As autumn approaches, the leaves turn orange, the temperature cools—and the artisanal hard cider flows. This September 5–6, the fifth annual Cider Summit festival is the place to be. “Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious,” says cofounder of SBS-Imports, Alan Shapiro. The event is housed at South Lake Union’s Discovery Center, a beautiful downtown location near Westlake & Denny. Festivalgoers will enjoy live music, over 100 crisp ciders and Whole Foods Market selections to munch. The ciders featured are produced locally in Washington and western regions as well as in farther locations along the East Coast, England, France and Spain. A variety of apple orchards and ingredients provide some drastically different tastes. Cider makers will be present to talk with guests. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; tickets include a tasting glass and eight four-ounce drink tickets. Tickets are available to purchase online through Stranger Tickets, at Whole Foods locations, and selected bottle shops. This event is 21+ only and dog-friendly.