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Seattle events January 2023

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Polar bear plunge

January 1, 2023

multiple locations

Run or jump into cold water to celebrate the new year. Some have fees or limited parking.

Lights at Seattle zoo

January 1 - 22, 2023 (4 to 9 p.m.)

Phinney Ridge (4.1 miles N)

WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, with snacks for sale at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Free parking. Enter by 8:30 p.m. (Closed Mon. to Wed.)

Live art competition

January 14, 2023 (7 p.m.)

Tacoma (33 miles S)

Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle at Freighthouse Square, 2501 E D St. in Tacoma. The art is sold afterward in a silent auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring age 21+ ID.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year

January 14 - 15, 2023

Seattle & Tacoma

  • Tết in Seattle (Sat. & Sun.) offers live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, fashion, martial arts, and a marketplace at Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Free.
  • Tết in Tacoma (Sun.) is at Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St. in Tacoma. Free.

MLK celebration

January 16, 2023 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Beacon Hill (2.7 miles SE)

The schedule of events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration includes children’s activities, food trucks, music, art, a Civil Rights film, a keynote speech, Sounders players, and an evening party for adults at Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St. in Seattle. Free.

Cabaret set in 1890s Hungary

January 26 - 29, 2023

(began this month on January 19)

Downtown (0.3 miles S)

Bohemia is a “macabre and mystical dream cabaret” that combines classical music, art nouveau, green fairies, aerial numbers, dance, burlesque, classical piano battles, comedy, and original songs at The Triple Door, 216 Union St. in Seattle. [Must be age 17+, or age 21+ for the show at 8:45 p.m.]

Fun basketball show

January 27 & 29, 2023

(began this month on January 22)

multiple locations

Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show.
  • Jan. 27 – Everett, Angel of the Winds Arena
  • Jan. 29 – Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena

Chinese Lunar New Year celebration

January 28, 2023 (12 & 6:30 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the Microsoft Asian Spring Festival Celebration, which has a family-friendly afternoon festival (games, gifts, food court, afternoon performance, and photo booth with traditional Chinese outfits) and an evening gala performance at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle.
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