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Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events Dec 30–Jan 5

Free classical music at SAM, surf rock and square dancing, and one NYE hangover inducer and one cure: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Jeremy G. Novak December 30, 2013

Taking the Polar Bear Plunge

The New Year is approaching and whether you’ll be popping expensive bubbly to celebrate that night or cracking a beer, here are the cheap week entertainment picks heading into the first week of 2014. If your resolutions included “more frugal but still fun” we’ll help you keep that one. You’re on your own for the rest. 

Monday, Dec 30
Monday Night Square Dance
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to try something new with Monday Night Square Dance at Tractor Tavern.  The Tallboys will be plucking, fiddling and flatfooting all night as they instruct and lead the dance. No matter your skill level you can join in this joyous mixing of all types to old time, early country, and blues. Tractor Tavern, $7.

Tuesday, Dec 31
New Year’s Eve Sparkle Party
2013 is coming to a close and you probably didn’t take enough chances or pursue enough love interests, and you certainly didn’t drink enough rare and delicious beer. The Pine Box can help you avoid (at least) one of these regrets this New Year’s Eve when they break out 10 Barrel Brewings German Sparkle Party awarded gold for Berlinerweiss at the Great American Beer Festival as well as their Cherry Crush. No word on sequence, but this “sparkle” specialty beer will be seen throughout the bar. The Pine Box, Free.

Wednesday, Jan 1
Polar Bear Plunge
Forget Advil and coffee, the best way to shake off your hangover this New Year’s Day is at the Polar Bear Plunge and one-mile fun run at Point Defiance Marina. Costumes are encouraged, and let's face it- no matter what getup you put on for the plunge it will still be only the second craziest thing you do that day. There will be free hot drinks and heaters provided afterward as to not start 2014 with hypothermia. Point Defiance Marina, Free.

Thursday, Jan 2
ART of the PIANO
In case you needed an even better reason to stop by Seattle Art Museum’s free First Thursday this week, the Ladies Musical Club will be presenting ART of the PIANO with pieces by Chopin and other classical works. This annual showcase of female talent will feature Selina Chu, Nobuko Hasegawa, and other top pianists from around Washington. Stop by this day for an extra large dose of free culture. Plestcheeff Auditorium, Free.

Saturday, Jan 4
Surfer Blood
Upbeat sunshiny surf rock is just what Seattle needs, especially this time of year. Help put a positive spin on your 2014 by catching Surfer Blood playing with Wild Ones and Cock and Swan. Occasionally hazy chords, warm melodious lyrics, and driving drums will be the perfect way to officially ease out of the chaotic holiday season. Sunset Tavern, $10.

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