Seattle events October 2018. Things to do in Seattle.

Best events for 12 months

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
(begins Sept. 27)
1.6 miles NW
French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

International film festival

October 1 - 7, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
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.
CityPass Seattle

Tacoma haunted house

October 1 - 31, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
33 miles south
Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

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.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

October 5 - 6, 2018
1.1 miles NW
Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, a marching band, DJ, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF) for age 21+, which includes a giant beer-filled pumpkin at Seattle Center. Tickets on sale October 1.

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
0.8 miles north
Cowabunga is a series of four ticketed tasting events and chef competitions featuring beef at South Lake Union 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.

Little Shop of Horrors

October 5 - 14, 2018
11.7 miles north
Little Shop of Horrors is a comic-horror rock musical (a boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story) with demented humor and goofy songs performed at Shoreline Community College Theater.

Ticket deal $10

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!

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 5 - 28, 2018
(starts Sept. 28)
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.

Buckley haunted farm

October 5 - 29, 2018
(begins Sept. 29)
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, with a food court and a beer garden. Family Funfest (Oct. 27, 12 to 4 p.m.) is $10 per child with lights on. See schedule.

Seattle haunted house

Oct. 5 - Nov. 3, 2018
(starts Sept. 21)
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.).

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.

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 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.

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.

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, and it screens feature films and shorts in six 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 trail in Sammamish, which is scarier after 8 p.m.

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.

Circus open house

October 14 - 20, 2018
6 miles south
Watch flying trapeze shows and circus groups, try out wire walking and trampoline jumping, and buy snacks during Sancafest at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Georgetown. Donation.

Gothic ghost thriller

October 17 & 24, 2018
(Wednesday 7:30 p.m.)
1.3 miles NW
Based on the novel by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw is part ghost story and part psychological thriller performed by Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall.

Ticket deal $76 to $87

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 on Main Street in Bellevue for age 21+.

Bourbon in Bellevue

October 18, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
11.3 miles east
Taste samples from local distilleries and snack producers, with food truck fare for sale during Autumn Bourbon Night at WeWork Lincoln Square for age 21+.

Ticket deal $23

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.

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
Wear a costume and socialize during the giant Halloween Pub Crawl, [web page will not open unless are logged into Facebook because they set it up as adult content] a bar hop around downtown Seattle. Bring cash. Free.

Halloween party at EMP

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

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.

Halloween show

October 21 - 31, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $25 (Oct. 21 to 25)

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

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+.

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.

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+.

Halloween pub crawl

October 27, 2018
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’ 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.

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.

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.

Geek girl conventoin

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.

Ticket deal $26

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
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.

Dinner at Pike Place Market

October 2018
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
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
1 mile south
Fall Festival at Occidental Square features a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, face painting, and apple cider in Pioneer Square. Free.

Artisan cheese festival

October 2018
1.3 miles east
Meet cheesemakers, taste cheese, and see demos at Cascadia Cheese Festival at Seattle Design Center. Free.

Freaky festival

October 2018
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+.

Beer festival

October 2018
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.

Neighborhood festival

October 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.

Chocolate talk in Tacoma

October 2018
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.

Taste of San Juan Island

October 2018
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.

Spooky show

October 2018
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.

Amateur horror films

October 2018
1.6 miles NW
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.

Snohomish haunts

October 2018
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
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
33 miles north
Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+.

Lacey haunted house

October 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 during special nights.

Doggy Halloween party

October 2018
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
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’ costume party

October 2018
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.

Halloween show & party

October 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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+.