What’s Happening Oct. 7-13

A Seattle tradition since 1960 continues this weekend at the St. Demetrios Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood.

When the festival first began, the Greek community “really wanted to do something to give back to the community,” festival volunteer Katherine Dikeakos said. “One of the ways that Greeks really know how to welcome people is to bring them in, cook for them, share culture, share music and traditions.”

The festival, which has ran consecutively since 1960 up until the pandemic, will include a menu of traditional Greek food like gyros, souvlaki, lamb, roasted chicken, spanakopita and more, plus traditional Greek coffee to pair with homemade Greek sweets and pastries.

Although the festival has grown larger in size every year since its inception, the food is still by prepared by members of St. Demetrios, an important commitment that has remained steadfast since the beginning, Dikeakos said.

The church’s Taverna bar will be open all weekend with Greek beer and wine (as well as wine tasting). The Taverna will feature big-screen TVs showing all the weekend’s major sporting events (so don’t worry about missing out on cheering on the Mariners!).

Visitors can also enjoy a children’s area with activities and games for younger guests, plus live Greek music and dancing on the main stage.


“We hear of people saying, ‘This is my 20th year. I used to come as a kid and now I’m bringing my kids,’ or ‘I mark this off on my calendar as soon as it’s announced.’ It’s just so heartwarming to hear that people in the community look forward to the festival as much as we do,” Dikeakos said.

St. Demetrios Greek Festival will take place noon-9 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle). The festival offers free admission and free parking/shuttle options (from the University of Washington light rail station and Seattle Prep School) for attendees. Bike racks will also be available all weekend for visitors to use. Find more details and up-to-date shuttle information at seattlegreekfestival.com.

What else is happening

Here are some other events happening Oct. 7-13 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to weekend@seattletimes.com.

Taste of Iceland — Oct. 6-9

During this four-day festival, transport yourself to Iceland through a series of events inspired by and in celebration of Icelandic culture through food, beverage, music, literature, films, art and more. Reserve tickets online; prices vary. Location varies; inspiredbyiceland.com

Downtown Kent Wine Walk — Oct. 7

The Kent Downtown Partnership presents the Downtown Kent Wine Walk 6-9 p.m. Downtown Kent businesses will partner with boutique wineries to host a night of tasting bold reds and crisp whites and listening to live music by Billy Brandt. Purchase tickets online; $35/advance, $40/at the door (ticket includes 10 tastings, program guide, disposable glass and wrist band). Location varies; 253-813-6976; downtownkentwa.com

Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection — Oct. 7-8

Fashion Week returns to The Bellevue Collection with the Posh Party Trend Show featuring must-have runway trends 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and The Collective Runway Show featuring premier brands showcasing their fall looks on the runway at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Purchase tickets online; $100-$175. 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; 425-454-8096; bellevuecollection.com


Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival — Oct. 7-9

For the first time since 2019, one of the country’s most acclaimed seafood festivals is back in full for its 21st year. The event celebrates not only the food, aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, but also Native American culture, art, music and children’s activities all in one three-day festival. Free. Location varies; 360-452-6300; crabfestival.org

Lake Stevens Film Festival — Oct. 8

Enjoy a full day of shorts, music videos and the made-in-Washington feature film “All Sorts,” an indie darling that premiered at SIFF, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The festival will include a lunch break with food trucks on-site, and a space for attendees to take part in an open mic session. After the last block of films plays, attendees will head to The Mill in downtown Lake Stevens for an awards reception with a beer and wine garden, orchestra music and more. Purchase tickets online; $15-$25. 2908 113th Ave. N.E., Lake Stevens; lakestevensfilmfest.com

Young Women Empowered Open House — Oct. 8

Join Young Women Empowered for an open house noon-4 p.m. featuring food, music, live poetry writing, raffles and a special appearance from the Seattle Seahawks. Free. 5623 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; youngwomenempowered.org

El Centro de la Raza’s 50th Anniversary Building the Beloved Community Gala — Oct. 8

El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) hosts its annual Building the Beloved Community Gala in celebration of El Centro de la Raza’s 50th anniversary 5-8 p.m. Enjoy live music, a reception and plated dinner, a keynote address, an awards ceremony, an online auction and more. Register online; $175. 705 Pike St., Seattle; 206-957-4649; elcentrodelaraza.org

Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Led Zeppelin I & II — Oct. 8

Incorporating a fusion of electrifying hard rock and blues, Seattle Rock Orchestra’s performance of “Led Zeppelin” and “Led Zeppelin II” will pay tribute to pop culture milestones by featuring crowd favorites from Led Zeppelin’s smashing debut and sophomore albums at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $35. 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; 206-682-1414; stgpresents.org

2022 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair Oct. 8-9

Dealers from across North America and beyond will offer for sale thousands of collectible books, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, posters, postcards, ephemera, manuscripts, broadsides, fine bindings and more 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9. $10/at the door (cash only). 301 Mercer St., Seattle; 206-323-3999; seattlebookfair.com


PNW True Crime Fest — Oct. 8-9

The inaugural PNW True Crime Fest will feature vendors, speakers, workshop presenters, live podcasters and more at the Green River Conference and Events Center. Purchase tickets online; $59/single day, $89/weekend pass. 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn; pnwtruecrimefest.com

Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash — Oct. 9

Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash invites runners, Huskies and friends to get together, score some sweet swag, support student scholarships and enjoy a trot through the UW’s iconic campus. Featuring a Post-Dash Bash, dog registration and activities for kids, this will be a day of fun for the whole Husky pack. Register online; prices vary. Location varies; 206-543-0540; washington.edu/alumni/dawgdash

A Year of Mushrooms With Dr. Fred Rhoades — Oct. 11

Washington Native Plant Society presents a virtual event to hear biologist Dr. Fred Rhoades discuss a general introduction to mushrooms, their ecology and how they are identified 7-8:30 p.m. Register online; free.