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Seattle events October 2018

High-tech conference

October 1 - 3, 2018
0.2 miles SE
Pricey GeekWire Summit unites top innovators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions and cocktail parties at Sheraton Seattle.

French film festival

October 1 - 4, 2018
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.

International film festival

October 1 - 7, 2018
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.
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Feast at Pike Place Market

October 2, 2018
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+.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 4, 2018
(5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
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+.

Dinner in the dark

October 4 - 6, 2018
3.3 miles north
Blind professional waiters serve a vegetarian dinner family style with wine and dessert at Seattle Blind Cafe as you socialize and hear a set of live music performed by a blind orchestra at Nalanda West.

Tacoma Film Festival

October 4 - 11, 2018
35 miles south
The Tacoma Film Festival showcases outstanding work by independent filmmakers, many from the Pacific Northwest, mostly at the Grand Cinema.

Ghost stories

October 4 - Nov. 15, 2018
(Thursday 8:30 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Your suggestions become spooky & funny improvised comedy at Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 5 - 6, 2018
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 5 - 6, 2018
81 miles north
Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food, and live music on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.

Festival of beef

October 5 - 7, 2018
0.5 miles north
Cowabunga is a series of four ticketed tasting events and chef competitions featuring beef at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+ (except Sunday brunch is all ages).

Puyallup Oktoberfest

October 5 - 7, 2018
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.

Crab and seafood festival

October 5 - 7, 2018
83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival features food from 14 restaurants, crab catching, craft booths, live music, a 5K run (Saturday), and a chowder cook-off (Sunday) in Port Angeles. Free admission.

Celebrate Seattle products

October 5 - 13, 2018
multiple locations
Events during Seattle Made Week include a tasting party (Oct. 5), tours, and talks about brewing & food manufacturing.

Latino films

October 5 - 13, 2018
Seattle locations
The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) “showcases films from dozens of Latino and Hispanic countries” with a focus in 2018 on Spain.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 5 - 20, 2018
(Fridays & Saturdays)
119 miles east
Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles 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 must leave at 9 p.m.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 5 - 28, 2018
25 miles south
Wild Waves Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville (for ages 1 to 12) at Wild Waves. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Buckley haunted farm

October 5 - 28, 2018
43 miles south
Roam The Haunted Woods or the Flashlight Maze (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley for age 10+. See schedule.

Haunted golf course

October 5 - 31, 2018
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. Family Funfest on Oct. 27 (12 to 4 p.m.) is $10 per child with lights on. See schedule.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 5 - 31, 2018
33 miles north
Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+. Fridays, Saturdays, and Oct 28 & 31.

Tacoma haunted house

October 5 - 31, 2018
33 miles south
Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

Lacey haunted house

October 5 - 31, 2018
58 miles south
My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. Kids get candy and see the house with lights turned on Oct. 31 (5 to 6:45 p.m.).

Seattle haunted house

October 5 - Nov. 3, 2018
4 miles south
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area for age 12+. They keep the lights on for kids Oct. 13 (1 to 4 p.m.).

Oktoberfest on Blake Island

October 6, 2018
(4:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
A ticket to Oktoberfest on Blake Island includes five beer samples, a German food buffet, an Oktoberfest band, games, and the boat ride to Blake Island departing from Pier 54 for age 21+.

Family fest

October 6, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1 mile south
Fall Festival at Occidental Square features a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, face painting, and apple cider in Pioneer Square. Free.

Robot expo

October 6, 2018
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.

Prayers for pets

October 6, 2018
(10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
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.

Rainier Beer festival

October 6, 2018
(4 to 11 p.m.)
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.

Scavenger hunt in Ballard

October 6, 2018
5.2 miles NW
Teams of 2 to 4 people “scramble around Ballard in search of clues and completing challenges” in the Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, followed by a post-event party with a costume contest.

Japan day

October 6, 2018
11.3 miles east
The public is invited on the last day of Japan Week for a day of games, music, workshops, and activities at Bellevue College. Flyer. Free, including parking.

Beer tasting in Bothell

October 6, 2018
(12 to 6 p.m.)
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.

Fall festival in Fife

October 6, 2018
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.

LEGO building convention

October 6 - 7, 2018
1 mile NW
View thousands of models created by adult hobbyists, and visit LEGO vendors at BrickCon Public Exhibition in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Salmon festival & parade

October 6 - 7, 2018
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 6 - 7, 2018
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.

Wine train

October 6 & 13, 2018
28.7 miles east
A ticket on the Snoqualmie Valley Wine Train includes a 3-hour train ride with views, a wine glass, and stops along the way for “wine tastings, light appetizers, and live music” departing from Snoqualmie for age 21+.

