Explore the Pacific Northwest

Calendar of Events

Explore the Pacific Northwest

Your Guide to Top Festivals, Shows, Celebrations and More

Looking for fun things to do this weekend or on your next road trip? Our events calendar is your go-to source for information on exciting festivals, street fairs, concerts, performances, exhibitions and more across the Pacific Northwest.

Locations:
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Featured Events

the soweto gospel choir singing on stage

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

October 21, Wenatchee​
This 20-strong choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. Numerica Performing Arts Center, (509) 663-2787

peacock in the desert

PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA

October 18 – Jan. 21, Seattle
Nearly four centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in this exhibition of paintings, ceremonial objects, arms and armor, jewels and carved furnishings. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100

astory liberty theater film festival

ASTORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 19–21, Astoria
Showcasing independent filmmaking from around the world, this year's festival will focus on films with female producers, directors or films with a female story line. Liberty Theater, (503) 484-5122

guided mushroom foraging at the mushroom festival

QUINAULT MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

October 19–21, Quinault
Elaborate displays of freshly harvested mushrooms, presentations by mushroom experts, guided mushrooming, mushroom-growing workshops and autumn menus featuring mushrooms are all a part of this annual event at Lake Quinault Lodge.(360) 288-2900

hells canyon gem club show

HELLS CANYON GEM CLUB SHOW

October 20–21, Lewiston
Displays, demonstrators, dealers and a silent auction make this annual show shine. Nez Perce County Fair Building, (208) 413-1806, www.hellscanyongemclub.com

Washington

October 15–21, Tri-Cities
509 TOUR DE ARTS 
More than 20 venues, including Red Mountain Wineries, private studios and local businesses, will offer demonstrations and displays of works by 30 artists. www.509tourdearts.com

October 17 – Nov. 25, Seattle
A PEOPLE'S HISTORY
Created and performed by master storyteller, author and actor Mike Daisey, this series of 18 stand-alone monologues explores a history of the United States characterized by the struggle of those who have fought against exploitation to make American ideals a reality. Leo K. Theatre, (206) 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org

October 18 and 20, Seattle
BEETHOVEN & TCHAIKOVSKY
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2016, showcases his artistry with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s powerful Symphony No. 1. Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4700, www.seattlesymphony.orgAAA membership discount available (use promo code AAASSO).

October 18–21, Tacoma
TACOMA HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVAL
This annual event, complete with holiday music and entertainment, culinary demonstrations and Santa, features 550 booths with art, crafts, specialty foods and unique gifts. Tacoma Dome, (425) 889-9494, www.holidaygiftshows.com

October 18 – January 21, Seattle
PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA
Nearly four centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in this exhibition of paintings, ceremonial objects, arms and armor, jewels and carved furnishings. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org

October 19–21, Quinault
QUINAULT MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
Elaborate displays of freshly harvested mushrooms, presentations by mushroom experts, guided mushrooming, mushroom-growing workshops and autumn menus featuring mushrooms are all a part of this annual event at Lake Quinault Lodge.(360) 288-2900, www.olympicnationalparks.com

October 19–21, White Salmon
WHITE SALMON FALL ART WALK
Visit studios and artists at this annual event, with 15 artists’ works—sculptures, paintings, prints, glass art and more—showing at six locations throughout town. www.whitesalmonarts.org

October 19–31, Seattle
THIS IS HALLOWEEN
This original, dark fantasy musical adaption of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmasfeatures Can Can Productions’ signature cabaret and burlesque stylings, with live orchestral music, vocal performance and spooky video projections. The Triple Door, (206) 838-4333, www.thecancan.com

October 21, Wenatchee
SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR
This 20-strong choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. Numerica Performing Arts Center, (509) 663-2787, www.numericapac.org.

October 23–28, Seattle
ON YOUR FEET!
With music by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, this production tells the real-life story of the artists’ journey to America and their inspiring journey to the top of the pop charts. Paramount Theatre, (888) 451-4042, www.stgpresents.orgAAA membership discount available (use promo code AAASTG).

October 26-27, Bothell
STITCHES QUILT SHOW
More than 100 quilts will be on display as local quilt artists put on demonstrations and explain the craft; a handmade boutique and vendors add opportunities to buy locally made works and the tools to do your own projects.IUOE Union Hall, www.straythreads.org

October 26–28
FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
Documentaries and docu-dramas will highlight compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations;award-winning documentary films, special events and Q & A sessions with the filmmakers offer additional opportunities to engage. The event will be held at five venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal. www.fhff.org

October 28–30, Spokane Valley
SPOKANE OKTOBERFEST
German dancing and singing add authentic flair to this celebration, with beer, entertainment, food and fun among the offerings. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, (509) 621-0125, www.spokaneoktoberfest.com

November 2–11, Seattle
ALL PREMIERE
This Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere includes Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little Mortal Jump, Alexander Ekman’s international hit Cacti, and a new work created by PNB soloist Kyle Davis. McCaw Hall, (206) 441-2424, www.AAA.com/discounts; 10% AAA membership discount available online (use promo code AAA1718).

