The Central Co-op's eighth annual Cascadia Cheese Festival will feature cheese tasting, a meet-and-greet with local cheesemakers, and little goats (!) outside the store. Shutterstock

There is no shortage of Halloween events this weekend—we've compiled 150 cheap & easy ones, in fact—but if the holiday isn't your thing, don't worry. Below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10 and does not involve candy or scary costumes, ranging from the second annual KEXP Record Fair to the Peoples Party Debate, and from the DXDW: Dave by Dave West local music festival to Safe Thus Far at the Frye Art Museum. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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FRIDAY

ART

1. Urban Craft Fall Market 2017
If the idea of shopping close to the holidays makes you quiver with fear, worry not. The Urban Craft Uprising is offering a one-day event where you can get a head start, featuring 75 local makers who will be selling their jewelry, art, clothing, household items, and more.
(Downtown, free)

COMMUNITY

2. Dia de los Muertos Community Night Out
Celebrate Día de los Muertos by checking out a tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxaca traditions. Also see a dance performance, enjoy art activities, listen to music, and more. Support for Dia de los Muertos is provided by the Consulado de Mexico en Seattle."
(Downtown, free)

FILM

3. Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival
This film festival takes place in multiple cities across five continents, featuring more than 200 films from multiple genres over 12 days. Show up early to enjoy cocktails and concessions, and stick around after the films to vote on your favorites.
(West Seattle, $10)

MUSIC

4. Correo Aereo
Accoustic Latin/world music duo Correo Aereo (aka Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin) will perform songs from Venezuela, Argentina, and Mexico.
(Columbia City, free admission)

5. East-West Trumpet Summit with Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott
Hear East and West Coast trumpet styles collide at a concert with New York trumpet player Ray Vega and Seattle trumpet player Thomas Marriott. The two will be backed by pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer Matt Jorgensen.
(Downtown, by donation)

6. Fever Feel and Guests
Join the recently formed Canadian "new age rock and roll" band Fever Feel as they heat up the stage with support from Chris Cheveyo and Talktin & Easy.


(Seattle Center, $8/$10)

7. The Flavr Blue Record Release In-Store
Local group the Flavr Blue will release their sophomore LP, Blue Dream, at this free and all-ages West Seattle set rife with atmospheric R&B, trappy beats, and electro-hiphop crossover slices.
(West Seattle, free)

8. Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
Hear a violin-led acoustic jazz combo featuring "upbeat strings" from Seattle's Ranger and the Re-Arrangers.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

READINGS & TALKS

9. Atticus
Hear select poems from Love Her Wild, a collection of new and old poems by Instagram poet Atticus.
(Rainier Valley, free)

10. Bryan Johnston
In his book 2nd Meanest Man in the World, Seattle newspaper columnist Bryan Johnston tries to get to the bottom of what he perceives as atypical Seattle behavior: not recycling, using umbrellas, jaywalking, and keeping eye contact with strangers. He asks: "Will Seattle become New York West?"
(Lake Forest Park, free)

11. Jenny Sampson
Join Berkeley photographer Jenny Sampson as she presents from her new book, Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders, in which she features portraits produced from wet plate collodion and developed in her portable darkroom.
(Capitol Hill, free)

12. Josh Dean
In his new book, Taking of K-129, Josh Dean discusses a true story of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War. Dean explains how the CIA, the US Navy, and "America's most eccentric mogul" spent six years and nearly a billion dollars stealing the K-129 nuclear-armed Soviet submarine after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
(University District, free)

13. Juan González
Former New York Daily News columnist and Democracy Now cohost Juan González reports on stuff weeks and sometimes months before it breaks into the mainstream. He was reporting on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis before anyone was talking about it. He’s won tons of prestigious journalism prizes based on his investigative reporting about crooked New York City politicians. But more importantly, he’s a lovable and smart uncle-dude with tons of amazing stories. His new book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, is all about the wave of progressive candidates that won seats in the country’s urban centers, and in particular about how de Blasio’s reforms in New York City (paid sick leave, universal pre-K, wage increases) benefit the Big Apple. RICH SMITH
(Pioneer Square, $5)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

