If you think theme parks are kind of creepy on their own, prepare yourself for haunted houses and rides in the dark at Wild Waves Fright Fest, which starts this weekend.
Our arts critics have already recommended 78 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 43 best music shows, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic to the 8th Annual Dick's Drive-In Walkathon, and from Sea Otter Awareness Weekend to A Very Scary Misfit Cabaret. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

ART

1. Craft Night: Macrame Plant Hanger
Add a touch of vintage cuteness to your apartment and make your own plant hanger.

COMMUNITY

2. Human Condition Boss Babes Panel
Three creative ladies will talk about how they turned their artistic passions into their livelihoods. The panel includes freelance art director and stylist Michele Andrews, jewelry maker Sharece Phillips, and dancer and filmmaker Emily Durand.

3. State Legislative Happy Hour
Meet state legislators from across districts and ask them questions over seafood and drinks.

FESTIVALS

4. Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival
Take part in UW's version of the Mid-Autumn festival, a Chinese and Vietnamese tradition that welcomes the new season and honors departed loved ones. This year, they promise a lantern-filled quad, carnival games, mooncakes, and much more.

FOOD & DRINK

5. Celebrate the Legacy of Ray's Co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich
Join Ray's Cafe to celebrate the life of beloved late Ray's co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich by enjoying a special a la carte menu of her favorite dishes with dessert and cocktails. All proceeds from the menu will go to MultiCare Hospice of Tacoma, where Elizabeth was president of the board for five years and helped to establish the program. Check donations will also be accepted, and Ray's will match all donations for the day.

6. No Farms, No Beer
Support local farms, without whom there would be no local beer, by drinking said local beer. Plus, enjoy pizza and raffles.

GEEK & GAMING

7. Black Women in History Trivia Night
How well-versed are you on the subject black women in history? Study up for this trivia night hosted by the African Women Business Alliance.

8. Trivia Tuesday: How I Met Your Mother
If you've somewhat recently binged the series about a guy who recalls to his kid the nine-season story of how he met his wife, prove it at this How I Met Your Mother trivia night.

MUSIC

9. Lady Rizo
Amelia Zirin-Brown, aka Lady Rizo, has won the Time Out London and Soho Theatre Award and the 2013 London Cabaret Award in addition to her Grammy for a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, and she sounds a bit like Judy Garland on vocal steroids. She'll bring her brassy one-woman performance art and music cabaret to Seattle tonight.

READINGS & TALKS

10. Fake News Survival Guide
Don't fall victim to bullshit. This class will help you know how to sort fact from propaganda.

11. Odd S. Lovoll: Two Homelands
Norwegian American author and historian Odd S. Lovoll will share his memories of WWII, when his father was sent away to fight. He'll place his own story in the broader historical context of the Norwegian American response to the Nazi occupation of Norway and postwar immigration.

12. SFWA Presents: Kay Kenyon, PJ Manney, Spencer Ellsworth
The Science Fiction Writers of America present three authors: Kay Kenyon (Bright of the Sky), PJ Manney ((R)EVOLUTION), and Spencer Ellsworth (Starfire trilogy).

SPORTS & RECREATION

13. Yoga for Writers
Writing is hard when your body and brain are wound up tight like a little ball. This all-levels yoga class invites writers to get re-energized with some relaxing stretching and posing.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY

PERFORMANCE

14. Blood Relative
Ren Lunicke's play Blood Relative explores "love, belonging, loss, and the tension between our generations" through the relationship between a queer, gender-fluid protagonist and their grandmother.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

15. Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design
This exhibition breaks bonsai down into its artistic components—line, shape, form, space, color, and texture.
Closing Sunday

WEDNESDAY

ART

16. Art on Campus Tour
Find out what artistic treasures hide on UW's campus with queer artist Juan Franco.

17. Artist Mentorship Night
There are a lot of artists in this town (which is great!)—how does a new artist bust onto the scene? This informal mentorship and networking event invites artists to form small groups and chat about opportunities and challenges.

18. Paint at the Park Ticket Special
Before the first pitch of the Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics game, paint a Mariners design with Wine & Canvas.

COMEDY

19. Ty Barnett
Ty Barnett got his start at Seattle's Comedy Underground and has appeared on Last Comic Standing and many talk shows.

