West Seattle Junction will kick off their Hometown Holidays festivities with a magnificent tree lighting ceremony on Sunday. West Seattle Junction

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 the closing of Maja Petrić: We Are All Made of Light to the Nordic Museum's Holiday Book Flood (Jólabókaflóð), and from Pyramid Brewing's fist annual Keg Tree Lighting to photos with Bad Santa. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, or our list of holiday markets this weekend.

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FRIDAY

COMEDY

1. Bandit Theater Presents: The Reader
A tarot reading for a brave audience member will inspire an improv set in this "half-tarot, half-comedy" show.
(Belltown, $5)

2. Beer and Puppet Theater, a Puppet Slam!
Drink beer and enjoy short-form experimental puppet shows for adults by Vashon Island and Seattle artists, from Slovakian folk tales to stories about esoteric clowns.
(University District, free)

3. The Comedy Nest Presents: The Hatchling Show II
Discover some new local comic talent from freshly minted jokester (and Comedy Nest vet) Ellen Acuario.
(Belltown, $10)

4. Comedy O'Clock Comedy Zine Show
The improv-centric zine Comedy O'Clock (which has no publication this month) will present performances by funny people who get along great, like Grace Penzell and Cory Williams, Matt Jurasek and Hannah Monson, NS Lindsey Peterson and Joshua Lewis.
(Greenwood, free)

5. Improvised Film Festival with Special Guest Jessica Dungan
You won't know exactly what you're seeing at this film festival, and neither will the actors. This improvised affair will be complete with film premieres, Q&As with the cast and crew, short films, and the main feature.
(Fremont, $10)

COMMUNITY

6. Everything You Wanted To Know About Death, But Haven't Asked...
Grief counselor Heather Paul and alternative burial expert Katrina Spade will answer your questions about death for Good Mourning.
(Crown Hill, $10 suggested donation)

FOOD & DRINK

7. Sparkling Wine Tasting
Make sure your forthcoming holiday gatherings are the tops by sampling six sparkling wines for just five bucks.
(West Seattle, $5)

GEEK & GAMING

8. Board Games and Booze
The premise is simple: choose a geeky tabletop game (such as Dungeons & Dragons or Settlers of Catan) and settle in for a round while you sip your drink of choice.
(Capitol Hill, free)

MUSIC

9. Angry Beaver and Grit Girls Productions Presents: Rock Explosion!
Rock out to some face-melting jams with rockers the Rainiers, Mercy Parker, and Brad Yaeger and the Night Terrors.
(Greenwood, $10)

10. The Annual Sneakers & Sweatsuits Party
Trade in your usual party hot pants for the coziest, laziest sweats and tennies you own for a dance party with DJ Mr. Nyice Guy. You could win a cash prize for your outfit efforts (or lack thereof). 
(Columbia City, $10)

11. Benefit Show for Central American Asylum Seekers
Donate cash and supplies (such as cell phones, non-perishable food, and tents) for asylum seekers in Tijuana. Port Townsend's the High Waisted Ramblers will play their brand of Cajun music.
(Central District, donation)

12. Beyond Captain Orca!, Sheridan Riley, Andi Lee Scher
Brain-stretching group Beyond Captain Orca! will headline an in-store performance with support sets by drummer Sheridan Riley (who frequently tours with dream-pop band ALVVAYS) and folk-rock singer-songwriter Andi Lee Scher.
(Wallingford, free)

13. The Braxmatics, The Fetatones, Melez Band
Get down to "steamfunk" jams from brass-heavy bands the Braxmatics, the Fetatones, and Balkan Rom/pop group Melez Band.
(Ballard, $8)

14. Fuzz Droner, Comedy Of Terror, Elizabeth Better
Throw it back to the '70s with fuzzy rock from Fuzz Droner, Comedy Of Terror, and Elizabeth Better.
(Georgetown, $7)

15. Fuzzqueen, Hourglasses, Goodwin, Cozy Slippers
Fuzzqueen, Hourglasses, Goodwin, and Cozy Slippers will engage you in a night of feminist rock.
(Eastlake, $5/$8)

16. Jenny Littlefield, John Boylan, Supposably
Jenny Littlefield will provide sweet guitar strums alongside "quirky punk rock" artist John Boylan.
(University District, free)

17. Percussion Ensemble: Percussion Music as Revolution
The students of the UW Percussion Ensemble will perform a program of world music for a finale to their quarter, led by faculty member Bonnie Whiting.
(University District, $10)

18. Sheila Kay and the Wulff Tones
Seattle artist Sheila Kay and her band will play soulful R&B music with jazz and gospel influences. 
(Columbia City, free)

19. SLAY: A Hip Hop Party for LGBT, and People of Color
This hiphop DJ dance party is dedicated to providing a space for people of color and people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum to dance the night away with local DJs.
(Capitol Hill, $5)

PERFORMANCE

20. Star Wars The Drag Show, Part 2: Revenge of the Cis
Host Irene Dubois and other intergalactic heroes will fight for the forces of queerdom in drag numbers inspired by Jedis, Sith, wookiees, and who knows, maybe ewoks. With Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, Beau Degas, Miss Texas 1988, Siren, and Vincent Milay.
(Downtown, $8)

