Seattle and its neighboring cities are known for producing some of the best and most innovative glass art in the nation. The October festival Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience will highlight this intense creative production of our region. Courtesy of Refract
Below, we've rounded up the biggest and best festivals you need to know about this season, including options for geeky crafters, cat people, beer drinkers, comix lovers, pumpkin carvers, holiday carolers, and everyone in between. You can also find a complete list of festivals in Seattle this fall on our EverOut Things To Do calendar, or check out the rest of our critics' picks from Seattle Art and Performance.


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Washington State Fair The approach of autumn coincides with the latter portion of the annual Washington State Fair in Puyallup, full of family-friendly activities like rides and games, carnival food, free music and performances, farm animals, cultural events, produce contests, a rodeo, live concerts, and much more. (Washington State Fair Events Center, $14)


Sat Sept 21

Luminata The Fremont Arts Council will hop over to Green Lake for their annual autumnal equinox celebration filled with bright paper lanterns to help ease you into the less-sunny season. You're invited to bring any other luminary you have on hand (they suggest light-up umbrellas and costumes) to help make the post- ceremony parade even brighter. (Green Lake Park, 6—10 pm, free)

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. (UW Quad, 5:30—8:30 pm, free)


Sat Oct 5

Fife Harvest Festival The Tacoma suburb of Fife hosts its own festival with arts and crafts, food, performances, and vendors to ring in the harvest season. (Dacca Park, 10:30 am—5 pm, free)


Oct 5–6

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival The salmon of Issaquah might not know it, but their return to Puget Sound's lakes and streams prompts a full day of free activities in their honor. Head to this annual festival for 250 artists, worldly bites, field-day activities, and live entertainment. (Veterans Memorial Park, 10 am—6 pm, free)


Sat Oct 12

Orting Pumpkin Fest Head south for the 13th edition of this annual event, featuring pumpkin-themed food and drinks, two stages of live entertainment, a car show, a parade, and more. (Orting City Park, 10 am— 5 pm, free)


Oct 12–13

Zoo Boo If being scared isn't your thing (or, more specifically, your kid's thing), skip the "boos" and head to the zoo, where you can see animals and participate in Halloween-themed activities. Come in costume for a discount on admission. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, $19)


Fri Oct 18

Zoo BOOze & Bites 2019 Support the Zoo Society by enjoying wine, whiskey, beer, and food tastings from local restaurants. There will also be Halloween-y games, raffles, and more. Costumes are highly encouraged. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 6 pm, $45/$75)


Oct 19–26

Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale Pick up plants, pumpkins, and seasonal treats, see pop-up artist demos, take gardening workshops, and more at this weeklong autumnal festival. (Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 10 am—4 pm, free)


Sun Oct 20

Halloween Pet Parade As if pets weren't cute enough on their own, this event gives you the chance to dress them up in Halloween costumes and parade them around for the ultimate cuteness overload. Then you can thank them for putting up with you with vendor booths, prizes, and more. (Volunteer Park, 11 am—2 pm, free)


Sat Oct 26

Pumpkin Bash Learn about animal behavior by watching Malayan tigers, lemurs, bears, and other zoo animals tuck into pumpkin treats at this family-friendly tradition. There will also be trick-or-treating, so kiddos are encouraged to dress up. (Woodland Park Zoo, 9 am—3 pm, $23)


Oct 26–27

The Great PSMS 56th Annual Wild Mushroom Show Tote along some 'shrooms from your garden or travels and have them identified at this Puget Sound Mycological Society event billing itself as "one of the largest and most complete exhibits of mushrooms in the United States," which will display and identify over 200 varieties of wild fungi and classify them as edible, poisonous, or valueless as food. Plus, check out a slideshow lecture, a "feel and smell" demo, a mushroom tasting prepared by top Seattle chefs, a photography display, and more. (North Seattle College, $5—$10)


Sun Oct 27

Fauntleroy Fall Festival Classic fall activities abound at this family-oriented festival. Kids can paint pumpkins, make salmon hats, ride ponies and pet baby animals, sip cider and gobble up cookies, jump through an inflatable obstacle course, and much more. Meanwhile, acts like classical guitarist Tim Cashman and the Jump Ensemble Jazz Trio will play live music. (Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 2—5 pm, free)

