Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from early holiday events like the Julefest to the free Thanksgiving bazaar Gobble Up, and from Pacific Northwest Afro X to a launch party for Amber Nelson's poetry book The Sexiest Man Alive. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Beholder Launch Party
A roster of writers and artists, half from Seattle (like Elaine Lin and Valerie Niemeyer) and half from elsewhere in the States, have contributed to the first issue of this digital mag. Celebrate with drinks, a DJed soundtrack by Hanssen, a playable video game by Molly Brady, and readings by contributors Chan Plett and Vinnie Sarrocco. 
(Ballard, free)

2. Teen Night Out
Teens will rule the Seattle Art Museum for a night of live DJs, art tours, live music and performances, workshops, and artist-led activities inspired by Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
(Downtown, free)


3. Advance Directive Disco
The daunting task of writing an advance directive (a statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will) will be made more fun thanks to trained helpers, a notary, snacks, a disco ball, and a live DJ.
(Crown Hill, $10 suggested donation)

4. The Appetite Podcast Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Opal: Food + Body Wisdom's Appetite Podcast, which will address topics relating to food, body, and mental health.
(Belltown, free)

5. Holiday Open House
Get the first look at the Volunteer Park Conservatory's annual holiday display and meet hard-working elves. Plus, enter a raffle to win a model train, enjoy 20 percent off gift shop items, and eat cookies.
(Capitol Hill, free)


6. Author Talk: Season by Nik Sharma
In his stunning new cookbook, Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food—recently selected as one of this fall’s best cookbooks by the New York Times—Mumbai-born food writer, photographer, and A Brown Table blogger Nik Sharma notes, “Seasoning is more than just a way to achieve flavor in the food we eat. It represents our desire to connect with our past, present, and future. It tells our story.” Sharma’s cooking tells his own story as a gay immigrant from India who moved to the Midwest to study biochemistry in college, then spent time in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and San Francisco. Weaving together disparate influences from different cultures, he combines different flavors, techniques, and ingredients in his recipes, like a Margherita naan pizza, caprese salad with sweet tamarind, curry leaf popcorn chicken, and butternut squash soup flavored with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. At this event, Sharma will chat with Seattle Times food writer Tan Vinh, field questions from the audience, and sign copies of Season that are purchased at Book Larder. JULIANNE BELL
(Fremont, free)

7. MOD Pizza Rainier Avenue Grand Opening Celebration
MOD Pizza will celebrate their new Rainier Avenue location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free pizza or salad for the first 100 customers. DJ Ashley McDonald and the Rainier Beach High School Cheer Team will provide extra enthusiasm, and all proceeds will be donated to 
(Mount Baker, free)


8. The Adarna, Static & Surrender, Death By Overkill
The Adarna is the first band to ever coin their genre as "Jet City Rock," and they're also probably the first to take their name from a mythical phoenix-like songbird in Filipino folklore. They'll be joined by alt rockers Static & Surrender and Death By Overkill.
(West Seattle, $8)

9. Atelier: C.A.B.O Release Party - Seattle
Portland MC Maarquii will celebrate the release of their debut album, C.A.B.O., with a multi-disciplinary performance (they rap, sing, and dance). Seattle's Gag Reflex and Portland's FatherFannie will provide DJ support.
(Downtown, $8)

10. Avian Invasion, Guests
House/trance DJ Avian Invasion will spin his debut release for all the furries out there and anyone else who likes techno. DJs Dobermann and Ezo will provide additional support.
(Pioneer Square, $10)

11. Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints
Early swing, Americana, and rock-inspired musicians Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints will play a show in the hopes of transporting you to an era of honky-tonks and roadhouses.
(Downtown, free)

12. Bootie Seattle: ’90s Mashup Night
DJs Tripp and Skiddle will resurrect hits across genres by your favorite '90s bands, from Nirvana to Spice Girls to Alanis Morrisette to Snoop Dogg. 
(Capitol Hill, $10)

13. Butch Bastard
Local solo indie rocker Butch Bastard will play instrumental "stoner spaz" and "slap happy rock and roll" jams with support from indie pop artist Jean Chalant. 
(Capitol Hill, $10)

14. Cloud Person, The Black Planes, Local Liars
Local quintet Cloud Person manage to work the subgenres of psychedelia, garage, folk, and indie into their style of rock. They'll be joined by fellow psychedelic rockers Black Planes and pop-punks Local Liars.
(Eastlake, $10)

15. Cornish Creative Ensemble
The Cornish Creative Ensemble presents a two-part concert, starting with a program inspired by Paul Motian, Andrew Hill, and Dmitri Shostakovich, followed by "open and structured improvisations" and round-robin duos and trios. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

16. Die Nasty, Downtown, Projections on a Wall
Join Seattle's Die Nasty, Downtown, and Projections on a Wall for a night of riotous punk. 
(Georgetown, $7)