14. Chris Engman and Dan Webb Closing Weekend
Greg Kucera is the gold standard for established Seattle galleries, and Chris Engman and Dan Webb are two of the most sophisticated artists currently working in the Pacific Northwest. Engman takes photographs that combine built environments with landscapes in ways that dare you to figure out how they were created. These spaces are illusory yet functional; mysterious yet matter-of-fact. Webb is a master woodcarver who creates figures so real they might seem to leap out of the block, if they weren't also tethered by forces outside their control. Together, these artists marry natural environments and forms with artifice in a way that transcends both. EMILY POTHAST
(Pioneer Square, free)

15. FLOATERS / A Painting Installation by Forrest Kahlil Perrine Closing Weekend
This painting installation aims to "engage with the suspended feeling of this present moment." See new paintings that hang in the air by Forrest Kahlil Perrine, as well as found and objects, surfaces, and mixed materials.
(Pioneer Square, free)

16. Francisco Goya: Los Proverbios Closing Weekend
Francisco Goya's amazing set of 18 etchings illustrates proverbs, but are so dark and witchily atmospheric that they've inspired many other interpretations. Don't miss your chance to see these fascinating 19th-century works.
(Downtown, free)

17. Marsha Burns: Look Again Closing Weekend
This solo show will feature silver gelatin, Polaroid, and digital prints by acclaimed photographer Marsha Burns, known for her depictions of Seattle life and culture (especially her portraits from the 1980s).
(Pioneer Square, free)

18. Ryan Molenkamp and Jed Dunkerley Closing Weekend
Molenkamp continues his series of expressionistic, eruptive landscape paintings titled Fear of Volcanoes, while Linda Hodges welcomes a new member to the gallery: Jed Dunkerly. In 2010, Jen Graves wrote that Dunkerly's drawings of machines "made the fantastic more fantastic by making it ordinary and even flat" and "dissolved the nature/human binary and replaced it with a new mixture that did not separate human activity from other processes in nature."
(Downtown, free)

19. Sofie Knijff: Tales Closing Weekend
Based in Amsterdam, Dutch-Belgian photographer Sofie Knijff mixes documentary techniques with staged settings and costumes to create dreamlike images in which the real and fictional become difficult to distinguish. Drawing on her background as a theatrical peformer, Knijff crafts dramatized simulacra that reveal unseen truths behind what is seen—realities that can be felt or intuited are illustrated as though they are real. This fascination with identity, performance, and theatricality suggests questions as to the ultimate nature of self. Who are we, and how did we become that way? What aspects of identity are a mask, and what is the truth behind them? EMILY POTHAST
(Pioneer Square, free)

20. Tomiyuki Sakuta: Good Looks Closing Weekend
Sakuta creates haunting intaglio portraits of "persons" made of sinews, wood, pebbles, and strange organic matter.
(Downtown, free)

21. What We Treasure: Stories from Yesler Terrace Closing Weekend
Rachel Brumer curated this community-driven artistic exploration of the historic Yesler Terrace, in collaboration with Yesler Terrace Artists in Residence Rachel Brumer, Devon Midori Hale, Pat Graney, Cheryl Delostrinos, Angel Langley, George Lee, Rachel Kessler and DK Pan. Their ambitious description: "In this exhibit, we feature both the old Yesler Terrace and visions of the new, enmeshed in the history that has and will continue to define this historic public housing development. Working with different generations of immigrant residents, the artists have gathered stories, documented place, created visual artworks, and taught movement to residents of the greater Yesler Terrace community."
(Pioneer Square, free)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

22. BorderLands Closing Weekend
Pedro Lasch and other Pacific Northwest artists will use various media to delve into "nationalism and belonging." See works from the City of Seattle's collection by Anida Yoeu Ali, Ryan Feddersen, Satpreet Kahlon, Henry Luke, Ries Niemi, Crystal Schenk, C.A. del Rosario, and Inye Wokoma.
(Pioneer Square, free)

23. Storme Webber: Casino: A Palimpsest Closing Weekend
Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit First Nations (Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw) interdisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and performer who creates socially engaged texts and images at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Through the exhibition of archival photographs, installation, and experimental storytelling, Webber uses the pre-Stonewall working-class LGBTQ history of the Pioneer Square neighborhood as a point of departure to shed light on the hidden stories of the marginalized people in Seattle's present and past. Expect to see the historical made timeless, and the timeless made tangible. EMILY POTHAST
On Saturday, check out Safe Thus Far: Storme Webber, Patrick Haggerty, and the Sacred Water Canoe Family.
(First Hill, free)

