Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox and the Beginning of Fall

The U-Pick Apple Festival, Luminata, the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival, and More

It’s apple season! Pluck a Honeycrisp straight from the tree at this weekend’s U-Pick Apple Festival in Snohomish.

The Farm at Swan’s Trail via Facebook

Ready or not, fall officially begins on Monday, September 23. Whether you’re anxious about letting go of summer or you can’t wait for the leaves to change, you’ll find several ways to ease into the new season with cultural festivals, plant sales, special yoga classes, and witchy rituals. Read on for all of your autumnal equinox options, and find event more events on our complete fall calendar.

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SEPTEMBER 19

CULTURE

Autumnal Equinox Henna Night and Homestyle South Indian Dinner
Get a fall-hued henna tattoo in conjunction with the shop’s weekly Indian food night.
Makeda & Mingus (Greenwood)

FOOD & DRINK

Fall Release Party
Savor Seattle Chocolates’ picks for the season paired with autumn-inspired food and drinks. Plus, take an after-hours tour of the factory and win raffle prizes. 
Seattle Chocolates (Tukwila)

SEPTEMBER 20

ART

crisp fall apple glassblowing open house
Make a shiny apple—a classic symbol of fall—in a one-on-one workshop with a professional glassblower. Use it as a paperweight, gift it to a school teacher, or plop it on your table as an Ina Garten-approved centerpiece.
Glassybaby (Madrona)

FOOD & DRINK

Equinox Celebration!
To mirror the seasonal shift from lightness to darkness, Lantern Brewing will launch their Yakima Valley-brewed Hop Hoy! Ekuanot beer and a tasting of their best light ales (including their 2018 Étoile Verte fresh hop saison) alongside a tasting of their darkest ales (including their 2015 Sombre). 
Lantern Brewing (Greenwood)

YOGA & SPIRITUALITY

Autumnal Equinox Yoga
Feeling stressed about the end of summer? As you’re guided through a restorative yoga practice, a massage therapist will soothe your muscles with essential oils to reduce tension. 
Aditi Yoga/Bodywork (Fremont)

SEPTEMBER 21

ART

ARCADE Equinox Sandcastle Competition
Put a cherry on top of your summer by bringing your A-game to this juried sandcastle-building competition in support of ARCADE, judged in part by The Stranger‘s own Charles Mudede, aka the “Critical Voice of Reason.” A bonfire will follow.
Golden Gardens Park (Ballard)

FESTIVALS

Fall Fantasy Faire
Take cues from the witches and goblins that emerge in the fall by dressing up as a fantastical creature for a full day of art, music, vendors, and more. 
Crescent Moon Gifts (Tacoma)

Luminata
The Fremont Arts Council will hop over to Green Lake for their annual autumnal equinox celebration filled with bright paper lanterns to help ease you into the less-sunny season. You’re invited to bring any other luminary you have on hand (they suggest light-up umbrellas and costumes) to help make the post-ceremony parade even brighter.
Green Lake Park

Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival
Take part in UW’s version of the Mid-Autumn festival, a Chinese and Vietnamese tradition that welcomes the new season and honors departed loved ones. This year, they promise a lantern-filled quad, carnival games, mooncakes, and much more.
UW Quad (University District)

Second Use Fall Fest
Second Use is turning a quarter-century old! To celebrate, they’ll offer free food, all-ages games, local beer, and sustainable goods from over 35 local vendors.
Second Use Building Materials (Beacon Hill)

Tacoma Moon Festival
Celebrate the diverse communities in Tacoma—and the turning of the season—by enjoying Chinese, South American, Caribbean, Spanish, Japanese, and Cambodian performances and traditions. The day includes lion dances, Cambodian folk dances, flamenco performances, moon stories, and more, culminating in the arrival of the moon princess.
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

MUSIC

Dolly & The DJ: Gurl, It’s Pumpkin Spice Season
Local drag queen Dolly Madison will get “savory and sassy” for pumpkin spice season with a far-from-basic edition of Dolly and the DJ.
The Lumber Yard Bar (White Center)

