Seattle events calendar for November 2016. 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 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).

Smithsonian speakers

November 1, 2016 (6 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Hear 3 outstanding speakers and enjoy a reception when The Smithsonian Institution presents People > Passion > Purpose at Seattle Art Museum. Free.

Jazz festival

November 1 - 11, 2016 (begins Oct. 7)

Seattle locations

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


November 1 - 30, 2016 (also Oct.)

multiple locations

Discount prices include all taxes and ticket fees.

Comedy competition

November 2 - 27, 2016

multiple locations

Comedians do their best acts for prizes at the Seattle International Comedy Competition, which holds events in many Western Washington cities.

Haunted dinner theater

November 3 & 6, 2016 (also Oct.)

1 mile south

A ticket to Hotel Nordo includes a four-course dinner and four haunting tales by professional actors based on the history of the building that houses Cafe Nordo. Age 21+. Discount tickets $52.

Swing dance convention

November 3 - 7, 2016

15 miles south

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

Racy movies

November 3 - 6 and 9 -13, 2016

1.6 miles NW

Hump! shows five-minute explicit films by amateurs of all persuasions, with prizes based on audience votes, at two locations near Seattle Center. Additional shows in Olympia Nov. 5 and Portland Nov. 3-5 & 11-12.

Wine & chocolate

November 3 - 26, 2016 (also Oct.)

15 miles SE

Taste 4 premium wines and 4 artisan chocolates at Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar in Renton. Discount tickets.

Family theater

November 3 - Dec. 11, 2016 (starts Oct. 20)

1 mile NW

Based on the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is about 4 children who visit the magical land of Narnia, meet mythical creatures, and witness a battle between good and evil at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets.


November 3 - Dec. 29, 2016 (8:30 p.m. Thursdays)

1.1 miles NE

Magnifique is a cabaret-style variety show that may leave you wondering which performers are women and which are in drag at Julia’s on Broadway. Discount tickets.

How to build green

November 4, 2016

4 miles NE

Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with food, drinks, and dessert in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

American music on the Eastside

November 4, 2016 (8 to 10 p.m.)

11.1 miles west

Hear an award-winning mezzo-soprano and a pianist perform popular Broadway favorites, beloved jazz standards, and stunning spirituals in Resonance performance space at SOMA Towers in Bellevue. Discount tickets.

Dracula in Tacoma

November 4 - 6, 2016 (also Oct.)

35 miles south

Vampire Count Dracula pursues a beautiful woman who resembles his lost love in a play full of humor and horror at Tacoma Little Theatre. Discount tickets.


November 4 - 13, 2016

1 mile NW

Brief Fling features Pacific Northwest Ballet and its orchestra performing three stunning works by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Jirí Kylián at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets.

Films from Turkey

November 4 -6 and 18 - 20, 2016

Seattle locations

See seven unusual films and attend opening and closing galas at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival.

Band competition

November 5, 2016

0.3 miles west

Watch four independent bands compete to win prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Oyster Fest

November 5, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Oyster New Year has 30 varieties of oysters, a seafood buffet, 60 wineries, microbrews, and live music at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 for age 21+.

Small publisher festival

November 5, 2016

1 mile NW

Short Run showcases makers of books, zines, comics, and animation at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free.

Scottish ball

November 5, 2016

8 miles north

Heather Tartan Ball & Silent Auction is an evening of Scottish music, dancing, drinks, meat pies, and a silent auction near Northgate for age 21+.

Veterans Day parade

November 5, 2016

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. Also see related events on their page. Free.

Tacoma beer festival

November 5, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

31.4 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound Craft Beer Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Cabaret brunch

Nov. 5 - 6, 2016 (also Oct.)

0.3 miles SW

Matinee Cabaret is a family-friendly one-hour show of dance, comedy, acrobatics, music, theatre, and history at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market. Food is optional and not included. Discount tickets.

Tile festival

November 5 - 6, 2016

5.1 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 Tile Festival at UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Free.

Orchid show

November 5 - 6, 2016

9 miles NW

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

Bainbridge film festival

November 5 - 6, 2016

11 miles west via ferry

The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival screens films with a local connection and offers discussions plus an opening-night party. Free.

Comics & pop-culture convention

November 5 - 6, 2016

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.

Antique and collectibles show

November 5 - 6, 2016

37 miles south

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show [sound], 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.

Dr. Seuss in Tacoma

November 5 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 29)

39.2 miles south

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat features a mischievous rhyming cat who shows up to entertain children when their parents are away, at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets.

Adult play about love in two eras

November 5 - 19, 2016

1 mile east

Alternating between 1958 and 2008, The Pride explores a love triangle as it shifts from a repressed era to the relative openness of modern times at 12th Ave Arts for age 16+. Discount tickets.

Restaurant discounts

November 6 - 23, 2016

Seattle & Eastside locations

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

Romantic play set in Alaska

November 6 - 28, 2016

0.8 miles NW

A story of love, loss, and compassion, Brilliant Traces features a reclusive hermit and a runaway bride who connect in a remote corner of Alaska at PrimaVera Arts Center near Seattle Center. Discount tickets.

Wedding gala

November 10, 2016

0.4 miles south

Get Hitched, Give Hope is a fun, upscale bridal auction and show including appetizers and drinks at the Four Seasons.

Auto show

November 10 - 13, 2016

1.5 miles south

See 400 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle International Auto Show at CenturyLink Field.

Italian film festival

November 10 - 17, 2016

2 miles NW

Cinema Italian Style screens 15 new films in Italian with English subtitles at SIFF Cinema Uptown. The first and last films have optional after-parties.

