The Best In-Person Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend: October 16-18, 2020

Refract, the Seattle Women's March, and More Top Picks
October 15, 2020
Bask in the glow of these neon bananas and other lighted installations in Bigs and Smalls, Jennifer Elek's current exhibition on view at Traver Gallery as part of Refract. (Courtesy of Traver Gallery)

You've already read our picks for the best things to do from home this week (like the Earshot Jazz Festival and SLAY), so now we're hitting you with some recommendations for IRL, socially distanced ways to spend your weekend, including in-person events and some more general suggestions that we don't usually get the chance to gush over. See them all below, from places to go for National Pasta Day (like Pasta Casalinga) to places to drop off your 2020 ballot (after you've read The Stranger's endorsements and filled in the bubbles accordingly!), and from the Seattle Women's March to the glass art extravaganza Refract. Plus, you can always check out our complete in-person and streaming calendars for even more options, our directory of places accepting in-person visits, or our guide to the best movies to stream this weekend

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Vote that horrible Cheeto out of office! Now that The Stranger has released its endorsements for the 2020 general election (which, other than obviously endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, checks “yes” on all seven amendments to the King County Charter), it’s time to open your ballot, grab a black (not blue or any other color) pen, and vote for the good of yourself, the planet, and everyone around you by voting Trump out of office. After you’ve sealed it in the provided envelope and signed and dated it, it’s ready to be stuffed into your nearest ballot box. “Just think of each little bubble we tell you to fill out as a big old FUCK YOU to the cretins who separate children at the border, who steal from the poor and give to Steve Mnuchin's friends while they watch the planet melt, who want to keep a boot on the neck of Black people and people of color, who back a dissembling, mendacious, pussy-grabbing, xenophobic, white supremacist super-spreader hell-bent on ensuring you never get to vote for another President again,” writes the Stranger Election Control Board. Maybe you can treat yourself to one (or a dozen) of Cupcake Royale's voting-themed cupcakes as a post-ballot drop treat.

Other weekend events worth noting:

Seattle Is Marching
The organizers of the national Women's March are calling for a march in D.C. on October 17 to "make our resistance clear" and "finish the work we started three years ago." There will also be a companion march in downtown Seattle, the organizers of which write, "We skipped the last march in January 2020 [due to snow]. Well some of us were there. Let’s all show up this time for Ruth & John and well to make some 'good trouble'!" Note that this event is organized by private citizens, and unaffiliated with the official Seattle Women's March organization, so it's likely to be smaller than you're expecting, but you'll probably still see plenty of signs and pussy hats.
City Hall, Pioneer Square (Sat)

Bakers and Makers Against Racism
Explore wares from more than 10 local makers and bakers at this outdoor pop-up market raising money for antiracist causes, featuring cake cups, greeting cards, chocolate truffles, honey, tea, pickles, jams, can dancers, dog goodies, cotton masks, plants, jewelry, bread, baked goods, and tarot card readings.
Pear Paradise Organic Garden & Cannery, Ballard (Sat)


Celebrate National Pasta Day. We’re sure you don’t need any further encouragement to settle in with a warm bowl of comforting carbs, but just in case you do, this Saturday is National Pasta Day. Might we suggest paying a visit to Pike Place Market’s Pasta Casalinga for some artisanal handmade pasta dishes and take-and-bake entrees? Or, for a DIY option, swing by the specialty Italian food shop DeLaurenti (also located in Pike Place) for plenty of imported goods like pasta, cheese, canned tomatoes, and more to whip up your own masterpiece. While you’re at it, why not pick up some fresh flowers from the market to spruce up your dinner table? For more pasta goodness, check out The Stranger's guide to Seattle's best Italian food.

Order Tom Douglas’s West Wing-themed package for a reunion viewing party at home. Perhaps you’ve heard that the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s feel-good political drama The West Wing have reunited for a staged version of the show’s season three episode “Hartsfield’s Landing.” The performance, which was filmed at Los Angeles’s Orpheum Theatre earlier this month and went live on HBO Max this Thursday, benefits the nonprofit When We All Vote, which aims to increase voter turnout and participation in American elections. Guest appearances include Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elisabeth Moss, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sterling K. Brown. If you’d like to accompany your viewing at home with a themed meal, check out Tom Douglas’s “West Wing(s)” dinner box for two, which includes punnily named creations like the “Josh ‘Lyman The Coconut’ Cocktail” and “CJ Creggs and Bacon.” The box is available for preorder Wednesday-Sunday all month to be picked up at Serious TakeOut, and a portion of proceeds from each sale go to When We All Vote. And of course, don’t forget to make sure to vote!