November 3, Seattle
HMONG NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
The culture of the Hmong people of China, Laos and Thailand is showcased through traditional music, ceremonial ball tossing and textile workshops. Seattle Center Armory, (206) 684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com/festal

November 3, Walla Walla
EMISUNSHINE IN CONCERT
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist EmiSunshine, a teen prodigy from Tennessee who has become an international sensation, will display her own unique styling with Appalachian, bluegrass and country music. Gesa Power House Theatre, (509) 529-6500, www.phtww.com

November 3, Port Angeles
JOSU DE SOLAUN
The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest artist Josu de Solaun for a concert featuring Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, Strauss' Burleske and more. Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, (360) 457-5579, www.portangelessymphony.org

November 3, Seattle
OYSTER NEW YEAR
A benefit for the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, this bivalve-centric event promises more than 30 varieties of oysters, a seafood buffet and live music, along with more than 60 wineries; remember to designate a driver. Elliott’s Oyster House, (206) 623-4340, http://www.elliotts.ticketleap.com/oyster-new-year

November 4–5, Seattle
POLISH BAZAAR
Borscht, pierogies and Polish sausage augment the shopping experience, with crystal, amber, pottery and crafts on display at this annual fall bazaar. Polish Cultural Center, (206) 322-3020, www.polishhome.org

November 4 – December 9, Tumwater
“IT’S THE ART!” OLYMPIA BEER ADVERTISING ART SHOW
More than 50 original advertising artworks created for the Olympia Brewing Company from the 1930s through the 1950s will be on display, illustrating society during the Depression and war years. Schmidt House, (360) 890-2299, www.olytumfoundation.org

November 8 – December 30, Issaquah
ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL
A brilliant and imaginative little girl named Matilda takes a stand and changes her destiny in this Tony-Award winning musical performed by Village Theatre. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, (425) 392-2202, AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available online (use promo code AAAVT).
November 9, Spokane
EPICUREAN DELIGHT
Thirty restaurants and 30 libations combine in this festive, formal cocktail party benefiting the Inland Northwest Blood Center; be sure to designate a driver. Spokane Convention Center, (509) 232-4567, www.epicureandelight.org

November 9–11, North Kitsap County
ART IN THE WOODS STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout the North Kitsap area offers opportunities to see artists working in a variety of media. www.cafnw.org

November 9–17, Olympia
OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL
A wide array of regional, national and international films is on tap at this annual event, which features filmmaker appearances and panel discussions. Capitol Theater, (360) 754-6670, www.olympiafilmsociety.org

November 10, Eastsound
HOPS ON THE ROCK: ORCAS ISLAND BEER FESTIVAL
Local foods and craft beers from more than 20 breweries from around the region will come together at this event that shuts down the street for dancing and merriment, to the sounds of Bellingham’s Babycakes. Please be sure to designate a driver. Prune Alley, www.hopsontherock.com

November 10, Kennewick
TRI-CITIES WINE FESTIVAL
Regional wines and microbrews are spotlighted at this 40th annual event, with local cuisine complementing fine wines. Please be sure to designate a driver. Three Rivers Convention Center, (509) 627-2615, www.tricitieswinesociety.com

November 10, Auburn
VETERANS PARADE AND OBSERVANCE
One of the largest Veterans Day parades in the nation, this event features nearly 200 units, as well as marching bands and vehicles streaming through downtown. (253) 931-3043, www.auburnwa.gov/vetsday

November 10–11, Spokane
FALL FOLK FESTIVAL
This weekend of folk music performances on eight stages includes traditional and ethnic dance and music, as well as crafts. Spokane Community College, (509) 828-3683, www.spokanefolkfestival.org

November 11, Elma
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE
A parade to honor veterans is followed by a luncheon at this annual event. (360) 482-3055, www.elmachamber.org

November 11–12, Olympic Peninsula
HARVEST WINE AND CIDER TOUR
Small-batch wineries and cideries from Chimacum to Port Angeles will pair wines and ciders with seasonal foods in this celebration of the peninsula’s artisan cider- and winemakers; be sure to designate a driver. www.visitportangeles.com/event/harvest-wine-tour

November 16–17, Seattle
REDITUM
The dance company of Casa Patas, from Madrid, presents a new dance program starring the dancer/choreographer José Barrios, known for his big personality and intensity. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

November 16–17, Wenatchee
HOLIDAY SPICE
Kicking off the 2018 Numerica Festival of Trees weekend, Holiday Spice is a joyful holiday revue with area performers saluting the season through dance, music, comedy and theater performances. Numerica Performing Arts Center, (509) 663-2787, www.numericapac.org

November 16 – January 1, Seattle
POINSETTIA HOLIDAY DISPLAY AND MODEL TRAIN
Seattle’s historic Volunteer Park Conservatory—one of the nation’s last remaining Victorian glass houses—will dazzle with holiday displays and a model train at this open house. (206) 322-4112, www.volunteerparkconservatory.org

November 17, Seattle
THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER FEATURING KURTIS BLOW
This contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s music features a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and an electric violinist, as they weave a tale set in 1980s Brooklyn, when Maria-Clara’s parents first meet in a nightclub. The Paramount Theatre, (206) 682-1414. https://www.stgpresents.org/groups/aaa; 15% AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAASTG).