Snohomish haunts

October 6 - 31, 2018
27 miles north
Thomas Family Farm has a haunted hayride, an escape room, and three haunts. Buy a combination ticket or only the haunted house [sound]. No pets.
  • Flashlight Corn Maze (bring a flashlight)
  • Nightmare on 9 Haunted House (age 12+)
  • Zombie Paintball Hayride (age 6+)

Snohomish haunted farm

October 6 - 31, 2018
28 miles north
Stalker Farms has two walk-through haunts (Double Dare ticket), a zombie shooting gallery, and a non-haunted dark corn maze. See schedule.

Medieval festival

October 7, 2018
(12 to 6:30 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 Holly Farm in Bothell.

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 7 - Nov. 4, 2018
Seattle locations
The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Free light show

October 11 - 14, 2018
1.2 miles north
“A kaleidoscope of light, color, and illusion will transform the exterior of MOHAI” for 30 minutes during Borealis at the Museum of History and Industry. Register for a time slot. Also walk to dozens of light art installations (see map) in South Lake Union. Free.

Tacoma RV Show

October 11 - 14, 2018
33 miles south
See the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma Fall RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Jan.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 11 - 21, 2018
Seattle locations
Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival (formerly Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) begins with a reception and after-party on opening night (Oct. 11), and it screens feature films and shorts in four theaters.

Kent wine walk

October 12, 2018
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
20.7 miles south
Visit shops serving wine and a few snacks with a ticket to the Fall Wine Walk in downtown Kent for age 21+.

Eastside haunted house

October 12 - 31, 2018
20 miles east
Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and 0.75 mile trail at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish. Cheaper and less scary 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Women’s show

October 13, 2018
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
4.8 miles south
The inaugural Seattle Women’s Show promises 100 marketplace vendors, a bar with wine and champagne, and food trucks at Seattle Design Center for age 21+.

Pumpkin festival

October 13, 2018
42 miles south
Orting Pumpkin Fest has food vendors (all with at least one pumpkin item), family entertainment on two stages, a car show, arts & crafts booths, and a noon parade of “kids in pumpkin-themed costumes.” Free.

Rare book sale

October 13 - 14, 2018
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 13 - 14, 2018
1 mile NW
Turkfest features Turkish food, dance, music, games, a marketplace, and a tea house at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 13 - 14, 2018
36 miles south
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Repeats in March & June.

Zoo Boo in Tacoma

October 13 - 14, 2018
41 miles south
Children enjoy treats, play games, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear costumes to get discount admission to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Cranberry festivals

October 13 - 14, 2018
132 to 170 miles SW
Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry tours.

Thriller dance in Seattle

October 13 & 27, 2018
1 mile south
Attend a rehearsal Oct. 13 to learn Michael Jackson’s moves, and then dance “Thriller” (ghoulish costume optional) during Thrill the World Seattle Oct. 27 at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. Free.

Gala for Seattle film festival

October 18, 2018
(5:30 p.m.)
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.

Wine tasting in Bellevue

October 18, 2018
(5 to 8 p.m.)
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 10134 Main Street for age 21+.

Quilt & craft show

October 18 - 20, 2018
36 miles south
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and fabric & supply vendors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

German film festival

October 19 - 21, 2018
1 mile NW
Kinofest showcases feature films, documentaries, and short films made in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at SIFF Film Center. All films are shown in German with English subtitles.

Home show

October 19 - 21, 2018
1.5 miles south
Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Repeats in Feb.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 20, 2018
0 miles
Halloween Pub Crawl is a giant bar hop that encourages wearing costumes and socializing downtown for age 21+. Bring cash.

Halloween party at EMP

October 20, 2018
(9 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Fashionably Undead is a DJ dance party with a costume contest and a terrifying exhibit about horror films at the Museum of Pop Culture for age 21+.

Spooky cabaret + dance in Tacoma

October 20, 2018
(8:30 p.m. show, 10:30 dance)
34.4 miles south
‘50s Zombie Prom Cabaret Spooktactular is a show of circus, drag, and zombies, followed by a prom dance party with a live band at USA of Yesterday.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

October 20, 2018
(4 to 5 p.m.)
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. Free.

Fall festival in Federal Way

October 20 - 27, 2018
24.5 miles south
Admission is free during the Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, with talks, sales, and demonstrations.

Halloween Train

October 20 - 21 and 27 - 28, 2018
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.

Pet parade

October 21, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2.6 miles NE
Bring your pet to the first 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.

Neighborhood festival

October 21, 2018
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.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 21 - Nov. 8, 2018
Seattle locations
Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which does not include Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants all offer dinner and some offer lunch. Repeats in April.

Amateur horror films

October 23 - 31, 2018
multiple locations
The 48 Hour Film Horror Project has teams produce films in only two days, and then you can see them on screen at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Ark Lodge Theater.

Halloween show & party

October 25 - 27, 2018
2.4 miles south
Carnevolar has nightmarish aerial acts set to live music at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. The Thursday show is for all ages. The Friday & Saturday shows with dance parties afterward are for age 21+.

