A literary drag show, a pop-up petting zoo, & 15 other things to do in Seattle this week

A fall breeze is blowing in, and it’s carrying some awesome events along with it. Does it get more festive than a pumpkin weighing contest and Oktoberfest? Here’s how to get out into the city this week, plus don’t miss out on local candidate forums (there are two this week!) at the bottom of our election guide.

Go to grown-up storytime. It’s a classic read-aloud just like when you were a kid, but now you get to drink adult beverages while you listen. (Ravenna)

‘Ask a Muslim.’ Get tickets to this community dinner that will open dialogue, answer questions, and “focus on the experiences of women who wear the hijab.” (Bellevue)

Learn how Seattle can fight climate change. A panel of experts is coming to Seattle’s Central Library to talk about the different people and groups that can take action to increase our city’s “climate resiliency.” (Downtown)

Pet a piglet. A pop-up petting zoo is closing off a whole street so we can chill with some animals. It’s on hump day so we have one q: Will there be camels? 🐪 (First Hill)

Know your renter’s rights. Bring your questions and get the low-down on tenant laws, evictions, repairs, and all the worries on a renter’s mind. (Central District)

Light up Green Lake. The same folks that put on Fremont’s famous solstice parade organize a yearly Luminata parade to celebrate the autumn equinox. But this event’s got a lot less naked people  and a lot more lanterns. (Green Lake)

Hear fast talks about Seattle. Locals are giving their quick takes on questions like “What is it that makes Seattle truly unique?” and “What challenges will we define and which will define us?” It’ll be in the PechaKucha format, which means each speaker gets 20 slides for 20 seconds each. (Downtown)

Get to festivaling. So. Many. Fests. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Fremont or Kirkland, go Greek in Montlake, or celebrate Italy with a night of wine tastingthat’ll kick off Festa Italiana. Can’t fit all that in your Friday? No worries, the fests go through the weekend (and there’s grape-stomping on Saturday and Sunday).

Watch local films. Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings film festival will host artists, conversations, parties, and movies produced by filmmakers in the Northwest for the next nine days. (Capitol Hill)

Beware of cute animals. It’s Sea Otter Awareness weekend at the Seattle Aquarium, and biologists are giving visitors an inside look at how they keep those adorable little mammals happy (spoiler alert: it involves toys). (Downtown)

Watch a literary drag show. Seattle Public Library is hosting local drag artists and comedians for performances inspired by their favorite banned books. (Capitol Hill)

Judge giant pumpkins. Oh my gourd, local pumpkin growers are bringing in their most impressive fruits (yes, pumpkins are fruits, google it) and weighing them to see who grew the heaviest. And you can sip Elysian Brewery beers while you watch. (Georgetown)

Go on a scavenger hunt. In the midst of Fremont Oktoberfest, there’s a street scramble that’ll send you all over the neighborhood looking for different checkpoints. Eyes on the prize, y’all, the beer can wait. (Fremont)