November 17, Mount Vernon
SKAGIT WINE & BEER FESTIVAL
Wines, beers, ciders and spirits from throughout the state will be paired with heavy appetizers and chocolate from local restaurants and food vendors at this gourmand experience; be sure to designate a driver. (360) 428-8547, www.skagitwineandbeer.com

November 17–18, Seattle
YULEFEST
Celebrate the holidays Nordic-style, with aisles filled with handcrafted gifts, plus krumkake and lefse, and Scandinavian music and dance in this sparkling new museum. Nordic Museum, (206) 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org

November 17–28, Seattle
FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than 20 holiday-themed trees create a glittering backdrop, and the Teddy Bear Suite opens for visitors during this benefit gala for Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care and Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel, (206) 236-6167, www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com

November 18, Seattle
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT MODEL AIRPLANE EXHIBIT
Sponsored by the Lake Sawyer Hawks Radio Control Club, the exhibit features fine craftsmanship and many types of flying, radio-control models. Museum of Flight, www.lakesawyerhawks.org

November 19, Seattle
AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS
Following the May publication of his book Calypso, comedian and author David Sedaris will do a reading and signing, regaling the audience with his trademark twists of humor. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

November 20, Spokane
A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
Christmas carols will become magical in this vibrant theatrical spectacle that features circus acts, live musicians … and magic. INB Performing Arts Center, (800) 325-7328, www.wcebroadway.com; AAA membership discount available online (use promo code TripleA).

November 20 – January, 1 Seattle
GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
This beloved annual showcase of sweet fantasies, crafted by the Sheraton’s culinary team and top local architecture firms, benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, www.sheratonseattle.com/gingerbread-village

November 21, Seattle
A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
Christmas carols will become magical in this vibrant theatrical spectacle that features circus acts, live musicians … and magic. The Paramount Theatre, (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org/groups/aaa; AAA membership discount available online.

November 22, Wenatchee
TURKEY ON THE RUN
Rotary Park is the start and finish line for 5K and 12K runs/walks and a kids’ run. www.runwenatchee.com

November 22 – January 1, Spanaway
FANTASY LIGHTS
More than 300 elaborately lit displays will glow along a 2-mile route along Spanaway Lake. Spanaway Park, (253) 798-4199, www.piercecountywa.org/parks

November 23, Langley
LIGHTING OF LANGLEY
Carol singing, hot cider and a visit by Santa are followed by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in this cozy island community. Langley Park, (360) 221-6765, www.visitlangley.com

November 23, Lopez Village
LOPEZ VILLAGE GATHERING AND HOLIDAY LIGHTING
Bonfires, caroling, cookies and cocoa are all a part of this cozy community celebration that starts the holiday season. www.lopezisland.com

November 23, Seattle
MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE AND WESTLAKE CENTER TREE LIGHTING
The traditional morning parade, with festive floats and costumed characters, will be followed by the afternoon lighting of Westlake Center’s tree. www.holidaysinseattle.com

November 23–24, Winthrop
CHRISTMAS AT THE END OF THE ROAD
Winthrop shows its holiday spirit in true Western style, with storytelling, campfires, a children’s Winter Fest at the Barn, a fun run and fireworks. (509) 996-2125, www.winthropwashington.com

November 23–24, Dayton
CHRISTMAS KICKOFF
A Christmas tree lighting, a lighted parade and fireworks will illuminate the night at this celebration of the holiday season, with Santa and live reindeer in attendance. www.historicdayton.com

November 23–24, Bellevue
KIDSQUEST GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
Families and friends are invited to decorate their own gingerbread houses to take home, with a candy buffet and icing available. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, (425) 637-8100, www.kidsquestmuseum.org

November 23–24, Long Beach Peninsula
STUDIO TOUR 
Local artists’ studios across the peninsula will be open for this annual event by the Peninsula Arts Association, with opportunities to meet the artists, watch demos and find one-of-a-kind mementos. (360) 783-2887, www.beachartist.org

November 23–25, Leavenworth
CHRISTKINDLMARKT
Evening processions by lantern light are among the enticements at this annual Bavarian-style Christmas market in Washington’s most picturesque mountain village, with crafts and treats adding to the fun. www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com

November 23–25, Lake Chelan
FALL BARREL TASTING
Wineries throughout this lake region will be open for relaxed, post-harvest barrel tastings. www.lakechelanwinevalley.com

November 23 – December 16
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Veterans and song-and-dance performers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The score features holiday standards, including the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867, www.AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAA Member).

