Welcome to a whole new year folks! Despite crazy weather and the vice grip of COVID, there is plenty to check out this week. From winter activities to art to performance, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment. 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

Rose Frantzen with Gary Faigin

If you’re looking to start your January with some artistic inspiration consider attending Rose Frantzen’s conversation with Gage Academy of Art’s Artistic Director, Gary Faigin. Frantzen is a contemporary realist best known for her “yearlong project to record the residents of her small Iowa town of Maquoketa through a massive collection of oil-painted portraits.”

When: January 6th
Where: Online
Cost: $5

SAM Performs: Imogen Cunningham

Head to SAM for FREE first Thursday to watch a pop-up performance in response to their special exhibition, “Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective.” You’ll be able to watch movement artists Akoiya Harris and Abdiel Jacobsen interpret Cunningham’s photographs through short in-gallery performances.

When: January 6th
Where: 1300 First Ave
Cost: Free

Punk Rock Aerobics

Every Friday you can join Punk Rock Goddess, Wendy Colton to move your body. If one of your new year’s resolutions involves fitness or heading to the gym, maybe this is a good way to start. It’s definitely one of the more fun and unique options you can check out.

When: January 7th
Where: 1510 11th Ave
Cost: $13

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Riot Grrrl Records and Veracity Present: SuperCoze, Biblioteka, and Sofiiak

One of Seattle’s premier music spaces is hosting a sunshine-filled show perfect this gloomy Seattle winter. You’ll hear from bands SuperCoze, Biblioteka, and Sofiiak. It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening with some refreshing live music from Seattle’s up-and-coming musicians.

When: January 7th
Where: Vera Project, Republican St, and Warren Ave N
Cost: $12

Can Can Presents: Wonderland

Get in the holiday spirit with a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. Expect an intimate theatre turned into a whimsical winter chalet. It’s an unforgettable holiday experience paired with food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients.

When: Until January 9th
Where: Can Can, 94 Pike St
Cost: $49+

Stone Images XI Exhibition

This unique show highlights the beauty of natural stones. You’ll be able to see 30 stones of various shapes and sizes at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. The stones were collected in 6 states including CA, ND, NM, SD, OR, and WA. It sounds niche but it’s sure to be one of the more unique shows you’ll see this year.

When: Until January 9th
Where: 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA
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

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!