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

Best events for 12 months

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

Miles are from Westlake Center downtown.


October 1, 2017 (also Sept.)

0.3 miles SW

Ice Cream is a one-hour show with upbeat dance numbers, plenty of glitz, and high kicks at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market. Food is optional and not included. Evening show is age 17+, brunch 12+.

Chinese comedy

October 1, 2017 (also Sept.)

0.4 miles east

King of the Yees explores San Francisco’s Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation at ACT Theatre.

Discount tickets $25.

Geek Girl Connections

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

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.
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Tea festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

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. 29)

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 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

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 at 1 p.m. (also Sept.)

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.

Discount tickets $30 to $52.

Dinner cruise

October 1, 2017 (5 p.m.)

4 miles north

Sunday Supper Cruise includes a buffet, a narrated tour, and two hours of views as you cruise Lake Union & Lake Washington.

Discount tickets $46 (child $23).

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 (begins Sept. 30)

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 (from Sept. 28)

2 miles NW

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

Romantic play

October 1 - 29, 2017

1.4 miles NW

See a new adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, in which witty Elizabeth Bennet and haughty Mr. Darcy must overcome pride and prejudice in order to find love and happiness at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $19 to $31.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 1 - 29, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.Hours.


October 1 - 31, 2017 (also Sept.)

multiple locations

These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 3, 2017

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 (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+.

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, in downtown Tacoma theaters.

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.

Discount tickets $5.

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, German food, live music, and a costume contest on the waterfront.

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. Repeats in Feb.

Puyallup Oktoberfest

October 6 - 8, 2017

37 miles south

Oktoberfest Northwest serves beer, brats, music, kids’ activities, and a root-beer garden indoors at the Washington State Fair & Event Center.

Discount tickets 2 for $14 (Friday).

Crab and seafood festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival has a crab feed, crab catching, food and craft booths, Sat. 5K run, and a Sun. chowder cook-off in Port Angeles. Free entry.

Latino films

October 6 - 14, 2017

Seattle locations

The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) “showcases films from dozens of Latino and Hispanic countries.”

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

119 miles east

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

Celebrate Seattle products

October 6 - 15, 2017

multiple locations

Events during Seattle Made Week include factory tours, local markets, presentations, demonstrations, and food and beer tastings.

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 Seattle South Asian Film Festival, which has an opening gala and closing banquet.

Addams Family musical

October 6 - 15, 2017

11.7 miles north

In this “lost” episode of The Addams Family TV show, the daughter falls in love and invites a “normal” boy and his parents to dinner, live onstage at Shoreline Community College Theater.

Discount tickets $10.

Buckley haunted farm

October 6 - 29, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

43 miles south

Roam the Haunted Woods or the Flashlight Maze at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Haunted golf course

October 6 - 31, 2017

13 miles north

Nile Nightmares [formerly Haunted Nightmare] is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center, which normally includes a one-day family festival. 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. See schedule. Dates in 2017: Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 26-31.

Tacoma haunted house

October 6 - 31, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

33 miles south

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

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.

Haunted house

Oct. 6 - Nov. 4, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. Dates in 2017: Sept. 22-23, 29-30; Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31; Nov. 3-4.

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.

Discount tickets $15 (1 p.m.).

Railroad Days

October 7, 2017

43 miles NE

Railroad Days features a grand parade, children’s parade, 5K race, food, band, and a carnival in the small town of Granite Falls. 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

Giant Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the salmon’s annual return with arts and crafts, a kids’ play area, food, entertainment, and a parade. 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

Nightmare on 9 and Zombie Safari Paintball are both at Thomas Family Farm. See schedule.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 7 - 31, 2017

28 miles north

Stalker Farms has two walk through haunts, a zombie paintball ride (register for a time slot online), and a non-haunted corn maze. See schedule.

Children’s festival

October 8, 2017

1 mile NW

Seattle Children’s Festival features performances, workshops, music, and activities at Seattle Center that 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

The pricey GeekWire Summit unites top engineers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions at the Sheraton Seattle.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 12 - 22, 2017

Seattle locations

The Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival (formerly Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) includes galas and receptions after some films.

