Fremont Oktoberfest makes its return September 20-22 | Image via Fremont Oktoberfest's website

THURSDAY, September 19

Bubbles & Oysters at Ballard Annex
Feel like getting fancy? Head over to the back room at Ballard Annex Oyster House at 6, where you can taste pairings of oysters and rare vintages of champagne at a pretty reasonable price tag: $35 for 10 oysters and five pairings. Get your tickets here.

Vegetarian Dinner at the Corson Building
Embrace the goodness that are autumnal vegetables in the Northwest, and get thee to this vegetarian dinner at the Corson Building. Tickets are $40 and available by calling 206-762-3330. 

Taste of Check, Please! Northwest at the Space Needle
The Space Needle is toasting season one of KCTS 9's Check, Please! with an evening of food and music on the skyline level and observation deck. Chefs from 18 restaurants (including Barrio, El Gaucho, Ray's Boathouse, and more) will prepare dishes like pork adobada sopes with creamy pico de gallo, and smoked mussels. Tickets are $60 and available here.

Bodega Catena Zapata Wine Dinner
This seven-course wine dinner at El Gaucho features highly sought-after wines from around the world and is hosted by brand ambassador Alfredo Bartholomaus. Expect a menu of seared sea scallops, vegetable gargouillou, duck roulade, and more. Call 206-728-1337 for your $125 ticket. 

FRIDAY, September 20—SUNDAY, September 22 

Northwest Chocolate Festival
Sample fine artisan chocolates, watch culinary demos, take classes, sip cocktails, and more at the Washington State Convention Center for two whole days of cacao-based bliss. Prepare for a chocolate hangover (the best kind of hangover, really) and get your tickets now.

Fremont Oktoberfest
It’s that time of year when Oktoberfests start popping up everywhere. With your plethora of options, don’t overlook this one, ‘cause it’s gonna be big. In fact, Fremont Oktoberfest boasts the biggest beer garden in the Northwest, featuring over 100 microbrews and craft beers, plenty of live music, and even a 5K beer run (that should be interesting). Get your ticket to the Tasting Garden, or bring the family to the Village, which is all-ages and free.

SUNDAY, September 22

Wine Country Barbecue at Purple Downtown
Embrace the Indian summer at this rooftop barbecue hosted by Purple Seattle. Tickets are $80 and are limited to 20 attendees, so you should probably get on that. Call 206-838-3853 ASAP for yours.

Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Belle Clementine with Julie Packard
Ocean conservationist and Monterey Bay Aquarium executive director Julie Packard talks sustainability as you dine on a seafood dinner prepared by the Belle Clementine team. An $85 ticket buys you an all-inclusive package including admission to the pre-dinner conversation, reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and a multi-course dinner with wine pairing.

Fried Chicken Cook-off
Ethan Stowell’s penchant for competition has brought you yet another cook-off at Tavoláta, and this one’s of the fried chicken variety. Some of Seattle’s best chefs (including Joshua Henderson of the new Westward, Tricia Marino of Stoneburner, and of course, Stowell himself) will duke it out for title of fried chicken king/queen. With a $50 ticket, you get to taste and rate everything they churn out, with plenty of coleslaw, potato salad, mac and cheese, and draft beer on the side. Come hungry, but first call 206-838-8008 to secure your coveted spot.

MONDAY, September 23

Bastille Rooftop Dinner
Can’t say we didn’t warn you: this is your last chance to join in on an idyllic rooftop dinner at Bastille as the bimonthly summer series comes to a close—until next summer, anyway. Get your $95 ticket here before they’re gone.

TUESDAY, September 24

Café Presse Corner Table Dinner
Designed to celebrate the changing of seasons and the “conviviality of the table,” Café Presse’s Corner Table Dinners sound like an excellent way to cozy up to fall. This particular French, family-style dinner benefits local nonprofit Green Plate Special and features fresh produce from the organization’s garden. Secure your $75 ticket by calling 206-709-7674.