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October 2016

West Sound Quilters Annual Quilt Show

Oct. 6 - 7, 2017

Presented by the West Sound Quilters, this annual quilt show at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton features Vendors, Demos, Quilt Turning, a Raffle Quilt, Auction Blocks, Treasure Chest (members' sellables) Fat Quarter Raffle, Cafe and a Utopia of Quilts.

Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016

This popular three-day event, hosted by Washington state's only quilt museum in La Conner, features award-winning quilts & textiles in three fantastic La Conner venues. Admission includes entry to spacious Maple Hall, the lovely La Conner Civic Garden Club, and the historic 1891 Victorian Gaches Mansion. Classes are also available - visit the website to register.

Key Peninsula Farm Tour

Oct. 1, 2016

Farming has been a year-round activity on the Key Peninsula for many decades. Come explore farming history, feed the animals, and pick apples in the 2015 KP Farm Tour. Events include wine tasting, horse vaulting demonstrations, petting zoo, tractor hay ride, lavendar field tours, and more!

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Oct. 1 - 2, 2016

The Pacific Northwest's premier fish festival, Issaquah Salmon Days takes place every year in early October, offering great food, entertainment, arts and crafts, a Grande Parade, and much more. Celebrate the return of the salmon with this weekend of non-stop activities!


Oct. 1 - 2, 2016

Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October in Shelton, WA. The festival also features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more.

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

Oct. 1 - 2, 2016

More than a dozen local farms throw open the barn doors for hands-on activities, tours, tastings, and a peek at agricultural life at the 17th annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms. Take part in gardening demonstrations, educational exhibits, hay mazes, pumpkin patches, harvest markets, and more!

Brew at the Zoo

Oct. 6, 2016

Raise your glass to conservation and animals! Join Woodland Park Zoo for the fifth annual Brew at the Zoo beer-tasting event on Thursday, October 1st. Sample imports, domestics, microbrews and even ciders from over 40 different breweries. Your ticket includes admission to the event, tasting tokens, live animal encounters, music, award-winning exhibits, and tasty treats available for purchase.

St. Demetrios Greek Festival

Oct. 7 - 9, 2016

The St. Demetrios Greek Festival has been a Seattle tradition since 1960. Come on down to Seattle's Montlake neighborhood and surround yourself with traditional Greek food, live music, Greek dance groups, wine tasting, church tours and more!

Oktoberfest Northwest

Oct. 7 - 9, 2016

The 11th Annual Oktoberfest Northwest at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup is a 3-day event featuring traditional German beers, great food, lively music, Wiener Dog Races, Stein Dash 5K, Hammerschlagen Tournament, Holey Boards, Corn Hole Toss, German shopping, free pumpkin decorating, free face painting & scavenger hunt, and more!

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

Oct. 7 - 9, 2016

Come out to Port Angeles on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula for old fashioned Crab Feeds, crab preparation competitions, wine tastings, and the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby! Also enjoy more than 50 craft & merchant booths, live music, and take a walk out on the pier or on the beach.

Earshot Jazz Festival

Oct. 7 - Nov. 11, 2016

Seattle's annual Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 distinctive concert events in venues located all around the city. The festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and artists.

TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival

Oct. 13 - 23, 2016

Held annually in October since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent.

Schuchart's Movember Brewfest

Oct. 19, 2016

Now in its second year, Schuchart's Movember Brewfest is a fundraiser event benefiting the Movember Foundation, a charitable organization supporting programs focused on men's health. Exclusive batches prepared by twelve local brewers and five cideries will be featured, and each participating brewer/cidery has been challenged to incorporate one unique flavor, ranging from fennel and hibiscus to cayenne and cactus into one of their beer or cider offerings.

Gig Harbor Film Festival

Oct. 20 - 23, 2016

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the Northwest. Attendees can choose from dozens of films while enjoying the beauty that is Gig Harbor!

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival

Oct. 20 - 23, 2016

The 33rd Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival runs for four magical days at the Tacoma Dome. With over 550 exhibits in two buildings, it is one of the largest holiday gift shows on the West Coast. Shop for holiday gifts of handmade arts & crafts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods. Bring the entire family and watch artists in action, enjoy family entertainment, get pictures with Santa, and more!

West Sound Ukulele Festival

Oct. 22, 2016

A day long festival celebrating the ukulele, as well as other stringed instruments, and the people who create music with them, encouraging a true sense of community among musicians, participants and audience. Beginning and skill-enhancement workshops will be offered throughout the day at the beautiful Kitsap Conference Center, culminating with a concert at the Admiral Theatre in the evening.

Lit Crawl Seattle

Oct. 27, 2016

Lit Crawl Seattle is one of 7 literary pub crawls founded by Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, and features free readings by more than 65 authors in more than 20 venues including Town Hall, Hugo House, Vermillion, Capitol Cider, the Frye Art Museum, Capitol Hill Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

Issaquah Zombie Walk

Oct. 29, 2016

Halloween zombies of all ages will congregate in Issaquah for the sixth annual Downtown Zombie Walk and flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson's, THRILLER! A post zombie party will be held at the Issaquah Brewhouse, where Fred Hopkins and his Ghouls will perform.

Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center

Oct. 29 - 30, 2016

The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos, with live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. This "Day of the Dead" festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.

Seattle Children's Museum Costume Carnival

Oct. 31, 2016

The Seattle Children's Museum is hosting its 4th annual Costume Carnival, offering a FREE opportunity for safe indoor trick-or-treating on October 31, 2015 from 4pm - 8pm. Organizations from around Seattle Center will join to turn the Museum into a Halloween-themed adventure for kids 10 and under (with their families).

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