Things To Do

32 of the best things to do in Seattle this October

Via Blurred Culture

Hello folks! Get ready for all of our picks for things to do this October in Seattle. It is for sure the spookiest month, aside from August (shudders). Now, let’s see what you can get up to before Halloween rolls around.

Here are our top picks for things to do this October in Seattle.

Festivals and Events


This ongoing celebration of Seattle’s diverse cultural groups has got 3 different festivals this month. The first is CroatiaFest, followed by TurkFest then finishing off with a Diwali celebration. Plus, they’re all free to attend!

When: Dates throughout October
Where: Seattle Center
Cost: Free to attend!

The 42nd Annual Film Noir Series

Touted as the world’s longest-running film noir series, this is your opportunity to get creeped out at the Seattle Art Museum. Movies will be shown throughout the month, so as you have to do is pick your poison!

When: Shows throughout October
Where: Seattle Art Museum
Tickets: $78 for a full pass, on $9 per screening

Seattle Queer Film Fest

This massive festival will have everything from artist talks to short film nights and the year’s most talked about queer films. One of our top picks is Beauty and Decay, a documentary looking at Berghain’s most famous bouncer.

When: October 10 to October 20
Where: Venues around Seattle
Tickets: Vary per event


Celebrate America’s best glass blowers and check out the skill involved in creating glass art. From gallery tours to special exhibitions, this is a great opportunity to discover the history behind Seattle’s glass art scene.

When: October 17 to October 20
Where: Multiple Venues
Tickets: Vary per event

FreakNight Festival

Check out America’s longest running Halloween event at the historic WaMu Theater. For one night only, you can get lost in a haunted carnival music fest that is sure to be as entertaining as it is spooooky.

When: October 25
Where: WaMu Theater
Tickets: $99

After Hours: Halloween!

Looking for a spooky thing to do before you hit up a Halloween house party? Head down to the Seattle Aquarium for a 21+ event focusing on deep sea creatures, Plus, there will be food and beverages available!

When: October 31
Where: Seattle Aquarium
Tickets: $25


Lana Del Rey

The queen of disaffected teens from the midwest. Feel some feels at a concert named after America’s most popular illustrator.

When: October 2
Where: WAMU Theater
Tickets: $109 for verified resale tickets

Boy & Bear

This well-known Australian indie band is coming out with a new album on September 27, and has released a couple of songs to get people excited. Guess what? It worked.

When: October 3
Where: Sunset Tavern
Tickets: $25

Charli XCX

We’ll call Charli XCX a post-modern pop star, since she continually denies the usual trappings of the genre. A restless collaborator with a great sound, this is definitely someone you wanna see.

When: October 4
Where: The Showbox
Tickets: $64.75 for resale

Logic, JID and YBN Cordae

While Logic is going to be the major draw for this (and rightfully so), we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that we’re way more excited for the openers. JID and Cordae are both rap heavyweights in the making, and you can see both in one night.

When: October 8
Where: WAMU Theater
Tickets: $52

Klaus Johann Grobe

This Swiss duo is coming to Seattle for the first time this October. With origins in Krautrock, they’ve expanded into disco and chillwave. Honestly, you won’t even know that they’re singing a different language- that’s how hard you’ll be vibing.

When: October 8
Where: High Dive
Tickets: $13

Injury Reserve

An overlooked, but extremely fun, rap group. If you don’t lose your mind to ‘Oh Sh*t!’ then you need to give your head a shake. One of the hardest tracks of the past decade, hands down.

When: October 10
Where: Neumos
Tickets: $17

Four Tet

An absolutely legendary DJ coming all the way from the UK to perform. Seriously, Four Tet has worked with practically everyone in the industry, from Jamie XX to Thom Yorke.

When: October 10
Where: Showbox SoDo
Tickets: $23

Maribou State

Another critically acclaimed British powerhouse in the electronic world, with backing from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Mixmag. Honestly, we’re suprised the show isn’t sold out.

When: October 11
Where: The Showbox
Tickets: $19.99


A new Southern legend, who has worked with the likes of Ludacris and Bun B. With influences stemming from Scarface, UGK and Outkast, this is the perfect show for those who want to show the south some love.

When: October 12
Where: Neptune Theater
Tickets: $23.50

Sum 41

Relive the glory of the early 2000s with Sum 41. Honestly, we would love to be able to scream sing the lyrics to ‘In Too Deep’ at the show.