17. Fat Cat Presents: A Night of Hiphop
Enjoy a free show of live sets by local hiphop artists like the Artist ft. DAYM, Jay Fiddy, and Kyrelle.
(Wallingford, free)

18. FCON, The Snubs, Hellcat, The Subjunctives
Southside hardcore punks FCON will bring their heat to Tukwila, with opening sets by the Snubs, Hellcat, and the Subjunctives.
(Tukwila, $7)

19. The Hot McGandhis
Get down to "funky jazz and boogaloo tunes" from a quintet of seasoned Seattle musicians as they play standards from the 1960s to the present.
(Downtown, free)

20. Jupe Jupe, Society of the Silver Cross, Myrrum
Minor-key New Wave rockers Jupe Jupe will be backed up by Society of the Silver Cross and Myrrum for a night out in Fremont.
(Fremont, $8/$10)

21. Knights of Trash, The Night Times, Thee Perfect Gentlemen
Local good-timers the Knights of Trash play a rollicking set of original rock and roll, with support from the Night Times and Thee Perfect Gentlemen.
(Shoreline, $5)

22. Prom Date Mixtape - Stripped
Hark back to the '80s and '90s with a "semi-acoustic, tweaked, and twisted" edition of Prom Date Mixtape.
(Fremont, free)

23. Proofs, The Littlest Viking, Plum, Model Snake
Local math rock and "fudgecore" group Proofs will play a live set out in the U-District with support from the Littlest Viking, Plum, and Model Snake.
(University District, $8)


24. Lumbersexual UNION Suit/longjohn PARTY wDJ MIKE Sniffen
Lumbersexuals should wear their finest long johns and flannels for a night of dancing to party tracks from DJ Mike Sniffen in the good company of hot go-go boys.
(Capitol Hill, $6/$8)


25. Cote Smith, Zack Akers, and Skip Bronkie: Limetown-The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Of all the supernatural and suspense podcasts out there, Limetown may be the tautest and most elegantly executed. Nowhere to be found is the cheesiness of, say, NoSleep or the wide-ranging whimsy of Welcome to Night Vale. This live event will be a prequel to the story about the vanishing of 300 people at a top-secret research facility.
(South Lake Union, $5)

26. Good Co's Kickstarter Countdown Dragtacular!
Local drag performers Timmy Roghaar, Abbey Roads, and Vincent Miley will celebrate their newest album, So Pretty, with a dance party.
(Downtown, $10)

27. Reboot Theatre's Test Kitchen
Beloved local drag queen Butch Alice will mesh "Pink Floyd aesthetics" with The Wizard of Oz in this new performance.
(Sodo, $10)


28. Adrianne Harun: Catch, Release
An underappreciated short story writer who lives in Port Townsend, Adrienne Harun is the real deal. She’s fantastic. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories, and her new collection is called Catch, Release. JOULE ZELMAN
(Capitol Hill, free)

29. Benjamin Schmitt: Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity
Pushcart-nominated poet Benjamin Schmitt will host a night of readings and music alongside poet Jason Kirk and singer-songwriter Nate Manuel.
(Ravenna, free)

30. Brandon Mull: Dragonwatch
Brandon Mull, the author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms fantasy series, will read from his latest book, Dragonwatch, about a world that's threatened by draconic dominion.
(University District, free)

31. evo Women's Speaker Series
Meet professional women in the snowboarding industry—Anon Optics's Hillary Van Hauer and Burton Snowboards' Ali Kenney and Lesley Betts—for a discussion as part of Burton's Women's Speaker Series.
(Wallingford, free)

32. Jessica Rae Bergamino: Unmanned
Poet Jessica Rae Bergamino will celebrate the release of her debut collection, Unmanned, by giving a reading with special guest poet Rae Gouirand.
(Wallingford, free)

33. Martin Limon: The Line
Two 8th Army CID agents spark international conflict when they remove a battered corpse they found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea in the 1970s. Hear more from Martin Limon's historical fiction novel The Line at this reading.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

34. Michelle Hodkin: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, will be joined in conversation by Kendare Balke (author of Anna Dressed in Blood) about Hodkins's new book The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, the sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw.
(Mill Creek, free)



35. Beyond the Frame—To Be Native
For National American Indian Heritage Month, join authors and historians in examining the work of Edward S. Curtis, who's famous for his photographs depicting Native American life.
(Downtown, free)

36. (Where) Do We Belong?
These artworks respond to Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policies through the eyes of immigrant artists, including Humaira Abid, Hawo Ali, Tatiana Garmendia, Hiba Jameel, Rohena Alam Khan, Jake Prendez, Marcia Santos, and Judy Shintani.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

