DISCOVER SEATTLE: Beers (Oktoberfest), Chills (Halloween) and other Fun October Activities

Fall is officially upon us with the onset of drizzle rain, chilly weather, and the ever-changing colors of nature around us. As much as I dislike the cold and the gray skies that are starting to fill my days, I do look forward to fall with TV’s new seasons and new series. My favorites being “The Black List” and now “How To Get Away with Murder.” But I digress because I am actually here to share with you many fun fall activities for October, in and around Seattle.

First thing I looked up was Oktoberfest. Now I know the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany begins in late September thru early October but I hoped Oktoberfest in Seattle began in well, October. Nicht! Unfortunately, Oktoberfest was last month from September 19 – 21 in the Fremont neighborhood. There were other Oktoberfest events happening in other close-by cities such as Renton (September 26 – 27), Kirkland (September 26 – 28), and Puyallup (October 3 – 5) but have already passed. There is still an ongoing Oktoberfest event I have listed below that is still happening till October 18th but it is about 120 miles from Seattle.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest from October 3 – 18, 2014 (Fridays & Saturdays) is 119 miles east of Seattle.  Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Another fun event starting next week is Seattle Restaurant Week from October 19 – 23 & 26 – 30. Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 170 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April. I love Restaurant Week because I get to try different restaurants and taste various types of food, and get a good deal out of it, perfect for us graduate students on a budget!

Other happenings in October are the following events:

Jazz festival from October 10 – Nov. 11, 2014 at various Seattle locations. The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Literature in Bars on October 23, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) Lit Crawl Seattle features 65 local authors reading their works in bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces on Capitol Hill, followed by a 9 p.m. party at Richard Hugo House. Free.

Halloween party at EMP on October 18, 2014 (9 p.m.) Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, a dance party, and a horror scavenger hunt at Fashionably Undead Bash: Beware the Woods for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.  I attended this event last year and recommend it.

For all you Michael Jackson fans out there, Seattle has the Thriller dance on October 25, 2014 (3 p.m.) Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Seattle at Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween dash on October 26, 2014 at Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

For all you parents out there, there are wonderful Halloween events for your children.

Halloween at the Zoo from October 18 – 31, 2014 (some days). 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.

Kids Halloween show on October 25, 2014. Caspar Babypants sings fun, kid-friendly music that gets kids dancing in their costumes at Spooktacular at Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool in Mill Creek.

Trick-or-treating for kids on October 31, 2014The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating include Seattle, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

There is so much more going on than what I have listed but I think this is a good start. For more information on events happening every month in Seattle please check out the following links:


Visit Seattle

I hope you have a chance to check out these events. If you do, please share your experiences by commenting on this blog to let readers know what you enjoyed and recommend, or Like and follows us on Facebook and Twitter and post your comments there, too.

Happy Fall Everyone!

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]


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