FILM

20. 'Ushpizin' Screening and Lunch
In this film, secular and orthodox worlds collide when a Jewish family welcomes strangers who have just escaped from prison into their home per the tradition of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival that celebrates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness.

FOOD & DRINK

21. Pig Out to Root Out Hunger
Stuff yourself silly with food from dozens of participating restaurants, pubs, and cafes in the Phinney and Greenwood area to help raise funds for healthy free meals at the Greenwood Senior Center and St. John United Lutheran Church.

22. Prosecco & Prosciutto Tasting Party
Cured ham and bubbles are a match made in heaven. At this happy hour soiree, which will donate part of the event proceeds to Mary's Place, try five Prosecco cocktails alongside prosciutto dishes and participate in raffles, giveaways, and more.

GEEK & GAMING

23. Free Chess Tournament
Check-mate your way to a prize at this free chess tournament in the park.

MUSIC

24. Just One More Thing x TUF
Want to hang out with nice people and listen to music? This listening party highlights a different local artist, collective, or label each month. This time, it'll be artists from QTPOC-focused electronic collective TUF. Sip a special cocktail while you bob your head.

25. Speakeasy in the Grotto
Imagine the year 1929 were equipped with more advanced technology by getting down to some electro-swing (as well as hiphop, bass, and dubstep).

PERFORMANCE

26. The Hypnotista
Watch as professional hypnotist Maritess Zurbano, the only "Filipina American professional stage hypnotist in the world," reads the minds of audience members. Abby London will be the musical guest.

READINGS & TALKS

27. Ask a Feminist by Act Now Mantra
You've probably come across at least one person who claims to believe in equal rights but is hesitant to label themselves as a feminist. Act Now Mantra will lead a panel discussion on workplace discrimination and the #MeToo movement that aims to clear up some confusion surrounding contradictions within feminist movements.

28. Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture
Shepherd Siegel will give a short talk and sign copies of his book Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture, which explores the transformative roles mischief-makers have had throughout history, from ancient times to the present.

29. Folio Forum: The Perilous Quest for a New Relationship with Russia
A panel of journalists, analysts, and scholars will mull over the current tense US-Russia relationship. How did we get here, what does Putin want, and what the heck is Trump up to? Gain insight from Bill Buzenberg, who oversaw the release of the Panama Papers; Lara Iglitzin, who monitors human rights in Russia as the head of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation; Mort Kondracke, former editor of the New Republic; Robert W. Merry, recently editor of the American Conservative; and Scott Radnitz, Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the UW's Jackson School.

30. Mini Civic Boot Camp: Civil Rights, Then and Now
After a brief history lesson on civil rights movements of the past, learn how you can apply what you've been taught to issues you care about in the present.

31. Race, Philanthropy and Political Giving
Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, an organization dedicated to empowering multiracial, multicultural, and progressive communities in the United States, will give a talk on the intersection between political giving and philanthropy.

32. Sneed B. Collard III: Warblers & Woodpeckers
Sneed B. Collard III—a man with a very good name—broke his own personal Big Year bird species count record when he and his teenaged son set out to spot and record as many winged creatures as they possibly could in the span (eh?) of a year. His book, which he'll read from tonight, dishes on natural history, birding hotspots around the world, and even some parenting tips.

33. Speak Out, Sing Out for Recovery!
In honor of Recovery Month, recovered addicts will share their experiences through music, spoken word, and storytelling.

34. Writing the Personal: Thompson, Ortiz, and Santlofer
Hear from three prominent writers of memoir: Neal Thompson (the parenting memoir Kickflip Boys), Wendy C. Ortiz (the searing story Bruja and Excavation), and Jonathan Santlofer (The Widower’s Notebook, an account of the author's grief after losing his wife).

SPORTS & RECREATION

35. Punk Prayers with Syniva Whitney
Shake away your stresses at this all-inclusive QTPOC-led guided meditation, yoga session, and dance class.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

ART

36. Juli Adams: I Saw the Face of Hecate
This show uses witchy iconography to explore the Pop Surrealist artist's "deeply feminine journey into darkness where [she] found the treasures of the underworld." Alongside her paintings, you'll see dolls, bone mobiles, and other creepy treasures.
Closing Saturday

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

37. Glow Up!
As the long days shrink and the sun sets ever faster, comfort your eyeballs with neon art by Jeremey Bert, Mark Ditzler, Kelsey Fernkopf, Cedar Mannan and Lia Yaranon Hall, and Noble Neon.
Opening Wednesday

THURSDAY

COMEDY

38. Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Your suggestions will fuel the campfire at this night of creepy improv.

