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Seattle events October 2020

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 1, 2020
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+.

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 2 - 3, 2020
(7 to 9 p.m.)
41 miles SW
Watch settlers reenact daily chores at Fort Nisqually in 1859 on a guided Candlelight Tour. Buy tickets in advance. Park at the zoo early for the shuttle bus.

Oktoberfest in Anacortes

October 2 - 3, 2020
81 miles north
Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food, and live music on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.

Oktoberfest in Puyallup

October 2 - 4, 2020
36 miles south
Oktoberfest Northwest serves beer, brats, music, kids’ activities, and a root-beer garden indoors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 2 - 17, 2020
(Fridays & Saturdays)
119 miles east
Leavenworth Oktoberfest has a cheap shuttle bus in town, live music, dancers, arts and crafts, German food, and beer! Keg tapping ceremony with a band begins at noon on Saturdays. Children younger than age 12 are free but minors must leave at 9 p.m.

Fall festival in Fife

October 3, 2020
29.6 miles south
Fife Harvest Festival begins with a 10:30 a.m. parade and includes hayrides, a petting zoo, entertainment, arts & crafts, and fireworks at 7:15 p.m. at Dacca Park. Free.

Salmon festival & parade

October 3 - 4, 2020
17 miles east
The giant Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the annual return of salmon to the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery with arts and crafts, kids’ carnival rides, a food court, entertainment, and a parade (Saturday 10 a.m.). Free.

Oyster & seafood festival

October 3 - 4, 2020
(and Friday evening)
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.

Farm festival in Carnation

October 3 - 25, 2020
(weekends)
25.6 miles NE
Pick pumpkins, climb on tractors, tour the garden, take a hay ride, play games, buy breakfast or lunch, and taste beer during Harvest Festival at Carnation Farms. Free.

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 6, 2020
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+.

Tacoma Film Festival

October 8 - 15, 2020
35 miles south
The Tacoma Film Festival showcases outstanding work by independent filmmakers, many from the Pacific Northwest, mostly at the Grand Cinema.

Crab and seafood festival

October 9 - 11, 2020
83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival features food from 8 restaurants, grab a crab, craft booths, live music, a 5K run (Saturday), and a chowder cook-off (Sunday) in Port Angeles. Free admission.

Latino films

October 9 - 17, 2020
Seattle locations
The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) [website has sound] “showcases films from dozens of Latino and Hispanic countries.”

Pumpkin festival

October 10, 2020
42 miles south
Orting Pumpkin Fest has food vendors (all with at least one pumpkin item), family entertainment, kids’ games, a car show, arts & crafts booths, and a noon parade of “kids in pumpkin-themed costumes.” Free.

Rare book sale

October 10 - 11, 2020
1 mile NW
Browse thousands of rare books, maps, prints, and photos at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Turkish festival

October 10 - 11, 2020
1 mile NW
Turkfest features Turkish food, dance, music, games, a marketplace, and a tea house at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Cranberry festivals

October 10 - 11, 2020
132 to 170 miles SW
Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry tours.
  • Cranberrian Fair in Ilwaco has craft vendors, cranberry foods, a self-guided cranberry farm tour, a trolley ride, musicians, and a cranberry museum.
  • Cranberry Harvest Festival in Grayland has Saturday bog tours, Sunday races, a marketplace, singers, and a Firefly Parade 7:30 p.m. Sat.

Indian festival of lights

October 17, 2020
1.2 miles NW
Celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance at Diwali: Lights of India, with classical and folk dances, henna and face patining, Indian food, an art gallery, and craft making at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Fall festival in Federal Way

October 17 - 18, 2020
24.5 miles south
Admission is free during the Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, with talks, sales, a tour, and demonstrations.

Zoo Boo in Tacoma

October 17 - 18, 2020
41 miles south
Children enjoy treats, play games, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear costumes to save $2 on admission to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Halloween Train

October 17 - 31, 2020
(weekends)
29 miles east
Enjoy apple cider and watch it being pressed, hear train stories in the train shed, and then ride the decorated steam-powered Halloween Storytelling Train that runs 3 times a day between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Mushroom show in Everett

October 18, 2020
29 miles north
See wild mushrooms on display, learn how to distinguish 200 species of wild mushrooms in a class (1 p.m.), and bring your own mushrooms to be identified at the Wild Mushroom Show in Floral Hall, located in Forest Park. Free.

