For October 2019, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar and latest website posts for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight some of the best, unique, and free community events around the region. We try to whittle it to 10 events, or 2-3 free things to do every weekend. We often overshoot that mark. Sometimes there’s just too much free fun!
If you want to splurge a bit, the annual and very popular BrickCon LEGO exhibition in Seattle features hundreds of LEGO models on display, timed tickets are $11-$17. And the 48 Hour Horror Film Festival in Seattle is a competition to see who can make the best horror short film in only 48 hours; tickets are $12. Or Getaway to the Crabfest in Port Angeles (85 mi. NW of Seattle), one of the most acclaimed food festivals in the country. Free admission, free and paid parking, and crab dinners for $16-$30. More info: https://www.crabfestival.org/
The big fun in October is Halloween:
- For paid attractions, check our list of Haunted Houses and Ghostly Tours in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound region. Most are in the $15-$25 range, a few a little less and some more, especially for multiple haunts.
- Then, there’s Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories, an audience favorite at Unexpected Productions in Seattle. Tickets are $15.
- Or, check our list of 2019 New Halloween Movies and find one playing at a local theater.
- Finally, we offer a long list of pumpkin patches and farm stands with plenty of carving pumpkins in Seattle, Tacoma, and around the Puget Sound region. It wouldn’t be too early to pick up sugar pumpkins for Thanksgiving pie. All are open weekends in October. Some locations are open during the week. Check their website for details before you head out. If you need them, we also have pumpkin carving instructions and templates.
Best free events in October
October 1-20, 2019. The first two to three weeks of October are prime to see fall foliage color on one of these 13 nature walks to see Seattle fall color or 10 scenic drives for Washington State fall color.
Throughout the month of October, there are many opportunities and locations to see salmon spawning in fish ladders and local streams. Check our list of where to see salmon spawning in Western Washington.
October 5, 2019. Robothon is a national event that showcases the capabilities and technological developments in robotics from the amateur robotics community. At this event, people from around the world come together to present new robotic technologies, share ideas, meet fellow robotic enthusiasts, show off their robotic creations, and compete in many robotic competitions and activities. Please consider helping out the Robothon committee by volunteering. Robothon is a day of robotic competition, open to the public, and admission is free. More info: https://robothon.org/
October 5-6, 2019, Festival of Family Farms is a fall weekend of fun when Skagit Valley farms open their barns and lifestyles to you and your family for this one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy hands-on-learning to find out what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. Talk to farmers and follow your food from the fields to the table. Find fun-filled festival activities including educational exhibits, demonstrations, free samples, corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patches, farm tours, and kids’ activities. More info: http://www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com/
Northwest Glass Pumpkins are created by hand from artists at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Each pumpkin is a unique work of art that is signed and dated. You can see glass pumpkins during fall at “pumpkin patches” throughout the Puget Sound region. The pumpkins are for sale beginning aroud $35. But looking and enjoying their beauty is absolutely free. Here’s where you can see the in October:
- October 5, 2019 at Pickering Barn in Issaquah
- October 12, 2019 at Valley Nursery in Poulsbo
- October 19, 2019 at McLendons on Pearl Street in Tacoma
- October 26, 2019 at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup
Seattle Center Festál presents free world festivals on several weekends throughout the year. Each event highlights a distinct culture through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. Free admission and very family friendly. More info: http://seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal. Festal weekends in October include:
- October 6, 2019: CroatiaFest
- October 19 – 20, 2019: Turkfest
- October 26, 2019: Diwali: Lights of India
October 12-13, 2019. Getaway: Free cranberry festivals on Washington Coast (130-170 mi. SW). The region celebrates cranberry history and culture every October with two community 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 16 – November 1, 2019. Scarecrow festival in Edmonds is a family-friendly event that allows Edmonds and South Snohomish County residents and businesses to show off their scarecrows! You can vote for your favorites. Find a scarecrow map on their website: https://scf.historicedmonds.org/
October 26, 2019. Annual Zombie walk in Downtown Snohomish is a friendly (or not!) preparation for the impending Zombie-Apocalypse. Participants and spectators are asked to bring “rations for the survivors”. Zombie face painting will is available for $5-$15. Donations of food and cash proceeds benefit the Snohomish Food Bank. More info: https://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org/events
October 26, 2019. Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ dance performance at Redmond Town Center and Seattle’s Occidental Park is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for world records and charity. Seattle and Redmond Thrillers join Thriller groups in other nations to perform at the same exact time each year. More info: https://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-performance-of-michael-jacksons-thriller-in-seattle-and-redmond/
October 27, 2019. Bite of San Juan Islands food festival features the talented chefs and unique foods grown, made, and gathered in the Islands. At Bite of the San Juans, the areas farmers and chefs will showcase locally sourced mouth-watering samples of seasonal cuisine all under one roof. Come for a bite or make a meal of it. Locally produced soft and alcoholic beverages make it a full gourmet adventure. Free admission. Food tickets start at $3.00 with proceeds benefiting San Juan County farming initiatives. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/527309168074194/
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