Seattle events calendar for October 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

Octoberfest at Pike Brewing

October 1, 2016 (1 to 4 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

A ticket to Piketoberfest includes unlimited tastes of local meats, sauerkraut, and cheese, 10 drink tokens, and live music at 1415 1st Avenue for age 21+.

Robot expo

October 1, 2016

1 mile NW

Amateur robot enthusiasts exhibit new technologies, share ideas, show off robotic creations, and compete at Robothon in the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Film festival

October 1, 2016 (begins Sept. 22)

1.1 miles east

Local Sightings Film Festival shows new films, awards prizes, throws parties, and helps Northwest filmmakers to network at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill.

Oktoberfest in Ballard

October 1, 2016 (5 to 10 p.m.)

5 miles NW

Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest has beer from a dozen local breweries, cider, wieners, pretzels, live music, and burlesque at Salmon Bay Eagles for age 21+.

Jekyll & Hyde

October 1, 2016 (also Sept.)

13 miles SW

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical is a dark thriller based on the book “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson at Renton Civic Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Art & Wine Walk

October 1, 2016

31 miles south

Puyallup Art & Wine Walk features wine, food, live music, and art in historic downtown Puyallup.

Comedian Arsenio Hall

October 1, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

34.5 miles south

Arsenio Hall made history as the first black late-night talk show host, and now he’s making people laugh at Pantages Theater in Tacoma. Discount tickets $37.

Railroad Days

October 1, 2016

43 miles NE

Railroad Days features a grand parade, children’s parade, 5K race, food, band, and a carnival in the small town of Granite Falls. Free.

Experimental art & film

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 17)

multiple locations

Black Box festival features new work by contemporary artists. It includes exhibitions, screenings, discussions, workshops, installations, and performances.

LEGO building convention

October 1 - 2, 2016

1 mile NW

View thousands of models created by adult hobbyists, and visit LEGO vendors at BrickCon Public Exhibition in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Tea festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

1 mile NW

Sample fine tea, attend presentations by tea authors and industry experts, and shop for tea supplies at the Northwest Tea Festival in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free except tastings.


October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

1.3 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Ballet opens a new season with Tricolore, a program of three ballets with French connections at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets $29.

Musical about workers

October 1 - 2, 2016 (also Sept.)

9 miles NE

Based on the book by historian Studs Terkel, Working has a top-notch score by noted composers and shines a spotlight on the lives of laborers at Seattle Musical Theatre in Magnuson Park. Discount tickets $25.

Salmon festival & parade

October 1 - 2, 2016

17 miles east

Giant Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the salmon’s annual return with arts and crafts, a kids’ play area, food, entertainment, and a parade. Free.

Oyster and seafood festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

85 miles SW

OysterFest offers oysters, shrimp, a food pavilion, wine, microbrews, live music, exhibits, a cook-off, and an oyster-shucking contest at the Port of Shelton.

French film festival

October 1 - 6, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world, special guests, and parties at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 1 - 15, 2016 (Fri. & Sat.)

119 miles east

Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Addams Family musical

October 1 - 16, 2016 (also Sept.)

39.2 miles south

In this “lost” episode of The Addams Family TV show, the daughter falls in love and invites a “normal” boy and his parents to dinner, live at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $16.

Eastside musical

October 1 - 23, 2016 (also Sept.)

17 miles east

A charming tale of friendship, romance, and simple pleasures, Pump Boys and Dinettes features a rousing blend of down-home country, rock, and blues at the Village Theatre in Issaquah. Discount tickets $39.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 1 - 30, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves. Open only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2016

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Adult Halloween show

October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

1.2 miles NW

Buy a cocktail, sign a waiver, and then wander through Harvest, a gruesome theatrical production of horror and intrigue at Seattle Immersive Theatre, age 21+. Discount tickets $12 to $48.

Haunted house

October 1 - 31 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Snohomish haunts

October 1 - 31, 2016

27 miles north

Nightmare on 9 [sound] and Zombie Safari Paintball are both at Thomas Family Farm. See schedule.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 1 - 31, 2016 (starts Sept. 30)

33 miles north

Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze. See schedule.

Buckley haunted farm

October 1 - 31, 2016

43 miles south

Roam the Haunted Woods or the Night Corn Maze at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Puppet show for adults

October 1 - Nov. 12, 2016

0.4 miles SW

Puppets sing bawdy songs and crack dirty jokes in Cotton Gin, set in a bar at Unexpected Productions near the Pike Place Market. Discount tickets $11.

