How’s the new year treating y’all? Whether you’re loving it or not so sure yet, we have some ideas on how to make this week the best week yet. Here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Seattle this week.

Hit the ice rink

Want to show your friends just how many tricks you know on the ice? Well luckily, Seattle and its surrounding areas have a few ice rinks for you to check out. Whether you’re looking for a simple open skate or to take lessons like figure skating or hockey, these ice rinks have you covered.

Where: Click above to see our picks

MARY! A Drag Happy Hour

Each week on Tuesday you can attend a drag happy hour at Chop Suey. You’ll be able to watch drag icon Jane Don’t and three of Seattle’s other premiere drag beauties do their thing. It’s sure to be the most fun you’ve had at a happy hour in a while.

When: Tuesdays
Where: 1325 E Madison St
Cost: Varies

The Modern Tiffin with Priyanka Naik

Looking for some cooking inspiration this week? Priyanka Naik will be discussing her newest book, The Modern Tiffin: On-the-Go Vegan Dishes with a Global Flair at an online event from Book Larder. She’ll be joined by Joanne Lee Molinaro & Chef Jon Kung.

When: January 11th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

Love the Frye? Well, their collection is growing! You can check out 7 recent artworks by Juventino Aranda, Rokni Haerizadeh, Rose Nestler, Mary Ann Peters, Cauleen Smith, Anthony White, and Ko Kirk Yamahira. All of these works were acquired by the museum in 2019 and are being shown together now.

When: Until January 11th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Peter Christenson | F40.298: Generalized Opus Foramina

What happens when you mix artist and once-licensed psychotherapist? You get Peter Christenson. In this work, Christenson captures and exhibits sound and video from holes dug across WA state, seeking dialogue and prognoses with his ailing client, Earth.

When: Until January 14th
Where: 4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Cost: Free, by appointment only

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Ooh La La!

Now that the new year has come and gone, folks are looking towards the next big holiday, Valentine’s Day. Can Can’s newest show is a rose-colored soirée to remember, an original Parisian-inspired production. Like their other shows, you’ll also be able to sip on lavish libations and nosh on delectable delicacies while watching the performers work their magic.

When: January 14th-May 1st
Where: 94 Pike St
Cost: $49+

Seattle NFT Museum Opening Weekend

Seattle’s newest museum opens this Friday! The Seattle NFT Museum is the first of its kind for the city and is sure to be as interesting as it is controversial. At the opening event, you’ll be able to see collections on loan from Cryptopunks, Tyler Hobbs, Snowfro as well as mingle with guest artist Blake Kathryn.

When: January 14th & 15th
Where: 2125 First Ave
Cost: $125


Let the holiday magic begin! The Woodland Park Zoo is lighting up with an immersive, interactive, and larger-than-life light experience this holiday season. You’ll get to explore bugs, prehistoric life, jungle creatures, and a massive 200-foot long dragon. It’s well worth checking out if you want to deviate from traditional Christmas lights.

When: Until January 16th
Where: 5500 Phinney Ave N
Cost: $25.95 – $30.95

The Awesome Exhibition

The Awesome Exhibition features 38 different models made from more than two million LEGO bricks, taking over 4,800 hours to build aka 201 days. If you think you’re a skilled LEGo builder just wait until you see models like a 24.5 foot tall NASA SLS Rocket and the first life-sized LEGO Harley Davidson.

When: Until January 16th
Where: 305 Harrison St
Cost: $20 per person

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories

This unique exhibition at the National Nordic Museum is an artistic collaboration between Bit Vejle and Xiaoguang Qiao. The two explore the papercutting traditions of both Danish and Chinese cultures creating a truly unique exhibit. It’s only on through January so be sure to check it out while you can.

When: Until January 31st
Where: 2655 NW Market St
Cost: $20

Enjoy all that Seattle has to offer this week. As always, please be sure to adhere to individual business and institution rules when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Have a great week and Happy New Year, folks!