Seattle events calendar for October 2015. 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.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 1, 2015

5 miles north

Brew at the Zoo is a Woodland Park Zoo fundraiser featuring beer from 30 breweries, food, music, and animal encounters for adults.

High-tech conference

October 1 - 2, 2015

0.2 miles SE

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

Film festival

October 1 - 3, 2015

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.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2015

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

October 2 - 3, 2015

5 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 at Elysian Brewing in Georgetown. Sells out.

Halloween trapeze show

October 2 - 3, 2015

5 miles south

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

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 2 - 3, 2015

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 2 - 3, 2015

81 miles north

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

Latino films

October 2 - 11, 2015

Seattle locations

The annual Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) shows recent films from a different country each year.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

October 2 - 17, 2015

119 miles east

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

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 2 - 31, 2015 (schedule)

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves.

Snohomish haunts

October 2 - 31, 2015

27 miles north

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

Haunted house

October 2 - Nov. 1, 2015

4 miles south

KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Fishermen’s festival

October 3, 2015

4.4 miles NW

Fishermen’s Fall Festival offers seafood, live music, a beer garden, canal tours, contests, and kids’ activities at Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. Free.

Art & Wine Walk

October 3, 2015

31 miles south

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

Railroad Days

October 3, 2015

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.

Chocolate festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

0.7 miles west

Taste chocolate, attend workshops, and shop from 80 vendors at the Northwest Chocolate Festival at Bell Harbor Pier.

LEGO building convention

October 3 - 4, 2015

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 3 - 4, 2015

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.

Food truck festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

15 miles NE

Drink Oktoberfest beer from 30 breweries and eat food from 30 food trucks during Trucktoberfest at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Salmon festival & parade

October 3 - 4, 2015

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 3 - 4, 2015

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.

Buckley haunted farm

October 3 - 31, 2015

43 miles south

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

Buckley haunted house

October 3 - 31, 2015 (schedule)

48 miles SW

Fright Factory is located in a secluded house in Buckley and charges cash only.

Lacey haunted house

October 3 - 31, 2015

58 miles south

My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. See schedule, which includes kids’ hours Oct. 31.

Medieval knights

October 4, 2015

24 miles NE

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

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 6, 2015

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+.

Orca whale night

October 7, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Socialize with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, see the aquarium, and hear a talk & panel discussion on the topic Intertwined Fates: The Orca-Salmon Connection in the Pacific Northwest at the Seattle Aquarium.

Polish film festival

October 7 - 18, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Seattle Polish Film Festival is at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Fake wedding

October 8, 2015

1 mile NW

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 the Space Needle. No gifts required!

Auto show

October 8 - 11, 2015

1.5 miles south

See 400 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle International Auto Show at CenturyLink Field.

Tacoma RV Show

October 8 - 11, 2015

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 8 - 15, 2015

35 miles south

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

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 8 - 18, 2015

Seattle locations

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival includes galas and receptions after some films.

Greek festival

October 9 - 11, 2015

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 9 - 11, 2015

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.

Crab and seafood festival

October 9 - 11, 2015

83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

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

Snohomish haunted farm

October 9 - 31, 2015

28 miles north

Stalker Farms has two walk through haunts, a zombie paintball ride, and a non-haunted corn maze. Open October 8-10, 15-18, 22-25, and 29-31.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 9 - 31, 2015

33 miles north

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

Haunted golf course

October 9 - Nov. 1, 2015

13 miles north

Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. Family festival Oct. 25, 3 to 8 p.m.

Robot expo

October 10, 2015

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.

Artisan cheese festival

October 10, 2015

1.3 miles east

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

Samba at Seward Park

October 10, 2015

6.8 miles SE

Dance around the loop trail at Seward Park during Seattle Samba-Thon. Costume and drums optional.

Nighttime run

October 10, 2015

7.2 miles NE

The Lantern Run is a glow-in-the-dark 5K followed by a party at Magnuson Park.

Snohomish beer festival

October 10, 2015

28 miles NW

Try 40 beers from 20 craft breweries in the barn at Beer in the Barn Craft Beer Festival, and also visit the corn maze or kid land at Thomas Family Farm.

Pumpkin festival

October 10, 2015

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 10 - 11, 2015

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 10 - 11, 2015

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 10 - 11, 2015

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 10 - 11, 2015

132 to 170 miles SW

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

Jazz festival

October 10 - Nov. 18, 2015

Seattle locations

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

Children’s festival

October 11, 2015

1 mile NW

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

Local farm feast

October 11, 2015

9 miles NW

Enjoy An Incredible Feast at Swansons Nursery, prepared by top Seattle chefs with ingredients from local farmers. Proceeds benefit farmers.

Neighborhood festival

October 11, 2015

9 miles SW

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

International film festival

October 15 - 25, 2015

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.

Eastside haunted house

Oct. 16 - 31, 2015 (Thurs. - Sun.)

20 miles east

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and trail in Sammamish. Scarier after 8 p.m.

Family fest

October 17, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

1 mile south

Fall Family Harvest has kids’ games and activities plus live music at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween party at EMP

October 17, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, a dance party, and horror-film props at Fashionably Undead Prom: ’90s Nightmare for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.

