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 Theatre
and The 5th Avenue Theatre
offer everything from world-premieres and new works to award-winning interpretations of the classics. The historic Paramount
Theatres 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.
A number of recognized dance companies are putting both feet forward in Seattle. Some are producing exquisite renditions of classic pieces, while others are projecting a more modern artistic vision. More...
Seattle is known as one of the hottest cities in the country for theatre, and whatever time of year you visit, you're certain to find a great menu of choices. More...
Music and Concerts
Seattle is a mecca for music of all varieties. The biggest headliners and national touring acts might take the stage at one of our larger venues, while sweet melodies from talented local performers and indie touring acts will flood out of more than 80 hot nightclubs and bars. More...
Literary and Lectures
Calling all bookworms! In a recent national survey, Seattle was named the most literate city in the United States. We love books, and that’s apparent in every corner bookstore and all of the local venues featuring lectures and readings. More...