COMMUNITY

39. Community Conversation: The Reality of Fake News
Misinformation online—on social media in particular—has abounded since Trump was elected president. This panel with Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist David Horsey, Seattle Public Library librarian and Fake News Survival Guide creator Di Zhang, UW professor Jevin West, and Seattle Times reporter Marcus Harrison Green will discuss how to sort out the facts from the non-facts.

FILM

40. 2 Weeks Notice
The Forum will say goodbye to its hard-working executive director, Courtney Sheehan, at this "Fund-Rager," featuring Local Sightings guest artists and filmmakers, karaoke with a special surprise guest ("of Mexican pop star lineage"), a raffle of Sheehan's treasures, and an appearance of Shehunk, Sheehan's Magic Mike-like persona, who must be seen to be believed.

41. Far Out
REI presents a ski and snowboard film screening with a party and guest athlete experiences (at the late show).

42. Reinventing Power: America's Renewable Energy Boom
This documentary, screened by Meaningful Movies, focuses on the boom in renewable energy across the country.

FOOD & DRINK

43. 3rd Annual Cider Makers Dinner
Welcome fall by tasting crisp ciders from regional makers paired with small plates prepared with locally grown ingredients by Laura Smythe of Le Garmache. Guests will go home with a special cider vessel handcrafted by local potter Jana Fisher.

44. Herbal Tea Blending
Create and taste your own herbal tea by blending ingredients that suit your tastes. You'll learn about the properties of different blends, dosages, and medical remedies.

45. How to Cook a Wolf Welcomes G.D. Vajra
Francesa Vajra of the Barolo-based winery G.D. Vajra will join Ethan Stowell's M.F.K. Fisher-inspired Italian eatery How to Cook a Wolf for a seasonal supper prepared by chef Nicole Matson, paired with six expressions of Nebbiolo, a side-by-side comparison of two Barolo wines, and Barolo Chinato for dessert.

GEEK & GAMING

46. Crosscut Trivia Obscura!
Crosscut's Knute Berger and other local guests will ask you the tough questions about science, local music, and regional oddities.

47. Geek Out Trivia Night: A Most Excellent September Trivia
Brush up on everything nerdy and geeky for this Geek Out trivia night.

MUSIC

48. LoisPalooza III: A Natural Woman
This musical fundraiser for Seattle-area photographers Lois and Jerry Levin started when Lois was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer last year. Support her recovery by enjoying sets from electric violinist Geoffrey Castle, Heart's Roger Fisher, WAR's Lee Oskar, and Stevie Wonder-approved vocalist Bernadette Bascom.

49. Seattle Metal Benefit For Marine Wildlife Research
Find out how SR³ (the Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research organization) saves wildlife in trouble. Your $10 ticket, which benefits SR³, includes a raffle entry. A metal lineup will keep things roaring: Orator, Whythre, and Born Without Blood.

PERFORMANCE

50. The Lalas
The Lalas of LA, seen in Justin Timberlake videos and at the Emmys, promise a sexy, interactive, comedic show.

51. Trust Me, I'm A Professional
Paris Original and Rebecca Mmm Davis star will burlesque-ify characters whose professions require skill and dedication, from scuba divers to shepherdesses.

READINGS & TALKS

52. Bad Date Storytelling
Ever wonder what the other half of your bad date thought about said bad date? At this storytelling event, both parties involved in a floppy rendezvous will each tell their side of the story.

53. Bawdy Storytelling
Storytellers, porn stars, sex educators, and others will gush over their sexual escapades live. Think The Moth but dirtier.

54. An Evening with Amy Siskind
After Trump's election, Amy Siskind set out to document every attempt by the administration to threaten democratic institutions. Her "Weekly List" went viral, and it's now being archived by the Library of Congress. Her book is a compilation of the List during Trump's first year.

55. Lisa McCubbin: Betty Ford
In Lisa McCubbin's biography of former first lady Betty Ford, the author reveals the wife of President Gerald Ford to be a staunch advocate for women's rights. Hear McCubbin read from the book.

