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Campus Upgrades, Return to Events and One Grand Opening Mark October at Seattle Center

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Some resident organizations at Seattle Center return to in-person events during October, while others continue to offer outstanding arts, entertainment and educational content online. Seattle Center visitors will discover new outdoor art, digital signage and campus upgrades as the certified zero carbon Climate Pledge Arena prepares to open its doors later in the month.

Below is our list of things to do.

(V) = Virtual event

(IP) = In person event

Seattle Center Virtual Festál – The series, presented in partnership with local organizations, highlights ethnic and cultural communities in our region with music, dance, spoken word, workshops, discussions and opportunities to learn about their traditions and histories: CroatiaFest (V), Oct. 2–3, TurkFest (V), Oct. 9, Indigenous People Festival (V), Oct.12–15, Diwali: Lights of India (V), Oct. 23 and Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle (V) Oct. 31, (IP) Oct. 30–Nov. 7. Information and event links click here

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk features four art installations on the grounds now through the end of 2021. Developed through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Art Interruptions program, the outdoor works include Los Trabajadores, Sus Apoyos, Y La Comunidad (The Workers, Their Advocators, And The Community) by Jovita Mercado, International Fountain covered walkway; Might be Going to Have Imagined This Place by Jac Oliver Trautman, Fisher Pavilion ADA elevator and Artists at Play Plaza; Inverted Pyramid by Nate Clark, South Founders Court; and Resilience by Fumi Amano, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. Meet the artists and tour the installations at 12 noon, Oct. 2. Meet at the Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. Learn more about the tour click here and the Sculpture walk click here

Academy of Interactive Entertainment hosts Interactive Experience Day (IP), starting at 10 a.m., Oct. 23, inviting participants to get hands-on with the technology used in the games and visual effects industry today through presentations, demonstrations and information on AIE. To learn more click here

A/NT Gallery partners with Dia de Muertos Committee Seattle to present Day of the Dead Altar (IP), Oct. 1–Nov. 2. Opening reception (IP) is 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Oct. 2. More information click here.  

Book-It Repertory Theatre is taking the 2021-2022 season to slowly return to in-person productions. The first drama of the season will be Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown, by Tochi Onyebuchi, available online Oct. 12. This audio journey to the heart of identity and connection will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more. Tickets and information click here

Chihuly Garden and Glass (IP) celebrates our region’s creative energy and inspiration through the artistic lens of glass artist Dale Chihuly. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday–Thursday and 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday–Saturday through Oct. 3; 10 a.m. –5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday and 10 a.m. –6 p.m., Friday–Sunday, Oct. 4–Oct. 31. Elevate Clean protocols are in effect. Information and tickets click here

Classical KING FM (V) continues its 10 a.m. Saturday radio broadcasts of past Seattle Opera productions in October at 98.1 with: Werther and Oct. 2 and Der Rosenkavalier on Oct. 9. Learn more click here.

Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center welcomes audiences and the community to grand opening festivities beginning with an opening concert, Coldplay, The Global Grand Opening of Climate Pledge Arena, Oct. 22; Seattle Kraken’s inaugural home game. Oct. 23; and a Climate Pledge Arena Community Open House and the Amazon Harvest Market presented by The Climate Pledge, Oct. 24. Other Arena events this month include Seattle Kraken home games, Oct. 26, 28 and 31 and Eric Church, The Gather Again Tour, Oct. 30. Tickets and information at click here

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival presented by The Vera Project, 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Oct. 1–2, Fisher Pavilion, offers 80-plus pumpkin beers, along with a gigantic pumpkin that is scooped, scorched, filled with pumpkin beer, sealed, conditioned and then tapped at the fest enjoy. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project. Find tickets and information click here.

KEXP presents Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now): Without Borders, through Oct. 15, part of a month dedicated to amplifying and celebrating the voices, stories and music of Latin American communities, the Caribbean and the Latin and Latinx diaspora around the world. More information and resources click here

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, closed on Wednesdays starting Oct. 6. Advance ticket purchasing is encouraged. MoPOP’s Film Series The Comeback features Child’s Play, Oct. 9, the first film in a franchise of American slasher media focusing on Chucky, a notorious serial killer who frequently escapes death through fakery. Tickets and more click here

Pacific Science Center sparks curiosity and inspires scientific learning for all ages. General public tickets are still available for HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever (IP), a highly interactive exhibition exploring the science, history and culture of hockey, making its world premiere at Pacific Science Center, Oct. 18-Feb. 27, 2022. Click here to learn more. 

Registration is now open for in-person fall classes at Pottery Northwest. The majority of PNW’s offerings run 10 weeks, meeting once a week for three hours. They include a 25-pound bag of clay, glazes and firing, along with generous access to open studio time. Learn more and register click here

Seattle Children’s Theatre offers a range of in-person fall classes for ages 3.5 to 18, through Nov. 13. Learn more and view the schedule of improv, drama, comedy, storytelling movement and musical theater camera options click here

Seattle Opera returns to the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall stage with the first production of its 2021-2022 season, the timeless story of love and loss, La Bohème, with “intoxicatingly beautiful” music by Giacomo Puccini, Oct. 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27 and 30. Tickets and information click here

Seattle Rep presents a new series in October and November. (Re)Imagine Theater brings artists and community leaders together to envision a new theatrical world. (Re)Imagine Education Theater Part 1, Youth, happens 5 p.m., Oct. 14. Join the Rep for the monthly play reading group, Kilroys Club, this month in a reading and discussion of The Vagrant Trilogy Part 1: The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour, 11 a.m., Oct. 16. Learn more and register for these programs on their website click here

SIFF Cinema presents its inaugural DocFest (V,IP), a celebration of all documentary films, Sept. 30–Oct. 7. SIFF also gets into the spirit of the season with four classes this month. Cinema DNA: The Shining (V, IP) explores what makes it one of the greatest horror films of all time, Oct. 13. Reel Black: Candyman & Urban Hauntings (V) investigates the original Candyman and 2021 remake in terms of racial inclusion and depiction, Oct. 14. John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy and After (V, IP) looks at the trilogy’s thematic connections, Oct. 19; and Queer Horror: The Ifs, Ands, and Butts (V) surveys this subgenre in film and pop culture, Oct. 26. SIFF continues to offer films for streaming. Check out the current lineup and learn more click here

Space Needle (IP) opens at 9:30 a.m. daily (closing at various times) through Oct. 2 and 10 a.m. (closing at various times), Oct. 4–Oct. 31. Elevating Clean protocols remain in place including mask requirements. Information and advance tickets click here

The Vera Project hosts two live music events during October, Destroy Boys, Oct. 5 and Indigo De Souza, Oct. 9. More on their website click here

While in-person events are returning to venues across the grounds, many require attendee health measures such as masking, currently a state mandate, and proof of vaccination, a state mandate beginning on Oct. 25. So, be sure to check the presenter’s website or call before you go for current health and safety measures. To learn more about virtual and in-person activities at Seattle Center this month and beyond, visit or call 206 684-7200.  

About Seattle Center: Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.