Fall collection


WHO:            Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

WHAT:           Seasonal events, festivals and happenings

WHEN:           Various dates, October through December 2017

WHERE:         Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila, Wash.

DETAILS:       Event details are listed below; for more information, visit www.SeattleSouthside.com/events


Seattle Chocolates’ Haunted Factory Tour: October 19–21 and October 26–28

Prepare to be spooked at this tasty after-hours tour! Wander through the haunted factory and search for hidden clues to a secret treasure. Book your spot at www.experiencechocolate.co.


Pumpkin Plunge at Tukwila Pool: October 21

Children can pick their own pumpkin out of a floating pumpkin patch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.! There will also be an open swim, with access to the diving board and waterslide, plus snacks and other spooky fun for all ages. Cost: $3 per person, which includes a pumpkin. www.tukwilapool.org


Fear on the Pier at MaST Center: October 28

The Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center hosts a free Halloween festival, “Fear on the Pier.” Help put together marine mammal skeletons and learn how they are prepared, take a close look at some of the creepiest specimens that are brought out only for this spooky occasion and watch divers compete to carve the best pumpkin underwater. Costumes are encouraged. www.mast.highline.edu


The Museum of Fright: October 30

The Museum of Flight celebrates Halloween family fun as “the Museum of Fright.” The museum’s spacious galleries provide safe Halloween strolling and treating, where every child’s imagination takes flight. Fly witches on broomsticks through a giant pumpkin, make and drop ghost parachutes into a pumpkin patch, test your gross-o-meter in the mad science lab or hop and skip through an obstacle course. Admission is free for those aged 17 and under and wearing a costume.


Des Moines Trick-or-Treat Path: October 31

Des Moines is proud to present a safe and entertaining trail of businesses for all children to walk along and gather treats on. Bring your ghouls and goblins out for a family-friendly free event along Marine View Drive and 7th Ave. S., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. www.destinationdesmoines.org


Des Moines Halloween Carnival: October 31

Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services is hosting a Halloween Carnival at the Des Moines Field House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a host of frightfully fun, skill-challenging games for those aged 12 and under. www.destinationdesmoines.org


18th Annual Legacy Foundation Bayside Brunch: November 5

This year’s 18th annual Bayside Brunch Disco Fever is at Anthony’s HomePort in Des Moines. The Des Moines Legacy Foundation will fill the first floor of the restaurant with disco balls, disco music and fun activities from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to benefit programs for seniors and youth in the Des Moines community. Tickets, which include a morning of complimentary champagne and mimosas and a “Blame It on the Boogie” brunch buffet; are available at www.desmoineslegacy.org.


Squid-A-Rama at MaST Center: November 11

Come see a squid dissection, squid fishing and more at the annual running of the Squid through Puget Sound. MaST Center divers and Marine Biologists will be on hand to answer questions about the squids and other marine life in Puget Sound. Art and science activities will be available for the entire family. www.mast.highline.edu


Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at The Museum of Flight: November 11

The Museum honors America’s veterans with a ceremony kicked off by the Boeing Employee’s Concert Band and featuring retired USMC Col. Dean Caswell, World War II ace fighter pilot and President of the American Fighter Aces Association. www.museumofflight.org


Thanksgiving Brunch at Basil’s Kitchen: November 23

Featuring classic Northwest Cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Basil’s offers a holiday brunch buffet featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites alongside Mediterranean options such as chicken Marsala, pita bread with hummus, tzatziki and olive tapenade. www.basilskitchenseattle.com


Thanksgiving at Salty’s at Redondo Beach: November 23

Salty’s extravagant buffet features traditional thanksgiving fixings plus Pacific Northwest fresh seafood. Salty's Waterfront Seafood Grill at Redondo Beach is located right on the waters of Puget Sound, offering fantastic views that makes one feel far removed from the city. Having 3 exclusive restaurants, Salty's is truly a Pacific Northwest treat! Its award-winning cuisine is made with the freshest ingredients available, and everything is prepared with style. Reservations for holidays are required. www.saltys.com


