50 Major Events to Know About in the Seattle Area This Weekend: Oct 11-13, 2019

The Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival, West Seattle Oktoberfest, and More
October 10, 2019
Celebrate apple harvest season at one of this weekend's many autumnal events, including the Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival in Port Townsend. (Jen Lee Light)

All week long, we've been posting lists of Seattle events to keep you busy (including the best arts & culture events, quirky things to do, and the best music shows to see), but we realize there's a lot to sort through. So, if you only have time to read one list, make it this one: We've plucked the biggest events you need to know about in every genre, from the Seattle Queer Film Festival to the grand re-opening of the Burke Museum to West Seattle Oktoberfest. See them all below, and find even more things to do this weekend on our complete EverOut Things To Do calendar, including the highlights for the entire month.


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.
Friday-Sunday, Port Angeles Waterfront

Depressed Cake Shop
In 2013, United Kingdom–based creative director and PR specialist Emma Thomas dreamed up a bake sale to promote mental-health awareness and raise money for local mental-health charities. The concept was simple: The cakes sold were a gloomy gray, but they contained a cheerful pop of color within to symbolize hope in the face of depression. It caught on, and cities everywhere, from Glasgow to Houston to Kuala Lumpur, began organizing their own versions. As they do each October, NAMI Seattle will host the Seattle fundraiser at Optimism Brewing, with somber-looking confections contributed by Le Fournil, Fran’s Chocolates, Top Pot Doughnuts, Chocolati, Borracchini’s, and others. JULIANNE BELL
Saturday, Optimism Brewing (Capitol Hill)

Lake Chelan Crush
Once grapes are harvested, it's time to crush them to a pulp so they can be turned into wine. At this seasonal event, take a peek inside a working crush pad (the area where harvested grapes are processed into wine) to watch grapes tumble through the press and taste the raw juice that will eventually be turned into your favorite adult beverage. 
Saturday-Sunday, Lake Chelan Wine Valley

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." The festival promises German-style fare like bratwurst and coleslaw, family activities, and enough beer to keep your stein full at all times.
Friday-Saturday, Leavenworth Festhalle

McMenamins Anderson School's 4th Birthday Party!
McMenamins Anderson School will celebrate its fourth birthday (and the 88th birthday of its Bothell property) with a Discovery Hunt, special releases of their Class of 2019 bottles, and live music from Tom Petty cover band Petty Differences (Fri), the Brothers Reed (Sat), and Buzz Brump (Sat). If you've got a McMenamins passport (aka a region-wide rewards card), bring it along for a special stamp. If not, you can always start one there.
Friday-Saturday, McMenamins Anderson School (Bothell) 

Olympic Peninsula 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 autumnal feasting.
Friday-Sunday, Port Townsend

Seattle Fresh Hop Beer Festival 2019
The Stranger’s Lester Black has written that during hops harvest season, which runs mid-August to late September, Seattle is “the world’s greatest place to drink hoppy beer.” That’s because Seattle’s proximity to Yakima Valley, which supplies 75 percent of our nation’s hop crop, means our region has an unparalleled selection of fresh hop beers (beers made with hops that have been picked no more than 24 hours before brewing). This tasting event exclusively dedicated to fresh hop offerings from more than 20 different local breweries—including Fremont (which produces more fresh hop beer than any brewery in the nation), Hellbent, Pfriem, Jellyfish, Fort George, and more—is a great chance to try as many as you can during their all-too-fleeting season. JULIANNE BELL
Saturday, the Stables (Georgetown)

Sweet Tooth Pop-Up
Sate your bottomless need for sweets at this South Lake Union pop-up, which will provide a selection of confections, including cookies, ice cream, macarons, doughnuts, pastries, and other sucrose-laden treats, from a range of artisan vendors.
Sunday, Fremont Sunday Market

West Seattle Oktoberfest
Ounces' three-day celebration involves live Bavarian music, a stein raising contest, a beer barrel roll race, a kazoo parade for kids, a brat and pretzel eating contest, a chicken dance, a cornhole tournament, a General Porpoise Doughnuts pop-up, a free 5k run/walk, and Austrian schnitzel from local food truck Itty Bitty Schnitty.
Friday-Sunday, Ounces (West Seattle)

See also: Our guide to where to eat and drink pumpkin this fall and our guide to October food and drink specials


Orcas Island Film Festival 2019
The Orcas Island Film Festival has done it again—put together a fantastic lineup of films, that is. Now in its sixth year, the fest’s organizers have curated 39 feature films (five more than last year) that consist of internationally lauded titles and encompass more than 60 screenings overall. Attendees will have the chance to see some films twice or catch a film they might’ve missed the first time, as OIFF is expanding onto three screens this year. In particular, keep an eye out for Mati Diop’s Senegal-set sci-fi romance Atlantics (winner of the jury prize at Cannes); Pedro Almodóvar’s somewhat autobiographical drama starring Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory (Spain’s Oscar submission for best international film); and newcomer Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced, a Georgian film about a dancer’s sexual awakening in a homophobic country (Akin won OIFF’s Vanguard Award and will be present at the festival to accept the prize). JASMYNE KEIMIG
Friday-Sunday, Various locations

