Seattle events October 2019. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events October 2019

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 1, 2019
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+.

French film festival

October 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 26)
1.6 miles NW
French Cinema Now showcases “the best French language films from around the world” at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Asian film festival

October 1 - 6, 2019
(begins Sept. 26)
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 opening and closing night galas.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 3, 2019
(5:30 p.m., VIP 5 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 3 - 6, 2019
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 3 - 10, 2019
35 miles south
The Tacoma Film Festival showcases outstanding work by independent filmmakers, many from the Pacific Northwest, mostly at the Grand Cinema.

Latino films

October 3 - 12, 2019
Seattle locations
The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) “showcases films from dozens of Latino and Hispanic countries” with a focus in 2018 on Spain.

Celebrate Seattle products

October 3 - 13, 2019
multiple locations
Events during Seattle Made Week include a craft market (Oct. 3), a tasting party (Oct. 6), tours, and talks about brewing & food manufacturing.

Mind games

October 4 - 5, 2019
(8 p.m.)
4.2 miles NW
Mentalist Something Magical “explores the outskirts of the human imagination: folklore and fairy tales, poltergeists and psychic powers” at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard.

Ticket deal $10 to $35

Tacoma comedy

October 4 - 5, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
38 miles south
In this “lost” episode of The Addams Family TV show, the daughter falls in love and shocks her parents by inviting a “normal” boy and his parents to dinner, live onstage at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Ticket deal $16

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 4 - 5, 2019
(7 to 9 p.m.)
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.

Oktoberfest in Anacortes

October 4 - 5, 2019
81 miles north
Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food, and live music on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.

Oktoberfest in Puyallup

October 4 - 6, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $9

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

October 4 - 5 & 11 - 12 & 18 - 19, 2019
119 miles east
Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, dancers, arts and crafts, German food, and beer! Keg tapping ceremony with a band begins at noon on Saturdays. Children younger than age 12 are free but must leave at 9 p.m.

Buckley haunted farm

October 4 - 31, 2019
(begins Sept. 28)
43 miles south
Visit The Haunted Woods for age 11+, or roam the Flashlight Maze (bring your own flashlight), or take a night wagon ride at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Lacey haunted house

October 4 - 31, 2019
58 miles south
My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. Kids get candy and can see the house with lights turned on Oct. 31 (5 to 6:45 p.m.).

Seattle haunted house

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
4 miles south
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area for age 12+. Lights stay on for kids one day (Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.).

Haunted golf course

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
13 miles north
Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center in Mountlake Terrace, with a food court and a beer garden. Family Funfest is $10 per child with lights on. See schedule.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
25 miles south
Wild Waves Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, and haunted houses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Family by Day activities, including Booville, are Saturday and Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.). Hours.

Tacoma haunted house

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
33 miles south
Fright House Station [website has sound] is located near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

Robot expo

October 5, 2019
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.

Prayers for pets

October 5, 2019
(10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
1.5 miles NW
You and your pet are invited to the Blessing of the Animals in the Labyrinth Garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in lower Queen Anne, with animal shelter representatives in attendance. Free.

Rainier Beer festival

October 5, 2019
(4 to 11 p.m.)
4.7 miles south
R Day is an outdoor “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” with live music for age 21+. Airport Way South is closed to cars (from 13th Avenue S. to Corson Avenue S.). Free.

Food truck festival

October 5, 2019
(3 to 9 p.m.)
7.3 miles NE
You’re free to shop from food trucks at Trucktoberfest outside South Lake Union Discovery Center, or buy a ticket that admits you to the fenced area for age 21+ and includes six beer samples from 30 breweries.

Fall festival in Fife

October 5, 2019
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 5 - 6, 2019
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 5 - 6, 2019
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 & seafood festival

October 5 - 6, 2019
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.

Classic comedy in Edmonds

October 5 - 20, 2019
14.9 miles north
A recently married man tells “one tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent indiscretion and soon everything goes haywire in the fast-paced farce Ladies Man at the Phoenix Theatre.