Visit Tukwila’s new global food hall Spice Bridge. If you’ve worn out all your usual takeout spots, maybe it’s time to venture beyond the city limits and try something new. As part of its Food Business Incubator Program, which helps boost women of color and immigrants opening their own food businesses, the Food Innovation Network has launched a new food hall called Spice Bridge in Tukwila Village, featuring several different vendors with cuisines from around the world in one convenient location. The current stalls include Moyo Kitchen (a fusion of Somali, Kenyan, and Tanzanian cuisine), Seatango (an Argentinian-owned bakery with baked goods like alfajores, empanadas, and flan), Taste of Congo (Congolese cuisine), Afella Jollof Catering (Gambian and Senegalese cuisine), Theary (Cambodian cuisine), Jazze's (Afghan cuisine), Wuha (Ethiopian-American cuisine), and Wengay's Kitchen (Filipino cuisine). 

Check out our roundup of pizza pop-ups. Domino's just not cutting it anymore? Good news: Several excellent indie pizza pop-ups have proliferated across Seattle, with locally sourced and naturally leavened options aplenty. Read on to discover all the cheesy goodness, from the pepperoni-cup-covered pies of Doughbaby to the exquisite wood-fired seasonal pizzas of Romeo.

Other weekend events worth noting:

Drive-Thru Cider Squeeze
This year, the historic Meeker Mansion is offering its annual Cider Squeeze event in drive-thru form. Pull up to the Puyallup landmark to enjoy local apple cider, hard cider from Cockrell Hard Ciders, caramel apples, and apple fritters. There will also be a Model A car show featuring the Gallopin Gertie Car Club, an Oregon Trail covered wagon with "Ezra and Eliza Jane Meeker," and an Oregon Trail game you can play from your vehicle.
Meeker Mansion, Puyallup (Sat)

Great American Beer Festival
Usually held in Denver, this annual festival for beer lovers will offer Great American Beer Festival passport holders exclusive access to deals at participating festival breweries in Seattle (and nationwide). They'll also have a virtual event featuring "tips and tricks to enhance beer knowledge and enjoyment; lager lore and sudsy stories from craft beer luminaries; profiles of breweries and individuals that are transforming their communities one beer at a time; and flavor fusions through beer and food pairings to tantalize the taste buds."
Various locations (Fri-Sun)

Li'l Woody's Fast Food Month
For the month of October, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is cleverly recreating fast food favorites for its weekly specials. This week brings the Jack in the Box-inspired Sourdough Woody, with mayo, ketchup, sliced tomatoes, Hill's bacon, Swiss cheese, and grass-fed beef on sourdough. (Curly fries are also available for that week for the full experience.)
Various locations (Fri-Sun)

Nightmare on Wall Street
As a spooky-season tradition, Belltown’s award-winning tiki bar Navy Strength temporarily transforms into a “fully immersive haunting experience" each October, with libations inspired by classic and modern horror flicks. This year, they're bringing the spine-chilling immersive experience home to you with weekly cocktail kits for you to take home, make, and enjoy while watching the film they're based on, complete with popcorn, snacks, and your very own keepsake zombie glass. This year's lineup includes drinks inspired by MandyIt FollowsSleepaway Camp, and more.
Navy Strength, Belltown (Fri-Sun)


Celebrate International Independent Video Store Day by making an appointment to visit Seattle’s favorite cavernous lair of hard-copy films, Scarecrow Video! While timed visits won't allow for spending your whole day scanning every single shelf, you're still bound to experience a dizzying sensory overload (in a good way). They're also celebrating online this Saturday with a Video Store Day Telethon promising deals, exclusive merch, and special guests—including The Stranger's own Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns (around 4:30 pm), who will likely chat about their column Unstreamable, wherein they review movies that aren't available online, but that are often available at trusty ol' Scarecrow. P.S. If you want to hear more about Unstreamable, check out Jasmyne and Chase's interview with KUOW's Bill Radke from earlier this week.

