Seattle events, festivals, things to do – October 2018

October 2018
best events in Seattle

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.

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+.
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Beer tasting at the zoo

October 4, 2018

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 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.

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.

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.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 5 - 20, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays)

119 miles east

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

Art & Wine Walk

October 6, 2018

31 miles south

Puyallup Art & Wine Walk features wine, food, live music, and art in historic downtown Puyallup for age 21+.

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 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.

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, a farmers’ market, arts & crafts booths, and a noon kids’ parade. Free admission.

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 bog tours.

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, art, and a tea house at 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.

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 13 - 14, 2018

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.

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.

Tacoma holiday sale

October 18 - 21, 2018

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.

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 4 times daily between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Kirkland wine tasting

October 26, 2018

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Steampunk festival

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.

Bollywood Halloween

October 27, 2018

0.8 miles north

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

Thriller dance

October 27, 2018

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.

Eastside zombies

October 27, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 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.

Halloween at the zoo

October 27 - 28, 2018

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 28, 2018 (9:30 a.m.)

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.

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2018

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.

Celebrate Seattle products

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 2018 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

International film festival

October 2018 (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 an opening gala and closing night awards.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 2018 (undated)

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.]

Dinner at Pike Place Market

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Bird party

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Family fest

October 2018 (undated)

1 mile south

Fall Festival at Occidental Square features a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, face painting, and apple cider in Pioneer Square. Free.

Free healthcare

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Irish film festival

October 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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

Working boats

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Artisan cheese festival

October 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles east

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

Freaky festival

October 2018 (undated)

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+.

Home show

October 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Racy movies

October 2018 (undated)

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.

French film festival

October 2018 (undated)

2 miles NW

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

Religious milestone

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer festival

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Neighborhood festival

October 2018 (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.

Festival of Lights

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Medieval festival

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (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.

Fall festival in Fife

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Reptile show

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Anacortes Oktoberfest

October 2018 (undated)

81 miles north

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

Taste of San Juan Island

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Amateur horror films

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Ghost stories

October 2018 (undated)

0.4 miles SW

Your suggestions become spooky & funny improvised comedy at Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Spooky show

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Seattle haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Haunted golf course

October 2018 (undated)

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 is $10 per child with lights on. See schedule.

Eastside haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

20 miles east

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and trail in Sammamish, which is scarier after 8 p.m.

Snohomish haunts

October 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 2018 (undated)

33 miles north

Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+. Tickets.

Tacoma haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

33 miles south

Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

Buckley haunted farm

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Lacey haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

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 during special nights.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 2018 (undated)

0 miles

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

Halloween show

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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+.

Giant Halloween party

October 2018 (undated)

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+.

Halloween pub crawl

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Kids’ costume party

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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

October 2018 (undated)

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+.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 2018 (undated)

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.