Seattle events calendar for November 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets in Seattle, Washington.

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

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Smithsonian speakers

November 1, 2016 (6 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Hear 3 outstanding speakers and enjoy a reception when The Smithsonian Institution presents People > Passion > Purpose at Seattle Art Museum. Free.

Jazz festival

November 1 - 11, 2016 (begins Oct. 7)

Seattle locations

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

Comedy competition

November 2 - 27, 2016

multiple locations

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

Swing dance convention

November 3 - 7, 2016

15 miles south

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

Racy movies

November 3 - 6 and 9 -13, 2016

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. Additional shows in Portland Nov. 11 to 12.

How to build green

November 4, 2016

4 miles NE

Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, with food, drinks, and dessert in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Haunted house

November 4 - 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Films from Turkey

November 4 - 6 and 18 - 20, 2016

Seattle locations

See feature-length films and short films at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival, which also has opening and closing galas.

Band competition

November 5, 2016

0.3 miles west

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

Oyster Fest

November 5, 2016

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+.

Small publisher festival

November 5, 2016

1 mile NW

Short Run showcases makers of books, zines, comics, and animation at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free.

Scottish ball

November 5, 2016

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+.

Veterans Day parade

November 5, 2016

26 miles south

The Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn is one of America’s biggest, with veterans’ units, military vehicles, drill teams, 25 marching bands, floats, antique cars, and a military fly-over. Also see related events on their page. Free.

Tacoma beer festival

November 5, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

31.4 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound Craft Beer Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Tile festival

November 5 - 6, 2016

5.1 miles NE

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 UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Free.

Orchid show

November 5 - 6, 2016

9 miles NW

See blooming orchids and visit vendors of flowers and supplies at the Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale at Swansons Nursery. Free.

Bainbridge film festival

November 5 - 6, 2016

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 5 - 6, 2016

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 5 - 6, 2016

37 miles south

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show [sound], 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 Feb.

Restaurant discounts

November 6 - 23, 2016 (not Fri. or Sat.)

Seattle & Eastside locations

Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Repeats in March.

Wedding gala

November 10, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Get Hitched, Give Hope is a fun, upscale bridal auction and show including appetizers and drinks at the Four Seasons.

Auto show

November 10 - 13, 2016

1.5 miles south

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

Italian film festival

November 10 - 17, 2016

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.

Free state parks

November 11, 2016

All state parks

Veterans Day is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks. Free.

Free national parks

November 11, 2016

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.

Whisky tasting

November 11, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet dinner at the Rainier Club.

Used snow gear

November 11 - 12, 2016

10 miles SE

Newport Snowsports Swap is a huge consignment sale that includes skis, snowboards, and snowshoes at Newport High School in Bellevue. Free.

Short film festival

November 11 - 13, 2016

1.3 miles NW

Seattle Shorts Film Festival includes dozens of short films and an awards ceremony in SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center.

Arts and crafts show

November 11 - 13, 2016

8 miles NE

Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show 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 11 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2016

5 miles south

See daring acrobatics on the triple trapeze, unicycle, and trampoline at the Cirrus Circus Annual Show at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.

Phinney beer tasting

November 12, 2016 (7 p.m., preview 6:15)

5 miles north

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

Wine tasting

November 12 - 13, 2016

1.3 mile NW

The inaugural Holiday Wine Fest promises a world-class lineup of wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine, and artisan vendors at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Chocolate festival

November 12 - 13, 2016

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 12 - 13, 2016

37 miles south

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

Reindeer & model trains

November 12 - Dec. 24, 2016

7 miles NW

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

Hawaiian music festival

November 13, 2016 (1 to 6 p.m.)

0.6 miles SE

Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival at Town Hall Seattle.

Quilt & craft show

November 17 - 19, 2016

36 miles south

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and fabric & supply vendors in Puyallup.

French wine festival

November 18, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Enjoy French food, music, a silent auction, and Beaujolais Nouveau with views at the Columbia Tower Club. Discount price available for ages 21 to 35.

Kirkland wine tasting

November 18, 2016

11 miles NE

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

Films from Romania

November 18 - 20, 2016

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.

Twilight Zone theater

November 18 - Dec. 17, 2016

0.3 mile NW

Watch three episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live! in Belltown.

Ideas conference

November 19, 2016

1.2 miles NW

TEDxSeattle has exciting 18-minute speeches about technology, entertainment, and design followed by an evening reception at McCaw Hall.

University District concert

November 19, 2016 (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.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

November 19, 2016 (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.

Museum party in Olympia

November 19, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

62 miles south

A ticket to Cocktails & Cosmonauts gets you a cocktail, cupcakes, coffee, and freedom to explore Hands on Children’s Museum and its science exhibits after hours.

Nordic holiday

November 19 - 20, 2016

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.

Truffle expo

November 19 - 20, 2016

20.2 miles NE

International Truffle Expo offers educational sessions, a truffle marketplace, wine tasting, and a chance to meet truffle dogs at Columbia Winery in Woodinville.

Weird arts & crafts show

November 19 - 20, 2016

28 miles north

See the unusual creations of 130 artists and crafters, and watch musicians, magicians, jugglers, and dancers on stage at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird at Everett Community College. Repeats in June. Free.

Christmas tree festival

November 19 - 30, 2016

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.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk

November 20, 2016

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.

Gingerbread houses

November 22, 2016 - Jan. 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.

Thanksgiving run/walk

November 24, 2016

multiple cities

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Seattle area

See recommended restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Holiday parade

November 25, 2016 (9 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 to University, University to 4th, and 4th to Pine.

Tree & star lighting

November 25, 2016 (5 p.m.)

0 miles

Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration includes a countdown to the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree at Westlake Center and the star on the side of Macy’s, followed by fireworks if weather permits. (No live music performance is planned for 2016.)

Native craft fair

November 25 - 27, 2016

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.

Christmas ships parade

November 25 - Dec. 23, 2016

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

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

Bellevue street show

November 25 - Dec. 24, 2016 (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 (also known as Bellevue Way). Arrive early for the best view. Free.

Nutcracker ballet

November 25 - Dec. 28, 2016

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.

Winter at Seattle Center

November 25 - Dec. 31, 2016

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 25, 2016 - Jan. 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.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 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.

Willy Wonka with candy

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 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.

Pike Place holiday

November 26, 2016

0.3 mile west

Magic in the Market includes carolers, Santa, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market. Free.

Tacoma tree lighting

Nov. 26, 2016 (carols 5 p.m., tree 5:30)

34 miles south

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

Santa Train

Nov. 26 - Dec. 17, 2016 (dates below)

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 2016: Nov. 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

November 26 - Dec. 31, 2016

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 in 2016 are Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Seattle Marathon

November 27, 2016

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.

Christmas improv

November 27 - Dec. 24, 2016

0.4 miles SW

Audience suggestions add funny twists to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim at An Improvised Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.

Victorian Christmas

November 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

37 miles south

A Victorian Country Christmas has 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewelry, decorations, clothing, and toys at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
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