Welcome to the final weekend of September and official start to October! With the start of a new month, there are all sorts of fun events to be enjoyed from a Greek festival to train rides and pumpkin picking. Here are 11 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this weekend.

Saint Demetrios Greek Festival

If you’re looking for a truly authentic and even homey festival, Saint Demetrios Greek Festival is for you. You’ll be able to enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and culture. That includes homemade Greek delicacies from spanakopita to Souvlakia to baklava, all freshly prepared at the festival.

When: Friday, September 29th, 12 PM-9 PM, Saturday, September 30th, 10 AM-9 PM, Sunday, October 1st, 11 AM-6 PM
Where: 2100 Boyer Ave E
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+

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.

Seattle Restored Fashion Market

Shop til you drop, and support local businesses while you’re at it! The Seattle Restored Fashion Market is happening on Sunday, October 1st, at their new downtown space, and it’s promising to be full of unique finds, local fashion, and curated pieces that capture Seattle’s creative scene. Come out to support local business owners and artists and bring home something one-of-a-kind.

When: Sunday, October 1st from 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: 1501 5th Ave, Downtown Seattle
Cost: Free to attend, but please RSVP

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+

Grab a free coffee

Friday’s are always great but this Friday is extra great. Why? Because its National Coffee Day! Even better, there are several places around Seattle where you can get coffee for free. Of course we’ve listed them out for you.

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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: September 29th-30th, 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

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

U District $4 Food Walk

The U District $4 Food Walk takes place for one day only on Saturday, September 30th. You’ll be able to grab $4 bites at over 60 participating restaurants and businesses between 11 AM and 8 PM. Other than eats you can head to The Ave (University Way NE) for a variety of live entertainment and music all day long at the Main Stage. There will also be some “special evening performances.”

When: Saturday, September 30th
Where: University District
Cost: $4+

Locally made horror movie

As we’re halfway through the month it’s time to start getting ready for falls best holiday, Halloween. What’s a better way to do that than by enjoying a locally made horror movie? It turns out Seattle has quite a few.

Free museum visit

You may or may not know but Seattle actually has 5 museums that you can always visit for free. We’ve listed them out and given you some details so you can take yourself on the perfect adventure. Or you can use your library card to check out even more. 

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!