November 23 – December 23, Seattle
ARGOSY CRUISES CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
The Christmas Ship brings caroling and holiday spirit to waterfront communities on Elliott Bay, Lake Union and Lake Washington, as well as the Kitsap Peninsula and Tacoma. (888) 623-1445, www.argosycruises.com

November 23 – December 28, Seattle
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Seattle tradition, ACT Theatre tells the classic Dickens tale of hope and redemption, featuring the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. ACT Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org

November 23 – December 28, Seattle
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of this classic tale set to Tchaikovsky’s score features fantastical sets and costumes designed by Ian Falconer. McCaw Hall, (206) 441-2424, www.AAA.com/discounts; 10% AAA membership discount available.

November 23 – December 30, Seattle
ANNIE
With beloved classics such as Tomorrow and It’s a Hard Knock Life, this energetic and hopeful musical is a holiday treat for all ages. The 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900, www.AAA.com/discounts; 10% AAA membership discount available.

November 23 – December 30, Seattle
ENCHANT CHRISTMAS
This immersive holiday light experience includes larger-than-life ornaments, a Christmas light maze, an ice-skating trail, music and entertainment … and Santa in a glittering sleigh. Safeco Field, www.enchantchristmas.com

November 23 – December 30, Seattle
IN THE HEIGHTS
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production focuses on a vibrant New York neighborhood on the brink of change as residents figure out which traditions to keep and which to leave behind. Bagley Wright Theatre, (206) 443-2222; 10% AAA membership discount available online at www.seattlerep.org/promo/aaa

November 23 – December 31, Seattle
SEATTLE CENTER WINTERFEST
The annual winter train and village will be on display at this annual event, with ice-skating, caroling and other activities leading up to the city’s renowned fireworks display, on New Year’s Eve. Seattle Center, (206) 684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

November 23 – January 5, Seattle
WILDLIGHTS
Guests will be transported to a festive winter wonderland, complete with lights, treats, faux snowball fights, animal encounters and more. Woodland Park Zoo, (206) 548-2500, www.zoo.org/wildlights

November 23 – January 6, Tacoma
ZOOLIGHTS
The zoo glows with more than 650,000 lights during the holidays (except December 24); a vintage carousel and camel rides offer yet more excitement on the 30thanniversary of this annual tradition. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, (253) 404-3800, www.pdza.org

November 23 – January 13, Bellevue
BELLEVUE MAGIC SEASON
The magic includes an open-air ice rink in Bellevue Downtown Park, a nightly (through December 24) Snowflake Lane parade of live toy soldiers along Bellevue Way, and performances of holiday classics at Meydenbauer Center. (425) 453-1223, www.bellevuedowntown.com

November 24, Seattle
MAGIC IN THE MARKET
Pike Place Market’s annual holiday kick-off is filled with festive entertainment, craft demos, a visit from Santa Claus and the illumination of holiday lights and trees. (206) 682-7453, www.pikeplacemarket.org

November 24–25, Tacoma
GINGERBREAD JAMBOREE
Candy buffets and frosting set the stage for families to build their own dream gingerbread houses masterpieces, accompanied by music, entertainment, treats and Santa. Hotel Murano, (253) 627-6031, www.playtacoma.org

November 24–26, Yakima Valley
WINE COUNTRY THANKSGIVING
Food and wine pairings, and tours at participating wineries are among the options at this valley-wide celebration. (509) 965-5201, www.wineyakimavalley.org

November 24 – December 16, Toppenish
TOY TRAIN CHRISTMAS
A caboose ride brings kids to the “North Pole” to meet Santa and marvel at more than 40 model trains chugging around decorated Christmas trees, the first weekend after Thanksgiving and first three weekends in December. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, (509) 865-1911, www.nprymuseum.org

November 24 – December 30, Bellevue
GARDEN D’LIGHTS
More than a half-million lights bring the botanical garden into a winter “bloom” of brilliant illuminations. Bellevue Botanical Garden, (425) 452-6844, www.gardendlights.org

November 25, Prosser
FAMILY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
The lighting of Depot Square is embellished with Christmas carols, a bonfire, hot cocoa, Santa and more, with free screenings of Christmas movies at the Princess Theatre. Depot Square, (509) 786-3177, www.tourprosser.com

November 25, Seattle
SEATTLE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
Around 10,000 competitors cap off the holiday weekend by running or walking a full or half marathon on rolling courses that loop out and back from Seattle Center. (206) 729-3660, www.seattlemarathon.org

November 27 – December 9, Spokane
CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE
This raffle of 18 themed, custom-decorated trees, a benefit for the Spokane Symphony, has been a Spokane holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Davenport Hotel (through December 8) & River Park Square (through December 9), (509) 458-8733, www.ssa.corlinc.com

November 29 – December 2, Spokane
SPOKANE SYMPHONY PRESENTS: THE NUTCRACKER
E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of Clara and her nutcracker prince is performed by the Santa Barbara-based State Street Ballet and more than 75 local dancers. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org

November 29 – December 16, Seattle
OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
Tchaikovsky’s compositions spring to life through the hands and insights of actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder, who performs music from Swan LakeSleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture. Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K. Theatre, (206) 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org

November 29 – December 29, Stanwood
THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
More than 1 million lights sparkle during this annual event, which features live entertainment, kids’ activities and a theatrical performance. Warm Beach Camp, (360) 652-7575, www.AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available.