Free state parks

November 11, 2016

All state parks

Veterans Day is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Whisky tasting

November 11, 2016

0.5 miles SW

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

Free national parks

November 11, 2016

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.

Used snow gear

November 11 - 12, 2016

10 miles SE

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

Scrapbook convention

November 11 - 12, 2016

34 miles south

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention in the Tacoma Convention Center.

Short film festival

November 11 - 13, 2016

0.8 miles NW

Seattle Shorts Film Festival includes 31 short films and an awards ceremony at Seattle Center.

Arts and crafts show

November 11 - 13, 2016

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 April.

Macabre musical

November 11 - 20, 2016

9 miles NE

Sweeney Todd is Sondheim’s dark comedy about a barbaric barber and a beastly baker performed by Seattle Musical Theatre at Sand Point. Discount tickets.

Phinney beer tasting

November 12, 2016

5 miles north

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

Daredevil dogs

November 12, 2016 (2 and 6 p.m.)

15.4 miles NE

You’ve seen the famous dogs of Chris Perondi on the Tonight Show. Now watch them live during Stunt Dog Experience at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell. Discount tickets.

Wine tasting

November 12 - 13, 2016

1.3 mile NW

The inaugural Holiday Wine Fest promises a world-class lineup of wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine, and artisan vendors at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Discount tickets.

Family dinner show

November 12 - 13, 2016 (also Oct.)

1.6 miles NW

“Super Fun Party Time” by Teatro ZinZanni has a birthday theme with a children’s music band and plenty of dancing and singing just north of Seattle Center. Discount tickets.

Chocolate festival

November 12 - 13, 2016

3 miles NW

Taste chocolate, attend workshops, and shop from 80 vendors at the Northwest Chocolate Festival at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.

Discount tickets.

Model train show

November 12 - 13, 2016

37 miles south

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

Student acrobats

November 12-13 and 18-19, 2016

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.

Reindeer & model trains

November 12 - Dec. 24, 2016

7 miles NW

Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery. Free.

Hawaiian music festival

November 13, 2016 (1 to 6 p.m.)

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.

Wine tasting

November 16, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.6 miles NW

Taste exotic varietals and crazy blends from 20 Washington wineries with appetizers at the Exotic Wines Festival at Teatro ZinZanni.

Quilt & craft show

November 17 - 19, 2016

36 miles south

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

French wine festival

November 18, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Enjoy French food, music, a silent auction, and Beaujolais Nouveau with views at the Columbia Tower Club. Discount price available for ages 21 to 35.

Kirkland wine tasting

November 18, 2016 (6 p.m., VIP 5)

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in Kirkland shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel.

Twilight Zone theater

November 18 - Dec. 17, 2016

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.

Ideas conference

November 19, 2016

1.2 miles NW

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

University District concert

November 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

4.1 miles NE

Dozens of Seattle musicians play songs from the best rock and roll movie ever made at Seattle’s Tribute to The Last Waltz at the Neptune Theatre.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 19, 2016 (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 19 - 20, 2016

7 miles NW

Yulefest brings Christmas to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, with Scandinavian food, craft booths, fiddlers, and folk dancers. Kids free to age 12.

Weird holiday bazaar

November 19 - 20, 2016

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 Everett Community College. Repeats in June. Free.

Christmas tree festival

November 19 - 30, 2016

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 20, 2016

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.

Gingerbread houses

November 22, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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.

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 24, 2016

multiple cities

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Seattle area

See recommended restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Holiday parade

November 25, 2016

0 miles

See marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus at the Macy’s Holiday Parade. It follows Pine Street from 7th to 5th, 5th to University, University to 4th, and 4th to Pine. (Union Street exit from southbound I-5 is closed 8 to 10:30 a.m.)

Tree & star lighting

November 25, 2016

0 miles

Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration includes music and entertainment from 4 to 5 p.m. and ends with the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree at Westlake Center and the star on the side of Macy’s, followed by fireworks if weather permits.

Native craft fair

November 25 - 27, 2016

4.9 miles SW

Shop for fine art, native crafts, cards, jewelry, and smoked salmon at the Native Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle. Free.

Christmas ships parade

November 25 - Dec. 23, 2016

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

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

Bellevue street show

November 25 - Dec. 24, 2016 (7 p.m.)

10 miles east

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

Christmas play

November 25 - Dec. 28, 2016

0.3 miles east

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

Nutcracker ballet

November 25 - Dec. 28, 2016

1 mile NW

The Nutcracker by George Balanchine features a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

Winter at Seattle Center

November 25 - Dec. 31, 2016

1 mile NW

Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion (cost), folk dancers, carolers, Sat. ice sculptors, and model trains during Winterfest at the Seattle Center. Closed Dec. 25. Free.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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.

Willy Wonka with candy

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017

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.

Pike Place holiday

November 26, 2016

0.3 mile west

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

Tacoma tree lighting

November 26, 2016 (5 p.m.)

34 miles south

Holiday Tree Lighting is a free Tacoma tradition at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Santa Train

Nov. 26 - Dec. 17, 2016 (see 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. Runs Nov. 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

November 26 - Dec. 31, 2016

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9 p.m. There may be a line on free nights, which are Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Seattle Marathon

November 27, 2016

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.

Christmas improv

November 27 - Dec. 24, 2016

0.4 miles SW

Audience suggestions add hilarious twists to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim at An Improvised Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets.

Victorian Christmas

November 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

37 miles south

A Victorian Country Christmas has 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewelry, decorations, clothing, and toys at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Music downtown

November 2016 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

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