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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

Handel Music For The Royal Fireworks

10/26/2018 through 10/27/2018

Handel was no stranger to spectacle, but he outdid himself in the Music for the Royal Fireworks, a …

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Seattle Brewery Tour – Road Dog Tours


Seattle is home to the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world. From a crisp ale …

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Dan Hurwitz: Hiding in Plain Sight


A semi-comic exploration into and critique of modern culture, tackling issues of race, religion, disability, and making sense …

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Spirit of Hungary 1848


An exclusive dance and music performance to commemorate the spirit of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution against the Hapsburg …

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Big Picture: Art After 1945


Featuring significant works of abstract painting and sculpture from SAM’s collection. Tracing landmark artistic developments in the decades …

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Savor Seattle Booze n’ Bites Tour


Join in on a progressive jaunt through five of Seattle’s best restaurants and hot spots! Including appetizers, wine, …

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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Now through 3/3/2019

Take a journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day in MoPOP’s largest exhibition to date. …

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A Bright Room Called Day

10/25/2018 through 11/18/2018

The Williams Project increasingly is recognized by its community for its commitment to hiring actors at the top …

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Inon Barnatan


Pianist Inon Barnatan is fresh off a prestigious three-year stint as Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic. He …

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