This October, our librarians are returning to your favorite bars and pubs for Booktoberfest — our annual celebration of books, beer and good cheer. Readers are invited to join the Library for bookish happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, karaoke, body-positive drawing and more.

Library events are free, although the drinks are not. Registration is not required for most events. Events are for people ages 21 and over, except for Late Night at the Library on Oct. 11.

What’s Your #MustRead Book?

Be on the lookout for our Booktoberfest drink coasters at all events, and at bars across the city. This year’s coasters include a place to share what you’ve been reading with your fellow barmates, and via social media. Follow along online at #booktoberfest and #mustread


Bookish Trivia Trilogy

Round up your brainiest and most bookish friends for a fun night out, match wits with fellow readers and compete to win fun prizes and surprises. No cover charge or fee, and the maximum team size is eight (no minimum). New to trivia? Singles are welcome: we’ll help match you up into teams!

Bookish Happy Hour

Grab a drink and mingle with fellow book lovers as you discuss what you’re reading and your favorite books and authors

Libraryoke with Baby Ketten

Belt it out for the love of books! Do you love to sing karaoke and love reading? Then this is the event for you! Feel free to bring books to swap and share, as there will also be a book exchange.

Late Night At The Library - Ray Bradbury Fright Fest

Enjoy the tales of a master storyteller who grew up in libraries and had to be forced out at closing time: Ray Bradbury. We’ll open our doors after closing and invite you to gather around and journey with us to the twilit world of Bradbury’s October Country. This even is part of LitCrawl Seattle.

Body-Positive Figure Drawing with Tatiana Gill

Enjoy a drink and improve your drawing skills at Populuxe Brewing with a body-positive figure drawing session led by cartoonist, illustrator, and educator Tatiana Gill.

Readers Speakeasy

Join fellow book lovers to mix and mingle at the speakeasy-inspired bar high atop Seattle’s Smith Tower. No cover charge. Admittance is free, but registration is required.

'Ales from the Crypt

Join us for spine-tingling tales of terror from the great Stephen King! Fifty years ago, King started writing horror stories for magazines. This year, we share some of his most twisted tales, just in time for Hallowe’en.

Ghastly Tales and Cocktails

Enjoy a drink with friends and relax (?) to spine tingling tales of ghastly horror and terror from beyond the grave.

The Library aims to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. One of our guiding principles is to promote literacy and a love of reading. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like Booktoberfest to meet the public's changing needs and interests.