Updated February 13, 2018. The list below is s selected list of events for this weekend, followed by some upcoming popular tickets. To check for all available Seattle discount tickets, go here.
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The following Seattle discount entertainment tickets are some of the best discount and half-price tickets for the coming weekend, as well as some other upcoming hot tickets. There’s a little something for everyone, whether you are interested in comedy, live music, family entertainment, or any other performing art, you’ll find fun at a discount.
This weekend half-price and discount tickets
“Mamma Mia!”: The Hit ABBA Musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
My, my, how can you resist it: The ultimate feel-good, ABBA musical spectacular has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. “Mamma Mia!” tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there’s a small problem: She has no idea which of mom’s three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother’s Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show’s tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and of course the tile tune. Don’t miss “Mamma Mia!” when it comes to Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.
Redhawks Baseball at Bannerwood Sports Park at Bannerwood Sports Park, Bellevue
This year’s Seattle University Redhawks are looking for another conference title, taking on teams from Albany to Bakersfield at their home field in Bellevue. Manager Donny Harrel helms the team as they look to regain their success in 2016, when they claimed the Western Athletic Conference title. Cheer on your local college team at Bannerwood Sports Park.
Mason Jennings Brings His Roots Sound to Seattle at Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle
Minnesota-based pop-folk singer and songwriter Mason Jennings is well known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, intensely literary and historical themes, and gentle tenor’s voice that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Jack Johnson and Ray LaMontagne. His music has appeared in the surf film “Shelter”. In preparation for his latest album, at the advice of a friend, the multi-instrumentalist holed up in the back room of his wood-nestled cabin studio, where he wrote throughout an entire winter. Emerging with a notebook and initial recordings of about 30 new songs, Jennings conceived his latest album, “Always Been”. Hear this folk artist with a roots sound perform live on the stage of Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Lizzie Weber opens the show.
Paint Parties With BrushCapades Seattle at BrushCapades Seattle, Seattle
Whether you’re a budding Picasso or simply want to be more creative and adventurous, this class will help you capture some of the beauty of Seattle and the surrounding area — whether it be Pike Place, spring blossoms or the city skyline — on canvas. All the art supplies you’ll need will be provided for you by BrushCapades Seattle. And artist and improv comic Anjl will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your masterpiece during this two-hour lesson. This laid-back class is a blast, with friends, on a date or on your own. Plus, it’s BYOB, so bring whatever fuels your creativity!
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at The Triple Door, Seattle
“An inspired blend of high-energy blues, R&B and roadhouse rock…soulful, celebratory vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar” –Blues Revue “Swaggering, razor-wire gospel-tinged soul, simmering deep blues and hard-grooving house rockers” -AllMusic.com “Gritty, funky, rocking and original” -Boston Globe Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf–his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes–the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop to Taj Mahal, toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro’s San Jose DNA has always inspired his music, whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or the funkiest soul grooves. He and The Painkillers–bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown–have played hundreds of shows to thousands of music lovers, always leaving his audiences screaming for more. All of his albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of Castro’s multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”
Chocolate and Wine or Beer Pairing at Sweet Decadence at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar, Renton
Renton’s Sweet Decadence, ranked as one of the Top 5 chocolate shops in “Evening” magazine’s “Best of Western Washington,” offers an elegant evening of wine or beer and chocolate tasting. Four specially selected wines or craft brews are paired with four artisan chocolates of the finest quality for the ultimate indulgent treat. You’ll get plenty of personal attention in this small-group setting as a wine and beer specialist guides you through the tasting, pointing out the differences in each vintage and how they highlight and balance the ingredients in the chocolate.
Shadow-Puppet Show “Bury Me Under I-5” at Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle
Sgt. Rigsby & His Amazing Silhouettes present a shadow-puppet show about hard living in today’s Seattle. Desperate times, hard choices, talking animals — “Bury Me Under I-5” is a roller coaster of humor, despair and hope. It follows the stories of Chicken Jenny and Minky, two souls who have stumbled on life’s path and struggle to get up again. Don’t miss this show at the Theatre Off Jackson.
“The Cotton Gin”: Improvised Puppet Show for Adults at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, Seattle
“Avenue Q” meets improv comedy in this adult puppet show at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater. Where do puppets hang out after their day jobs? Well, after singing songs and dancing at the children’s theater, they head down to their local watering hole and pull up a bar stool. And when the Cotton Gin gets a little rowdy, marionettes and sock puppets alike bust out with bawdy songs and risqué jokes. Come join the fun with the puppet regulars at “The Cotton Gin”, located in Pike Place Market.
Musical Comedy-Fantasy: “Vanishing Point” at The Bathhouse Theater, Seattle
Aviatrix Amelia Earhart, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson and author Agatha Christie each vanished mysteriously. Agatha disappeared for 11 days; Aimee disappeared for three weeks; and of course Amelia vanished completely. “Vanishing Point”, a musical comedy-fantasy, brings these three women together as they solve the mystery of their disappearances from their own lives. Enjoy this Seattle Public Theater production at The Bathhouse Theater.
Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant: Live Jams in a Juke Joint Setting
Housed in a 1909 brick building on the Seattle waterfront, Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant is inspired by the juke joints of the American South and the neighborhood blues clubs of Chicago. Dubbing themselves “the West Coast Home of the Blues,” the venue fully embraces the culture and music. On stage, you’ll see regional and national touring artists cranking out everything from zydeco to honky-tonk to roots and Americana. Meanwhile, the venue itself is studded with “old timey” touches like a 34-foot bar made from antique doors and blue velvet benches collected from an old Masonic Temple. The walls are covered with photos snapped by some of the country’s best blues photographers. And to round out the juke joint experience, the kitchen pumps out Southern-style comfort food — think jambalaya and chicken gumbo — while the bar whips up cocktails named for blues legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Friendship and Acceptance in “Polkadots” Musical at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
Whether you’re a total square or a raging polkadot, families and kids of all sizes and shapes will dig this musical about acceptance and unexpected friendships. In “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical”, Lily Polkadot has just moved into the “Squares Only” side of town in the small Rockaway. As the first polkadot in her school, she’s not allowed to join anyone, do anything or even use their drinking fountains! Thanks to the shy square Sky, however, they’ll form a friendship that outweighs any challenges along the way. Come hang out at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse to experience this fun-loving musical, inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine.
“The Journal of Ben Uchida” Relives WWII Internment at Seattle Children’s Theatre – Eve Alvord Theatre, Seattle
Sat, February 17
Sun, February 18
“I was born here. I’m from here. I’m American.” Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past. “The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559” takes a thoughtful look at moments that shaped the American experience, taking care to address even the most sensitive issues. The play serves as a reminder to audience members of all ages never to accept such injustice. Relive this chapter in history at Seattle Children’s Theatre – Eve Alvord Theatre.
“The Little Prince”: Fantasy Classic Onstage at Seattle Children’s Theatre – Charlotte Martin Theatre, Seattle
Sat, February 17
Sun, February 18
It’s not every work of literature that’s so universally loved it gets featured on currency, has three asteroids named after it and was once adapted by Orson Welles for a (sadly unproduced) Disney movie. But those are just a few of the testaments to “The Little Prince”‘s enduring popularity. Now this classic tale of innocence and boundless love comes to the stage in a new production from Seattle Children’s Theatre. After crashing his plane in the middle of the Sahara Desert, a pilot soon encounters a strange boy who’s not from around here. In fact, he’s from an asteroid and is travelling the universe encountering other, even stranger creatures. Come along with this unlikely pair on a dreamlike journey full of wonder at the Charlotte Martin Theatre.
Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton With the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall – S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle
The unforgettable Lisa Fischer spent decades singing her heart out with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross and Chris Botti. “Twenty Feet from Stardom”, the Oscar-winning documentary, brought Lisa center stage. Now, the two-time Grammy winner is touring the world, recording with Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang and thrilling critics and fans. In this new program, Lisa recreates rock anthems like “Gimme Shelter” and “Rock and Roll” using the rich colors and textures of the Seattle Symphony and her band, Grand Baton. Catch “Just a Kiss Away!” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.
“The Last Five Years” Details Love’s Beginning & End at 12th Ave Arts, Seattle
Before it became the feature film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, “The Last Five Years” began as a stirring stage musical that was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by “Time” Magazine. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, “The Last Five Years” is a two-person show that navigates the ins and outs — and beginning and ending — of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (“Parade”), this Drama Desk Award winner is the story of a couple’s five-year relationship, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. There is, however, a twist: The man retells the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters’ emotional timelines converge in the middle of the show — at their wedding. See this heartfelt song cycle at Seattle’s 12th Ave Arts.
“Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret”: Wickedly Funny Variety Show at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater, Seattle
Sat, February 17
Sun, February 18
The stage is set for the big comedy varieté show, the theater is packed, the band is ready — but the tour bus with all the performers has broken down! Now Frank Olivier must pull off the show of his life and perform all 16 twisted variety acts himself, aided only by Flynch, his loyal hunchback assistant. The Twisted Cabaret Orchestra accompanies as Olivier delights with juggling, mind reading, knife-throwing, magic, fire-eating and other unbelievable feats. See the madcap variety show that the “New York Times” called “wickedly funny” at the Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Seattle.
“Ain’t Misbehavin'” at Seattle Musical Theatre, Seattle
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s and ’30s comes to life in “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical revue. Watch the Seattle Musical Theatre performers embark on a journey through the timeless music of jazz legend Thomas “Fats” Waller. You’ll be jumpin’ and jivin’ to the piano rolls of “Honeysuckle Rose,” “This Joint is Jumpin'” and, of course, the classic title track. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry and always unforgettable, this Jazz Age gem is saving all its musical charms for you.