Films by young directors

October 22 - 25, 2020
multiple locations
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) showcases the best directors age 24 and younger from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Film Center, and SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Tacoma holiday gift show

October 22 - 25, 2020
33 miles south
Billed as the largest holiday show in the West, Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival has 550 booths of handmade items and specialty foods plus cooking demonstrations and Santa Claus at the Tacoma Dome.

Eastside wine walk

October 23, 2020
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+. Costume optional.

Kirkland wine tasting

October 23, 2020
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+. This event repeats on multiple months.

Kids’ event on Capitol Hill

October 24, 2020
1 mile NE
Hilloween includes an indoor kids’ carnival full of games and entertainment at Mitchell Activity Center (12 to 3 p.m.), followed by trick-or-treating at shops on Broadway (3 to 6 p.m.). Free.

Thriller dance in Seattle

October 24, 2020
1 mile south
Attend a rehearsal to learn Michael Jackson’s moves, and then dance “Thriller” (ghoulish costume optional) during Thrill the World Seattle at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. Free.

Family Halloween party

October 24, 2020
(uncertain)
5.9 miles NE
A $13 ticket to the Monster Bash includes pony rides, pumpkin decorating, a house of haunts, popcorn, cupcakes, games, a kids’ DJ dance, a live band (4 & 5 p.m.), and a costume contest and parade (5:30 p.m.) at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst. Costumes welcome.

Thriller dance in Redmond

October 24, 2020
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.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

October 24, 2020
38 miles north
Zombies start gathering at 3 p.m. and begin roaming the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish at 4 p.m. during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Also check out the “special haunted self-guided walk.” Free.

Family festival

October 24 - 25, 2020
1 mile NW
Seattle Children’s Festival features music and dance performances, workshops, and activities at Seattle Center to promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Halloween at the zoo

October 24 - 25, 2020
5 miles north
Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins during Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child age 12 or younger in costume is free per paid adult.

Doll & teddy bear show

October 24 - 25, 2020
36 miles south
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Held in March and October.

Family festival in West Seattle

October 25, 2020
5.5 miles SW
Harvest Festival offers games, crafts, apple tasting, a root beer garden, a farmer’s market, a chili cook-off, a costume parade at 11:30 a.m. in Junction Plaza Park, and trick or treating from merchants at noon. Free.

Gala for Seattle film festival

October 29, 2020
0.5 miles NW
A $200 ticket to Sip for SIFF gets you wine from 10 wineries, heavy hors d’oeuvres from 10 restaurants, a cocktail competition, games, a live auction, and socializing with cool people at Block 41 in Belltown, all to help support the Seattle International Film Festival.

Halloween party in Fremont

October 31, 2020
(8 p.m.)
3.2 miles north
Fremonster Spectacular promises DJ music and dance lighting, dazzling performances, a no-host bar, a food truck, and a costume contest at Fremont Foundry for age 21+.

Fremont Troll celebration

October 31, 2020
3.3 miles north
Enjoy a stage performance at the site of the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge (7 p.m.), followed by “a procession of the ghosts of artists past and present through the streets of Fremont” at 7:45 p.m., and then a fundraiser at The Ballroom during Trolloween. The troll is at N. 36th Street and Troll Avenue N. Free.

Native American Halloween

October 31, 2020
(12 to 3 p.m.)
4.9 miles SW
All families are welcome at the Youth Halloween Party, which has activities, games, food, prizes, a costume contest, and “lots of fun” at the Duwamish Longhouse. Free.

Halloween race

October 31, 2020
6 miles SE
Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 10K, 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, treasure hunt, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Halloween race - Saturday

October 31, 2020
7.3 miles NE
Join the Halloween Run, which includes a 15K, 10K, 5K, and kids’ dash, followed by treets at Magnuson Park. Costumes are welcome.

Asian film festival

October 2020
(undated)
Greater Seattle area
See films made in or about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, which has opening and closing night galas.

Celebrate Seattle products

October 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Events during Seattle Made Week include a craft market, a tasting party, tours, and talks about brewing & food manufacturing.