Thanksgiving at Copperleaf Restaurant: November 23

Copperleaf Restaurant features farm-to-table regional cuisine with a comfortable ambiance and picturesque windows framing spectacular views of Cedarbrook’s meticulously landscaped backyard. A four course tasting menu with entrée and dessert choices is available for a special Thanksgiving Day lunch or dinner. Wine pairings are also offered. Reservations are required. www.cedarbrooklodge.com


Santa at Westfield Southcenter: month of December

Come and visit Santa Claus at Westfield Southcenter Mall! Make the season bright with photos with Santa, including customizable photo packages and more. Santa will be located on the first level in Macy’s Court, near the Disney Store. Holiday hours vary. www.westfield.com/southcenter


Des Moines Holiday Tree Lighting & Pajama Party: December 1

The first Friday in December marks the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event in the Des Moines Marina district. This free community event includes festive cookies, hot cocoa, caroling, an elementary school band performance and photos with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation or new children’s pajamas for families in need. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Big Catch Plaza, at the corner of 216th and Marine View Drive. www.destinationdesmoines.org


Burien Winterfest: December 2

Celebrate the holiday season by shopping locally at this annual community event in downtown Burien! Festivities include free horse-and-carriage rides, photos with Santa, hot treats and in-store specials. Winterfest takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SW 152nd Street. www.discoverburien.org


Salty’s Holiday Sunday Brunch: December 3, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24

Taste the magic at Salty’s Holiday Sunday Brunch, a Pacific Northwest holiday tradition. The whole family will enjoy festive décor, a fantasy storybook setting and photo opportunities with Santa every Sunday (and two Saturdays) leading up to Christmas. The buffet includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh local oysters, Pacific Northwest salmon, hand-carved roasts, seasonal salads and homemade pastries. Reservations are highly recommended. www.saltys.com/christmas


Argosy Cruises Christmas Ships & Bonfires on the Beach: December 6

The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is a beloved holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Bundle up and watch the Christmas Ships sail past Des Moines. www.argosycruises.com


Breakfast with Santa at Des Moines Activity Center: December 8

Come and join Santa for arts, crafts and a pancake breakfast! The city of Des Moines invites children, accompanied by an adult, to chat with Santa about their Christmas list, do creative craft projects and eat a hearty breakfast. Call 206.870.6527 to make your reservations. www.tothebeachwa.com


2nd Annual Winter Truffle Experience at Cedarbrook Lodge: December 16

Immerse your mind and taste buds in a one night affair filled with edible truffle delights and education. The journey begins with luminary Alana McGee of the Truffle Dog Company and her two truffle dogs, LoLo and Ruby, for hors d’oeuvres and Italian Barolo. While tasting both white and black truffles, Alana will discuss local foraging and shed light on where the truffle industry is heading in North America. Following the educational, yet tasty, portion of the evening, Executive Chef Mark Bodinet will prepare a five-course seasonal tasting menu in Copperleaf Restaurant, utilizing black and white truffles from around the world, and paired with wines from Washington, France, and Italy. All guests will take home a truffle-inspired culinary swag bag to commemorate their experience! Call 206.214.4282 for reservations.


Santa’s Landing Party at the Museum of Flight: December 16

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the museum via a classic 1930s biplane and greet well-wishers before heading inside to hear children’s holiday wishes until closing. This festive event includes music by the Boeing Concert Orchestra, Boeing Band and a special guest, children’s music legend Caspar Babypants. The outdoor event is free; the indoor events are free with museum admission. www.museumofflight.org


Christmas Day at Cedarbrook Lodge: December 25

A four course tasting menu with entrée and dessert choices is available for a special Christmas Day lunch or dinner. Wine pairings are also offered. Copperleaf Restaurant features farm-to-table regional cuisine with a comfortable ambiance and picturesque windows framing spectacular views of Cedarbrook’s meticulously landscaped backyard. Reservations are required. www.cedarbrooklodge.com