Calendar: October

Oct. 2 

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Issaquah’s Village Theatre will continue its run of the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee through mid-October. For those farther north, additional showings start in Everett on Oct. 25.

Oct. 3 

Bellevue Arts Museum Preview Party

The Bellevue Arts Museum welcomes two new exhibits from contemporary artists. Catch a sneak peek of sculpture and surrealist works by Robert Williams and Maria Phillips at the Bellevue Arts Museum Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m.

Oct. 4 

Pretty Dirty All-Female Rally Day

Beauty & Keys and DirtFish Rally School will host an all-women event from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Women will get glammed up with Nieman Marcus makeup artists, then put on racing helmets and learn to drive rally Subaru BRZs. 

Oct 5 

Grand Ridge Mine History Hike 

Issaquah’s miners commuted down the Sunset Trail to the Grand Ridge Mine. Get a new perspective on the historic stretch of trailhead with guides from the Issaquah History Museum. The moderate 3-mile hike will detail the history of Issaquah’s longest-operating coal mine. Tickets must be purchased in advance — find them on Eventbrite.

Monster Bash

There’s no need to wait for Halloween to bust out a costume — if you’ve got the itch, head to Monster Bash at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. Costume-wearers can pick up a prize, marvel at the machine collection, or embark on a creepy crawly scavenger hunt. For a $5 donation, you can take a spin in the Monster Jeep. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Oct. 5-6 

Salmon Days

Every fall, the return of wild salmon to Issaquah’s streams is cause for celebration. Now in its 50th year, Salmon Days Festival will bring food, field games, and more than 250 artists to downtown, along with three live stages. The free event kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a Grand Parade, and festivities continue all weekend.

Oct. 6 


Oktoberfest gets a baroque twist at this two-hour event featuring soprano Linda Tsatsanis and the Pacific MusicWorks Underground Band. While the acclaimed chamber group presents some of Bach’s lesser-known works, you can enjoy ale and a brunch-themed bar. Tickets are $25 and available at Eventbrite. 

Wonder Woman Run

If signing up for a half marathon wasn’t heroic enough, now you can dress the part. Bust out your capes and DC cosplay for Redmond’s Wonder Woman Run, and take on that 5K, 10K, or half marathon in style. Compete for a Wonder Woman finishers medal or just enjoy the thrills, including a post-race celebration.

Oct. 7 

Medieval Fun

At Equine Life Solutions’ Annual Medieval Festival, the horses are the stars of the show. Equestrian entertainment ranges from jousting to mounted archery — and there will also be plenty of meats, sweets, and medieval vendors. While credit cards are accepted, it’s advised to bring cash, as the internet connection can be slow. Tickets start at $15.

Oct. 8 

Draw Like Davinci

Have an elementary-schooler who loves to scribble? Draw Like Davinci can kick his or her skills up a notch. The six-week series by the Kids Quest Children’s Museum will focus on drawing fundamentals, like perspective, figure drawing, and still life. Classes run Mondays and are $95 for the series, with a discount for members.

Oct. 9 

Songwriting Workshop

Calling all songwriters! Swing by the Edmonds’ Library Plaza room for a free songwriting workshop with songwriting veterans Max Hett and Etta Glass. The duo will walk participants step-by-step through their songwriting process, then open the floor for attendees to share. Afterward, you can catch them perform a Casablanca cabaret at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Oct. 10 

After-Hours Wine Walk

Come sample Woodinville’s finest at the final weekday wine walk of the season. The route runs from the Woodinville Visitors Center through the heart of the Hollywood District. Entry is $25 and generous 12 tasting tickets. BYO glass, or pick one up for $5 at the door. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Oct. 13 

Glasgow Gala Whiskey Tasting

Seeing as Seattle and Glasgow have just about the same average rainfall in October, a night of Scottish fun seems like a fitting affair. At the Glasgow Gala at Edmonds’ Holy Rosary Church, you’ll find whiskey tasting, kilts, live pipes, and drums. Proceeds will help fund the Edmonds’ Junior Pipe Band’s upcoming trip to Scotland. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Oct. 15 

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is known for his classic rock interpretations, including his viral take on While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Now the Hawaiian artist will take to the stage of the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Known as the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” his one-of-a-kind style draws on everything from funk to flamenco. Tickets start at $34.

Oct. 17-20 & 24-27 

Seattle Chocolate’s Haunted Factory

Led by the goddess of chocolate, lxcacao, guests have to solve puzzles in their journey through the factory in order to save it from an evil spirit. The first person to crack all the puzzles can visit the Secret Treasure Room and gather as many chocolate truffles as they can in 15 seconds. The tour is 20 minutes and tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. 

Oct. 19 

The Second City’s Improv All-Stars

Chicago’s The Second City Improv has launched the careers of countless comedic all-stars, including Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. Now the iconic group will perform at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center Theatre. Catch the troupe’s greatest hits from 7 to 9 p.m., with a live show at 10 p.m.

Oct. 19-20 

Halloween Storytelling Train

Kids will love this Halloween-themed train ride out to the Northwest Railway Museum. The two-hour excursion to North Bend will include a cider press and plenty of kid-friendly storytelling, along with views of Snoqualmie Falls. There will be small prizes for costumed kiddos. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. The event will also run Oct. 26 to 27.

Oct. 22 

Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park turns 50 this year, and the story behind its creation is a fascinating sliver of Northwest history. At Bellevue’s Botanical Garden, local author Lauren Danner will reflect on lessons from the National Park’s dedication, 50 years out. Admission is free and includes refreshments.

Oct. 25 

Salute to Courage Luncheon

Now in its 57th year providing therapies for the tiniest members of our community, Kindering will celebrate its groundbreaking work with children from birth to 3 years old. Join them at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue for an inspiring midday hour. While the luncheon is provided at no cost, a donation is suggested.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins at noon.

Oct. 26 

Black Cat Auction Gala

Purrfect Pals Sanctuary and Adoption Center cares for some of the Eastside’s most vulnerable kitties. At their sanctuary, cats with intensive medical needs are sheltered and sent to loving homes. Their Meydenbauer Center fundraiser will include a vegetarian dinner and auction with more than 500 items. All proceeds will benefit their Arlington center.

Thrill the World

The Thriller flash mob is coming back to the Redmond Town Center. Join the zombified crowd, and groove it out to the King of Pop’s classic hit. Need to brush up on your steps? Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays in October at the Redmond Library. This year’s event will support Team Survivor Northwest.

Oct. 31 

Tricks & Treats

There will be tricks, treats, and trampolines at this all-ages event, starting at 4 p.m. at the Redmond Town Center. Bring a goodie bag, and trick-or-treat your way around the Town Center. Other free activities include face painting, a Halloween photobooth, and time on the Springfree trampoline. 

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