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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: Oct 1-3, 2021

U District Station Opening Festival & $3 Food Walk, Pier Sounds Concert Series, Fall Lantern Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
September 30, 2021
Vendors like Sweet Alchemy will serve up tasty $3 bites at the U District Station Opening Festival & $3 Food Walk. (Sweet Alchemy)

The first weekend of October features a whole lotta good, clean fun… which (bonus!) also happens to be easy on the wallet. Check out the U District Station Opening Festival & $3 Food Walk or The Black Tones headlining the kickoff of the Pier Sounds Concert Series, and celebrate October in all its autumnal glory at the Fall Lantern Festival. For more ideas, check out our guide for the best things to do this week, or our complete food guide.

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Fall Lantern Festival
An evening to celebrate creativity and community, this festival marks the changing of the seasons with lights, food, and music. It’s also a chance to help those in need—the Freeway Park Association will accept donations of everything from feminine hygiene products to winter clothing for neighbors that need community support.
Freeway Park, Downtown (free)


Free Dessert & Lumpia
Come support the Filipino food truck CheBogz, owned by sisters Trixie and Paula Paraiso, as it launches its Kickstarter campaign to build a restaurant on Beacon Hill. They'll give out free crispy lumpia and dessert at Feed the People Plaza (where the Paraiso family's restaurant Kusina Filipina was formerly located) while supplies last and film customers for a short video clip to help promote the fundraiser.
Feed the People Plaza, Beacon Hill (free)


100% That Queen - A Lizzo Inspired Dance Party
Taking a DNA test won't be necessary (but a COVID one will if you're unvaccinated) to attend this Lizzo-licious night of dancing which will also blast tracks by Doja Cat, Saweetie, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, and more. 
Neumos, Capitol Hill ($5)

Howl Nights 
We can't be sure, but actual howling might be involved at this series of multi-disciplinary art events, which will include dance, music, film, and interactive art. Organizers will hold space for artists and the community as folks process their grief and outrage at the state of the world. This week brings "stylistically charged dance magic" by contemporary dance company Hypernova and friends with a performance titled “Thrill Me, Chill Me.”
The Shed, Georgetown (free)



Pier Sounds Concert Series: The Black Tones
The Black Tones are kicking off this concert series in their last headlining concert of the year. There will also be performances from THEM, Haley Graves, and DJ Blendiana Jones, plus food trucks—not to mention killer waterfront views.
Pier 62, Waterfront (free)

Gaytheist and Uukwuuk
Former Portland Mercury senior editor Ned Lannamann wrote: "The metal-tinged power rock of Gaytheist is one of those purely pleasurable things in life—like ice cream, or Lee Van Cleef" about the noise rock trio. They'll be joined by Uukwuuk, a new project from drummer Hozi Matheson-Margullis of the Seattle hardcore/metal band Helms Alee.
Bar House, Fremont ($10)

Breath // Wet Temple // Self Deprecator
Portland duo Breath promises to “take you to secluded caves and totemic vision quests” with their unique brand of melodically driven “meditation doom” while stoner metal/doom band Wet Temple brings the heavy distortion.
Substation, Fremont ($9)


Henry Open House: New Exhibitions
Put on your best contemplative face as you take in the current exhibits Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas and Diana Al-Hadid: Archive of Longings before settling into the Henry Auditorium for a conversation between artists Adams and Thomas in the afternoon. You'll also be able to enjoy tunes spun by KEXP's DJ Atticus and food from the Thai U Up food truck.
Henry Art Gallery, U District (free)


Rally for Reproductive Justice
Join Womxn's March Seattle as they protest the recent Texas ban on abortions and rally for women's reproductive freedoms. Attendees will hear from speakers and learn more about actions they can take in Washington to protect abortion access for all who need it.
Westlake Park, Downtown (free)


U District Station Opening Festival & $3 Food Walk
Cobble together a feast at the opening of the U District Station with this cheap eats food walk. There will be over 40 restaurants offering $3 bites, a main stage with live music, a beer garden, a kids' activities corner, plus more fun throughout the neighborhood.
University District Station, University District (free)


El Centro de la Raza's Building the Beloved Community Gala 2021
This year, El Centro de la Raza is hosting their annual Building the Beloved Community Gala virtually to raise vital funds for 43 programs and services for youth, families, and seniors. The YouTube livestream will include updates about the center's work, a look at the year ahead, performances including spoken word by Olisa Enrico, and music by Supersones and Garvaundo Hamilton.
Virtual (free)


Boma Jewelry x K Banana Pop-Up
Shop a curated selection of accessories from AAPI-owned Boma Jewelry as they host a pop-up for Korean beauty purveyors K Banana with founder Liz Kang Yates. Get ready to settle into a weekend of self-care after picking up some cutesy packaged skincare, makeup, and other products. Savvy shoppers who register for the event via Eventbrite will receive a special gift with their haul.
Boma Jewelry, North Queen Anne (free)


Comedy on Broadway Six Stars Roast Battle!
Witness the stone cold brutality of six Seattle comics as they rip each other to shreds in this roast battle, each vying for the audience-voted title of roast champion. 
Jai Thai, Capitol Hill ($7-$12)

Cornucopia: An Improvisational Feast
Seattle's best independent improv groups will aim to leave you in stitches after four 20-minute performances in one show, curated by Jet City's associate artistic director Mike Christensen. This month, Dave Clapper Duo, Carskee, Sweaty Dee, and Murder Fairy and Arson Leprechaun will take the stage.
University Heights Auditorium, U District ($5-$12)


Bloom ft. Sharlese
Resident "selector" Gag Reflex will be joined by Sharlese to offer a techno-oriented and genre-spanning "cerebral sonic experience" where all are invited to unfurl their limbs like petals and embrace some sick beats. 
Timbre Room, Belltown ($11)

Dance Yourself Clean 8 Year Anniversary
Bust out your absolute best moves to tracks from the likes of Toro y Moi, Whethan, Elohim, Odesza, and more in honor of this perennial fave indie dance night's eighth anniversary. You're probably not doing it right if you can't feel the sweat dripping out of your every pore.
Chop Suey, Capitol Hill ($10)

No Chill Hip Hop Night
It's Saturday night, and this is no time to be chill. Twerk it and werk it around two dance floors as veteran DJ Paco spins throwbacks and current hip hop jams.
LoFi, South Lake Union ($10)



Learn about the Balkan country through this virtual presentation with music and dance by Klapa Doo Wapella, Radost Folk Ensemble & Dunava Women’s Choir, food demos on cookies and fish stew, author interviews, virtual tours, and more.
Virtual (free)



Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run/Walk
Bring along your strollers, kids, and dogs for this mostly flat 5K jaunt down Alki Trail which will begin and end at Ounces. Once you've worked for it, partake in the taproom's Oktoberfest-ivities, including plenty of beer on tap (a given), Bavarian food from Zieglers Brat Haus, a screening of the Seahawks game, and more.
Ounces Taproom, North Delridge (free)


Parks and Rec Trivia Night
Round up your crew and test your command of knowledge about the Pawnee, Indiana-set sitcom for a chance to win prizes at this trivia night at Distant Worlds Coffeehouse. Bacon, waffles, and Li'l Sebastian sadly not included.
Distant Worlds Coffeehouse, Roosevelt ($5-$7)