Top 4 Festivals in Seattle this Fall

Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

These festivals are not to be missed!

Introducing a guest columnist, Maddie Rish, part of the founding team at Everfest, the world’s festival authority and largest festival community.

For the time being, we’ve said our goodbyes to summertime in Seattle. But with the crisp air and beautiful colors of autumn comes a slew of festivals to ignite those lingering summer vibes. Grab your friends (maybe a scarf, too) and treat yourself to these four awesome festivals happening in Seattle this fall.


FreakNight Festival
October 30-31
Tacoma Dome

For the Seattleites who dabble in the Dance Music scene, FreakNight Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated weekends of the year. And for those who don’t dabble, perhaps it’s time that you do (unless, of course, the idea of releasing your inner freak for an all-night dance party doesn’t appeal to you). This festival-circus hybrid promises its 19th run to be the craziest yet – a claim I certainly don’t doubt after drooling over this year’s lineup. Names like Deadmau5, Hot Since 82, Pete Tong, and Claude Von Stroke might sound like a bunch of gibberish to those who are unfamiliar with the scene, but the 20,000 revelers piling into the Tacoma Dome on Halloween weekend know that the Techno Gods are sending their love to Seattle.


Seattle Shorts Film Festival
November 14-15
SIFF Film Center

In mid-November, Seattle film lovers come together to celebrate the unique brilliance found in the short and sweet. The 5th annual Shorts Film Festival–which fits quite naturally into the Seattle filmmaking landscape–focuses on bringing the best independent short films from around the world to the city’s own state-of-the-art, 95-seat jewelbox cinema in the Seattle Center. This year, artists submitted their work through four different film categories, including narrative shorts, documentary shorts, animation shorts and college student shorts. A weekend pass costs only $40, with individual block tickets at $12.

Photo by Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival.
Photo by Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival.

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival
November 20
Columbia Tower Club

In line with French harvest tradition, The Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival welcomes the arrival of the 2015 “new wines” grown in the prominent Beaujolais region of France. The festival–which is presented by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest–is in its 23rd year and is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Guests at the event will enjoy an array of delicious fine wines as well as upscale French cuisine from Chef Tyler Hefford-Anderson, the Executive Chef of the Columbia Tower Club. Live entertainment at the event includes the likes of Melomachine and accordionist Bonnie Birch. If you’re feeling classy this fall, get your tickets here.

Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Earshot Jazz Festival
October 9 – November 18
Various venues around Seattle

It comes as no surprise that the Seattle Times described Earshot Jazz Festival as “one of the best jazz festivals in America.” The month-long events brings in world-class jazz masters to collaborate on and stretch the boundaries of one of the world’s most treasured art forms. From October 9 to November 18, over 50 distinctive concerts and events will take place in various venues around the city, including shows by award-winning student ensembles and renowned resident artists. Check out the festival schedule for information on venues, artists and tickets.

For a full calendar of festivals in Seattle, click here.


The three founders shared a common passion for festivals and travel. They believe experiences trump things you can buy, and the pursuit of a great story is a higher ideal than the pursuit of money. These values helped create Everfest: A way to discover festivals, book unique travel, find other revelers and share amazing memories.

Life’s a wonderful journey; you have to find the clowns that make you happy and ride the magic. Everfest’s core goal is to bring people together physically offline in shared interests. The connections you make through using this website and app will turn into experiences you share at festivals all over the world—let’s go where the fun is.

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