Exhibit

SAT Music and fun for peace, exhibit of artwork by kids, highlights United Nations International Day of Peace, 1000 works from Seattle-area schools and 200 works on loan from Rome, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Armory Building at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle; free (nwfolklife.org).

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

SAT Festival and weigh-off; Giant pumpkin weigh-off 1-4 p.m., compete for cash prize of $1,500, ugliest pumpkin competition during intermission, giant pumpkin winner announced at 4 p.m.; face painting ($5 cash only) 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; “Bat’s Incredible” class with Kathleen Bander 11 a.m.-noon; beer garden and food vendors 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; pony rides ($5 cash only) noon-3 p.m.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free (christiansonsnursery.com).

Seattle Children’s Festival

SAT-SUN Entertainment from world cultures on two stages, workshops, Discovery Zone activities, Seattle Seahawks meet and greet, for ages 4-12 and families, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $10/person suggested donation (nwfolklife.org).

Masonry Oktoberfest

SUN Oktoberfest celebration, lagers from Tired Hands and other breweries, tickets include a custom .5-liter stein and 2 proper pours of anything served, 1-8 p.m., Sunday, The Masonry, 20 Roy St., Seattle; $25 (eventbrite.com/e/the-masonry-tired-hands-oktoberfest-tickets-71916101997).

Chinese Cultural Celebration

SUN Celebrate and learn about Chinese culture, booths representing four regions will share their cultures, tea, plants, and flowers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (bellevuebotanical.org).

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National Parks Free Entrance Days

PLAN AHEAD Free admission to all National Parks for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28, Mount Rainier National Park, 39000 State Route 706 E., Ashford; free (nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm).

Seattle Romanian Festival

PLAN AHEAD Eat, dance and experience Romanian culture, traditional dishes, lively music and dances, explore a marketplace with authentic Romanian crafts, food, drinks and souvenirs available for purchase, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 28-29, Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, 6402 226th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace; free (seattleromanianfestival.com).

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

PLAN AHEAD Boat displays, workshops, presentations, boat races, music, boat rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28, Center for Wooden Boats, 1002 Valley St., Seattle; free (cwb.org/festival).

The Italian Festival

PLAN AHEAD Italian food, wine, music and more, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or festaseattle.com).

Food events

Huli Huli Chicken and Ribs

SAT Chicken and rib meals, proceeds benefit church building fund, sales while supplies last, 10 a.m. Saturday, Samoan Christian Fellowship, 19804 Eighth Ave. S., Des Moines; $10-$12/plate (schristianfellowship.org/huli-huli-fundraiser/index.html).

Heirloom TomatoFare

SUN Ninth annual festival showcasing heirloom tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest, heirloom-tomato-inspired dishes by professionals chefs, rhythm and roots music by Sheryl Wiser, Bloody Mary bar, cocktails and brews, meet artisan growers and purveyors of heirloom tomatoes, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Ave. S., Seattle; $30-$35 (facebook.com/events/355952021740385).

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Samsoom Pop-Up Bakery

SUN Pop-up bakery from pastry chef Sam Gainsburg, on the menu: Za’atar croissant BLT, Turkish breakfast bread with lettuce, labneh and tomatoes, and Baklawa Morning Buns, made from scratch on-site, Mamnoon’s walk-up window only, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; prices vary, Sunday, Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave., Seattle; prices vary (mamnoonrestaurant.com).

Snoqualmie Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk

PLAN AHEAD Live music, art demonstrations, food specials, for all ages; optional wine tasting, $25; 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27, downtown Snoqualmie, Railroad Avenue and Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie; $25-$30 (finallyfridayartandwinewalks.org).

Gardening

Fall Native Plant Sale

SAT Native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, and seeds for fall planting, expert gardening advice, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; (206-527-3210 or facebook.com/events/2345851315675055).

Hobbies

Cascade Gem and Mineral Show

SAT-SUN Displays, vendors, kids activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Green River Community College, 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn; free (253-332-3736 or facebook.com/cascadegemandmineralshow).

Koi Show and Sale

SAT-SUN Washington Koi and Water Garden Society display, fish sale, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or skynursery.com).

Park events

Science, Nature and a Biscuit

SAT Science-based imagery and animation bring the carbon cycle to life, for adults and ages 12 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5 advance tickets required (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

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Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk

SAT Learn about local history and native plants and wildlife on one-mile walk, 2 p.m. Saturdays through December, weather permitting, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-6993 or bellevuewa.gov).

Performances

Tuesday Brew and Tunes

TUE Live music from Guayaba, beer garden, food truck, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St., Seattle; free (seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks).

