A curated list of events and activities for you to check out in Seattle this month.
Looking for something COVID-friendly to do this month? With all the uncertainty this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be hard to tell what things we’re still allowed to do. That’s why we’ve decided to pull together this list of approved live and virtual events and activities to help you find awesome things to do in Seattle during the month of November.
1. Visit National or Washington State Parks for free
A visit to the national or Washington State parks near Seattle is always a sure-fire way to enjoy the day, but it’s even better when it’s free! You can enter the parks completely free-of-charge on November 11th for Veterans Day, and Washington State parks are also free on November 27 for Autumn Day (the day after Thanksgiving). This is a great way to discover or revisit parks that normally charge an entrance fee such as Olympic National Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Whitman Mission National Historic Site.
2. Eat local for less
Does eating out for a discounted price while supporting local restaurants sound like a fun time to you? If so, I have great news: Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattle’s discount dining celebration, is running from now until November 21 and there are over 165 restaurants participating with special meal offers. You can try $20 two-course lunches or $35 three-course dinners at new restaurants or go back to one of your favorites. There are also takeout and delivery options so you can indulge at home if you’d like!
3. Try new wines in the Walla Walla Valley
Calling all connoisseurs and enjoyers of wine! At Walla Walla Valley’s Fall Release Weekend, taking place from November 6–8, 2020, you’ll be able to taste, savor, and purchase newly released wines from local wineries and tasting rooms. Trying an assortment of wines among the colored leaves of the valley’s trees sounds like it will make for a fantastic fall tasting experience! This year’s event will be limited to more individualized experiences, so you’ll have to inquire with the participating winemakers to reserve.
4. See the zoo illuminated by animal lanterns
A brand new lights festival is coming to Seattle this month! WildLanterns, presented by Sound Credit Union, will be an immersive lantern festival taking place from November 13, 2020 to January 17, 2021 at the Woodland Park Zoo. As you stroll through the zoo, you’ll notice more “animals” than usual… in illuminated lantern forms. You’ll see shining lanterns of famous wild animals such as grizzly bears, eagles, snow leopards, tigers, giraffes, zebras, gorillas, and many more!
5. Listen to local jazz
If you like jazz, then you may already know that Seattle’s premier jazz event, the Earshot Jazz Festival, has gone fully digital this year. Music lovers can now get smooth jazz tunes streamed directly to their homes during this year’s online concert performances, with shows going until November 8.
6. Check out a huge holiday drive-through display
Christmas is on its way and it seems it’s never too early to put up decorations and start the festivities! If you’re already in the jolly mood, you can visit Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park near Tacoma, the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest. The two-mile-long drive will feature around 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights, and it’ll be in town from November 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
7. Listen to dynamic speakers and community members
TEDxSeattle is a free event where thought-provoking ideas are presented to you by a diverse range of speakers and people from the local community. The 2020 edition’s theme is Other Sides and it will be hosted online on November 21. TEDx events are an excellent way to see or hear things from an angle or perspective you may not have come across before, so we’d recommend attending if you’re curious.
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