37. Gravity Jokes
When a joke “goes over well,” we say that it “lands.” Sometimes a joke doesn’t land because it “misses the mark” or “sails over the heads” of its intended audience. What is it about comedy that invites so many comparisons to the trajectories of flying, falling objects? In Gravity Jokes, dubbed an “experimental exhibition-as-conversation” by curator Molly Mac, six artists who create work on a “continuum between traditional sculpture and stand-up comedy” have come together to tell jokes of all forms that collaborate with the forces of gravity: Dewa Dorje, Andy Fallat, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Mario Lemafa, E.T. Russian, and Khadija Ann Tarver. EMILY POTHAST
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Saturday

38. Jenny Heishman: rectangle, rectangle
Jenny Heishman’s prolific exploration of materials has included everything from foam core, paper, tape, ink jet print, nylon strap (Wall Belt, 2012) to igneous rock, stainless steel, and urethane paint (skystones, 2016 at Skyway Library). The material is the starting point, and its form is teased into being with throwaways like cardboard becoming monumental in the process (Medium, 2015). For her first solo show since 2015, Heishman has added another dimension by interpreting material into another material—specifically paper fiber into wool fiber. In one piece, paint-splattered handmade paper serves as the reference for a labor-intensive hand-hooked rug, resulting in a meditative portrait of something seemingly accidental. KATIE KURTZ
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

39. Lydia Bassis: Unspoken
Bassis typically creates layered abstracts; in the past year, she's been using collage, acrylic, and graphite to make spacious, repetitious, soothing compositions.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

40. Sonny Assu: Études for the Settler
This new series of "found paintings" by Sonny Assu is presented alongside his previous series that "problematize[s] colonial conceptions of the landscape": 2017's The Paradise Syndrome, 2016's 1UP, and 2014's Interventions On The Imaginary.
(University District, free)
Closing Saturday


41. Akwaaba: Healing a Queer Black Soul
In this one-person show, local queer theater performer Naa Akua shares stories of their "Queer Black Healing Process" through poetry, sound, ritual, and monologue.
(Capitol Hill, $10)


42. Pilchuck Holiday Sale
Shop ceramics, glass art, and other crafts for the holidays.
(Pioneer Square, free)



43. Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display
The holiday train will return to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to weave its way through festive poinsettias.
(Capitol Hill, $4)

44. Swansons Reindeer Festival
Shop a variety of seasonal plants, bulbs, arrangements, and Christmas trees, as well as other gifts like books, jewelry, and home decor, at the decked-out nursery. Plus, visit with Santa and his real-life reindeer, check out model trains, and enjoy live music throughout the season.
(Crown Hill, free)



45. Charlie Parriott, Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss: Old Friends, New Work
Cappy Thompson is responsible for the 90-foot-long window mural—a woodland/celestial scene of painted glass titled I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals (2003)—at Sea-Tac International Airport. Thompson will show work with Dick Weiss, an Everett-born glass artist whose large-scale piece can also be seen at Sea-Tac, and Charlie Parriott, who spent 12 years as a colorist at Chihuly Studio before helping to run the hot glass studio at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
(Downtown, free)
Opening reception Saturday

46. Deep Space Fine
The latest installment of Prairie Underground's artist series features Stranger music calendar editor and Gramma editor Kim Selling, who has created two open-size garments (from 0 up to around 32) out of sheer silk organza, which will be live modeled by Briq House, Adria Garcia, McKenzie Porritt, and Guayaba. There will also be projected visual art made by Kim Selling, Briq House, McKenzie Porritt, and Mel Carter, plus music from Guayaba and DJ RO. Selling says: "We are capable of being more than one thing, more than simply a physical body. The pieces showcased here are meant to both expose and empower; regardless of your size or shape, these garments will collaborate with you to create evanescent architectural movements, as if you were a celestial body moving through space, swathed only in dark matter."
(Georgetown, free)

47. Family Grief Workshop
People of all ages are invited to express and process grief through visual art, meditation, movement, and more as part of the Good Mourning festival.
(Crown Hill, pay what you can)

48. Jeanne Medina: A Solo Exhibition
Fiber and textile artist Medina creates three-dimensional sculptures incorporating weaving and sometimes performance, all reflecting on "identity, ancestral trauma, and the fixed and fluid spaces of the body" as well as colonialism and de-colonization.
(Georgetown, free)
Closing Saturday

49. Sara Jimenez: Sudden Lull, Terrific Gale, Dead Calm
These photographs are glimpses of the artist, garbed in a dress made of snapshots of colonial writings, as she adopts poses evoking the legendary Filipina warrior princess Urduja. 
(Georgetown, free)
Closing Saturday

50. Statix One-Year Anniversary Party
Revel in the existence of this young, offbeat gallery with free food and drink, discounted art to buy, live music, and giveaways.
(Pioneer Square, free)

51. Vision 20/20
Forty-six artists have each created nine eight-by-eight artworks for sale. Claim your favorites for some early holiday shopping.
(Burien, donation)


