Leaves are falling. There’s a crispness to the air. Pumpkin lattes are back on the menu. And Seattleites are starting to bundle up in scarves and mittens. All clear signs that summer has ended and the fall season has officially arrived. But don’t let the cooler weather and darker skies prevent you from continuing to enjoy our 465 parks and countless recreational offerings! Throw on a sweater and welcome the season of changing colors with our Seattle Parks and Recreation Fall Bucket List!
Take in the changing colors
Our parks are turning into a fiery palette of red, orange and yellow hues. Experience the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in the colors of fall at the Seattle Japanese Garden’s annual Maple Viewing Festival, Oct. 15-16. This is one of the best times of the year to visit the Garden! You can also enjoy a spectacular color show at Kubota Garden. Hidden in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20-acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest Plants.
Enjoy the crisp air
With temperatures in the high 50s to mid-60s, now is the perfect time to enjoy the cool crisp air on a forest hike or urban walk. The 534-acre Discovery Park offers miles of trails through forest groves, open meadows, tidal beaches, active sand dunes, thickets and streams. For those preferring a flatter surface, order a cup of coffee or hot cider to go, and head to Green Lake Park, where you can sip your hot beverage while strolling the 2.8-mile path, all while taking in views of maple trees and numerous species of birds and waterfowl.
Let us help you get in touch with your crafty side! From parent-child holiday pottery-making classes, to drop-in adult water color classes, to youth piano lessons and more, our community centers have countless activities to help you build community and have fun while connecting with your artistic side. Sign up for our youth “Birds of a Feather Make Art Together Class” at Laurelhurst Community Center from Oct. 26 to Dec. 7. In this fun five-week class, youth will explore nature and return to the studio to create sun catchers, clay birds, natural beads, and other items found in nature. Find details on this and other offerings in our Community Center brochures: Northwest; Northeast; Southwest; Southeast
Get festive at our Fall and Halloween Festivals
Seattle Parks and Recreation is ready to celebrate the season of changing colors! From trying your hand at making fresh-pressed cider, to dressing up in your spookiest costume, our community centers are full of festive fall activities for you and your family. Join us for the Fall Fest at Ballard Community Center on Oct. 8 where you can try your hand at the apple press, make your own scarecrow (bring old clothes) and of course, play games. Or put on your scariest costume for the High Point Community Center Haunted House on Oct. 20. We will have Halloween games, booths, face paintings, and arts and crafts activities. Visit our Fall Festivals page for more information on all the celebrations happening around Seattle this season.
Cook with us
When the weather’s cool and the skies are gray, there’s nothing better than enjoying a warm, home-cooked seasonal meal. Our Junior Chef “Around the World Treats and Eats/Holiday Cooking” class at Delridge Community Center is designed to teach kids 8-12 years old new cooking techniques and recipes from different regional cuisines. Adults can also take part in a “Cooking from Around the World” class at Montlake Community Center focused on Korean cuisine. The smell of cooking kalbi (marinated short rib beef) will make your mouth water as you learn how to cook jap chae (vermicelli noodles with sautéed vegetables) and make your very own cucumber kimchee. Find details on these and other offerings in our Community Center brochures: Northwest; Northeast; Southwest; Southeast
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