Courageous films

October 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Social Justice Film Festival showcases “fresh voices and brave storytelling that demonstrate courage in action” by resilient people around the world.

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 2020
(undated)
Seattle locations
The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

German film festival

October 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
And the winners are... is a screening of 7 German films nominated for awards at SIFF Film Center and Northwest Film Forum. All films have English subtitles.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 2020
(undated)
Seattle locations
Seattle Queer Film Festival begins with a reception and after-party on opening night, and it screens feature films and shorts in four theaters.

Tech conference

October 2020
(undated)
0.2 miles NE
Pricey GeekWire Summit unites top innovators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions and cocktail parties at the Hyatt Regency.

Take your dog to the movies

October 2020
(undated)
0.7 miles NE
Your dog can join you at the family-friendly Dog Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Egypian, which features short films about the bond between dogs and humans.

Tasting event

October 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles north
A ticket to Savor Seattle Restaurant Week includes “tastings from five chefs featuring local dairy collaborations and three alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks” at Maslow’s By Farestart for age 21+.

German film festival

October 2020
(undated)
1 mile east
Kinofest showcases feature films, documentaries, and short films made in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Northwest Film Forum. All films are shown in German with English subtitles.

LEGO building convention

October 2020
(undated)
1 mile NW
View thousands of models created by adult hobbyists, and visit LEGO vendors at BrickCon Public Exhibition in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Robot expo

October 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles east
Meet 7 cheesemakers, taste cheese, and get discounts at Cascadia Cheese Festival at Central Co-op. Free.

Freaky festival

October 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles south
FreakNight is an electronic dance music festival with a sinister circus theme, carnival rides, games, aerialists, stilt walkers, fire breathers, jugglers, creepy clowns, and contortionists at WaMu Theater for age 18+. The bars are for age 21+.

Prayers for pets

October 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles NW
You and your pet are invited to the Blessing of the Animals in the Labyrinth Garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in lower Queen Anne, with animal shelter representatives in attendance. Free.

Seattle Home Show

October 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles south
Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Held in Feb. & Oct.

French film festival

October 2020
(undated)
1.6 miles NW
French Cinema Now showcases “the best French language films from around the world” at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Pet parade

October 2020
(undated)
2.6 miles NE
Bring your pet to the Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park, featuring pets in costumes, prizes in five categories (noon), a parade (12:30 p.m.), vendor booths, and food trucks at Volunteer Park. Free.

Rainier Beer festival

October 2020
(undated)
4.7 miles south
R Day is an outdoor “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” with live music for age 21+. Airport Way South is closed to cars (from 13th Avenue S. to Corson Avenue S.). Free.

Food truck festival

October 2020
(undated)
7.3 miles NE
You’re free to shop from food trucks at Trucktoberfest outside South Lake Union Discovery Center, or buy a ticket that admits you to the fenced area for age 21+ and includes six beer samples from 30 breweries.

Neighborhood festival

October 2020
(undated)
9 miles SW
Fauntleroy Fall Festival is a small event with homemade food for sale (bring cash), animals to pet, pony rides, and indoor activities like pumpkin painting.

Wine tasting in Bellevue

October 2020
(undated)
9.6 miles east
A ticket to Bellevue Wine Walk on Main gets you a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets to redeem in shops, beginning at 10038 Main Street for age 21+. Held in summer and autumn.

India Festival of Lights

October 2020
(undated)
10.1 miles east
Celebrate the Hindu holiday Diwali, also known as The Festival of Lights [website has sound], with Indian dance performances (both Bollywood & traditional), henna artists, craft making, and Indian sweets at Bellevue Square. Free.

Films about fashion

October 2020
(undated)
16 miles SE
Seattle Fashion Film Festival has a cosplay costume competition, a red carpet, film screenings, an expert Q&A panel, and a closing reception at Carco Theatre in Renton. Their Facebook page says children under the age of 12 are free. Tickets also available at the door.

Harvest festival at the winery

October 2020
(undated)
17.9 miles NE
Crush: Grape Stomping & Harvest Festival has live music, food trucks, grape stomping, a pumpkin-carving contest, and a pet parade (2:45 p.m.) at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.

Beer tasting in Bothell

October 2020
(undated)
19.9 miles NE
Taste beer from dozens of breweries with food for sale at Bothell Underground Beer Festival in the garage at Bothell City Hall for age 21+. No pets.