Harvest Fest California Avenue makes way for a parade, vendors selling seasonal wares, a hot cocoa and cider garden, a chili cook-off, and trick-or-treating at this West Seattle fall family event. (West Seattle Junction, 10 am—2 pm, free)


Nov 22–Dec 29

Enchant Christmas After a very successful first year, Enchant Christmas will once again transform T-Mobile Park into a winter wonderland complete with an impressive light maze, light sculptures, a market curated by Urban Craft Uprising, and more. This year's theme is "Mischievous," so expect to see sly little elves roaming about. (T-Mobile Park, $60—$186)


Nov 23–Dec 26

Seattle Festival of Trees The historic Fairmont Olympic hotel celebrates the winter season each year with a fancy dinner, caroling, an impressive display of decorated trees in their lobby, and a teddy bear suite. (Fairmont Olympic Hotel, free—$225)


Nov 29–Dec 1

Annual Holiday Native Gift Fair & Art Market Find gifts for loved ones by local Native artists and makers at this annual market. (Duwamish Longhouse, free)


Nov 29–Dec 23

Christmas Ship Festival The Puget Sound is filled with lights throughout the holiday season, but no vessel can compete with Argosy Cruises' Christmas Ship, which docks in 65 waterfront communities to serenade people onshore and onboard with its resident choir. Those who choose to board the ship can take photos with Santa, and enjoy a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and kids' activities. For a less family-oriented option, you can trail behind in a 21+ boat with rotating themes each week. It's also free to watch from the shore. (Various locations, free—$50)


Nov 29–Dec 24

Snowflake Lane Every year, downtown Bellevue turns into a winter wonderland not just for one night, but for a whole dang month, with (fake) falling snow, jolly live music, and a nightly parade filled with dancers and toy drummers. (Bellevue Collection, 7 pm, free)


Nov 29–Dec 31

Winterfest From a winter train village to an ice rink, and from music and dance performances to ice sculpting, Winterfest promises five weeks of free festive cheer for all ages. (Seattle Center, free)


Nov 29–Jan 5

Lumaze This year, Santa is enlisting the help of young princes and princesses in helping him find six hidden presents. In addition to the prize-bearing hunt, this kid-oriented indoor festival will also have a gift market (complete with fresh produce and seasonal treats) and a light display. (Smith Cove Cruise Terminal (Pier 91), 3—9 pm, $15+)

WildLights The zoo will be lit with thousands upon thousands of (energy-efficient) LED lights that re-create wild scenes and creatures. You can also throw fake snowballs at your friends, get up close with certain animal residents, and sip hot chocolate. (Woodland Park Zoo, $23)

Zoolights Holiday traditions don't get more classic than strolling through the zoo when it's transformed into a luminous wonderland of 3-D animal light installations. Displays from previous years have included hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, a majestic polar bear family, and a giant Pacific octopus. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5—9 pm, $11—$13)


Sat Nov 30

24th Annual Magic in the Market For the 24th year, Magic in the Market brings a tree lighting, seasonal snacks and drinks, choirs, and photos with Santa to the already-magical Pike Place Market. You can even pick out a tree of your own to take home. (Pike Place Market, 11 am—6 pm, free)

Greet the Season Celebration Once Thanksgiving is over, welcome the holiday season with a miniature train display, a gift market with local makers, festive music, and more throughout Lake Union Park. (Lake Union Park, 10 am—5 pm, free/$22)


Nov 30–Dec 1

GeekCraft Expo If Etsy and Comic Con are two of your favorite things, you won't want to miss this annual geeky craft market, which just so happens to align with holiday shopping season. Find unique gifts from local artists, or make your own crafts. (Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 10 am, free/$2)


Nov 30–Dec 31

Garden d'Lights Whimsical flora and fauna, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls get the holiday light treatment at Bellevue Botanical Garden's annual display. (To be clear, actual birds and animals will not be strung with lights.) Wander the grounds and take photos among the "half a million" bulbs. (Bellevue Botanical Garden, 4:30—9 pm, $5)


Fri Dec 6

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Dozens of caroling teams will once again gather downtown to sing holiday ditties in support of the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, which offers free meals, free groceries, one-on-one counseling, and other services to low-income and homeless people in Seattle. The top caroling teams will compete in a very festive "sing-off" on the Figgy Pudding main stage at the end of the night. (Westlake Center, 6—8:30 pm, free)


