For January 2019, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap calendar and website for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight a few of the more unique events throughout the region. Yeah, there’s more than 10, but one of them costs $4 to get in, so it doesn’t really count as a free event.
The top 10 free or cheap January events worthy of your consideration are listed below.
January 1, 2019. Watch the Rose Bowl. The University of Washington Huskies haven’t made it to the Rose Bowl since 2001. The Huskies face off the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 105th Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is 2:00 PM in Pasadena. It’s an interesting matchup with opposing strengths between the two teams. Last time we checked the odds, UW was slightly favored over Ohio, which means…nothing. You can watch at home for free or head to a local watering hole. Here are our suggestions for where to watch the game:
January 4-5, 2019. Boombox Music Festival at the Crocodile in Seattle, aka “Big Ass Boombox Music Festival. Over the course of two nights, featuring a local music showcase. If you like loud, rock, blues, funk, soul, you’ll love this event. All ages. EVENT IS FREE.
January 5, 2019. New Year Mochi Tsuski festival on Bainbridge Island. For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat “mochi” has been a New Year’s tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. You’ll get an up-close look as upwards of 200 pounds of rice are steamed in batches over an open fire. Then, try your hand at pounding the rice under the watchful eye of master mochi-maker Shoichi Sugiyama. Family-friendly. Event is free.
January 11 – 20, 2019. Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival (TSAL) brings together writers and thinkers to applaud the different ways in which literature – prose, poetry, spoken word, and screenplays – help us make sense of the complex world that we inhabit. The eclectic group of poets, novelists, screenwriters, nonfiction, and experimental writers express a wide range of South Asian diasporic voices on race, immigration, gender, identity, and publishing. At several locations in Seattle, all are free events.
January 18 – 20, 2019. Northwest Remodeling Expo in Seattle at the Convention Center. Tickets are just $4, making it the cheapest of the home & garden shows in January. There is also a free home fair in Seattle on January 26 (see below).
January 20, 2019. Free hip-hop show in Seattle. This Hip-Hop event featuring youth performers is organized by MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition Youth Committee. All ages welcome for this lively event where performers bring light to the issues of the day through song, dance, and spoken word. Refreshments will be served. Youth performers are encouraged to consider performing. Free admission.
January 20, 2019. Dark Beer & Chili Competition in Kenmore. Craft brewer’s from around Washington compete for the title and honor of having the best dark beer and chili. The winners are chosen by you, so make sure you vote. Upon entry you will have the option to purchase drink tickets and chili tickets to be exchanged for a taste of beer or chili of your choice. Proceeds from the chili ticket purchases will be donated to the local chapter of Mary’s Place, a shelter for women, children, and families. There is live music throughout the event, no entry fee, and kids and dogs are welcome! Free admission (does not include beer and chili).
Nightly through January 20, 2019. Immersive light display ‘Snow Day’ in Denny Park. A chance to escape dreary weather and perhaps the drudgery of your week with an evening stroll through this new light display in downtown Seattle. Free event.
January 26, 2019. Free home fair in north Seattle for homeowners, landlords, renters, or potential homeowners. Expert advice about your project or services: permitting process, building codes, inspections, accessory dwelling units, rental housing rules, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, RainWise rebates, and free home repairs for low-income homeowners. Repeats in February in south Seattle. Free admission.
January 26, 2019. Marysville Wedding Show showcases services of all kinds, anything and everything to do with preparing for your wedding and honeymoon, a Fashion Show featuring local dress shops and boutiques, as well as free swag bags to the first 100 attendees. Free event. There are several other ticketed wedding shows in January throughout the region:
January 26 – 27, 2019: Têt in Seattle. Vietnamese Lunar New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace. The Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. Revisit one thousand years of the Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration. Free event.