Seattle events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

February 2018
best events in Seattle

Boat show

February 1 - 3, 2018 (begins Jan. 26)

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which promises 1000 boats and watercraft on display plus 200 boating seminars, is at CenturyLink Field, with a free shuttle to boats in the water at Bell Harbor Marina & South Lake Union.

Children’s Film Festival

February 1 - 10, 2018 (begins Jan. 25)

1 mile east

See the best and brightest in international cinema for children ages 3 to 12 at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum.
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Wine & chocolate - Enumclaw

February 2 - 3, 2018

45 miles SE

Sample chocolate, taste wine (with ID), hear music, and watch demonstrations at Enumclaw Wine & Chocolate Festival at Enumclaw Expo Center.

Eagle Festival

February 2 - 3, 2018

47 miles north

The Eagle Festival includes guided tours, speakers, demonstrations, an art and photography show, live music, and horse-drawn wagon rides in Arlington.

Swan Lake ballet

February 2 - 11, 2018

1.3 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Swan Lake, a love story that includes a beautiful Tchaikovsky score played by PNB Orchestra at McCaw Hall.

Discount tickets $35 to $61.

Free classical music

February 3, 2018 (2 p.m.)

6.4 miles north

Hear The Music of Maurice Ravel when musicians and a soprano from the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle perform in the auditorium at Frye Art Museum. Free.

Bike swap

February 3, 2018

7.2 miles NE

Vendors sell new and used mountain, road, and track bike equipment at Cascade Bicycle Club’s Seattle Bike Swap in Magnuson Park, Hangar 30.

Katy Perry in Tacoma

February 3, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

33 miles south

Katy Perry (Firework, Roar, Wide Awake) performs with her band and dancers at the Tacoma Dome.

Discount tickets $51.

Antique and collectibles show

February 3 - 4, 2018

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 in Nov.

Wine & chocolate - Mt. Vernon

February 3 - 4, 2018

60 miles north

Taste reserve red wines paired with local chocolates at Red Wine and Chocolate Festival in Mount Vernon. [They plan to make a 2018 web page soon.]

Flower and garden show

February 7 - 11, 2018

0.5 mile east

February is a great time to be indoors at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Six acres of show gardens and 300 vendors fill the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The opening-night party (Feb. 6) benefits the arboretum.

Dinner in the dark

February 8 - 10, 2018 (6 & 9 p.m.)

3.3 miles north

Blind professional waiters serve a vegetarian dinner family style with wine and dessert at Seattle Blind Cafe as you socialize and hear a set of live music performed by a blind orchestra at Nalanda West.

UW cultural festival

February 8 & 10, 2018

5 miles NE

FIUTS CulturalFest is an international expo Feb. 8 plus a music and dance show Feb. 10, produced by the Foundation for International Understanding through Students on the University of Washington campus.

Recreational vehicles

February 8 - 11, 2018

1.5 miles south

See new RVs and accessories at the Seattle RV Show, which also offers seminars, stadium tours, and a beer & wine area at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Wine & jazz

February 9, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4 miles south

Hearts & Wine is an elegant evening of sampling wine, appetizers, and desserts, with live jazz and a wine auction at The Foundry.

Valentine’s Day symphony

February 9, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

11 miles south

Northwest Symphony Orchestra: Valentine’s Concert features works by Berlioz, Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” and Northwest composer Sumi Tonooka’s “For Malala” at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

Valentine’s Day in Tacoma

February 9, 2018

34 miles south

Stroll through a romantically lit conservatory, hear live music, see floral displays, and taste Wine & Chocolate at W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory for age 21+. Buy tickets in advance in person or call 253-591-5330.

Valentine’s Day burlesque show

February 9 & 14, 2018

5 miles SE

Hard Love is a sultry and comedic burlesque show on Valentine’s weekend at Columbia City Theater for age 21+.

Modern romantic comedy

February 9 - March 11, 2018

3 miles SE

Sex with Strangers is a “smart and riveting” [Chicago Tribune] story about a female author and a male blogger whose private lives become public domain at 12th Ave Arts.

Discount tickets $9.

Romantic concert

February 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

In the House of Beauty features guitarist Andre Feriante, vocalists, a gypsy-jazz guitarist, and a South American dancer at Benaroya Hall.

Wine walk

February 10, 2018 (4 to 7 p.m.)

34 miles south

Enjoy wine, live music, and small-town shopping at the Sip & Stroll in Sumner.

Gig Harbor wine walk

February 10, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

44.3 miles SW

Visit 15 shops on the waterfront pouring wine, craft beer, spirits, or cider on the Winter Sip & Stroll, with some serving appetizers, in Gig Harbor for age 21+.

Improvised Music Festival

February 10 - 17, 2018

4.4 miles north

Seattle Improvised Music Festival [scroll down] features musicians dedicated to playing free-form music on the 4th floor of Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Donation.

Weekend brunch cruise

February 10 - April 28, 2018 (11 a.m.)

4.4 miles NE

Enjoy a brunch buffet at a private table aboard a Waterways Cruise with two hours of views on Lake Union & Lake Washington.

Discount tickets $42.

Chocolate & drinks

February 11, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Wine, spirits, cider, and beer pair deliciously with chocolate, artisan cheese, savory food, dessert, and music at Pike Chocofest at Pike Brewing Company for age 21+. Tickets sold out early in 2017.