Dec 6–22

Christmas Lighting Festival Holiday cheer abounds in Washington's own Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which celebrates the season with live Christmas music, visits from both St. Nickolaus and Santa Claus, sledding, and more—all culminating in glorious lighting ceremonies every Saturday and Sunday. (Leavenworth, free)


Sat Dec 7

Ballard HolidayFest 2019 It's no surprise that Ballard—Seattle's most Scandinavian neighborhood—takes the holidays as a chance to celebrate the wintry creatures of Nordic folklore. This family-friendly affair promises "Tomten adventures," photos with Santa, snackable treats and hot chocolate, and more. (Bergen Place, 3—6 pm, free)


Dec 7–8

39th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair Scoop up one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones from over 120 makers (including locally made wreaths), see dance traditions from around the world, and sip mulled wine and other hot drinks. Don't forget to bring canned food donations for FamilyWorks Food Resource Center. (Phinney Neighborhood Association, 10 am—5 pm, $4)

Redmond Lights Get in the holiday spirit at Redmond City Hall with a tree lighting, a fireworks show, crafts, and live entertainment. Then keep the merriment going with a light-filled stroll down the Redmond Central Connector to the Redmond Town Center, where you'll be met with a live ice sculptor, a carousel, and more live performances. (Redmond City Hall, free)

Urban Craft Uprising 15th Annual Winter Show You'd be hard-pressed to find zilch for your loved ones at Urban Craft Uprising's tried-and-true indie craft show. With over 150 vendors selling a huge variety of hand-crafted goods—from jewelry to clothing to paper goods to candles to housewares—you're bound to find unique gifts for the holidays. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 10 am, free)


Community



Sat Sept 21

Fishermen's Fall Festival The North Pacific fishing fleet's annual return to their home terminal gives occasion to this waterfront fundraiser for the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial Foundation to assist families of fishermen lost at sea. You can learn about where your seafood comes from, make fishing-themed art projects (like a wooden boat, for instance), and cast a line into a pond for some catch-and-release practice. (Fishermen's Terminal, 11 am—6 pm, free)


Sept 21–22

Seattle Children's Festival I want to go somewhere that, instead of getting head-turns and raised eyebrows, no one even blinks when my daughter issues her piercing pterodactyl shriek—where it simply blends into the background of thousands of other tiny voices all raised to the sky in a chorus of noise. Seattle Children's Fest seems like the place. Plus, there's plenty to keep her entertained, including five stages' worth of performances (dance from around the world included), interactive music-driven workshops, arts and crafts, and "tactile learning activities." I'm sold. LP (Seattle Center, 10 am— 4 pm, $10 suggested donation)


Sat Sept 28

Sustainable Ballard Festival The Sustainable Ballard Festival will continue its tradition of championing a more environmentally friendly world by offering arts activities, an urban farm with goats and chickens, live music on a solar-powered stage, a tea garden, and much more. This year's theme is "Green Steps," which will focus on ways you can make a difference in your community. (Ballard Commons Park, 11 am—4 pm, free)


Sept 28–29

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. (Center for Wooden Boats, 10 am—6 pm, free)


Sat Oct 12

Water Lantern Festival Seattle Write a message or make a drawing on an LED lantern, then watch it drift across Green Lake with others'. Before the launch, enjoy food trucks, live music, and family activities. (Seattle Public Theater, 4—10:30 pm, $12—$25)


Oct 12–13

Seattle Home Show Homeowners looking to cozy up their new abode can get inspired by landscape and decor displays, chat with gardening and design experts, and, of course, shop for home goods. There will also be a wine and beer garden presented by Sleep Number (who we assume will provide comfy mattresses to sit on), cooking demos, and more. (CenturyLink Field Event Center, $13)


Oct 26–27

Sea-Meow Convention Seattle has come to its senses and will host its first-ever cat convention, bringing Pacific Northwest cat people of all stripes (and spots) under one roof for a weekend of feline-related activities and adoption opportunities. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, free)


Music



Sept 18–22

DjangoFest NW DjangoFest bills itself as the "premier showcase of gypsy jazz music in North America." Join with other "Djangophiles" in Langley for five days of performances, workshops, and informal "djam" sessions (their parlance) around Whidbey Island. (Langley, $30—$70)