56. A Night of City Poems and City Songs
Josh Feit will read some poems from his latest urban-focused collection, The Subway Arts Movement, all about "mass transit, multi-family housing, witchcraft sleeper cells, and other key tenets of the pro-city agenda." He'll alternate with jazz musicians Emily Westman (piano) and Annie J (voice).

57. Pop-up Poet and The Letter Farmer
Put your phone in your pocket and join the Letter Farmer and local poet Shane Knode for a few afternoons in the park—Knode will write you a poem on his typewriter and you can write someone a letter yourself.

58. South Asian Writers of the Pacific Northwest
Former Hugo House writer-in-residence Sonora Jha will host a reading with four Seattle-based South Asian writers: Jordan Alam, Sasha Duttchoudhury, Jasleena Grewal, and Shankar Narayan.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

COMMUNITY

59. The Not-Creepy Gathering
Nice people looking for romance with other nice people can cohort at this single's night that promises to provide a respite from "cruise-y bar scenes and soulless dating apps." This week, choose between a night for people between their 20s and 40s (Thursday) and a night for people in their 40s and beyond (Friday). Be sure to bring a notebook for some writing exercises.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

60. Brendan Schaub
UFC fighter Brendan Schaub and comedian Bryan Callen host a podcast together called The Fighter & The Kid, and Schaub now has added the Big Brown Breakdown to his online comedy repertoire. He'll come to Seattle for five solo stand-up sets.

61. Sammy Obeid with Quincy Weekly
Sammy Obeid, who describes himself as a "Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American," set out to achieve a streak of "1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy" and succeeded, performing every night for almost four years. He's appeared on Bobby Flay's show and on Conan, and now you can see him perform live comedy sets.

PERFORMANCE

62. Cyla's Gift
Young Samara is awoken by the ghost of her grandmother Cyla, who relates the perilous history of their family's immigration.

63. A Very Scary Misfit Cabaret
These misfits fit together pretty well, led by San Franciscan Kat Robichaud in a fearsome variety show of aerialist demons, burlesque witches, and other creepy characters dancing to a rock 'n' roll soundtrack.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

FOOD & DRINK

64. Senses from Japan
Discover aspects of Japan's incredible aesthetic culture with tea ceremonies, ikebana flower arrangement, and matcha tea-making.

PERFORMANCE

65. The Journey of the Saint
Two Spaniards—one a religious actor, one an atheist special-effects master—flee their home country to South America in the company of the mummified relics of Saint Fortunata in 1786. Come for miracles, doubt, faith, and hilarity in a translation of César de María's play by director Rose Cano—an English-language debut!

66. Tulips of Fury: A Comedy About the Dutch Resistance in WWII
The Nazi occupation of the Netherlands may seem like an odd choice for a comedy, but this takeoff on classic radio pays tribute to real Dutch courage in the story of Little Miep, her husband, and a downed American fighter.

67. The Two-Step
An independent woman travels the world trying to find a place where she can keep her autonomy while enjoying community in this show directed by Paul Budraitis and performed by Christine Longé.

FRIDAY

ART

68. Intro to Watercolor with Valerie Niemeyer
Learn the basics of watercolors from a skilled artist of the weird, a member of the Push/Pull collective.

COMMUNITY

69. Barn Raiser Ball
Enjoy drinks and bites from chef Tarik Abdullah on a 20-acre horse farm, then dance the night away in support of Rainier Valley Food Bank.

70. An Evening with Senator Tammy Duckworth
U.S. senator and a former U.S. Army pilot Tammy Duckworth earned a Purple Heart after losing both legs and partial use of her right arm in an explosion. Hear her story at this Q&A and reception.

FILM

71. Rodents of Unusual Size
As if Louisiana hadn’t suffered enough from hurricanes and environmental disasters, now it’s overrun with enormous rodents called nutria—invasive “swamp rats” that can reach up to 20 pounds. This documentary by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer follows the fight between the hairy and destructive little monsters.

MUSIC

72. Brass Monkeys, Spinning Whips, Hillside 77, Jodie Watts
Brass Monkeys are a Beastie Boys tribute group who, we’ve been assured, have a valid license to ill. They'll be joined by Spinning Whips, Hillside 77, and Jodie Watts at this cover show.

