96 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Oct 22-27, 2019

Sea-Meow Convention, Climate Cocktail Week, and More Unusual Events
October 22, 2019
Do "meowga" (among lots of other feline-centric activities) at this weekend's Sea-Meow, Seattle's first-ever cat convention. (Sea-Meow Convention via facebook)
Our arts and culture critics have already recommended 57 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 42 best concerts, 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 grand opening of the Sea Mar Museum to Climate Cocktail Week, and from Burl’s Tears of Joy Ambient Music Crying Party to the Great PSMS 56th Annual Wild Mushroom Show. For even more options this week, check out our complete EverOut Things To Do calendar or our Halloween calendar.
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  1. Space Needle: A Hidden History
    Why was the Space Needle built, and why is it shaped like a flying saucer? In conjunction with the exhibit The Space Needle: A 21st Century View, get some answers at this documentary screening of Space Needle: A Hidden History.
  2. MUSIC

  3. Side-by-Side Concert with Garfield High School Orchestra
    The Seattle Symphony and Garfield's own orchestra will perform side-by-side in this free community concert on Garfield's home turf.

  5. Luke Willson Meet and Greet
    Celebrate the new Seahawks-themed Microsoft Surface and meet Luke Willson (the Seahawks tight end, not Owen Wilson's twin brother) in the flesh.


  7. UnWedged
    UnWedged is Pottery Northwest's annual, national Juried Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition of artists from Canada and the US. This year's juror is the renowned sculptor Tip Toland.
    Closing Friday


  9. Climate Cocktail Week
    Sip special libations created to bring awareness to climate change at participating venues.


  11. The Night of 1000 Scares
    Get spooked by three original short horror films directed by "honest-to-goodness Paranormal Investigator" Kim Douthit and starring Youth Theatre Northwest actors. 
  12. FOOD & DRINK

  13. Author Talk: Last Call by Brad Thomas Parsons
    The James Beard Award-winning chef of Bitters and Amaro will come to Seattle with his new book that asks the country's top bartenders a difficult question: What's the last thing they'd want to drink before they die? Tonight, the author will be joined in conversation by Imbibe editor Paul Clarke. Eat snacks and drinks from the book and pick up a copy at an Author Party at Willmott's Ghost on Thursday. 
  14. GEEK

  15. Astronomy on Tap: Spooky Astronomy, on Tap!
    At this edition of the space-themed lecture series for the every-person, Kathryn Neugent will talk about "something in space that was disguised as an extragalactic runaway yellow supergiant." After that, Trevor Zaylen will fill you in on the whereabouts of "spooky space ghosts." 

  17. Ada's Spooky Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza!
    Ladle yourself a glass of spooky punch and get creative at this pumpkin-carving party. All supplies provided.
  18. Barktoberfest
    Fasten a lion mane to your dog's noggin for this pup-centric Halloween party hosted by Downtown Dog Lounge. Expect prizes, free stuff, a pumpkin pie-eating contest (for humans only), a caricature artist, and more. 
  19. MUSIC

  20. Seattle Philharmonic Preview
    At a decidedly more casual setting than a symphony hall (the Seattle Public Library), get a sneak peek of Seattle Philharmonic's upcoming concert (which will feature Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, and Lincoln Portrait) with Adam Stern.

  22. We Lived Here: Stories of Seattle's Central Area
    In her book We Lived Here, Madeline Crowley interviews 19 Central District residents about the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and what it means to them. The author will be joined in conversation by Stephanie Johnson-Toliver.


  24. Necessary Sacrifices
    Richard Hellesen's play dramatizes the clash between the abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln as Douglass urges Lincoln to grant full equality to black Americans.


  26. Crosscut Talks Live - The Rising: Facing the Existential Threat of Climate Upheaval
    Climate scientists, tribal representatives, and journalists will gather to talk about climate change solutions in the Northwest at this panel discussion hosted by Crosscut
  27. Free Program Night: Dinosaurs Among Us
    Learn the similarities between birds and dinosaurs with local paleontologist/psychologist Kim Dolgin. 
  28. Grand Opening: Sea Mar Museum
    Be the first to look inside the galleries of a new museum dedicated to Chicanx and Latinx culture—the first of its kind in the PNW—at this grand opening celebration with Governor Jay Inslee.
  29. The Seattle Times Presents "Hostile Waters: Orcas in Peril"
    Get an update on the Puget Sound's endangered Southern Resident Orca population at this Seattle Times special report.
  30. FILM