52. Miscast
Funny and spontaneous performers are paired with actors following a script to reshape scenes from real movies that the improvisers aren't familiar with in this series directed by John Carroll. In November, see the "It's Not TV" showcase. 
(Belltown, $10)


52. Calendar Launch Party with Seattle Humane
Seattle Humane will celebrate the launch of their adorable 2019 calendars by sending some of their adoptable cats and dogs to Issaquah via the MaxMobile. Ask questions about taking home a pet forever and snap some photos in a fall-themed photo booth.
(Issaquah, free)

53. Pre-Loved Judaica Sale, Havdalah and Live Jewish Music
Immerse yourself in Jewish culture by flipping through books, listening to live traditional music, tasting homemade baked goods, and more.
(Woodinville, free)


54. Anniversary Party/Can Release!
Dexter Brewhouse and Magnuson Cafe & Brewery will celebrate their anniversary with the release of their "Just Juice" NE Style IPA can at both locations, along with more "fun new takes" on their classic brews, all day happy hour, raffles, and the debut of the Mollusk Barrel Aged Whiskey (only available at Dexter Brewhouse). 
(South Lake Union and Sand Point, free)

55. Gobble Up 2018
This free bazaar from the folks behind Urban Craft Uprising aims to apply the successful indie market format to specialty artisanal foods. This is a unique opportunity to peruse (and taste!) edible wares from more than 100 craft food vendors, and to meet the makers themselves. On the lineup this year: heritage preserves from Orcas Island’s Girl Meets Dirt, sourdough croissants from Temple Pastries, distinctive confections (like absinthe and black salt caramels) from Jonboy Caramels, drinking vinegars from the Shrubbery, and more. In addition to food and drink, there will also be handmade linens, ceramics, and other home goods available for purchase. JULIANNE BELL
(Downtown, free)

56. Magnolia Fall Harvest Market
The Magnolia Farmers Market will stay open for an extra day to help you check things off your holiday gift list and your Thanksgiving shopping list. Find local meats, cheeses, vegetables, preserves, and more. 
(Magnolia, free)


57. The Christy McWilson Experience, Gus Clark & the Least of His Problems
Christy McWilson and her Experience will be joined by Gus Clark & the Least of His Problems for a night of rootsy rock and rocky roots.
(Georgetown, $10)

58. Dysko Mystik: DYR, The Ohmu
Indulge in some late-autumn spookiness by entering "a twilight zone of electronica" with DYR (who will spin his newest single, "Dysko Mystik") and the Ahmu.
(Fremont, free)

59. The Fabulous Downey Brothers, Bad Luck, Modal Zork, Forrest Friends
Join Seattle's Fabulous Downey Brothers for an energetic amalgamation of Devo, the B-52s, and They Might Be Giants, as well as local duo Bad Luck, Portland synth-folk band Modal Zork, and Forrest Friends.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

60. Haute Sauce X Cuffing Season X Citrus Room
DJs Blesst, 1Oak, Catch24, Izm, Han B2B G-Lo, and special guests will supply the goods for a hiphop dance party.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

61. JK Pop!
Temporarily cast away your sadness with bouncy K Pop DJ sets by HOSTBOI and Mooncakes, and also with K Pop drag performances by Atasha Manila, Christian Brown, and Kylie Mooncakes.
(Downtown, $5/$8)

62. Mastering the Hustle Workshop 12: Songwriting
Local songwriters Parisalexa and Hollis Wong-Wear will talk about how they managed to find success in Seattle's ever-changing music industry. 
(Seattle Center, free)

63. No Chill: '90s-'00s Hiphop and R&B Throwback Party
It seems the '90s and early aughts indeed have no chill. Give in to the decades' sartorial and musical prevalence with a night of hiphop and R&B throwbacks from DJs Paco and Chetbong.
(Beacon Hill, $10)

64. POP HOP! A Sweet POP and HipHop Party!
DJ Indica Jones will take the reins at this dance party dedicated to "pop and hiphop music from over the decades," from Snoop Dogg to Spice Girls. 
(Ballard, free)

65. POPDEFECT, Girl Trouble, Clean Lines
Tacoma’s Girl Trouble and Seattle/LA’s Popdefect (although they seem to have been born out on the road, probably crossing North Dakota in pitch blackness), go back decades, boast cult followings, and have had movies dedicated to them—and both remain criminally underhyped. All I can do to un-underhype them is to affirm that Girl Trouble strike exactly the right balance between manifesting rock’s big-dick/big-ego strut and satirizing the same, while Popdefect perfect primal, minor-key wails from the id. Now how much would you pay? ANDREW HAMLIN
(Columbia City, $10)

66. Quiet, Levi Fuller & the Library, Chad
Moody psych-punks Quiet will headline in U-District with support performances by Levi Fuller & the Library and Chad.
(University District, $8)

