Seattle events calendar for October 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, art fairs, shows, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Seattle with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Westlake Center downtown.

Geek Girl Connections

October 1, 2017

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.

Tea festival

October 1, 2017

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 Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Free except tastings.

Irish film festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films at Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Film Center, with opening gala and closing party.
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Working boats

October 1, 2017

1.2 miles north

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.


October 1, 2017 (1 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Jewels, George Balanchine’s glittering masterpiece that combines music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tschaikovsky at McCaw Hall.

Local farm feast

October 1, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Medieval festival

October 1, 2017 (noon to 6 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 Equine Life Solutions in Bothell.

Medieval village

October 1, 2017

27 miles east

Michelmasse Festival features craft shops, puppets, cider pressing, music, dance, and lunch (or reserve dinner) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

French film festival

October 1 - 5, 2017

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 1 - 29, 2017

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. Hours.

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 3, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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 5, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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+.

Tacoma RV Show

October 5 - 8, 2017

33 miles south

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

Tacoma Film Festival

October 5 - 12, 2017

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

Oct. 5 - 26, 2017 (Thursdays 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 6 - 7, 2017

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 6 - 7, 2017

81 miles north

Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food, and live music on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.

Home show

October 6 - 8, 2017

1.5 miles south

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

Puyallup Oktoberfest

October 6 - 8, 2017

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 6 - 8, 2017

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 6 - 14, 2017

multiple locations

Events during Seattle Made Week include a tasting party, a talk about food manufacturing, food sampling, and a pop-up market of Seattle products.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2017

119 miles east

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

International film festival

October 6 - 15, 2017

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 an opening gala and closing night awards.

Buckley haunted farm

October 6 - 29, 2017

43 miles south

Roam The Haunted Woods or the Flashlight Maze (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley. See the schedule because events have different dates.

Haunted golf course

October 6 - 31, 2017

13 miles north

Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center, with a food court and a beer garden. Family Fun Day (Oct. 29, 2-5 p.m.) is $10 per child with lights on. See schedule.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 6 - 31, 2017

33 miles north

Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+. Dates in 2017: Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-29, 31. Tickets.

Tacoma haunted house

October 6 - 31, 2017

33 miles south

Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Oct. 30 & 31.

Lacey haunted house

October 6 - 31, 2017

58 miles south

My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. Dates in 2017: Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 19-21, 26-31. Lights on with candy for kids Oct. 28 & 31 at 5 p.m.

Seattle haunted house

October 6 - Nov. 4, 2017

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue is at 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area for age 12+. One afternoon they keep the lights on for kids.

Beer festival

October 7, 2017 (1 and 6 p.m.)

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.

Fall festival in Fife

October 7, 2017

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.

LEGO building convention

October 7 - 8, 2017

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 7 - 8, 2017

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 7 - 8, 2017

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.

Snohomish haunts

October 7 - 31, 2017

27 miles north

Thomas Family Farm has three haunts. See schedule. Buy a combination ticket or only the haunted house.
  • Flashlight Corn Maze (bring a flashlight)
  • Nightmare on 9 Haunted House (age 12+)
  • Zombie Paintball Hayride (age 6+)

Snohomish haunted farm

October 7 - 31, 2017

28 miles north

Stalker Farms has two walk-through haunts (Double Dare ticket), a zombie shooting gallery, and a non-haunted corn maze. See schedule.

Family festival

October 8, 2017

1 mile NW

Seattle Children’s Festival features music and dance performances, workshops, and activities at Seattle Center to promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Jazz festival

October 8 - Nov. 12, 2017

Seattle locations

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

High-tech conference

October 9 - 11, 2017

0.2 miles SE

Pricey GeekWire Summit unites top innovators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions and cocktail parties at Sheraton Seattle.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 12 - 22, 2017

Seattle locations

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.

Eastside haunted house

October 13 - 31, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

20 miles east

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and trail in Sammamish, which is scarier after 8 p.m. Dates in 2017: Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-31.

Pumpkin festival

October 14, 2017

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.

Rare book sale

October 14 - 15, 2017

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 14 - 15, 2017

1 mile NW

Turkfest features Turkish food, dance, music, games, art, and a tea house at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Reptile show

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 14 - 15, 2017

41 miles south

Children enjoy treats, play games, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear costumes to get admission discounts to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Cranberry festivals

October 14 - 15, 2017

132 to 170 miles SW

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

Circus open house

October 15, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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.