Go see a movie IRL at West Seattle's Admiral Theater, AMC Pacific Place, Columbia City's tiny arthouse cinema the Beacon, and other select spots reopening this weekend under newfangled Phase 2 allowances—just make sure to wear a mask and purchase tickets in advance. You'll find all the options for this weekend—not to mention drive-in screenings and movies to stream online—in our latest movie roundup. The Beacon will also offer regular, non-private screenings soon, Jasmyne Keimig reports


Find all our autumnal content in one place. Whether you want to pick your own pumpkin from a local farm, test your directional capabilities in a corn maze, visit a haunted house, get pumped for football season, or take part in Oktoberfest, bookmark our complete guide to fall 2020 to use as your ever-evolving hub of seasonal activities. For exclusively spooky stuff, our Halloween calendar is also full of both online and in-person options for ghouls, witches, and human children. 

Other weekend events worth noting:

Pumpkin Carving with Cats!
Make use of one of the Meowtropolitan's generously provided jack o' lanterns-to-be in the company of cats, who we assume will be on hand as consultants. 
Meowtropolitan, Wallingford (Fri-Sat)

Pumpkin Loop
Everyone's favorite seasonal gourd will line the cozily-lit one-way paths of the Woodland Park Zoo for your strolling and Instagramming pleasure. 
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney (Fri-Sun)

Rainier Beach Harvest Festival
Celebrate fall bounties by picking up your free activity kit filled with seasonal crafts, games, and recipes from this local farm. Then, head back home to unpack it and queue up the virtual event. 
Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (Sat)

Snohomish Zombie Walk
Zombies aren't known for their timeliness, so this monthlong virtual spooky 5K, usually held in-person in Snohomish, will give the undead plenty of time to get dressed up and complete a course of their choosing at their own pace.
Downtown Snohomish (Sat-Sun)


We compiled a list of cool merch on deck at local restaurants, bars, and venues—places you might not normally look to for your shopping needs, but definitely should—as an alternative to Prime Day, Amazon's day of savings for Prime members, earlier this week. Some of the stuff on our list—like a custom airbrushed shirt from Cold Cube Press and a Filipino American History Month sweatshirt from Hood Famous—is limited-edition, so don't sleep on scrolling through those sweet, sweet wares. As the holiday season approaches, we'll be highlighting other products from more traditional retail stores and other types of businesses, so keep an eye out for that, too.

Other weekend events worth noting:

Big Flea Pop-Up
"Seattle's original flea market" will present you with all the flannels your wintry Northwest heart desires, plus antiques and collectibles.
Fremont Sunday Market (Sun)

Fleetfoot & Foulweather October Pop-Up
Channel warm places by shopping online for rare and unusual cacti and succulents from Oregon and picking them up at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. 
Volunteer Park Conservatory, Capitol Hill (Fri-Sun)

Northwest Naturals Expo
Head to Renton for a "Melanin Magic Experience" where guests can drive through to grab a goody bag of natural hair, beauty, and wellness products. A food truck will also be on-site selling tasty soul food.
Renton Pavilion (Sat)

2020 West Seattle Ski & Snowboard Swap
Winter sports season is fast approaching, so now's a good time to swap gear you don't want for gear you do want. 
Mountain to Sound Outfitters, West Seattle (Sat-Sun)


This extravaganza of demos and studio tours by regional glass artists will take place both online and in-person, with a virtual Pilchuck auction (Fri Oct 16), virtual demos from Pike Place artists (through Sun Oct 18), an evening with local artist Ben Beres at Glass Eye Studio (Sat Oct 16), a Glass And Decor Studio Tour in North Seattle (Oct 17-18), a Glass Pumpkin Patch at Avalon Glassworks (Sat Oct 17), and tons more opportunities to be mesmerized by the heat-induced transformation of solid objects.
Various locations (Fri-Sun)

Inside Out Open Studio & Exhibition
Brooklyn- and Mexico City-based artist Marela Zacarías returns to her original practice of mural painting in this floor-to-ceiling exhibition, which surrounds a wooden-framed pyramid inspired by the emblematic Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Xochicalco, a Meso-American archeological site close to Zacarías’ family home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. You can stop by the open studio to see the artist creating the piece, which, once completed, will be on view through December.
MadArt, South Lake Union (Fri-Sun)

Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Through
Kid-friendly art, in the sense that you're looking at something impressive: Drive through a prehistoric tour of 80 life-sized dinos, including a T-Rex, a Brachiosaurus, and a Triceratops, without fear of being eaten.
Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup (Fri-Sat)