67. The Ready Ron Beats Takeover II
Billing himself as "Chinatown's Greatest Mystery," Ready Ron is now helming his own solo career as a hiphop beat maker and producer after years as a member of the Impossiblez. Ron will be joined by a full marquee's worth of local hiphop talent for a beat showcase, hosted by Nikkita Oliver.
(Seattle Center, $5/$10)

68. Vivian, Johnny Raincloud, Lo Fives, Aurora Motels, The Drive Through
Local cat-enthusiast band Vivian will play with more rock support from Johnny Raincloud, Lo Fives, Aurora Motels, and the Drive Through.
(Greenwood, $7)

69. The Whopperjohns
Multi-instrumentalist Jacques Willis will oscillate between the vibraphone, keyboards, and drums while Ryan Burns pounds on the organ. They'll play everything from jazz standards to video game music to songs from "1980s beer commercials" to Swedish folk songs.  
(Downtown, free)

70. YOY, Mud On My Bra, Bobcat, New Bloom
This punk rock release party celebrates YOY's new tape, Mud On My Bra's new bundle of holiday singles, and a new album from Bobcat.
(University District, $5-$10)


71. Layer Cake
Hear a reading of the brand-new theater piece The Secret and Impossible League of the Noösphere, a retro sci-fi taking place at the Chicago World's Fair. This is part of the Live Girls! theater development program.
(Georgetown, free)


72. Ali Fitzgerald
In Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe, Ali Fitzgerald provides glimpses into Berlin's emergency shelters, where she ran comics workshops for refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. Her book intertwines their stories and her own experience living in the great European capital.
(Georgetown, free)

73. Amber Nelson: 'The Sexiest Man Alive' Book Launch
I’ve been waiting for this one. Hometown hero Amber Nelson, former editor of the dearly missed Alice Blue Books, is out with a new book of poetry about the men who’ve earned People Magazine’s highest distinction: The Sexiest Man Alive (Spooky Girlfriend Press). The poems are funny and tragic, composed of chopped up lines from each sexy man’s interview with the rag. Here’s a few lines from “Sexiest Man Alive 2008: Hugh Jackman”: I'm not sure I’m proud of it. That’s not sexy. / An old friend of mine e-mailed me and said / he had cowboy boots sexier than me. Nelson’s celebrating her book’s birthday with a reading, a drag king performance, and a DJ dance party. RICH SMITH
(Capitol Hill, $5 suggested donation)

74. Artist Talk with Henry Lien and Fong-Chi Lien
Nebula-nominated author Henry Lien and his father, photographer Fong-Chi Lien, will share their personal stories about immigration and how these experiences have influenced their respective works.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

75. Asia Talks: Power and Pleasure in Indian Painting
A trio of eminent scholars—Dipti Khera (NYU), Debra Diamond (Freer/Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute), and Yael Rice (Amherst College)—will delve deep into various aspects of 16th- to 19th-century royal arts of Rajasthan, including "power and pleasure, piety and play, real and imagined spaces," during this symposium. Make sure you see the exhibition that this lecture accompanies: Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. 
(University District, free)

76. Elliott Neff: A Pawn's Journey
Elliott Neff, author and founder of the youth chess program Chess4Life, will read from his new book about a young girl who gains self-confidence through the game of chess.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

77. Jeanne Marie Laskas and Friends
In To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope, Jeanne Marie Laskas gives a voice to all those who wrote letters to President Obama—who "engaged with such mail more than any president to date"—while he was in office. Join her in reminiscing/crying about the good old days at this reading.
(Capitol Hill, free)

78. Seattle7Writers' Holiday Bookfest
Meet your favorite PNW authors and buy their books. Not only will they read and sell; they'll also bring tasty baked goods! Readers will include Anca Szilàgyi, J. Anderson Coats, Lynn Brunelle, Anna Quinn, Neal Bascomb, and Michael Schmeltzer, and there will be dozens of other writers selling books. Seattle7Writers (your hosts) will also be collecting "gently used" books, so you can clear out some space before bringing home new tomes. The sad news: This will be the last Bookfest, so seize your chance.
(Phinney, free)

79. Storyteller Sondra Segundo
Haida writer, artist, and performer Sondra Segundo will present an evening of songs and stories in celebration of Native American Heritage month.
(Renton, $5)

80. Susan Rich, Valerie Wallace, and Lisa Wells
This poetry reading features poets Valerie Wallace (winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry), Susan Rich (winner of Margaret Atwood's Atty Award), and Lisa Wells (winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize).
(Wallingford, free)

81. Writing for Procrastinators
Learn how to stop procrastinating and become a real live writer with Hugo House instructor Beth Slattery.
(Ballard, free)

