Seattle events November 2018. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events November 2018

Seattle haunted house

November 1 - 3, 2018
4 miles south
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area for age 12+. They keep the lights on for kids Oct. 13 (1 to 4 p.m.).

Earshot Jazz Festival

November 1 - 4, 2018
Seattle locations
The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Seattle Restaurant Week

November 1 - 8, 2018
Seattle locations
Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which does not include Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants all offer dinner and some offer lunch. Repeats in April.

Gourmet food festival

November 2 - 3, 2018
multiple locations
The TV show “America’s Test Kitchen” is holding two events during Seattle Eats for age 21+.
  • Nov. 2 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) - Birthday Bash features chef-made food, beverage tasting, and mingling with cast members at Block 41 for $132.
  • Nov. 3 (2 to 5 p.m.) - Seattle Eats Festival features restaurant food, beverage tasting, and cooking demonstrations at Bell Harbor & Pier 66 for $106.

Space festival

November 2 - 3, 2018
9 miles south
Space Expo has daytime events included with normal admission, and evening events requiring special tickets at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila.

Snohomish beer tasting

November 2 - 3, 2018
28 miles NW
A ticket to Snohomish Brewfest includes seven tastes of beer (5 ounces each) and a $5 coupon for the food vendors at Thomas Family Farm. Bring age 21 ID.

Films from Romania

November 2 - 4, 2018
1.6 miles NW
Watch films from an obscure country with a taste for dark humor at the Romanian Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles. See opening-night tickets (Nov. 2) for optional after-party.

Oyster fest

November 3, 2018 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
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+. [Only the $175 VIP tickets are not sold out.]

Small publisher festival

November 3, 2018
1 mile NW
Short Run Comix & Arts Festival showcases makers of books, zines, comics, and animation at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free.

Day of the dead

November 3, 2018 (3 to 7 p.m.)
5.1 miles north
Based on the Latin American “Día de los Muertos,” Day of the Dead Festival includes a procession of Aztec dancers, performances by singers and folk dancers, the dedication of an altar, face painting, and Mexican snacks for sale at Phinney Center. Free.

Scottish ball

November 3, 2018
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+.

India Festival of Lights

November 3, 2018 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
10.1 miles east
Celebrate the Hindu holiday Diwali, also known as The Festival of Lights, with Indian dance performances (both Bollywood & traditional), henna artists, craft making, and Indian sweets at Bellevue Square. Free.

African charity party

November 3, 2018 (5 to 8 p.m.)
16 miles NE
A $75 ticket to Songea’s Kids Soiree includes dinner, beverages, a silent auction, and “an authentic African marketplace” at the Senior Center in Redmond.

Tile festival

November 3 - 4, 2018
4 miles SE
See a juried show of Northwest tiles, meet the artists, attend workshops, get appraisals, and buy antique tiles and garden art at the Northwest Tile and Art Festival at Mount Baker Community Club. Free.

Comics convention in Tacoma

November 3 - 4, 2018
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.

Cider tasting

November 8, 2018 (6 p.m.)
3 miles south
Seattle Winter Ciderfest promises “fall and winter ciders from the Northwest’s best producers” plus local beer, wine, soda, and vendors representing ski resorts, spas, and music festivals at WithinSodo for age 21+.

Swing dance convention

November 8 - 12, 2018
15 miles south
Take professional workshops and enjoy DJ dances at Sea to Sky Seattle at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Italian film festival

November 8 - 15, 2018
1.6 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. [Click on each film to see its showtimes because the dates on the first page may be missing or incorrect.]

Whisky tasting

November 9, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
0.5 miles SW
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at The Rainier Club for age 21+. Dress code.

Used snow gear

November 9 - 10, 2018
10 miles SE
Newport Ski Swap is a huge consignment sale that includes skis, snowboards, and snowshoes at Newport High School in Bellevue. Free.

Arts and crafts show

November 9 - 11, 2018
8 miles NE
Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show, Fall has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in April.

Auto show

November 9 - 12, 2018
1.5 miles south
See 400 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle International Auto Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center.


