These November festivals in the greater Seattle metropolitan region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less). We include higher priced festivals if there is an available discount (such as online or coupon purchase) reducing the price to $15 or less for general admission. Discounts are also typically available for other groups, such as children, students, seniors, and military–though we don’t claim to list every type of discount. Click on their website for these and other details or to purchase advance tickets.
November 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 2018. Hump Film Festival (18+) in Seattle. A new kind of porn, a celebration of creative sexual expression featuring short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. You will see films that shock you, make you laugh, and turn you on. You may be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn. Tickets: $25. Discounts: Early Bird $20 (until sold out).
November 3. 2018. Short Run Comix & Arts Festival at Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion and Vera Project features book artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world who make indie commix, self-published, small press, and handmade books of all kinds. FREE admission; donations gratefully accepted.
November 3, 2018: Hmong New Year Celebration at Seattle Center. Experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. FREE admission.
November 3-4, 2018. Handmade Tile & Art Festival in south Seattle. Artisan Tile NW is a non-profit group dedicated to the creation, promotion, and preservation of the art and craft of handmade tiles. The annual festival showcases the range and diversity of artisan tiles being produced in the Northwest. FREE admission.
November 8 – 15, 2018. SIFF Cinema Italian Style Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle. The best in current Italian films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today. Tickets: Single Film Admission: Adult $15, Seniors and Youth $14, SIFF Members $10. Passes: General $150, Members $100. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.
November 9 – 17, 2018. Seattle Turkish Film Festival has become one of the most admired and venerated events of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington. The film festival is non-profit, volunteer-driven event, and committed to bringing the best of Turkish films to Seattle in an effort to provide an international platform for talented filmmakers (long form or short) to showcase their work. All films are presented in Turkish, with English subtitles.
November 10 – 11, 2018. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island showcases films and filmmakers from Bainbridge Island and the greater Pacific Northwest. Tickets: Regular $15, Student $8.
November 18 – 20, 2018. Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Puyallup. A wide variety of Sewing, Quilting, Needle-Art, and Craft supply exhibits. See and buy the latest supplies, fabrics, notions, patterns, and tools under one roof. Early buying privileges on Thursday. Free demos. Daily door prize drawings. ADMISSION: $10 for 3 Days. Discount $1 OFF with coupon. Free parking.
November 2 – 4, 2018. Romanian Film Festival in Seattle at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Take an imaginary journey to Romania, and its “Uncanny Worlds”. These films challenge values and beliefs in relation to the unusual, unfamiliar, ineffable, incomprehensible, unfathomable, inscrutable, or the unclear, inviting you to a visual feast of mesmerizing film features and documentaries. You will find out that Romanian films, more than ever, reflect the uncanny aspects of reality, history, politics, everyday life, as well as spirituality, folklore, and traditions; in a word, the uncanny essence of human nature. Tickets: $15.
November 17-18, 2018. Yulefest in Seattle is a 40-year-strong Christmas celebration at the Nordic Museum in the Ballard neighborhood. You’ll find handcrafted Nordic wares, Scandinavian food and drink, music and dancing, kid’s activities, a visit from Santa, a prize raffle, and a silent Auction.
November 17 – 28, 2018. Festival of Christmas Trees at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle:
November 20, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Gingerbread Village at City Center. Larger than life cookie creations with donations going to Juvenile Diabetes Research. Free admission.
November 24 – December 23, 2017. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration. Tickets: $22-$48. There are several ways to enjoy Christmas Ships for free: watch the spectacle at a shore viewing party, join the flotilla in your own boat, or head to the Fremont Cut on December 15 for the Parade of Boats. More information:
November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Winterfest at Seattle Center is five weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and live performances, including free ice sculpting, free lively weekend performances and student showcases, Winterfest Ice Rink (admission and rental fees), Winter Train & Village (suggested donation). For more information:
November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 2018. Christmas Lighting Festival in Leavenworth, WA (120 miles east of Seattle). A variety of free and paid activities, including live entertainment, window shopping, food, and winter sports.
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Nordic Heritage Museum, 2655 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle WA