Neighborhood festival

October 15, 2017 (2 to 5 p.m.)

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 15 - Nov. 2, 2017

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. [Website may look blank if you have an ad blocker.]

Fake wedding

October 19, 2017 (7 p.m.)

2.9 miles south

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Seattle at WithinSODO. No gifts required!

Tacoma holiday sale

October 19 - 22, 2017

33 miles south

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival draws 40,000 people to shop 550 booths of handmade items and specialty foods and see Santa at the Tacoma Dome.

Dinner at Pike Place Market

October 20, 2017

0.3 miles SW

Behind the Table features local art, live music, dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and a live auction in the atrium at Pike Place Market.

Halloween show

October 20, 2017 (10:30 p.m.)

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.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 21, 2017 (noon to closing)

0 miles

Wear a costume and socialize during the giant Halloween Pub Crawl that bar hops around downtown Seattle. Bring cash. Free.

Bird party

October 21, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Wear nature-inspired masquerade attire to the $100 Bird Ball to support Seattle Audubon, dance to a jazz band, eat hors d’oeuvres, visit the no-host bar, and tour the Seattle Aquarium.

Doggy Halloween party

October 21, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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+.

Family fest

October 21, 2017 (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.

Religious milestone

October 21, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Festival of Lights

October 21, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 21 - 22, 2017

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 March & June.

Halloween Train

October 21 - 22 & 28 - 29, 2017

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 4 times daily between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Taste of San Juan Island

October 22, 2017 (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 pub crawl

October 26, 2017 (6 to 11 p.m.)

1 mile east

Enjoy a kickoff party and then food and drink specials in numerous Capitol Hill bars during the Zombie Crawl for age 21+. Free.

Free healthcare

October 26 - 29, 2017

1 mile NW

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.

Racy movies

October 26 - Nov. 12, 2017

1.6 miles NW

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.

Freaky festival

October 27, 2017

1.5 miles south

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+.

Halloween party - flight museum

October 27, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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.

Halloween show & party

Oct. 27 - 28, 2017 (Sat. eve. sold out)

2.4 miles south

Carnevolar is nightmarish aerial acts set to live music at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Friday evening show and dance party afterward is age 21+. Saturday afternoon show is for all ages. Saturday evening show is sold out

Steampunk festival

October 27 - 29, 2017

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.

Ghost Conference

October 27 - 29, 2017

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Port Gamble Ghost Conference [sound] features paranormal investigations, guest speakers, and ghost tours in the historic town of Port Gamble. Pre-register.

Bollywood Halloween

October 28, 2017

0.8 miles north

Join a DJ dance party playing the sounds of India with a costume contest for age 21+.

Giant Halloween party

October 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Join 2000 partiers in costumes dancing to live music at Haunt: The Ultimate Halloween Bash in the Museum of Pop Culture for age 21+.

Kids’ event on Capitol Hill

October 28, 2017

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.

Thriller dance

October 28, 2017 (3 p.m.)

1 mile south

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

Artisan cheese festival

October 28, 2017

1.3 miles east

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

Halloween party in Fremont

October 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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+.

Halloween cruise

October 28, 2017 (board 8:30 p.m.)

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+.

Eastside zombies

October 28, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3:10 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.

Eastside brewery party

October 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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+.

Pet Halloween in Woodinville

October 28, 2017 (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.

Tacoma beer festival

October 28, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

31.4 miles south

Taste “150 Halloween themed and seasonal craft beers” from 34 breweries, with food for sale at South Sound Craft Beer Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall for age 21+. Costumes welcome.

Chocolate talk in Tacoma

October 28, 2017 (1 to 2 p.m.)

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.

Halloween at the zoo

Oct. 28 - 29, 2017 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

5 miles north

Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child age 12 or younger in costume is free per full-price adult.

Halloween dash

October 29, 2017

6 miles SE

Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, treasure hunt, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Family museum party

October 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

Amateur horror films

October 30 - 31, 2017

0.4 miles north

The 48 Hour Film Horror Project has teams produce films in only two days, and you can see them on screen at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Spooky show

October 31, 2017 (8 p.m., pre-show 7)

0.8 miles east

Collide-O-Scope Halloween is a “gallery of ghoulish film and video delights” with hosts onstage, monsters roaming the aisles, and costume prizes at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Kids’ costume party

October 31, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2017

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. Free.
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