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Best things to do this fall in Seattle


The changing colors, hearty food, and scarf weather already make Seattle a great place to be during the Fall season. But on top of that, there are some great events happening in the Pacific Northwest that you should keep an eye out for. Here are the best things to do in Seattle this Fall.

SketchFest Seattle

When: Friday, September 21 – 29
Where: Unexpected Productions at the Market Theater

The world’s original sketch comedy festival returns this year to bring together even more talented and funny comedians from around the country to Seattle. There will be comedy films as well as live comedy by local comedians, some of whom are SketchFest regulars. Laugh the week away for only $12 to $15 per show.

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

When: Friday, October 5 – 6
Where: Seattle Center
pumpkin beer
Get your tickets to the 14th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at the Seattle Center. Not only will you have access to 80+ pumpkin beers, a marching band performance, and food trucks, but you’ll also be contributing to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center by buying a ticket. The celebration also includes a giant, several-hundred-pound pumpkin that is scooped, scorched, and filled with pumpkin beer for everyone to enjoy. Remember to dress in your best orange!

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival

When: Thursday, October 18 – 21
Where: Tacoma Dome

Over 550 booths of unique and interesting products will fill the Tacoma Dome for the annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. As you’re shopping, be entertained by special performances by Dance Theatre Northwest, Bell Choirs, Quartets, and more throughout the four days. Need new holiday recipes? Learn from chefs of South Sound’s finest restaurants. Buy tickets here.

Halloween Pub Crawl

When: Saturday, October 20 – 21
Where: Multiple locations

Want to celebrate Halloween for 14 hours? The 8th annual Halloween Pub Crawl, hosted by Seattle SantaCon, offers the opportunity to bar hop throughout downtown Seattle in your costume from noon until 2 in the morning. There’s live entertainment, games, dancing, magic tricks, and more. Over 2,000 people attended last year and quickly became a community. Don’t wait to get tickets — it gets more expensive as the date approaches.

Seattle Restaurant Week

When: Sunday, October 21 – Thursday, November 8
Where: Multiple locations
restaurant week
If you’re dying to visit the many award-winning restaurants in Seattle, here’s your chance. Seattle Restaurant Week partnered with over 165 restaurants to bring you special deals on a three-course meal ($33) and/or two-course lunches ($18) Sunday through Thursdays. Each meal — including a starter, entrée, and dessert — has 3-course options, with at least 1 being vegetarian. Find the whole list of participating restaurants here, and don’t forget to make reservations.

Seattle Winter Ciderfest

When: Thursday, November 8 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: WithinSodo

Come out to this 21+ tasting event for the best fall and winter ciders from the Northwest. Pumpkin cider, spiced ciders, barrel-aged are just some of the beverages you could have unlimited sample pours of (2 oz) with a $30 ticket. Not to mention, you also get free food samples from certain food sponsors.


When: Saturday, November 17 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: McCaw Hall
For those more inclined to learn and have stimulating conversations this fall, TEDxSeattle is the event for you. Out of the 200+ applicants this year, 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds (activism, research, art, innovation, etc.) were chosen to each prepare an 18-minute speech about a “tall order.” Join them at McCaw Hall as they examine ideas that stretch goals and expectations. There are student passes, general admission, and patron tickets available.


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