24. Terry Turrell Closing Weekend
Northwest artist Terry Turrell makes highly textured multimedia work (with an emphasis on painting and sculpture), often using recycled materials.
(Downtown, free)

COMMUNITY

25. Free Clinic
For anyone struggling to obtain access to affordable health care, the Seattle/King County Clinic will offer free dental (fillings, extractions, x-rays, and deep cleanings), vision (screenings, eye exams, reading glasses, and prescription glasses), and medical services (physical exams, PAP smears, x-rays, EKGs, mammograms, ultrasounds, and more) throughout the weekend. Service is first-come-first-served; they advise arriving early and wearing comfortable clothing.
(Seattle Center, free)

26. Warehouse Sale
Urban cyclists can find deals deals deals on on unreleased samples, past season goods, and rare styles from Chrome Industries.
(Beacon Hill, free)

PERFORMANCE

27. 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith
Yussef El-Guindi's 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith tells the story of an Egyptian American Muslim family trying to honor their roots while also living their own lives in America. Over the course of one day in Ramadan, bonds are tested as the family prepares for an old family friend to visit from Egypt for a wedding.
(University District, $10)

28. A Million Little Heartbreaks
This series of monologues written and performed by Seattle playwright Dan Tarker draws on real stories and experiences about people whose lives have not turned out they way they planned. Meet a webcaster from Alabama reporting on the news from his neighborhood, a recently crippled man now living with his elderly mother, an opioid addict who has bad luck with dogs, and an Uber driver whose politics derail his career.
There is no performance on Saturday.
(Greenwood, $10)

SATURDAY

ART

29. Elizabeth Mputu: LVLZ Healing Center: IRL Application of Digi-Manifestation
Elizabeth Mputu is a digital artist whose work has, up to this point, taken place exclusively in virtual space. Evolving from the use of selfies as a tactic of survival and anti-erasure, his/her current work involves the creation of tools for self-care and the ease of internet-related stress—for instance, a guided meditation for the release of grief created after a grand jury failed to indict anyone for Sandra Bland's death. For his/her first solo gallery exhibition, Mputu has divided the interior of Interstitial into four "portals of healing" that explore how digital and physical space can be combined to create new possibilities for the cultivation of well-being. EMILY POTHAST
(Georgetown, free)

COMEDY

30. Relationship Status
In Nicole Ash Bailey and Milan Patel's comedy show Relationship Status, they invite audience members onstage to share their online dating profiles. Expect drunk dialing of exes and of moms, "shame eating races," and more.
(Capitol Hill, free/$10)

COMMUNITY

31. Ayurveda Fair
This fair offers workshops, demos, exhibitors, products, and services dedicated to the ancient Hindu healing system of Ayurveda. Stay all day or just stop in for a couple of sessions. A homemade khichdi lunch will be provided to fuel all the learning.
(Ballard, $5 suggested donation)

32. Fall Color Tours
There's no need to travel all the way to New England for fall foliage—just head to the Kubota Garden on Saturday mornings for a free guided tour. Don't forget to snap some photos of the Japanese maples and other beautiful trees for your Instagram.
(Rainier Valley, free)

33. KEXP Second Annual Record Fair
KEXP is holding its second-ever Record Fair at the radio station's Seattle Center gathering space. The free, all-ages fair is happening in conjunction with Easy Street Records, and will feature four other music retailers (Sonic Boom, Silver Platters, Road Trip, and Bluebelle), four labels (Light in the Attic, Sub Pop, Rocket Heart, and Freakout), and ten private dealers selling their goods. DJs will be spinning records all day, too.
(Seattle Center, free)

34. SOS - Save Our Station
Residents of Capitol Hill's 15th Ave Commercial District are invited to meet up and discuss the proposed closure of the Hilltop service station, which would follow the closure of the neighborhood's hardware store and post office.
(Beacon Hill, free admission)

FOOD & DRINK

35. 2bar 5th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the five years 2bar has spent making whiskey with a free tasting, live bluegrass music from Clayton & the Dusty Mountain Boys, and a good old fashioned pig roast.
(Beacon Hill, free admission)

36. Cascadia Cheese Festival
At this fromage-filled festival, Northwest cheesemakers showcase their wealth of handmade goods. Sample all the artisanal cheeses you can handle while hanging out with "adorable little goats" from Animal Encounters.
(Capitol Hill, free)

