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The greater Seattle area has a reputation for more than just its rain. Our live theatre, music and dance scenes are world-renowned, as are our art and film communities. There are also many professional and collegiate sporting teams to follow. In addition there is always a festival or other community event to be found somewhere in the city. We have complied links to many of the area’s entertainment spots and events as well as links to event calendars to help you find something to do any day of the year – rain or shine.Search for events and activities in the Seattle area or browse through some of our favorite spots below!
Art Guide Northwest – online guide to Seattle art scene with links to hundreds of galleries, museums, antiques, artists, and events.
Benaroya Hall – is Seattle’s grand music venue downtown and home to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Many other events are held in main auditorium when the Symphony is not performing or in the adjacent smaller recital hall.
Brown Paper Tickets – calendar and ticket sales for local non-profit theatre, music and other events
Seattle Food Truck Rodeo – The Mobile Food Rodeo just started in May 2013. But it is already Seattle’s premier Food truck festival, packed with over 35 food trucks, craft beer garden, live music hosted between some of the best restaurants and bars, plus enjoy the Fremont Sunday Market with over 200 craft and antique vendors. Check out my Food Truck Twitter list at: twitter.com/jimreppond/food-trucks-seattle
City Search – Seattle – details on events, clubs, movies, and other nightlife
Earshot Jazz – nonprofit organization formed to support jazz and increase awareness in the community. Check out their site to learn more about the Seattle jazz community and see the calendar events they sponsor, including the annual month-long Earshot Jazz Festival.
Fremont Outdoor Movies – great shecule of outdoor cinema during the summer on Saturday nights. Located at the parking lot across from OLD Redhook Trolleyman Pub at N. 35th and Phinney Ave. Bring your own seating.
Mayor’s Office of Film and Music – citywide film and music event calendars and information
MOVIEtimes – links for every movie theater in Seattle from the mega-plexes to the little indies, even the outdoor cinema
Seattle Opera Schedule – not one, not two, but eight local opera companies and more throughout the greater NW region
Northwest Source – Seattle Times online entertainment guide and event calendar
Seattle Center – hosts a large portion of the festivals that take place in Seattle and is home to many of our entertainment venues including: McCaw Hall, Key Arena, Space Needle, International Fountain, Mural Stage, Center House, Fisher Pavilion, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Reparatory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Pacific Science Center, Exhibition Hall, Memorial Stadium, Experience Music Project, Vera Project, Center School, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle International Film Festival, International Children’s Festival, Book It Theatre, Theatre of Puget Sound, and the latest addition, Teatro ZinZanni. Check out the Center’s event calendar to find something for everyone everyday.
Seattle’s Child – monthly calendar of family friendly events in greater Seattle
Visit Seattle Washington – Official source for information on visiting Seattle – search by category or neighborhood
Seattle.com – posts everything related to Seattle’s fabulous Jazz scene. Jazz is a big part of Seattle’s history and you can still find live jazz any night of the week at one of the local restaurants, clubs or schools. Seattle’s jazz is loved by fans of all ages. Seattle public schools regularly compete against each other or one of our neighboring school districts for top middle school and high school jazz bands in the nation due to their talented and committed students and multiple award-winning instructors. Additional Seattle area jazz information can be found on the local jazz radio stations: KBCS 91.3fm, KPLU 88.5fm , KWJZ 98.9fm
Seattle Performs – posts performance dates and both professional and audience member reviews for most live performances in the greater Puget Sound region. Additional information includes cast lists, theatre venue information (including directions and maps), and detailed schedule information. Sign up for their Art Crush Throughout The Sound to be even more “in the know”. Seattle Spin – weekly calendar of events that catch the fancy of the site’s editors
Seattle Sports Commission – calendar for the areas spectator, recreational and participatory sports all on one site.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Music Calendar – dates and links for most live music events large and small
Ski Report for Washington State – A quick and easy update of current skiing conditions around the state. The Seattle area is near numerous ski resorts that are just a few hours or less away from the city.