November 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)
4.2 miles NW
Award-winning magician Christian Cagigal “weaves tales, dark fables, and strange happenings into an intimate evening of mystery and wonder” during Something Magical at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard.

Phinney beer tasting

November 10, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
5 miles north
Enjoy local brews, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer items at the Winter Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Kenmore bar crawl

November 10, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)
12.4 miles NE
A ticket to Family Jewels Kenmore Ball Crawl gets you a tasting tray of four beers at three Kenmore breweries and supports cancer charity.

Renton wine tasting

November 10, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
21.6 miles SE
Taste wine and eat “sumptuous appetizers and desserts” at Hope for Housing, with live music and a silent auction for charity at St. Stephen the Martyr.

Veterans Day parade

November 10, 2018
26 miles south
The Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn is one of America’s biggest, with veterans’ units, military vehicles, motorcycles, 25 marching bands, and floats. Also see related events on their web page. Free.

Tacoma beer festival

November 10, 2018
31.4 miles south
Taste winter beers from 34 breweries, with food for sale at South Sound Winter Beer Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall for age 21+. Costumes welcome.

Band competition

November 10 - 11, 2018 (6 p.m. to midnight)
0.3 miles west
Watch four independent bands compete to win prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe, age 16+.

Chocolate festival

November 10 - 11, 2018
3 miles NW
Taste chocolate, attend workshops, and shop from 80 vendors at the Northwest Chocolate Festival at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.

Weird arts & crafts show

November 10 - 11, 2018
32.5 miles NE
See unusual creations by 100 artists and crafters at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird, and visit the food trucks at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Repeats in June. Free.

Free national park day

November 11, 2018
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.

Hawaiian music festival

November 11, 2018 (1 to 6 p.m.)
14 miles south
Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

Vienna Boys Choir

November 13, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.5 mile south
The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir performs a crowd-pleasing repertoire featuring everything from classic Viennese tunes by Johann Strauss to Billy Joel’s “Vienna” at Benaroya Hall.

Fake wedding

November 15, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)
1 mile south
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Seattle at 101 S. Jackson Street.

French wine festival

November 16, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
Enjoy French food, music, a silent auction, and Beaujolais Nouveau with views at Columbia Tower Club.

Kirkland wine tasting

November 16, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Films from Turkey

November 16 - 17, 2018
Seattle locations
See feature-length films and short films at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival, which also has opening and closing galas.

Racy movies

November 16 - 18, 2018
1.6 miles NW
Hump! shows five-minute explicit films by amateurs of all persuasions, with prizes based on audience votes, at On the Boards. Also visits Olympia (Nov. 3) & Portland, OR (Nov. 8 to 17).

Ticket deal $13

Ghost Conference

November 16 - 18, 2018
28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
The Port Gamble Ghost Conference features paranormal investigations, guest speakers, and ghost tours in the historic town of Port Gamble. Pre-register.

Musical comedy

November 16 - 18, 2018
29.3 miles north
An average guy finds himself suddenly in the middle of a musical, with everyone dancing and singing around him in satirical romantic comedy The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes at at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Ticket deal $28 to $41

Fantasy variety show

November 16 - 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)
4.2 miles NW
Misfit Cabaret promises “a night of decadence, bawdiness, and damsels (not) in distress” with drag, burlesque, circus, aerial acts, and music at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard.

Ticket deal $10 (VIP $20)

Twilight Zone theater

November 16 - Dec. 15, 2018
0.3 mile NW
Watch four episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live! in Belltown. Usually sells out early.

Reindeer & model train

November 16, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
7 miles NW
Visit live reindeer and watch a model train circle a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery. To watch a presentation about the reindeer, see “Santa’s Reindeer” on the web page. Free.

Hip Nutcracker

November 17, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Seattle & Tacoma
The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe.

Craft food fair

November 17, 2018
0.7 miles west
Shop for food and beverages from 70 “craft food makers” at Gobble Up at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66. Free.

Romantic comedy

November 17, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile NW
A woman who falls for two soldiers on opposing sides faces a dilemma when the war ends, in George Bernard Shaw’s popular play Arms and the Man at Center Theatre.

