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Seattle events October 2023

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Greek festival

October 1, 2023 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Montlake (3.7 miles NE)

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like gyros, souvlaki, lamb, chicken, spanakopita, pastry, coffee, and wine at the big St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume to live music a children’s booth, and church tours at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E in Seattle. No pets. [The 520 bridge is closed, and parking is limited.] FREE

Bonsai party

October 1, 2023 (1 to 4 p.m.)

Federal Way (25 miles S)

A $125 ticket to Branch Out includes appetizers, drinks, dessert, live entertainment, a silent auction, and a curated selection of bonsai in the iconic former Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S in Federal Way. [Online sales have ended, but you can register at the event.]
Oct. 1David KushnerShowbox
Oct. 1, 2Ivan CornejoMoore
Oct. 4Queens: Stone AgeClimate Pledge
Oct. 5ZZ TopMuckleshoot
Oct. 6, 7Death Cab for CutieClimate Pledge
Oct. 7Morgan WallenTacoma Dome
Oct. 8Peter GabrielClimate Pledge
Oct. 11JojiClimate Pledge
Oct. 14Brett YoungEQC
Oct. 14Guns N’ RosesClimate Pledge
Oct. 17, 18PinkTacoma Dome
Oct. 18Wu-Tang ClanClimate Pledge
Oct. 20AshnikkoShowbox SoDo
Oct. 23Kim PetrasWaMu
Oct. 24HozierWaMu
Oct. 27Tom OdellShowbox
Oct. 28Jon PardiAngel of Winds

Haunted golf course

October 1 - 31, 2023

Mountlake Terrace (14 miles N)

Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Gold Center, 6601 244th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace. It has a food court and a beer garden, and is open Fri., Sat., Sun., plus Halloween. Recommended for age 12+ except less scary for kids on Oct. 21, 2023 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Free museums

October 5, 2023

Seattle (multiple locations)

FREE on the first Thursday of each month.

Latin classical music

October 5 & 12, 2023

multiple locations

Hear a wide range of chamber music and concertos written by Latin American and Spanish composers during the Latino Chamber Music Festival performed by Ballard Civic Orchestra. FREE
  • Oct. 5 – Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
  • Oct. 12 – First Congregational, Bellevue

Medieval haunted woods

October 6 - 29, 2023

Vaughn (58 miles SW)

My Haunted Forest “submerges you in a medieval alternate reality with dragons and other mythical beasts lurking in the woods” as you walk a one-mile trail at 17616 S Vaughn Road NW in Vaughn, Kitsap County. Family friendly until 7 p.m. Best to buy in advance. No flashlights. Open Fri., Sat., Sun., and Oct. 26.

Floating lanterns

October 7, 2023

Green Lake (5.2 miles N)

Here’s a national for-profit event that gets good reviews. Water Lantern Festival begins at 3:30 p.m. with food trucks, music, and games; at 6:30 p.m. you design a lantern included in the ticket price; and at 7 p.m. you launch it on Green Lake at Seattle Public Theater, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N in Seattle. No pets.

Whacky parade

October 7 - 8, 2023

Port Townsend (58 miles NW via ferry)

Odd contraptions and costumed drivers gather at US Bank and then parade north on Water Street (Sat. noon) to begin The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race in Port Townsend. You’re welcome to attend the $10 Rosehips Ball and Kween Kornation for age 21+ (Sat. 8 p.m.). The race continues the next day (Sun. noon). Schedule. FREE

Party at the glass museum

October 12, 2023 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)

Seattle Center (0.8 miles NW)

A $55 ticket to Gather includes live music, glass-making demonstrations, VIP tours of the Refract exhibition, “passed apps, food and drink tastings, a cash bar” and admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle.

Glass-making weekend

October 12 - 15, 2023

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Issaquah

Refract offers more than 100 special events, exhibitions, parties, demonstrations, studio tours, and opportunities to connect with glass-making artists.

Mediterranean cooking class

October 13, 2023 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

Belltown (0.1 miles NW)

Enjoy Spanish wine with herbed flat bread as you watch an Israeli chef cook. You get his Eucalyptus Cookbook plus “substantial tastes” of chicken and semolina dumplings in beet soup, couscous, whitefish kabobs, and coconut semolina honey cake for $125 at Hotel Andra, 2000 4th Ave. in Seattle.

Family Halloween party

October 13, 2023 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Black Diamond (33 miles SE)

Kids 4 to 14 can walk through a haunted experience, play carnival games for treats, use glowing paint, wear light sticks on the dance floor, and enjoy snacks & “spooky drinks” at the Haunted Glow Party at Party Magic, 29006 216th Ave. SE in Black Diamond. The optional pre-party at 6 p.m. requires a separate ticket.

Cranberry festivals

October 14 - 15, 2023

Grayland & Long Beach (133 & 173 miles SW)

Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry bog tours. FREE
  • Cranberry Harvest Festival in Grayland (133 miles) has live music, a cranberry marketplace, a beer garden, a breakfast (Sat.), cranberry bog tours (Sat.), a firefly parade (Sat. 7:30 p.m.), and a cranberry eating contest (Sun. 1:30 p.m.).
  • Cranberry Harvest Weekend in Long Beach (173 miles) “is your chance to see the wet harvest, listen to a local musician, eat cranberry-style breakfast & lunch items from Country Catering” and visit a cranberry museum.

Halloween Train

October 14 - 29, 2023 (weekends)

Snoqualmie (29 miles E)

Enjoy apple cider and watch it being pressed, hear train stories in the train shed, and ride the decorated steam-powered Halloween Train that runs 3 times a day between Snoqualmie and North Bend, boarding at Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie. Or board at North Bend.

Day of the Dead

October 14 - Nov. 5, 2023

Seattle & Tacoma

Honor the dearly departed during the Latin America celebration “Día de los Muertos.” These events may include elaborate altars, costumes, food, and entertainment.

Zombie run

October 21 - 22, 2023 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Beacon Hill (3.8 miles S)

Run for your life through a family-friendly obstacle course chased by zombies at Survive Seattle: Zombie Run. Your $35 ticket is for one of the 8 starting times per day, with optional blood drive and disaster-preparation fair. Meet behind Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Avenue S. in Seattle.


October 21 & 28, 2023 (8 p.m.)

secret venue in SoDo

The Night Circus Soireé is “a mesmerizing fusion of a captivating play and an exuberant dance party” with circus performers, aerialists, musicians, a DJ, a night market, a scavenger hunt, and “delectable treats and drinks.” Bring age 21+ ID.

Party in the park

October 28, 2023 (12 to 10 p.m.)

Mount Baker (5.4 miles SE)

Fresh Air-Full Moon Party is “lighting up the night with a blend of fun activities for all” at Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 3808 Lake Washington Blvd. S in Seattle. Costumes welcome. FREE except for $25 5K.
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – kids’ bike rodeo
  • 2 to 3 p.m. – Pumpkin Pace 5K run/walk
  • 3 to 6 p.m. – scavenger hunt
  • 7 to 8 p.m. – illuminated bike ride

Fremont Troll celebration

October 31, 2023 (7 p.m.)

Fremont (3 miles N)

Enjoy a stage performance at the site of the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge, followed by “a procession of the ghosts of artists past and present through the streets of Fremont” during Trolloween. The troll is at N. 36th Street and Troll Avenue N. FREE
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