Seattle events calendar for November 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in November 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.

Comics & pop-culture convention

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 31)

34 miles south

Meet dozens of comics creators, hear panel talks, play games, and browse dealer tables at Jet City Comic Show at the Tacoma Convention Center.

Jazz festival

November 1 - 14, 2015 (begins Oct. 9)

Seattle locations

The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Comedy competition

November 4 - 29, 2015

multiple locations

Comedians do their best acts for prizes at the Seattle International Comedy Competition in many Western Washington cities. Final night to determine the champion is at Comedy Underground in Seattle.

Films from Turkey

November 5 - 8, 2015

Seattle locations

See nine unusual films and attend opening and closing parties at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival.

Scottish ball

November 7, 2015

8 miles north

Heather Tartan Ball & Silent Auction is an evening of Scottish dancing, entertainment, meat pies, and an auction near Northgate.

Veterans Day parade

November 7, 2015

26 miles south

The Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn is one of America’s biggest, with veterans units, military vehicles, drill teams, 25 marching bands, floats, antique cars, and a military fly-over. Free.

Tile festival

November 7 - 8, 2015

5 miles NE

See a juried show of Northwest tiles, meet the artists, attend workshops, get appraisals, and buy antique tiles and garden art at the Handmade Tile Show at UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Free.

Orchid show

November 7 - 8, 2015

9 miles NW

See blooming orchids and visit vendors of flowers and supplies at the Northwest Orchid Society’s Fall Show & Sale at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Antique and collectibles show

November 7 - 8, 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 Feb.

Hawaiian music festival

November 8, 2015

0.6 miles SE

Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival at Town Hall Seattle.

Free park day

November 11, 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.

Quilt & craft show

November 12 - 14, 2015

36 miles south

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and fabric & supply vendors in Puyallup.

Whisky tasting

November 13, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet dinner at the Rainier Club.

Arts and crafts show

November 13 - 15, 2015

8 miles NE

Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in March and Oct.

Snow gear swap

November 13 - 15, 2015

10 miles SE

Student acrobats

November 13 - 14 and 20 - 21, 2015

5 miles south

See daring acrobatics on the triple trapeze, unicycle, and trampoline at the Cirrus Circus Annual Show at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.

Oyster Fest

November 14, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Oyster New Year Bash has 30 varieties of oysters, a seafood buffet, 75 wineries, microbrews, and live music at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 66. Sells out.

Phinney beer tasting

November 14, 2015

5 miles north

Enjoy local brews, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer items at PNA Winter Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Wine and hydroplanes

November 14, 2015

15 miles south

Sample wine and food while hearing live music and seeing hydroplanes at the evening Wine Tasting Party at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent.
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Zombie Run

November 14, 2015

84 miles SW

Dodge zombies who try to pop your balloons (or be a zombie) at the Zombie Run 5K in McCleary.

Short film festival

November 14 - 15, 2015

0.8 miles NW

Seattle Shorts Film Festival includes 17 short films and an awards ceremony at Seattle Center.

Band competition

November 21, 2015

0.3 miles west

Hear four bands compete for your vote and $15,000 in prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at Hard Rock Cafe.

Ideas conference

November 21, 2015

1.2 miles NW

TEDxRainier has exciting 18-minute speeches about technology, entertainment, and design followed by an evening reception at McCaw Hall.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 21, 2015 (1 to 3:30 p.m.)

40 miles south

Buy a handmade bowl, and then get another bowl full of soup at Empty Bowls at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma.

Nordic holiday

November 21 - 22, 2015

7 miles NW

Yulefest brings Christmas to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, with Scandinavian foods, craft booths, fiddlers, and folk dancers.

Weird holiday bazaar

November 21 - 22, 2015

28 miles north

See the unusual creations of 130 artists and crafters, and watch musicians, magicians, jugglers, and dancers on stage at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird at the Everett Holiday Inn. Repeats in June. Free.

Christmas tree festival

November 21 - Dec. 2, 2015

0.5 mile south

View 21 designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the annual Festival of Trees charity event. See schedule for gala, family celebration, and teddy bear suite. Free to view.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk

November 22, 2015

5 miles north

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is a 5K and 10K run/walk and free kids dash, with post-race beer garden and mashed-potato-eating contest.

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 26, 2015

multiple cities

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Greater Seattle area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.

Parade & star lighting

November 27, 2015

0 miles

  • Macy’s Holiday Parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus begins at 9 a.m. at 7th Avenue & Pine Street.
  • Seattle Star Lighting on the side of Macy’s is at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks if weather permits.

Bellevue street show

November 27 - Dec. 24, 2015

10 miles east

Enjoy a 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform every night on Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way). Free.

Christmas improv

November 27 - Dec. 27, 2015

0.4 miles SW

Audience suggestions add hilarious twists to An Improvised Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Nutcracker ballet

November 27 - Dec. 28, 2015

1 mile NW

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Balanchine version in 2015.

Seattle zoo lights

Nov. 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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.

Tacoma zoo lights

Nov. 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 (not Dec. 24)

40 miles south

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

Pike Place holiday

November 28, 2015

0.3 mile west

Magic in the Market includes carolers, Santa, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market.

Santa Train

November 28 - Dec. 19, 2015

36 miles east

The Northwest Railway Museum runs a popular 20-minute Santa Train from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot for cookies and a visit with Santa. Runs Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, and 18-19.

Bellevue Christmas lights

Nov. 28, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2016

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. Sometimes a line on free nights.

Tacoma tree lighting

November 28, 2015

34 miles south

Holiday Tree Lighting is a free Tacoma tradition at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, preceded by a ticketed family show at Pantages Theater.

Seattle Marathon

November 29, 2015

1 mile north

Join 15,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories at the morning Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon that begin and end near Seattle Center.

Restaurant discounts

November 2015 (undated)

Seattle & Eastside locations

Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Repeats in March.

Swing dance convention

November 2015 (undated)

15 miles south

Take professional workshops and enjoy DJ dancing at Sea to Sky at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Racy movies

November 2015 (undated)

1.6 miles NW

Hump! shows 5-minute movies by amateurs at On the Boards, with prizes based on audience votes. Also shown in Olympia Nov. 15 and Portland Nov. 12-16.

Wine tasting

November 2015 (undated)

6 miles SW

A Toast To The Arc is a wine tasting and silent auction of fine wine for charity at South Seattle College.

Music downtown

November 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Hear 25 Northwest musicians play to support the food bank at Jam for Cans at Highway 99 Blues Club.

Italian film festival

November 2015 (undated)

2 miles NW

Cinema Italian Style screens 20 new films in Italian with English subtitles at SIFF Cinema Uptown. The first and last films have optional after-parties.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

Shop for snow merchandise at the Ski Dazzle ski and snowboard show at CenturyLink Field.

How to build green

November 2015 (undated)

4 miles NE

Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, followed by a networking reception in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Model train show

November 2015 (undated)

37 miles south

The Great Train Expo features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at the Washington State Fair Showplex in Puyallup.

Motorcycle show

November 2015 (undated)

0.5 mile east

Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Seattle Convention Center.

Twilight Zone theater

November 2015 (undated)

0.3 mile NW

Watch three episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live in Belltown.

Thanksgiving sampler

November 2015 (undated)

multiple locations

Try a plateful of holiday foods for a $5 donation to charity during Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Markets, including Roosevelt Square, South Lake Union, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Redmond.

Christmas gifts and foods

November 2015 (undated)

0.5 mile east

Get an early start on the holidays at the 16th annual Christmas in Seattle Gift & Gourmet Food Show. Gifts, specialty foods, artists, and Santa are at the Seattle convention center.
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November 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.