Seattle Latino Film Festival
This year's Seattle festival of Chicanx and Latinx cinema will feature 10 days of independent movies, filmmaker panels, workshops, and more. The organizers say that this year's festival will feature "110 titles from 22 countries: films, short films, documentaries, and animation." There will be a special focus on young Latinx filmmakers in the US.
Friday-Saturday, Various locations

Seattle Polish Film Festival 2019
The Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association will mark its 27th year of co-producing a festival of Polish films, which will no doubt continue to show the strength of this cinematically important country.
Friday-Sunday, SIFF Cinema Uptown (Queen Anne)

Seattle Queer Film Festival
Local shorts, indie features, and national or international releases will stoke and satisfy your appetite for gay, lesbian, bi, trans, enby, and otherwise queer-focused films, from historical romances to incisive documentaries to perverse suspense flicks. This year, catch the mid-'90s coming-of-age tale Billie and Emma (Fri) and the centerpiece documentary For They Know Not What They Do (Sun), Daniel Karslake's look at conservative Christian churches' fight against LGBTQ+ rights.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations

Social Justice Film Festival
This film festival highlights fierce and powerful progressive movements around the world. As social justice provides the only throughline, many of the movies have little in common. But the selection skews toward limber, on-the-ground filmmaking in the midst of protests and conflicts. This edition's theme is "Courage." See documentaries about, among other topics, the gospel singer and activist Patrinell, Argentinian teenagers recovering from sexual assault, Native and Indigenous opposition to industrial projects that destroy the environment, fighters against vote suppression, and the Chinese dissident artist Hu Jie.
Friday-Saturday, Various locations

See also: Our complete movie times calendar


Annual Cider Squeeze
At this historical site, you'll get to make your own cider using an old fashioned press, pick a pumpkin, and purchase caramel apples and other fall treats. You can also walk through the mansion for an additional glimpse into history.
Saturday, Meeker Mansion (Puyallup)

Celebrate Arbor Day!
Head to Rainier Valley to plant new Garry Oak trees—Washington's only native oak—and other species at this Arbor Day event. There will also be an apple press, a neighborhood tree walk, bird-watching, and more. 
Saturday, Rainier Beach Community Center (Beacon Hill)

First Annual Green Burien Day
Dress warmly and help beautify Burien by planting baby trees, shrubs, and ground-cover plants. 
Saturday, Burien Community Center

Maple Festival | Momijigari
Maple trees abound in the tranquil gardens, so if your favorite thing about fall is the changing leaves, don't miss your chance to walk the grounds. Plus, you can make nature-inspired crafts, go on a maple tree scavenger hunt, watch cultural performances, and attend tea ceremonies.
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Japanese Garden (Madison Park)

Seattle Home Show
Homeowners looking up 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.
Saturday-Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center (Downtown)

Suncadia Harvest Festival
Enjoy the last of two weekends of seasonal fall activities like a pumpkin patch and hay maze, harvest crafts, pony rides and petting zoos, pumpkin archery, and live music.
Saturday-Sunday, Suncadia Resort (Cle Elum)

Swansons' Fall Festival
Celebrate fall with veggie car races, hayrides, a spider-themed obstacle course, and more at this family-friendly festival benefiting local sustainable food education program Green Plate Special. 
Saturday-Sunday, Swansons Nursery (Crown Hill)

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.
Saturday, Orting City Park

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.
Saturday, Green Lake Park

See also: Our guide to pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides around Seattle this fall and our guide to the best Oktoberfests around Seattle


All Hallow's Eve 2019
Halloween fiends of all ages can get in the spirit of the season of a few weekends early with Puget Sound Pagan Pride (a nonprofit that "helps to educate the community and dispel the myths and falsehoods of Paganism"), who promise a costume parade and contest, workshops, an altar education walk, kids' crafts, and more.
Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center Armory

Bainbridge Gardens 26th Annual Pumpkin Walk
Get in the spirit of Hallows' Eve by walking along a path illuminated by 300 glowing carved pumpkins, winding through a harvest maze, playing festive carnival games, and more.
Saturday, Bainbridge Gardens

Georgetown Morgue Haunted House
This annual haunted village of doom—which takes place in an actual former morgue—hosts scares all throughout autumn. Bloodworks Northwest will be onsite on Saturday nights and promise VIP access to those who volunteer to donate blood.
Friday-Sunday, Georgetown Morgue

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.
Saturday-Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