Ticket deal $13

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 5 - 31, 2019
33 miles north
Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 5 - Nov. 2, 2019
28 miles north
Stalker Farms has two walk-through haunts (Double Dare ticket), a zombie shooting gallery, and a non-haunted dark corn maze. See schedule.

High-tech conference

October 7 - 9, 2019
0.2 miles NE
Pricey GeekWire Summit unites top innovators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions and cocktail parties at the Hyatt Regency.

Jane Austen musical

October 8 - 27, 2019
0.3 miles SE
“A musical of beauty, wit, and wisdom, wrapped up in a journey of self-discovery,” Austen’s Pride puts the author into the middle of her most famous love story Pride and Prejudice at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Ticket deal $25 to $49

Free light show

October 9 - 13, 2019
1.2 miles north
“A kaleidoscope of light, color, and illusion will transform the exterior of MOHAI” for 30 minutes during Borealis at the Museum of History and Industry. Register for a time slot. Also walk to dozens of light art installations (see map) in South Lake Union. Free.

Lesbian & gay film festival

October 10 - 20, 2019
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 four theaters.

Crab and seafood festival

October 11 - 13, 2019
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.

Eastside haunted house

October 11 - 31, 2019
20 miles east
Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family-friendly haunted house and 0.75 mile trail at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish. Cheaper and less scary 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 11 - Nov. 3, 2019
Seattle locations
The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Meditation on life & death

October 11 - Nov. 17, 2019
1.4 miles NW
Sarah has a new son and a dying grandfather in The Great Moment, “a funny, poignant, and poetic meditation on beginnings and endings ... the moments of transition that mark our journey from life to death” at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $33 (balcony)

Take your dog to the movies

October 12, 2019
0.7 miles NE
Your dog can join you at the family-friendly Dog Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Egypian, which features short films about the bond between dogs and humans. [Date confirmed, but they have no 2019 web page yet.]

Magic show in Renton

October 12, 2019
(8 p.m.)
13.1 miles SE
That’s Impossible Presents is an all-ages magic and comedy show in a cabaret setting, with table-side magic (8 to 9 p.m.) and a stand-up show (9 to 10:30 p.m.) at DeLancey’s on 3rd. Optional food and drink.

Ticket deal $25 to $45

Pumpkin festival

October 12, 2019
42 miles south
Orting Pumpkin Fest has food vendors (all with at least one pumpkin item), family entertainment on two stages, a car show, arts & crafts booths, and a noon parade of “kids in pumpkin-themed costumes.” Free.

Rare book sale

October 12 - 13, 2019
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.

Home show

October 12 - 13, 2019
1.5 miles south
Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Repeats in Feb.

Zoo Boo in Tacoma

October 12 - 13, 2019
41 miles south
Children enjoy treats, play games, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear costumes to get discount admission to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Cranberry festivals

October 12 - 13, 2019
132 to 170 miles SW
Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer food, crafts, and cranberry tours.

Family musical in Tacoma

October 12 - 20, 2019
38 miles south
A square pumpkin learns “the things that make you different make you special” in Spookley The Square Pumpkin live onstage at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Ticket deal $7.50

Tacoma holiday gift show

October 17 - 20, 2019
33 miles south
Billed as the largest holiday show in the West, Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival has 550 booths of handmade items and specialty foods plus cooking demonstrations and Santa Claus at the Tacoma Dome.

German film festival

October 17 - 22, 2019
multiple locations
Kinofest showcases feature films, documentaries, and short films made in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. All films are shown in German with English subtitles.
  • Oct. 17 to 20 - SIFF Film Center
  • Oct. 21 to 22 - Northwest Film Forum

Thanksgiving comedy

October 17 - Nov. 16, 2019
5.3 miles north
A culturally sensitive drama teacher creates a student pageant to honor both Caucasian pilgrims and Native Americans but offends both in The Thanksgiving Play, a “wickedly funny satire” written by a female member of Sicangu Lakota nation, at The Bathhouse Theater.

