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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



Born, bred and bathed in brassy broth, Actionesse is a five-piece heavy surf/punk rock group freeloading from Seattle, …

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5k, 10k and Kids Fun Run


Set on the pathways of Seward Park along Lake Washington, join us for a family- and pet-friendly run …

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Bonnie J. Rough with Amy Lang and Nicole Brodeur


As new movements throw fresh awareness on the ills of gender inequality in American life, how can we …

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Rules of Charity

Now through 8/25/2018

A provocative play where Monty, a brilliant, queer father who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, spars …

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WW1 America

9/1/2018 through 2/10/2019

The World War I era — 1914 to 1919 — saw America transformed. It was a time of …

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Maya Rao


With an account equal parts dark, surreal, and humorous, journalist Maya Rao brings us a fraught firsthand chronicle …

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Bombadil is “bursting with irresistible melodies, unexpected lyrical gems, and moments of profound honesty, all anchored by expert …

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The Pilot Experience


Join in one-hour experience in the Aviation Learning Center and see if you have what it takes to …

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Rod Stewart


Singer/songwriter Rod Stewart, the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music icon, performs at White River. Following …

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