Jan.2016 Local Events

January 2016 local event calendar for the Seattle area:


Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 8 – 10, 2016

36 miles south

Get help for your home and garden at the Puyallup Home & Garden Show in the Showplex at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The website includes a coupon.

Drama about comics author

January 8 – 23, 2016

5.2 miles NW

King Kirby tells the story of Jack Kirby (who created Captain America, the Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man) and his battles with Marvel Comics at The Ballard Underground. Discount tickets $5 to $11.

Drama of race & religion

January 8 – 31, 2016

1.3 miles NW

Disgraced is a Pulitzer Price winning play “about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $17.

My Fair Lady

January 8 – Feb. 7, 2016

28.5 miles north

Lerner & Loewe wrote My Fair Lady, a classic musical with catchy songs about a Cockney woman who takes speech lessons on a bet to see if she can pass as a lady, in Everett. Discount tickets Jan. 17+ $49.

Irish show in Kirkland

January 9, 2016 (3 & 8 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Celtic Nights tells the story of Irish people in search of a better land via music, song, and dance at Kirkland Performance Center. Discount tickets $20.

Lunch cruise

January 9 – April 30, 2016 (Sat. noon)

4 miles north

Seattle Lakes Lunch Cruise includes a lunch buffet, a narrated tour, and views as you cruise Lake Union & Lake Washington. Discount tickets $49, child $25.

Drag show

January 10 – 31, 2016 (Sundays)

1.1 miles NE

Female impersonators in outrageous costumes will wow you at Julia’s Queen of the Brunch Drag Show at Julia’s on Broadway, Capitol Hill. Optional brunch. Discount tickets $10.

Top 3 comedians

January 13, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

10.1 miles east

See the three comedians who won King 5 TV’s readers’ poll at Best of Western Washington’s Top 3 Comics Showcase at Lincoln Square in Bellevue.

Discount tickets $8 (plus 2 menu items).

Wine & chocolate

January 14 & 16, 2016

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 $15.

MLK celebration

January 14, 2016 (12 to 1 p.m.)

0.4 miles NE

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

Tango show

January 14 & 17, 2016

0.5 miles south

Forever Tango features a couple from TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” world-class dancers from Argentina, a traditional Argentine 1930s style vocalist, and an 11-piece orchestra.

  • Jan. 14 – Olympia at the Washington Center Discount tickets $26.
  • Jan. 17 – Seattle at Benaroya Hall Discount tickets $26.

Nordic films

January 14 – 17, 2016

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.

Award-winning drama

January 14 – 24, 2016

16.6 miles north

Catherine’s mathematician father dies, leaving behind a mysteriousProof and a student who has romantic intentions in Edmonds. Discount tickets $11.

MLK celebration

January 15, 2016

1.5 miles east

The MLK Celebration at Seattle University includes a keynote speech, gospel music, and a reception at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Free.

Remodeling expo

January 15 – 17, 2016

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 15 – 17, 2016

15 miles south

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

Monster trucks

January 15 – 17, 2016

33 miles south

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

MLK celebration

January 16, 2016 (noon)

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.

Ellensburg beer festival

January 16, 2016 (sold out)

107 miles east

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

Wedding show

January 16 – 17, 2016

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 16 – 17, 2016

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 16 – 18, 2016

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.

Cheap basketball

January 16 – Feb. 27, 2016

1.3 miles NW

Watch the Seattle Redhawks of Seattle University play a game at KeyArena.

Discount tickets $4 to $10.

Tacoma brass concert

January 17, 2016 (3 p.m.)

39 miles south

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

Free state parks

January 17 – 18, 2016


State Parks Free Days include Martin Luther King Day, so you can spend Sunday and Monday exploring any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

MLK Day breakfast

January 18, 2016 (7 to 8:30 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 18, 2016

2 miles east

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

MLK Day in Tacoma

January 18, 2016 (11 a.m. to 1 p.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.

Free national parks

January 18, 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.

Tacoma RV Show

January 21 – 24, 2016

33 miles south

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

Children’s Film Festival

January 21 – 31, 2016

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.

Chamber music

January 22 – 24 and 29 – 31, 2016

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.

Johnny Cash show

January 22 – Feb. 14, 2016

25.7 miles south

Ring of Fire features the story and music of legendary Johnny Cash in Federal Way. Discount tickets $18.

Great classical music

January 23, 2016 (2 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Seattle Philharmonic plays music by four great composer-conductors (Bernstein, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Doráti) at Benaroya Hall. Discount tickets $15.

Antique and collectibles show

January 23 – 24, 2016

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 Nov.

Alternative wedding show

January 24, 2016

1.9 miles south

Find vendors of handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Lovesick, plus fashion makeovers, neo-burlesque performances, live music, and a bar at Showbox SoDo for ages 21+.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 27 – 31, 2016

36 miles south

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

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 28 – 31, 2016

33 miles south

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

Funny musical

January 28 – Feb. 21, 2016

0.3 miles SE

Follow an ambitious window washer learning how to climb the corporate ladder in the award-winning musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue.

Discount tickets $42.

Play about Mozart

January 28 – Feb. 21, 2016

6 miles north

Amadeus tells the story of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, juxtaposing the petty world of human excess with the transcendent achievements of human artistry at the Bathhouse Theatre.

Strange beer festival

January 29 – 30, 2016

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 29 – 30, 2016

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 29 – Feb. 6, 2016

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which promises 1000 boats and watercraft on display plus 200 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field. Boats in the water are at South Lake Union.

Belgian beer festival

January 30, 2016 (12 & 5:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Buy a ticket to Belgianfest 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+.

Frog day

January 30, 2016 (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, and meet firefighters on Snohomish Ground Frog Day. Free.

Classical music

January 30 – 31, 2016

Seattle & Kent

Seattle Festival Orchestra plays works by Beethoven, Lalo, and Dvorak at two different venues.

  • Jan. 30 – Kent discount tickets $8
  • Jan. 31 – Seattle discount tickets $10

Chocolate & drinks

January 31, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Wine, spirits, cider, and mead pair deliciously with chocolate, artisan cheese, savory food, dessert, and music at Pike Chocofest at Pike Brewing Company.

I hope that this list helps you find some great things to get out and enjoy!
Have a blessed day!

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