READINGS & TALKS

21. AU Speculative Fiction Magazine Launch
The University of Washington's quarterly literary journal AU is dedicated to fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and all other forms of speculative fiction. Celebrate their latest issue by hearing readings from some of its contributors.
(University District, free)

22. Jack Straw Writers Reading
Hear new work by poets, memoirists, fiction writers, and others from this season's group of Jack Straw fellows: Kamari Bright, Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, and Dujie Tahat.
(Wallingford, free)

23. Jam Session! / Show & Tell! / Open Mic! / Open Studio! / Whatev!
Share your talents, whatever they may be, on stage at this "multidisciplinary jam session" and open mic. Bring non-perishables and gently used clothing to donate to Union Gospel Mission's winter drive.
(Pioneer Square, free)

24. Jeffrey Yang: Reading and Conversation with Don Mee Choi
Hey Marfa is this poet and translator's response to a residency in Marfa, Texas, incorporating painted and penciled landscapes by Rackstraw Downes. After reading from Hey Marfa, Don Mee Choi will engage Yang in conversation.
(Capitol Hill, free)

25. Ryan Stoa: Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry
Six years after Washington became the first state in the nation to legalize recreational weed, business is booming. And as more states and countries decide to legalize this heady plant, it’s having a major impact on the market. In Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry, Ryan Stoa argues that instead of allowing mega corporations and agribusiness to dominate the market, cannabis still has a chance to stay small, prizing small producers over the Anheuser-Buschs of the industry. What will it take? Get some answers when Stoa reads from his book and fields questions at this event. KATIE HERZOG
(Capitol Hill, free)

SHOPPING

26. Holiday Bazaar/Marketplace + AfroBeat Groove
Celebrate black diaspora culture and artists in Seattle at this inaugural market featuring handcrafted jewelry, Ankara prints, and more from black women-owned businesses. Plus, a live DJ will spin Afrobeat music and local restaurants will keep you sated with bites.
(Columbia City, free)

27. Holiday Show and Sale
Shop clay art and goods for your friends and families.
(Rainier Valley, free)

28. Witches' Night Out Market
Find a mystical gift from local vendors for the witches nearest to your heart.
(Ballard, free)

VISUAL ART

29. Bob Jones Retrospective and Potlatch
Bob Jones, a Seattle artist, recently passed away at the age of 99, and his family donated his body of work to Beacon Arts. Grab a coffee, celebrate the life of the portraitist, and bid on your favorite pieces. There will even be watercolors and sketches to take home for free!
(Beacon Hill, free)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

SHOPPING

30. Giving Marketplace
When you purchase a holiday gift at this market, your proceeds will benefit any number of local and global charities.
(Seattle Center, free)

31. Henry Holiday Sale
Buy art and stocking stuffers for your friends and loved ones by the locally beloved mural painter and artist Ryan "Henry" Ward, depicter of goofily bug-eyed goofy walruses and ostriches and fish and wizards.
(Capitol Hill, free)

VISUAL ART

32. Eirik Johnson: Pine
What motivates people to carve their initials into the bark of a living tree? This fall, local publisher Minor Matters will be releasing PINE, a book of new photography by Neddy-award winning artist Eirik Johson. For this body of work, Johnson has photographed found instances of tree graffiti, considering the circumstances that might have prompted people to leave such marks. To accompany these images, Johnson has commissioned a digital mixtape by an exciting roster of musicians including SassyBlack, Newaxeyes, Whiting Tennis, and Tenderfoot. This exhibition timed to the book's release will showcase Johnson's work in color photography, illuminated light boxes, and sound. EMILY POTHAST
(Queen Anne, free)
Closing Saturday

33. Emily Wood: Sky, Field, and Shore
Tacoman Emily Wood's warm, bright paintings depict landscapes of the Pacific Northwest—focusing not on the dripping rain forests and glittering Sound of the West, but on starker, drier scenes from Eastern Washington and Montana.
(Downtown, free)
Closing Saturday

34. George Brandt: The Ghosts of Future Past
George Brandt's colorful oil paintings depict "visitors from another space and time."
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

35. Heidi Oberheide, Patricia Hagen
Oberheide tends to mess around with abstract shapes in nature, like in her series portraying crowded vertical trees in wild colors. Hagen works in figurative landscape, with blunted brushstrokes and gloomy colors perfectly suited to the Pacific Northwest.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

36. Human Rights 70 Years On: A Poster Show
Visiting Zimbabwean artist and graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa and Elisabeth Patterson co-taught a Design for Social Activism class to the senior BFA graphic design class at Cornish this past semester, wherein the students designed posters to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights. See some of the work at this gallery exhibition.
(Belltown, free)
Opening Friday

37. Joseph Parker
This artist from Eastern Washington layers mixed media over photographs. Their goal is to "queer the world" through the power of artistic exploration. This exhibition depicts body parts in a whirl of images.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

