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
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.

Classical music

November 1, 2015 (2 p.m.)

Renton & Seattle

Seattle Festival Orchestra plays Shostakovich and Brahms at Town Hall Seattle. Discount tickets $10.

Creepy magic

November 1, 2015 (4 p.m.)

0.8 miles south

Expect dark and edgy magic and amazing feats amid the macabre artifacts of Spooked in Seattle Museum at Acts of Desperation.

Discount tickets $15.

Seattle haunted house

November 1, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

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.

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.

Restaurant discounts

November 1 - 24, 2015

Seattle & Eastside locations

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

Daredevil stunts

November 3, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

33 miles south

Watch mind-blowing stunts, freestyle motocross, and BMX routines with a crazy circus theme at Nitro Circus Live in the Tacoma Dome.

Discount tickets $32 - $89.

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.

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! 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.

Little Shop of Horrors

November 5 - 15, 2015 (begins Oct. 23)

16 miles NE

Little Shop of Horrors is a comic-horror rock musical (a boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story) with demented humor and goofy songs live at SecondStory Repertory in Redmond. Discount tickets $14.

Ghost stories

November 5 - 19, 2015 (begins Oct. 1)

0.4 miles SW

Your suggestions become spooky & funny improv at Campfire Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Children’s musical

November 5 - December 27, 2015

1 mile NW

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a magical flying car that an inventor and his kids’ take to rescue their grandfather at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets $13 to $23.

Snow gear swap

November 6 - 7, 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.

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. Tickets.

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.

Music downtown

November 12, 2015

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 Oct.

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.

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.

Model train show

November 14 - 15, 2015

37 miles south

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

Twilight Zone theater

November 20 - Dec. 19, 2015

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. Discount tickets $30.

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, preceded by a ticketed family show at Pantages Theater.

Holiday chorus

November 28 - Dec. 21, 2015

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett

Seattle Men’s Chorus sings holiday songs at Benaroya Hall, as well as Tacoma Dec. 3, and Everett Dec. 19.

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.
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