73. En Canto
Hear live Forró music at this Brazilian social dance with performances by world pop sextet En Canto.

PERFORMANCE

74. A Drag Tribute to Quentin Tarantino
Old Witch, Londyn Bradshaw, and the strange gals of WEIRD will pay homage to homage-master Tarantino. Don't be a square.

75. Mx.: A Queer/Bar Drag Show
Stacey Starstruck and Visage LaRue star in this weekly drag show hosted by La Saveona Hunt, featuring special guest performances from RuPaul's Drag Race queens each month.

READINGS & TALKS

76. V.E. Schwab: Vengeful
Hear the author read from Vengeful, in which Marcella Riggins gains power and sets out to "bring the city of Merit to its knees." A sequel to Schwab's thriller Vicious.

SPORTS & RECREATION

77. Snowbash 2018
Gear up for winter sports season with food, beer, raffles, an auction, and more.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

78. Forward — Part 2: Dislocation
In this exhibition series, artists take work created by other artists and transform it into their own piece. Then, they hand it off to someone else to do the same thing.
Closing Saturday

COMEDY

79. Erica Rhodes
You may recognize Erica Rhodes' voice from her role on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, where she debuted at 10 years old. Now she's a rising stand-up comic, having performed at San Francisco Sketchfest and other notable festivals.

COMMUNITY

80. Pinology Market
The organizers have taken it upon themselves to gather the most popular Pinterest trends and assemble over 100 booths of "pinspiration" from all sorts of vendors.

HALLOWEEN

81. Frighthouse Station
Tacoma-dwelling ghosts and ghouls will lurk in the shadowy corners of two equally creepy haunts.

82. Georgetown Morgue
Starting with spooky flashlight fright nights, this annual haunted village of doom hosts scares all throughout autumn.

PERFORMANCE

83. Dare to Dance 8: I Am
See a range of dance styles from around the globe, from Latin pop to traditional Korean drum dances.

84. Maison Du Gatsby: A Soulful Cabaret
Pretend you're a guest at the opulent mansion of Jay Gatsby by joining dance collective the Purple Lemonade for a night of '20s-inspired partying.

85. Relentless VI
This "in-your-face" burlesque show returns with 2016 Miss Exotic World/Queen of Burlesque Poison Ivy and Ray Gunn in the spotlight, along with Ruby Mimosa, Miss Indigo Blue, Iva Handfull, and Seraphina Fiero.

86. Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England
A lesbian scholar tries to deal with her college's impending financial doom, the peril to its tiny natural history museum, and quarrels with her own ex-lover (and her ex-lover's girlfriend) in this academic queer comedy.

87. "ZE": queer as f*ck!
This "Pride parade in an hour" will runneth over with kink, polyamory, gay marriage, gay divorce, gender diversity, and more.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

88. Refuge Outdoor Festival
This camping festival geared toward people of color promises three days of music, art, sports, silent discos, fireside conversations, and more.

89. Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival
Celebrate the changing colors of the fall leaves with music, dancing, food, a car show, a parade, and more at Leavenworth's longest-running festival.

FOOD & DRINK

90. Everett Sausage Festival
This family-oriented Bavarian-themed fall festival will offer heaps of German sausages (in addition to banh mi sandwiches, egg rolls, Mexican food, and more to keep you sated), carnival rides, live music, kids' activities, a raffle, and plenty of beer and wine.

91. Whidbey Island Grown Week
This event showcases Whidbey Island farmers, specialty food purveyors, chefs, and artisan producers. Guests can meet the island's makers at farm-to-table dinners, take cooking classes, and pick up lots of fresh produce.

HALLOWEEN

92. Wild Waves Fright Fest
If you think theme parks are kind of creepy on their own, prepare yourself for Wild Waves' October transformation, which will provide visitors the opportunity to brave three haunted houses and ride roller coasters in the dark (eep!). Little ones can play in Booville.

PERFORMANCE

93. Against the Grain/Men in Dance
Men dancers on the highest levels of artistry will enliven modern, contemporary, urban, jazz, and ballet genres. The attractions will include Alex Ketley's new piece for five Seattle men, a work by Cameron McKinney, the LA-based company VERSA-STYLE, and locals like Marie Chong, Gerard Theoret, Deb Wolf, and Spectrum's Donald Byrd.

