Seattle events calendar for November 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets in Seattle, Washington.

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

Miles are from Westlake Center downtown.

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Seattle Restaurant Week

November 1 - 2, 2017

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. [Website may look blank if you have an ad blocker.]

Jazz festival

November 1 - 12, 2017

Seattle locations

The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Cider tasting

November 2, 2017 (6 to 9 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+.

Films from Turkey

November 2 - 5, 2017

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 2 - 12, 2017

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 & Portland, OR.

Beer made in Seattle

November 3, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Sample 80 beers, shop from food trucks, and play games at Brew Seattle at Bell Harbor International Conference Center (Pier 66).

How to build green

November 3, 2017 (5:30 p.m. reception)

4 miles NE

Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with food, drinks, and dessert. Green Building Summit is an all-day conference for professionals on Nov. 4. Both are in Kane Hall at the University of Washington

Seattle haunted house

November 3 - 4, 2017

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue is at 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area for age 12+. One afternoon they keep the lights on for kids.

Snohomish beer tasting

November 3 - 4, 2017

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.

Knitting show

November 3 - 5, 2017

10 miles east

Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Small publisher festival

November 4, 2017

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 4, 2017 (4 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 4, 2017 (6 to 11:30 p.m.)

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+.

Local “Shark Tank”

November 4, 2017 (7 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Watch as four local start-up companies pitch their product ideas to investors during Kirkland Investor Sharks at Kirkland Performance Center.

Tile Festival

November 4 - 5, 2017

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 Tile Festival at Mount Baker Community Club. Free.

Bainbridge film festival

November 4 - 5, 2017

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.

Comics & pop-culture convention

November 4 - 5, 2017

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.

Antique and collectibles show

November 4 - 5, 2017

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 Feb.

Auto show

November 9 - 12, 2017

1.5 miles south

See 400 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle International Auto Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Swing dance convention

November 9 - 12, 2017

15 miles south

Take professional workshops and enjoy DJ dances at Sea to Sky at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Italian film festival

November 9 - 16, 2017

2 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.

Whisky tasting

November 10, 2017 (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.

Festival of beef

November 10 - 12, 2017

0.8 miles north

Cowabunga is a series of four ticketed tasting events and chef competitions featuring beef at South Lake Union for age 21+ (except Sunday brunch is all ages).

Arts and crafts show

November 10 - 12, 2017

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.

Student acrobats

November 10 - 11 and 17 - 18, 2017

0.9 miles NE

See daring acrobats skilled in aerial fabric, German wheel, teeterboard, lyra, duo trapeze, partner acro, ladder, contortion, cyr wheel, and juggling at Cirrus Circus Annual Show by the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts at Broadway Performance Hall.

Oyster fest

November 11, 2017 (5 to 8 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+.

Wine exhibition

November 11, 2017

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.

Phinney beer tasting

November 11, 2017 (7 p.m., preview 6:15)

5 miles north

Enjoy local brews, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer items at the Winter Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Renton wine tasting

November 11, 2017 (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 11, 2017 (11 a.m.)

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.

Free national parks

November 11 - 12, 2017

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.

Chocolate festival

November 11 - 12, 2017

3 miles NW

Taste chocolate, attend workshops, and shop from 80 vendors at the Northwest Chocolate Festival at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.

Model train show

November 11 - 12, 2017

36 miles south

The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Repeats in January.

DeVotchKa + symphony

November 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

Denver-based indie rock band DeVotchKa plays its lush, dreamlike sound paired up with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

Quilt & craft show

November 16 - 18, 2017

36 miles south

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and fabric & supply vendors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

French wine festival

November 17, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 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 17, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Holiday Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Grilled cheese festival

November 17 - 18, 2017

8 miles NE

A ticket to Grilled Cheese Grand Prix includes 10 beverage tokens each worth four ounces of beer, or they can be used for wine, spirits, or cider. Buy cheesy food from 50 vendors and vote for your favorites at Magnuson Park Hangar 30, for age 21+.

Band competition

November 18, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.3 miles west

Watch four independent bands compete to win prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe, age 16+.

Underground art show

November 18, 2017 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

0.8 miles NE

The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 70 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at El Corazon for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Ideas conference

November 18, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Hear interesting people deliver 18-minute speeches about a variety of subjects during TEDxSeattle at McCaw Hall. Discounts are available for students.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18, 2017 (register 10:30 a.m.)

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.

Native arts & culture

November 18, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

4.9 miles SW

Join a reception, art show, and holiday marketplace with textiles from Peru (4 to 6 p.m.) and then attend a “traditional organic dinner and festive program” (6 to 8 p.m.) during Blue Jay Brings Back the Moon at the Duwamish Longhouse to benefit native women.

Kenmore bar crawl

November 18, 2017 (1 to 4 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.

Spirits tasting

November 18, 2017 (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 18, 2017

28 miles NW

Shop from 65 juried vendors of handcrafted items and gourmet foods at the Holiday Market, with live music in the barn at Thomas Family Farm. Free.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 18, 2017 (1 to 3:30 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.

Films from Romania

November 19, 2017

0.4 miles north

See films from an obscure country with a taste for dark humor at the Romanian Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown, with an optional party opening night Nov. 17. All films have English subtitles.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk

November 19, 2017

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.

Nordic holiday

November 19, 2017

7 miles NW

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.
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Hawaiian music festival

November 19, 2017

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.

Comedy competition

November 19 - 26, 2017

multiple locations

Comedians do their best acts for prizes at the Seattle International Comedy Competition, which holds events in many Western Washington cities.

Christmas tree festival

November 19 - 29, 2017

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.

Reindeer & model trains

November 19 - Dec. 24, 2017

7 miles NW

Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery. Closed Nov. 23. Free.

Gingerbread houses

November 21, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

0.2 miles SE

See 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).

Thanksgiving dinner

November 23, 2017

Greater Seattle area

See a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day

Holiday parade

November 24, 2017 (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 24, 2017 (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 at the Neptune Theatre.

Native craft fair

November 24 - 26, 2017

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.

Twilight Zone theater

November 24 - Dec. 16, 2017

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.

Short Nutcracker

November 24 - Dec. 17, 2017

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.

Christmas ships parade

November 24 - 26 & Dec. 1 - 23, 2017

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore during the Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Bellevue street show

November 24 - Dec. 24, 2017 (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.

Christmas play

November 24 - Dec. 28, 2017

0.3 miles east

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge at ACT Theatre.

Nutcracker ballet

November 24 - Dec. 28, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $34 to $89.

Family musical

November 24 - Dec. 31, 2017

1 mile NW

Based on the popular children’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a family-friendly tale full of mischief, humor, and dreams come true. Mr. and Mrs. Popper are given penguins by an Antarctic explorer and train them for a show, at Seattle Children's Theatre.

Discount tickets $14 to $20.

Winter at Seattle Center

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

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 - Seattle zoo

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

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.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

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

Nov. 25, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

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 25, 2017 (5 p.m.)

34 miles south

Holiday Tree Lighting is a Tacoma tradition at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Free.

Santa Train

November 25 - Dec. 17, 2017

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. Dates in 2017: Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 15-17.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

November 25 - Dec. 31, 2017

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. There may be a line on free nights, which are Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 4-7.

Seattle Marathon

November 26, 2017

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.
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