Sure as late-summer sun in the Northwest, fall is coming. Put yourself in the mood this weekend with one of these tasty seasonal events.
1 Washington Cider Week
Through Sept. 14 at various venues (nwcider.com).
Hard apple cider is the new craft beer. And you can taste the cold, sweet (or dry) deliciousness of it all at dozens of events at Northwest farms, cideries, stores and bars through Sept. 14. Have fun experiencing Washington apples in a whole new way.
2 The Puyallup Fair
Through Sept. 21, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup (thefair.com).
You expect a great country-music lineup at the fair formerly known as The Puyallup, but this year, it’s a truly all-star cast, with Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Jennifer Nettles. On top of that, there’s the usual fall cornucopia of rides, games, harvest displays, animal events, art exhibitions and oddities of all types. (Piglet Palace, anyone?) For the nuts and bolts (and scones) details, click here.
3 Moon viewing
7 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $15-$25, advance tickets required (brownpapertickets.com).
Nothing puts you in an autumnal mood faster than a full moon. Saturday night, Seattle’s Japanese Garden invites you in to enjoy lanterns, luminaria, floating boats, music, Japanese dance performances and tea ceremonies — and to peep through telescopes arrayed to view the bella luna.
4 The Big Melt
11 a.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $29, ages 12 and younger free (getfork.com/thebigmelt).
How has the Northwest survived all these years without its own grilled-cheese festival? Cheesy-snack fans: The wait is over. Amateur and professional grilled-cheese masters compete, while patrons sample their creations, with live music, craft brews, local wines and desserts.
5 'A Chorus Line'
Through Sept. 28, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle (5thavenue.org).
Fall is a great time to head back indoors to experience all the great plays, concerts and performances that the Greater Seattle area has to offer. Start with the classic backstage musical, “A Chorus Line,” which continues through Sept. 28 at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
Arts lovers, take note: The Seattle Times’ Fall Arts Guide, with hundreds of events listings from now till Thanksgiving, appears in print and at seattletimes.com on Wednesday, Sept. 10.