Town Hall – Seattle’s town hall brings diverse music, arts and humanities, civic discourse, and world culture programming to the First Hill neighborhood, on the edge of downtown.
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Ballard Jazz Festival – Annual four day festival in early spring fills the streets and clubs of Ballard with jazz. Producer/promoter and jazz record label Origin also has a great site for this festival and many other jazz events and artists they promote. Watch the promo video from 2005 to get a taste of the local talent.
Bite of Seattle is an extremely popular annual event held mid July every year on Seattle Center grounds. Sample foods from dozens of local restaurants and catering services and enjoy a wide variety of arts and entertainment throughout the weekend.
Bumbershoot is a “don’t miss” event held on the Seattle Center grounds every Labor Day weekend since 1971. It is by far Seattle’s largest annual arts and music festival; in fact promoters claim that Bumbershoot is the largest urban arts festival in all of North America. Over 150,000 people attend the three-day festival every year. With three days of music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, visual arts and other performances offered in over 20 venues on the Center grounds, there is always something you just can’t miss. Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series – popular musicians on the grounds of the Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville
Earshot Jazz Festival – annual event with over 70 jazz performances held in various venues, from large concert halls to small neighborhood clubs, from mid Oct-Nov. The Earshot Jazz organization sponsors additional events through thte year, including the Art of Jazz Series – at the Seattle Art Museum – free performances in the museum every 2nd Thursday of each month.
Moisture Festival – is changing their website but hopefully not their spectacular Nuevo-vaudeville/circus show held every spring at the theatre at Hale’s Ale Palladium in Ballard and special performances at the Paramount.
Northwest Asian Film Festival – annual weeklong showcase of local asian filmmakers each winter
Northwest Folklife Festival kick off your summer with family-friendly dance and music performances, exhibits, crafts, films and foods from various Pacific Northwest Cultures. A unique feature is the focus on audience participation with multiple opportunities for people to dance and sing together.
Seafair – for over 50 years Seattleites young and old have flocked to Seafair, featuring air shows with the Blue Angels, hydroplane races, milk carton boat races, a torchlight parade, triathlon, fireworks, and concerts.
Seattle Festival of Improvisational Theater – 4 days of performances, workshops, social gatherings, and other fun unscripted, interactive theater events each February.
Seattle International Children’s Festival comes to the Seattle Center each May, the week after Mother’s Day. This weeklong festival features amazing professional adult companies from all around the world performing music, circus, theater, puppetry and other entertainment for audiences of all ages.
Seattle International Film Festival – held every May at numerous venues around town kicks of a year-long series of SIFF events
Seafair Summer 4th over Lake Union at GasWorks Park by Seattle Metro Chamber and Seafair collaborated with leading businesses to develop a long-term and sustainable funding plan to ensure the 4th of July fireworks show remains an iconic community event for years to come. Activities start in the park around noon culminating with fireworks at 10pm.
ZooTunes Summer Concerts – popular musicians in the North Meadow of the Woodland Park zoo
Drama and Musical Theatre
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Civic Light Opera
5th Avenue Theatre
Meany Theatre at University of Washington
On the Boards
Pork Filled Players
Rainier Valley Cultural Center/SEED Arts
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse on Greenlake
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Stone Soup Theatre
Taproot Theatre Company
Theatre Off Jackson
University of Washington School of Drama
Movie theatres – independent
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at University of Washington
Center on Contemporary Art at Shilshole Bay Beach Club
Daybreak Star Cultural Center
Experience Music Project at Seattle Center
Frye Art Museum
Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington
Museum of Flight at Boeing Field
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Nordic Heritage Museum
Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center
Olympic Sculpture Park
Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Seattle History House
Seattle Children’s Museum at Seattle Center
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Sporting Events – Professional and Collegiate
Emerald Downs Horse Racing
Mariners MLB Baseball
Seahawks NFL Football
Seattle Pacific University Falcons
Seattle University Redhawks
Sounders USL Soccer
Storm WNBA Basketball
Thunderbirds WHL Hockey
University of Washington Huskies
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers
Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra