For the weekend of October 20-22, we found a huge number of delightful free and cheap things to do this weekend in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region. We’re talking bigly huuuuuuge. Some of the highlights are listed first, the full calendar is listed below.
Free events – all weekend
Glass blowing demo in West Seattle October 20-22, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Avalon Glassworks. We’ve heard they’ve got quite the glass pumpkin patch.
Wild salmon viewing in Ballard every June-October. While the best viewing occurs July-September, the season begins earlier and ends later—so what you see is dependent on Mother Nature. In any case, the salmon ladder is a fun, free outing for everyone young(er) or old(er). The grounds at Hiram Chittenden “Ballard” Locks are open every day, from 7:00 am to 8:45 pm. If the weather is nice, include a stroll through the garden and spend some time watching boats navigate the locks, which operate 24 hours every day. You never know what you might see, which can include all kinds of recreational as well as commercial vessels.
Free Friday events
Paddleboarders will be interested in this month’s 3rd Friday Speaker, October 20 from 7:00-9:00PM at the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union in Seattle. Team KELP (Kristin and Elena Losey Pederson) and stand-up paddleboarder Karl Kruger will tell tales about the 2017 Race to Alaska.
Free Saturday events
Drop-in embroidery class in south Seattle October 21, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library.
Cuban ‘son’ jazz concert in Auburn October 21, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the library.
Emergency preparedness class in Federal Way October 21, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Fed Way 320th Library.
Family-friendly fall festival at Occidental Park in Seattle October 21. 11:00 am to 3:00.
Family-friendly haunted house and harvest festival at Cama Beach October 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Center for Wooden Boats on Camano Island.
Diwali festival at Seattle Center October 21, 12-6PM. Showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the most popular annual festival celebrate in autumn in India
Tribute to the music of Pete Seeger in Everett October 21, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Everett Library.
Cuban ‘son’ jazz concert in Kent October 21, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Kent Library.
Free all ages board games in Ballard October 21, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Ballard Branch Library.
Free Sunday events
Free movie “Tsotsi” (R) in Bellevue October 22 2:00 pm to 4:00 at Bellevue Library. Tsotsi (Thug), South Africa, 2005 is set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto and traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. Based on the novel by Athol Fugard. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2006.
Other cheap fun
King of Jazz film screeninn in Seattle October 22, 4:00 pm at Northwest Film Forum. $12 adult ($9 children, students and seniors; $7 Northwest Film Forum members). Presented by the Earshot Jazz Festival. Take a seat for a joyful, exuberant walk through the history of jazz, movie magic, and the glamor in between. A grandiose revue classic, starring Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, the Russell Markert girls (later to become the Rockettes), and featuring two notable firsts: Bing Crosby’s first film appearance, and the first cartoon sequence ever animated in Technicolor. Bouncing freely between musical numbers, narrative, and dazzling dance sequences, King of Jazz makes an extravagant use of Technicolor that often borders on the absurd.
Seattle Queer Film Festival winds up this weekend with over a dozen films to see. Save a smidge on advance tickets $11 ($12.53 w/fees), or pay $13 at the door. Buy 5 tickets online and get 6th ticket free with code BESEEN.
Earshot Jazz Festival continues this weekend in several venues around the Puget Sound region. Most shows are $20 adults ($18 Earshot members and seniors, $10 students and military). Later shows in clubs are 21+. Get info on ticket discounts.
Free pumpkin carving instructions and templates for creating awesome jack-o-lanterns. We’ve uncovered some history about the cultural traditions for the carving and lighting these seasonal gourds. Spooky stuff. And if you’re in need of a squash, we got you covered with our list of Where to find u-pick pumpkin patches in Western Washington.
If you plan on getting scared out of your wits, see our list of Halloween haunted houses and corn mazes for Seattle and Puget Sound. These venues get more and more crowded as Halloween draws near, so this would be a good weekend to go to avoid bigger crowds and long lines next weekend.
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There’s plenty of other fun: garage sales, consignment sales, LEGO and game events, meditation and prayer events, live glass blowing, planetarium and aquarium shows, free and cheap live music, dance lessons, free Sunday boat rides, Sunday flea market in Fremont, bonsai tours, distillery tours, and much more in the weekend calendar below.