Seattle events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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January 2015

Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in January 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

New Year’s Day run/walk

January 1, 2015

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, 2015

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 trains - Tacoma

January 1, 2015 (begins Dec. 21)

33 miles south

See model train displays on all floors, and get a photo with Santa Dec. 21-23 at the Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Polar Bear Plunge - Tacoma

January 1, 2015

41 miles south

Run a mile and then jump into the cold waters of Puget Sound at Polar Bear Plunge at the Point Defiance boat launch. Separate kids’ plunge. Free.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

Jan. 1 - 3, 2015 (begins Nov. 29)

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. There may be a line on free nights, which are Dec. 1 - 4 and 8 - 11.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

Jan. 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

5 miles north

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

Lights at Wild Waves

January 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Dec. 5)

25 miles south

See colorful displays with a million lights, and go on rides at Holiday with Lights in Federal Way.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

January 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

40 miles south

Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo.

Classical concert

January 2 - 4, 2015

0.5 miles south

Hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with “Ode to Joy” & Mozart’s “Paris” at Benaroya Hall.

Remodeling expo

January 2 - 4, 2015

0.5 mile east

Get ideas for your dream home from speakers, vendors, and remodeling experts at the Seattle Remodeling Expo at the Seattle convention center.

Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 2 - 4, 2015

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.

Art auction

January 6, 2015 (5 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Attend a monthly Premier Auction, where antiques, fine art, and jewelry go up for bid at Pacific Galleries. You can preview items on Monday or Tuesday. Free.

Star Trek comedy

January 8 - 11, 2015

1.3 miles SE

Where No Man Has Gone Before is a new parody of the original TV series, improvised by Theatre Off Jackson using audience suggestions. Discount tickets.

Leavenworth music concert

January 9 - 10, 2015

117 miles east

Hear 14 acts indoors over two days at the Timbrrr! Winter Festival in Leavenworth, mostly for age 21+.
January 2015

Monster trucks

January 9 - 11, 2015

33 miles south

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

Wedding show

January 10 - 11, 2015

0.5 mile east

Live and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Seattle convention center. Expect fashion shows, discount gowns, and 400 vendors.

MLK celebration

January 15, 2015 (12 to 1 p.m.)

0.4 miles NE

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

Nordic films

January 15 - 18, 2015

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 RV Show

January 15 - 18, 2015

33 miles south

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

Zombie escape

January 16 - 18, 2015

1.4 miles north

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain and have only one hour to solve clues and escape, at 603 Roy St. Discount tickets.

Science-fiction & fantasy

January 16 - 18, 2015

15 miles south

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

Ellensburg beer festival

January 17, 2015

107 miles east

WinterHop BrewFest includes a souvenir glass, five tastings from 20 microbreweries, and music in downtown Ellensburg. Order tickets at 509-925-2002.

Leavenworth ice festival

January 17 - 18, 2015

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 Ice Fest.

Model trains - Seattle

January 17 - 19, 2015

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.

Sounds of Brass Concert

January 18, 2015

39 miles south

Sounds of Brass Concert at Tacoma Community College repeats in May with pops music. Donation.

Martin Luther King Day

January 19, 2015

2 miles east

Pay tribute by joining a rally and march at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Garfield High School. Free.

Free park day

January 19, 2015

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 21 - 25, 2015

36 miles south

Washington Sportsmen’s Show has seminars and exhibitors at Washington State Fair Events Center.

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 22 - 25, 2015

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 22 - Feb. 7, 2015

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 23 - 24, 2015

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.

Chamber music

January 23-25 and 29-31, 2015

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.

Boat show

January 23 - Feb. 1, 2015

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which features 1000 boats and 140 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field, with boats for sale on South Lake Union.

Amazing acrobatics

January 29 - March 22, 2015

15 miles east

Cirque du Soleil performs its colorful acrobatic show Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities at Marymoor Park.

Belgian beer festival

January 31, 2015

1 mile west

Buy a ticket to Belgianfest and you can choose 10 beers to taste out of 80 brewed in Washington using Belgian yeast. Special price for designated driver. Held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Frog day

January 31, 2015

35 miles north

Enjoy kids’ activities and see Princess Amphibiana arrive on a fire truck with a frog named Snohomish Slew on Snohomish Ground Frog Day. Free.

Antique and collectibles show

January 31 - Feb. 1, 2015

37 miles south

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 400 vendors selling furniture, glassware, slot machines, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, mechanical banks, and toys at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Repeats Nov.
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January 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.