Seattle events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

Free state parks

January 1, 2017


New Year’s Day is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it exploring any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Gingerbread houses

January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 22)

0.2 miles SE

See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel. Free and open 24 hours.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

5 miles north

WildLights has 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night animals, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

New Year’s Day run/walk

January 1, 2017

7 miles NE

Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear Dive includes an optional dip in the cold waters of Lake Washington, awards, snacks, and a beer garden at Magnuson Park.

Polar Bear Plunge - Seattle

January 1, 2017

8 miles NE

Join 1000 people wading into Lake Washington to celebrate the new year at the Polar Bear Plunge, or just watch from shore. Costumes are encouraged. Matthews Beach Park has limited parking. Free.

Model Train Festival

January 1, 2017 (begins Dec. 17)

33 miles south

Watch model trains run through detailed scenes of the Pacific Northwest, and see railroad-history exhibits at the Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Santa visits for photos Dec. 21 to 23. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

40 miles south

Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24.

Polar Bear Plunge - Tacoma

January 1, 2017

41 miles south

Jump into the cold waters of Puget Sound at Polar Bear Plunge at Point Defiance boat launch, and then warm up at heating tents with hot drinks. Separate kids’ plunge. Free.

Willy Wonka with candy

January 1 - 2, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

1.3 miles NW

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision includes a bag of “fragrant and tasty treats” to eat as you watch Gene Wilder at SIFF Film Center. 2016 dates: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 9-11 & 16-24 & 26-Jan. 2.

Winter cabaret

January 4 - 29, 2017 (also Dec.)

0.3 miles SW

Wonderland is a whimsical holiday cabaret and burlesque show that promises “a glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear” at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market. Food and drinks are available for sale.

Art walk

January 5, 2017

1 mile south

Head to historic Pioneer Square for the January First Thursday Art Walk, when art galleries open their doors to introduce new exhibitions and artists. Free.

Free museums

January 5, 2017

Seattle locations

Visit these free on the first Thursday of the month.

Family theater

January 5 - 15, 2017 (also Dec.)

1 mile NW

Stellaluna mixes puppetry, dance, and music to tell the story of an adorable baby fruit bat raised by birds and learning to embrace her own unique differences at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets $11 - $21.

Tacoma travel expo

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

34 miles south

Billed as the Northwest’s largest travel exhibition and trade show, Travel Expo features 200 exhibitors at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 6 - 8, 2017

36 miles south

Get help for your home and garden at the Puyallup Home & Garden Show in the Showplex at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The website includes a coupon.

Folk music hero

January 7 - 29, 2017

1.3 miles NW

Woody Sez is the life and music of Woody Guthrie, with stirring songs like “This Land is Your Land” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $18 - $27.

MLK celebration

January 12, 2017

0.4 miles NE

You’re welcome to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Free.

Remodeling expo

January 13 - 15, 2017

0.5 mile east

Get ideas for your dream home from speakers, vendors, and remodeling experts at the Northwest Remodeling Expo at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Science-fiction convention

January 13 - 15, 2017

13.8 miles south

Rustycon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that focuses on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming at Seattle Airport Marriott.

Monster trucks

January 13 - 15, 2017

33 miles south

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in the Tacoma Dome.

Wedding show

January 14 - 15, 2017

0.5 mile east

Live and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Expect fashion shows, discount gowns, and 400 vendors.

Leavenworth ice festival

January 14 - 15, 2017

119 miles east

Enjoy invigorating outdoor events like snow sculpture, tug ‘o war, ice-cube scramble, snowshoe racing, dog sledding, and the famous Smooshing Contest at the Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth.

Family musical in Tacoma

January 14 - 22, 2017

39.2 miles south

A Year With Frog and Toad is about the enduring friendship between dissimilar pals (a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad) at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $11.

Free state parks

January 15 - 16, 2017


Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Sunday and Monday, which are State Parks Free Days, exploring any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Free national parks

January 16, 2017

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK Day breakfast

January 16, 2017

0.2 miles SE

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast includes food, a speaker, and a gospel choir at the Sheraton Hotel.

MLK Day march & rally

January 16, 2017

2 miles east

Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March includes speeches and workshops at Garfield High School, followed by a march at 12:30 p.m. to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building for a rally. Free.

MLK Day in Tacoma

January 16, 2017

34 miles south

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration features a keynote speaker plus music, dance, and poetry at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Free.

Tacoma RV Show

January 19 - 22, 2017

33 miles south

Check out hundreds of recreational vehicles at the Tacoma RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats Oct.

Chamber music

January 20 - 29, 2017

0.5 mile south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has a free recital before each performance. Repeats in July.

Chinese New Year

January 21, 2017

1.5 miles SE

Join the Lunar New Year Celebration in the International District, which includes lion and dragon dances, drumming, Bollywood dancing, a children’s parade, a costume contest, arts & crafts, and $3 food items. Free.

Free trapeze show

January 21, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

The Student Show at Emerald City Trapeze features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Ellensburg beer festival

January 21, 2017

107 miles east

WinterHop BrewFest includes a souvenir glass, five tastings from 20 microbreweries, and music in downtown Ellensburg.

Russian classical music

January 21 - 22, 2017 (3 p.m.)

Seattle & Kent

Seattle Festival Orchestra plays music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Kalinniko in two locations.

Family theater

January 21 - Feb. 26, 2017

1 mile NW

The Snowy Day and Other Stories is a humorous play that uses innovative shadow puppets and live action to bring characters from children’s books to life at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets $11 to $20.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 25 - 29, 2017

36 miles south

Washington Sportsmen’s Show has seminars and exhibitors at the state fair center in Puyallup.

Free symphony at U.W.

January 26, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

4.5 miles NE

Side by Side features the Seattle Symphony Orchestra playing works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Gershwin Berlioz, and Copland with University of Washington Symphony at Meany Theater. Free tickets online.

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 26 - 29, 2017

33 miles south

The Tacoma Home & Garden Show fills the Tacoma Dome with home-improvement vendors, seminars, and thousands of plants.

Children’s Film Festival

January 26 - Feb. 11, 2017

1 mile east

See the best and brightest in international cinema for children ages 3 to 12 at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum.

Strange beer festival

January 27 - 28, 2017

54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Enjoy beer in odd flavors from dozens of breweries and watch live music and entertainment at Strange Brewfest at American Legion Hall in Port Townsend.

Leavenworth music concert

January 27 - 28, 2017

117 miles east

Hear 14 acts indoors over two days at Timbrrr! Winter Festival in Leavenworth, counterpart to the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival in July. Most events age 21+.

Boat show

January 27 - Feb. 4, 2017

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which promises 1000 boats and watercraft on display plus 200 boating seminars, is at CenturyLink Field, with a free shuttle to boats in the water at South Lake Union.

Belgian beer festival

January 28, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Buy a ticket to Belgianfest and you can choose 10 beers to taste out of 100 brewed in Washington using Belgian yeast at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center for age 21+.

Model trains - Seattle

January 2017 (undated)

1 mile NW

See dozens of model-train displays and layouts, try hands-on activities, and ride the kid-sized train at the Model Railroad Show at the Pacific Science Center.

Nordic films

January 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films, both short and long, from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at Nordic Lights Film Festival at the SIFF Film Center.

Tacoma brass concert

January 2017 (undated)

39 miles south

The annual Sounds of Brass Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. Donation.

MLK celebration

January 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles east

The annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. includes a keynote speaker and live gospel music at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Free.
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