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!
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.
- Fremont Oktoberfest, Sept 23 - 25.
- Kirkland Oktoberfest, Sept 23 - 25 at Marina Park.
- Bierstube Oktoberfest Party, Sept 30, Die Bierstube
- Oktoberfest Northwest, Puyallup, Oct 7 - 9
- Piketoberfest, Oct 1, Pike Brewing in Pike Place Market
- Leavenworth Oktoberfest Sept 30 - Oct 15, Fri & Sat
- Argosy Boatoberfest on Blake Island, Oct 8
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.
- Museum Day Live is Sept 24, register to get free admission for two to one of 31 different museums in the state.
- Bird Ball at MOHAI, support Seattle Audubon, Oct 22
- Opening Day of “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” at SAM, Oct 11 (Exhibit runs Oct 11 - Jan 8)
- Creepy Crawly Cocktails, Oct 20, The Burke Museum
- Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit at EMP, now through Feb 17
3. Head to a Park
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.
- Remlinger Farms, Carnation
- Stocker Farms, Snohomish
- Craven Farm, Snohomish
- Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Patch, Snohomish
- The Farm at Swan's Trail, Snohomish
- Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah
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.
- Fishermen’s Fall Festival - Sept 24, Ballard’s Fishermen’s Terminal, Free
- Festa Italiana - Sept 24 - 25, Seattle Center, Free
- New Orleans Food & Funk Festival, WaMu Theater, Sept 30
- St Demetrios Greek Festival - Oct 7, 8, 9
- Fall Festival at Occidental Square, For kids, Oct 9, Free
- Fall Festival at Swansons Nursery
- TurkFest, Oct 15 - 16, Seattle Center Armory, Free
- Fauntleroy Fall Festival - Oct 23
6. Celebrate Halloween!
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".
- Halloween Pub Crawl - Oct 22 - 23
- Black Cat Bash at Studio Seven, Oct 22
- Fashionably Undead Prom: Under the Sea at EMP, Oct 22
- Bollywood Scream, Club Contour, Oct 29
- Pulse, dance party at EMP, Oct 29
- Thrill the World, “Thriller” dance, Seattle and Redmond, Oct 29
- Haunted Brewery Bash, Redhook Brewery Woodinville, Oct 29
- “Trolloween”, Fremont Troll, Free, Oct 31
- FreakNight Festival 2016, Oct 28, Tacoma Dome
- The Purge Election Year Halloween Party, Oct 28 - 30, Aston Manor
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.
- Georgetown Morgue, No kids under 12. 5000 E Marginal Way S.
- Haunted Nightmare at Nile Shrine Golf Course, Oct 7 - 30, various days.
- Stalker Farms, Oct 8 - 31
- My Morbid Mind in Lacey, Oct 7 - 31
- Carleton Farm (Zombie Paintball!)
- Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Sammamish, Oct 14 - 31
- Harvest - Seattle Immersive Theatre
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.
- Cirque Goes to the Cinema, Oct 7 - 9, Benaroya Hall
- Fall Festival of Flight at SANCA, Oct 7 & 8
- Carnevolar VII: Abduction at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Oct 28 - 30
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.
- Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival, Sep 24, Seattle Design Center
- Feast at the Market, Oct 4
- Voracious Tasting and Food Awards, Seattle Center, Oct 6
- Seattle Restaurant Week, Oct 9 - 13 & 16 - 20
- Taste of Seattle Made Party, Metropolist, 21+
- “An Incredible Feast” Oct 16, Center for Urban Horticulture
- Third Annual UW Farm to Table Dinner, Oct 27, The UW Farm
- Trucktoberfest in South Lake Union Discovery Center
- 24th Annual Oyster New Year, Elliott’s Oyster House Pier 56, Nov 5
- Dine Around Seattle, Nov 6 - 23, Sun - Thurs
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.
- Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours
- Candlelight Tour of Fort Nisqually, Oct 7 - 8
- Ghost Tours and more at the Ghost Conference, Port Gamble, Oct 28 - 30
- Spooky Walk, Oct 29, The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island
- “A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park” Oct 14 - 29, Fort Lewis
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.
- Man of La Mancha, Oct 7 - 30, 5th Ave Theatre
- Jekyll & Hyde at Renton Civic Theatre, Sep 22 - Oct 1
- Wait Until Dark, Edmonds Driftwood Players, Sept 16 - Oct 2
- Sweeney Todd, Seattle Musical Theatre in Sand Point, Nov 4 - 20
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.
- Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am, Sept 26, Town Hall
- Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, Seattle Center
- Lit Crawl Seattle - Oct 27, Capitol Hill
- Silent Reading Party, Hotel Sorrento, Every First Wed
- Maria Semple: Today Will Be Different, Oct 8, Town Hall
- Marissa Meyer: Heartless, Nov 7, Town Hall
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.
- Hawk's Nest, SoDo
- The Ballard Loft, Ballard
- Fuel, Pioneer Square
- Quality Athletics, Pioneer Square
- Bill's off Broadway, Capitol Hill
- The Iron Bull, Wallingford
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.
