Boredom Buster

Our 50 Favorite Things to Do In and Near Seattle

The best attractions, day trips, activities, events, and boredom-busters for when you live in or are visiting the Emerald City and Pacific Northwest.

10/07/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Culture Fix

Things to Do in Seattle

Mamnoon celebrates 10 years, Modest Mouse returns home, and more. Here are the best events in Seattle this weekend, next week, and beyond.

11/17/2022 By Spencer Brown and Seattle Met Staff

Well Curated

Seattle's Essential Museums

Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Flight, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, and other cultural institutions that define the city.

01/31/2022 By Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Benjamin Cassidy, and Allison Williams

Scene Stealer

Seattle in the Movies

What they got right and oh so wrong.

02/08/2022

Arts and Minds

In The Public Eye: A Look at Seattle Through Art Installations

From Rachel the Pig at Pike Place to the BLM mural, Seattle is connected by a thread of new and historic artworks that tell the story of our city.

03/18/2022 By Sophie Grossman Photography by Chona Kasinger

Buy the Book

A Guide to Seattle’s Independent Bookstores

From Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill to the U District's Magus Books, Seattle's many indie booksellers keep the city well-read.

10/19/2022 By Stefan Milne With Sophie Grossman

Getting Warmer

A Guide to Seattle-Area Record Stores

Here's where to buy vintage and new vinyl, cassettes, and CDs in a Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Bainbridge Island.

04/01/2022 By Stefan Milne and Sophie Grossman

Trivial Pursuit

The Seattleite's Guide to Bar Trivia

Trivia night is on all across the city, mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Ballard to Capitol Hill and beyond.

03/23/2022 Edited by Sophie Grossman With Jaime Archer

Sound Artists

30 Big Names in Seattle Music

And why they're important to us.

11/20/2018 By Stefan Milne

Festival Planner

A Guide to Fairs, Fetes, and Fests

Which music festivals, neighborhood street fairs, and Pride celebrations are on this year in Seattle?

04/08/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Out and About

Your Guide to Seattle Pride

All over the city this June, parties, parades, drag brunches, and fundraisers are popping up in celebration of the LGBTQ community.

06/06/2022 By Sophie Grossman, Taylor McKenzie Gerlach, and Ann Karneus

Live Laugh Leaf

We Heart Fall: Seattle's Top Autumnal Activities

Entertain yourself with the best things to do in fall, from larch tree hikes and pumpkin spice to Halloween events and gourd-themed home goods.

10/04/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Hey Watch This

A Big Seattle Movie Guide: What to Watch and What to Skip

From 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'Humpday' to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and 'Harry and the Hendersons'—here’s our city, and sometimes our state, on the screen.

04/28/2021 By Stefan Milne and Seattle Met Staff

Local Letters

A Big Seattle Reading List

The books you should read from Washingtonians past and present.

05/20/2021 By Stefan Milne and Seattle Met Staff

Mixtape

Music Recommendations from Your Favorite Seattle Bands

From Brandi Carlile to Modest Mouse, Washington has birthed some musical greats. We asked Seattle artists to pick their favorite songs by other locals.

02/10/2022 By Sophie Grossman

City of YA Lit

11 Local Reads for Kids and Young Adults

Everything from narwhals and robots to summer flings.

06/18/2021 By Sophie Grossman

State of Play

5 Seattle Board and Card Game Stores Pick Local Favorites

From Pokémon to an anti-artichoke card game, check out picks from staff at Ballard's Mox Boarding House, Queen Anne's Blue Highway Games, and more.

08/20/2021 By Stefan Milne

Mark Your Calendar

How to Celebrate Black History Month in Seattle

From readings at Elliott Bay Book Company to exhibits at Seattle Center and Museum of History and Industry, these events cap a month of learning.

01/31/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

New Moon, New Me

How to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Takeout dumplings are the makings of a Chinese New Year meal at home, while the Seattle Night Market and the Wing Luke Museum offer in-person events.

01/14/2022 By Malia Alexander

Al Fresco Film

Seattle Outdoor Movie Guide 2022

From Marymoor Park to Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural, here's where to catch outdoor film screenings this summer.

06/02/2022 By Sophie Grossman

City Sounds

Seattle Outdoor Concert Guide 2022

From ZooTunes to the Gorge, Dave Matthews to Brandi Carlile, Seattle is primed to spend this summer outdoors.

05/23/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Jubilation

How to Celebrate Juneteenth in Seattle

Organizers aim to make the new Juneteenth Royal Ball an annual event, while festivities at Othello Park continue a delicious tradition.

06/13/2022 By Taylor Gerlach

Blowouts

What to Do in and around Seattle for Fourth of July

From Seafair fireworks to some fittingly progressive Independence Day events, these are the best ways to celebrate the Fourth in Seattle.

06/27/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Make Plans

What to Do for Labor Day Weekend

From the Evergreen and Washington State Fairs to soccer matches in and around Seattle, here's how to fill the long weekend that marks the end of summer.

08/29/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Jet Ready

Where to Watch the Blue Angels at Seafair This Year

A guide to viewing the U.S. Navy aerobatic team's long-awaited return to Seattle, from Seward Park to Madrona Beach.

07/29/2022 By Ann Karneus

Terror Fix

Seattle's Best Haunted Houses and Frightful Draws

Georgetown Morgue and Nile Nightmares offer the classic haunted house experience, while Spirit Parlor at Cafe Nordo leans into the occult speakeasy vibes.

09/29/2022 By Sophie Grossman and Spencer Brown

Spooky Fun

Seattle Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Explore the haunted Seattle Chocolate Factory, enjoy a bewitching tea service at Hotel Sorrento, and take part in a harvest festival at Pike Place Market.

09/28/2022 By Spencer Brown

It's Lit

Where to See Holiday Lights in Seattle

Zoo lights at Point Defiance and Woodland Park, elaborate displays in Redmond, Bellevue, and Leavenworth—bask in the Seattle area's festive Christmas glow.

11/18/2022 By Spencer Brown

Snow Tracks

14 Very Seattle Holiday Songs and Albums

From Bing Crosby's 1945 classic to a new Tomo Nakayama track.

12/15/2020 By Stefan Milne