Sept 19–22

Kremfest 2019 It's not quite on the level of Decibel Festival for world-class electronic-music bookings, but Kremfest is making strides to fill the void that that Seattle institution left. The event unites various local crews to create a strong demonstration of the city's robust underground club culture. DS (Kremwerk, 5—11:45 pm, $20—$35)


Fri Sept 27

Eliminator Fest 2019 Thrash away at this fest for the most maniacal among us, with Deceased making their first Seattle appearance in over a decade, Morbid Saint making their Pacific Northwest debut, and additional sets by R.I.P., Bewitcher, Oxygen Destroyer, Reversed, Kömmand, Greyhawk, Witch Vomit, Quayde LaHüe, Cerna Krev, Nightmare, Grave Dust, and Mortal Wound. (El Corazon, 8:30 pm, $70)


Sat Oct 5

Rainier Beer's R Day 2019 Join Artist Home and the Georgetown Merchants Association for a celebration of a tried-and-true Northwest standby, Rainier Beer, with live music from Red Fang, Wild Powwers, and Chong the Nomad. They promise a rowdy community mini-fest with plenty of Rainier to drink. This event will also double as a benefit for the Georgetown Merchants Association. (Various locations, 4—11 pm, free)

VELOCITY Join up with like-minded aficionados at this modular and synth-focused festival that boasts a full trade show, workshops, live performances, and a synth meet-up. (Substation, 11 am, $20)


Fri Oct 25

FreakNight 2019 Annual high-key wild throwdown FreakNight, basically a Halloweentown Coachella, features a whole night of live music, dancing, a themed marketplace, and a darkly neon environment of scary circus attractions, bizarre sideshow marvels, and carnival rides. If all you want for Halloween is an opportunity to completely blow out all five of your senses, this is the spooky dance party for you. (WaMu Theater, 6:30 pm—1:30 am, $95—$169)


Sun Nov 10

Seattle Slack Key Festival This all-day music festival is dedicated to Kanikapila-style Hawaiian music, which makes use of the open-tuned slack key guitar (as well as steel guitar and ukulele), played by many of Hawaii's master musicians. (Highline Performing Arts Center, 1 pm, $63— $148)


Nov 14–17

Seventh Annual Freakout Fest If Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot's acts skew a bit too young and EDM-ish for you, you may want to check out Freakout Festival, which has been gradually improving in quality over the last seven years. What began as a psych-rock-heavy event has morphed into something more diverse, while still retaining elements of its original mission statement (see the festival name). This year's lineup looks strong, with appearances by Death Valley Girls, Actionesse, Bearaxe, Elephant Stone, Federale, Khu.éex', Razor Clam, and Terror/Cactus. DS (Various locations, 6 pm, $35/$65)


Food & Drink



Sept 20–22

Fremont Oktoberfest Hoist your heftiest steins in celebration of "Seattle's largest beer festival," where you can taste over 100 German and domestic craft beers (excuse us, "biers") and feast on Bavarian-style food like bratwurst and soft pretzels. (Fremont, $25—$40)

Kirkland Oktoberfest Grab a bier and celebrate Oktoberfest with live oompah music, DJ dance parties, keg rolling, stein hoisting, and even weiner dog racing. Proceeds from the event benefit multiple Eastside charities, such as Imagine Housing, the American Cancer Society, Sibling House, and more. (Marina Park, 4 pm, $20—$40)


Sept 21–22

Seattle Nourished Festival For all you gluten-free, allergy-prone food lovers, this festival brings tons of tasty samples to suit your dietary needs. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 10 am— 3 pm, $5—$35)


Sept 27–29

Seattle Cowabunga Seattle Met's Cowabunga festival presents four days of beefy bacchanalia, including cook-offs and cow meat tastings (plus some attention paid to seafood, cake, and booze, too). (South Lake Union Discovery Center, $75—$399)


Sat Sept 28

Cider Swig ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival Taste more than 100 regional ciders (and other libations) paired with savory bites. Other attractions include the "Battle of the Pie" contest, apple launching, the live performance-filled Apple Carnivàle, and kids' activities. (Sehmel Homestead Park, 12—5 pm, free)

Northwest Agave Fest This boozy festival has come a long way from its origins as a tequila bacchanal in a Phinney Ridge parking lot. Now they serve up cocktails across the agave spectrum, plus beer and bites. (Block 41, 12—10 pm, $65—$85)

Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival If you've been waiting for an opportunity to wear your grandfather's Italian loafers, this boozy-smoky festival is it. The event will feature tobacco products from eight cigar manufacturers and dozens of spirits to try. (Snoqualmie Casino, 7—10 pm, $125—$275)


Sept 28–29

The 2019 Northwest Tea Festival Learn about tea-drinking traditions around the world and sip warm steeped beverages at this two-day festival. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 10 am—4 pm, $15)


Thurs Oct 3

Brew at the Zoo What's better than a day at the zoo? Sampling beer and enjoying exclusive animal encounters, we'd say. This tasting event offers attendees seven tokens, a souvenir tasting glass, a pair of general admission zoo tickets, and special meet-and-greets with wild creatures. (Woodland Park, 5:30—8:30 pm, $36/$58)


Oct 4–19

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Since Leavenworth is Washington's Bavarian-style village all year round, we believe them when they say that their Oktoberfest celebration is "the next best thing to Munich." Kicking off with an opening ceremony complete with a keg tapping and an oompah-style marching band dressed in dirndls and lederhosen leading a procession, the festival promises German-style fare like bratwurst and coleslaw, family activities, and enough beer to keep your stein full at all times. (Leavenworth Festhalle, $10—$20)


Oct 4–5

15th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival The great pumpkin in question at Elysian Brewing Company's annual squash-themed celebration is a gigantic gourd weighing in at several hundred pounds. It's scooped out, scorched, filled with pumpkin beer, sealed, conditioned, and tapped at the event. In addition, more than 80 pumpkin beers, including around 20 from Elysian, will be poured. Come clad in orange—some costumed attendees will be plucked from the crowd to be judged onstage and win a "thirst-quenching prize." JB (Seattle Center, 4—10 pm, $5—$50)

Bier on the Pier At this two-day festival, quench your thirst with beer and ciders from over 40 Pacific Northwest breweries and cideries, and savor food truck offerings as you stroll along the Anacortes pier. Local bands Miller Campbell, Randy Weeks, and Gin Gypsy will provide live music. (Historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse, $7—$50)


Oct 4–6

Oktoberfest Northwest Enter the indoor Munich and Bavarian Festhalles for an Oktoberfest celebration filled with German-style food, bier, and live entertainment. Families can also enjoy wiener dog races, a Stein Dash 5K or kids' Root Beer Run, and more. (Washington State Fair Events Center, free—$65)


Sat Oct 5

17th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival Incredibly, Yakima Valley supplies 75 percent of the nation's hop crop. Yakima's Fresh Hop Ale Festival, which benefits Yakima County—based arts and science organizations, provides a rare opportunity to taste a range of these hyper-seasonal, ephemeral beers in one place before they're gone. (Yakima Valley, 5—10 pm, $15—$85)

Trucktoberfest 2019 Twenty-five Seattle food trucks and over 30 breweries will convene curbside for a day of Bavarian-inspired feasting at the fourth annual Trucktoberfest, which also includes live music and lawn games. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, 3—9 pm, free)


Oct 5–6

OysterFest You can slurp freshly shucked bivalves and quaff wines and microbrews in peace knowing that all the proceeds from this festival will go into the coffers of the charities that help host it. There will also be live music, the annual West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships, water quality exhibits, and non-oyster food offerings like garlic shrimp and spring rolls. (Shelton, 10 am, $7/$14)


Oct 11–13

Apple & Cider Festival At this third annual festival, take some time to appreciate the Olympic Peninsula's apple orchards for a "tree-to-glass" weekend of cider tasting and autumnal feasting. (Port Townsend, free—$45)

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Port Angeles's nationally recognized crab extravaganza, whose claim to fame is apparently having been featured in a question on Jeopardy!, offers copious crustaceans, as well as a chowder cook-off, a "grab-a-crab" derby, local beer and wine, craft vendors, live music, art, chances to learn about Native American heritage in the Pacific Northwest, and more. (Port Angeles Waterfront, free)


Sat Oct 12

Seattle Fresh Hop Beer Festival 2019 This festival is dedicated exclusively to beers made with unprocessed hops that have been picked no more than 24 hours before brewing, with selections from over 20 Northwest breweries. (The Stables, 12—4 pm, 5:30—9:30 pm)