94. Three Days of Rain
This play starts as many classic tales of family conflict do: at the reading of a will. Walker and Nancy Janeway discover that their father made some unexpected bequests, prompting them and their childhood friend Pip to investigate their parents' unknown youth.

SATURDAY

ART

95. Black Joy II
Say goodbye to the beautiful Everyday Black exhibition with free massages, a free photo both, special cocktails, and more.

96. The Magic of Terrariums
Make your own world of plants from a glass vessel, soil, and a variety of living things. You can even drink some wine while you craft.

COMEDY

97. Comedy Roast Battle
Casey McClain will host this meanfest with Luke Severeid vs. Josh Firestine, Ken Hamlett vs. Steven Mayes, Adam Luckey vs. Narin Vann, and Jon Rice vs. Taylor Bonzer.

COMMUNITY

98. Artisan Spotlight: Meet our Printers
Meet Pike Place crafters and artisans who specialize in everything from woodblock printing to intaglio etching. They'll talk about their process and sell their one-of-a-kind wares.

99. HAWKtoberfest
At this annual Kent car show, Hawk fans can see jazzed up Seahawk cars, enter raffles for the chance to win cool prizes, and shop from vendors.

100. INS Building Tour
Walk the halls of the former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service Building to retrace Seattle's immigration history through the eyes of Chinese sojourners, settlers, and laborers, and Japanese community leaders imprisoned in 1942.

101. Lopez Island Farm Tour
Tour five farms on Lopez Island, where you'll learn about the work that goes into producing their goods, and get to sample and/or purchase the (literal) fruits of their labor afterward.

102. Mastering the Hustle
Join KEXP for a conversation about creating safer spaces within local music and arts communities—especially when it comes to preventing sexual harassment in the music industry.

103. Pop-Up Plant Sale
Scoop up cacti, succulents, and tropical plants galore.

104. Seattle Ayurveda Fair 2018
At this health and wellness fair, attend educational talks from practitioners, enter raffles, shop for natural products, and eat some Khichdi (an Indian rice and lentil dish).

105. The Urbanist Bike Tour: The Great Northern Seattle Land (Ab)Use
Learn about Seattle's history of exclusionary zoning regulations on this six-mile bike tour through Ballard and Wallingford. The guide—land use historian Michael Eliason—will point out examples of "missing middle" housing which is now illegal to build.

106. ZeroLandfill Seattle 2018
For crafters and builders, there are plenty of treasures to be found in soon-to-be trash, including material samples of fabric, carpet, wall covering, wood, tile, stone, glass, rubber, and laminate. ZeroLandfill will host another day of rummaging for these and other gems.

FOOD & DRINK

107. 8th Annual Dick's Drive-In Walkathon
Raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center by walking a 15-mile course (you'll get all day) to each Dick's Drive-In location (except the one in Edmonds), starting at the Lake City location.

108. Blue Dog Bakery 20th Birthday Blue & Brew
Blue Dog Bakery will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dog-friendly party. They promise free beer, treats for you and your pooch from the Seattle Barkery and Chavoya's Hot Dogs, dog goody bags upon arrival, raffles, and more. The bakery will donate a box of doggie treats to the Seattle Animal Shelter for every attendee.

109. Chocolate for Dinner with Chef Justin Khanna
Local chef Justin Khanna will incorporate chocolate into his dinner courses. After you taste the cacao-laden creations, learn how a bar of chocolate is made by touring the factory.

110. Elysian Brewing's 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh Off
The weekend before the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, local growers will haul in their gigantic gourds to determine the biggest pumpkin, which will take the honor of serving as a pumpkin beer vessel at the festival. There will also be pumpkin painting, food trucks, an Elysian beer garden, and a performance by the Hasslers.

111. Taste of Romania Seattle Festival
Tuck into traditional Romanian dishes, dance to Romanian music, and peruse a marketplace full of handmade goods.

112. Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Agrodolce executive chef Thomas Litrenta will demonstrate how to make, roll, and cut pasta dough for wild mushroom ravioli. Guests will get to try bites of freshly made pasta and take home a one-pound bag of fresh pasta and recipes to try.

113. Wolves and Wine
Learn how you can protect wolf populations in the Puget Sound and beyond at Wolf Haven’s annual fundraiser. They'll have auctions, beer and wine tastings, and plentiful hors d’oeuvres.