November 30 – December 1, Tacoma
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Festively decorated trees will be on display, with a gala dinner and cocktail party adding yet more sparkle to this fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Greater Tacoma Convention Center, (253) 403-4892, www.festivaloftreestacoma.org

November 30 – December 1, Tri-Cities
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
A procession of lighted boats will motor along the Columbia River, from Clover Island in Kennewick to Richland’s Howard Amon Park, and back. www.lightedboatparade.com

November 30 – December 2, Bainbridge Island
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY
A self-guided tour of cottages, farms and other locales, in venues across the island, will reveal a juried selection of handmade gifts for sale. (206) 291-7188, www.christmasinthecountry.info

November 30 – December 16, Leavenworth
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING FESTIVAL
St. Nickolaus leads the festivities on Friday evenings, while a sing-along of carols and a lighting ceremony at dusk cap daylong amusement on Saturdays and Sundays. (509) 548-5807, www.leavenworth.org

December 1, Tacoma
CHRISTMAS REGALE
Costumed re-enactors will welcome guests to toasts of the yule log and caroling, with old-fashioned parlor games, ornament-making and Father Christmas adding to the fun. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, (253) 404-3970, www.fortnisqually.org

December 1, Ilwaco
CRAB POT CHRISTMAS TREE
The lighting of Ilwaco’s unique Crab Pot Christmas Tree kicks off the holidays, complete with crab-themed Christmas carols. Port of Ilwaco, (360) 642-3143, www.discoverilwaco.com

December 1, Friday Harbor
ISLAND LIGHTS FESTIVAL
The celebratory lighting of Memorial Park for the holidays is the centerpiece of the festival, with caroling, a visit by Santa, craft-making and treats, as well. The Whale Museum, Memorial Park and Brickworks, www.visitsanjuans.com

December 1, Pullman
HOLIDAY FEST & TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
A tree-lighting ceremony will be accompanied by hot cocoa, holiday entertainment and Santa. Pine Street Plaza, (509) 334-3565, www.pullmanchamber.com

December 1, Poulsbo
JULEFEST
A holiday bazaar inspired by Scandinavia will culminate in the Santa Lucia bride arriving by boat to light the traditional Jule bonfire. Santa will arrive later, to cap off the revelry. (360) 779-5209, www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com

December 1, Clarkston
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Around 75 illuminated parade entries will spread joy along the Sixth Street parade route. (509) 758-7712, www.lcvalleychamber.org

December 1, Lynden
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE  
A dazzling array of lighted trucks, cars, floats—and even farm equipment—will travel from Fairway Center through downtown Lynden. (360) 354-5995, www.lynden.org

December 1, Sunnyside
LIGHTED FARM IMPLEMENT PARADE
With dozens of decorated, lit-up farm implements and vehicles, this annual event celebrates the area’s agricultural roots. Downtown Sunnyside, www.lightedfarmparade.com

December 1, Kingston
PORT OF KINGSTON'S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Santa flips the switch on a half-million lights and more than 600 light sculptures, as visitors gather around bonfires to enjoy hot cocoa and live music. Mike Wallace Park, (360) 297-3545, www.portofkingston.org

December 1, Westport
SANTA BY THE SEA
Santa will arrive at Westport Marina aboard a U.S. Coast Guard boat, where he’ll be whisked via fire truck to the Maritime Museum, for photo opportunities and treats for all. (800) 345-6223, www.experiencewestport.com

December 1, Kirkland
WINTERFEST
Live performances, bonfires and a tree-lighting ceremony draw families and Santa to this annual festival. Downtown Kirkland, (425) 822-7066, www.kirklanddowntown.org

December 1–2 Redmond
REDMOND LIGHTS
A mile-long luminary walk between City Hall Plaza and Redmond Town Center bring light and festivity to this annual event, which features a holiday market, live entertainment and food. (425) 556-2395, www.redmondlights.com

December 1–3, Bellingham
HOLIDAY PORT FESTIVAL
Decorated gingerbread houses star at this annual fête, which includes musical and dance performances, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, (360) 676-2500, www.portofbellingham.com/holidayport

December 2, Ilwaco
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Rebecca Kilgore Quintet will perform an afternoon holiday concert at the Inn at Harbour Village. (360) 642-0087, www.watermusicfestival.com

December 2, Coupeville
GREENING OF COUPEVILLE
Decorative floats will parade along this Whidbey Island town’s Main and Front streets, culminating with the lighting of Cooks Corner Park. (360) 678-5434, www.coupevillechamber.com

December 2, Kent
MAGICAL STRINGS CELTIC YULETIDE CONCERT
The Boulding Family’s annual concert features Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings and percussion, plus Irish step dancing and storytelling. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, (253) 856-5050, www.kentarts.com

December 3, Centralia
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
The Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra will perform holiday-themed songs, as well as traditional orchestral music. Corbet Theater at Centralia College, (360) 520-3702, www.pncoa.org