38. Maja Petrić: We Are All Made of Light
It’s easy to feel increasingly disconnected from politics, from the country, from our neighbors, from even ourselves. In response, Seattle-based artist Maja Petrić is using her new immersive exhibit, We Are All Made of Light, to look at the ways that humans can plug back into our OG bio-cosmic fabric. Using a heady combination of interactive light, spatial sound, and artificial intelligence developed by Mihai Jalobeanu, Petrić’s installation creates audiovisual trails of each visitor as they move through the space. As the installation goes on, previous visitors’ trails will mix together as part of the constellation of light that new visitors will encounter, connecting everyone with the past, present, and future. “The immersive experience emulates a constellation in which every person becomes one among the stars,” Petrić explained. Trippy shit. JASMYNE KEIMIG
(South Lake Union, free)
Closing Saturday

39. Matthew Dennison: Knowledge of Other Places
Matthew Dennison’s narrative paintings featuring tapered-limbed Chagall-like figures are developed through a process of layering, taping, cutting, and sanding. No broad brushstrokes, the process mirrors how Dennison delves into the day’s headlines and extracts interpretations about how we relate to our environment. In an interview for Oregon Art Beat, Dennison said he’s “trying to address some of those things where we can’t control everything… we think we can and we really don’t.” This is evidenced in The Iceberg, where a figure standing on a cliff stares blankly into the distance while a lone iceberg appears to be slowly melting behind them. KATIE KURTZ
(Downtown, free)
Closing Saturday

40. Mimi Cernyar-Fox: Water, Water Everywhere
Cernyar-Fox is often preoccupied with endangered bird populations and the degraded sea. Here, she plays with "a free standing screen of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a boat anchor and expressionist painting."
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

41. n(y)o͞o
Welcome the newest members of this artist collective. Browse the works of John Freeman, Trevor Goosen, Marisa Manso, Peter Rand, and Ilana Zweschi.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

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

43. Rolph Scarlett and Walter Quirt: Missing Pages
The Late Canadian American painter Rolph Scarlett was at one time "the third most highly collected artist" of the Guggenheim collection. But when Solomon Guggenheim died in 1949, the Guggenheim family put most of the artist's work into storage. A similar thing happened to American painter Walter Quirt, whose work was removed from the Whitney Museum after his death by the request of his widow, Eleanor. This exhibition shows some of the artists' "missing" work.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

44. Ryan "Henry" Ward: The Hiatus That Made Us
See new work by Ryan Henry Ward—you know him as Henry, and he's the muralist who has covered the walls of your city in goofy walruses and ostriches and fish and wizards.
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Saturday

45. Tim Lowly, David Bailin
Tim Lowly's art is based on the "mystical agency" he sees in his 33-year-old daughter Temma. David Bailin's drawings are his last collaboration with his father, who suffered from a memory disorder at the end of his life.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

46. Virginia Maksymowicz: Invisible Alignment
This artist works in relief, often using the visual language of "architectural ornamentation" to reflect metaphorically on the human form. She says: "Invisible Alignment specifically addresses the quest for aesthetic and physical perfection."
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

47. Warren Dykeman: Attention Span
Do you remember learning about cuneiform—one of the earliest systems of writing from the region of Sumer? Wedges made with reeds that made language? I was obsessed. I started thinking about cuneiform, then went down a hobo code rabbit hole while trying to figure out the symbolism in Warren Dykeman’s work. Which led me to early computer language. I so badly want to decode the rows and rows of symbols. Does the mirror frame plus green square plus tree plus the letter "Z" add up somehow? A painting emblazoned FRONT STAB seems easily interpretable, but the one declaring SAFE FAZ leads us back into the cryptic. KATIE KURTZ
(Georgetown, free)
Artist talk on Saturday

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

SHOPPING

48. Holiday Market at Westlake Park
A trip downtown during the holidays beckons a visit to Urban Craft Uprising's annual market, where you'll find all sorts of handmade gifts throughout the season. Stop by the Holiday Carousel while you're there.
(Downtown, free)

49. King Street Makers Market
Shop from over 50 Pacific Northwest makers at this holiday gift pop-up.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

50. Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour
Pick up gifts for your loved ones from local artists in their own studios during this self-guided tour.
(Various locations, free)

VISUAL ART

51. Featured Artists
See work in finger painting by artist Kimberly Adams and tea-stained printing by Sylvia Portillo.
(Kirkland, free)
Closing Sunday

52. Peter Ferguson: Mock Robin
Peter Ferguson, a Roq la Rue regular, paints rich, imaginative, warmly hued pop surrealist works that evoke Northern Renaissance strangeness, Boschian creatures, and fin-de-siècle magic.
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Sunday

WINTER HOLIDAYS

53. Clam Lights
Every night, Ivar's powers up the park with thousands of Christmas lights depicting various clammy characters. Is this where clams go to heaven after you eat them at Ivar's?
(Renton, free)

54. Seattle Festival of Trees
Every year, the historic Fairmont Olympic 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)

