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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

The Comedy Nest

Now through 2/25/2020

The Comedy Nest is a womxn-focused comedy show and open mic. Half the open mic spots are reserved …

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Summer Meltdown

8/1/2019 through 8/4/2019

The Summer Meltdown Festival is the “largest locally-produced independent camping and music festival in the Pacific Northwest”. At …

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Ron Ho: A Jeweler’s Tale

Now through 9/15/2019

This exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of renowned Northwest jeweler Ron Ho. When Ho passed away in …

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Paris Chansons


Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with a global twist based in Los Angeles. Recently featured on …

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Darrington Bluegrass Festival

7/19/2019 through 7/21/2019

Darrington Bluegrass Festival is One of the biggest and premiere bluegrass festivals in the Northwest!

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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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True Northwest: The Seattle Journey


By sharing stories from the past, MOHAI helps make sense of the present, and ultimately inspires decisions that …

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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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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses


The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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