Ticket deal $8 to $17

Beer tasting

October 18, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Enjoy unlimited tastes of Seattle beer, and learn from brewmasters how it was made at Brewology, with food for sale and exhibits to explore at Pacific Science Center for age 21+. Use the entrance on Denny Way.

Musical variety show (horror theme)

October 18 - 26, 2019
4.2 miles NW
Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits present Night Terrors, “an 1980s slumber party that goes horribly wrong as the guests start dying in horrific ways” at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater.

Ticket deal $15 to $30

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 19, 2019
0 miles
Halloween Pub Crawl is a giant bar hop that encourages wearing costumes and socializing downtown for age 21+. Bring cash.

The Who

October 19, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
1.6 miles south
The Who plays an epic set of what Pete Townshend calls “all the hits, picks, mixes, and misses” of the band’s career at T-Mobile Park.

Ticket deal $75 to $95

Beer tasting in Bothell

October 19, 2019
19.9 miles NE
Taste beer from dozens of breweries with food for sale at Bothell Underground Beer Festival in the garage at Bothell City Hall for age 21+. No pets.

Turkish festival

October 19 - 20, 2019
1 mile NW
Turkfest features Turkish food, dance, music, games, a marketplace, and a tea house at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Fall festival in Federal Way

October 19 - 20, 2019
24.5 miles south
Admission is free during the Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, with talks, sales, a tour, and demonstrations.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 19 - 20, 2019
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.

Halloween Train

October 19 - 20 & 26 - 27, 2019
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 3 times a day between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Pet parade

October 20, 2019
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
2.6 miles NE
Bring your pet to the Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park, featuring pets in costumes, prizes in five categories (noon), a parade (12:30 p.m.), vendor booths, and food trucks at Volunteer Park. Free.

Irreverent historical comedy

October 20 - Nov. 9, 2019
3 miles SE
The Revolutionists “is a story about four badass women who lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror” at 12th Avenue Arts.

Ticket deal $10 to $14

Halloween show

October 22 - 31, 2019
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.

Tasting event

October 23, 2019
(5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles north
A ticket to Savor Seattle Restaurant Week includes “tastings from five chefs featuring local dairy collaborations and three alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks” at Maslow’s By Farestart for age 21+.

Ticket deal $40

Gala for Seattle film festival

October 24, 2019
0.5 miles NW
A $200 ticket to Sip for SIFF gets you wine from 10 wineries, heavy hors d’oeuvres from 10 restaurants, a cocktail competition, games, a live auction, and socializing with cool people at Block 41 in Belltown, all to help support the Seattle International Film Festival.

Fake wedding

October 24, 2019
(7 p.m.)
2.6 miles south
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Seattle at WithinSodo.

Halloween show & party

October 24 - 26, 2019
2.4 miles south
Carnevolar has nightmarish aerial acts set to live music at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. The Thursday show is for all ages. The Friday & Saturday shows with dance parties afterward are for age 21+.

Films by young directors

October 24 - 27, 2019
1.3 miles NW
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) showcases the best directors age 24 and younger from around the world at the SIFF Cinema Uptown & Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Lower Queen Anne.

Freaky festival

October 25, 2019
1.5 miles south
FreakNight is an electronic dance music festival with a sinister circus theme, carnival rides, games, aerialists, stilt walkers, fire breathers, jugglers, creepy clowns, and contortionists at WaMu Theater for age 18+. The bars are for age 21+.

Kirkland wine tasting

October 25, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+. This event is held on multiple months.

How to build green

October 25 - 26, 2019
4 miles NE
Two events in Kane Hall, University of Washington.
  • Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with appetizers, drinks, and dessert.
  • Green Building Summit is an all-day conference for professionals.

Family fest

October 26, 2019
(11 a.m. to 2 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.