Winery and Waterfall Bus Tour of Western Washington at Western Washington Wine Region, Seattle
Sat, February 17
Sun, February 18
Ride in comfort on a six-hour tour (with tastings) of two of Washington’s award-winning estate wineries amidst lush rural Northwest scenery. You’ll travel across Lake Washington via Seattle’s famous 7,700 foot-long Evergreen Point floating bridge to Woodinville in the heart of Western Washington’s winery region. The area is widely recognized as America’s No. 2 wine region and produced the world’s No. 1 wine for 2010, as voted by readers of “Wine Spectator” magazine. The bus will stop for tastings at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery as well as at one other winery, most commonly Goose Ridge Winery or one of the other area favorites. After lunch, your roomy tour bus or van will move on through scenic landscapes, like the rolling Cascade mountain foothills, past horse ranches and beautiful flower farms en route to the spectacular 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls. Along the way, you’ll stop at Boehm’s Chocolate Factory in Issaquah for a taste of their treats. The return journey to Seattle goes over Lake Washington on the Interstate 90 Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, the world’s third-longest floating bridge.
Other Upcoming Entertainment
Classic Madcap Comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” at Center Theatre, Seattle
Sat, February 24
Sun, February 25
Inclusive casting and the “chosen family” will be the centerpiece of this classic 1930s madcap comedy about two clashing New York families. When a member of the conservative Kirby family falls in love with a girl from the eccentric Vanderhof household, the two families come together to celebrate the couple’s engagement and discover their shocking differences over a wildly uncomfortable dinner discussion. Written by masters of comedy George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, this fast-paced, witty classic has been entertaining audiences for more than 70 years. Tee Dennard, a founding member of Seattle’s Group Theatre, and Shermona Mitchell lead this cast as grandpa and his novelist daughter, Penny Sycamore, at Seattle’s Center Theatre.
Miles Davis Alumni Pay Tribute to the Master at Moore Theatre, Seattle
A true innovator, Miles Davis was always ahead of the curve, from the birth of cool jazz to the development of hard bop to the controversial explosion of genres with fusion. Celebrating this legacy of cutting-edge originality, the Miles Electric Band delves into the trumpeter’s electric period, which gave the world classic albums like “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew”. Hitting the stage at the Moore Theatre in Seattle are former Davis collaborators, including Grammy nominees Robert Irving III and John Beasley on piano, percussionist Munyungo Jackson, and Grammy winner and Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. on drums. Darryl Jones, Mino Cinelu and Antoine Roney round out this modern jazz ensemble.
“The Greatest Showcase”: Aerial Arts Circus at Athena Vertical Dance, Tacoma
Come watch Athena Vertical Dance in Tacoma’s crazy circus unfold. The show will start with a group act and performance by drag extraordinary Mylo Precious and the Athena Vertical Dancers. Featuring a cast of talented students and instructors, the show will also include silks, pole, lollipop and even some singing by the fabulous VonDeadly. It’s an aerial circus show not to be missed.
“Where No Man Has Gone Before”: A “Star Trek” Improv at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, Seattle
Adventure! Undiscovered alien cultures! Lots of laughter. As part of the Seattle Emerald City Comic Con celebrations, Unexpected Productions Improv presents Seattle Experimental Theater’s original unscripted comedy “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. It’s a fully improvised parody of the original “Star Trek” TV series, and you can join the Enterprise crew as they beam down to an alien planet (defined by audience suggestion). But will the aliens turn out to be friends or foes? Tensions rise as the crew and their ship are put in unforeseen danger.
Folk Musician John McCutcheon at The Triple Door, Seattle
John McCutcheon is folk music’s true renaissance man: He’s a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. Folk legend Johnny Cash called him “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” This longtime singer-songwriter is also an engaging live performer, telling stories in the witty stye of Mark Twain and sharing songs from his 30 albums. A festival favorite across the country, the seven-time Grammy nominee now comes to Seattle’s Triple Door.
“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical”: Based on Fave Kids’ Book at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
Any child (or child at heart) who’s ever cherished a beloved stuffed buddy will feel a special appreciation for “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical”. Based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Mo Willems, this family musical follows little Trixie and her best plush friend in the whole world, Knuffle Bunny. When Dad takes the dynamic duo with him on some errands, their simple trip to the laundromat goes terribly — but hilariously — awry. Tacoma Musical Playhouse stages this relatable, heartwarming production that’s sure to leave both you and your little ones squeezing those favorite plush bears, dinos and puppies a little bit tighter.
Reactions to a Hate Crime in “The Laramie Project” at Shoreline Community College Theater, Shoreline
Shoreline Community College presents “The Laramie Project”, a documentary-style play that analyzes the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright-director Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. The theater group traveled from New York to the town of Laramie, Wyoming — just four weeks after the death of Shepard. Once there, they interviewed dozens of townspeople, collecting a wide array of different perspectives. “The Laramie Project” features dialogue and monologues taken from the resulting interviews, news reports, courtroom transcripts and journal entries.