82. Writers Under the Influence: Ursula K. Le Guin
Iconic fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction author and poet Le Guin passed away in January, but her legacy (which includes a breadth of work spanning more than four decades) and part in influencing the genres in which she worked will continue for innumerable ages. At this event, local writers Eileen Gunn, David Naimon, and Nisi Shawl will share stories, thoughts, and more related to Le Guin. LEILANI POLK
(Capitol Hill, free)

83. Year of the Chimera: Unusual Story Concepts and Forms
Hear a discussion by eminent, award-winning sci-fi writers Curtis Chen (Waypoint Kangaroo), Ted Chiang (Stories of Your Life and Other Stories), Henry Lien (Peasprout Chen), and Caroline M. Yoachim (Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories) on story forms that diverge from the template. Yang-Yang Wang will moderate.
(University District, free)


84. 10th Annual Snohomish Holiday Market
Get a head start on your holiday gift shopping at "the longest running all-artisan market in Snohomish County," where over 80 vendors will sell their wares and local distillers will pour warming spirits. Santa will also be there.
(Snohomish, free)

85. Ayame Kai Arts & Crafts Fair
Find handcrafted Asian-inspired gifts, vintage collectibles, and artisan goods from local and regional vendors. There will also be homemade Asian treats to try.
(Beacon Hill, free)

86. A Capitol Affair One-Day Shopping Event!
Support local womxn-owned businesses in Chophouse Row like Moo-Young - Concept Shop, Ghost Gallery, Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe, Knack, Zorro Vintage, and others by entering raffles and shopping one-day-only deals.
(Capitol Hill, free)

87. Filson's Mercantile Festival
Shop and enjoy samplings and product demos from local vendors like Ayako & Family (who will be selling homemade jam), Bow Hill Blueberries, Deckhand's Daughter (who will be selling smoked herring), Fulcrum Coffee, Rill Specialty Foods (who will be giving samples of their chili and other soups), Seattle Canning Co. (who will be giving samples of their pickles and relishes), and others. 
(Sodo, free)

88. Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar
Shop from over 100 vendors at this holiday market. 
(Renton, free)

89. Holiday Craft Market
Sixty-five juried artisans will sling their crafts and other handmade goods for all your holiday gift-shopping needs.
(Shoreline, free)

90. Holiday Shop Local Event to Support Women Owned Businesses
Support women-owned businesses by shopping from over 30 local vendors (some of whom will be selling products and some of whom will be selling services) at this holiday market hosted by NW Ladies in Business. 
(Phinney, free)

91. Junction True Value Christmas Open House
Bust out your holiday sweater (you could win a Junction True Value gift card), listen to Christmas carolers, enjoy cookies, apple cider, and popcorn, and pick up some Christmas decorations at this early holiday party. 
(West Seattle, free)

92. Saturday Pop Up Market
Eat a tamale while you shop for jewelry, art, and more from local vendors Amano Seattle and MariGlvn. 
(South Park, free)

93. Seattle Pop-Up Shop! Etsy & Insta Edition 2
Meet and shop from Seattle-based Etsy and Instagram sellers and makers to scoop up everything from jewelry and pins to leather goods and plants at the second edition of this market.
(Capitol Hill, free)

94. Shop-O-Rama's Book-O-Rama
Shop books for the holidays and get some tomes signed.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

95. St. Matthew Craft Fair
Here you'll find locally made crafts for the holidays along with a bake sale and raffle. 
(North Seattle, free)

96. TPM Fall Artisan Market
Shop from local vendors at the Trailer Park Mall while a live DJ spins.
(Georgetown, free)


97. The Landing in Renton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Can't wait for the holidays? Start celebrating early by joining Warm 106.9 for a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, face painters, balloon artists, and "Christmas prizes."
(Renton, free)



98. Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies
Enter Edgar Arceneaux’s unassuming wooden structure—a low, irregular-sided wooden shack—and find yourself in a parallel-world library of sugar-crystal clouded books. Their titles may be or merely recall the Western canon, like a sequence including the clearly referential Birth of a Nation and the murkier Birth of a Night, Nation Goodnight, and finally, Goodnight Moon. According to museum materials, this installation—first exhibited in Paris in 2016—concerns Arceneaux’s preoccupations with history, memory, and our subjective human reconstructions of both. The result looks like a cramped, mazelike hideaway, a metaphor for the limits imposed on our views of the past by our own need for containment. By amassing references to many different narratives, Arceneaux constructs an anti-narrative of history.JOULE ZELMAN
(University District, $10)
Opening Saturday

99. Ellen Ito: Cook
The experimental project and home gallery space of artists Joey Veltkamp and Ben Gannon, cogean? features exhibitions that highlight domestic arts and crafts. Launched in March, their fifth show at the 100-year-old house they share on Cogean Avenue—which is within easy walking distance of the Bremerton ferry terminal—is from Ellen Ito, and it is centered on sharing food as community building. Ito also organized a publication in conjunction with the show; it features illustrations and recipes by more than 40 artists, including Matthew Offenbacher, Nicholas Nyland, and Lulu Yee. Proceeds from recipe-book sales benefit local organizations, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations for a food drive to stock a local food bank. KATIE KURTZ
(Bremerton, free)
Opening Saturday