GEEK & GAMING

114. MINECON Earth Party at Living Computers
Dear gaming nerds: Immerse yourself in a full day of Minecraft activities, including a modding workshop, live streams, and much more.

115. MINECON Earth Party at MoPOP
Revel in your love of Minecraft with other geeks at this live-stream gaming session and party.

116. Science of Fantasy Fencing: Light Sabre
You never know when you'll need to take down a real-life storm trooper or a man in a cape who claims to be your dad. This workshop will teach you the "practical use and application of the light sabre" using fencing techniques.

HALLOWEEN

117. The Fright Factory
This haunted house is adamant about the fact that they are straight-up frightening, rather than "spooky" or "Halloween-y." Prepare for ghouls, goblins, and monsters lurking in the dark.

118. Maris Farms Haunted Woods
From a flashlight corn maze to a trek through the haunted Buckley woods, the farm will provide a month's worth of scary activities.

MUSIC

119. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters, Mad Caddies
If you love skanking while boozed up, then head to Auburn for live sets from punk and ska groups Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters, and Mad Caddies set among selections of craft beers to taste and plenty of purchasing options.

120. The Falcons of Fine Dining, Karmic Unrest
In honor of all the artists who spend their days slinging eggs Benedict, the "world's first" restaurant-themed rock band, the Falcons of Fine Dining, will sing songs that will strike a nerve with anyone who has ever "worked at, eaten at, or seen a restaurant." They'll be joined by Karmic Unrest.

121. The Improvised Quartets Project
Stay on your toes for a night of spontaneous musical stylings with pianist Aaron Keyt, clarinet player Bruce Greeley, electric harpist Carol J Levin, cellist Ha-Yang Kim, and others. The first half will consist of three 15-minute quartet sets, followed by a longer piece.

122. LDW (Talking Heads Tribute) with Petty Thief (Tom Petty Tribute)
LDW promise a smattering of "random experiences" and original songs among renditions of your favorite Talking Heads songs. They'll headline with support from Tom Petty tribute band Petty Thief.

123. Original Music inspired by Roxane Gay's 'Bad Feminist'
The Bushwick Book Club songwriters will present an evening of original music inspired by Roxanne Gay's popular book of essays of politics and feminism, Bad Feminist.

124. School of Rock West Seattle: Guardians of the Galaxy
Watch the tiny musical treasures of the future play the bombastic soundtracks of current day, with School of Rock West Seattle's tribute to the best tracks from the Guardians of the Galaxy score.

125. Seattle: Dance United Party Cruise
Dress in white and join Jai Ho! for a dance party of culturally diverse music on a boat.

READINGS & TALKS

126. Juan Williams: Trump's War on Civil Rights
During this Town Hall event, analyst Juan Williams will set out to answer Donald Trump's notorious rhetorical question, addressed to African American voters: “What the hell do you have to lose?” His book, aptly titled What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump’s War on Civil Rights, tracks Trump's assaults on civil rights, as well as telling the stories of 1960s-era civil rights activists.

127. Kiersten White: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
The paranormal thriller writer will share from her adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, starring Elizabeth Lavenza, Victor Frankenstein's devoted ward.

128. Seattle Writes: Jumpstart Your Novel
Prepare for NaNoWriMo with a workshop by Susan Meyers to get ideas for planning and starting your novel.

SPORTS & RECREATION

129. Filson's 2018 Sportsman's Expo
Outdoorsy folks can pick up some cool new gear, attend a Q&A with a "bird dog trainer," learn how to best care for leather sporting products, and more.

130. Run with the Kokanee
Help support Kokanee Salmon recovery by running or walking a 5 or 10K loop around Lake Sammamish.

131. Run/Walk/Roll For Reparations 5K
Run a 5K along Lake Washington in support of the Days of Reparations to African People, which fights gentrification in Africa by buying abandoned buildings to "[create] black community institutions for economic development and self-government."

132. Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic
Lifelong's Seattle AIDS Walk raises money for HIV prevention and care services for people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The 32nd annual event will feature musical acts along the walking route and "the biggest picnic Seattle has ever seen," complete with a beer and mimosa garden, waiting at the finish line.