55. Garden d’Lights
Walk among "half a million" sparkling lights in the shapes of flowers, plants, birds, and waterfalls at this annual holiday display.
(Bellevue, $5)

56. Gingerbread Village
For the 26th year in a row, diabetes research center JDRF Northwest has invited local architecture firms to use their skills for a holiday tradition: crafting an elaborate gingerbread village, this year with the theme of "Welcome to Whoville." See five life-size whimsical Seussian creations in person throughout the season, accompanied by clips from the classic 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
(Downtown, $5 suggested donation)

57. Hometown Holidays in the Junction
All throughout the holiday season, head to West Seattle for all kinds of all-ages activities like a holiday market, entertainment by family-friendly music groups like the Endolyne Children’s Choir and the Not Its, a tree lighting, visits from Santa, parties, a gingerbread house contest, and more. Don't miss the Tree Lighting this weekend.
(West Seattle, free)

58. 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)

59. Snowflake Lane
Flurries of snow (the kind that shoots out of a machine) dust the streets as bright lights, festive music, toy drummers, and other emblems of magical holiday cheer fill the streets for nightly parades.
(Bellevue, free)

60. Winterfest
From a winter train village to an ice rink, and from music and dance performances to ice sculpting, Winterfest promises five weeks of free festive cheer for all ages. This weekend, catch performances by klezmer ensemble KlezKids and the Federal Way Chorale.
(Seattle Center, free)

61. Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center
Enjoy an ice skating rink, a carousel, live entertainment, visits from Santa, and more family-friendly activities throughout the winter season.
(Redmond, free)

SATURDAY

COMEDY

62. Ben Palmer Comedy Presents: Hope It Helps
Comedian Ben Palmer will present his "greatest trolling hits," in which he "pretends to be corporations to act as a customer service representative, makes fake announcements posing as city governments, and causes mayhem on Facebook."
(Belltown, $10)

63. Beyond The Tippe: Comedy Showcase
This installment of "North Beacon Hill's only monthly open mic" will feature queer local podcaster and comic Val Nigro.
(Beacon Hill, free)

64. Botnik Live!
Botnik Studios writers and engineers, who've created a predictive text Harry Potter chapter and a computer-generated Coachella poster, among other playful things, will host a night of sketches, songs, readings, and interactive experiments.
(Capitol Hill, $7)

65. Former Child Stars, Planet Earth Ambassadors
Join these two improv teams for a fast-paced show in a small, cozy venue.
(Fremont, $10)

66. Improvatron Rides Again!
Dacha Theater will bring you a "ladyprov show" of spontaneous fun in a cheap bar.
(Ballard, pay what you can)

67. Stoner Chicks with Fat Cats
Stoned and sober women comedians Phoebe Richards (often seen at ComedySportz), Kayla Teel (Jet City), and Stephani Thompson (Jet City) will act out silly stories about all the best things in life: "feminism, pizza, pussies and weed." With guest stars Fat Cats.
(Ballard, $8.50)

COMMUNITY

68. Peace Pole Dedication the Seattle Rotary Club
Witness the unveiling of the Duwamish Tribe's Peace Pole installation and enjoy a ceremony given in Lushootseed, Chinook Jargon, Italian, and English.
(West Seattle, free)

69. Welcome the Orcas Celebration
Mark the return of the Puget Sound's Southern Resident Orcas by learning about the biggest threats to their survival with Whale Tales.
(West Seattle, free)

FESTIVALS

70. Ancient Iran Day
Find out how ancient Iranian cultures have influenced our present-day civilization by checking out interactive exhibits, lectures, and more all-aged activities.
(University District, free)

FILM

71. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Catherine Bainbridge’s important documentary traces the impact that Native American musicians have made on blues, rock, jazz, hiphop, and heavy metal. Using Link Wray’s menacing 1958 instrumental “Rumble” as its anchor (akin to Do the Right Thing’s use of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”), Bainbridge relates stories of several influential, distinctive performers, including the Band’s Robbie Robertson, activist folkie Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mildred Bailey, Charley Patton, and a cat named Jimi Hendrix. Rumble asserts the primacy and resiliency of Native culture despite the government’s concerted efforts to suppress and erase it. DAVE SEGAL
(Downtown, free)

MUSIC

72. Composition Studio
Composition Studio is a quarterly recital for new and innovative works by emerging composers who explore unconventional sonic possibilities. Guest musicians from the UW Modern Ensemble will act as support.
(University District, free)

73 DJ Marvelette and DJ Mamma Casserole
DJs Marvelette and Mamma Casserole will spin soul funk, psychedelia, and more from around the globe.
(Downtown, free)

74. An Evening with the Groove Surfers
Seattle classic rock band The Groove Surfers are all about the party vibes. Their only goal is get you out on the dance floor all night long.
(Georgetown, $7)

75. Noise 4 Toys 4: Toys for Tots Benefit
Now in its fourth year, Noise for Toys establishes itself as both a holiday-themed hard rock party and a toys-for-tots benefit fundraiser. For every $5 toy you bring to the show, you'll gain an entry into the evening's raffle to win prizes like band merchandise and gift certificates to local businesses.
(Ballard, $5)