See also: Our complete Halloween calendar and our guide to haunted houses, ghost tours, and other scary events around Seattle


Big K.R.I.T.
Rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time—rap loves acronyms) puts on proudly for his native Mississippi. Melding thoughtful consciousness with the comin’-down, candy-paint belligerence of Pimp C (around the time of his 2011 debut, sounding like a straight homage to the late, great Chad Butler), K.R.I.T. presents a complex narration of being a black man in America’s Deep South. LARRY MIZELL JR.
Saturday, Neptune Theatre (University District)

Cathedrals XXVII: Lemolo, Galen Disston, Brenda Xu
Cathedrals is a performance series put on by KEXP, KUOW, and the Abbey Arts crew that pairs the heaven-reaching acoustics of Saint Mark's Cathedral with the smooth sounds of local musicians. This iteration of the series will feature the Swansea album release performance by local dream-pop group Lemolo with a backing string ensemble, a solo set by Galen Disston of Pickwick, and opening strings by Brenda Xu.
Saturday, Saint Mark's Cathedral (Capitol Hill)

Earshot Jazz Festival 2019
Earshot Jazz Festival, an annual month-long examination and celebration of the art form, includes over 50 concerts featuring acts both local and (inter)national, old and young. This weekend's docket includes the Julian Lage Trio (Sat), DJ J-Justice and Afrocop (Sun), and Youn Sun Nah (Sun).
Friday-Sunday, Various locations

Politically minded rocker grandson will come to town on his the end of the beginning tour with rapper Nothing,Nowhere and Flying Lotus-mentored indie darling Phem.
Sunday, the Showbox (Downtown) 

Ingrid Michaelson, Maddie Poppe
Sassy bespectacled singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will show her piano chops and decades of charting experience on her The Dramatic Tour.
Saturday, the Showbox (Downtown)

Jonas Brothers, Bebe Rexha, Jordan McGraw
Purity ring powerhouse crew the Jonas Brothers reunited over the last year to release a new album (Happiness Begins) and launch a huge cross-country tour, sailing by on the hype of a boy band glow-up made visible over the last decade. They'll be joined by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.
Saturday, Tacoma Dome

JĂłnsi & Alex Somers
As the lead singer of Sigur RĂłs, Jon Thor Birgisson mewls epics in a made-up elfin language (called, with impossible preciousness, Hopelandic) over glacially moving orchestral passages and rock rendered as ambient whale song. For his solo project JĂłnsi, Birgisson often ups the tempos and even tasks his tongue with singing in English, and the results are surprising and immensely satisfying, whatever your attachment to his main gig. "Animal Arithmetic" is a thrilling charge, percussion thundering like a stampeding herd, Birgisson running down a litany of vivid sensations, concluding, "We should all be (oh!) alive!" Elsewhere, his debut album, Go, approaches the grander sweep and slower pace of Sigur RĂłs, but it's fair to say this is his "pop" record, and it's an absolutely outstanding one. ERIC GRANDY
Friday, Paramount Theatre (Downtown)

Maribou State
London duo Maribou State capture that seductive, classy vibe that inhabited the Boulevard and Tourist LPs by St Germain, a French downtempo electronic artist who achieved popularity in the '90s and '00s for his sophisticated blend of house, soul, jazz, blues, and funk. On their 2015 album, Portraits, Maribou State use fx'd, soulful James Blake-ian vocals (with cameos by pleasant guest singer Holly Walker) over tracks that brood yet exult, seamlessly combining electronic and organic elements. It's a deft trick that few pull off well, but Maribou State nail that paradox with flair. DAVE SEGAL
Friday, the Showbox (Downtown)

Postmodern Jukebox
In a reimagining of contemporary pop hits in the styles of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the '20s through the '50s, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox busts genres with a rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who attempt to cross all musical boundaries and generations.
Sunday, Paramount Theatre (Downtown)

Sum 41, The Amity Affliction, The Plot In You
Pop-punk hold-outs Sum 41 will resurrect themselves and hit the ground running on their Order In Decline Tour, with support from the Amity Affliction and the Plot In You.
Sunday, Showbox Sodo

See also: Our guide to the best concerts this week


Crystallography Fall Sale & Showcase Crystal/Mineral/PsychicFair
Crystallography will bring out their best rocks and minerals for this fall sale and showcase, where you can also get a psychic reading.
Saturday-Sunday, OmCulture (Wallingford)

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be
Local Tony-nominated, Bessie-winning choreographer Donald Byrd's dance pieces confront the horrors of contemporary society: gay-bashing, war, racial terrorism, misogyny. This installation, Byrd's first solo museum show, uses archival footage and artifacts to advance the artist's idea of a future America, "multi-racial in every aspect."
Saturday-Sunday, Frye Art Museum (First Hill)