December 6–30, Port Townsend
SPIRIT OF THE YULE
Port Townsend in the year 1889 is at the heart of this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as a street-wise, sharp-tongued woman is visited by ghosts from her past and future. Key City Public Theatre, (360) 385-5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

December 7, Eastsound
EASTSOUND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE LIGHTING
The community band will play holiday favorites while Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out toys and gifts to children, at this light-filled celebration. www.visitsanjuans.com

December 7 and 9, Seattle
CHRISTMAS IN ROME
Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra will bring joyous music from 17th and 18th century Rome to life at Epiphany Parish Seattle on Friday and Trinity Episcopal Parish Seattle on Sunday. (206) 708-6003, www.pacificmusicworks.org

December 8, Spokane
BING CROSBY HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL
This annual festival takes place in the crooner's hometown, featuring vintage Bing films, live entertainment and Crosby memorabilia, as well as a showing of Holiday Inn, the classic movie featuring the song White Christmas. Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 993-1732, www.bingcrosbyadvocates.org

December 8, Morton
CHRISTMAS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Hayrides, a living nativity and a holiday movie will usher in the festive season. Roxy Theater, (360) 496-6086, www.visitmorton.com

December 8, Kent
CHRISTMAS RUSH FUN RUN AND WALK
This annual 10K run and 5K run/walk will begin and end at Hogan Park, at Russell Road. (253) 856-5050, www.kentarts.com

December 8–9, Port Gamble
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
This Victorian-inspired town will be lit by more than 130,000 lights, with tractor hay rides through town, a craft workshop for kids, Santa and a fireworks display adding to the festivities. (360) 297-8074, www.portgamble.com

December 8–23, Seattle
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Seattle Men’s Chorus rings in the season with a high-spirited celebration featuring fresh takes on holiday classics, beloved carols and dazzling showstoppers. Benaroya Hall, (206) 388-1400, www.seattlechoruses.org

December 14–16, Seattle
HANDEL MESSIAH
The exultant “Hallelujah” chorus, featuring conductor and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and a strong cast of soloists, will honor Handel’s greatest work. Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747; www.AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available.

December 15–19, Tacoma
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS
The songs, dance and music of an English country village, enlivened by the mischievous doings of fairies, hobs and brownies, will be featured in this lively annual celebration of world cultures. Rialto Theater, (253) 591-5894, www.pugetsoundrevels.org

December 15-23, Federal Way
THE NUTCRACKER & THE TALE OF THE HARD NUT
The holiday classic The Nutcracker will be joined by The Tale of the Hard Nut, presented by Tacoma City Ballet, in this lavish production with live music, vibrant sets and beautiful costumes. Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, (253) 835-7010, www.fwpaec.org

December 17 and 19, Walla Walla
ROYAL BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER
This screening of the Royal Ballet’s holiday production, by Peter Wright, and with period costumes, is filmed live in London and rebroadcast. Gesa Power House Theatre, (509) 529-6500, www.phtww.com

December 21, Wenatchee
OLD TIME RADIO SHOW: MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens tale, takes center stage in this hilarious and nostalgic 1940s-style radio hour broadcast live on KOHO 101. Numerica Performing Arts Center, 509-663-ARTS, www.numericapac.org

December 21–January 1, Tacoma
MODEL TRAIN FESTIVAL
This event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts from across the state, with displays on every floor of the museum and the largest permanent model train layout in the state. Washington State History Museum, (253) 272-3500, www.washingtonhistory.org

December 22–23, Spokane
HOLIDAY POPS
This performance of festive holiday music features the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Chorale and The Spokane Area Youth Choirs. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org

December 31, Tacoma
FIRST NIGHT TACOMA
Live entertainment fills the streets and shops with music and other arts, while food trucks circle up at this family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. www.firstnighttacoma.org

December 31, Long Beach
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT
A fireworks show over the ocean welcomes in the new year. (360) 642-2400, www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com


Idaho

October 20–21, Lewiston
HELLS CANYON GEM CLUB SHOW
Displays, demonstrators, dealers and a silent auction make this annual show shine. Nez Perce County Fair Building, (208) 413-1806, www.hellscanyongemclub.com

November 29 – January 1, Coeur d’Alene
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
On-water displays will sparkle with 1.5 million lights during the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s holiday show, when nightly lake cruises transport kids to Santa’s workshop. (208) 765-4000, www.cdaresort.com

November 30 – December 8, Wallace
A WALLACE RETRO CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
A lighted Yuletide parade on Friday, December 7, will be the centerpiece of this festive, two-weekend-long celebration. (208) 753-7151, www.wallaceidahochamber.com

December 7–23, Coeur d'Alene
TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas songs and traditions from around the world will be spotlighted, with kick-line tap dancing, a USO tribute, Santa’s workshop and a living nativity adding to the event. Kroc Center, (208) 391-2867, www.traditionsofchristmasnw.com


Oregon

October 19–21, Astoria
ASTORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Showcasing independent filmmaking from around the world, the festival will screen an array of films, from documentaries to features. Liberty Theater, (503) 484-5122, www.goaiff.com