Vampire drama

October 12 - 22, 2017

16.6 miles north

Count Dracula pursues a beautiful woman who resembles his lost love in a new adaptation that “restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage” in Edmonds. Open seating.

Discount tickets $10.

Adventure race

October 13 - 14, 2017

8 miles NE

Questival is a 24-hour adventure that has your team complete challenges via smartphone app to win an exotic trip, beginning in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park.

Footloose in Tacoma

October 13 - 14, 2017

39.2 miles south

Footloose the Musical includes songs from the movie about young people rebelling against a town that outlaws dancing. See it live at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Discount tickets $16.

Eastside haunted house

October 13 - 31, 2017

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

Enjoy pumpkin pie, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin cotton candy, and even pumpkin pizza at the Orting Pumpkin Fest. Includes family entertainment, a car show, and kids in costume. 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, coffee, dance, music, and games at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Reptile show

October 14 - 15, 2017

37 miles south

See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Seattle Reptile Expo at Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 14 - 15, 2017

41 miles south

Enjoy treats, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear a costume for a discount 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.

Comic opera

October 14 - 28, 2017

1.3 miles NW

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedy about young love at McCaw Hall.

Discount tickets $45 to $149.

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.

Disney’s Aladdin

October 18 - 29, 2017

0.3 miles NE

Aladdin is a love story filled with “beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle” at The Paramount Theatre.

Discount tickets $33 to $113.

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.

Polish film festival

October 20 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NW

Seattle Polish Film Festival is at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Halloween show

October 20 - 31, 2017

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.

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.

Halloween dance party

October 21, 2017 (9 p.m.)

3 miles south

The Black Cat Bash offers DJ dance music, a costume contest, and a food truck at Studio Seven for age 21+ to benefit Seattle Humane.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 21 - 22, 2017

36 miles south

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in the Pavilion Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. 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 Train that runs 4 times daily between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

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.

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 Portland.

Freaky festival

October 27, 2017

1.5 miles south

FreakNight is a circus-themed electronic dance music festival, with carnival rides, games, flame throwers, aerialists, pumpkin carving, stilt walkers, jugglers, contortionists and a costume contest at WaMu Theater for age 18+.

Eastside wine walk

October 27, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

11 miles NE

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

Halloween show & party

October 27 - 28, 2017

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. Evening shows followed by all-night dance parties are age 21+. Costumes welcome.

Discount tickets $45 - $85 (child $25).

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.

Classical music

October 28, 2017 (2 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Ravel, and Vaughan Williams at Benaroya Hall.

Discount tickets $15.

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 costume dancing to live music at Haunt: The Ultimate Halloween Bash in the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) 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

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 (uncertain)

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, and a cash bar, age 21+.

Eastside zombies

October 28, 2017 (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.

Eastside brewery party

October 28, 2017

18 miles NE

The Haunted Brewery Bash has two floors of haunting entertainment and a costume contest at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. [We have confirmed this event, but they have no 2017 web page yet.]

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, dog obstacle course, and adoptable pets at Cascade Kennels. Donation.

Tacoma beer festival

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

31.4 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound Craft Beer Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

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

October 28 - 29, 2017

5 miles north

Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Halloween dash

October 29, 2017

6 miles SE

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

Halloween at the flight museum

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

9 miles south

Like a giant haunted castle for families, The Museum of Fright has treats, ghost stories, crafts, an obstacle course, and a mad science lab at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Free admission for kids in costumes.

Trick-or-treating for kids

October 31, 2017

Greater Seattle area

The Safest Trick-or-Treating Spots around Seattle include Seattle neighborhoods, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

Spooky show

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

0.8 miles east

Collide-O-Scope Halloween Night Spook Show is a “gallery of ghoulish film and video delights” with hosts onstage, monsters roaming the aisles, and prize drawings for the audience 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.

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.

Halloween party - flight museum

October 2017 (undated)

9 miles south

A ticket to Embark After Dark includes light hors d’oeuvres, one drink, non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar, and music in the World War I section of the Museum of Flight for age 21+. Costumes encouraged.
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