Fri Nov 1

The Whisky Extravaganza This slow-sipping bacchanal promises over 100 whiskys from distilleries around the Northwest, which you can try on their own or mixed into cocktails. Don't worry, there will also be things to eat. (The Rainier Club, 6—10 pm, $150)


Sat Nov 2

Cherry Bombe Jubilee Seattle The Indie mag Cherry Bombe, which celebrates women working in food, will host its daylong jubilee conference in Seattle, featuring talks and panels with female chefs, bakers, winemakers, indie food producers, and other members of the local culinary scene. (TBA, $226)


Fri Nov 8

Snohomish BrewFest Choose from 75 beers from over 30 local craft brewers and feast on chicken sliders, brats, mac and cheese, brownies, bacon, and other comfort food. (According to the organizers, some attendees like to adorn themselves with homemade pretzel necklaces, so do with that information what you will.) (Thomas Family Farm, 6 pm, $30/$35)


Nov 8–9

ATK Seattle Eats Festival The beloved public-television mainstay America's Test Kitchen will come to the Emerald City with the second annual edition of their touring festival. Friday's kickoff event benefiting FareStart will celebrate the show's 20th anniversary with appearances from the host and cast as well as food and drink from local chefs and bartenders, while the main event on Saturday features cooking demos, a pop-up shop, cookbook signings, photo ops, food from top Seattle chefs, cocktails, beer, and wine. (Bell Harbor International Conference Center, $100+)


Sat Nov 9

South Sound Winter Beer Festival This craft beer festival promises seasonal staples like "dark imperial stouts, roasty porters, strong beers, Scottish ales, barrel-aged surprises, spiced ales, piney IPAs" and much more from over 30 Washington breweries. (Washington State Fair Events Center, 12—6 pm, $20—$25)

Northwest Chocolate Festival 2019 Now in its 10th year, this gathering of artisan chocolate makers actually extends beyond the Northwest to 20 countries, with exhibitors like beloved Seattle staples Fran's and Bakery Nouveau and Portland's Moonstruck Chocolate and Bees and Beans joining names like Theo and Philo Chocolates (from the Philippines), Hogarth Craft Chocolates (New Zealand), and FuWan Chocolate (Taiwan), among so many others. You'll find milk and dark chocolate, truffles, bonbons, caramels, molten cakes, decadent desserts, and plenty more, in addition to enjoying demos, educational workshops and seminars, cooking classes, and tastings. Look, it's lots of chocolate, okay? How can you argue with that? LP (Smith Cove Cruise Terminal (Pier 91), 10 am—5 pm, $10—$95)


Nov 11–16

Seattle Pizza Week 2019 The Stranger presents the inaugural Seattle Pizza Week! Taste $2 pizza slices, crafted exclusively for this week, all over the city for one week only! (Various locations)


Fri Nov 15

Washington Distillers Festival Fight the November chill by sipping samples of local handcrafted spirits from regional distillers. Plus, bid in a silent auction to win distillery tours, special tastings, and limited-edition bottles. (McMenamins Anderson School, 6—10 pm, $35)


Sat Nov 16

32nd Annual Winter Beer Taste At this event, taste beers from a ton of local microbreweries—with snacks included in the ticket price, too—at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. (Phinney Neighborhood Association, 7—10 pm, $25—$60)


Fri Nov 22

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival Welcome the season's new wines at this festival with excellent French wines like the Beaujolais Nouveau, a buffet featuring fine French-influenced cuisine, French music (live and DJ), and an auction of rare treats that include wine, hotel, and restaurant certificates. (Columbia Tower Club, 7—11 pm)


Sat Nov 23

Gobble Up Seattle 2019 Just in time for Thanksgiving (and the subsequent holidays), Urban Craft Uprising will host this specialty food show for the third year in a row, promising over 100 local vendors slinging everything from cooking equipment to homemade jam. (Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 10 am, free)


Arts & Performance



Sept 12–22

Schack-toberfest Immortalize your fall spirit by choosing from over 900 glass pumpkins and gourds, handcrafted in the Schack glassblowing studio, to "pick" and purchase. (Schack Art Center, free)


Sat Sept 21

The Handmade & Reclaimed Market Shop for art pieces made from reclaimed materials from over 35 artists at this market. (Second Use Building Materials, 10 am—4 pm, free)


