Seattle events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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January 2017
January 2017

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

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Free state parks

January 1, 2017

statewide

New Year’s Day is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it exploring any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Gingerbread houses

January 1, 2017

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.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

January 1, 2017

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.

New Year’s Day run/walk

January 1, 2017

7 miles NE

Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear Dive includes an optional dip in the cold waters of Lake Washington, awards, snacks, and a beer garden at Magnuson Park.

Polar Bear Plunge - Seattle

January 1, 2017 (noon)

8 miles NE

Join 1000 people wading into Lake Washington to celebrate the new year at the Polar Bear Plunge, or just watch from shore. Costumes are encouraged. Matthews Beach Park has limited parking. Free.

Model Train Festival

January 1, 2017

33 miles south

Watch model trains run through detailed scenes of the Pacific Northwest, and see railroad-history exhibits at the Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Santa visits for photos Dec. 21 to 23. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

January 1, 2017

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.

Polar Bear Plunge - Tacoma

January 1, 2017

41 miles south

Jump into the cold waters of Puget Sound at Polar Bear Plunge at Point Defiance boat launch, and then warm up at heating tents with hot drinks. Separate kids’ plunge. Free.

Willy Wonka with candy

January 1 - 2, 2017

1.3 miles NW

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision includes a bag of “fragrant and tasty treats” to eat as you watch Gene Wilder at SIFF Film Center. 2016 dates: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 9-11 & 16-24 & 26-Jan. 2.

Art walk

January 5, 2017

1 mile south

Head to historic Pioneer Square for the January First Thursday Art Walk, when art galleries open their doors to introduce new exhibitions and artists. Free.

Tacoma travel expo

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

34 miles south

Billed as the Northwest’s largest travel exhibition and trade show, Travel Expo features 200 exhibitors at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 6 - 8, 2017

36 miles south

Get help for your home and garden at Puyallup Home & Garden Show in the Showplex at Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Coupon saves $1.

Winter run

January 7, 2017 (10 a.m.)

16.4 miles NE

Worst Day of the Year Run is a 5K winter run that begins at McMenamins Bothell and has a costume contest, plus an indoor finish line party with food and a beer garden. (Run twice to make it a 10K.)

Ice Racing

January 7, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

28.3 miles north

Watch motorcycles go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds over a slippery ice surface at Xtreme International Ice Racing as drivers compete to earn points at Xfinity Arena in Everett.

David Bowie party

January 8, 2017 (4 p.m.)

0.4 miles north

Labyrinth Quote Along and David Bowie Birthday Party begins with a music video sing along and a station for making your own sock-puppet goblin, followed by a screening of music fantasy fable “Labyrinth” with subtitles you can read aloud at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

MLK celebration

January 12, 2017 (noon)

0.4 miles NE

You’re welcome to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Free.

Nordic films

January 12 - 16, 2017

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films, both short and long, from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at Nordic Lights Film Festival at the SIFF Film Center.

MLK celebration

January 13, 2017 (12 to 1:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles east

The annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. includes a keynote speaker and live gospel music at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Free.

Remodeling expo

January 13 - 15, 2017

0.5 mile east

Get ideas for your dream home from speakers, vendors, and remodeling experts at the Northwest Remodeling Expo at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Science-fiction convention

January 13 - 15, 2017

13.8 miles south

Rustycon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that focuses on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming at Seattle Airport Marriott.

Monster trucks

January 13 - 15, 2017

33 miles south

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in the Tacoma Dome.

Family theater

January 14, 2017 (5:30 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Stellaluna mixes puppetry, dance, and music to tell the story of an adorable baby fruit bat raised by birds and learning to embrace her own unique differences at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Wedding show

January 14 - 15, 2017

0.5 mile east

Live and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Expect fashion shows, discount gowns, and 400 vendors.

Leavenworth ice festival

January 14 - 15, 2017

119 miles east

Enjoy invigorating outdoor events like snow sculpture, tug ‘o war, ice-cube scramble, snowshoe racing, dog sledding, and the famous Smooshing Contest at the Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth.

Model trains - Seattle

January 14 - 16, 2017

1 mile NW

See dozens of model-train displays and layouts, try hands-on activities, and ride the kid-sized train at the Model Railroad Show at the Pacific Science Center.

Local film festival

January 15, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

See locally made short films, vote for your favorites, and buy bites and brews at Cine-City: Community Film Exposé at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.

Tacoma brass concert

January 15, 2017 (3 p.m.)

39 miles south

The annual Sounds of Brass Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. Donation.

Free state parks

January 15 - 16, 2017

statewide

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Sunday and Monday, which are State Parks Free Days, at any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Free national parks

January 16, 2017

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK Day breakfast

January 16, 2017 (7 a.m.)

0.2 miles SE

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast includes food, a speaker, and a gospel choir at the Sheraton Hotel.

MLK Day march & rally

January 16, 2017

2 miles east

Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March includes speeches and workshops at Garfield High School, a rally in the gym at 11 a.m., and a march at 12:30 p.m. to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building for a second rally. Free.

MLK Day in Tacoma

January 16, 2017 (11 a.m.)

34 miles south

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration features a keynote speaker plus music, dance, and poetry at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Free.

