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Performing Arts

While Seattle is well known as the birthplace of grunge, we’re also home to more traditional musical delights, such as one of the world’s most recorded symphony orchestras and our renowned Seattle Opera, both of which enchant audiences year after year with their compelling performances. This “City of Music” offers more than eighty clubs and venues presenting live music on a regular basis, allowing you to choose anything from a sizzling jazz trio to your new favorite rock band. We’re also recognized as one of the county’s great theatre centers.

Groups like Seattle Repertory TheatreACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre offer everything from world-premieres and new works to award-winning interpretations of the classics. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Moore Theatre host touring concerts and Broadway shows, while over fifty other theatres produce inspired work by emerging artists. And that’s just the beginning. From the grand artistry of Pacific Northwest Ballet to a poetry reading in the most intimate setting, Seattle will set the stage for you.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

Lisa Fischer

Now through 5/26/2019

“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want …

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Azam Ali


In a Career which spans over fifteen years and include thirteen collaborative and solo albums as well as …

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Seattle 101 Walking Tour


Seattle 101 is our flagship tour! Our unique take on Seattle and your insider’s guide to the Emerald …

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Meet Our Octopus


Witness one of their daily feeding attempts and learn more about this amazing creature—the giant Pacific octopus!

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Travessias Brazilian Film Festival

Now through 5/25/2019

Curated by visiting scholar of Brazilian cinema Emanuella Leite Rodrigues de Moraes and under the supervision of the …

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Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed

Now through 6/9/2019

A major look into the special world of Artist’s Books. It includes special installations by artists including Diane …

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smART Film Series: Art & Science

Now through 6/25/2019

This series is designed to celebrate the curiosity and intellect of practitioners of the arts and sciences which …

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Seattle Brewery Tour – Road Dog Tours


Seattle is home to the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world. From a crisp ale …

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The Music of the Grateful Dead For Kids


The Rock and Roll Playhouse features the music of the Grateful Dead For kids.

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