Seattle Japanese Garden Maple Festival runs through Oct. 14; the Carnation Farms Harvest Festival is Oct. 13-14 and 20-21.

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Weekend Highlight

Autumn’s charms are on full display at the Maple Festival at the Seattle Japanese Garden through Sunday, Oct. 14; at the Carnation Farms Harvest Festival Oct. 13-14 and 20-21; and at farms around the Puget Sound region through October.

Maple trees in vibrant autumn color star at the Seattle Japanese Garden Maple Festival’s nature art display, self-guided tours and activities. The 3.5-acre formal garden, created in 1960 with Shinto, Buddhist and Tao traditions, is a joy in all seasons, with fall perhaps the most beautiful. Maple Festival events include Family Saturday free admission for ages 11 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, with maple scavenger hunts, origami and haiku activities for all ages and a taiko drum performance at noon.

Fall harvest season is a great time to visit local farms to enjoy the scenery, stock up on fresh produce and try out hay rides, corn mazes and activities for kids.

Historic Carnation Farms Harvest Festival, this Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 20-21, is one of many farms open for fall festivities. Founded in 1908 as a dairy farm for Carnation Condensed Milk, it’s now a nonprofit, organic farm inspired by the site’s founding mission, including what’s on the original sign still posted in its barn: “The RULE to be observed in this stable at all times, toward the cattle, young and old, is that of patience and kindness.” Harvest Festival activities include hay rides, visits with farm animals, historic tours, apple pressing, pumpkins and food vendors.

Along with our weekly Datebook listings, the Puget Sound Fresh website,, offers information on Western Washington farms, farmers markets and harvest schedules. Most farms don’t allow pets, but Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is an exception, welcoming people with their dogs daily and hosting a Doggie Costume Contest on Oct. 20.


Maple Festival

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 14; regular October hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Mondays

Cost: $8/adults, $6/Seattle residents with ID, $4/ages 6-17, 65+ and college students with ID

Location: Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard E., Seattle

More info: 206-684-4725 or

Carnation Farms Harvest Festival

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14 and 20-21

Cost: free admission; fees for some activities

Location: 28901 N.E. Carnation Farms Road, Carnation

More info: 425-844-3100 or

Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through October

Cost: admission free; activity fees vary

Location: 2431 State Route 530 N.E., Arlington

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