Wine & chocolate

October 1 - Nov. 26, 2016 (also Sept.)

15 miles SE

Taste 4 premium wines and 4 artisan chocolates at Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar in Renton. Discount tickets $15.

Medieval knights

October 2, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

24 miles NE

The Seattle Knights joust at 1 and 4 p.m., mounted archers compete, and vendors sell medieval-themed art at Medieval Fair at Equine Life Solutions in Bothell.

Underwear comedy in Tacoma

October 2, 2016 (also Sept.)

35 miles south

The Underpants is Steve Martin’s laugh-out-loud satire of early 20th-century bourgeois manners and customs, live at Tacoma Little Theatre. Discount tickets $12.

Classic drama about prejudice

October 2 - 30, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

1.3 miles NW

A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a ground-breaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $18 to $43.

Classic play about conformity

October 3 - 8, 2016 (also Sept.)

1 mile east

One by one, each villager becomes a Rhinoceros in this absurdist play about conformity by Eugene Ionesco at 12th Ave Arts. Discount tickets $18.

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 4, 2016

0.3 mile SW

Begin your Feast at the Market at a wine reception, and then use your ticket book for tastes at 20 market restaurants before reuniting for dessert. Age 21+.

High-tech conference

October 4 - 5, 2016

0.2 miles SE

The pricey GeekWire Summit unites top engineers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions at the Sheraton Seattle.

Tasting event

October 6, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Get tastes from dozens of restaurants, mixologists, and food trucks at the Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Food Awards at Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, 21+.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 6, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

5 miles north

Brew at the Zoo features beer from 30 breweries, food, music, and animal encounters in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and Zoomazium at Woodland Park Zoo for age 21+.

Tacoma RV Show

October 6 - 9, 2016

33 miles south

See the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma Fall RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Jan.

Tacoma Film Festival

October 6 - 13, 2016

35 miles south

The Tacoma Film Festival showcases outstanding work by independent filmmakers, many from the Pacific Northwest. Most films show at Grand Cinema.

Ghost stories

October 6 - Nov. 10, 2016 (also Sept.)

0.4 miles SW

Your suggestions become spooky & funny improvised comedy at Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets on Thursdays $8.


October 6 - Nov. 17, 2016 (8:30 p.m. Thursdays)

1.1 miles NE

Magnifique is a cabaret-style variety show that may leave you wondering which performers are women and which are in drag at Julia’s on Broadway. Discount tickets $20.

Halloween trapeze show

October 7 - 8, 2016

5 miles south

Watch trapeze performances with a macabre theme, and come early to try the trapeze yourself (age 4+) during Fall Festival of Flight at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA). Donation.

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 7 - 8, 2016

41 miles SW

Watch settlers reenact daily chores at Fort Nisqually in 1859 on a guided Candlelight Tour. Park at the zoo early for shuttle.

Anacortes Oktoberfest

October 7 - 8, 2016

81 miles north

Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, German food, live music, and a costume contest on the waterfront.

Irish film festival

October 7 - 9, 2016

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films at Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Film Center, with opening gala and closing party.

Greek festival

October 7 - 9, 2016

3 miles NE in Montlake

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume.

Puyallup Oktoberfest

October 7 - 9, 2016

37 miles south

Oktoberfest Northwest serves up beer, brats, music, kids’ activities, and a root-beer garden indoors at the Washington State Fair & Event Center. Discount tickets $14 for 2 people on Oct. 7.

Crab and seafood festival

October 7 - 9, 2016

83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival has a crab feed, crab catching, food and craft booths, Sat. 5K run, and a Sun. chowder cook-off in Port Angeles. Free entry.

Short animated films

October 7 - 12, 2016

0.8 miles east

Animation Show of Shows screens 11 new international short films at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Don Quixote musical

October 7 - 30, 2016

0.3 miles SE

Broadway musical Man of La Mancha is about the author of the inspiring novel Don Quixote, which features a mad knight in search of an impossible dream, at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Discount tickets $19 to $68.

Haunted golf course

October 7 - 30, 2016 (dates below)

13 miles north

Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center on October 7-8, 14-15, 20-22, 27-30, with a family festival on October 30 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Lacey haunted house

October 7 - 31, 2016

58 miles south

My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. See schedule, which includes kids’ hours on two days. Open Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 - 31.