When: October 13
Where: Showbox SoDo
Tickets: $35

The Who

If you’ve ever wanted to see this iconic British rock band, now’s your opportunity. While this is not ‘officiall’y their farewell tour, you might not want to risk it with a band that’s been around since the 60s.

When: October 19
Where: T-Mobile Park
Tickets: $59.95


Peggy is back, and he’s bringing his completely unique sound and performance style with. Wonder what would happen if you rolled metal, hip hop and electro into one person? jpegmafia is your answer.

When: October 20
Where: Neumos
Tickets: $22

Kero Kero Bonito

A quirky synthpop band, Kero Kero Bonito is enjoying a relatively niche but devoted following. Go check them out and see if you’re part of that group, you might just be.

When: October 24
Where: Neptune Theater
Tickets: $20.50


This ‘boy band’ has seen incredible success since first metting on KTT (KanyeToThe) forums back in the day. Now, they boast a unique sound and a huge following of fans. New age boy band, indeed.

When: October 27
Where: WaMu Theater
Tickets: $36.95

Danny Brown

With a singular sound, Danny Brown has earned his place amongst rap’s most notable members. And, his upcoming album was executive produced by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. Honestly, this might be our top pick of the month.

When: October 31
Where: The Showbox
Tickets: $27.50


Seattle Sounders FC

Now that they’ve clinched a playoff spot, the Sounders deserve the city’s support more than ever. You can catch their last game of the regular season against Minnesota FC this month.

When: October 6
Where: CenturyLink Field
Cost: $32 and up

Seattle Thunderbirds

With Seattle getting their own NHL team, we think it’s a great time to check out a little bit of WHL hockey. The Thunderbirds kicked off their regular season last week, and will be playing all winter long.

When: Games throughout October
Where: accesso ShoWare Center, Kent
Cost: $18 and up

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have had a pretty solid start to the season, and look to continue that through the fall. Head down to CenturyLink Field, grab a hot dog and a beer, and enjoy some NFL football, friends!

When: October 3 and October 20
Where: CenturyLink Field
Cost: $135 and up

Food and Drink

Feast at the Market

This self-guided tour through Pike Place Market gives diners unprecedented access to more than 20 participating restaurants. Plus, it’s in support of Neighborcare Health’s Pike Market Medical Clinic.

When: October 1
Where: Pike Place Market
Tickets: $95

Taste America: Seattle

This gala dinner put on by the James Beard Foundation will see some of the city’s best chefs work together with the celebrated Kwame Onwuachi from Kith/Kin in Washington. It’s pricy, but hoo boy, if you can afford it, it’ll be worth your while.

When: October 4
Where: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Tickets: $395, currently sold out but you can add yourself to the waitlist

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

Now in its 15th year, the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest is your opportunity to drink beer out of a 700lb pumpkin. Sheesh. Plus, there will be over 80 different pumpkin beers to try out. Now that’s devotion to squash.

When: October 4 and October 5
Where: Seattle Center
Tickets: $34.49

Taste of Seattle

Head here to try out around 40 of Seattle’s fantastic local producers. Your ticket gets you access to 5 sample alcohol pours and an absolute ton of free food.

When: October 6
Where: AXIS Pioneer Square
Cost: $35

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Although it’s a couple of hours outside of the city, Leavenworth is guaranteed to be the most fun Oktoberfest in the Pacific Northwest. Think about it… a true Bavarian town nestled in the mountains.

When: October 4/5, 11/12 and 18/19
Where: Leavenworth
Cost: $10-$20

Ballard Wine Walk

At this one-night only event, you can shop at 10 different Ballard boutiques while you try 10 different Washington wineries. Wine and shopping? What more could you ask for?

When: October 19
Where: Ballard
Tickets: $25 (10 tastings included)

Whiskey + Cheese Experience

Sure, who hasn’t been to a wine and cheese night? But have you ever been to a cheese and whiskey night? We didn’t think so. Check out this event, focusing on pairing Beecher’s Cheese with Woodinville Whiskey Co.

When: October 26
Where: Cedar & Spokes Coffee
Tickets: $60

Seattle Restaurant Week

Over 165 different Seattle restaurants will be hopping into this massive event. Enjoy a 3-course meal for only $35, no matter where you go. Participating restaurants include Central Smoke, Osteria La Spiga and Yoroshiku.

When: Starts October 27
Where: Restaurants around Seattle
Cost: $35

And there you have it, folks! All of the things to do this October in Seattle that we recommend. Catch us saving money to go to FreakNight only to run out screaming in the first five minutes.