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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

Juan Palmieri

11/1/2018 through 11/18/2018

1968: Young people across Latin America are leading the revolution, following in Che Guevara’s steps, protesting capitalism and …

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Wham! Bam! Pow!

Now through 2/24/2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began …

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James Brandon Lewis Trio and Gary Hammon’s Last of the Tribe


The powerful NYC tenor saxophonist carries the torch of today’s Black avant-garde with serious momentum from bassist Luke …

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Collide-O-Scope Halloween 2018


Collide-O-Scope returns with a Halloween night to dis-member! Their biggest and best show yet features a found-footage phantasmagoria …

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Welshly Arms


Welshly Arms lace daring alternative rock with gospel-size scope and bluesy heart.

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Jill Soloway with Hannah Gadsby, Morgan Parker, and Special Guests


This live event, brought to you by Town Hall Seattle, celebrates the publication of Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s …

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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

11/17/2018 through 6/2/2019

The unpacking and reconstruction of history is a central concern in Edgar Arceneaux’s (U.S., born 1972) installations, sculptures, …

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration UNFRAMED


Amp up your Day of the Dead celebration and experience the unexpected at Tacoma Art Museum! Music, meetups, …

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Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths returns with a compelling family drama focusing on 13-year-old Sadie, played with quiet ferocity …

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