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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

Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Now through 4/22/2018

One of the longest running Festál events commemorates the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington …

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Festál: Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration


Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, …

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William Skeen


Bay Area viola da gamba superstar William Skeen with harpsichordist and PMW Underground director Henry Lebedinsky performing virtuosic …

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Frank J. Clayton


Multi-instrumentalist Frank Clayton is a highly regarded musician, performer and jazz educator. A member of the old guard …

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Laura Ling


In June 2009, Laura Ling, along with journalist Euna Lee, was convicted by the North Korean government for …

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Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

5/14/2018 through 5/16/2018

A deep and soulful young vocalist whose international profile has exploded in the last few years, José James …

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Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Now through 12/31/2019

Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. …

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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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Festál: Spirit of Africa

5/1/2018 through 5/12/2018

Seattle Center Festál presents Spirit of Africa, Saturday, May 13. Founded and produced by a local Senegalese griot …

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