These November festivals, fairs, parades, and expos in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less). We sometimes include significant or popular events with an admission fee higher than $15, providing any available discount information or volunteer opportunities that lower the cost.
November 1 – 4, 2018 (began Oct. 7). Earshot Jazz Festival takes place every fall in venues throughout Seattle metropolitan region. The festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with Seattle area audiences and artists. Earshot celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz with mainstage concerts by Earshot award-winning student ensembles and a strong representation by Seattle’s renowned resident artists. Tickets: Sold separately and priced per venue from $18-$55. Discount tickets: Earshot members, senior citizens (60+), students and military. Ticket Packages: Save 10% when you buy tickets to five or more separate concerts. Save 15%when you buy tickets to eight or more separate concerts. Festival Gold Card: A special pass for entrance to all festival events: $500 general, $450 members saves 30% and includes preferred seating for most events. Volunteer with the Earshot Jazz Festival to help behind-the-scenes with ushering, ticketing, and hospitality. And, if some of the music happens to fall on your ears, well hey. Volunteer info: https://www.earshot.org/volunteer/.
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November 1 and 4-8, 2018 (began Oct 21). Seattle Restaurant Week at more than 165 local restaurants serving up three-course dinners for just $33, and many also offer two course lunches for $18. Excludes Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Reservations are strongly recommended.
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 1 – 25, 2018. Seattle International Comedy Competition with performances in venues throughout Western Washington cities. Tickets: priced per event and venue, $15-$22. Discounts: Goldstar discount tickets were sold out last time we checked, but it’s worthwhile to check again.
November 2-4, 2018. The Romanian Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown, celebrating five years, explores the blurred frontiers of reality through Romanian films. In tune with the Halloween spirit, the festival takes an imaginary journey to Romania, and its “Uncanny Worlds”, challenging 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: General Admission – $12. Opening Gala + Ticket – $22. Discounts: SIFF Member/student – $7. Senior – $10. Early Bird Pass – $60 (Sept 19th to Oct 10th). Early Bird General Admission – $10 (Sept 19th to Oct 10th).
November 3, 2018. Day of the Dead Festival at Phinney Center includes a procession of Aztec dancers, performances by singers and folk dancers, the dedication of an altar, face painting, and Mexican snacks for sale. Free admission.
November 3, 2018. Short Run Comix & Arts Festival at Seattle Center features book artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world who make indie commix and self-published, small press, and handmade books of all kinds. Short Run transcends the commercial “comic-con” model by enhancing the festival with interactive experiences, special guests, and collaborative and experiential programming; by highlighting the works of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with disabilities; and by featuring books that exist outside of mainstream media, such as zines about Japanese psych rock, sex transitioning and identity, DIY and punk lifestyles; comics about illness and aging; handmade books that come with scavenged moss, are sewn with dental floss, or are composed of sheets of xeroxed paper stapled in the corner with a print run of 10. Free admission; donations gratefully accepted.
November 3, 2018: Hmong New Year Celebration at Seattle Center. Explore and 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. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. Free event.
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 3 – 4, 2018. Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma is an affordable comic-con experience for fans and families focus back on comic books in the Seattle/Tacoma area. In addition to promoting the comic book industry and expanding the awareness of comic books and their creators, JCCS wants everyone to fun. Tickets: Saturday $20, Sunday $10. Two-day pass $25. Children 10 and Under are free with an adult purchase. More info: https://www.showclix.com/event/jetcity-2018
November 3 – 4, 2018. Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale in Seattle at Swansons Nursery. See blooming orchids, hear informative talks, watch demos, take a chance to win door prizes, and shop for flowers and supplies. 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 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. Tickets: GA $14. Discounts: SIFF members and Seniors $10 for selected films. The shorts program on November 11 have free admission.
November 10, 2018. Veterans Day Parade in Auburn. One of the country’s biggest parades with military vehicles and motorcycles, veterans’ units, floats, and 25 marching bands. Free event.
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November 10 – 11, 2018. Oddmall Weird Arts & Crafts Show in Monroe. Arts, crafts, and products that are a bit different from what you’d find at most other craft fairs. Anything weird, freaky, bizarre, off the cob, or just plain different. Browsing Oddmall’s indoor profusion of vendors is a great and fantastic way to spend an afternoon with the family. Free admission.
November 17-18, 2018. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island showcases films and filmmakers with a connection to Bainbridge Island. To celebrate Celluloid festival legacy, the 2018 festival will run as a retrospective and feature favorite films from the past 20 years. Tickets: prices were unpublished as of October 17, but in year’s past have been Regular $15, Student $8.
November 17-18, 2018. Julefest (aka Yulefest) in Seattle is a Christmas tradition at the Nordic Museum, this year at its new location in the Ballard neighborhood. The holiday celebration includes Scandinavian food and drink, entertainment, kid’s activities, a visit from Santa, prize raffle, and shopping for handcrafted Nordic wares. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Museum admission: General $15, Seniors (65+) $12, Students/youth $10. Children (0–4): Free. Discounts: Member admission is free.
November 17-28, 2018. Festival of Christmas Trees at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The annual fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital features professionally decorated trees in the hotel lobby. Free event. More information:
November 20, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Gingerbread Village in Seattle at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Larger than life cookie creations on display in the lobby with donations going to Juvenile Diabetes Research. Free event. More information:
November 23, 2018. Macy’s Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving. The Parade steps off at 9:00AM on 7th Avenue and Pine Street and travels west to 5th Avenue, south on 5th to University Street, west on University to 4th Avenue and north on 4th ending at Macy’s where Santa leaves his sleigh and enters the store to open Santaland. The parade features floats, local marching bands, sports teams and mascots, costumed characters, community floats and much more. Free event.
November 23, 2018. Macy’s Star and Westlake Park Tree Lighting take place in downtown in Seattle, with a special guest appearance from Santa, followed by an awesome fireworks display (weather permitting). Free event.
November 23 – 25, 2018. Native Holiday Gift Fair in West Seattle at the Duwamish Longhouse. This huge annual event offers fantastic and unique items by more than 25 artists and local vendors who will be on hand to sell their goods. Food will also be on sale. Shop for fine art, native crafts, cards, jewelry, and smoked salmon. Free admission.
November 23 – December 23, 2018. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. For 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 entertainment, train village, and ice Rink (admission and rental fees). For more information:
November 24, 2018. Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Tacoma. Since World War II, the South Sound community has congregated each winter for the Holiday Tree Lighting, Christmas Carols, and photo ops with Santa at this free community event at Broadway Center, corner of 9th & Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Free event.
November 24 – 25, 2018. GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market. If you’re looking for gifts for the geeks on your holiday shopping list, there is simply no better place to shop. Everything at GeekCraft Expo is unique, handmade, and limited in quantity. There will also be free, fun, make-n-take crafting activities for kids & families. Cosplay is highly encouraged. Food trucks. Free parking. Free admission with advance registration, $2 at the door (if available per fire code).
November 28 – December 2, 2018. A Victorian Country Christmas Festival in Puyallup. 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewelry, decorations, clothing, and toys. Free parking. Admission cash only at the gate: Wednesday-Friday adult $10, student/senior (62+) $9, military $8. Saturday-Sunday adult $12, student/senior (62+) $10, military $9. Kids 5 & under are FREE.
November 30 – Dec. 2, 2018. Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour (West Seattle & Ballard). A free, self-guided studio tour offering holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments. Shop from 26 artists at 8 studios who make clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and prints. Free event.
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