Seattle events January 2019. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events January 2019

New Year’s Day run/walk

January 1, 2019
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, 2019
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.
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Model Train Festival

January 1, 2019
(begins Dec. 31)
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. See Santa some days. Closed December 24 & 25.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

January 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 23)
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, 2019
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 (11:30 a.m.). Free.

Art walk

January 3, 2019
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.

Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 4 - 6, 2019
36 miles south
Get help for your home and garden at Puyallup Home & Garden Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Winter run

January 5, 2019
16.4 miles NE
Worst Day of the Year Run is a 5K/10K winter run with a costume contest and an indoor finish line party with food and a beer garden at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell.

Wedding show

January 12 - 13, 2019
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.

Chamber music

January 18 - 27, 2019
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.

Ellensburg beer festival

January 19, 2019
107 miles east
WinterHop BrewFest includes a souvenir glass, five tastings from 20 microbreweries, and music in downtown Ellensburg.

Model train show

January 19 - 20, 2019
36 miles south
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Tacoma brass concert

January 20, 2019
39 miles south
The annual Sounds of Brass Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. Repeats in April. Donation.

Free national park day

January 21, 2019
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.

MLK Day march & rally

January 21, 2019
2 miles east
Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March includes workshops at Garfield High School, a rally in the gym at 11 a.m., and a two-mile march at 12:30 p.m. to Westlake Park for a second rally. Free.

MLK Day in Tacoma

January 21, 2019
34 miles south
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration features a keynote speaker plus music, dance, and poetry at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The community outreach fair is earlier (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Free.

Leavenworth ice festival

January 21 - 22, 2019
119 miles east
Enjoy invigorating outdoor events like snow sculpture, ice-cube scramble, snowball tossing, and the famous smooshing contest at Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth.

Masquerade ball

January 25, 2019
1 mile east
Dress up and dance to swing, blues, Latin, foxtrots, and waltzes at Masquerade, with live music at the Century Ballroom for age 21+. Mask required. Video.

Strange beer festival

January 25 - 26, 2019
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.

Boat show

January 25 - Feb. 2, 2019
1.5 miles south
Seattle Boat Show, which promises 1000 boats and watercraft on display plus 200 boating seminars, is at CenturyLink Field. You can visit boats in the water at Bell Harbor Marina & South Lake Union.

Children’s Film Festival

January 25 - Feb. 9, 2019
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.

Music of Asia

January 27, 2019
(4 p.m.)
0.5 mile south
Celebrate Asia focuses on music and musicians of South Korea in 2019 at Benaroya Hall.

Gingerbread art

January 2019
(undated)
0.2 miles SE
See six elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village at City Centre, across the street from Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Free and open until 11:30 p.m. (plus an extra hour Fridays & Saturdays).

Free classical concert

January 2019
(undated)
0.5 miles south
The Seattle Symphony plays side by side with younger musicians in a Community Concert at Benaroya Hall. Free.

Remodeling expo

January 2019
(undated)
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.

Model trains - Seattle

January 2019
(undated)
1 mile NW
See dozens of model-train displays and layouts, and join hands-on demonstrations and activities at On The Move, which also covers “the history and future of transportation” at the Pacific Science Center.

Winter at Seattle Center

January 2019
(undated)
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.

Belgian beer festival

January 2019
(undated)
1.1 miles NW
Buy a ticket to Belgian Fest and you can choose 10 beers to taste from 100 available that are brewed in Washington using Belgian yeast, at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center for age 21+.

Free trapeze show

January 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

Family festival in Kent

January 2019
(undated)
20.3 miles south
You Me We features live music, hands-on activities, games, sport competitions, bounce houses, $2 hot dogs, and exhibitors at the ShoWare Center. Free.

Ice Racing

January 2019
(undated)
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 Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Monster trucks

January 2019
(undated)
33 miles south
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in the Tacoma Dome.

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 2019
(undated)
33 miles south
The Tacoma Home & Garden Show fills the Tacoma Dome with home-improvement vendors, seminars, and thousands of plants.

Tacoma RV Show

January 2019
(undated)
33 miles south
Check out hundreds of recreational vehicles at the Tacoma RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Oct.

Fishing, hunting, camping show

January 2019
(undated)
36 miles south
Washington Sportsmen’s Show has seminars and exhibitors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Leavenworth music concert

January 2019
(undated)
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 are age 21+.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

January 2019
(undated)
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. 24 & 25.