28 Things to Do This Fall in Seattle

Do you feel like it’s too soon for fall? Find yourself shaking your fist at signs for pumpkin spice lattes and wondering where your summer went? Hopefully this list of all the awesome things going on in Seattle this fall will help you get in the spirit of the season. Fall is here, embrace it! Bring on the football games, apple pies, and rain boots, I’m ready!  

1.  Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest: where the beer flows into tiny glasses, pretzels are worn as necklaces, and dressing in lederhosen is encouraged. Fremont Oktoberfest is this weekend, with kids free on Sunday.

2.  Visit a Museum

When the weather starts to get gloomy, head indoors for some culture. Get in free to several area museums on Sept 24th (registration required at Museum Day) and on the First Thursday of the month. Bring the Trekkies in your life to the EMP this fall for their latest exhibit celebrating 50 years of Star Trek. 

3. Head to a Park

Explore nature, for free. No discover pass required. Visit a day park, or take a little hike up Mt. Rainier. 

4. Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes

Sure, picking your own pumpkins is fun and slightly cheaper than store bought - but pumpkin patches and corn mazes also make beautiful Instagram backgrounds.  Don't forget to wear rain boots.

 

5. Fall Festivals & Cultural Celebrations

Indulge in creole food and soul music at the New Orleans Food & Funk Festival, Sept 30 at the WaMu Theater, attend the St. Demetrios Greek Festival in Montlake for three days of Greek dancing, live music. and homemade food (including a three-course lunch or dinner), or one of many other cultural and fall festivals around the city. 

 

6. Celebrate Halloween!

Image: EMPMuseum.org

Dress up in an awesome couples costume, like Eleven from “Stranger Things” and one of the other kids - or a giant box of waffles. Or Elliott from “Mr. Robot”, and Mr. Robot himself. Or go the popular route, and be Pokemon characters (if you’re single, you could be a lure or pokestop and hand out treats). Walk the neighborhood with the kiddos, hit the bar scene, or attend one of the many parties around the city - like EMP's "Fashionably Undead Prom: Under the Sea". 

7.  Haunted Houses (and Golf Courses, and Farms)

Stalker Farms is an outdoor haunted attraction, featuring a slasher-type spectacle called The Harvest, a scary clown filled adventure on Pogo's Funny Farm, and a spooky tractor ride titled Paintball Stalker: The Hunt for Zombies. If you're looking for a classic haunted house, check out the adrenaline-inducing Georgetown Morgue. 

8. Trapeze & Cirque

Go early to SANCA School of Flight's Fall Festival of Flight and try flying on the trapeze during their Open House, then stay for the show and watch them perform tricks. They make it look easy. 

 

9. Delicious Fall Food Events

From elegant, extravagant dinners that celebrate local, fresh, seasonal food to dining events that will save you money, there are plenty of ways to experience the best from Seattle chefs this fall. One of our favorite events, Seattle Restaurant Week, is back again this October, where you can enjoy 3 courses for $32 at over 165 different restaurants. 

10. Spooky Tours & Walks

With the Spooked in Seattle ghost tours, you can spend the night on a retired Navy Destroyer, take walking tours through Pioneer Square, or go on an underground ghost hunt - with just the right mix of local lore, history, and entertainment. 

11. See a Musical or Play

See the story of Don Quixote come to life at the 5th Ave this October, as the award-winning Man of La Mancha takes the stage.  Look for day-of-show discounts and see-it-again ticket options. 

12. Warm up with a good book

Cold, rainy days call for browsing book stores, reading by the fire, and filling your head with new thoughts and ideas. Attend a book fair, reading party, or author reading - or just wander through Elliott Bay and discover your next favorite novel.

13. Watch a Seahawks Game

Where you at, 12's? It really isn't fall without some football parties. Next up, the Hawks take on the 49ers on Sept 25 at CenturyLink, then an away game on Oct 2 versus the NY Jets. Check out the full Seahawks schedule, then a few of our favorite places to watch the games below.

14. See the Fall Foliage

Get outdoors, bundle up, and enjoy the changing weather at these scenic areas. it's nothing like New England, but you'll still see a lot of beauty. Take lots of photos of nature, and of yourselves.

