For October 2018, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap calendar and website for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight a few of the more unique events throughout the region.
The top 10 free or cheap October events worthy of your consideration are listed below.
October 6, 2018. Free apple tasting at U-District Farmers Market. AppleLooza is the annual apple tasting event at U-District farmers market. Taste over a dozen unique heirloom apple varieties, vote for your favorites, learn all about different apples varieties, get delicious recipes, and buy apples directly from local farmers—many varieties you can’t find elsewhere. Free event.
October 6, 2018. Robothon is a day of robotic competition, open to the public, and admission is free. This national event showcases amateur robotic creations from around the world who compete in many competitions and activities. Sponsored by the Seattle Robotics Society. Please consider helping out the Robothon committee by volunteering. Free admission.
October 6 – 7, 2018. ”RocktoberFest” Rock & Gem Festival in Marysville. Rocks from around the world, jewelry artists, displays, demonstration, kids games, door prizes, silent auction. Free admission.
October 7, 2018. Free celebration of Seattle rock icon Chris Cornell. The late Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell (1964-2017) will be remembered with the public unveiling of a commemorative statue at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) with special guest speakers. Chris formed the seminal Seattle grunge group Soundgarden in 1984 with lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto and produced many collaborative and solo works spanning more than three decades. Free event.
October 7 – November 4, 2018. Earshot Jazz Festival. Hear great musicians and meet wonderful people. Volunteer opportunity.
October 12 – 14, 2018. Free outdoor illuminated art show at Pier 86 in Seattle. Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86) presents “Let There Be Light”. The large scale art project will feature two illuminated art shows exhibiting nightly to illuminate the Pier 86 Grain Terminal on Seattle’s waterfront. Opening Event: October 12, 2018, exhibiting nightly through October 14. The second show runs December 14 – 21, 2018. Free event.
October 13, 2018. Free family-friendly pumpkin festival in Orting. Food & beverage booths with pumpkin menu items. Live entertainment for all ages on two stages. Rod & custom car show. Games, bounce house, & amusements for kids. Act 1 theatre productions – dancing scarecrows. Arts and crafts vendors in the park. Little pumpkin pals parade – Saturday at noon. Point Defiance pirates. Free admission.
October 20, 2018. Free zombie walk in Snohomish. All Zombies and ghouls are invited to Downtown Snohomish for a friendly (or not!) visit. In preparation for the impending Zombie-Apocalypse, all participants and spectators are asked to bring “rations for the survivors”. Food donations to benefit the Snohomish Food Bank. Free event.
October 25 27, 21018. Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale. Annual Sale is a showcase for one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including towels, rugs, blankets, handmade cards, pet accessories, children’s items, hats, bags, jackets, scarves, wraps, jewelry, and yarns along with weaving and spinning tools, handwoven fabrics, handmade buttons, and hand-dyed and surface embellished fabrics for quilters and sewers. You can also see the process of weaving fabric and baskets, spinning yarn, and creating other fiber arts. At the show, you will have the opportunity talk to many of the artists whose work you admire. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund the guild’s volunteer outreach program and to bring talented, internationally-known artists to Seattle to educate members of the guild and the public. Free admission and parking.
October 28, 2018. Cascadia Cheese Festival at Seattle Design Center, hosted by Central Co-op grocery. Meet cheesemakers from all over the Northwest. Sample dozens of artisanal cheeses. Featuring adorable little goats. Free event.
If you want to splurge a bit or getaway in October, check out these events:
There are no less than 11 film festivals throughout the month of October:
October 5 – 6, 12-13, and 19-20, 2018. Getaway: Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, WA. The next best thing to being at the world’s largest beer festival in Munich, Germany. Leavenworth celebrates Oktoberfest every autumn on the first three weekends of October. Admission gets you a wristband for entry into the Oktoberfest grounds offering multiple venues with live entertainment, food, and of course plenty of beer. Admission: Friday $10 and Saturday $20.
October 5 – 7, 2018. Getaway: Crabfest in Port Angeles (85 miles northwest) is one of the most acclaimed food festivals in the country. The festival combines food, art, music, Native American activities, and children’s events into one spectacular three-day event on the Port Angeles waterfront next to Olympic National Park. Featuring 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, and live music. Crab dinners $16-$30. Free and paid parking. Free admission.
October 6 – 7, 2018. Getaway: OysterFest in Shelton (80 miles southwest, 55 via ferry). Visitors come from far and wide to sample morsels created by professional chefs; witness the excitement of the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship trials, taste the selection of Washington State Wines and Microbrews. Young and old enjoy the Art and Photography exhibits, live touch tanks as well as the diverse variety of live music and activities. Admission $5 advance online or at the event.
October 13 – 14, 2018. Getaways: Cranberry Festivals on the Washington Coast (130-170 mi. SW). Approximately one-third of the nation’s cranberry crop is produced in Washington State, where salty air meets marshy land in southwestern Washington. The region celebrates cranberry history and culture every October with community two festivals:
- Cranberry Harvest Festival in Grayland (130 mi. SW) includes cranberry bog tours, cook-off, live entertainment, a cranberry marketplace, and cranberry eating contest. Free event.
- Cranberrian Fair at Ilwaco on the Long Beach Peninsula (170 mi. SW) includes foods, demonstrations, crafters, local artists. Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Free self-guided tours of cranberry harvesting at the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation. Cranberry Museum admission is free. Fair admission: $5.
October 18 – 20, 2018. Sewing Expo in Puyallup. Sewing Expo in Puyallup is where needlecraft enthusiasts of all skill levels can learn and be inspired. Whether you’re new to sewing, a seasoned quilter, enjoy cosplay, crafts or DIY projects, you’ll find the newest ideas, materials, equipment, techniques, and tips from industry experts. Repeats November 21 – 23, 2019. Free parking at the Gold gate. Admission: $10. Discounts: Save $1 with this coupon.
October 21, 2018 – November 8, 2018. Discount fine dining for Seattle Restaurant Week. More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $33, and many also offer two course lunches for $18. Restaurant Week runs Sunday through Thursday. Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged. Contact each restaurant directly.
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