Ticket deal $24

Ideas conference

November 17, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Hear interesting people deliver 18-minute speeches about a variety of subjects during TEDxSeattle at McCaw Hall. Students get rear seats for half price.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 17, 2018
1.3 miles south
Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, with prizes at an after party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, a pen, and a camera/phone to Swift Industries.

Wine exhibition

November 17, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
1.3 mile NW
Holiday Wine Fest promises a world-class lineup of wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine, and artisan vendors at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Schoolhouse Rock

November 17, 2018
3 miles SE
Your favorite campy childhood jingles like “Just a Bill” (video) and "Conjunction Junction" come to life onstage during Schoolhouse Rock Live at 12th Ave Arts on Capitol Hill.

Ticket deal $12

Brunch cruise

November 17, 2018 (boarding 10:30 a.m.)
4.3 miles north
Enjoy a champagne brunch buffet on the Weekend Brunch Cruise, including a two-hour narrated tour of Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from Northlake Way on Lake Union.

Ticket deal $40

Spirits tasting

November 17, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)
20 miles NE
A ticket to Washington Distillers Festival includes 10 tasting tokens, 24 participating distilleries, and a silent auction at McMenamins Anderson School for age 21+.

Holiday market in Snohomish

November 17, 2018
28 miles NW
Shop from 65 juried vendors of handcrafted items and gourmet foods at the Snohomish Holiday Market, with live music in the barn at Thomas Family Farm. Free.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 17, 2018 (1 to 3 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 17 - 18, 2018
5.7 miles NW
Julefest [formerly Yulefest] brings Christmas to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, with Scandinavian food, craft booths, fiddlers, folk dancers, a beverage garden, and access to the museum. Kids 12 and younger are free.

Bainbridge film festival

November 17 - 18, 2018
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.

Christmas tree festival

November 17 - Dec. 2, 2018
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 18, 2018
5 miles north
Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is a 5K and 10K run/walk and free kids’ dash on the partially closed road around Green Lake, with post-race beer garden and mashed-potato-eating contest.

Daredevil dogs

November 18, 2018 (6 p.m.)
15.4 miles NE
You’ve seen the amazing dogs of Chris Perondi on the “Tonight Show.” Now watch them live during Stunt Dog Experience at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell.

Ticket deal $13

Gingerbread art

November 20, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
0.2 miles SE
See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle Hotel, where it returns after being at City Centre last year. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 22, 2018
Greater Seattle area
See recommeded restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Holiday parade

November 23, 2018 (9 to 10 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 Avenue to University, University Street to 4th, and 4th Avenue to Pine. Free.

University District concert

November 23, 2018 (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 for all ages at the Neptune Theatre.

Native craft fair

November 23 - 25, 2018
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 tree lighting

November 23 - 30, 2018 (also see Dec.)
multiple locations
See a free tree-lighting ceremony, usually with music.
  • Nov. 23 - Bellevue at Bellevue Place
  • Nov. 23 - Seattle at Westlake Center
  • Nov. 24 - Edmonds at Centennial Plaza
  • Nov. 24 - Seattle at Pike Place Market
  • Nov. 24 - Tacoma at the Broadway Center
  • Nov. 25 - Olympia at Sylvester Park
  • Nov. 28 - Puyallup at Washington State Fair Center
  • Nov. 30 - Renton at Coulon Park

Christmas ships parade

November 23 - Dec. 23, 2018
Lake Washington & Puget Sound
Ride onboard with the choir, or listen from shore during the Christmas Ship Festival.

Bellevue street show

November 23 - Dec. 24, 2018 (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 between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Arrive early for the best view. Free.


November 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
0.3 miles SE
She’s back! Red-headed orphan Annie belts out catchy songs like “Tomorrow” in the popular musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Ticket deal $30 to $40

Christmas event at Safeco Field

November 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
1.7 miles south
Enchant Christmas features a maze where you look for Santa’s reindeer, an ice-skating rink, Christmas shops, food vendors, music, and tons of photos ops at Safeco Field. Children age 3 and younger are free. Read Yelp reviews from its home city of Arlington, TX.

