Performing Arts

Paramount Theatre

Magnificent 1928 Beaux Arts-style movie palace, exquisitely restored and now host mainly to live music and theater. Still sometimes shows silent movies on Monday nights, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Free tours first Saturday of the month, highly recommended!

Fifth Avenue Theatre

Originally a 1926 vaudeville house, then a movie theater, now the beautifully-restored home to musical theater productions.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Respected regional company founded in 1972. PBN will be premiering a new Nutcracker in the 2015 season with sets designed by Ian Falconer author of “Olivia the Pig” books.

Seattle Opera

Especially renowned for productions of Wagner. The home of the Ballet and Opera is McCaw Hall

Seattle Symphony

Based at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, which hosts many other musical events as well in its two performance spaces. Free tours Tuesdays and Fridays.

Seattle Repertory Theatre

“The Rep” emphasizes plays of true dramatic and literary worth; 1990 Tony winner for Regional Theatre.

Intiman Theatre Festival

An annual summertime event curated by some of Seattle’s finest artists.

ACT Theatre

Dedicated to new and contemporary plays—which doesn’t stop them from mounting a very popular and traditional production of A Christmas Carol every holiday season!

Seattle Children’s Theater

Located at the Center with a wide range of productions suitable for “children of all ages.”

Moore Theatre

Another popular concert venue operated by the nonprofit Seattle Theatre Group.

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Between the work created by Cornish students and professional productions from a wide range of community partners, the Playhouse offers rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.

Triple Door

Spectacular, intimate new space featuring two music venues in one; downstairs from, and serviced by the kitchen of (!) the Wild Ginger restaurant.


Storied downtown room, host to an astonishing variety of acts since 1939—touring icons like Duke Ellington, and homegrown Seattle legends from Gypsy Rose Lee to Pearl Jam. A second location opened in the SoDo neighborhood.

Tractor Tavern

Excellent funky bar/venue for folk, country,, rockabilly, Americana and more, in the heart of Ballard.


Successor to the legendary Moe’s Mo’ Rockin’ Café, this venue is about a mile from the mansion and a great place to catch local and national acts.

Crocodile Café

Owned by the wife of REM guitarist Peter Buck, the Croc was ground zero for the legendary Seattle music scene of the ‘90s and remains an iconic venue.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Consistently voted Seattle’s top jazz venue, and on Down Beat magazine’s 2002 list of top 100 jazz clubs in the world.

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