76. Onesies night (long Johns) with DJ Skiddles
Wear your longjohns (plaid ones if you have them) for a fun dance party with DJ Skiddle.
(White Center, free)

77. Peyote Ugly, Dusty, SWYM, Salt Lick
Space out to synth-psych trio Peyote Ugly's trippy jams after sets from Dusty, SWYM, and Salt Lick.
(Pioneer Square, $7/$10)

78. Space Tractor, Teen Cat
Snack on salami and cheese while locals Space Tractor and Teen Cat rock out.
(West Seattle, free)

79. Stripped Blacklight Underwear Party With DJ Dana Dub
Strip down to your skivvies, paint your body, and dance in the fluorescent glow of a blacklight with DJ Dana Dub.
(Capitol Hill, free)

80. Terror/Cactus, Guayaba, Da Qween
Seattle’s Latinx community doesn’t get enough credit for the taste and talent they bring to this ungrateful city, and this bill shows just a breath of what’s out there to be enjoyed. In the simplest of genre labeling, Guayaba is an otherworldly goddess bestowing Afrofuturist soul and hiphop upon us, and Terror/Cactus are hypnotic, psychedelic electro-cumbia influenced by Tropicália and science fiction—they are complex and engaging, and will keep you dancing and thinking about all the ways music can be a million amazing things at once.
KIM SELLING
(Downtown, $10)

81. Vaudeville Etiquette, The Weather Machine, Kilcid Band
Dance to Americana rock with Vaudeville Etiquette and indie rock from the Weather Machine and Kilcid Band.
(Ballard, $10)

82. WIG OUT! 60s R&B and Soul Dance Party
Boogie down to soul and R&B from the '60s and '70s with DJs Mike Nipper (also The Stranger's receptionist), Michael Chrietzberg, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Maxwell Edison. 
(Belltown, free)

83 Young-Chhaylee, Harrison B
Local singer-songwriter Young-Chhaylee blends pop, soul, and R&B styles in his thoughtful tunes. He'll be joined by Harrison B.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

PERFORMANCE

84. Artsgiving 2018
Whatever your artistic ability, get on stage and share it at this open mic. #MeToo-related pieces are especially welcome. 
(Belltown, free)

85. Image/Meaning: a community discussion with Peggy Piacenza
Base co-founder Peggy Piacenza, Studio Current founder Vanessa DeWolf, and performance artist Amelia Reever will join together for a "part discussion and performance" inspired by Piacenza's latest video installation piece sweet, rotten, sweet, which will show in Seattle in March 2019.
(Georgetown, free)

86. New Day Rising
Be the first to see a brand-new, work-in-progress solo show in which three distinct characters from the future tell their stories of love, oppression, faith, and hope for change. 
(Greenwood, pay what you will)

READINGS & TALKS

87. Erika Lee: The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History
Erika Lee, a lauded historian of immigration and Asian American history who teaches at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture titled "A History of American Xenophobia from Japanese American Incarceration to the 'Muslim Ban,'" wherein she will trace the evolution of contemporary xenophobia from the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to the current administration's travel ban. After the lecture, Lee will be joined in conversation by Tom Ikeda.
(Capitol Hill, free)

88. Laura Read, Maya Zeller, Elizabeth Austen
Enjoy a group reading with Laura Read (the Poetry Editor at Crab Creek Review and the author of several poetry books, including Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral), Maya Jewell Zeller (a Central Washington University professor whose poetry collections include Rust Fish), and Elizabeth Austen (a former Washington State Poet Laureate).
(Wallingford, free)

89. The Motherland Book Release
Adopted at a young age, Laura Wachs journeyed to Korea to learn about her birth country and lead Korean adoptees and single mothers in a poetry-making project. Join her on this evening to hear poems and watch performances by Coco Decker, Matt Gano, Chris Gusta, Joshua Koets, Jeremy Springsteed, Yoona Lee, and Wachs herself. Pick up a copy of the poetry anthology, which is also a fundraiser for KUMFA (Korean Unwed Mothers' Family Association). 
(Capitol Hill, free)

90. Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple: Homecoming Release
Malcolm Friend will fete his first full-length poetry collection, Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple—which earned him the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize—by reading alongside fellow poets Jasmine Schwartz, Luther Hughes, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Quenton Baker.
(Columbia City, free)

91. Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai, whose The Great Believers is a finalist for the National Book Award, will address Hugo's audience for a talk on "writing across difference": depicting characters who are potentially very different from you and your frame of reference, whether because of demographics, setting, or time period. The organizers write, "With so much valid concern and debate around the touchy issue of appropriation, writers can find themselves crippled by fears: Do I have permission to write this? What if I get it horribly wrong? Even if I do it well, will people be upset that I wrote outside my own life?"
(Capitol Hill, free)

92. Storytime With Hannah Herkert
Hear a story about a child who uses their imagination to explore grief from author Hannah Herkert as part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief.
(Crown Hill, donation)