Jazz festival

October 7 - Nov. 11, 2016

Seattle locations

The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

October 8, 2016 (3 to 10 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, a marching band, DJ, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF), which includes a giant beer-filled pumpkin in the north parking lot of CenturyLink Field outside Elysian Fields. Sells out.

Artisan cheese festival

October 8, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

1.3 miles east

Meet cheesemakers, taste cheese, and see demos at Cascadia Cheese Festival at Central Co-op. Free.

Pumpkin festival

October 8, 2016

42 miles south

Enjoy pumpkin pie, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin cotton candy, and even pumpkin pizza at the Orting Pumpkin Fest. Includes family entertainment, a car show, and kids in costume. Free admission.

Geek Girl Connections

October 8 - 9, 2016

0.5 mile east

GeekGirlCon creates a community for women in science, technology, arts and literature, comics, and game design at the conference center near the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Rare book sale

October 8 - 9, 2016

1 mile NW vary

Browse thousands of rare books, maps, prints, and photos at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Sammamish Arts Fair

October 8 - 9, 2016

22 miles east

Meet the juried artists, see their work, enjoy performance art, and make family art projects at Sammamish Arts Fair at Sammamish City Hall. Free.

Cranberry festivals

October 8 - 9, 2016

132 to 170 miles SW

Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry bog tours.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 8 - 31, 2016

28 miles north

Stalker Farms has two walk through haunts, a zombie paintball ride, and a non-haunted corn maze. Open October 8, 13-15, 20-23, 27-31.

Children’s festival

October 9, 2016

1 mile NW

Seattle Children’s Festival features performances, workshops, music, and activities at Seattle Center that promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Family fest

October 9, 2016

1 mile south

Fall Festival at Occidental Square [formerly Fall Family Harvest] has kids’ games and activities plus live music in Pioneer Square. Free.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 9 - 20, 2016

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April. Dinner is $32 and lunch is $18.

Classic comedy in Woodinville

October 9 - 23, 2016

20 miles NE

Arsenic and Old Lace is a dark comedy about a young man who introduces his fiance to his oddball family at Woodinville Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Fake wedding

October 13, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Seattle at Metropolist. No gifts required!

Discount tickets $12.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 13 - 23, 2016

Seattle locations

The Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival (formerly Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) includes galas and receptions after some films.

Food and drink tasting

October 14, 2016 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Get seven drink tickets and unlimited food samples from 40 local producers at the Taste of Seattle Made Party at Metropolist for age 21+.

International film festival

October 14 - 23, 2016

Greater Seattle area

See films made in or about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival, which has an opening gala and closing banquet.

Polish film festival

October 14 - 23, 2016

1.5 miles NW

Seattle Polish Film Festival is at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Eastside haunted house

October 14 - 31, 2016 (dates below)

20 miles east

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and trail in Sammamish, which is scarier after 8 p.m. October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-31.

Turkish festival

October 15 - 16, 2016

1 mile NW

Turkfest features Turkish food, coffee, dance, music, and games at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Reptile show

October 15 - 16, 2016

37 miles south

See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Seattle Reptile Expo at Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 15 - 16, 2016

41 miles south

Enjoy treats, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear a costume for a discount to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Local farm feast

October 16, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

9 miles NW

Enjoy An Incredible Feast at the Center for Urban Horticulture, prepared by top Seattle chefs with ingredients from local farmers as a benefit for farmers.

Tacoma holiday sale

October 20 - 23, 2016

33 miles south

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival draws 40,000 people to shop 550 booths of handmade items and specialty foods and see Santa at the Tacoma Dome.

Free symphony concerts

October 20 - 25, 2016

multiple locations

Hear a free Seattle Symphony community concert.

Haunt at Fort Lewis

Oct. 20 - 22 and 27 - 29, 2016

46 miles south

A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park is interactive horror theater with a guide. Less scary kids’ version on October 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Family play for ages 6+

October 20 - Dec. 11, 2016

1 mile NW

Based on the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is about 4 children who visit the magical land of Narnia, meet mythical creatures, and witness a battle between good and evil at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets $13 to $23.

Magic show

October 21 - 22, 2016

0.2 miles north

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show with live music by a concert cellist, at the Westin. Discount tickets $36 at Goldstar and Groupon.

Sherlock Holmes weekend

October 21 - 23, 2016

0.9 miles NE

Celebrate the world-famous detective with artists, writers, curators, and performers at the Sherlock Seattle Convention at Broadway Performance Hall.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 22, 2016 (noon to 2 a.m.)