Sales/Shopping

Sips & Shoes

FRI Local boutiques displaying shoes, handbags and other fall fashions, 20 wineries, attendees are encouraged to bring a lightly used or new pair of shoes or handbag to donate, light catering, free shoe shines, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $50-$60 (cancerpathways.org/fundraising-events/2019-sips-shoes).

Fiber Art Show

MON, WED Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild artists’ sale, hours vary Monday and Wednesday, ArtWorks, 201 Second Ave. S., Second Street and Dayton Avenue South, Edmonds; free (artworks-edmonds.org).

Friends of the Shoreline Library Book Sale

SAT-SUN Book sale, most books priced $1 or less, bag sale on Sunday, $4 per bag; 5-7 p.m. Friday, members only; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday all welcome, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline; free (kcls.org).

All Montlake Yard Sale

SAT Multifamily yard sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Montlake neighborhood, East Lynn Street and 24th Avenue East, Seattle; free (Montlake.net).

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Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout Celebration & Auction

SAT Food, wine, music by Tim Koss Quartet on the Streamwalk Plaze, stroll past the Trout Stream Exhibit and onto the Elevated Forest and Wetland Walk, live and silent auction, coffee and sipping chocolate will also be served, auction items include artwork, sporting event tickers, “staycations,” and more, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; $30 (streamkeeper.org).

Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale

SUN Hundreds of donated cookbooks with a variety of topics and cuisines, all cookbooks are individually priced starting at $4, some books will be gently used, others will be like new, shoppers are asked to bring their own bags, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, 501 E. Pike St., Seattle; free (spl.org).

Pike Place Market Producers Market Series

THU Sale by 20+ artists, music, food, beer garden, views of Puget Sound and sunsets, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Pike Place MarketFront Pavilion, 1901 Western Ave., Seattle; free (pikeplacemarket.org).

Seasonal

Schack-toberfest: Glass Pumpkin Festival

FRI-SUN Sale of colorful, handmade glass pumpkins and harvest-themed art and gifts, Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin sessions, activities for kids 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Pints & Pumpkins for 21+; hours vary, Friday-Sunday, Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-259-5050 or schack.org/events/schack-toberfest).

Stocker Farms Fall Festival

SAT-SUN Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Stocker Farms, 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish; fees vary (stockerfarms.com).

Craven Farm

SAT-SUN Pumpkin patch, corn maze, gift shop, weekend activities, 9:30 a.m.-dusk, Saturday-Sunday, Craven Farm, 13817 Shorts School Road, Snohomish; free admission, fees by activity (360-568-2601 orcravenfarm.com).

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The Farm at Swan’s Trail

SAT-SUN Washington State corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting farm, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Farm at Swan’s Trail, 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish; $8.25-$14.68 includes all activities (425-334-4124 or thefarm1.com/index.htm).

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

PLAN AHEAD Pumpkin patch, farm market, corn maze, Farm Fun Yard activities for all ages including farm animals, a hay maze, rubber duck races, a goat walk; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31, Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch, 6868 S. 277th St., Kent; fees for some activities (carpinito.com).

Fall Festival, Fox Hollow Farm

PLAN AHEAD Pumpkin patch, Haunted Forest, food vendors, farm animals, hay maze, play area, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; Halloween Carnival with trick-or-treating, activities, through Oct. 26, Fox Hollow Farm, 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., Issaquah; $50/up to 7 people in one car Saturdays/Sundays; $10/person Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; $50/up to 7 people in one car for Halloween Carnival (foxhollowfamilyfarm.com).

Fright Fest at Wild Waves

PLAN AHEAD All-ages activities during the day, frightful attractions at night, 6-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 2, Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $16.99-$55.99 (wildwaves.com).

Georgetown Morgue haunted attraction

PLAN AHEAD Halloween season scares for ages 13 and older; 7-11 p.m. Sept. 27-28; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 4-5; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 10; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-12; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13 and 17; 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 18-19, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20 and 24; 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 25-26; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27-30, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 31; 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 1-2; Kids’ Day lights-on event, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12, admission free for kids with donation of 3 cans of food, $5/adults, Sept. 27, Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $25-$55 (seattlehaunts.com/georgetown-morgue).

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm

PLAN AHEAD Country store, kids play areas, pumpkin patch, food, fun farm, hours and dates vary, Bob’s Corn, 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish; $6-$18 (bobscorn.com/home).

Special interest

Women’s University Club Foundation

SUN Seattle Times staff reporter Lynda Mapes speaks about “The Writer’s Stance: Writing Literary Non-Fiction from Idea to Publication,” social hour 4 p.m., program 5 p.m., optional dinner 6:15 p.m., 4-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Women’s University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., Seattle; program free, $57/dinner, reservations required (eventbrite.com).