37. Everything Chocolate
Celebrate National Chocolate Day by joining local chocolatier Tease Chocolates for an informative talk, where you'll also get to hold a cocoa pod and nibble on some chocolate treats.
(Tacoma, $3 suggested donation)

38. Hood Famous Bakeshop Anniversary Pop-Up
On a blessed day last October, the Hood Famous Bakeshop pop-up settled into a brick-and-mortar location. And since then, you can buy delicious Pinay treats every week. The Bakeshop will mark one year of contributing to Seattle's dessert scene by selling treats by local guest bakers. Try mini cupcakes in halo-halo (shaved ice, evaporated milk, and fruit or other ingredients), turon (fried banana and jackfruit spring roll), chocolate coconut caramel, and calamansi (a citrusy, kumquat-like fruit) flavors by AnnaLiza Valdez Ramos on October 28.
(Ballard, free)

MUSIC

39. Baby Gramps with Hot Damn Scandal
Lifelong ragtime legend and king of bizarro backcountry humor Baby Gramps will shed year after year of folky blues experience on stage with his National Steel guitar, and a little help from opener Hot Damn Scandal.
(Belltown, $10)

40. Cold Comfort, Chris King & The Gutterballs, Backslide Gospel
Cold Comfort describe themselves as: "Crafty and driving, a combination of epic ballads and bluesy rock songs." They'll be joined by Chris King & The Gutterballs and Backslide Gospel.
(Ballard, $8)

41. Heart Beat
As part of BorderLands, join young percussion artists Azai Counts, Cedric Dennard II, and Quiana West-King in an interactive percussion workshop for all ages and experience levels.
(Pioneer Square, free)

42. Heiress, Great Falls, Lo' There, Deathbreaker
A heavy band with a heavy pedigree (led by singer John Pettibone of Undertow and Himsa), Heiress gather strains of metal and hardcore, combine them with a nod to the Stoogey melodic murk that runs thick through the veins of Seattle rock, and bind it all together with urgency and artistry that feels new and explosively powerful. Even if you think you’re not into this kind of sound, these guys are commanding in ways most bands can’t even dream of. SEAN NELSON
(Eastlake, free)

43. Omni, Skelator, Githyanki, Tiger Blonde
Atlanta lo-fi post-punks Omni will be joined by Seattle metal bands Skelator and Githyanki and Seattle psych-rockers Tiger Blonde.
(Pioneer Square, $10)

READINGS & TALKS

44. Bruce Beasley
Poet and Western Washington University English professor Bruce Beasley will read from his new collection of poems, All Soul Parts Returned.
(Wallingford, free)

45. Curt Weiss: Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride
Jerry Nolan lived in New York in the 1970s during the early days of CBGB, proto-punk, and Richard Hell's hair. Having been the drummer for the influential New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, he has many stories to tell. Hear some of them from Curt Weiss' new book, Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock.
(Capitol Hill, free)

46. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
Those who listened to a recent episode of the More Perfect podcast would have been reminded that it’s still legal to throw American citizens into internment camps so long as the United States is at war with their ancestors’ country. That’s the 6–3 (!) decision the US Supreme Court reached in Korematsu v. United States, which affirmed the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 (ordering Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II). This year, Heyday Books published Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, which is an illustrated biography of Korematsu, a regular guy who had the courage to call bullshit when he saw it, even in the face of an extremely hostile government, even in the middle of a war. At this event, Atkins and Yogi will discuss the story and sign books. Bring the children, as this one’s aimed at the younger crowd. RICH SMITH
(Chinatown-International District, free)

47. Lambda Literary Fellows Reading
Six queer writers—each a recipient of a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellowship—will read from their new work. Emceed by Hugo House writer-in-residence Amber Flame, the lineup includes Tennessee Jones, Natalia Vigil, Taylor Johnson, Molly Thornton, Kathleen Nacozy, and Elaina Ellis.
(First Hill, free)

48. Nidhi Chanani
In her graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani tells the story of "the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds." Chanani's presentation covers her journey into comics, what makes a comic, diversity in comics, and more.
(Rainier Valley, free)

49. Rinker Buck: The Oregon Trail
Join Rinker Buck as he reads from his book The Oregon Trail, in which he chronicles the 2,000-mile-long covered wagon journey through the West.
(Bothell, free)

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

50. Protect Planned Parenthood
Join a clinic defense to protect Planned Parenthood patients from anti-choicers protesting outside of clinics worldwide as part of their "40 Days of Life" campaign.
(Capitol Hill, free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

