What to do in Seattle this week: West Seattle Harvest Fest, Halloween events – The Seattle Times | Wonder Mind Kids

What happens Oct. 28-Nov. 3

West Seattle Harvest Festival returns to the streets of West Seattle Junction to celebrate the season on October 30th.

“Harvest Fest was originally born out of a desire to bring people together around the harvest season of Halloween,” said Chris Mackay, executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association.

Harvest Fest has always been a festival that also focuses on the kids, Mackay said.

As in previous years, “hundreds and hundreds of kids all lined up and roaming around in their little costumes” will kick off this year’s festival with a costume parade led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band at 11 a.m. (from Junction Plaza Park ), said Mackay.

Booths line California Avenue Southwest with kids’ activities offered by local businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups. Candy is offered at vendors displaying orange and black balloons.

For those who get hungry during the event, be sure to check out the 12-2pm Chili Cook-Off hosted by and benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. Local favorites like Husky Deli, Shadowland, Pecos Pit BBQ, The Westy, Baker’s Dozen Catering, Margie’s Café and NW Texas BBQ compete. There will also be a pie-eating contest hosted by A la Mode Pies at 1pm (registration is full so this contest is for hungry eyes only).

Music from 8-Bit Brass Band, Heebie Jeebies and Potholes will fill the air on the main stage throughout the day.

The festival also includes a cornhole tournament, the unveiling of a new mural, square dancing and storytelling.

“The whole idea is to once again have a really fun reason for the community to come down and hang out and party at the Junction,” Mackay said.

Harvest Fest takes place from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the West Seattle Junction. For more information, see wsjunction.org/harvest-festival-oct-30.

what else happens

Here are some other events taking place from October 28th to November 11th. 3 in the Puget Sound area including Halloween celebrations. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to weekend@seattletimes.com.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” – Oct 27

At 7:00 PM, catch a rare Halloween performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) with a live soundtrack by Dangerknife. At this event, selected short films and the feature film will be projected onto 16mm film. $10. 5919 Airport Way S., Seattle; foghi.org

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Show and Sale – Aug. 27-29 October

Enjoy one of the Northwest’s largest selections of handmade and handwoven items, including clothing, accessories, linens, jewelry and more October 27, 5-8pm, October 28, 10am-8pm and October 29, 10am-4pm Watch. Participants can also talk to the artists, enjoy weaving and spinning demonstrations, and enjoy a market of hand-dyed and handspun yarns. 1245 10th Avenue E., Seattle; seattleweaversguild.com/annual-sale

Halloween on the Hill – October 29th

Enjoy pumpkin races, carnivals, mystery theatre, a magic show and more from 09:00 to 21:00 for free. 14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue; 425-452-4240; bellevuewa.gov

BAM-O-WEEN – October 29th

The Bellevue Arts Museum offers a spooky array of activities for the whole family to enjoy while exploring art exhibits from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 510 Bellevue Weg NE, Bellevue; 425-519-0770; bellevuearts.org

Eastside Dia de los Muertos – October 29th

The Calavera Collective is partnering with Metro Parks to bring a one-of-a-kind Día de los Muertos to Tacoma’s East Side. This Día de los Muertos brings communities together for an all-day festival of music, dance, food, traditions and commemoration, beginning at 11:30 am. 2106 E. 44th St., Tacoma; facebook.com/calaveracollectivetacoma

Grit City Costume Paddle – October 29th

Enjoy this fun and quirky community event that invites attendees to dress up in costume, disembark and paddle, or just watch from the Esplanade at Foss Waterway Seaport from 12pm to 2pm. Plus, the museum is free from 10am to 2pm with treats, crafts, spooky science and more, and there’s also a free trash-for-treat raffle from 12pm to 2pm. 705 Dock Street, Tacoma; tacomaooceanfest.org

REI Founders Market – October 29th

REI Co-op is hosting its first ever Founders Market from 12pm to 3pm to celebrate an inclusive future in the outdoor industry. This event honors the leaders of outdoor companies at all stages of business and connects communities who support an inclusive future in this industry. Free. 222 Yale Avenue N., Seattle; rei.com

Street of Treats – October 29th

Join the Kent Downtown Partnership to celebrate harvest season with activities for all ages, a costume contest, photo ops and treats from participating vendors. 2pm-5pm RSVP online; free. 224 W Meeker St, Kent; 253-813-6976; downtownkentwa.com

Treat Street @ Kirkland Urban – October 29

Kid-friendly games and treats from local Kirkland businesses, live pumpkin carving, classic Halloween tunes, fun kids’ activities and more. 3pm-7pm Free. 425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland; kirklandurban.com

Halloween Party Cruise – October 29th

At 7:00 PM, enjoy a 2.5-hour cruise that includes live entertainment, a costume contest and prizes, a sliding slider menu, evil waffle fries, bloodshot eyeballs and more. Buy tickets online; $95/age 21+, $85/military and age 65+. 901 Fairview Avenue N., Seattle; 206-223-2060; waterwayscruises.com

Diwaloween – October 29th

At 10:00 PM, enjoy a Bollywood, Diwali and Halloween event where East Indian attire and/or Halloween costumes are encouraged. buy tickets online; $16. 2505 First Avenue, Seattle; instagram.com/bollygrooves

“Josephine” – Oct 30

Music of Remembrance returns to Benaroya Hall to kick off its 25th season with a new production of “Josephine” at 5 p.m. Composer Tom Cipullo’s one-act monodrama is based on the life of legendary singer-dancer Josephine Baker. The concert also highlights the world premiere of MOR’s commissioned Wertheim Park, a setting of the poems of Susan de Sola by composer Lori Laitman. buy tickets online; $50-$65. 200 University St., Seattle; 206-365-7770; musicofremembrance.org

Haunted Alley – 30th-31st October

Members of the Wallingford community and Lincoln High School students present the second annual Haunted Alley, a fully decorated street with carnival-style games, a haunted tent, a scavenger hunt and lots of candy. 5-8 p.m. free of charge. Enter 52nd Street between Kirkwood Place and Kensington; instagram.com/seattlehalloweenalley

Tea Noir – November 3rd

In association with its corporate tea partner Lot 35, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is hosting a glamorous evening soiree featuring a playfully dark twist on high tea with an eight-course meal, tea-infused cocktails and music and dance performances. $130-$185. 411 University St., Seattle; fairmontolympichotel.com

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