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 in October 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 1, 2015 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

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

0.1 miles north

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

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2015

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

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. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1, 2015.

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.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest 

October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2015

119 miles east

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

Seattle haunted house

Oct. 2 - 31, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

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.

Tukwila haunted house

October 2 - 31, 2015 (Fri. & Sat.)

11 miles south

Shadows Haunted Attraction has both a traditional dark maze and a group theatrical experience in Tukwila. See schedule.

LEGO building convention

October 3 - 4, 2015

1 mile NW

BrickCon Exhibition is a four-day event for LEGO builders. Buy a ticket to view their creations on the weekend at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

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.

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.

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+.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 8 - 31, 2015

28 miles north

Visit Field of Screams or take the Paintball Stalker ride at Stalker Farms, which is open October 8-10, 15-18, 22-25, and 29-31.

Cranberry festivals

October 9, 2015

132 to 170 miles SW

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

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 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.

Art & Wine Walk

October 10, 2015

31 miles south

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

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 Seattle convention center.

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.

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.

Pumpkin festival

October 11, 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.

Jazz festival

October 15 - Nov. 8, 2015

Seattle locations

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

Tacoma beer festival

October 17, 2015

33 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound IPA Festival in Tacoma’s Union Station.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 17 - 18, 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.

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.
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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.

Snohomish beer tasting

October 23 - 25, 2015

30 miles NW

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

Bainbridge film festival

October 24 - 25, 2015 (party Oct. 23)

11 miles west via ferry

The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival screens films with a local connection and offers discussions. Free.

Halloween Train

October 24 - 25, 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. Sold out trains may have walk-up tickets.

Halloween at the zoo

October 24, 25, 31, 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.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 25, 2015

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.

Thriller dance

October 25, 2015

1 mile south

Practice dancing Michael Jackson's “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Seattle at Pioneer Square. Free.

Trick-or-treating for kids

October 31, 2015

Greater Seattle area

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

Stylish Halloween party

October 31, 2015

0.5 mile SW

Risqué features beautiful people in sexy costumes dancing to top-40 hits played by DJs in the Showbox at the Market. Requires age 21 ID.

Giant Halloween party

October 31, 2015

1 mile NW

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

Halloween costume party

October 31, 2015

1 mile SE

Bonza Bash Halloween is a masquerade costume ball with a top DJ and costume prizes at Fremont Studios.

Halloween on Capitol Hill

October 31, 2015

1 mile east

The Halloween Bash is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Kids’ costume party

October 31, 2015

1 mile NW

Kids 10 and younger will enjoy a haunted mountain, scavenger hunt, games, and trick or treat at the free Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum.

Halloween 5K & dance

October 31, 2015

5.3 miles north

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

Chocolate festival

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile west

Sample fine artisan chocolates and desserts, visit the beer and wine room, or attend workshops on chocolate making and cooking at The Northwest Chocolate Festival at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Home show

October 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Latino films

October 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

Tea festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Local farm feast

October 2015 (undated)

9 miles NW

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

Tacoma RV Show

October 2015 (undated)

33 miles south

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

Tacoma Film Festival

October 2015 (undated)

35 miles south

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

Film festival

October 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

Beer & BBQ

October 2015 (undated)

3.2 miles north

Taste beer from 20 breweries and eat unlimited BBQ when Brew Seattle returns to Fremont Foundry.

Artisan cheese festival

October 2015 (undated)

1.3 miles east

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

Sammamish Arts Fair

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Auto show

October 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

See nearly 500 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field.

Turkish festival

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Neighborhood festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Greek festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Zombie theater

October 2015 (undated)

7 miles east

Youth Theatre Northwest teenagers perform an interactive version of Night of the Living Dead indoors and outdoors on Mercer Island for ages 9+.

Wedding gala

October 2015 (undated)

0.4 miles south

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

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 170 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April.

Zombie run

October 2015 (undated)

24 miles south

Dodge zombies who grab your flag at the Freaky 5K Zombie Run at Celebration Park in Federal Way.

Literature in bars

October 2015 (undated)

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 9 p.m. after-party at Richard Hugo House.

French film festival

October 2015 (undated)

2 miles NW

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

Arts and crafts show

October 2015 (undated)

8 miles NE

Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show 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 2015 (undated)

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.

Celebration of hope

October 2015 (undated)

13 miles NE

Celebrate our similarities and our bright future with music, dance, and learning at Earth Citizen Festival at Lake Washington High School Theater in Kirkland.

Ghost stories

October 2015 (undated)

0.4 miles SW

Your suggestions become spooky & funny improv at Campfire Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Fall Festival

October 2015 (undated)

7 miles NW

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

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Tacoma haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

33 miles south

Hell’s Gateway is a high-tech haunted house with three attractions at 2302 Fawcett Ave. See schedule.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 2015 (undated) (schedule)

25 miles south

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

Snohomish haunts

October 2015 (undated)

27 miles north

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

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 2015 (undated)

33 miles north

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

Lacey haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

58 miles south

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

Buckley haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

48 miles SW

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

Buckley haunted farm

October 2015 (undated)

43 miles south

Shoot live zombies from a bus at Monster Safari or roam the Haunted Woods during Harvest of Terror at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Haunted golf course

October 2015 (undated)

13 miles north

Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk that includes indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. Tame version for families Oct. 12, 19, 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fort Lewis scare

October 2015 (undated)

46 miles south

A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park [sound] is interactive horror theater with a guide. Less scary version for kids the last day from 3 to 5 p.m.

Eastside haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

20 miles east

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

Halloween party at EMP

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile NW

Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, a dance party, and a horror scavenger hunt at Fashionably Undead Bash: Beware the Woods for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.

Haunting films with live music

October 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles east

See 3 old films with live music and special effects at A Haunting Invitation to Halloween at NW Film Forum.

Halloween orchestra

October 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra plays spooky and lively selections for Danses Macabres: An American Halloween at Benaroya Hall.

Halloween music videos

October 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles east

See locally made videos that are dark, sexy, and creepy at Videoasis at Northwest Film Forum.

Halloween dance party

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile NE

The Black Cat Bash offers two rooms of DJ music, a costume contest, and food trucks at Fred Wildlife Refuge to benefit the Humane Society.

Halloween dash

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween show & party

October 2015 (undated)

2.4 miles south

Carnevolar V: The Funhouse has nightmarish aerial acts to live music both days, plus a DJ dance party on Friday at Emerald City Trapeze Arts.

Cabaret Macabre

October 2015 (undated)

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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October 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.cook@events12.com