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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

Live Wires: The Cable TV Revolution

Now through 4/28/2019

From pioneer broadcasts to modern broadband, Northwest innovators led the nation in the cable TV revolution. Live Wires …

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Saturday University with Jerome Silbergold


Saturday University morning continues its spring series on plants and culture in Asia, today with Jerome Silbergold, formerly …

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Fire It Up!


Thebe Kgositsile & ReignCity Present: FIRE IT UP! A tour starring Earl Sweatshirt & Friends with Liv.e, MIKE.

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Through the Looking Glass

4/3/2019 through 4/7/2019

Don’t miss Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice In Wonderland at The Triple Door. Lily Verlaine and …

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Aurelio Voltaire


Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic …

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Koe Wetzel


Born and raised in East Texas, Koe Wetzel is rapidly gaining momentum in the Texas scene. The band …

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Design with the 90%

Now through 5/11/2019

This exhibition demonstrates how individuals and organizations are using design innovation to address some of the world’s most …

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Heroes of Bavaria

Now through 5/31/2019

Displayed for the first time on the West Coast, the Heroes of Bavaria exhibit features 17 rare and …

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Maritime Seattle


Hosted in the historic bridge room, the gallery features stunning views of Lake Union and its bustling world …

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