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September 1, 2014

What’s happening in September

The Ellensburg rodeo

August 29 to September 1 is the Ellensburg rodeo. It is a popular event. You can see cowboys and cowgirls. The events are bronco riding, bull riding and calf roping. Cowboys and cowgirls compete to see who is the best. The first Ellensburg Rodeo was on September 13, 1923. This rodeo is among the top 25 rodeos in the U.S.



August 30 to September 1 is Bumbershoot at Seattle Center. It is a big festival. People enjoy the music and art. Visitors can go to see short films, comedy acts and take part in workshops. About 100,000 people come to the Bumbershoot festival every year.


Labor Day

September 1 is Labor Day in the U.S. It is a day of rest for workers. It is a national holiday, so banks, schools and government office are closed. Labor Day is always the first Monday in September. Many stores have sales. Many schools begin the day after Labor Day. Labor Day is the last 3-day weekend of the summer. Many people travel on Labor Day weekend.


Washington State Fair

September 5-21 is the Washington State Fair. It is one of the 10 biggest fairs in the U.S. Over 1,000,000 visit the fair every year. People can go to concerts and shows. They can see animals and many handicrafts. Children can ride on a Ferris wheel or a merry-go-round. There are many things to do at the fair, but most people buy a delicious fair scone with jam. In fact, in 2013 people ate 1,081,967 scones at the fair. State fairs are an important part of American culture. To see a photo of the Ferris wheel at the fair click here: 
WA State Fair


Aki Matsuri

September 6-7 is Aki Matsuri. It is a Japanese festival of arts and crafts. It takes place at Bellevue College.


Harvest Moon Festival

September 6-8 is the Harvest Moon Festival. In Korean it is known as Chuseok. It is a harvest festival.  Families prepare foods for their ancestral memorial site. They work together to make, songspyun, rice cakes filled with chestnuts, sesame seeds, or sweetened beans. They also participate in traditional activities like Korean wrestling, archery, singing, folding paper, and playing music and games. The Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese cultures also celebrate this Moon Festival. In Chinese it is Zhōngqiū Jié.


Pendleton Roundup

September 10-13 is the Pendleton Roundup in Pendleton, Oregon. It is one of the ten largest rodeos in the world. This rodeo began in 1910. The Westward Ho! Parade is very interesting. It is on Friday, September 12. No vehicles with motors are allowed. People can see real covered wagons and buggies pulled by horses.


Seattle Fiestas Patrias

September 13-14 is Seattle Fiestas Patrias. It is a Latino festival of music, dance, and crafts at South Park and Seattle Center. For Mexico and several other Latin countries this is a time to celebrate independence. For more information about this festival, click here.


The International Day of Peace

September 21. The International Day of Peace. It is celebrated all over the world with events focused on promoting peace in the world. It was begun in 1981 by the United Nations. This year the theme is the “Right of People to Peace.” Click here for events in the Seattle area.


The autumnal equinox

September 23 is the autumnal equinox. This is the first official day of autumn. On this day, night and day are about equal, 12 hours each, all around the world.



What’s happening in October

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

October 3-4; 10-11; 17-18 is the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. You can enjoy Bavarian food, clothing, shops, dance, music and family activities. For more information about the Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, click here.


Issaquah Salmon Days

October 4-5 is Issaquah Salmon Days. This festival celebrates the returning salmon to lakes and streams to lay eggs. There is a parade, arts and crafts, and fish hatchery tours. For information on Salmon Days in Issaquah, click here.


Columbus Day

October 13 is Columbus Day. It honors Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. In 1492, Columbus was looking for a short trade route from Europe to India and China. He sailed west from Spain. His ships landed in the Bahamas on October 12. Columbus thought he was in India. He called the native people, “Indians.” He had landed in a new world. Columbus Day is a federal holiday, so banks and government offices are closed on Monday.


Adult Literacy Week

October 19-25 is Adult Literacy Week in Washington State. This week brings attention to the fact that in Washington, 1 in 6 hard-working adults need literacy skills. New skills will make them more productive. This keeps our economy moving. Local adult literacy programs offer free or low-cost ESL (English as a Second Language), ABE (Adult Basic Education), and GED classes.



October 31 is Halloween. It is a very old custom. Immigrants from Europe brought Halloween to the U.S. many years ago. Halloween is a day for parties and fun. Children wear costumes and masks. They know on neighbors’; doors and say, “Trick or treat!” People give them candy or other treats. If someone doesn’t give them a treat, the children might play a trick. Some people have costume parties on Halloween. They decorate with pumpkins and pictures of black cats. People carve faces in pumpkins. The pumpkins are called jack o’ lanterns.

Published September 2014

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