A Bill Gates keynote, Shakespeare ‘karaoke,’ & 14 awesome things to do in Seattle this week

You can do the same old, same old in Seattle this week. Or, you can jump out of your comfort zone to learn how to up your hiking game, share a personal story with a live audience, and do your best Shakespeare at a bar. Life’s an adventure, folks. Get on it.

Here are some fun ways to own the week.


Have a delicious evening. Get schooled on chocolate and bourbon at this educational tasting with Seattle’s Theo Chocolate. (Fremont)

Meet the artists. Take a walk by storefront art in South Lake Union and get to know the geniuses behind it. (South Lake Union)


Hear from a foodie master. If you love Seattle restaurants, you want to hear from chef Ethan Stowell. He owns gems like Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf, and Marine Hardware, and he’ll be sharing all that gastro-wisdom at this event for young professionals. (Downtown)

Do some Shakespeare ‘karaoke.’ They’ve got the scripts, props, and booze. You bring the bard. (Capitol Hill)


Sit in on a Bill Gates keynote. The richest person in the world is giving his take on health and development. (Downtown)

Take hiking 101. Want to get out to those gorgeous mountains but aren’t sure you know what you’re doing? This class will hook you up. (Downtown)


Fun with fungi: Learn all you need to know to go out and forage your own wild Northwest mushrooms. Hurry. It’s going to fill up. (White Center)

Share a silver lining. Bring a story about the good you found in something you regret to this monthly community speaker series. Or just come ready to listen. (Capitol Hill)


Freak out. MoPOP’s launching its big new horror movie exhibit with haunted halls, a deadly dance party, and a costume contest. Stay til 1 a.m. If you dare. (Seattle Center)

Grab a pumpkin beer, or two, or three. There’ll be more than 80 of them to try at the 13th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival — plus food trucks, pumpkin carving, and all that fun fall stuff. (Seattle Center)

Join the lady geeks. Geek Girl Con kicks off its annual weekend celebration with an all-ages opening party at the Living Computer Museum. If you spot Sailor Moon or Daenerys Targaryen downtown this weekend, you’ll know why. (SoDo)


Take a sip. The Northwest Tea Festival is back for its 10th annual, two-day tribute to the other hot drink. Learn about the ancient staple and sample fine teas from around the world. (Seattle Center)

Get materials for your next masterpiece. This Zero Landfill event gathers tons of crafty stuff — wood, fabric, the works — then gives it away. Feeling greedy? Bring a wheelbarrow. (Capitol Hill)


Feast on all things medieval. Live jousting, archery sessions, arts, crafts, and performances await all us common folk. (Bothell)

Pass the piroshki. The Taste of Russia festival is back with borscht and more. (Capitol Hill)