Marching bands in Everett

October 2020
(undated)
27.4 miles north
Watch 17 marching bands from Washington high schools compete all day with music and pageantry at Puget Sound Festival of Bands, with food concessions and a bake sale at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Quilt show in Everett

October 2020
(undated)
28.3 miles north
See 350 quilts on display, shop from vendors, attend classes, and hear a 2 p.m. lecture at International Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival at Angel of the Winds Arena. Entrance is at 2000 Hewitt Avenue & Lombard Avenue.

Tacoma RV Show

October 2020
(undated)
33 miles south
See the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma Fall RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Jan.

Comics convention in Tacoma

October 2020
(undated)
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.

Taste of the San Juan Islands

October 2020
(undated)
104 miles NW via ferry boat
Buy bites made by island chefs using local farm ingredients, plus a variety of beverages at Bite of the San Juans at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Free admission.

Winery weekend in Lake Chelan

October 2020
(undated)
177 miles NE
Celebrate the harvesting and crushing of grapes during Lake Chelan Crush with tasting events and dinners at 20 wineries.

Ghost stories

October 2020
(undated)
0.4 miles SW
Your suggestions become spooky & funny improvised comedy at Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Amateur horror films

October 2020
(undated)
1.6 miles NW
The 48 Hour Film Horror Project has teams produce films in only two days, and then you can watch them onscreen at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Seattle haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
4 miles south
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area and is recommended for age 12+. Younger kids can visit with the lights on during Kids Day.

Haunted golf course

October 2020
(undated)
13 miles north
Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center in Mountlake Terrace, with a food court and a beer garden, recommended for age 13+. See the schedule for the date when younger kids are $10 each with the lights on. See schedule.

Eastside haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
20 miles east
Take a 3/4 mile walk through haunted woods to reach Nightmare at Beaver Lake, a haunted house in Sammamish for age 10+. The family scare (7 to 7:45 p.m.) is less scary and cheaper. No flashlights. See schedule.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 2020
(undated)
28 miles north
Stalker Farms has two walk-through haunts (Double Dare ticket), a zombie shooting gallery, a haunted corn maze, and a beer garden. See schedule.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 2020
(undated)
33 miles north
Halloween at Carleton Farms includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Hunt Paintball, and Haunted Swamp for age 12+. The Dark Maze is not scary, and you use your own flashlight.

Tacoma haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
33 miles south
Fright House Station [website has sound] is located near the Tacoma Dome. Recommended for age 12+. Less scary option for an additional $3. See schedule.

Buckley haunted farm

October 2020
(undated)
43 miles south
Visit The Haunted Woods with frightening creatures and an abandoned barn for age 11+ (no flashlights), or roam the Flashlight Maze with a night wagon ride and no creatures (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Lacey haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
58 miles south
My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. Younger kids can walk through with the lights turned on and get candy on certain dates for $3.

Bollywood Halloween

October 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Join a DJ dance party playing the sounds of India with a costume contest for age 21+.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 2020
(undated)
0 miles
Halloween Pub Crawl is a giant bar hop that encourages wearing costumes and socializing downtown for age 21+. Bring cash.

Halloween movie party

October 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles east
Collide-O-Scope Halloween [sound] features “oddball video, music, mash-ups, and gruesome sights” with a costume contest and a musical drag performance at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Halloween party at EMP

October 2020
(undated)
1 mile NW
Fashionably Undead: An Experiment in Terror is a DJ dance party with a costume contest and a “Scared to Death” exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture for age 21+.

Pagan Halloween

October 2020
(undated)
1.3 miles NW
Puget Sound Pagan Pride presents All Hallow’s Eve, with workshops, craft making, a costume parade and contest (4 p.m.), tarot readings, psychics, and new-age vendors in the Armory at Seattle Center. Free.

Family museum party

October 2020
(undated)
9 miles south
The Museum of Fright has games, an obstacle course, glider-making, and other activities throughout the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Free admission for children age 17 and younger in costumes.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 2020
(undated)
25 miles south
Wild Waves Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, and haunted houses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Family by Day activities, including Booville, are Saturday and Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.). Children must be with an adult for entry after 7 p.m.

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