Ticket deal $25 to $33

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

November 23, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
5 miles north
WildLights has 600,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night animals, carolers, and Santa some nights at Woodland Park Zoo. Closed Dec. 12, 24, 25.

Winter at Seattle Center

November 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
1 mile NW
Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion (cost), folk dancers, carolers, dancers, ice sculptors, model trains, and entertainment during Winterfest at the Seattle Center. See schedule. Closed Dec. 25. Free.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
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.

Pike Place holiday

November 24, 2018
0.3 mile west
Magic in the Market includes a choir, musicians, Santa, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market. Free.

Tacoma tree lighting

November 24, 2018 (5:30 p.m.)
34 miles south
Holiday Tree Lighting is a Tacoma tradition at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Free.

Unique show in Tacoma

November 24, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
34.2 miles south
People dressed as penguins and odd creatures perform acrobatics, comedy, and avante garde art in Frogz, a stage show for all ages at Pantages Theater in Tacoma.

Ticket deal $18 to $25

Nerdy holiday market

November 24 - 25, 2018
7.3 miles NE
GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market promises “gifts for the geeks on your holiday shopping list” handmade by 70 vendors in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Free.

Santa Train

November 24 - 25 & Dec. 1 - 16, 2018
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.

Nutcracker ballet

November 24 - Dec. 28, 2018
1 mile NW
Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker by George Balanchine, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall.

Ticket deal $31 to $112

Christmas lights - Bellevue

November 24 - Dec. 30, 2018
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. every night. Expect a line on free nights, which are November 24 to 29.

Seattle Marathon

November 25, 2018
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 25 - Dec. 24, 2018
0.4 miles SW
Audience suggestions add funny twists to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim at An Improvised Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Ticket deal $7.50

Victorian Christmas market

November 28 - Dec. 2, 2018
36 miles south
A Victorian Country Christmas has 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewelry, decorations, clothing, and toys at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Free parking.

Ticket deal 2 for $12 (weekday)

Meet Tchaikovsky

November 29 - Dec. 16, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
1.4 miles NW
Become immersed in the music and mystery of the famous composer when Hershey Felder brings Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to life and performs his greatest works on the piano at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $31

Beer festival

November 30 - Dec. 1, 2018
7 miles NE
A ticket to Winter Beer Fest includes eight five-ounce samples from 50 Washington breweries, a ballot to vote for your favorites, and food truck cuisine for sale at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park for age 21+.

Tour artists’ studios

November 30 - Dec. 2, 2018
Seattle locations
Shop from 26 artists at 8 studios who make clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, prints, and more on Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour. Free.

Nutcracker ballet - Renton

November 30 - Dec. 2, 2018
14 miles south
Ensemble Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.

Short Nutcracker

November 30 - Dec. 16, 2018
Auburn, Bellevue, Renton
Evergreen City Ballet offers one-hour and two-hour versions of the holiday classic ballet The Nutcracker in Auburn, Bellevue, and Renton. After the performance, dancers meet the audience in the lobby.

Ticket deal $27 Auburn (Dec. 8 or 9)

Bavarian Christmas

November 30 - Dec. 16, 2018
117 miles east
Enjoy Christmas lights twinkling on snow, roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides, and caroling at the annual Christmas Lighting Festival. See the lights on Fri., Sat., Sun. Lighting ceremony is 4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.

Fresh “Peter Pan”

November 30 - Dec. 9, 2018
11.7 miles north
Peter and the Starcatcher is a funny and fantastic prequel to Peter Pan, featuring a boy and girl in a madcap adventure “filled with music, mermaids, mayhem, and magic” at Shoreline Community College Theater for age 8+.

Ticket deal $10

High-flying acrobatic show

November 30 - Dec. 22, 2018
3 miles SE
Acrobatic Conundrum presents its latest circus show “Volume 6” with aerial acrobatics, juggling, rope art, and circus acts, all to live music at 12th Avenue Arts.