  31. Finding Hygge: A Documentary
    The Danish word hygge is fuzzy both in texture and definition, but a quick Google search pegs it as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)." Take in a documentary on the concept and snack on "cozy treats" for purchase.
  32. Save the Waves Film Festival
    Do your part in protecting coastal ecosystems around the world at this film festival featuring surf, adventure, and environmental documentaries benefiting Save the Waves. Bring your own reusable cup and hit up a cash bar. 
  33. Sip for SIFF
    Support the consistently excellent programming at SIFF, as well as its educational film programs, at this fundraiser. Guests can sip wine and cocktails, snack on hors d'oeuvres from local chefs, and bid on experiences in an auction.
  34. FOOD & DRINK

  35. Author Party at Willmott's Ghost: Last Call by Brad Thomas Parsons
    Celebrate Brad Thomas Parsons's latest book Last Call with special drinks and snacks, and pick up a copy for yourself. 
  36. Crazy Cocktails & Charcuterie with Joe
    Seattle's favorite bartender of 2019, Joe Wargo, will unveil his latest boozy creations paired with meat and cheese. 
  37. Gueuze & Goat
    Quaff five types of gueuze, a type of Belgian beer, and nibble on goat cheese from Cypress Grove.
  38. Issaquah Historic Pub Crawl
    Starting with a cocktail at the Depot Museum and ending with hot chocolate and a shot of moonshine at the Historic Shell Station, this guided tour will help you discover the rich history of Issaquah one drink at a time.
  39. MUSIC

  40. MALACARNE Party
    The Rhino Room will be transformed into a luxury hotel room on a martian space ship at this late-night dance party with local choreographer Alice Gosti and her company Malacarne. Expect live DJs, an MC, and pop-up performances throughout the night. (And fog machines.)
  41. Thirstdays: So…Totally 80's Dance Party
    DJ Indica Jones will satisfy your Thursday thirst for '80s hits, from Duran Duran to Prince. 

  43. Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!
    Very popular comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! comes to Seattle for a live taping, with host Scott Aukerman and an expert improviser guest.

  45. A Century: Reading and Conversation with Ariel Goldberg
    Writer and artist Ariel Goldberg will read from A Century, their current novel-in-progress based on the lives of photographer Berenice Abbott and art critic Elizabeth McCausland, who were partners from 1935-65.
  46. Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology
    In honor of their first anthology, arts and lit magazine Raven Chronicles will host a night of readings with some of its contributors, including Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. 

  48. Art Battle Seattle
    Local painters will compete to snag the prize at this 20-minute-long competition. The paintings will be available afterward for a silent auction.


  50. The Women
    A "comedy of manners" written and set in 1930s New York City, Clare Boothe Luce's The Women will get a new take from Harlequin Productions. 
  51. MUSIC

  52. Punktoberfest 2019
    Gear up to let loose with three nights of punk-rock featuring local bands like Skullbot and Bugs (Thurs), Dead Bars and Winchester Pictures (Fri), and Fun Ladies and Rat Queen (Sat). 


  54. A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes
    Ever feel like your dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinners deserve live commentary from professional sportscasters? That's the gist of this play about a kooky family who hashes out their differences over turkey legs and mashed potatoes.
  55. FRIDAY


  56. Fall Lantern Festival
    Now that you're (hopefully) fully settled into fall, embrace the season with an afternoon of family-friendly games, crafts, and live music. Come hungry to snag free bites off the grill, plus cider and sweet treats.
  57. FOOD & DRINK

  58. Alexandra's Macarons Spooktacular Open House
    Get a glimpse behind the scenes of how spooky macarons are made at a Ballard bakeshop, and enjoy Halloween-themed treats, hot drinks, salted caramels and caramel apples from Jonboy Caramels, and a costume contest.
  59. Butchery Demo with Rain Shadow Meats
    Enjoy complimentary beer and whiskey and look on as Russ of Rain Shadow Meats butchers a hazelnut-finished half hog from Tail & Trotters Pork in Ephrata, Washington. After the demo, he'll chat about the practice of whole-animal butchery.