November 2–4, Cannon Beach
STORMY WEATHER ARTS FESTIVAL
Art exhibits and demonstrations, gallery receptions and a runway fashion show (on Saturday) are highlighted at this wintertime festival. www.cannonbeach.org

November 3–25, Portland
MODEL RAILROAD SHOW
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club’s annual show features highly detailed train scenes and thousands of feet of track in a basketball court–sized space; the show runs every weekend. www.cgmrc.com

November 10, Portland
NORTHWEST FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Food from some 50 area restaurants is accompanied by hundreds of wines at this annual sip-and-sample extravaganza; remember to designate a driver. Oregon Convention Center, (971) 470-0821, www.nwwinefestival.com

November 23 – December 30, Portland
THE GROTTO’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
It’s the 30th annual festival this year, with a puppet show, petting zoo and hundreds of thousands of lights (closed December 25). The Grotto, (503) 261-2400, www.thegrotto.org

November 28 – December 2, Portland
HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL
An abundance of winter beers, ciders and meads, including many specially blended for the festival, are on tap to enjoy around the region’s largest Christmas tree, with food and a craft soda garden part of the fun; remember to designate a driver. Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.holidayale.com

November 30 – December 1, Portland
PROVIDENCE FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than 25 decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, mini trees and holiday displays with 80,000 twinkling lights offer visual splendor, with cookie decorating and a visit by Santa for kids. Oregon Convention Center, (503) 216-6625, www.providencefestivaloftrees.org/portland

December 6, Portland
TASTING GROUP: NW CABS
Celebrate the bold flavors of the region’s cabernet wines at this holiday season tasting; be sure to designate a driver. (503) 208-2061, www.sewinecollective.com

December 9, Portland
EASTBURN CIDERFEST
Beverages from 15 cideries will be poured, accompanied by live music and late-night food and drink specials, to benefit Toys for Tots; be sure to designate a driver. EastBurn Public House, www.theeastburn.com/ciderfest

December 15, Milwaukie
WINTER SOLSTICE AND CHRISTMAS SHIPS VIEWING
A bonfire provides warmth for viewing the annual parade of Christmas ships, supplemented by treats, including hot dogs, pies, a beer garden and cocoa. Milwaukie BayPark, www.milwaukieoregon.gov


British Columbia

Through October 12, Vancouver
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The lineup of more than 320 films from 70 countries includes a B.C. Spotlight, showcasing the province’s filmmaking talent. Vancity Theatre, (604) 683-3456, www.viff.org

November 8–18, Whistler
WHISTLER CORNUCOPIA
This popular epicurean extravaganza features winemaker dinners; chef demos; wine, beer and spirits tastings; hands-on seminars; and evening parties, all in a walkable village. (877) 533-3267, www.whistlercornucopia.com

November 21 – December 24 Vancouver
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
More than 75 wooden huts decorated with twinkling lights offer European-style ornaments and gifts, as well as international treats, accompanied by live music. Jack Poole Plaza, www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

November 22 – January 27, Vancouver
CANYON LIGHTS
Festive lights will illuminate the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure as well as the forest, creating a world of visual enchantment. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, (604) 985-7474, www.capbridge.com

November 28 – January 1, Vancouver
BRIGHT NIGHTS CHRISTMAS TRAIN
More than 3 million lights in colorful displays will illuminate Stanley Park as the train weaves through the forest. Stanley Park Railroad, (604) 257-8531, www.vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train

December 1 – January 6, Vancouver
VANDUSEN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
More than a million lights will decorate 15 landscaped acres, reflecting in lakes and ponds; live entertainment, free carousel rides and photos with Santa offer additional enticements. VanDusen Botanical Garden, (604) 257-8335, www.vandusenfestivaloflights.ca


Event details are subject to change. Please confirm online or by phone.
 

Ongoing Events

Through October 12, Seattle
HEAR ME ROAR
The Seattle Women’s Chorus celebrates 15 years on stage with stirring stories of strength, survival and hope as the worlds of disco, Broadway and Hollywood are brought together in this choral extravaganza. Seattle First Baptist Church

Through October 20, Leavenworth
OKTOBERFEST 
Festivalgoers are treated to a Munich-style celebration, complete with live music, German foods, arts and crafts and beer, the first three Fridays and Saturdays of the month. Downtown Leavenworth

Through October 27, Seattle
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
A tense and haunting tale of a governess’s encounters with menacing spirits—or perhaps the manifestations of an overactive imagination—in an isolated mansion belonging to her mysterious employer. McCaw Hall, (206) 389-7676

Through October 31, Whistler, British Columbia
VALLEA LUMINA
Montreal’s award-winning Moment Factory will stage a fantastical, multimedia night walk in a forest at Cougar Mountain, using lights, videos, soundscape and scenography to transport visitors to another world; the company has previously collaborated on events for the NFL, Madonna and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.