100. Julefest
The Nordic Museum has long hosted this winter celebration of the Yuletide (this will be the 41st year, in fact), but this will be the first Julefest in their new and improved space. Adults over 21 can enjoy a fully stocked Scandinavian bar, while the kids can enjoy arts, crafts, and a visit from Santa. Scoop up some Nordic prizes in the raffle or the silent auction.
(Ballard, $7)

101. Seattle Festival of Trees
Every year, the historic hotel celebrates the winter season with a fancy dinner, caroling, an impressive display of decorated trees in their lobby, and a teddy bear suite.
(Downtown, free)


102. Crystallography Gem + Mineral Market
If you're in need of some mystical healing, shop from over 50 crystal, gem, and mineral vendors, visit tarot readers, psychics, and "crystal intuitives," and enjoy live painters and DJs.
(Shoreline, free)

103. Russian Bazaar
Shop for gifts from local Russian artists and fill up on treats from pelmeni to borscht.
(Capitol Hill, free)

104. Seattle Anarchist Book Fair
For its 10th year, the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair will gather radical authors, publishers, and workshop leaders for the intellectual anti-capitalist struggle. Pick up some books and make new friends to criticize the state with.
(Seattle Center, free)



105. Pacific Northwest Afro X
This special exhibit celebrates blackness and African diasporic culture in the Northwest's past and present with work by Pacific Northwest-based black artists who "[cultivate] and [remix] black brilliance in Seattle and beyond." Stop by for free conversations, drop-in art activities, a reading station, special talks, and more.
(Central District, free)

106. Pop + Hiphop: Hip-hop Is All Around Us
Get an education on hiphop's evolution, its diverse voices, the arts and fashion movements it's sparked, and more of its influence beyond music by checking out Tupac's handwritten essay penned in 1992, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," seeing dance performances curated by Tracey Wong, hearing music by DJ crew NW Portablists, seeing a fashion show, and making your own graffiti art.
(Seattle Center, free)


107. Improvised Chekhov
Once again evincing impressive ambition, this improv company will act out scenes based on your suggestions and classic Russian plays like Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, or The Three Sisters. Since the drama of Anton Chekhov relies on deep character development, complex social mores, and lingering melancholy, these performances—if successful—will truly be coups de thèâtre.
(Downtown, $10)


108. Laying the Foundations for Talking About Race
This free workshop aims to provide people of all ages with tools to have open conversations about race and identity.
(Mount Baker, free)

109. Piper's Creek Salmon Celebration at Carkeek Park
Welcome the salmon back to the Puget Sound by celebrating with hot drinks, music, a scavenger hunt through the park, and more family-friendly activities.
(North Seattle, free)


110. SHRIEK!: Thirst
The class focusing on women and minorities in horror is back with a screening and discussion of Park Chan-wook's Thirst, about a saintly Catholic priest transformed into an insatiable blood-drinker and sex fiend by a risky medical experiment. Here's an excerpt from the review Lindy West wrote at its release: "Thirst is a horror movie, albeit a silly one. Actual scares are few to none—instead, Sang-hyun's painfully earnest consternation at trying to live as an ethical monster (losing his priestly virginity, daintily sipping a comatose man's blood straight from the IV) make it a funny, cartoonish, and strangely sweet fable about ethics versus instincts: 'Is it a sin for a fox to eat a chicken?' Unfortunately, Thirst drags on for a punishing gazillion hours—ethical monster shacks up with manipulative harpy and the complications pile up like bodies (because, you know, they literally are bodies)—and you feel like you'll never see your home or your mom or the precious golden sun again." It might not be the most positive of reviews, but you're guaranteed to get a good discussion out of it with organizers Evan J. Peterson and Heather Marie Bartels.
(Greenwood, $10)

111. VOYEUR presents The Prowler
The November edition of VOYEUR brings "one of the bleakest noirs ever made," Joseph Losey's The Prowler, about a man who's determined to get what he feels society owes him—an unhappily married woman played by Evelyn Keyes.
(University District, free)


112. Dearheart, The Requisite, Tiger Rider
Local post-emo four-piece Dearheart will play material from their debut album, with support sets from local pop-punks the Requisite and power poppers Tiger Rider.
(Ballard, $10)