133. UW Huskies vs. Brigham Young Cougars
The Huskies will take on Brigham Young for their first home game of the season.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

134. Sea Otter Awareness Weekend
Learn about the lives, diets, and habitats of sea otters—those whiskered, weasel-like aquatic mammals that can be found floating on their backs in the Puget Sound with a mouth full of fish—from marine biologists. The weekend will also include diver shows, underwater feedings, and more.

FESTIVALS

135. Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival
Whether you're looking to pick your own pumpkins from a patch, go on a hay ride, or munch on caramel corn, here you'll find plenty of harvest-y activities every weekend until the end of October.

136. Festa Italiana
Experience food, traditions (including grape stomping), and performances from the old country at this 30th annual festival.

137. Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Geek out over the history, craft, and culture of wooden boats of all shapes and sizes at this annual festival. You'll get to climb aboard classic and modern vessels, tour Lake Union on a historic fleet, shop from maritime vendors, sip beer in a garden, and more. They promise that "everything is fun, and most things are free."

138. Michelmasse Festival
The lord of Camlann cordially invites lovers of medieval merriment to visit King Arthur's Somersetshire (conveniently located 40 minutes east of Seattle) for cider pressing, puppetry, music, crafts, archery, and minstrels. Guests roaming the grounds will find villagers demonstrating candle dipping, wool dyeing, blacksmithing, carpentry, and "cottage life."

139. Northwest Tea Festival
This two-day festival dedicated to the cozy and culturally rich beverage promises to cover all aspects of tea, from "cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific."

140. Taste of Russia
This annual festival promises samples of beloved Russian treats like pelmeni, piroshki, borsch, and pastries. Guests can also tour the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

SUNDAY

ART

141. Passiflora Market
Buy everything from "from tea, to textiles, to origami, to print" made by local artists and artisans.

COMEDY

142. Little Bitches: An Improvised Teen Girl Movie
UP Improv will make up a one-of-a-kind show for you based on the "nasty teen girl" genre (think Heathers, Mean Girls, etc.).

143. Regional Talent Showcase
Delightful local comic Evelyn Jensen will host the fourth of four public auditions for the Seattle International Comedy Competition, with 19 locals competing for a spot via short sets. The lineup is full of beloved hometown hopefuls, like Lexi Haack and Monisa Brown.

FOOD & DRINK

144. Build Your Own Brunch Party
To celebrate the launch of Bookstore Bar's new brunch and cocktail menus, assemble your own midday repast with a seasonal brunch buffet and build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, then play lawn games.

145. A Foraged Fall Dinner with Langdon Cook
Early autumn is prime time for fungi in the Pacific Northwest—including the delicious edible kind. Mycologists and casual mushroom enthusiasts alike can enjoy a foraged dinner with Langdon Cook, who will take guests through a four-course meal complete with wine pairings.

MUSIC

146. Blevin Blectum, Mini-Mutations, Marcus Price, Sacred Signs
Slink through some spooky tunes right before Halloween this year with gothic, psychedelic, and experimental performances by Blevin Blectum, Mini-Mutations, Marcus Price, Sacred Signs, and DJ services provided by Blood Rhythms.

147. Luisa Marshall as Tina Turner
Luisa Marshall will offer soulful renderings of your favorite Tina Turner songs.

PERFORMANCE

148. Nightingale: A Musical Regarding the Life & Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale
Pamela Gerke's music-filled play tells the story of the nurse, medical reformer, and statistician Florence Nightingale.

QUEER

149. Bi Visibility 2018
Queer party people and allies can dance the night away at this bi and pan visibility party in honor of Bisexuality Day.

READINGS & TALKS

150. Writing Silence
Award-winning author Nancy Rawles (Love Like Gumbo, Crawfish Dreams, My Jim) will host a workshop on depicting stillness in your stories.

151. Yuyi Morales: Dreamers
Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales will share her story of immigration from Mexico through her new picture book.

SPORTS & RECREATION

152. Base 2 Space
In support of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Space Needle Foundation, climbers will choose between two open-air stairwells to take all the way the top of the Space Needle (that's 832 stairs).

153. Burien Brat Trot
Run a 5K or one-mile race before treating yourself to beer and eating Bavarian sausages.

154. Yoga, Mimosas & Terrariums
Fill a glass terrarium with plants and rocks, sip mimosas, and stretch your hard-working limbs in an all-levels yoga class.