India evening

October 17, 2015 (5 to 8 p.m.)

3.5 miles south

Hope for the Animals features Indian music, dancing, and food, plus a silent auction to benefit the animals of India at Culture Shakti Dance.

Zombie run

October 17, 2015

25 miles south

Dodge zombies who grab your flag at the Freaky 5K Zombie Run at Federal Way Community Center.

Turkish festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

1 mile NW

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

Reptile show

October 17 - 18, 2015

37 miles south

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

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 17 - 18, 2015

41 miles south

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

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 18 - 22 and 25 - 29, 2015

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April.

Wedding gala

October 22, 2015 (6:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Get Hitched, Give Hope is a fun, upscale bridal auction and show including appetizers and drinks at the Four Seasons.

Literature in bars

October 22, 2015

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.

Tacoma holiday sale

October 22 - 25, 2015

33 miles south

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

French film festival

October 22 - 29, 2015

2 miles NW

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

Beer made in Seattle

October 23, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Taste beer (and cider) from 20 Seattle breweries and play games at Brew Seattle at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Snohomish beer tasting

October 23 - 24, 2015

30 miles NW

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

Home show

October 23 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field. Repeats in Feb.

Arts and crafts show

October 23 - 25, 2015

8 miles NE

Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show, Act II has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in March and Nov.

Ghost Conference

October 23 - 25, 2015

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.

Fort Lewis scare

October 23-24 and 29-31, 2015

46 miles south

A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park [sound] is interactive horror theater with a guide. Less scary kids’ version 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 24, 2015 (12 to 8 p.m.)

0 miles

Wear a costume, bring cash, and socialize during the informal Halloween Pub Crawl that starts downtown and bar hops as it heads south. Free and crowded.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 24, 2015 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles west

Know Your Neighborhood - Haunted Edition is a scavenger hunt at the Pike Place Market beginning in Kells Irish Pub for age 21+ to support charity.

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015 (3 p.m.)

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 dance party

October 24, 2015 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

3 miles south

The Black Cat Bash offers DJ music, a costume contest, and food trucks at Studio Seven to benefit the Humane Society.

How to build green

October 24, 2015 (5 to 9:30 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, followed by a networking reception in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Beer and hydroplanes

October 24, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

15 miles south

Sample beer, bratwurst, and pretzels while hearing live music and touring the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum at Roostertails and Ales in Kent.

Eastside zombies

October 24, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

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.

Halloween at the zoo

October 24 - 25, 2015

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.

Bainbridge film festival

October 24 - 25, 2015

11 miles west via ferry

The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival screens films with a local connection and offers discussions plus an opening-night party. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 24 - 25, 2015

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.

Fall Festival

October 24 - 26, 2015

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 Swanson’s Nursery.

Halloween Train

October 24, 25, 31, 2015

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.

Halloween dance party

October 29 - 31, 2015

1.2 miles east

Spookhaus is a dance party and spooky haunted “haus” at NW Film Forum on Capitol Hill for age 21+.

Halloween show & party

October 29 - 31, 2015

2.4 miles south

Carnevolar has nightmarish aerial acts to live music. Thursday all ages; Friday & Sat. age 21+, followed by an all-night DJ dance party at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Costumes welcome.

Short animated films

October 30 - Nov. 5, 2015

0.8 miles east

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

Halloween film

October 30 - Nov. 5, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Tales of Halloween is a “bloody good, mostly laugh-out-loud fun” 92-minute horror anthology by 11 filmmakers at SIFF Film Center.

Trick-or-treating for kids

October 31, 2015

Greater Seattle area

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

Psycho with the symphony

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on the big screen as the Seattle Symphony performs the eerie soundtrack at Benaroya Hall.

Bollywood Halloween

October 31, 2015 (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 31, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1 mile NW

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

Halloween dance party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1 mile NE

Dance to house music in a high-tech studio setting, and participate in a midnight costume contest at All Hallows Eve at Fred Wildlife Refuge for age 21+.

Kids’ costume party

October 31, 2015 (4 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Small publisher festival

October 31, 2015

1 mile NW

Short Run showcases makers of books, zines, comics, and animation at Seattle Center. Free, except the dance party afterward 8 to 11 p.m. for age 21+.

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2015 (7 p.m.)

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, 2015 (8 p.m.)

5 miles SE

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

Halloween dash

October 31, 2015 (10 a.m.)

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.

Eastside brewery party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to midnight)

18 miles NE

The Haunted Brewery Bash has two floors of haunting entertainment, a costume contest, and live music (Marty McFly and the Deloreans) at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.

Plant trees in Redmond

October 31, 2015 (9 a.m.)

18 miles NW

Make the world a greener place by registering to plant trees at one of three parks on Green Redmond Day. All tools, supplies, and snacks are provided. Free.

Comics & pop-culture convention

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2015

34 miles south

Meet dozens of comics creators, hear panel talks, play games, and browse dealer tables at Jet City Comic Show at the Tacoma Convention Center.
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