November Seattle Events Calendar Post
November is here, and with it the cooler weather and the last several years some snow. Which makes an amazing backdrop for all the fun holiday events going on. I personally love to bundle up on a sunny, cold day – even better if that day includes hot beverages, great food, and of course Christmas lights! Ok, I know there is another holiday between now and the best one, and our city doesn’t take a break in offering you some great places to shop, eat, take in a show, give back, and even visit a State or National park for free. Here are a few Seattle events you might like to try….
Food and Beverage. November starts out strong with The Whiskey Extravaganza at the Rainier Club on the 1st, offering unlimited tastings of over 100 whiskeys, delicious bites to go with, and even a master class! Oyster New Year on the 2nd not only offers 30 varieties of that delicious treat from the sea, which is reason enough for me to go, but also includes a seafood buffet, wine from 60 different wineries, microbrews, and live music at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56. (P.S. Elliott’s is also the best place for HH if you love oysters as much as I do. Trust me.) Seattleites love our food, so we not only have Restaurant Week in the spring, but the late fall as well! Join other like-minded food-lovers the 3rd – 7th for special deals on three-course meals at 165 different restaurants all over the city. If you watch “America’s Test Kitchen” you won’t want to miss the Seattle Eats Festival which includes chef-made food, drinks, cooking demos, and even a chance to meet the cast members! November 8th and 9th, 21+ only. The 9th and 10th brings us the Northwest Chocolate Festival with tastings, workshops, and vendors offering the latest and greatest…basically all things chocolate! There are also several beer and spirits tastings, cruises, cabarets, bar crawls…seriously anything you could want to do that involves food and drink. Visit the website at Events12 for all the listings.
Conventions, festivals, and fairs. Obviously the biggest event at the beginning of November is Dia de los Muertos, with events happening all over the city. I recommend visiting El Centro de la Raza or Court in the Square on the 1st or the Armory at Seattle Center on the 2nd and 3rd. Next up is the Earshot Jazz Festival the 1st – 6th at multiple locations throughout the city. If jazz is your thing, you will not want to miss this. The Seattle Women’s Show on the 2nd at the Women’s University Club offers lots of great shopping, a wine and champagne bar, and gourmet food trucks for refueling. The Best of the Northwest the 8th – 10th is where I have gotten almost all of my holiday shopping done for years. This juried show has 120 artists offering everything from jewelry to wall art to clothing – even sculptures and gourmet food! Need some feel good with your gift-buying? The artists that you are supporting here donate art that is auctioned off in the spring to help support Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s! Need more? If you are active or retired military, you get in free. Speaking of military, there are a lot of local parades, dinners, and events happening in almost every neighborhood for Veteran’s Day. Take some time to thank those that keep us safe and allow us to celebrate the holidays in any fashion we wish. Thank You Veterans!
Turkey Day Offerings. Cranksgiving on the 16th is a fun scavenger hunt done on your bike. You look for food that is later donated to the West Seattle Food Bank, and you get prizes at the after party! The Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off on the 17th is a fun way to get some exercise in and help support the Union Gospel Mission. Held at Green Lake Park, this event offers a 10K and 5K walk/run, a free kids dash, and a mashed potato eating contest. What more could you want? On Thanksgiving Day, there are tons of restaurants offering special menus. Everything from traditional turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes to ethnic cuisine with a traditional twist. The Eater, OpenTable, and TripSavvy sites all have great recommendations of where to go for your perfect Turkey Day meal. Before all that eating, drinking, and merry-making, you’re going to need to go for a walk. Or maybe a run. How about a Trot? The Seattle Turkey Trot in Ballard is a 5K benefiting the Ballard Food Bank starting at 9am. Bring your food donation and your furry friend – oh, and don’t forget your costume! The Turkey Trot at Magunson Park at 10am is a 5K/10K/15K benefiting Teen Feed and the University Food Bank. Cash and food donations accepted at both.
…….and the Holiday Festivities Begin! The 29th is the opening ceremony for Christmas in Seattle, and it’s an event you absolutely have to see. The Macy’s Holiday Parade is at 9am and has all the things you want from a proper parade: floats, marching bands, costumes, and of course Santa! Afterwards the Man in Red will be delivered to the 2nd floor of Macys where he will be listening to the kiddos and posing for pictures through December 24th. The annual Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration happens later in the day, along with the Macy’s Downtown Seattle Starlighting. Basically, just wear your warm layers and plan on spending the day at Westlake Center! The 30th is the annual Magic in the Market starting at 11am and concluding with the famous Pike Place Market Tree Lighting! After these Seattle events, there is something Holiday almost every day. A few notables are the Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Winterfest at Seattle Center, Lumaze at Smith Cove, WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, Enchanted Christmas at T-Mobile Park (which includes a really cool maze)….it goes on and on.
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