Seattle events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, 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. Sometimes a line on free nights.

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.

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

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.

Leavenworth music concert

January 9 - 10, 2015

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+.

Sherlock Holmes weekend

January 9 - 11, 2015

0.9 miles NE

Celebrate the world-famous detective with artists, writers, curators, and performers at the Sherlock Seattle Convention at Broadway Performance Hall.

Monster trucks

January 9 - 11, 2015

33 miles south

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement 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.
January 2015

MLK celebration

January 15, 2015

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 Oct.

MLK celebration

January 16, 2015

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.

Science-fiction convention

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.

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 Icefest in Leavenworth.

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.

Tacoma brass concert

January 18, 2015

39 miles south

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

MLK Day breakfast

January 19, 2015

0.2 miles SE

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast includes a speech by former mayor Norman Rice, an awards ceremony, and a gospel choir at the Sheraton.

MLK Day march & rally

January 19, 2015

2 miles east

The Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March includes speeches & workshops at Garfield High School. Free.

MLK Day in Tacoma

January 19, 2015

34 miles south

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration features a keynote speaker and a performance that chronicles Dr. King’s life in words, dance, shadow play, and photos at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Free.

MLK 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.

MLK celebration

January 20, 2015

1.3 miles east

The theme of this year’s MLK Celebration at Seattle University is “Black Lives Matter.” It will be held in Pigott Auditorium followed by a reception. Free.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 21 - 25, 2015

36 miles south

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

Fancy chef dinner

January 22, 2015

0.3 miles west

Watch five local chefs make your five-course meal, visit an open bar, and attend a charity auction with DJ at To the Table in the Pike Place Market atrium.

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.

Elvis concert

January 23, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Seattle Invitationals is searching for Seattle’s best amateur Elvis impersonator, and you can watch 20 contenders perform with a live band at the Crocodile.

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.

Boat show

January 23 - 31, 2015

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which features 1000 boats and 100 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field, with boats for sale on South Lake Union.

Chamber music

January 24 - 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.

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 and the mayor introduce 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.