93. The Value of a Work of Art Can Be Measured By the Harm Spoken of It: Conversations with David Shields
Distinguished intellectual David Shields will appear three times to argue with guests about "lived experience, art, and politics" in discussions based on his own writing and film. The last talk, with Caleb Powell in December, will be based on I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel.
(First Hill, free)

SHOPPING

94. Arboretum Holiday Sale
Find great gifts for all the plant parents you know, from botanical decorations to wreaths and specialty items. There will also be hot drinks and kids' activities. 
(Montlake, free admission)

95. Deck the Walls
Five local galleries will boast over 20 local arts and craft vendors for a one-day holiday shopping event. Find sculptures, prints, and more. 
(Greenwood, free)

96. Holiday Bazaar
Local artists and craftspeople will sell candy, textiles, woodwork, jewelry, hats, mosaics, and much more while Laura Silverstein plays finger-picking tunes in the background. 
(Columbia City, free)

97. Isvald Klingels: Hand-Dyed Indigo Garments Trunk Show
Illustrator Klingels, whose very cool, cellular exhibition is currently hanging in the gallery, will sell repurposed indigo garments. Rena Luelle of Synthesis Tarot will also be reading cards for you (not free).
(Capitol Hill, free)

98. Kino Artist Alley
Support local artists by shopping at this holiday market and enjoying a live performance by the geeky talents of Seattle Video Game Orchestra & Choir.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

99 Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market
Local artists and artisans will sell their woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, artisanal foods, and more for all your crafty gift needs.
(Rainier Valley, free)

100. ReRunRoom Holiday Shindig
Shop vintage and handmade gifts, decor, furniture, and jewelry.
(Capitol Hill, free)

101. Shop-O-Rama: Local Artist Craft Fair
Welcome the newest museum-set art fair in the city, featuring Santa photos and swag to buy from local makers.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

102. St. Peter's Holiday Market
Shop Japanese American-inspired gifts, as well as ready-to-enjoy goods like sushi and baked goods. Children's book author Sanae Ishida will stop by to read stories, including Ninja Grandma: An Adventure with Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl. Father Christmas (not to be confused with Santa Claus) will also make an appearance.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

VISUAL ART

103. 12 Months Later
The art gallery/clothing shop Statix marks one year in Seattle with a "giant-sized" exhibition. Each piece will be 12 by 12 inches.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

104. Alternate Endings, Activist Risings
Once again, Visual AIDS will present their newest video projects for the Day With(out) Art, an annual event where art museums and other organizations raise awareness of AIDS, remember people who have died, and inspire positive action. There will also be showings of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings on a loop throughout the day on Saturday.
(Burien, free)

105. 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)

106. Indigenous Family Day
Meet indigenous creators and buy their work, listen to the library Artists in Residence Native Kut, Roldy Aguero Ablao, and Fox Spears in a panel discussion, and watch Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World at this family-friendly day celebrating Native art.
(Downtown, free)

107. A Minor Matters Evening with Michelle Dunn and Friends
Seattle-based art book publisher Minor Matters will host an evening of conversations inspired by the work they've put out, including a World AIDS Day conversation with Adrain Chesser and Michelle Dunn Mars, a panel with Paul Berger, Isaac Layman, and Eirik Johnson, and a panel with Negarra A. Kudumu, Nicholas Galanin, and Robert Wade.
(Capitol Hill, free)

108. Seattle Jewelry Designer Shamila Jiwa
Shamila Jiwa's jewelry incorporates unusual stones that are often overlooked alongside precious and semi-precious gemstones. During the event, Jaipur Chai will hold a special tasting.
(Downtown, free)

109. Small Works Group Show
Do your holiday shopping at a gallery full of work by C.A. Pierce, Michael Birawer, Robin Weiss, Brooke Borcherding, Kippi Leonard, Keegan Hall, and Uyen-Tran Gjerde.
(Downtown, free)
Opening Saturday

110. Yəhaw̓ Artist In Residence Panel
Celebrate the almost-closing of This Is Our Home, Where We Belong with Artists in Residence Native Kut, Roldy Aguero Ablao, and Fox Spears as they join in a panel discussion about the exhibit.
(Downtown, free)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

111. Ballard HolidayFest
Gather in Ballard for Santa photos, holiday snacks, hot cocoa and cider, and a scavenger hunt for Jul-Tomte, a Nordic Christmas creature in search of his favorite bowl of buttered rice pudding.
(Ballard, free)

112. Build a Free Holiday Swag!
Build a holiday swag or wreath using fresh sprigs from the farmers market while you enjoy hot cider, coffee, and treats. 
(University District, pay what you can)

113. Columbia City Winter Festival
Ring in the holidays at this festival, feauturing a pole lighting ceremony, entertainment by the Beaconettes and the Columbia City Chorus, hot chocolate, a window display contest, and appearances by Father Solstice and the Columbia City Gnome.
(Columbia City, free)

114. Holiday Beerfest!
Come dressed in your holiday attire to taste more than 10 taps of holiday beer and cider and snack on Alaskan Dumplings. 
(West Seattle, free admission)