Sept 21–22

Sammamish Arts Showcase Unfettered to any one art form, this two-day festival will bring in painters and sculptures, ballet and hip-hop dancers, jazz musicians, and tons of other creatives. (Central Washington University - Sammamish, 10 am—5 pm, free)


Sept 25–29

Bellevue Fashion Week See what fall fashion trends are in store at the Bellevue Collection's annual week of runway shows, beauty demos, fancy parties, and lots of shopping. (Bellevue Collection, $100—$175)


Sat Sept 28

Seattle Children's Book Festival Take your young readers to meet award-winning children's book authors and illustrators from all over the country, including Tracey West (DragonMasters), Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and her Unicorn), and many others. You'll have the chance to pick up signed copies, participate in hands-on literary and arts activities, and hear readings and presentations. (Greenwood Elementary School, 11 am—3 pm, free)


Oct 3–13

Seattle Made Week Not only do local producers and manufacturers make cool stuff, but they also create jobs and allow our region to rely less on the global economy. Seattle Made's annual celebration of local makers features a week of pop-ups, meet-the-maker events, a party, a panel discussion, and vendor showcases. (Various locations, 8 am—5 pm, free—$35)


Oct 4–7

Seattle Latin Dance Festival 2019 Latinx dance artists both local and visiting will offer workshops in salsa, bachata, and other styles, and will give stellar performances at this two-day festival. The festival will kick off with a performance from stars of So You Think You Can Dance. (The Westin Bellevue, 8 pm—4 am, $45)


Oct 9–13

Borealis After a successful first year, the kaleidoscopic light art project Borealis will return to South Lake Union to transform the exterior of MOHAI into a surface for beautifully trippy video projection mapping installations created by regional and international artists. Stop at food trucks and a beer garden on your self-guided journey around the building. This year's theme is "Untethered." (Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), free)


Oct 12–13

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair For the book lover who appreciates the specific thrill of the crack of a dusty spine and the smell of old pages, the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair features thousands of collectible books, prints, maps, manuscripts, and other rare documents to geek out over. Vendors from across the U.S., England, Canada, and elsewhere will attend. (Seattle Center, $5)


Oct 17–20

Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience Seattle and its neighboring cities, like Tacoma and Bellevue, are known for producing some of the best and most innovative glass art in the nation. This fall festival will highlight the intense creative production of the region, with parties, exhibitions, talks, tours (like one of Dale Chihuly's boathouse!), and films. Venues include Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Seattle Glassblowing Studio, and many more. (Various locations)


Oct 24–25

Lemonhaze Cannabis Convention & Uncanny Festival Comics and cannabis professionals—a prime example of a symbiotic relationship—from Washington State and beyond will gather for the second annual Lemonhaze Convention & Comedy Festival, which will feature special talks, exhibitors, and performances. (Tacoma Dome, $99)


Nov 2–3

Handmade Tile & Art Festival More than 20 Northwest artists will show their handmade tile work, including a large display of garden art. The event also includes a juried art show featuring tiles made using traditional techniques. (Mount Baker Community Club, free)


Sat Nov 9

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival In 2018, Stranger lit critic Rich Smith wrote of Short Run: "You're going. You're bringing at LEAST $50 cash. You're picking up new art books, zines, buttons, and little strips of beautiful screen-printed ephemera from more than 270 internationally/nationally/locally-renowned comics creators." All this applies for the ninth edition of Short Run, only it'll be even bigger. This year's artists will include Jasjyot Singh Hans, Glynnis Fawkes, Marc Bell, Malaka Gharib, and Jul Gordon. (Mexican artist Abraham Diaz will unfortunately not be present, having been denied a visa.) There will also be a screening of a collection of the late, lamented Bruce Bickford's animation, courtesy of Clyde Petersen and friends. Head to the afterparty at the Vera Project once you're done shopping. (Fisher Pavilion, 11 am—6 pm, free)


Culture



Sept 20–22

Saint Demetrios Greek Festival This hallmark early-fall tradition is your chance to get a taste of Greek food, music, and tradition. Stop by the tent to feast on classic fare like gyros, loukoumades (sticky-sweet deep-fried pastries), and baklava, enjoy live music with Taki and the Mad Greeks, and see dancing from St. Demetrios dance groups. Plus, you can take a guided church tour, taste wine, and more. (St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, free)


Sept 28–29

The Italian Festival Celebrate the rich culture of the old country with food, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest, and a bocce ball tournament. (Seattle Center, free)