Cirque show in Tacoma

January 20, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

34.5 miles south

MarchFourth Marching Band is an eclectic big band from Portland, joined by dancing beauties and stilt-walkers who perform acrobatics and spin fire six feet high at Pantages Theater in Tacoma.

Free trapeze show

January 21, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

The Student Show at Emerald City Trapeze features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Chili & beer

January 21, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

13.4 miles NE

Sample dark beers from 16 local breweries plus specialty chilies at Dark Beer & Chili Competition at 192 Brewing in Kenmore to support charity.

Ellensburg beer festival

January 21, 2017

107 miles east

WinterHop BrewFest includes a souvenir glass, five tastings from 20 microbreweries, and music in downtown Ellensburg.

Weather festival

January 22, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

0.5 miles east

Family friendly WeatherFest offers hands-on, interactive experiments and demonstrations about all things weather, water, and climate in Ballroom 6E of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Free.

Bizarre miniature golf

January 22, 2017

0.6 miles south

Smash Putt is weird & wacky mechanized miniature golf with interactive art, robots, golf-ball cannons, and a bar at 1122 Post Avenue. Requires age 21 ID.

Tacoma RV Show

January 22, 2017

33 miles south

Check out hundreds of recreational vehicles at the Tacoma RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats Oct.

Chamber music

January 22 - 29, 2017

0.5 mile south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has a free recital before each performance. Repeats in July.

Attractions

January 22 - Feb. 28, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

The King and I

January 24 - Feb. 3, 2017

0.3 miles NE

The King and I is a “breathtaking and exquisite” [NY Times] musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein set in 19th-century Bangkok, winning Best Musical Revival, at The Paramount Theatre. Discount tickets (Monday to Friday) $34 to $99.

Italian opera

January 25 - 28, 2017

1 mile NW

La Traviata is a bittersweet love story by Verdi, which is performed in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets $66 to $119.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 25 - 29, 2017

36 miles south

Washington Sportsmen’s Show has seminars and exhibitors at the state fair center in Puyallup.

All-American musical

January 25 - Feb. 4, 2017

29 miles north

Singin’ in the Rain is a song and dance classic about actors in the early days of Hollywood at Everett Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $44 to $59.

Art at the market

January 26, 2017 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Hear two local artists talk about their new art and get a peek before it’s installed at the addition to the Pike Place Market during Illumination: Art and Conversation upstairs at 1433 First Avenue. Free.

Free symphony at U.W.

January 26, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

4.5 miles NE

Side by Side features the Seattle Symphony Orchestra playing works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Gershwin Berlioz, and Copland with University of Washington Symphony at Meany Theater. Free tickets online.

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 26 - 29, 2017

33 miles south

The Tacoma Home & Garden Show fills the Tacoma Dome with home-improvement vendors, seminars, and thousands of plants.

Children’s Film Festival

January 26 - Feb. 11, 2017

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.

Charming French comedy

January 26 - Feb. 19, 2017

5.3 miles north

Performed in English, The Liar is full of witty rhymes, wild misassumptions, mistaken identities, and tangled truths at The Bathhouse Theater. Discount tickets $17.

Family theater

January 26 - Feb. 26, 2017

1 mile NW

The Snowy Day and Other Stories is a humorous play that uses innovative shadow puppets and live action to bring characters from children’s books to life at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Discount tickets $11 to $20.

Wine & chocolate

January 26 - March 31, 2017

15 miles SE

Taste 4 premium wines and 4 artisan chocolates at Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar in Renton. Discount tickets $18.

Coffee festival

January 27 - 28, 2017

1 mile NW

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon at the Seattle Center Armory.

Strange beer festival

January 27 - 28, 2017

54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Enjoy beer in odd flavors from dozens of breweries and watch live music and entertainment at Strange Brewfest at American Legion Hall in Port Townsend.

Leavenworth music concert

January 27 - 28, 2017

117 miles east

Hear 14 acts indoors over two days at Timbrrr! Winter Festival in Leavenworth, counterpart to the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival in July. Most events age 21+.

Boat show

January 27 - Feb. 4, 2017

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 South Lake Union.

Classical music

January 28, 2017 (2 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest pianist perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 plus works by Schubert, Nielsen, and Liadov at Benaroya Hall. Discount tickets $15.

Belgian beer festival

January 28, 2017 (12 & 5:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Buy a ticket to Belgian Fest and you can choose 10 beers to taste out of 100 brewed in Washington using Belgian yeast at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center for age 21+.

Light & sound art in the greenhouse

January 28, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Orphic is a family-friendly “exploration of light and sound” made by local artists and musicians at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Tickets at the door.

Frog day

January 28, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

35 miles north

Enjoy kids’ activities, see Princess Amphibiana and the mayor introduce a frog named Snohomish Slew, dance to music, play games, and meet firefighters at the GroundFrog Day Celebration in Snohomish. Free.

Film festival

January 29, 2017 (Jan. 28 is sold out)

0.4 miles north

Watch juried selections at Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on the giant Cinerama screen.

Chinese New Year

January 29, 2017 (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.

Dinner cruise

January 29, 2017 (boarding 4:30 p.m.)

4 miles north

Sunday Supper Cruise includes a buffet, a narrated tour, and two hours of views as you cruise Lake Union & Lake Washington. Discount tickets $45.
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