115. Holiday on the Bay
Spend the day on the waterfront for family-friendly activities like holiday cookie decorating, festive music and movies, a tree lighting ceremony, crafts, and more.
(Everett, free)

116. Holiday Sour Beer Day & Free Santa Photos
Pucker up for a lineup of holiday-themed sour beers, then take a free photo with Santa for your scrapbook.
(Ballard, free)

117. Kent Winterfest
This annual celebration will return for a day of live seasonal music, inflatable decorations, free hot cider, hot cocoa, and popcorn, holiday story time, a Christmas tree lighting, and, of course, a visit from Santa.
(Kent, free)

118. Kirkland Winter Fest
Get your fix of wintery magic by "sledding" down a hill, sitting by a bonfire, grazing from food trucks, taking pictures with Santa and Keiko (Kirkland's "favorite llama"), and singing karaoke in your ugly sweater. 
(Kirkland, free)

119. Luminaria Walk
Stroll along a pathway illuminated by glowing luminaria displays while you sip hot cocoa.
(Meadowbrook, free)

120. Mill Creek Tree Lighting
Stop by this free tree lighting to catch a glimpse of Santa, enjoy performances by the Henry M. Jackson High School drum line and Voices Northwest Chorus, and decorate cookies. 
(Mill Creek, free)

121. Normandy Park Winterfest
Get your fill of warm beverages, arts and crafts, holiday musical performances, and (fake) snow while you wait for the lighting of Normandy Park's Christmas tree. 
(Normandy Park, free)

122. Pyramid's 1st Annual Keg Tree Lighting
At this family-friendly event, watch Pyramid illuminate their towering, 20-foot-tall keg tree made with 236 kegs—the tallest keg tree on the West Coast—and be the first to try their Snow Cap and Super Snow Cap beers on draft. Hot cocoa and apple cider will be available for kids.
(Sodo, free)

123. Santa Parade and Tree Lighting
A festive children's parade with Santa is followed by community caroling and the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree, which happens in conjunction with a "synchronized light show."
(Auburn, free)

124. Snoqualmie Winter Lights
Santa will pay a visit to his favorite logging town, Snoqualmie, to welcome the holiday season with a tree lighting in the park. Attendees can also enjoy cocoa and cider, horse-drawn wagon rides, and an heirloom winter market.
(Snoqualmie, free)

125. Tree Lighting Ceremony
The scenic Salish Lodge and Spa will celebrate the lighting of its holiday tree with help from Santa, special drinks, a Country Store discount, hot chocolate, and more festive fun.
(Snoqualmie, free)

126. Family Arts and Craft Fair
Stop by this arts and crafts fair to make your own artsy gifts for the holidays. 
(West Seattle, free)

127. Photos with Bad Santa
An unruly Santa Claus and his mischievous elves will snap a photo with you (so long as you're wearing your ugliest ugly sweater). Knock back some Diamond Knot brews while you're there.
(Central District, $10)

128. Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting
Bothell's Country Village will be transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to a visit from Santa and his reindeer, caroling by local quartets, harmless trolling from the Grinch, a gingerbread house display, and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
(Bothell, free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

READINGS & TALKS

129. Holiday Book Flood/Jólabókaflóð
Thanks in part to the Seattle-Reykjavik Sister City Association, the Nordic Museum will emulate Iceland's Jólabókaflóð, the "Holiday Book Flood," during which Icelandic publishers release a veritable tide of books for the holidays. Shop at an Icelandic lit pop-up this weekend.
(Ballard, free)

SHOPPING

130. 38th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Scoop up one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones from over 120 makers. Don't forget to bring canned food donations for FamilyWorks Food Resource Center.
(Phinney, $4)

131. United Indians Art Market
Discover clothing, jewelry, drums, and art from local Native makers, watch Native performances, and feast at a salmon bake.
(Magnolia, free)

132. Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Winter Show
You're bound to find something special for a loved one or for yourself at the winter edition of "Seattle’s largest indie craft show," which features over 150 artsy vendors.
(Downtown, free)

VISUAL ART

133. Celebrate Art: 26th Annual Group Exhibition
The Patricia Rovzar Gallery will celebrate 26 years of existence in a group show.
(Downtown, free)
Opening Saturday

134. Robert Hardgrave and Jeremy Eaton: hARDGRAVeATON
"It’s more like challenging each other to work off what’s in evidence,” Jeremy Eaton said when I asked if his process with Robert Hardgrave was like that of the dadaist "exquisite corpse" game. Their growing rapport as friends and respect for each other as art collaborators can be seen in the works on paper they’ve cocreated over the past four years. Eaton’s background as a comic illustrator brings narrative into Hardgrave’s Xerox transfers and bold mark making. There is a tentativeness in their early pieces, while recent works show their two styles fully enmeshed. It doesn’t hurt that they’re neighbors, too. KATIE KURTZ
(Downtown, free)
Closing Sunday

WINTER HOLIDAYS

135. Redmond Lights
Get in the holiday spirit with a tree lighting, a fireworks show, crafts, and live entertainment. 
(Redmond, free)

SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

136. Good Mourning Closing Night Party
Celebrate the closing of another year's Good Mourning festival with a bittersweet party.
(Crown Hill, free)

MUSIC

137. (Im)migration: Music of Displaced Peoples
In this quarterly series that highlights music by composers affected by diasporas and migration, UW piano professor Robin McCabe will lead UW music students as they perform multiple works, with a pre-concert lecture by UW Music History faculty member Jon Hanford.
(University District, free)

138. Mama's Thirsty: A Queer Lady Hangout
For this installment of a series highlighting womxn- and queer-fronted music acts in Seattle, enjoy live sets by soul/R&B artist Stephanie Ann Johnson and local queen Kara Sutra, plus DJ sets by SassyBlack and Big Ugly and a "VHS peep show" with Trevor Crump. You can also support Mary's Place by donating clothing and/or buying a lap dance.
(Eastlake, $10–$12)

139. Moon Heist, The Languid Current, Heir Apparent
Dance to emo, hiphop, electronic, and rock music with Moon Heist, the Languid Current, and Heir Apparent.
(Belltown, $10)

140. Patrick Galactic's Lo-Fi Allstars December Edition
Rock out to lo-fi covers of songs by Seattle music at this live show with Patrick Galactic's Lo-Fi Allstars.
(Fremont, $6/$8)

PERFORMANCE

141. 'Measure for Measure' Reading
Greenstage invites all Shakespeare nerds to come watch a relaxed reading of the comedy Measure for Measure—bring your own script if you'd like to participate out loud.
(Roosevelt, free)

READINGS & TALKS

142. SAL Writers in the Schools/Youth Poet Laureate
Through Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools program, kids from more than two dozen schools as well as the Seattle Children’s Hospital have created memoirs, poems, and stories. Celebrate with writers, kids, and the new Youth Poet Laureate.
(Capitol Hill, free)

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

143. Refugees Are Welcome, STOP the Tears!
On Nov 25, U.S. Border Patrol guards fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Mexican migrants seeking asylum in San Diego, including some women and children. Join Seattle Indivisible, Freedom for Immigrants, and the Families Belong Together Washington Coalition to protest Trump's inhumane policies directed toward those seeking safety in the U.S. 
(Across Seattle, free)

SHOPPING

144. The Annual DIY Holiday Fair
The Vera Project and Hollow Earth Radio will team up for their 11th annual DIY Holiday Fair, where you can shop from lo-fi record, tape, and CD labels, zine makers and small presses, crafters, and more.
(Seattle Center, free)

145. Ballard Library Record Sale
Nerd out over collectible rock, pop, funk, and soul records at this sale.
(Ballard, free)

146. December Macabre Market
Embrace your dark side by shopping for jewelry, art, and clothing from unusual vendors.
(Capitol Hill, free)

147. Holiday Sale of Handicrafts & Baked Treats
Find everything from prayer flags and incense to art prints and clothing at this holiday market and bake sale.
(Greenwood, free)

148. Mourning Market: Seattle's Premiere Dark Themed Market
Need to make your living space a little more ghoulish? Find everything you need from local vendors, and wear your gothiest outfit while you shop.
(Eastlake, free)

VISUAL ART

149. Night of the Outsiders (NOTO) Pop Up Art Group Show and Exhibition
Acquaint yourself with the artistic wild side with this brief showing of works by outsider artists Candace Behuniak (known for kitties painted in well-known, distinctive styles like Picasso's), Tom Davis, Georgann Gibson, and Jacquie Theilen. At the opening reception, hear music by Johnny and the Explosion and Ron Hexagon.
(Capitol Hill, free)
Opening Sunday

WINTER HOLIDAYS

150. Giant Menorah lighting in Ballard
Leave your tabletop menorah at home and witness the lighting of a very large one in Ballard (and pick up a free menorah kit on your way out). Also, don't miss out on hot latkes, Israeli jelly doughnuts, a visit from "the dreidel man," and live music.
(Ballard, free)

151. Light Up the Night - Holiday Parade & Bonfire
Bring your battery-operated LED lights, your light-up sweaters and hats, and anything else you have that provides safe illumination to this annual Sammamish parade. Hoopsmiles will lead the procession with colorful hula hoops. Joyas Mestivas will provide festive music from Mexico, along with traditional dances and costumes. 
(Sammamish, free)

152. Menorah Lighting Chanukah Carnival
This annual Hanukkah celebration in Queen Anne brings a giant menorah lighting ceremony, a "dreidel on stilts" performance, live music, latkes and jelly doughnuts, and more family fun.
(Queen Anne, free)

153. Shoreline Menorah Lighting
Spend the first night of Hanukkah with your Shoreline neighbors at this giant menorah lighting ceremony. Traditional treats, raffles, and prizes will abound.
(Shoreline, free)

154. A Very Furry Christmas
Let your pets know that they've been good boys and girls this year by taking them to get their picture taken with Santa and buying them a special treat from Backcountry Paws and/or The Seattle Barkery.  There will also be eggnog and special beers and ciders on tap for humans.
(Georgetown, free)