15. Drink (Pumpkin) Beer

Drinking pumpkin beer is an essential part of the season, and Elysian's 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival takes place in early October. Not only do they have a huge variety of pumpkin beers, they literally fill a "giant, several-hundred pound pumpkin that is scooped, scorched, filled with Elysian pumpkin beer, sealed and conditioned, and then tapped at the fest for all to enjoy!" - Elysianbrewing.com

16. And Don't Forget Cider!

If you can't make it to the Cider Swig this weekend in Gig Harbor, fear not - Seattle has many bars and cider houses for you to get your fill. There's Capitol Cider in Capitol Hill, which has game nights, drink & draw events, and live music. Schilling Cider House in Fremont has 32 cider taps, and even offers a cider making class. 

17. Film Festivals

Image: Siff.net

Image: Siff.net

Celebrate other cultures and perspectives (and yes, even cats on the internet) through the power of film during these local film festivals. Explore different ways of life and gain a new appreciation for the world around you, along with the fun of going to the movies.   

18. Give Thanks & Give Back

Whether you have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family or celebrate in other ways, this holiday is a great reminder to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for this year - and if you have time, give back to those not as fortunate. Sponsor a family, volunteer at a food bank, or simply perform a random act of kindness to help make our world a brighter place.

 

19. Fun Movie Events

Everyone should experience the midnight showing of Rocky Horror at least once, and if you haven't gone yet you have two chances this October at the Egyptian. The Vicarious Theatre Company will have a live shadowcast, with audience participation and "general insanity". 

20. Get Running

Some races support those in need or go to great causes, like the Seattle Turkey Trot 5k, now in it's 10th year, which helps the Ballard Food Bank during the Holiday season. Or the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off (that's a mouth-full) support's Seattle's Union Gospel Mission with a canned food drive. Other races are just fun to dress up in costume or race around in the dark before it gets too cold. 

21. See Animals Eat Pumpkins

Image: Zoo.org

Image: Zoo.org

At the 'Zoo Boo' at Pt. Defiance and the 'Pumpkin Bash' at Woodland Park, see the animals get into the Halloween spirit as they eat (or smash) pumpkins. Dress in costume for Hoot n' Howl at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and ride the night train while you look for animals. 

22. Experience Music Somewhere New

If you haven't seen any Cathedrals shows, been to a Round at the Abbey, or seen a singer at the Ballard Homestead, take this opportunity to experience music and art in a different atmosphere. And don't miss the Earshot Jazz Festival this Fall, taking place all around Seattle in venues you may not have visited before. 

23. Embrace Your Inner Geek

Image: Brickcon.org

Now in it's 15th year, BrickCon exhibits LEGO models built from enthusiasts all over the U.S., with the opportunity to shop for your own LEGO pieces or create in the Building Zone.  This year's theme is 'Madness'. 

24. Arts, Crafts, Gifts, and Weird Things

Go shopping for things old, new, handmade, and weird at events this fall - from the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in Everett, to Seattle Made Market Day at KEXP. You'll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list. 

 

25. Go to the Opera

The Seattle Opera says "the iconic Brothers Grimm story leaps from page to state with a provocative new-to-Seattle staging that playfully adresses contemporary questions of consumerism" in a show "sprinkled with satirical humor".  Plan on attending Saturday Oct 29th and buy your tickets for the Backstage Halloween Party following the show.

 

26. Enjoy Some Comedy

During November, watch comedians compete for cash prizes (and the attention of talent execs) at venues all around the state, culminating with the crowning of a winner at Snoqualmie Casino. The 'Opening Night Gala'  takes place at Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market on the 2nd. 

 

27. Mmmm, Chocolate.

Get your tickets to the Northwest Chocolate Festival this November, where you can sample fine chocolates, meet chocolate makers, see chocolate workshops and demonstrations, and more. Then look for Northwest Chocolate Week, where chefs all around the city will put their spin on the sweet. 

 

28. Play Trivia

Sure you can attend trivia nights all year long, but fall is the perfect time to stay in where it's warm, have a drink or two, and have a good time with your friends.