  61. Halloween in the Haunted Peat Bog
    With the power to preserve bodies for years and years, a peat bog is an underrated destination for anyone who loves a good ghost story. On this tour, you'll get to hear about the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve's particularly haunted bog, which is also home to creepy critters like spiders and bats.
  62. MUSIC

  63. Bleeps+Loops: Spooky Synth Spectacular!
    The classic vampire flick Nosferatu will get a new live score courtesy of local modular synth artists. 
  64. Devilwood, New Rose, Intisaar Jubran, Velveteen Rabbit
    Dark and heavy Northwest groovers Devilwood will headline a night of shadow-laden psychedelia with support from the Damned tribute band New Rose, Intisaar Jubran, and Velvet Underground tribute band Velveteen Rabbit. 
  65. Jai Ho Bollywood Thriller! Halloween Costume Party
    Jai Ho throws down for Halloween for the eighth year running with a "Thriller"-themed dance party within their wild Bollywood zone. Expect high energy house, bhangra, and other Indian-flavored beats at an all-night dance party with DJ Prashant, along with a costume contest and a dance lesson of bhangra-infused "Thriller" choreography at the beginning.
  66. Slims Cramps Tribute Night
    Go nuts for your favorite songs by '70s punk rockers the Cramps (and probably some Cramps-like originals) at this tribute night with local acts Damned I'm Cramped, Wildcat Rose, Dead Man, and DJ Hubba Hubba. 
  67. Washed in Black, Suck My Kiss
    Pearl Jam tribute Washed in Black will have you longing for simpler, grungier times after a set from Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute Suck My Kiss.

  69. Burl’s Tears of Joy Ambient Music Crying Party
    The alter ego of Brett Hamil, a baby-obsessed "parenting lifestyle coach" and carpenter named Burl Dirkman, will have plenty to say in his first full-length show featuring special guests, ambient music, and flowing tears.
  70. NOIR: A QTPOC Variety Show
    QTPOC performers Londyn Bradshaw, Alessandra Hunt, LüChi, Dutchess Drew Nightshade, Issa Man, and Skarlet Dior Black will show off their talent in this variety show. 

  72. Madeline ffitch: Stay and Fight
    Praised by the New York Times as a "contemporary feminist spin on the traditional pioneer novel," Madeline ffitch's Stay and Fight introduces us to a millennial woman from Seattle who follows her tree-feller boyfriend to Appalachian Ohio.
  73. The Moth Seattle GrandSLAM
    This is the megaslam edition of the Moth, in which winners of previous storySLAMs will battle for the title of GrandSLAM Story Champion. Hear inspiring, embarrassing, enlightening stories.

  75. Season of the Witch: Tarot Readings and Steamy Sips with Opulent Witch
    Opulent Witch (aka tarot reader Kiki Robinson) will tell you your future while you sip warm drinks and snack on sweet treats with your coven. If you want to know what your very near future is going to look like, pick up some sex toys for 10% off.

  77. Gather: An Artist Trust Celebration
    At this fundraising bash for Artist Trust, which supports creatives in Washington State, hear a talk by 2019 Arts Innovator Awardee Humaira Abid, whose emotionally affecting, highly detailed sculpture, often carved in wood, evokes difficult, tragic, and uncomfortable themes. Stay on for a performance by Trio Guadalevin with Antonio M. Gomez, 2018 James W. Ray Venture Project Award recipient, and a toast to all the winners.


  79. Spooky Night!
    Family-friendly ghouls and other kooky residents will lurk around the Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens amidst cobwebs and fog machines and spooky sounds.

  81. Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret Presents Night Terrors Seattle
    The Voice finalist Kat Robichaud and her cohorts promise a romp through '80s horror, set at a sleepover party that goes hideously wrong.
  82. Murderlesque: An Evening of Killer Burlesque
    Reveling in rather bad taste, burlesque artists will perform numbers based on murderers like Aileen Wuornos, John Wayne Gacy, Lizzie Borden, and other ax-, gun-, and knife-wielders.


  84. Northwest Green Building Slam & Summit
    Hear about 10 sustainable "green" buildings in the Seattle area, from mixed-use developments to single-family homes (Fri-Sat) and hear from guest speakers at a summit (Sun).

  86. Spielgonaut Con
    If you can't make it to Essen, Germany's massive Spiel game fair, settle for a weekend of games here in town. Choose from the hundreds of classics in the library or try out some brand-new ones. 

  88. glitch
    See high-tech, high-concept dance works by Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham (with Bad! Bad! Bad!, a "candy-coated exploration of hyper-performativity and imposter syndrome") and Hope Goldman with Andrew Moffat.