Kids’ event on Capitol Hill

October 26, 2019
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 in Seattle

October 26, 2019
1 mile south
Attend a rehearsal (date to be determined) to learn Michael Jackson’s moves, and then dance “Thriller” (ghoulish costume optional) during Thrill the World Seattle on Oct. 26 at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween party in Fremont

October 26, 2019
(8 p.m.)
3.2 miles north
Fremonster Spectacular promises DJ music and dance lighting, dazzling performances, a no-host bar, a food truck, and a costume contest at Fremont Foundry for age 21+.

Native American Halloween

October 26, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
4.9 miles SW
All families are welcome at the Youth Halloween Party, which has activities, games, food, prizes, a costume contest, and “lots of fun” at the Duwamish Longhouse. Free.

Halloween party in West Seattle

October 26, 2019
5.7 miles SW
Voodoo on the Bayou Costume Party includes free appetizers, a cash bar, a jazz trio, DJ dance music, tarot reading, a photo booth, a costume contest, and entertainment at Sanctuary at Admiral for age 21+.

Halloween race - Saturday

October 26, 2019
7.3 miles NE
Join the Halloween Run, which includes a 15K, 10K, 5K, and kids’ dash, followed by a “haunted beer and warmer garden with some tasty spiked drinks” at Magnuson Park. Costumes are welcome.

Thriller dance in Redmond

October 26, 2019
(12 to 4 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.

Marching bands in Everett

October 26, 2019
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.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

October 26, 2019
38 miles north
Zombies start gathering at 3 p.m. and begin roaming the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish at 4 p.m. during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Free.

Halloween at the zoo

October 26 - 27, 2019
5 miles north
Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins during Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child age 12 or younger in costume is free per paid adult.

Comics convention in Tacoma

October 26 - 27, 2019
34 miles south
Meet dozens of comics creators, hear panel talks, play games, and browse dealer tables at Jet City Comic Show at the Tacoma Convention Center.

Family day at the opera

October 27, 2019
(2 p.m.)
1.3 miles NW
Children’s tickets are only $20 for a special showing of Cinderella performed by Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, with student-oriented activities during intermission. (Each adult can bring up to four children age 18 or younger who have student ID or proof of age.)

Family festival in West Seattle

October 27, 2019
5.5 miles SW
Harvest Festival offers games, crafts, apple tasting, a root beer garden, a farmer’s market, a chili cook-off, a costume parade at 11:30 a.m. in Junction Plaza Park, and trick or treating from merchants at noon. Free.

Halloween race - Sunday

October 27, 2019
6 miles SE
Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 10K, 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, treasure hunt, and costume contests for people and dogs. See the web page for the 2019 theme.

Family museum party

October 27, 2019
9 miles south
The Museum of Fright has games, an obstacle course, glider-making, and other activities throughout the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Free admission for children age 17 and younger in costumes.

Neighborhood festival

October 27, 2019
(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.

Taste of the San Juan Islands

October 27, 2019
(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 Bite of the San Juans [formerly Eat Island Grown Tasting Event] at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Free admission.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 27 - Nov. 7, 2019
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 March.

Halloween movie party

October 31, 2019
0.8 miles east
Collide-O-Scope Halloween features “oddball video, music, mash-ups, and gruesome sights” with a costume contest, a surprise guest, and an after-party at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Halloween party at EMP

October 31, 2019
(8 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Fashionably Undead is a DJ dance party with a costume contest and a terrifying exhibit about horror films at the Museum of Pop Culture for age 21+. [Tickets on sale Sept. 23.]

Fremont troll celebration

October 31, 2019
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. followed by a march with music at 8 p.m. to the Doric Lodge. Free.

Halloween cruise

October 2019
4.3 miles north
’80s Party Halloween Cruise is a cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington with a costume contest, DJ dance music, appetizers, dessert, a free cocktail, and a no-host bar, by Waterway Cruises for age 21+.

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