Shows & Theater


Cold rainy days call for a movie. This month, cozy up in a theatre with the family to catch a kid-friendly film. The 2016 Seattle Children’s Film Festival is from January 21-31st at the Northwest Film Forum.

Seattle’s Children’s Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind on the West Coast, featuring more than 165 international films from 40 countries. The festival tours 15-20 cities in the U.S. each year for up to twelve days in each location. In Seattle, movies are shown at the Northwest Film Forum, which screens independent and classic films as the city’s premier film arts organization. Located in Capitol Hill, the Northwest Film Forum’s mission is “to discover and champion the work of independent filmmakers and to engage the general public and artists alike in deeper exploration of the art of film.”

Click here for the full schedule of films throughout the festival. Showtimes run throughout the day.

From the Children’s Film Festival website: “By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, we promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of life, as our young audience members leave with a better understanding of film as one of the greatest means of storytelling ever created.”

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Enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21st with these family-friendly events in and around the Belltown neighborhood!

Classic Yacht Weekend | Bell Harbor Marina

  • Friday, June 19, 2-4pm: Classic Yacht Association’s parade of more than 50 ships arriving at Pier 66
  • Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st, 10am – 4pm: Tour the classic yachts docked at Pier 66, see classic cars on display, and enjoy music in the plaza.

KEXP Father’s Day Kids Dance Party 11am – 2pm | EMP Museum

Dance with Dad this Father’s Day at the EMP! Hosted by KEXP DJs Riz and Darek Mazzone, the whole family can groove to fun tunes, watch break dancing performances by Vicious Puppies Crew, and participate in crafts and activities including pizza dough throwing. $10 admission.

Free Admission at Seattle Children’s Museum

To celebrate the special bond between dads/grandpas and their kids, the Children’s Museum is offering free admission for dads on Father’s Day! Spend the day exploring the museum and using your imagination as a family.

Pig Roast + Beer Special starts at 5pm | Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

This Father’s Day, Bell + Whete is offering a special combination of their Sunday Pig Roast with a complimentary 16oz German beer for just $24 per person! A whole pig is roasted all day and served with salt roasted potatoes, spring asparagus, citrus chili garlic drippings, and house made bread. Order family style or in individual portions.

The Illusionists June 16th – 21st | 5th Avenue Theatre

The world’s best selling magic show is coming to Seattle for a limited time only! Come see the spectacle that is ‘The Illusionists,’ performing mind-bending tricks and astonishing acts that will leave the entire family amazed.

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There’s nothing quite like a gay uncle. Each month, Seattleites can spend quality time with their favorite relative at The Gay Uncle Time—A Celebration of Pop, Camp, Trash, Gay and Underground Culture of the 60’s & 70’s and Beyond with Fabulous Special Guests.

The Gay Uncle Time takes place each third Wednesday at The Rendezvous Grotto (2322 2nd Ave). Hosted by Jeffery Robert, the show covers topics in music, theater, literature and art in a variety show that includes cabaret, storytelling, singing and comedy. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. This is a 21+ event and $5 cash.

This month’s Gay Uncle Time on Wednesday, June 17th will celebrate Seattle Pride through stories, songs, laughs and bringing the community closer together. Fabulous special guests will include:

If you’re new to The Gay Uncle Time or a regular attendee, the Seattle Pride edition is a show you won’t want to miss!

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Check out these Belltown events coming up this month.

November 3: Pumpkin Baking Class
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Belltown Community Center
Impress your family and friends this holiday season with your baking skills of all things pumpkin. Belltown Community Center is holding a pumpkin baking class where participants will learn how to pick the best one, different strategies for making a classic pie, and putting a special twist on your creation. Class fee is $35/person.

November 7: Global Party
Doors at 6:30 pm | The Moore Theatre
Global Party is a live performance compiled of cultural and contemporary dance and music. This event features Northwest performers celebrating cultures of the world and the diversity of song and dance in the local region. This is an all ages event.

November 11: Earshot Jazz Festival Closing Party
Doors at 7:30 pm | The Triple Door
The Earshot Jazz Festival runs from October 10th-November 11th in various venues throughout the downtown area. The festival features live performances each night by different artists and groups in order to promote the jazz community in Seattle. The closing party at the Triple Door will celebrate the past month with, you guessed it, more music!

November 14: #StopBeige
Michelle Dirkse Interior Design, 2405 First Ave
This furniture art show, located in a new design gallery, is part of the Belltown Art Walk. Features art by Noël Fountain, Dana Mooney, Kyle Hepworth, Joey Fountain and Michelle Dirkse.

November 20: The Big Show
Doors at 7:00 pm | Hotel Max Artist Loft
This art show is a collaboration between fashion designer Lisa Marie and photographer Andie deRoux, featuring unique vignettes composed of pieces by both artists. Celebrate art in its various mediums while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar in the Artist Loft of Hotel Max. Click here to purchase tickets.

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As summer winds down, fall arts are in full swing. The annual Seattle Fringe Festival celebrates live theater and performance with 22 new productions this year. This five-day festival takes the stages of some of Seattle’s most known fringe theatre stages, such as Annex Theater, the Northwest Film Forum, Eclectic Theater, and Calamus Auditorium at Gay City Arts. It runs from September 17th through 21st.

The Fringe Festival features an eclectic mix of local and visiting artists, genres and styles. All venues are within walking distance.  Each live performance runs no more than one hour long, and tickets are just $10. Featured artists were chosen through a lottery among those who applied for a spot.

Click here for a detailed schedule of Seattle Fringe Festival. Check out comments and highlights from participants and audience members below: 

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Seattle Fringe Festival

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