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Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. September 5-7. (Photo Courtesy: Northwest Photo, Print, & Design)

5 of Washington's best fall festivals

The days are starting to get a little shorter and the nights a little cooler. Fall officially starts on September 23rd, but you may already have pumpkin pie and fuzzy sweaters on your mind. Here are five of Washington's best fall festivals.

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

Mukilteo's biggest party of the year happens the weekend after Labor Day. There's food, family activities, and Snohomish County's biggest fireworks show.

When: September 5-7
Where: Mukilteo, Washington. Activities take place at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on the Mukilteo waterfront, and the Rosehill Community Center, just a short walk away, at 304 Lincoln Avenue.
Cost: Free
Events: Artist booths, a parade, Battle of the Bands, fireworks, fishing derby, hot dog eating contest, petting zoo, tennis tournament

Festival of Pumpkins

Snohomish Valley is the "pumpkin capitol of the Northwest," and seven family farms in the area have teamed up for two months of pumpkin fun. There are a lot of different events over the next few months, so check out their website for more details.

When: September 13 - October 31
Where: Snohomish County, Washington. Here's a map of the different farms.
Cost: If you buy now, a family pass for two adults and two kids is $20, otherwise it is $8 for adults and $4 for kids
Events: Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, pumpkin hurlin', jousting, costume competitions

Inland NW Craft Beer Festival

If you're looking for a road trip, the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival is a great excuse to head east. The festival features 30 different craft breweries pouring more than 100 different types of beer. (Warning: This is a 21+ only event.)

When: September 26-27
Where: Spokane, Washington. Avista Stadium, 602 N Havana St.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
Events: Craft beer tastings, live music, food booths

Northwest Chocolate Festival

The Northwest Chocolate Festival is a little slice of heaven for chocolate lovers. You can sample chocolates from all over the world and learn great new recipes from experts.

When: October 3-5
Where: Seattle, Washington. Bell Harbor Pier is located near the Olympic Sculpture Park, on the city waterfront north of The Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel, just blocks from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
Cost: Day Pass: $25, Weekend Pass: $40, Kids under 14 are free
Events: Chocolate tastings, 80+ workshops, speakers

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a great place for food, beer, and people-watching. Hotels fill up fast in Leavenworth, so you should start making plans soon if you plan on attending this popular festival.

When: October 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18
Where: Leavenworth, Washington.
Cost: $10 on Fridays, $20 on Saturdays, children under 12 and active military with their ID are free
Events: Live music, dance performances, food booths, kid's activities, beer-drinking, sausage-eating, and more beer-drinking