51. Cedar River Salmon Journey
Learn about everything a salmon needs to thrive, why clean and cold water is important to their survival, and how you can protect them.
(Downtown, free)

52. Día de los Muertos Festival
Celebrate Día de los Muertos by decorating a traditional sugar skull, watching printmaking, tasting Pan de Muertos ("Sweet Bread of the Dead"), and learning about the Mexican holiday.
(Seattle Center, free)

MUSIC

53. DXDW: Dave by Dave West (Year 3)
Celebrate the third year of local rock and punk festival Dave by Dave West with two days of high energy live sets.
(Ballard, $10)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

54. El Sanchez Does New Stuff!
One of the most beloved comedians of the Seattle scene, El Sanchez, will try out some new material for their upcoming debut comedy album. Expect funny stories told with charming grumpitude.
(Belltown, $8/$10)

ELECTION

55. Mayoral Face-Off
Susan Boyd will moderate a debate between Seattle mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan over local social justice issues.
(Downtown, free)

56. The Peoples Party Debate
For its first general election debate, the Seattle Peoples Party will host mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan and city council position 8 candidates Teresa​ ​Mosqueda and Jon Grant. Nikkita Oliver will moderate.
(Beacon Hill, free)

FESTIVALS

57. Harvest Fest
If you've had your fill of sauntering around beer beer gardens this season, consider changing it up by drinking local root beer from The Beer Junction topped with Husky Deli vanilla ice cream. While you're there, enjoy fall activities Applepalooza and a scavenger hunt, and taste chili from local restaurants who will be competing in a cook-off.
(West Seattle, free)

FOOD & DRINK

58. Comadre Panadería Pop-Up
The delicious genius behind Comadre Panadería will host a pop-up in partnership with Amandine Bakeshop and Dorothea Coffee spread over two weekends. Proceeds from the pan dulce sales will go directly to the at-risk populations of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Puerto Rico in the wake of recent events.
(Capitol Hill, free)

59. Tea Ceremony: Introduction to Chanoyu
Chaboshu will host a 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience in a traditional roji garden setting at Shoseian Tea House.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

MUSIC

60. Bells Atlas, Fruit Juice
Oakland four-piece Bells Atlas explore "Afropop futurism" and other unique genres. They'll be joined by Olympia glam poppers Fruit Juice.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

61. Burnt Money, Madrich, Smash Bros
I was in Seattle at the end of July, the best possible time to enjoy the Town’s ungentrifiable charms—blue sky, water, and trees. I was at Lake Washington, enjoying those trees, when a cat hit me with a CD, which made me feel right at home again. It was the debut from Burnt Money, the new group from local underground stalwarts Lakehouse Entertainment (apropos enough), the ever-#based collective led by Benadrill, Seattle’s preeminent skater/rapper/entrepreneur. The homie, ever curious, popped it in the CD player as we drove off. God knows he’s chucked many a bad mixtape from the driver’s side window. This one, though? It stayed put and got turned up. What else you need to know? Oh yeah, this show is free. There's that. LARRY MIZELL JR.
(Capitol Hill, free)

62. Wind Ensemble: Chamber Winds — Fountain of Youth
Directed by Tim Salzman, members of the UW Wind Ensemble, known as "Chamber Winds," will perform works arranged for small curated ensembles by Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Vincent Persichetti alongside students and professors of the Shanghai Conservatory.
(University District, free)

READINGS & TALKS

63. David Biespiel and Wendy Willis
Join David Biespiel (winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction) and Portland poet and essayist Wendy Willis (winner of the 2017 Dorothy Prize for her book of poems A Long Late Pledge) as they read from their recent work.
(Wallingford, free)

64. Major Margie Witt
US Air Force veteran Major Margie Witt will read from her new book, Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights, about serving as the face of the Air Force's recruitment campaign in 1993, during the initiation of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
(Tacoma, free)

65. Nick DiMartino
Nick DiMartino is a local literary powerhouse—he's the author of more than 20 plays and 18 books, and he's quietly keeping literature alive on the UW campus through his work at the University Book Store. At this event, he'll read from and sign his latest work.
(University District, free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

66. Free Weekend Walks
This month, the UW's Arboretum tours focus on the fall color in their Japanese Maples and other deciduous trees. You can learn about what causes the changing of the leaves' colors, or you can just take some gorgeous photos.
(Madison Park, free)