- Classic Fall Color Hikes from the WTA
- Washington Park Arboretum
- Bellevue Botanical Garden
- Discovery Park
- Kubota Garden
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
- Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, Oct 8, CenturyLink Field
- Seattle Fresh Hop Festival, Oct 7 - 8, Hale’s Ale Palladium
- Anacortes Bier on the Pier, Oct 7 - 8
- Snohomish Brewfest, Oct 28 - 29, Snohomish Event Center
- South Sound Craft Beer Festival, Tacoma Dome, Nov 5
- PNA Winter Beer Taste, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Nov 12
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.
- Cider Swig and Cider-Makers Dinner at Gig Harbor, Sept 23 - 24
- Drink & Draw events at Capitol Cider, second and fourth thursdays
- Schilling Cider House, Fremont
- Number 6 Cider, Queen Anne
- The Woods tasting room at Seattle Cider Company
- Locust Cider, Woodinville
- Elemental, Woodinville
- Dragon's Head, Vashon Island
17. Film Festivals
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.
- Seattle Latino Film Festival, Sept 30 - Oct 9
- French Cinema Now - SIFF Cinema Uptown, Sept 29 - Oct 6
- Twist: Seattle Queer Film Fest - Oct 13 - 23
- Seattle Polish Film Festival - SIFF Cinema Uptown, Oct 14 - 23
- Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Oct 14 - 23
- Seattle Turkish Film Festival, Nov 4 - 6 and 18 - 20
- Seattle Shorts Film Festival, Seattle Center, Nov 11 - 13
- Internet Cat Video Festival, SIFF CInema Uptown, Nov
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.
- Bellevue Life Spring - Adopt-a-Box to feed a child for a week
- Mary's Place - Volunteer at women & family shelter
- WestSide Baby - Donate used baby items to help struggling families
- HopeLink - Help end poverty in our area
- YouthCare - Support homeless youth
- Northwest Harvest - Food drives for hunger relief
- Seattle's Union Gospel Mission - Donate directly for holiday meals
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".
- The Rocky Horror Halloween Show ‘16, Oct 15 & Oct 29, The Egyptian
- Glitterbeast: Hocus Pocus, The Unicorn, Oct 2
- The Craft, $1.99 Night, Oct 25, Central Cinema
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.
- Firefly Run Seattle, Magnuson Park, Sept 24
- Monster Mash Dash, Shoreline, Oct 8
- Superheroes vs. Villains, Seattle, Oct 8
- Captain Jack's Treasure Run, Woodinville, Oct 30
- Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off, Nov 20
- Seattle Turkey Trot, Golden Gardens, Nov 24
- Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon - Nov 27
21. See Animals Eat Pumpkins
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.
- Brew at the Zoo, Oct 6 (SOLD OUT)
- ‘Zoo Boo’ at Pt Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, Oct 15 - 16
- Pumpkin Bash, Woodland Park Zoo, Oct 29 - 30
- Hoot ‘n’ Howl, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Oct 21 - 22
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.
- Cathedrals XIII: Jeremy Enigk, Laura Gibson, Oct 8, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Cathedrals: Noah Gundersen and others, Nov 4, St Marks Cathedral
- Round 137: Made of Boxes, Oct 11, Fremont Abbey Arts Center
- Dan Bern, Katie Kuffel, Oct 22, Ballard Homestead
- Earshot Jazz Festival, Oct 7 - Nov 11, Various venues
23. Embrace Your Inner Geek
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'.
- Retro Gaming Expo, Sept 23, Living Computer Museum
- BrickCon - the LEGO convention, Seattle Center Exhibit Hall, Oct 1 & 2
- GeekGirlCon, Washington State Convention Center, Oct 8
- Sherlock Seattle Convention, Broadway Performance Hall, Oct 21 - 23
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.
- Seattle Made Market Day at KEXP, Oct 8
- Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Tacoma Dome, Oct 20 - 23
- Oddmall Emporium of the Weird, Everett Community College, Nov 19 - 20
- America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, WA State Fair Events Center, Nov 5 - 6
- Fall Best of the NW Art and Fine Craft Show, Hangar 30 Magnuson Park, Nov 11 - 13
- The Great Junk Hunt Holiday Market, Nov 18-19, WA State Fair Grounds
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.
Hansel & Gretel, McCaw Hall, Oct 15 - 30
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.
- Seattle International Comedy Competition, Nov 2 - 27
- Jerry Seinfeld at the Paramount, Nov 4, two shows
- An Evening with David Sedaris, Nov 16, Benaroya Hall
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.
- The Northwest Chocolate Festival 2016, Nov 12 - 13, Port of Seattle
- NW Chocolate Week, Nov 1 - 14
- Theo Chocolate, Fremont(tours and free samples)
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.
- Seinfeld Trivia Night, Oct 5 and 12, Central Cinema
- Harry Potter Trivia, Oct 11, Neumos
- Trivia Tuesday: Hocus Pocus, Oct 25, MoeBar
- Moviecat: Movie Trivia Night, Oct 26, Central Cinema