  90. Sit. Stay. Sparkle.
    Canine Companions' Puget Sound Chapter will host its first-ever fundraising gala to continue to provide trained animal assistance to kids and adults with disabilities. You'll get to mingle with adorable puppies, meet assistance dog teams, and eat local bites.
  91. FILM

  92. Kanye West's 'Jesus is King' in IMAX
    In anticipation of Kanye West's ninth studio album, Jesus Is King (which the rapper describes as "an expression of the gospel"), see the IMAX limited-release concert film of West's gospel-rap group Sunday Service in Arizona’s Painted Desert.
  93. FOOD & DRINK

  94. Big Pumpkin 2019
    Swill Lantern Brewing's "Veldfest" Pumpkin Ale tapped from a gigantic hollowed-out gourd cooled with dry ice. Pours of the beer will be available for $5 during happy hour.
  95. Halloween Vegan Bake Sale
    Peruse plant-based baked goods (including lots of pumpkin-flavored options) to show your support for the porcine pals at Pigs Peace Sanctuary.
  96. Margarita Crawl Seattle
    Tequila and mezcal lovers can enter margarita nirvana with exclusive and discounted drink specials and free giveaways. 
  97. Witches High Tea
    Witches and warlocks of all ages are welcome to come to the Sorrento for witches' brew and assorted autumnal treats.
  98. GEEK

  99. Rainbow Bingo South Park (Aunt Betty Malone)
    Win cash and other prizes at this bingo night with local queen Aunt Betty Malone.

  101. Creeptacular 2019
    Wear a costume and meet furry, scaly, and feathered creatures at this family-friendly Halloween party. Plus, learn about the pet adoption process. 
  102. Fremonster Spectacular 2019
    Halloween party people will be glad to know that Fremont's annual Halloweekend bash will return with even more DJs, live performances, tricks, treats, goblins, ghouls, and inventive booze creations than ever before. Expect Valtesse go-go dancers, fog machines in every corner, bondage and suspension performances, live DJ sets, a costume contest, and a whole lot more.
  103. Issaquah Zombie Walk
    Issaquah's Front Street will close to make way for a sea of the undead at this annual crawl, ending with a flash mob dance to "Thriller" at City Hall. 
  104. 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.
  105. Pumpkin Carving
    Sip hot apple cider while you carve designs into gourds.
  106. Seattle Opera Halloween Party
    In honor of All Hallows' Eve and Seattle Opera's current production of Cinderella, Join the BRAVO! club backstage for appetizers, drinks, and dancing at a "Once Upon a Time"-themed bash. 
  107. Snohomish Zombie Walk
    Once again, this Snohomish event will provide an excuse to zombify yourself and stomp down the street with equally dead-looking individuals. Don't have adequate makeover materials at home? Stop by the face-painting station to get that corpse pallor. You can also help prepare for a potential zombie apocalypse by bringing food for the Snohomish Food Bank.
  108. MUSIC

  109. BollyGrooves Annual Diwaloween
    Kill two birds with one very festive stone by celebrating Halloween and India's festival of lights in the same night. Hear music from Canadian dhol player 2faanmusic, dance to Bollywood music from DJ Aanshul and DJ TAMM, enter a costume contest, wear free glow necklaces, and eat free candy.
  110. Free at the Frye: JIJI
    In this free and all-ages ongoing series at the Frye, award-winning Korean guitarist JIJI (Jiyeon Kim) will showcase the unbelievable level of talent that led to her winning the First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
  111. I'm Not Okay — A Pop-Punk & Emo Dance Party with DJ Baby Van Beezly & EMOtional Distress
    This isn't a phase, Mom—it's a whole party! The Emo Gs are back at it for another night of emo classics by the likes of My Chemical Romance, the Used, Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, and more. My hair might be too short now to iron into flattened, fried perfection for a scene-queen-worthy MySpace profile pic (pc4pc, anyone?), but I'm looking forward to the sea of jet-black manicures at this shindig. For less than a tub of your favorite Manic Panic hair dye, come and dance (or cry, if you want to) the night away with all the other kids that your mom warned you about. SOPHIA STEPHENS
  112. Psy-topia Presents: Emok
    Fall into a dance music-induced psychedelic trance with DJ Emok, the founder of Iboga Records.
  113. She's All That: A '90s Prom Party
    If you're sad your high school prom didn't resemble the one in 10 Things I Hate About You or She's All That, consider this your chance at redemption. Wear your best '90s formal attire and dancing the night away to live music by "Seattle's only boy band tribute band" All4Doras and DJ duo NisMode.
  114. Underworld Scum, The Gods Themselves, Killer Workout
    Disguise yourself in a Halloween costume (there will be a contest with prizes) and submit to the dancing spells cast by local rockers Underworld Scum, the Gods Themselves, and Killer Workout. 