Films by young directors

October 25 - 28, 2018
1.3 miles NW
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) showcases the best directors age 24 and younger from around the world at the SIFF Cinema Uptown & Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Lower Queen Anne.

Freaky festival

October 26, 2018
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+. Strict rules.

Kirkland wine tasting

October 26, 2018
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk, which begins at Heathman Hotel, for age 21+.

Bollywood Halloween

October 26 - 27, 2018
multiple locations
Join a DJ dance party playing the sounds of India with a costume contest for age 21+.

How to build green

October 26 - 27, 2018
4 miles NE
Two events in Kane Hall, University of Washington.
  • Oct. 26 - Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with appetizers, drinks, and dessert.
  • Oct. 27 - Green Building Summit is an all-day conference for professionals.

Giant Halloween party

October 27, 2018
(8 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Join 2000 partiers in costumes dancing to DJ music at Haunt: The Ultimate Halloween Bash, with a costume contest in the Museum of Pop Culture for age 21+.

Kids’ event on Capitol Hill

October 27, 2018
(noon to 6 p.m.)
1 mile NE
Hilloween includes an indoor kids’ carnival full of games and entertainment at Mitchell Activity Center (12 to 3 p.m.), a costume parade (3 p.m.), and trick-or-treating at shops on Broadway (3 to 6 p.m.). Free.

Halloween party in Fremont

October 27, 2018
(8 p.m.)
3.2 miles north
Fremonster Spectacular promises DJ music and dance lighting, performances, a no-host bar, a food truck, and a costume contest at Fremont Foundry for age 21+.

Halloween cruise

October 27, 2018
(9 p.m.)
4.3 miles north
’80s Party Halloween Cruise is a cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington with a costume contest, DJ dance music, appetizers, dessert, a free cocktail, and a no-host bar, by Waterway Cruises for age 21+.

Native American Halloween

October 27, 2018
(5 to 8 p.m.)
4.9 miles SW
All families are welcome at the Children’s Duwamish Halloween Party, which has activities, games, food, prizes, a costume contest, and “lots of fun” at the Duwamish Longhouse. Free.

Halloween party in West Seattle

October 27, 2018
(7 p.m.)
5.7 miles SW
Voodoo on the Bayou Costume Party includes free appetizers, a cash bar, a jazz trio, DJ dance music, tarot reading, a photo booth, a costume contest, and entertainment at Sanctuary at Admiral for age 21+.

Halloween race - Saturday

October 27, 2018
(10 a.m.)
7.3 miles NE
Join the Halloween Run, which includes a 15K, 10K, 5K, and kids’ dash, followed by a “haunted beer and warmer garden with some tasty spiked drinks” at Magnuson Park. Costumes are welcome.

Thriller dance in Redmond

October 27, 2018
(12 to 4 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.

Pet Halloween in Woodinville

October 27, 2018
(3 to 6 p.m.)
23.5 miles NE
Haunted Puppy Town has a pet costume contest, carnival games, a haunted maze, a dog obstacle course, and representatives from rescue agencies at Cascade Kennels. Donation.

Marching bands in Everett

October 27, 2018
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.

Bourbon & bacon

October 27, 2018
34 miles south
Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon & Bacon Fest at Tacoma Armory for age 21+.

Classical music

October 27 - 28, 2018
(3 p.m.)
Seattle Festival Orchestra plays Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 plus works by Tchaikovsky and Schumann.
  • Oct. 27 - Faith Lutheran Church (kids OK)
  • Oct. 28 - Plymouth Congregational Church

Geek girl convention

October 27 - 28, 2018
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.

Halloween at the zoo

October 27 - 28, 2018
(9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

Gourmet party at the zoo

October 28, 2018
(6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
5 miles north
Chef Ethan Stowell and his team “prepare scary-good delectable eats and treats” for $150 Tricks and Eats at Woodland Park Zoo for age 21+. Costumes welcome.

Family festival in West Seattle

October 28, 2018
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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.

Halloween race - Sunday

October 28, 2018
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. The 2018 theme is retro: “Dress up as your favorite decade.”

Family museum party

October 28, 2018
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

Taste of San Juan Island

October 28, 2018
(12 to 4 p.m.)
104 miles NW via ferry boat
Buy bites made by island chefs using local farm ingredients, plus a variety of beverages at Eat Island Grown at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Free entry.

Halloween movie party

October 31, 2018
(8 to 11 p.m.)
0.8 miles east
Collide-O-Scope Halloween features “oddball video, music, mash-ups, and gruesome sights” with a costume contest, a surprise guest, and an after-party at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2018
(7 p.m.)
3 miles north
Join a procession of musicians and people in costume celebrating the “birth” of Fremont’s famous troll sculpture on Trolloween at N. 36th Street and Troll Avenue N. followed by a march with music at 8 p.m. to the Doric Lodge. Free.

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