Rain or shine, autumn in the Northwest holds special appeal. The fall harvest, the fair and indoor pursuits (reading! movies!) all beckon.
Here are five suggestions of things to do this weekend. We at ArtsPage HQ know you have your own fall favorites as well, so feel free to add your recommendations for other readers on the comments thread.
1 Night Market and Moon Festival
6 p.m. to midnight, Union Station Plaza (www.cidbia.org).
The Chinatown-International District lights up on Saturday night with food trucks, vendors, crafts and entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight. Chinese dragon and lion dances, a b-boy competition and an international dance party are part of the fun. A Japanese beer garden precedes the event from 4 to 6 p.m., and returns to close it out from 11 p.m. to midnight.
2 Washington State Fair
Through Sept. 22, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9-$12.50 (253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com).
The Washington State Fair is a mammoth annual entertainment/commercial/agricultural event, and everyone has their own favorite attractions there. You may go for the food, the animal exhibitions, the concerts, the games and rides — or maybe (my favorite) the lavish vegetable displays. New draws this year include a thrill ride called Rainier Rush. (I’m all in.) Read Madeline McKenzie’s detailed preview and then play it your way.
3 Cider Summit Seattle
3-8 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, South Lake Union Discovery Center, near Westlake and Denny Way (www.cidersummit.com).
Seattle Times happy hour expert Tan Vinh calls hard cider “the biggest bar trend since the cocktail renaissance of the 2000s.” Get in on the action at this weekend’s Cider Summit in South Lake Union. On tap are dozens of brews to sample — $25 buys eight tasting tickets.
4 Ivan Doig
5:30 p.m., University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).
September and books go together like thunder and lightning. Beloved Northwest author Ivan Doig discusses his new novel “Sweet Thunder” on Saturday at the University Book Store — where you can also pause to stock up on some fall reading. Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn’s list of 43 fall releases will whet your appetite.
5 Movies at Scarecrow Video
1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 5030 Roosevelt Way N., Seattle (206-524-8554 or www.scarecrow.com).
If you rent videos or DVDs from Scarecrow, you know that this unique, independent shop also shows movies in its screening room. Among the titles unspooling this week is a family-friendly Sunday matinee of “Sabrina,” directed by Billy Wilder and starring Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. It’s part of Scarecrow’s Classic Movie Sunday series. And while you’re there you might just want to pick up another Wilder movie to take home for a coming, chilly September evening.