0 miles

Wear a costume, bring cash, and socialize during the informal Halloween Pub Crawl that bar hops around downtown Seattle. Free and crowded.

Halloween party at EMP

October 22, 2016 (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

1 mile NW

Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, pizza, a dance party, and horror-film props at Fashionably Undead Prom: Under the Sea for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.

Bird party

October 22, 2016 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

1.2 miles north

Wear nature-inspired masquerade attire to the $100 Bird Ball to support Seattle Audubon, dance to a jazz band, eat hors d’oeuvres, visit the no-host bar, and tour the Museum of History & Industry.

Halloween dance party

October 22, 2016 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

3 miles south

The Black Cat Bash offers DJ dance music, a costume contest, and a food truck at Studio Seven to benefit Seattle Humane.

Fall Festival

October 22 - 23, 2016

7 miles NW

Tickets for hayrides, crafts, and snacks at Fall Festival support charity, and the kids’ straw maze with spooky sounds is free, at Swansons Nursery.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 22 - 23, 2016

36 miles south

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in the Pavilion Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Repeats March & June.

Halloween Train

October 22-23 and 29-30 2016

29 miles east

Enjoy apple cider and watch it being pressed, and then ride the decorated steam-powered Halloween Train that runs 4 times daily between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Neighborhood festival

October 23, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

9 miles SW

Fauntleroy Fall Festival is a small event with homemade food for sale, animals to pet, pony rides, indoor entertainment, and pumpkin painting.

Literature in bars

October 27, 2016

1 mile east

Lit Crawl Seattle features 65 local authors reading their works in bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces on Capitol Hill. Free except the after party.

Halloween show & party

October 28 - 29, 2016

2.4 miles south

Carnevolar is nightmarish aerial acts set to live music at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Saturday show at 1:30 p.m. is for all ages. The 9 p.m. shows followed by all-night dance parties are age 21+. Costumes welcome.

Snohomish beer tasting

October 28 - 29, 2016

30 miles NW

Enjoy beer from local breweries, a sausage dinner, and live music at the Snohomish Brewfest at Snohomish Event Center.

Opera fairy tale

October 28 - 30, 2016

1.3 miles NW

With refreshing humor and Wagnerian orchestration, Hansel & Gretel is a brilliant adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story sung in German with English subtitles at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets $49 to $85.

Ghost Conference

October 28 - 30, 2016

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Ghost Conference features paranormal investigations, guest speakers, and ghost tours in the historic town of Port Gamble. Pre-register.

Bollywood Halloween

October 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)

0.8 miles north

Bollywood Scream is a DJ dance party with sounds of India and a costume contest at Club Contour for age 21+.

Giant Halloween party

October 29, 2016

1 mile NW

Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Thriller dance

October 29, 2016

1 mile south

Attend a rehearsal to learn Michael Jackson’s moves, and then dance “Thriller” (ghoulish costume optional) at Thrill the World Seattle at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween 5K & dance

October 29, 2016

5.3 miles north

Boogie Nights 5K & Dance Party is an untimed run/walk at Green Lake Park for age 21+ followed by a costume dance party at the community center.

Eastside zombies

October 29, 2016

15 miles NE

Join or watch zombies staggering into Redmond Town Center for a costume contest, photo booth, live music, and “Thriller” dance at Thrill the World Redmond. Free.

Eastside brewery party

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m.)

18 miles NE

The Haunted Brewery Bash has two floors of haunting entertainment and a costume contest at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.

Romantic classical music

October 29 - 30, 2016 (3 p.m.)

multiple locations

Seattle Festival Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

Halloween at the zoo

October 29 - 30, 2016

5 miles north

Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Halloween dash

October 30, 2016

6 miles SE

Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Trick-or-treating for kids

October 31, 2016

Greater Seattle area

The Sweetest (and Safest) Trick-or-Treating Spots Around Seattle include Seattle neighborhoods, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

Kids’ costume party

October 31, 2016

1 mile NW

Kids 10 and younger will enjoy a haunted mountain, scavenger hunt, games, and treats at the Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum. Free.

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2016

3 miles north

Join a procession of musicians and people in costume celebrating the “birth” of Fremont’s famous troll on Trolloween at N. 36th St. and Troll Ave. N. Free.

Cabaret Macabre

October 31, 2016 (7 p.m.)

5 miles SE

Cabaret Macabre will entertain you with music and dance at Columbia City Theater if you are age 21+.
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