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 and 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.
Lesbian & gay film festival
October 11 - 21, 2018
Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival (formerly Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) begins with a reception and after-party on opening night, and it screens feature films and shorts in six theaters.
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, a farmers’ market, arts & crafts booths, and a noon kids’ parade. Free admission.
October 13 - 14, 2018
132 to 170 miles SW
Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry bog tours.
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 4 times daily between Snoqualmie and North Bend.
Seattle Restaurant Week
October 21 - Nov. 8, 2018
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. [Website may look blank if you have an ad blocker.]
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.
How to build green
October 26 - 27, 2018
4 miles NE
Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with food, drinks, and dessert. Green Building Summit is an all-day conference for professionals. Both are in Kane Hall at the University of Washington the same weekend.
October 26 - 28, 2018
0.7 miles west
Steamposium combines mad science with the Victorian era and features special guests, artists, vendors, a burlesque show, a Nerf battle, and a costume contest at Bell Harbor International Conference Center Pier 66.
October 27, 2018
0.8 miles north
Join a DJ dance party playing the sounds of India with a costume contest for age 21+.
Seattle/King County Clinic gives dental, vision, and medical care to anyone, no identification necessary. Get a ticket at Fisher Pavilion at 5:30 a.m. or later, and then wait at KeyArena. Free, including parking.
The Classic Workboat Show features tours of classic and modern working boats (tugboats, fishing boats, research vessels, and ex-military vessels), engine demonstrations, food trucks, and a floating beer garden at Lake Union Park. Free.
FreakNight is an electronic dance music festival with a sinister circus theme, carnival rides, games, flame throwers, aerialists, pumpkin carving, stilt walkers, jugglers, contortionists, bars, and a costume contest at WaMu Theater for age 18+.
1.5 miles south
Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Repeats in Feb.
Hump! shows five-minute explicit films by amateurs of all persuasions, with prizes based on audience votes, at On the Boards. Also visits Olympia & Portland, OR.
French film festival
2 miles NW
French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.
3 miles east
Celebrate the Protestant Reformation that began 500 years ago at the Reformation Party with “soul food, an apple cider pressing, local craft beer, live music” and a film by Rick Steves about Martin Luther at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church. Free.
4 miles NW
Sample just-released fresh hop-style beer from 20 breweries with food for sale at the Fresh Hops Festival at Hale’s Palladium.
Circus open house
6 miles south
Watch flying trapeze shows and circus groups, try out wire walking and trampoline jumping, and buy lunch or snacks during Sancafest at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Georgetown. Donation.
Local farm feast
9 miles NW
Enjoy An Incredible Feast at the Center for Urban Horticulture, prepared by top Seattle chefs with ingredients from local farmers as a benefit for farmers.
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.
Festival of Lights
10.1 miles east
Celebrate the Hindu holiday Diwali, also known as The Festival of Lights, with Indian dance performances (both Bollywood & traditional), henna artists, craft making, and Indian sweets at Bellevue Square. Free.
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 Equine Life Solutions in Bothell.
Marching bands in Everett
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.
Fall festival in Fife
29.6 miles south
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.
Tacoma RV Show
33 miles south
See the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma Fall RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Jan.
Chocolate talk in Tacoma
34 miles south
Listen to an informative talk about chocolate, hold a cocoa pod, and taste some chocolate at Everything Chocolate in Seymour Botanical Conservatory for $3.
36 miles south
See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Seattle Reptile Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
Wear a costume and socialize during the giant Halloween Pub Crawl that bar hops around downtown Seattle. Bring cash. Free.
0.3 miles south
Can Can’s This is Halloween is an extravaganza of live orchestral music, cabaret, burlesque, and video projection inspired by Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Triple Door.
Doggy Halloween party
1 miles south
A ticket to Howl-O-Ween Party gets your leashed dog a goodie bag, dog treats, and fun activities like bobbing for tennis balls, a pie-eating contest, and a costume parade at Flatstick Pub in Seattle for age 21+.
Enjoy a kickoff party and then food and drink specials in numerous Capitol Hill bars during the Zombie Crawl for age 21+. Free.
Kids’ costume party
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. Costumes without masks are welcome. See rules for kids age 11 to 17.
Kids’ event on Capitol Hill
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 show & party
2.4 miles south
Carnevolar is nightmarish aerial acts set to live music at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Saturday afternoon show is for all ages. Friday & Saturday evening shows and dance parties afterward are age 21+.
Halloween party in Fremont
3.2 miles north
Fremonster Spectacular promises DJ music and dance lighting, performances, a cash bar, food trucks, and a costume contest at Fremont Foundry for age 21+.
4.3 miles north
Halloween Party Cruise is a three-hour ride on Lake Union and Lake Washington with a costume contest, DJ dance music, appetizers, a free cocktail, and a no-host bar, by Waterway Cruises for age 21+.
Family museum party
9 miles south
The Museum of Fright has monster bowling, games, aviation-themed ghost stories, and glider-making at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Free admissions for kids in costumes.
Halloween party - flight museum
9 miles south
A ticket to Embark After Dark includes light hors d’oeuvres, one drink, non-alcoholic beverages, a no-host bar, and music in the world-war wing of the Museum of Flight for age 21+. Costumes encouraged.
Eastside brewery party
18 miles NE
The Haunted Brewery Bash has two floors of haunting entertainment and a costume contest at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville for age 21+.