Through October 31, Seattle
ZOMBIE CHEERLEADERS FROM HELL!
In this bawdy production by Can Can Culinary Cabaret, innocent cheerleaders mingle with monsters, with scary characters, multimedia mayhem and spooky adornments; foods from the Pike Place Market and craft cocktails are part of the appeal. Can Can Culinary Cabaret, Pike Place Market

Through November 4, Seattle
COME FROM AWAY
Celebrating the triumph of humanity over hate, this Tony Award–winner tells the story of 7,000 airline passengers stranded on 9/11 in a small town in Newfoundland, and the compassion and kindness they found there. Fifth Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900; AAA membership discount available by phone (use promo code AAA260).

Through November 10, Seattle
A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
Based on the internationally best-selling novel and adapted by playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this Seattle Repertory Theatre performance tells the harrowing, yet heartfelt, tale of the unlikely connection that blossoms between two Afghan women in war-torn Kabul. Seattle Repertory Theatre at Bagley Wright Theatre, (206) 443-2222; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAA).

Through November 10, San Juan Islands 
SAVOR THE SAN JUANS
Harvest season on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands brings farm tours, harvest events, harvest dinners and many additional events, such as demonstrations and workshops, and a film festival.

Through November 11, Seattle
OSLO
This 2017 Tony Award–winning play tells the true story of a Norwegian diplomat and her husband who coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords.ACT Theatre, (206) 292-7676; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAA260).

Through November 15, Long Beach Peninsula 
WILD MUSHROOM CELEBRATION
Each fall, participating restaurants and inns incorporate the peninsula’s delectable wild mushrooms into special dinners and classes, and experts lead hikes through an Oregon park. (360) 642-2400

Through November 18, Issaquah and Everett
THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES
A Village Theatre original from The 2013 Festival of New Musicals, this is the tale of anaverage American guy who wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical; at Issaquah through October 21, and October 26–Nov. 18 in Everett. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and Everett Performing Arts Center, (425) 392-1942; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAAVT).

Through November 30, Seattle
THE JOURNEY OF THE SAINT
Based on a true story, with humorous twists added, a devout Catholic and an atheist theatrical-effects specialist traverse oceans and distant lands pursued by the Spanish Inquisition as they bear Saint Fortunata’s mummified remains from Spain through South America in 1796, in this production by eSe Teatro. ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret, (206) 292-7676

Through December 6, Tacoma
MAKE/DO: A HISTORY OF CREATIVE REUSE
This exploration of using old objects to make new works reveals crafters’ role in bringing together communities; the exhibit showcases contemporary art and artifacts. Washington State History Museum, (253) 272-3500.

Through December 31, Victoria, British Columbia
EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS
This blockbuster exhibition at the Royal BC Museum features the lives of six pharaohs, including the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whose 3,500-year-old sandstone bust is featured; the entire exhibition, from four key European collections, includes more than 300 original artifacts covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life. The Royal BC Museum, (250) 356-7226

Through February 10, Seattle
WWI AMERICA
Developed by the Minnesota History Center and making its West Coast debut, this major exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry tells the extraordinary stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—during the Great War, and explores many local issues related to the war that occurred in our region. MOHAI, (206) 324-1126

Through Spring 2019, Seattle
PEARL JAM: HOME & AWAY
With more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, this will be the most-extensive exhibition to celebrate the music of Pearl Jam. MoPOP, (206) 770-2700

Holiday Craft Markets

Artists and artisans from across our region and beyond display their wares in settings decked out for the holidays at these fun craft markets across the Northwest.

November 2–3, Bothell
HOLIDAY MARKET
Northshore Senior Center, (425) 487-2441

November 2–4, Pasco
CUSTER’S CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
TRAC Center, (509) 924-0588

November 3–4, Port Townsend
JEFFCO HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, (360) 385-1013

November 9–11, Seattle
BEST OF THE NORTHWEST ART & FINE CRAFT SHOW
Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, (509) 550-5050

November 15–17, Bellingham
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Ferndale Events Center

November 16–17, Rochester
Holiday Bazaar
Swede Hall

November 16–18, Spokane
CUSTER’S CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Spokane Fair and Expo Center, (509) 924-0588

November 16–18, Bremerton
HOLIDAY GIFT & FOOD FAIR
Kitsap County Fairgrounds, (360) 731-2628

November 23–25, Ocean Shores
WINTER FANTA-SEA CRAFT SHOW
Ocean Shores Convention Center, (360) 289-9586

November 28 – December 2, Puyallup
A VICTORIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Washington State Fair Events Center, (253) 770-0777

December 1–2, Eastsound
ARTISAN’S FAIRE ON ORCAS ISLAND
Odd Fellows Hall

December 1–2, Seattle
URBAN CRAFT UPRISING WINTER SHOW
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

December 8, Friday Harbor
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS MARKET AT BRICKWORKS
Brickworks building

December 8–9, Portland
CRAFTY WONDERLAND HOLIDAY ART + CRAFT MARKET
Oregon Convention Center, (503) 224.9097

December 22­–23, Portland
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR
Pure Space