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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

Humaira Abid: Searching for Home

Now through 3/25/2018

The first solo museum exhibition for Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Abid is well known for her bold, …

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Savor Seattle Hip on the Hill Tour


Explore Seattle’s most eclectic urban neighborhood! Capitol Hill is home to Seattle’s hip and happening food scene. Known …

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Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith

Now through 6/17/2018

Al Smith’s photography chronicled Seattle’s vibrant Central District neighborhood and the city’s African American community with great warmth …

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Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists

Now through 4/8/2018

In celebration of Pratt Fine Arts Center’s 40th anniversary, Bellevue Arts Museum will be hosting the commemorative exhibition …

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Brad Gibson Trio


Brad Gibson is a drummer based in Seattle. He works with a diverse array of artists live and …

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Peabo Bryson

3/1/2018 through 3/4/2018

Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music of the …

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Grace Vanderwaal


Grace captured the hearts of America with her unique singer-songwriter talent, performing all original music during the “America’s …

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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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Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me

3/10/2018 through 6/3/2018

Tacoma Art Museum Presents Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me.

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