Chinese New Year

February 11, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

1.5 miles SE

Join the Lunar New Year Celebration in the International District, which includes lion and dragon dances, drumming, Bollywood dancing, a children’s parade, a costume contest, arts & crafts, and $3 food items. Free.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2018

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants in the Seattle area that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day improv

February 14, 2018 (8:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

The Comedy of Love is improvised based on audience suggestions and true stories about lust, passion, and heartbreak at The Market Theater.

Discount tickets $9.

Valentine’s Day cocktails

February 14, 2018 (6 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Valentine’s Eve at the Conservatory is a romantic wine and cocktail tasting with appetizers in the Volunteer Park Conservatory greenhouse for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day cruise

February 14 & 16, 2018

4 miles north

Enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner Cruise on the lakes, departing from either Kirkland or Seattle.

Improvisational theater

February 14 - 18, 2018

5 miles north

Enjoy a week of live entertainment at the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater (SFIT) in two University District locations. May not be suitable for children.

Kirkland wine tasting

February 16, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in shops during I Love Kirkland Wine Walk, beginning at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Cowboy gathering

February 16 - 18, 2018

108 miles east

The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering celebrates traditional cowboy music, poetry, art, gear, and chow in Ellensburg.

Noir film festival

February 16 - 22, 2018

0.8 miles east

Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Brazilian show

February 17, 2018

0.5 miles NW

Brazilian Carnaval dancers wear outrageous costumes, and the band plays music of Brazil at the Crocodile. Video.

Modern dance

February 17 - 18, 2018

11 miles east

Chop Shop is a contemporary dance festival with leading national and international award-winning dancers at The Theatre at Meydenbauer in Bellevue.

Fly Fishing Show

February 17 - 18, 2018

16 miles north

The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels at Lynnwood Convention Center. Fly Fishing Film Festival Sat. evening requires a separate ticket.

Gold & gem show

February 17 - 18, 2018

32 miles NE

Learn about prospecting, visit prospecting vendors, and see rocks and gems at the Gold, Gem and Mineral Show at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Naked bungee jump

February 17 - 18, 2018

186 miles NW via ferry

Are you willing to bare it all for charity at Naked Bungy Jump for the B.C. Schizophrenia Society? Plunge 150 feet toward Nanaimo River on Vancouver Island if you are 95 to 400 pounds and age 19+ (18 with guardian).

Kids weekend at Northwest Trek

February 17 - 19, 2018

55 miles south

Up to 4 kids age 0-12 are free with each paying adult during Kids ‘n’ Critters at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, which includes activities and crafts in Eatonville.

Wine and chocolate in Yakima

February 17 - 19, 2018

143 miles east

Bring a glass to taste wine & chocolate pairings at 50 wineries in the Yakima Valley at Red Wine & Chocolate. Pay at each winery or buy a Premier Pass.

Home show

February 17 - 25, 2018

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Alternative wedding show

February 18, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)

1 mile south

One Love is a wedding-planning event for same-sex couples at Embassy Suite in Pioneer Square. Free.

Gourmet food

February 22 - 24, 2018

1 mile NW

Seattle Wine and Food Experience includes three events you can buy separately or as a package.
  • Feb. 22 - Comfort food & beverages at Sodo Park
  • Feb. 23 - Seafood & wine at McCaw Hall
  • Feb. 24 - Grand tasting at Bell Harbor

Asian American Film Festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

1.1 miles east

Seattle Asian American Film Festival features Asian American artists who create innovative media at Northwest Film Forum, with an opening-night party at Velocity.

Bluegrass festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

11 miles east

Wintergrass includes dozens of acts on four stages, plus workshops and impromptu jams in Bellevue.

Statewide beer events

February 24, 2018

Washington state locations

Get special tastings and tours at 50 craft breweries in Seattle and around the state during Washington Beer Open House.

Book festival

February 24, 2018

1 mile east

The Search For Meaning Festival at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry features 50+ authors who write about spirituality, faith, and social justice.

Erotic art party

February 24, 2018

1 mile east

Dress up for an evening of burlesque, live music, fancy appetizers, wine, and a silent art auction to benefit the Erotic Art Festival (April 27-29) at A Black Tie Affair in a Capitol Hill home for age 21+. [They plan to begin selling tickets January 15.]

Wine tasting

February 24, 2018 (7:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

5.1 miles north

PNA Wine Taste includes 10 tastes of wine, music, appetizers, and a wine store at Phinney Center for age 21+.

Beer at Museum of Flight

February 24, 2018

9 miles south

Enjoy the Northwest’s best craft brews, catered food, live music, and airplanes on display at Hops & Props in the Museum of Flight. Sells out early.

Chinese New Year - Bellevue

February 24, 2018

10.1 miles east

The Lunar New Year celebration at Bellevue Square includes music, dance, crafts, martial arts, and a lion and dragon parade 2 to 3 p.m. Free.

Vintage glass

February 24, 2018

20 miles south

Browse 20th century glass, jewelry, china, pottery, and collectibles from 35 vendors at the Green River Glass Show & Sale at Kent Commons for $3.

Women’s show

February 24 - 25, 2018

33 miles south

So Northwest Women’s Show features seminars on health and finance, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, and hundreds of vendors in the Tacoma Dome.

Bainbridge bike ride

February 25, 2018

11 miles west via ferry

Bicycling Magazine called Chilly Hilly one of four classic American rides. Take your bike on the ferry, hit the hills of Bainbridge Island, and then buy a hot meal.