How’s October treating you so far? With a new month comes all sorts of fun, new things to do. From cultural festivals to train rides, pumpkin patches and scary corn fields, we have a little bit of everything for you. Here are 12 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this weekend.

Tacoma Greek Festival

The Tacoma Greek Festival will have an assortment of traditional handmade Greek pastries at the Coffee Shop and Bakery. There will also be food booths with “Gyros, Calamari, Greek Fries, Souvlaki (sausage), and Loukomathes.” There will be Spanakopita, tiropita, and dolmathes served on all three days, and even dinner entrees.

When: Friday, October 6th-Sunday, October 8th
Where: 1523 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Ride the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

Steam is back for a limited time only. Visitors can make online reservations to ride on a 1 hour and 15-minute, 12-mile journey on a historic train. You’ll get to experience the thrill of a real steam locomotive, as the train is driven from Elbe to Mineral by 100 year-old steam engine, Polson 70.

When: Until Sunday, October 29th
Where: 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA
Cost: $33-$95+

Seattle Water Lantern Festival

The Water Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday, October 7th, and invites Seattleites to come together to “create a peaceful, memorable experience.” You’ll get to watch as the lake lights up with hundreds of beautiful lanterns.

When: Saturday, October 7th
Where: 7312 West Green Lake Dr
Cost: $26.98-$55.99

Head to the pumpkin patch

Looking to get in the fall mood? What’s a better way than by heading to the pumpkin patch? There are tons of great pumpkin patches near Seattle and this weekend is one of the first weekends where you can indulge in the fall past time.

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

MoPOP‘s Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is a permanent exhibition and is included in your ticket each time you visit. That means there’s no need to pay extra to see more than 50 props and costumes from your film and television horror favorites.

When: Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 AM-5 PM
Where: 325 5th Avenue N
Cost: $31+

SIFF DocFest

If you’re looking to see a new movie this weekend you can check out SIFF DocFest. As the name suggests, this festival is about all films documentary. Watch something new and get out of the house!

When: Daily until Thursday, October 12th
Where: 511 Queen Anne Ave N
Cost: $14+

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Stalker Farms

Stalker Farms is a state-wide favorite for getting your spook on and this year it’s back and better than ever. You’ll get to experience an in-person, up close, and personal production with 7 attractions that will leave you with memories you won’t soon forget.

When: October 6th-8th, 13th-15th, 20th-22nd, 26th-29th
Where: 8705 Marsh Rd Snohomish, WA
Cost: $19.95-$49.95

Leavenworth Oktoberfest 2023

Fall is here and that means its time to celebrate! The annual Leavenworth Oktoberfest is the perfect way to do just that. Even better, the iconic fall celebration is officially returning to Washington’s own Bavarian inspired town starting this weekend.

When: October 6th-7th & 13th-14th
Where: Leavenworth, WA
Cost: Friday $10 6 PM-Midnight, Saturday $25 12 PM-1 AM, Children under 12 free with an adult

Peter Gabriel: i/o – The Tour

Peter Gabriel needs no introduction and he’s coming to Seattle’s very own Climate Pledge Arena. Even better there are still tickets available and they aren’t at resale prices.

When: Sunday, October 8th
Where: 334 1st Ave N
Cost: $60.50

Seattle Kraken Training Camp

Fans are invited to watch the team during on-ice training sessions at Kraken Community Iceplex, the team’s training facility at Northgate. Not only can you watch the players prepare for the season, but you can also check out the Iceplex and all that it has to offer.

When: Until Monday, October 9th
Where: 10601 5th Ave NE
Cost: Free

Check out the Black Lagoon at Rob Roy

Rob Roy describes their new bar pop-up as “a dark celebration for those who revel in the mysterious and bizarre” a place “where guests can transport themselves to a world that blurs that line between reality and the supernatural.”

When: Until Saturday, November 4th
Where: 2332 2nd Ave
Cost: Varies

Meatless Mondays: Fall

Looking to learn new things to cook? Why not check out a local cooking class? The Pantry has all sorts of recipes to teach you and this Monday they are teaching you how to make some delicious vegetarian dishes.

When: Monday, October 9th
Where: 1417 NW 70th Street
Cost: $140

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!