Return of DeadGrass Autumn Equinox
As we return to fall, Return of DeadGrass hark back to Grateful Dead hits with an acoustic bluegrass twist. Join them for a show a couple of days before the equinox.
Parliament Tavern (West Seattle)

PLANTS

Autumn Equinox Plant Walk
Learn how to choose seasonal plants based on your particular needs on this autumnal plant walk through Mount Baker with Susan Papanikolas.
Various locations (Mount Baker)

Drop-in: Airplant Terrariums and Badass Garage Sale
Bring your own glass or choose one for purchase as a home for air plants (or succulents), rocks, and cute nature-inspired figures. After you’ve crafted your terrarium, shop for class supplies and other goods from the Works’ closet.
The Works Seattle (First Hill)

Fall Native Plant Sale
Find a large selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, and seeds ideal for Washington gardens (and beneficial for local birds and pollinators). 
The Mountaineers (Sand Point)

YOGA & SPIRITUALITY

Fall Equinox Yoga & Acupuncture- Metal & Lungs
Community Acupuncture Project will celebrate their 10th anniversary and the turn of the season with a mashup of traditional Chinese medicine and yoga, with the option of adding an acupuncture treatment meant to help your body through the fall transition. 
Limber Yoga (West Seattle)

Mabon Fall Equinox
Get positively witchy at this free, all-ages equinox ceremony with the Triple Goddess Coven. 
Crescent Moon Gifts (Tacoma)

Moving Mantra: Fall Equinox 108 Sun Salutations
The organizers say, “Our Moving Mantra offering invites you to honor the Sun, your body, mind, and spirit as we move into the darker months of this cycle.” Starting with 108 Sun Salutations guided by Camo, the ritual will close with a cool-down Yin series, extended savasana, and Tibetan sound bath with reiki Master Lauren Acton.
Be One Yoga (Kirkland)

SEPTEMBER 21-22

FESTIVALS

U-Pick Apple Festival
Biting into a Honeycrisp is all the more satisfying when you pluck it from the tree yourself. Fill a basket with autumnal bounties and enjoy some food specials at this two-day festival.
The Farm at Swan’s Trail (Snohomish)

SEPTEMBER 21-OCTOBER 20

FESTIVALS

Fall Fest
Find classic fall activities every weekend of the season, including a U-Pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, cider-pressing, and petting zoos.
Red Barn Farm (Redmond)

SEPTEMBER 22

PLANTS

Fall Restoration Day in Volunteer Park
Help with weeding, edging, and mulching around Volunteer Park to make room for autumnal native plants.
Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)

YOGA & SPIRITUALITY

Fall Equinox Ritual: An Extended Practice with Jennifer Isaacson
Focusing on the lungs and the large intestine (the organs “responsible for the release of emotion and metabolic waste”), this Yin Yoga session will aim to prepare your body and brain for fall.
Ritual House of Yoga (Madison Park) 

SEPTEMBER 24

YOGA & SPIRITUALITY

Fall Equinox Ceremony of Altar Building and Fire Clearing
This equinox event “embraces ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with traditional Earth magic,” celebrating fall as a time for renewal. You’ll build a community altar, participate in a salt burn and a fire ceremony called Agni Hotra, and chant. 
Madrona House Apothecary (Capitol Hill)

SEPTEMBER 27-28

MUSIC

Psychedelic Autumn Equinox Festival
Move into fall with the help of psych-rock, prog-rock, and jazz-rock from local artists like Nosretep, Zhong Yu, and Super Z Attack Team (Fri Sept 27) and Pink Octopus, Fraktal Phanton, and Cantrip (Sat Sept 28). 
Blue Moon Tavern (University District)

SEPTEMBER 27-29

FESTIVALS

Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth
Celebrate the changing colors of the fall leaves with music, dancing, food, a car show, a parade, and more at Leavenworth’s longest-running festival.
Leavenworth

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