113. Evan Flory-Barnes: On Loving the Muse and Family — Kickstarter Donor Appreciation Concert
It’s no secret that Seattle is spilling over with gifted musicians, but even given that relatively high bar, Evan Flory-Barnes is a standout. The veteran multi-instrumentalist is probably most visible in his role as bassist for the formidable Stranger Genius Award-winning ensemble Industrial Revelation, but his many appearances on his own and with others have made it clear that he is a major talent no matter whom he’s playing with. Now he gets the chance to take center stage for On Loving the Muse and Family, a show that means to frame his monster skills with a narrative framework incorporating the style of vintage late-night TV variety shows, and featuring such collaborators as the Traumatics, the True Loves, the Seattle Girls Choir, and a full orchestra. On the Boards promises “a series of self-reflexive monologue songs about his relationships, both intimate and familial” and “a celebration of life, philosophy, and psychology through music.” That’s a tall order, but if anyone can deliver on that promise, it’s Flory-Barnes. SEAN NELSON
(Columbia City, free)

114. An Evening of Nepalese Music 2018
Enjoy an evening of traditional Nepalese music and food. Bring your favorite dish to add to a potluck.
(Shoreline, free)

115. Fall Fantasy
In this inaugural concert of their new season, pieces of an autumnal persuasion will be performed by the Youth Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, led by Music Director Tigran Arakelyan and Jazz Director Derrick Polk.
(Bremerton, $10)

116. Gerald Kechley Tribute Concert
Pay tribute to University of Washington School of Music Emeritus Professor Gerald Kechley with this special show featuring UW vocal performance students and School of Music faculty.
(University District, free)

117. Lake City Record Show
Go nuts at this free annual sale featuring over 50 tables of records, CDs, sheet music, memorabilia, and "other music-related goodies."
(North Seattle, free)

118. Shook x Customs: DJ Lag
Join DJs Lag, Zai, Fleskor, and Tru Gryt for an electronic dance party.
(Downtown, $7)

119. Troll, The Generators
Portland's Troll will play progressive doom after a set from Los Angeles punks the Generators. 
(Eastlake, $8/$10)

120. Vintersong Nordic Holiday Concert
Celebrate Seattle's sisterly bond with Nordic countries and get excited for the holiday season with a concert by soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber, traveling all the way from Norway. They'll be joined by Seattle-Bergen String Quartet for a program of "yuletide favorites" and original arrangements.
(Ballard, free)


121. Gender Fierce
Witness the diverse talents of local youth across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
(Capitol Hill, free)

122. Gothic Barbie Drag Haus Presents: Dream Haus
Gothic Barbie Drag Haus, a competing group in ArtHaus 5.0, present their first variety show, Dream House. Expect homages to old-timey horror movies, pastel accents, and gaggles of witches.
(Downtown, $8/$10)

123. A Necessary Sadness
Great local poets, storytellers, musicians, comedians, and others—Howie Echo-Hawk, Emmett Montgomery, Ravella Riffenburg, Jade Gee, et al—in Danielle KL Gregoire's second production of A Necessary Sadness, which debuted at the Seattle Fringe Festival. The shows, part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, are inspired by John Koenig's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of invented words about complex emotions.
(Crown Hill, $10 suggested donation)

124. Sing It! Seattle
Are you a layperson who also enjoys singing? Here's your chance to be part of a choir and perform in front of an audience. You'll even get to vote on which song to learn.
(Downtown, $5)

125. Trivia Puppet Company Presents: Fuoco in Grotta
Trivia Puppet Company present Forethought, based on the legend of the mighty titan Prometheus, as well as "Peppercorn" at their show Fuoco in Grotta.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)


126. Alan J. Davidson
Capitol Hill's St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral celebrated their 130th anniversary with a building restoration project and a new book on the cathedral's early history by Alan J. Davidson. Meet the author and learn about Seattle’s second Episcopal parish. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

127. Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada
In this joint reading, science fiction writers Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada will share their most recent works (Cross Fire and This Cruel Design, respectively).
(University District, free)

128. Human Rights From the Bottom Up with Professor William Talbott
University of Washington professor William Talbott will lead a discussion on "the basis of human rights." Specifically, he'll explain why human rights are "the result of a centuries-long process of moral discovery."
(Capitol Hill, free)

129. Lorraine McConaghy
Learn about Washington State's role in World War I by reading a script from Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I out loud with public historian Lorraine McConaghy.
(West Seattle, free)

130. The McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson
Even if you think you don't know Edward S. Curtis, you've no doubt seen his famous photographs depicting Native American life. In this talk, author Clay Jenkinson will present on the artist's life and work and will use a working model of the camera that Curtis used.
(Tacoma, free)

131. Memoir: The Stories We Know by Heart
Reagan Jackson, a journalist at the South Seattle Emerald and the Globalist as well as a poet and children's book writer, will conduct a workshop on memoir.
(Downtown, free)


132. Handmade Brigade Pop-Up
Stroll past 50 booths of local craft vendors at this pop-up.
(Fremont, free)


133. Gratitude Yoga
Resident yoga instructor Morgan Zion O'Friel will lead an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with proceeds benefitting Children's Miracle Network. Tickets include a cocktail from the bar.
(Downtown, $10)