Festivals/Annual Events

On Friday and Saturday nights, costumed children of all ages will be out in force for community events and neighborhood trick or treating; the Seattle Department of Transportation urges drivers to be extra watchful for children crossing the streets in the evening darkness.
Friday, Oct. 30

Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
1,000 expected
Streets closed: West McGraw Street (from 34th Avenue West to 32nd Avenue West)
Saturday, Oct. 31

Trolloween 2009: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Annual Halloween event starting at the Fremont Troll (20th Birthday) , parading through the Fremont neighborhood, and ending under the Fremont Bridge;
400+ expected

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

The annual Trolloween starts at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Phinney Neighborhood will celebrate Mexican style on Friday, Nov. 6 with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festival.

It will start with a candlelight procession, which begins and ends at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., departing at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information, or call (206) 783-2244.

Event schedule:

6:15 p.m. Procession lead by the Musicians and Dancers of VamoLa! Procession line-up in the PNA parking lot (6532 Phinney Ave. N.) begins at 6:15; music starts at 6:20. Procession ends at 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Procession departs from PNA. Route: North on Phinney Avenue North; West on 70th Avenue Northwest; South on Greenwood Avenue North. Procession will end at the PNA.

7:05-7:15 p.m. Blessing of community altar on the landing of the stairs in the main (blue) PNA building by Raul Sanchez.

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Image courtesy Phinney Neighborhood Association

On Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, more than 100 Fremont retailers and restaurants, with the support of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, will hand out treats to children (dressed in costume) for Fremont Trick-or-Treat 2009.

The event is free but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participating businesses will hang an orange flyer in their window and distribute treats from 2 to 6 p.m. on Halloween day.

Maps of participating businesses will be available at the following locations:

Portage Bay Goods - 206-547-5221, 706 N. 34th St.

Daly's Inc - 206-633-4200, 3525 Stone Way N.

Mishu - 206-802-8022, 465 N. 36th St.

Eyes On Fremont - 206-643-3375, 4254 Fremont Ave. N.

A map can also be downloaded here.

More information is available at 206-632-3170, instigator@fremocentrist.com or www.fremocentrist.com.

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Courtesy of Fremont Chamber of Commerce

On Halloween afternoon and evening, businesses in Fremont will hand out candy to children in costume.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several Halloween events for the family in Northwest Seattle.

Middle School Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave. N.W.
Saturday, Oct. 31, noon to 2 p.m. Rumor has it that Archie McPhee has been searching Ballard, and needs your help to save the famous rubber chicken. Bring your friends, put on your walking shoes and Sherlock Holmes hat, and help solve the biggest mystery in Ballard. Meet at Ballard CC to start your hike through Ballard village to find clues and win a prize. Please dress for the weather! Cost: Free.

Halloween Carnival
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave. N.W.
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 N.W. 77th St.

Photo credit: 
File photo by Steve Shay

Ballard twins, James and William Endter, 2, were easy to spot along Market Street on Halloween.

Today, Friday, Oct. 9 is Leif Erikson Day and the Leif Erikson Lodge is planning a special dinner in celebration.

Olaf Kvamme will describe the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Viking boat, and Jay Haavik who designed the base and tribute display at Leif Erikson Plaza at Shilshole Bay Marina will show slides of the inside workings of Oslos Viking Ship Museum. 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner.


$25, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle, 98107. RSVP by Oct. 6: 206-783-1274 or e-mail Leif@leiferikson.org.

This is also the 80th anniversary for Leif Erikson Day in Wisconsin set in 1929 -- apparently this was the first state to officially recognize the event. Washington state didn't do this until 1941.


The West Seattle Junction Association will host trick-or-treating in the Junction this year, sponsored by area merchants, on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event includes a movie on the wall, a raffle, a food drive and more.

Click here for more information.

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Image courtesy the West Seattle Junction Association

The West Seattle Junction merchants will host a trick-or-treating event in the Junction this year.

Sixth annual event is Oct. 11

The chefs and local food producers take center stage at the Sixth Annual Eat Local Now! fundraising dinner on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the West Seattle Masonic Lodge, located at 4736 40th Ave. S.W.

The featured chefs include many West Seattle favorites, including:

Toby Matasar - Eats Market Cafe
Tony Kurzinski - Feedback Lounge
Dalis Chea - Fresh Bistro
Hajime Sato – Mashiko
Nance Tourigny - Personal Chef and Cooking Instructor
Bill Taylor - Talaris Conference Center
Maria Gonzalez
Brad Glaberson

"I'm preparing one of the courses from local farmers and producers," Tourigny said. "I'm preparing it for 220 people showing up for Sunday's dinner. I think it's really important to support these people. What they are producing is so incredible. It's a real treat to be able to play with all this food."
Bill Taylor added,"I'm tremendously supportive of locally produced food. I love West Seattle."

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Photo courtesy of EatLocalNow.org

The Sixth Annual Eat Local Now Dinner is set to take place Sunday, Oct. 11 at West Seattle Masonic Lodge. Several local West Seattle chefs will be featured creating dishes entirely from locally produced food.

Annual event at Herban Feast

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Bordeaux Bites & Bingo fundraiser proved to be a good evening of entertainment and a successful fundraiser for the chamber Friday Oct. 2.

The annual event, held at Herban Feast at Sodo Park on 1st Avenue, was attended by approximately 200 people this year. The event featured a wine auction, a buffet from Herban Feast, a "Dessert Dash," and a series of bingo games and a raffle.

Sponsors included PB&J Textiles, Wiseman's Appliance, Harbor Properties, Tom's Automotive, Potter Construction, Merrill Gardens, Salty's Restaurant, Forest Lawn, West Seattle Senior Center and JMH.

Photo credit: 
Patrick Robinson

Ceiling lights adorn a part of Herban Feast at Sodo Park during the Bordeaux Bites and Bingo fundraiser for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW SLIDESHOW.

The sixth annual Sustainable Ballard Festival is taking place this weekend, Sept. 26 and 27, noon to 5 p.m. at Ballard Commons Park, corner of Northwest 57th Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest.

Green Home Workshops include Mycrofiltration, Right Bulb, Right Place, and "Compassionate Communication, or creating sustainable relationships.

Also offered are food and garden, and town hall workshops, and a Sustainable bike tour.

Penned goats you can pet are featured. Marlowe Barrington, 8, an Adams Elementary student, enjoyed petting Miriam, a goat.

Lori Vail owns the goats on display. They live on her southeast Seattle home.

"We milk, make our own cheese, yogurt, and use the whey as a bi-product to ferment vegetables," said Vail, who calls her home the Seattle Urban Nano Farm.

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Steve Shay

Marlowe Barrington, 8, an Adams Elementary student, enjoyed petting Miriam, a goat, at the Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park.

The 21st Annual Fishermen's Fall Festival takes place this Saturday, Sept. 26 at Fishermen's Terminal.

The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is meant to provide the public with an opportunity to meet commercial fishermen and learn more about their industry.

It also is a chance for the public to learn more about Fishermen's Terminal, the seafood industry and the North Pacific fishing fleet.

The Fishermen's Fall Festival raises funds for the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial.

It will feature live music, survival suit races, a lutefisk eating contest and plenty of activities for children.

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File photo by Steve Shay

The Shifty Sailors, a music group based on Whidbey Island, performed under a dry tent to a wet audience at the 2008 Fishermen’s Fall Festival. The annual event takes place this Saturday.

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