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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November 2015

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

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Haunted house

November 1, 2015 (also Oct.)

4 miles south

KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Haunted golf course

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 16)

13 miles north

Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. Special family festival one evening.

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.

Short animated films

November 1 - 5, 2015

0.8 miles east

Animation Show of Shows screens 11 new international short films at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Halloween film

November 1 - 5, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Tales of Halloween is a “bloody good, mostly laugh-out-loud fun” 92-minute horror anthology by 11 filmmakers at SIFF Film Center.

Jazz festival

November 1 - 18, 2015 (begins Oct. 9)

Seattle locations

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

Restaurant discounts

November 1 - 25, 2015

Seattle & Eastside locations

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

Comedy competition

November 4 - 29, 2015

multiple locations

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

Swing dance convention

November 5 - 9, 2015

15 miles south

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

Racy movies

November 5 - 8 and 11 - 15, 2015

1.6 miles NW

Hump! [sound] shows five-minute movies made by amateurs of all persuasions, with prizes based on audience votes, at two locations near Seattle Center, plus Olympia and Portland, OR.

Used snow gear

November 6 - 7, 2015

10 miles SE

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

Films from Turkey

November 6 - 8, 2015

Seattle locations

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

Ski and snowboard sale

November 6 - 8, 2015

1.5 miles south

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

Outer space concert

November 7, 2015 (2 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Hear live symphonic music as you watch dazzling high-resolution NASA movies projected onto a giant screen at Origins: Life and the Universe in Benaroya Hall to benefit UW scholarships in astrobiology.

Scottish ball

November 7, 2015 (6 to 11:30 p.m.)

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 7, 2015 (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 a military fly-over. Also see related events on their page. Free.

Tile festival

November 7 - 8, 2015

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 7 - 8, 2015

9 miles NW

See blooming orchids and visit vendors of flowers and supplies at the Northwest Orchid Society 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 (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.

Free state parks

November 11, 2015

All state parks

State Parks Free Days include Veterans Day, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Free national parks

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.

Music downtown

November 12, 2015 (6 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

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

Quilt & craft show

November 12 - 14, 2015

36 miles south

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

Italian film festival

November 12 - 19, 2015

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.

Whisky tasting

November 13, 2015

0.5 miles SW

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

Scrapbook convention

November 13 - 14, 2015

34 miles south

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

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 October.

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 has 30 varieties of oysters, a seafood buffet, 60 wineries, microbrews, and live music at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 66 for age 21+.

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.

Zombie Run

November 14, 2015 (5:30 p.m.)

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 31 short films and an awards ceremony at Seattle Center.

Model train show

November 14 - 15, 2015

37 miles south

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

Reindeer & model trains

November 14 - Dec. 24, 2015

7 miles NW

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

Wine tasting

November 18, 2015 (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.

Band competition

November 20, 2015

0.3 miles west

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

French wine festival

November 20, 2015

0.7 miles south

Enjoy French food, music, and Beaujolais Nouveau with an amazing view at the Columbia Tower Club.

Acclaimed dance group

November 20 - 22, 2015

0.5 miles west

Witness its amazing technical expertise, unique artistry, and signature use of live music when Mark Morris Dance Group of Brooklyn performs at the Moore Theatre.

Twilight Zone theater

November 20 - Dec. 19, 2015 (8 p.m.)

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 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.

University District concert

November 21, 2015 (9 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.

Jewish music

November 21, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

7.6 miles SE

Baladino in Concert is an Israeli Mediterranean folk band that puts a modern spin on traditional Sephardic melodies on Mercer Island.

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. Kids free to age 12.

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.

Cute cats

November 23 - 25, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Cat lovers of the world unite to watch the 85 best viral cat videos ever made at the Internet Cat Video Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown near Seattle Center.

Gingerbread houses

November 24, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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 26, 2015

multiple cities

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Greater Seattle area

See recommended restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Holiday parade

November 27, 2015 (9 to 10:30 a.m.)

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 27, 2015 (4 to 5 p.m.)

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 27 - 29, 2015

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 27 - Dec. 23, 2015

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 27 - Dec. 24, 2015

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.

Nutcracker ballet

November 27 - Dec. 28, 2015

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.

Christmas play

November 27 - Dec. 30, 2015

0.3 miles east

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

Winter at Seattle Center

November 27 - Dec. 31, 2015

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 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

40 miles south

Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo. Closed Dec. 24.

Pike Place holiday

November 28, 2015 (1 to 5 p.m.)

0.3 mile west

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

Ugly Sweater Run/Walk

November 28, 2015 (11 a.m.)

15 miles east

Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Daredevil dogs in Tacoma

November 28, 2015

34 miles south

You’ve seen the famous dogs of Chris Perondi on the Tonight Show and David Letterman. Now see them live in the Stunt Dog Experience at Pantages Theater.

Tacoma tree lighting

November 28, 2015 (5 p.m.)

34 miles south

Holiday Tree Lighting is a free Tacoma tradition at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. (Consider combining with stunt dog show above.)

Santa Train

Nov. 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.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

November 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, which are Nov. 30; Dec. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10.

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.

Holiday swing

November 30, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays a mix of holiday favorites and original material at Benaroya Hall.
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