New Burke Grand Opening
FĂȘte the opening of the University of Washington's improved and greatly expanded Burke Museum of culture, anthropology, and natural history. Don't miss their T. rex skull—the Burke is the only place in the state where you can see real dinosaur fossils on display.
Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum (University District)

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 United States, England, Canada, and elsewhere will attend.
Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center

See also: Our guide to the best arts & culture events this week


Dane Cook: Tell It Like It Is
If you remember, Dane Cook was hugely popular (and divisive) in the first decade or so of the 2000s. If you dig dudebro humor, you might want to shell out for the tickets.
Saturday, Paramount Theatre (Downtown)

Austen’s Pride: A New Musical of 'Pride and Prejudice'
The 5th Avenue Theatre's season begins with Austen's Pride, a quasi-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that is also about Jane Austen's writing of the novel. Written by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, Austen's Pride has been in development for years. It started without Austen in it—but over time, it's become about the author herself. One of the reasons producing artistic director Bill Berry picked it is because "it's about a female character at the center, a woman who is powerful, has agency, is literally forming her own narrative." CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Friday-Sunday, the 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown)

Autumn Knight: M_ _ _ ER
Depending on which letters you place in the blank spaces, M_ _ _ ER could spell mother, matter, or murder. All of those things are possible in this new work from Autumn Knight, an interdisciplinary artist who likes to play around with improv, visual art, and fucking with the audience. If the show is anything like Sanity TV, and it sounds a little like Sanity TV, Knight will play a variously cheeky and antagonistic talk-show host who makes certain audience members feel uncomfortable a lot, which can be fun, especially if you're not the one in the hot seat. RICH SMITH
Friday-Sunday, On the Boards (Queen Anne)

Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor
The world-famous Seattle-based drag queen BenDeLaCreme has written and performed three acclaimed solo shows, but Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor, premiered in 2017, was the artist's first foray into writing, directing, and starring in an original play of her own. It's a spooky, campy twist on the horror flick genre, featuring ghosts, dancers, music, and special effects. The chemistry between BenDeLaCreme and Scott Shoemaker alone is worth the price of admission. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Friday-Sunday, ACT Theatre (Downtown)

The Christians
Pony World Productions will present Lucas Hnath's Obie-winning play about the leader of a highly successful, growing church who suddenly announces that he no longer believes in hell, disconcerting his congregation and straining his marriage. Leah Adcock-Starr (of Wooden O) will direct.
Friday-Saturday, Plymouth Church (Downtown)

The Great Moment
Playwright Anna Ziegler earned a lot of attention in 2015 for Photograph 51, a well-received bio-drama about Rosalind Franklin, the woman who discovered DNA. Nicole Kidman played the starring role, everybody loved it, and Ziegler was praised for her "fair-minded and philosophical" (New York Times) approach to character building. Ziegler will likely bring that same talent for creating multidimensional characters to The Great Moment, which will have its world premiere at the Seattle Rep. According to press materials, the story follows a woman named Sarah, who is watching her grandfather slowly die while she raises her son. Alexandra Tavares plays the lead in this, and I've loved everything I've ever seen her in. RICH SMITH
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Center)

Any play that involves an obscenity trial has a high probability of piquing my interest, if only because the most fascinating obscenity is always the trial itself. However, in Indecent, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel focuses less on trial scenes and more on the reason a state would use the courts to stomp out a play in the first place: power. Indecent tells the history of The God of Vengeance, an early-20th-century play by Sholem Asch about an Orthodox Jew who runs a brothel. The controversial drama reveals the hypocrisies of Judaism—of all religions, really—and includes a romantic lesbian kiss with heavy petting in the rain. But the queer content wasn't the only issue with The God of Vengeance. Plays containing lesbian relationships were seen as just one of the many forms of filth that Jews were sneaking into the country. With the influx of Eastern European immigration, anti-Semitism and extreme xenophobia were on the rise in the United States, and so the obscenity trial was just one more way the country could harass immigrants. RICH SMITH
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Center)

Rachel Maddow: Blowout
You could stay home and watch Rachel Maddow pontificate on cable news every weeknight, or you could do it person. Maddow is out with a new book about some very bad shit international oil and gas companies have gotten away with, and their role in global politics. It’s also a continuation of Maddow’s theme since November 2016: How, and why, Russia hacked the 2016 election. Maddow has, at times, drifted into Red Scare territory since Trump was elected—nearly screaming THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! on air—but who can blame her? Donald Trump is actually the President. There’s got to be some kind of nefarious explanation, right? Right?? Perhaps Maddow will explain it in person. KATIE HERZOG
Friday-Sunday, Benaroya Hall (Downtown)

See also: Our guide to the best theater, dance & comedy events this fall


Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash
Run around the UW campus and take in all the fall foliage in support of student scholarships.
Sunday, UW Campus (University District)

See also: Our guide to where to watch the Seahawks and college football