These January fairs, festivals, parades, consumer shows, and expos in the greater Seattle metropolitan region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less for regular adult admission). We also list some popular events with higher ticket prices, if there are discount tickets* that bring the price down. *We always list ticket prices without fees.
Many of these January fairs and festivals have additional free things to do, as well as paid activities. There is often food for purchase. There may be other adult and kids’ activities such as tours, face painting, and amusement rides. Plus vendors selling various arts, crafts, and other items.
Check the list below for January event details including regular admission, ticket discounts, directions and parking, optional free or paid activities, and other information. Note: we update this information for the upcoming year a couple weeks prior to the start of the month, or whenever the event operators make the information available on their website.
Discount tickets and information for January fairs and festivals
January 1, 2019. New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dips and First Day Hikes. A ritual for many. Get outdoors on the first day of the year for some fun and frolic in the water or on dry land. The choice is yours. Most are free, some collect money for a designated charity.
January 4-5, 2019. Boombox Music Festival at the Crocodile in Seattle. Annual Big Ass Boombox Music Festival. Theoretics, The Fabulous Downey Brothers, Vibragun, Wall of Ears, X Suns, La Fonda, WEEP WAVE, Peyote Ugly, Perfect Families, Vox Mod, Cashing in Karma, Neat Beats, Von Wildenhaus. All ages. EVENT IS FREE.
January 4-5 and January 11-12, 2019. 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival operates under a simple premise: gather some of Seattle’s most daring theater artists and put them in a pressure cooker. The challenge is far from simple: 7 playwrights, 7 directors, and 26 actors, along with a team of designers, musicians, and technicians spend 48 hours together. In this time, they write, cast, direct, rehearse, score, design, and premiere 14 original ten-minute plays. All participants are veterans who have weathered the creative storm of past 14/48 festivals. They arrive to the artist meeting on Thursday night not knowing whether they will be a writer or actor or designer or musician. Friday and Saturday each feature seven new plays. There are three ways to get tickets for 14/48 at ACT: Tickets: $20 adult and $10 senior (65+) or students with ID. Discounts: Free tickets are included with your purchase of an ACT membership ($30/month, 6-month minimum). ACTPass lets you see everything offered on ACT’s Mainstage and in ACTLab. Buy an ACTPass Membership online. All Pass discount tickets: Save money over single ticket prices and see all 14 plays by purchasing a 14/48 All Pass. (When buying tickets online, select the 8pm performance on January 5th, and then select All Pass). Buy 14/48 tickets or All Pass online.
Home & Garden Shows
- January 4 – 6, 2019. Puyallup Home & Garden Show at the Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup. Tickets: $8.00 General.
- January 18 – 20, 2019. Northwest Remodeling Expo in Seattle at the Convention Center. Tickets: $4 adult.
- January 24 – 27, 2019. Tacoma Home & Garden Show at the Tacoma Dome. Tickets: $12 Adult.
Find out more information about these and other home & garden shows later this year on our Home & Garden Show page:
- January 5 – 6, 2019. Tacoma Wedding Expo at Tacoma Dome. Tickets: $16.
- January 12 – 13, 2019. Seattle Wedding Show at the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets: $20.
- January 19 – 20, 2019. Everett January Wedding Expo at Xfinity Arena. Tickets: $15.
- January 26, 2019. Marysville Wedding Show at Marysville Opera House. Free event. More info:
Find out more information about these and other wedding shows later this year on our Wedding Show page:
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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 17 – 20, 2019. Tacoma RV Show at the Tacoma Dome. Tickets: $12 General.
Find out more information about these and other shows later this year on our RV Shows page:
January 18-20 and 27-29, 2019. Getaway: Lake Chelan Winterfest (175 miles) is the perfect escape to a Washington winter wonderland. Your Admission Pass Button includes Kids Activities, train rides, carriage rides, discounts at restaurants, shops, and wineries. Admission Pass Button: $5 (Ages 3+). Modest hotels $80-$150 per night. Additional activities (wine, beer, and spirit events and other entertainment): $30-$60.
January 19-20, 2019. Great Train Show at the Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup. The nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show, designed for modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Hundreds of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids. Free Workshops and Demonstrations. Free Door Prize Giveaways. Tickets: $11.00 on Saturday (good for BOTH DAYS!, $10.00 on Sunday. Kids 11 and under are admitted free and do NOT need a ticket. On site admission is CASH only. Discounts: Use coupon code W11 for $1-off online tickets.
January 19-20, 2019. Pacific Northwest Reptile & Exotic Animal Show in Puyallup. The largest reptile and exotic animal show in the Pacific NW. Hundreds of vendors with reptiles, amphibians, and other unique exotics, as well as all the equipment required for their care. In addition there are interactive educational exhibits. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Children 6-10, Children 5 and under FREE
January 19-20, 2019. Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth, WA. The Bavarian-themed town’s winter celebration every year on MLK Jr. Day Weekend. Free admission. More info:
January 19-21, 2019. Womxn* March Seattle. Building on generations of organizing in front-line communities and in collaboration the MLK Jr. Coalition, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward is organizing a weekend of marching, rallying, workshopping, and healing, to help us all renew and plug in to the resistance. *Womxn with an “X” includes anyone who considers themselves a woman, and all non-binary / gender-non-conforming folks.
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.
Film festivals. There are also a few film festivals playing or opening in January:
- January 21, 2019.The Backcountry Film Festival in Seattle. Regular admission: $15.
- January 24 – February 9, 2019. Children’s Film Festival Seattle in Seattle. Regular admission: $12.
For more information about these and other film festivals later this year, visit our film festivals page:
January 23-27, 2019. Washington Sportsmen’s & Sport Fishing Boat Show at the Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup. Washington’s largest Sportsmen’s Show packed with family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers, and past crowd-pleasers for fishing, hunting, and camping. Tickets: $15 All-Day Ticket, Good all day, any day of the show. $15 2 for 1 Military Ticket with valid ID. $5 Juniors (6-16). Free to children 5 and under. Parking is FREE throughout the entire event. Discounts: $8 Half-Day Ticket, 4:00 pm – Closing, Wednesday – Saturday only, not available on Sunday. $2 discount coupon: only good Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for tickets purchased at the show box office (not online tickets).
January 25 – Saturday, February 2, 2019. Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field AND South Lake Union. Tickets: Adults (18+) $16. More info:
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.
January 26 – 27, 2019: Pancakes & Underground Art Show (21+) in Seattle. The nation’s premier pop-up art show provides art lovers an opportunity to explore more than 300 pieces of artwork created by some 70+ artists local to Seattle’s unparalleled art scene. Alongside an immensely wide variety of pop art, fine art, and photography; show goers can sip on some of the dankest craft beer or signature cocktails while consuming free pancakes over and over again. Tickets: $13.
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