Seattle events calendar for November 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets in Seattle, Washington.

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November 2014

Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in November 2014 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.

Cabaret Macabre

November 1, 2014

1 mile NE

Cabaret Macabre is a night of dance, burlesque, aerial performance, and music at Fred Wildlife Refuge, 21+.

Tile festival

November 1 - 2, 2014

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.

Snohomish haunted farm

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 4)

28 miles north

Visit Field of Screams or take the Hunt For Zombies Paintball Ride at Stalker Farms. See schedule.

Jazz festival

November 1 - 8, 2014 (begins Oct. 10)

Seattle locations

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

Swing dance convention

November 6 - 10, 2014

15 miles south

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

Phinney beer tasting

November 8, 2014

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 8, 2014

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.

Veterans Day parade

November 8, 2014 (11 a.m.)

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 military fly-over. Free.

Orchid festival

November 8 - 9, 2014

9 miles NW

See blooming orchids, hear talks on the hour, and visit vendors at the Fall Orchid Show at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Antique and collectibles show

November 8 - 9, 2014

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.

Free park day

November 11, 2014

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.

Christmas gifts and foods

November 14 - 16, 2014

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.

Arts and crafts show

November 14 - 16, 2014

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.

Student acrobats

November 14 - 15 and 21 - 22, 2014

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.

Small publisher festival

November 15, 2014

1.5 miles SE

Short Run showcases makers of books, zines, comics, and animation at Washington Hall. Free except the dance party afterward.

Twilight Zone theater

November 21 - Dec. 20, 2014

0.5 mile east

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

Ideas conference

November 22, 2014 (uncertain)

0.3 miles SE

TEDxRainier has exciting 18-minute speeches about technology, entertainment, and design followed by an evening reception at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 22, 2014

40 miles south

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

November 22 - 23, 2014

7 miles NW

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

Christmas tree festival

Nov. 22 - Dec. 3, 2014

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 entry.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk

November 23, 2014

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 dinner

November 27, 2014

Greater Seattle area

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

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 27, 2014

16 miles east

Costumes are welcome at Issaquah Turkey Trot 5K.

Parade & star lighting

November 28, 2014

0 miles

Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting begins with a 9 a.m. parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa. It ends with a 5 p.m. lighting of the 161-foot star, followed by fireworks. Free.

Bellevue holiday show

November 28 - Dec. 24, 2014

10 miles east

Yes, it’s designed to attract shoppers, but you’ll enjoy the 20-minute show of lights, music, snow, and enthusiastic young drummers in uniform on the sidewalks of Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way). Free.

Christmas play

November 28 - Dec. 28, 2014

0.3 miles east

ACT Theatre performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

Nutcracker ballet

Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014

1 mile NW

This is the last year for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for Seattle families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast of professional dancers and students in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

Tacoma Christmas lights

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

40 miles south

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

Pike Place holiday

November 29, 2014

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

Nov. 29 - Dec. 20, 2014 (dates below)

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 Claus. Runs Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20.

Bellevue Christmas lights

Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. Some nights are free but more crowded.

Comedy competition

November 30, 2014 (uncertain)

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.

Seattle Marathon

November 30, 2014

1 mile north

Join 14,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories at the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon that begins and ends near Seattle Center.

Scottish ball

November 2014 (undated)

8 miles north

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

Thanksgiving sampler

November 2014 (undated)

0.5 mile north

Try a plateful of holiday foods for a $5 donation to charity during Taste of Thanksgiving from 5 to 8 p.m. at all Whole Foods Markets in Washington & Oregon.

Dine Around Seattle

November 2014 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

Affordable Art Fair

November 2014 (undated)

1 mile NW

More than 50 galleries display contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs for sale at the Affordable Art Fair in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Art workshops, demonstrations, and young collectors’ lounge for kids.

Snow gear sale

November 2014 (undated)

10 miles SE

Newport Snowsports Swap is a huge ski equipment sale at Newport High School in Bellevue. Free.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 2014 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Jazz festival

November 2014 (undated)

Seattle locations

The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts. Student and senior discounts.

Wine tasting

November 2014 (undated)

1 mile north

Sample wines from 30 Washington wineries at the Cabernet Classic at 415 Westlake Ave.

Preschool festival

November 2014 (undated)

1.5 miles east

Parents can learn about 35 local preschools and saving for college. Kids will enjoy snacks and entertainment at Building Blocks: Learn, Eat, Play at Hamlin Robinson School. Free.

How to build green

November 2014 (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 2014 (undated)

37 miles south

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

Oyster Fest

November 2014 (undated)

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 56. Sells out.

Holiday craft show

November 2014 (undated)

1 mile west

Shop from 90 local artists and craft makers at the EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show in Elliott Hall at Pier 66 in Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal.

WildLights at the zoo

November 2014 (undated)

5 miles north

WildLights features 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night creatures, a carousel, indoor play, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo.

Christmas ships parade

November 2014 (undated)

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore at a bonfire during Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Tacoma tree lighting

November 2014 (undated)

34 miles south

Tacoma’s Holiday Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. includes carols & photos with Santa outside Pantages Theater.
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November 2014 calendar of events in Seattle. What to do in downtown Seattle today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Seattle, WA.