  116. Bechdel Test Burlesque
    Forsake the patriarchy and join an intersectional coalition of babes (including Onyx Asili, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Ms. Briq House, and Mx. Pucks A'Plenty) for a "jam-packed, star-studded evening of pop culture critique powered by thrilljoy feminism."
  117. Big Burlesque Game Show Halloween Edition
    Sexy dance gets competitive as two teams of ecdysiasts from WhatNot Theatrics, no doubt initially disguised as monsters and ghosties, play games for victory.
  118. An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
    The macabre author will return from the dead especially to grace your ears with terrifying tales and poems, from classics like The Raven to some lesser-known works. 
  119. FEAST: All Hallow's Eve
    You're used to celebrating Halloween in October, but what about the Gaelic harvest festival Samhain? This feast-like party hosted by Bosco and Karmen Korbel promises a night of "debauchery, decadence, and desire" to welcome the dark days of fall, featuring drag performances by Kaleena Markos, Solana Solstice, Britt Brutality, Rowan Ruthless, and others.

  121. 2019 Where's Waldo 5k
    Waldo won't be hard to find in Green Lake—his clones (including you) will be running and walking around the park in droves.


  123. 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.
  124. 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 like cat yoga, a cat café adoption lounge, crafts, educational speakers, and more.

  126. Aquarium Halloween
    Celebrate the spookiest holiday with creatures of the deep at this weekend-long family affair promising pumpkin-carving, treats, creepy games, and diver shows.
  127. FOOD & DRINK

  128. The Great PSMS 56th Annual Wild Mushroom Show
    Tote along some 'shrooms from your garden or travels and have them identified at the 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.
  129. Russian Bazaar
    Taste traditional Russian cuisine, shop for homemade goods from local businesses, and enjoy live music. 
  130. SUNDAY


  131. Northwest Green Summit
    Get inspired by the "green" building movement by hearing from speakers like Communitecture Inc.'s Mark Lakeman, World Relief Fund's Tahmina Martelly, and many others.
  132. Pooches in the Patch
    For one day only, you can take your dog along to the farm so they, too, can enjoy the fun of bounding through a pumpkin patch. 
  133. FILM

  134. Anime Sunrise: Old School Halloween
    The Beacon will curate this special hodgepodge of "ghosts, yokai, devils, kappa, witches, creeps and ghouls" for Halloween.
  135. FOOD & DRINK

  136. Bite of the San Juans
    Farmers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will showcase their locally sourced sweet and savory creations, which you can pair with a local beverage.  
  137. People’s Memorial Death Dinners
    Using the comfort and emotional vulnerability of conversating around the proverbial dinner table as inspiration, this series invites you to break bread and talk about a subject that touches everyone's lives: death.

  139. The Museum of Fright
    To celebrate Halloween, the Museum of Flight will turn into the Museum of Fright, where there will be carnival games, an obstacle course, interactive activities in Frankenstein's Lab, and more.
  140. MUSIC

  141. John Paul Sharp's Journey of Souls
    Enjoy an evening of songs about the afterlife with John Paul Sharp, plus poetry from Rachel Tyrrel. 
  142. Littlefield Organ Series: Halloween Concert
    Join the students of UW professor Carole Terry as they perform a free, all-ages set of spooky organ classics, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the famed Littlefield Organ.

  144. Hannah Hart: My Drunk Kitchen Holidays Tour
    Meet bestselling author and Food Network star Hannah Hart as she shares her new book, My Drunk Kitchen Holidays, featuring stories and recipes for big and small special occasions throughout the year.
  145. Stephen Chbosky: Imaginary Friend
    The author of the popular YA book The Perks of Being a Wallflower has turned his sights to horror for adults in this story of a beleaguered single mother, her son's mysterious disappearance and reappearance, and a sinister treehouse.

  147. Northwest Record Show
    Flip through records, CDs, and tons of other music-related collectibles spread out across 50 tables. Bring non-perishable donations for Northwest Harvest to receive a dollar off admission. 

  149. Run Scared
    Wear a costume that's both spooky and breathable to the annual Run Scared 5/10K around Seward Park. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Show up early for a scavenger hunt, pumpkin treats, and a candy corn tasting bar.