Autumn Agenda: Fall in Love with Seattle

Fall in love with Seattle, steps from home. Autumn is in the air, the leaves are changing and Seattle is wide open. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle’s new waterfront, and close to all the action. Start exploring the best of the season with these local to-do’s.



Catch a concert at Pier 62. Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Pier Sounds, a concert series featuring regional bands and artists including The Black TonesD’Vonne Lewis and Friendz, Lady A, and Tiffany Wilson. Enjoy live music, local food trucks, a beer garden, and all the sights and sounds of Seattle’s waterfront on October 2, 9 + 16.


Meet a friend in the Underwater Dome at the Seattle Aquarium. Step through a short tunnel and into this one-of-a-kind undersea dome with a 360-degree view into a 400,000-gallon habitat, filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. You’ll experience a beautiful, ever-changing snapshot of life in Puget Sound. See schools of silvery, open-water salmon flash in the filtered light from above. The aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance to enhance the visitor experience. Want to venture out? Join the Seattle Aquarium at five locations along the Cedar River this October. Trained naturalists will be on-site to help you spot spawning salmon and learn about the things we can all do to help them. Dates include October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 11am to 4pm.


Experience the Grand Opening of the most sustainable arena in the world – a short bike ride from The Emerald. On October 22, the Climate Pledge Arena will host the seven-time Grammy award-winning band, Coldplay. Plan to catch a Kraken game this season and cheer on our local hockey team. Just over a mile from The Emerald, getting there is easy! For most major events they’ll have a bike valet for convenient and safe bike storage, 3 parking garages located on Seattle Center Campus, and you can also hop on the Metro and be there in 20 minutes.


Taste the best of Seattle during Seattle Restaurant Week. SRA runs from October 24 – November 6 and will be offering special menus to include $20 lunches, $35 and/or $50 dinners. Indulge in nearby specials like beer and burger pairings from Pike Brewing Company, the 3 course surf-n-turf special at Wasabi Sushi & Izakaya, and a 3 course menu featuring fall flavors from Chef Potvin at the Le Igloo @ Maximilien – all within a few minutes from The Emerald.


Toast to autumn atop it all at Smith Tower Observatory. Less than a mile from The Emerald, you can experience the iconic, world-famous observatory with its historic exhibits, Otis elevators, stunning 360-degree views of Seattle, and open-air viewing deck. Order the new fall special Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) Martini at the thirty-fifth-floor bar as you explore the intriguing menu and amazing views. Tip: Grab a ‘Straight Up By Night’ ticket available at the door Wednesday – Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Emerald has partnered with award-winning Columbia Hospitality to provide highly personalized concierge services and premier hospitality. One of the unique perks of this program is an exclusive discount admission to the iconic Smith Tower Observatory, which includes a ride in the historic Otis elevator to the thirty-fifth floor, where you can enjoy an exciting menu of local cuisine, craft cocktails, a pinch of Prohibition and some truly amazing views..


Enjoy a fall bike ride from The Emerald. Layer up and pop over to Olympic Sculpture Park. Start your journey by spying the Seattle fall foliage unfolding, then follow the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park as you try to spot eagles, gulls, and crows. Continue through Centennial Park as you take in views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains. Pedal all the way to Elliott Bay Marina at Smith Cove Park, which is a great spot to take in fall colors where crimson trees are brilliant against the turquoise waters and Seattle’s skyline shines.


Dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound. While it’s a nice walk from our doorstep, if you opt to drive or Envoy There, you’ll receive 3-hour parking vouchers for the Pike Place Parking Garage upon arrival. Make your reservations here and pre-order a bottle of wine here.


Make it a Market Day. There’s no better time than autumn to head to Pike Place Public Market and grab a Pike Place chowder bowl. Spend a day shopping for fall flavored treats and picking your favorite fall stems. From sunflowers and dahlias to new dried floral arrangements, Pike Place is the perfect spot to find bouquets to warm your home. Plus, for the very first time, visitors can grab food or drinks from 30+ eateries and restaurants at the market to enjoy in two new public seating areas on Pike Street and Pike Place. The MarketFront sundeck is a great spot to take in the waterfront views.


Keep your eyes open for the 2021 Elliott Bay Oyster New Year announcement and tickets. Every year, Elliott’s, a seafood mainstay in Seattle for over 40 years, has donated proceeds from its Oyster New Year bash to the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) and we’re looking forward to ringing it all in with our waterfront neighbor.


There’s no better spot to enjoy the best of Seattle. Take advantage of The Emerald’s incredible location by finding your move-in-ready home today and start exploring what each season offers, just steps from your front door. Visit to schedule your tour.


Image credit: Paul Emery