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October 2-4, 2020
Oktoberfest Northwest
Puyallup, Washington
Washington's largest Munich-style Oktoberfest celebration, featuring non-stop live entertainment in two themed Festhalles: the Munich Festhalle, and the Bavarian Festhalle, and is the Northwest's exclusive home of Hammerschlagen®. For the past 14 years, Oktoberfest NW has brought authentic food, bier and entertainment to its guests. Prost with 25,000 friends at Oktoberfest Northwest! Rain or shine, we're indoors.

October 12-16, 2020 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

events still waiting for new dates

October 1-November 15, 2019 - Wild Mushroom Celebration
Long Beach Peninsula, Washington
Timed with the peak harvest of autumn’s bounty, this unique event touts the talents of the Peninsula’s famed culinary community and the wealth of the area’s fresh local ingredients during such gatherings as tastings, discussions and winemaker dinners.

October 3-4, 2019 - James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Seattle, Washington
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

October 4-5, 2019 - Anacortes Bier on the Pier - Anacortes, Washington
40 Breweries, 10 Cideries -- Two Days! Barvarian and German inspired fare---festival-style seating. Musical Entertainment Keepsake tasting glass

October 4-6, 2019 - Apple Days - Cashmere, Washington
Apple pie contest, lots of musical entertainment, encampment with flintknapping and gold panning demonstrations, book sale, and tasty homemade goodies. Proceeds benefit the Pioneer Village and Museum.


October 5, 2019 - Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Yakima, Washington
Voted one of the top ten beer festivals in the nation, Fresh Hop Ale Festival is a celebration of the hop and craft beer industry.  The Yakima Valley produces 75% of the United States' hop crop, and this festival showcases the unique beers that are produced with our valley's hops.  For a beer to be considered a “fresh hop ale,” it must be produced with Yakima Valley hops that were picked no more than 24 hours prior to brewing. This is a one-of-a-kind beer festival that is only possible in the heart of hop country!  Attendance: 3,500.

October 5-6, 2019 - Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Issaquah, Washington
Celebrating the annual return of salmon (kings, reds, silvers & chums) each Fall to our lakes, streams and historic downtown Hatchery.  Attendance: 150,000.

October 5-6, 2019 - 38th Annual OysterFest - Shelton, Washington
Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official Seafood Festival.  The festival also features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more. Better yet, your culinary adventure supports about 100 local non-profit service clubs and organizations, as well as funding scholarships and local community improvement projects.

October 5-27, 2019  Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm
Yacolt, Washington
Open weekends October 5-27. Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch and down "Pumpkin Lane" populated by pumpkin head people. Scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, hay bale maze, feed the animals, and vendors. Proceeds support the Pomeroy Living History Farm.

October 11-13, 2019  18th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival
Port Angeles, Washington
An Annual celebration of the region's diverse bounty--seafood, maritime & cultural traditions, and breathtaking coastal environment.   Each October foodies and fun-seekers from across the United States and as far away as Finland descend upon the scenic Olympic Peninsula to partake in a grand celebration of the coveted crustacean that derives its name from the town where it was first commercially harvested back in 1848 -- Dungeness.  It’s all about great food and fresh crab. Thousands of pounds of fresh Dungeness crab are pulled from local waters each year, enabling festival-goers to eat their fill while also enjoying a wide variety of locally grown and produced foods.  Non-seafood and vegetarian dishes will be available, as well.  Admission is free.

October 12-13, 2019  26th Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival
Grayland, Washington
Bog tours; Cranberry Cook-Off - Professional and Novice Categories; and firelight parade.

October 12-13, 2019  The Cranberrian Fair - Ilwaco, Washington
A celebration of the local harvest including all things cranberry. Foods, crafters, bog tours, and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during the Annual Cranberrian Fair.

October 17-20, 2019  37th Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Tacoma, Washington
Held at the Tacoma Dome, the Festival has over 550 booths, entertainment, cooking demos, and visits by Santa.

events still waiting for new dates

October 7, 2017  Seattle Fresh Hops Festival - Seattle, Washington
If you love hops, you can’t miss the 2nd Annual Seattle Fresh Hops Festival! TWO sessions to choose from! 20+ breweries will sample just released fresh hops brews. Food and sliders will be available from Hale’s. The Yakima Valley of Washington State is one of the most important hop growing regions in the world. Because of the boom in the beer industry, especially craft brewing in the U.S., demand for hops is at an all-time high. And our own Yakima Valley contains approximately 75% of the total U.S. hop acreage! Approximately 2/3’s of the hops produced in the Yakima Valley are exported to countries all over the globe. Depending on the variety of hops, growers begin to harvest late August thru September.  Once a year brewmasters descend on Yakima’s Hop Country to hand pick their favorite varieties of hops, all with varying degrees of bitterness and aromatics. And they can’t wait to brew a batch or too with what they’ve chosen! Join in the fun and experience the wide range of fresh hop style beers and see what the excitement is all about!

October 27-28, 2017 - Enumclaw Brew Fest - Enumclaw, Washington
Great Beer, Great Food, Games, Music, Costume Contest Saturday night with $$ Prizes!  (also: )



events still waiting for new dates

October 4, 2015  Steilacoom Apple Squeeze  - Steilacoom, Washington
Annual festival of the apple with 20 presses for cider squeezing and apple products for sale. Sponsored by the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. First Sunday in October.



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