For November 2019, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar and latest website posts for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight some of the best, unique, and free community events around the region. We try to whittle it to 10 events, or 2-3 free things to do every weekend. We often overshoot that mark. Sometimes there’s just too much free fun!
The TWO BIG THINGS IN November are Veterans Day (November 11) and Thanksgiving (November 28, 2019).
- Check our list of Veteran’s Day parades and commemorative events, plus Veterans Day free meals and shopping discounts, and What’s open and closed on Veteran’s Day 2019.
- For Thanksgiving, we offer a list of free things to do Thanksgiving weekend, plus Affordable Thanksgiving turkey dinner to go and Seattle restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.
November 2-3, 2019. Free Dia de Muertos festival at Seattle Center. A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed in partnership with Dia de Muertos Festival Committee. In 2003 the Unesco proclaimed the Day of the Dead a Masterpiece of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Festival organizers preserve this celebration for the new generations to explore and understand the meaning. This celebration is full of color, sounds and the smell of incense and marigold flowers.
November 7, 2019. Pray for Deceased Homeless in Seattle. The public is invited to gather at St. James Cathedral on Seattle’s First Hill for the annual Catholic Mass in memory of the homeless men and women who died in shelters, hospitals, on the streets, or by violence in Seattle this past year. The Mass concludes with the tolling of the Cathedral’s funeral bell and the reading of the names of the deceased.
November 9, 2019. Free Short Run Comix & Arts Festival in Seattle. 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.
November 9, 2019. Auburn Veterans Day Parade. The City of Auburn is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. It has grown into one of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in the United States of America.
November 16, 2019. Holiday Harvest Market in Snohomish. Find fresh produce, jams, spices, honey, oils and more to help you prepare for Thanksgiving. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping by selecting hand-made goods from local makers and support #local this season.
November 23, 2019. $10 Empty Bowls fundraiser in Tacoma. An annual ritual where attendees can choose from more than 1,500 bowls to purchase for the home or for holiday gifts. After purchasing bowls, guests are served (in a separate bowl) delicious, warming soup donated by local chefs. Admission for Empty Bowls is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10.
November 23-24, 2019. Julefest Christmas festival in Ballard. Transforms the National Nordic Museum into a winter wonderland the weekend before Thanksgiving, with dozens of vendors, authentic Nordic treats, kids’ crafts and activities, and even Santa himself.
November 29, 2020. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Seattle. The downtown Seattle parade kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving, 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.
November 29, 2019. Macy’s Star and Westlake Park Tree Lighting in downtown in Seattle, with a special guest appearance from Santa.
November 29 – December 24, 2019. Free Snowflake Lane Christmas parade in Bellevue. The region’s most festive holiday scene every night at 7pm on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. Experience a Christmas parade under falling snow and dazzling lights accompanied by festive music, toy drummers, dancers, and favorite holiday characters. Free parking.
November 29 – December 31, 2019. Free Winterfest activities at Seattle Center. Five weeks of free and affordable family activities and holiday-inspired fun. Many of the activities take place indoors at the Armory Main Level and Fisher Pavilion. There are also some outdoor activities on the plaza in front of Fisher Pavilion and around the International Fountain.
November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Winter Wonderland at Redmond Towne Center. Enjoy a variety of free and paid activities: live holiday entertainment, free trampoline and special events. Santa’s Workshop and Photos ($27 & up), Carousel ($4 suggested donation), Holiday Train ($4 per rider), Skating Rink ($7 per session includes skates), Noel fresh Tree Farm, donate to Northwest Harvest, Giving Tree.
November 39, 2019. Free holiday celebration at Pike Place Market in Seattle. ‘Magic in the Market’ is Pike Place Market’s longest holiday tradition. The free family-friendly event happens Saturday on Thanksgiving Weekend and features Santa, live, street performances, artist demos, free activities, and caps off the day with a Christmas tree lighting at the Market Clock.
November 30, 2019. Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Tacoma. A tradition 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.
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