Taste of Romania Discover Romanian food, music and dancing, and crafting. (Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, free)


Sun Oct 6

CroatiaFest The vast Balkan country of Croatia, which lies on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, is rich with tradition. (Fun fact: It was also the breeding place for the first Dalmations.) Learn about its past and present at this festival filled with food, art exhibits, traditional costumes and performances, and a marketplace. (Seattle Center, 12 pm, free)


Sat Oct 12

Diwali Ball It's a fundraising celebration of the Hindu festival of light at SAM. The festive evening includes an Indian dinner, dance performances and Bollywood dance, henna, and art tours. (Seattle Art Museum, 7:30 pm— 12:30 am, $200—$500)


Oct 19–20

Turkfest If you saw Kedi and you're fascinated by a place that justly treats cats like royalty, or you just want to learn more about Turkish culture as a whole, this festival promises to enlighten you with live performances, visual arts, food, a Turkish tea house, and a marketplace. (Seattle Center, 11 am—6 pm, free)


Sat Oct 26

Diwali Family Festival At this celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, take a tour of the special exhibition Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum and enjoy live performances. (Seattle Art Museum, 11 am—2 pm, free)

Diwali: Lights of India Experience Diwali, the autumn Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, by seeing classical Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Kathak dances, admiring a mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement, getting a henna tattoo, eating Indian vegetarian food, and more. (Seattle Center, 12 pm, free)


Fri Nov 1

Día de los Muertos: Community Night Out The Seattle Art Museum celebrates Día de los Muertos every year with a tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxacan traditions, a dance performance, and lots of art activities. (Seattle Art Museum, 7—9 pm, free)


Sat Nov 2

Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead Festival Honor loved ones who have died by decorating a calavera, adding personal mementos and offerings to an altar, enjoying live music and dancing, and tasting treats like Mexican hot chocolate. (Phinney Neighborhood Association, 3—7 pm, free)


Nov 2–3

Día de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed Explore a community altar and cemetery, take part in traditional Día de los Muertos rituals, craft paper skeletons and sugar skulls, and march in a music-filled procession to remember the dead. (Seattle Center, free)


Sun Nov 3

Día de los Muertos Festival For the 15th year, honor the dead by seeing more than 30 community altars and a colorful tapete (sand painting) installation, eating traditional Mexican food, watching Aztec dancing, dancing to a mariachi band, making sugar skulls, and more. (Tacoma Art Museum, free)


Sat Nov 9

Hmong New Year Celebration Celebrate the Hmong cultural traditions of China, Laos, and Thailand with a New Year celebration replete with a ball-tossing ritual, flower cloth sessions, live performances, and food. (Seattle Center, free)


Nov 23–24

Julefest See how Nordic countries ring in the Yuletide by tasting Scandinavian treats, seeing performances from local Nordic groups, and shopping for house-made wares. (Nordic Museum)


Geek



Oct 5–6

BrickCon Legos may be popular among kids, but there's something about building a world made of tiny blocks that transcends age requirements. At this 18th annual festival, you'll get the chance to build your own masterpiece, marvel at models made by master builders from around the world, and purchase custom sets and parts. (Seattle Center, free)


Oct 26–27

Jet City Comic Show 2019 Billing itself as a "family-friendly comic con," this event focuses on comic books and their creators. Head here to meet authors, show off your cosplay, and get autographs. (Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 10 am, $10—$20)


Nov 8–10

Port Gamble Ghost Conference Amateur ghost hunters can take classes, sit in on panel discussions, and participate in paranormal investigations at this three-day conference in the ghost-riddled town of Port Gamble. (Hood Canal Vista Pavilion, $30—$40)


Nov 15–17

Dungeon Siege West Lay waste to the tabletop in this festival celebrating all things fantasy, role-play, and synth-related. Dungeon Siege West will make its West Coast debut with this three-day set of D&D/tabletop gaming sessions, live dungeon synth sets from groups like Sombre Arcane, Guild of Lore, and Mors Certa, and vending by prominent genre labels, related magazines, and community tastemakers. (Highline, 5 pm, $30)


Nov 16–17

GeekGirlCon For the ninth year, geek girls (and all gender identities) can revel in another great lineup of panel discussions, games, science experiments, and vendors. (Washington State Convention & Trade Center, $35—$50)