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Fall in Love with Seattle this Season

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The new season is approaching and that means there will be a variety of things to do in the Seattle area and beyond! Whether you’re looking to play in the falling leaves or stay inside as the weather cools down, there’s something for everyone during this time of year.  

Here are some of our favorite things to do during fall:  

  1. Ivar’s Husky Sailgating: Join us at Ivar’s Salmon House for a brunch or dinner buffet (depending on game time) and sail in style to and from Husky Stadium on an Argosy Cruise’s vessel. Fresh seafood, a carving station, breakfast favorites (brunch only), Ivar’s classics, a chocolate fountain and more will have you ready to sail-abrate Husky football! Limited availability during the following game days: 
    • Sept. 28 - University of Southern California
    • Oct. 19 - University of Oregon
    • Nov. 2 - University of Utah
    • Nov. 29 - Washington State University 

      Ivar's Husky Sailgating

  2. Museum Day: On Saturday, Sept. 21, you can check out any participating museums in the area for free! Spoiler alert: the National Nordic Museum is included, which once hosted an excellent exhibit of our late flounder Ivar Haglund.

  3. Take a walk on the Burke Gilman Trail: Nothing is better in the fall than taking in the beautiful surroundings and changing colors of the season, and the best way to do so is a walk under the trees on the Burke Gilman Trail. Running 27 miles through points of Ballard, University of Washington, Bothell and Marymoor Park in Redmond, along your way be sure to stop by Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union for a delicious meal and stunning waterfront views while you’re at it.

  4. Oktoberfest in Fremont and Leavenworth: Oktoberfest in Seattle is a big deal, especially in the Fremont neighborhood. As Seattle’s largest beer festival, sample more than 100 beers and ciders along with German bier favorites and bites from Sept. 20 – 22. However, if you’re looking for a mini road trip, head over to Leavenworth, the Bavarian-themed town located in the Cascade Mountains. With its quaint Bavarian feel -- like you’re in Munich for the holidays -- enjoy beer, live music and brats with the whole family and experience traditional activities throughout October (Oct. 4 – 5, 11 – 12 and 18 – 19). Bonus points if you wear your lederhosen!

    @VisitLeavenworthWA on Instagram

  5. Brew at the Zoo: On Thursday, Oct. 3, head to Woodland Park Zoo for a night of sampling from over 60 breweries while raising money to benefit the zoo and its habitat. Fundraising games and raffles, tasty treats and drinks, and animal encounters all await you!

  6. Pick pumpkins at the patch: We’ve got loads of pumpkin patches throughout the Pacific Northwest for you and your family to enjoy! From Fox Hollow Farm in Issaquah (or Fish-aquah as we like to call it at our Ivar’s Seafood Bar), Remlinger Farms in Carnation and Carpinito Brothers in Kent, there are patches-a-plenty for finding the perfect pumpkin. When you’re done at the farm and heading home, stop by an Ivar’s Seafood Bar for a quick bite to grab and enjoy post-pumpkin carving.
    @CarpinitoBros on Instagram

  7. Welcome Autumn at Luminata: Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall at the Fremont Arts Council’s annual celebration, Luminata. “Ooh” and “aah” at colorful lanterns, glowing costumes and a parade of lights at Green Lake Park, free of charge! 

    Joe Mabel, Luminata

  8. Go to a Seahawks game: The colors of the leaves may be orange and yellow, but Seattle is still rocking blue and green for the Hawks! Enjoy game days at CenturyLink or at home, either way just make sure you grab some Ivar’s classics to enjoy while cheering on the home team. When you visit us on Blue Fridays in your blue and green gear, score major monthly deals on our favorites including $1.20 chowder, $12 for 2 entrees and $1.20 onion rings at our Seafood Bars and $12 crab cakes, coconut shrimp or calamari at Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing. 

  9. Head to the Symphony: This year is a special one for the Seattle Symphony. With the addition of their new music director, Thomas Dausgaard, enjoy some unique concert experiences. And whether you’re looking for a pre- or post-show dinner, visit us at Ivar’s Acres of Clams for a delicious meal at Pier 54, just blocks away from Benaroya Hall.

A new season welcomes new clamtastic activities! We’ve shared just a few of our favorites, but there are plenty more to do and see throughout the season in Seattle.