November is just about here in Seattle and we’re sure at least a few of you are looking for free and/or cheap fun in and around town. Luckily for you, having fun in this city doesn’t have to break the bank. From winter festivals to selfie spots, here are 11 of the best free and cheap things to do in Seattle this November.

Listen & Chat 

Every first Monday you can join Kristin Lee to chat about various handpicked chamber music. It’s a book club-style gathering that gives folks a judgment-free space to listen and chat about their favorite music. It’s niche but you might as well give it a go!

When: November 1st
Where: 415 Westlake Ave N
Cost: Free

Spotlight on The Waterfront

This series is a unique way to watch local artists perform and share their work with the public set in front of the scenic Seattle Waterfront. You’ll be able to watch music and visual performances each week from new performers. Upcoming performances include works by Peter Ali, Julie C & the New Moon Cypher Squad and more to be announced soon.

When: November 2nd, 5th & 12th
Where: 1951 Alaskan Way
Cost: Free

KCLS Online Program: Shakespeare Series-Richard III

Ready to learn? Check out this discussion on Shakespeare led by Theatre director and Shakespeare scholar, Leah Adcock-Starr. You’ll explore a tale of the Duke of Gloucester, his rise to the throne, his defeat, and death, completing the cycle of plays covering the Wars of the Roses.

When: Until November 12th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

ColorFALL at Periodic: A Pop-Up Shop

If you still want pumpkin pics for fall but want something a little more vibrant you should head to ColorFALL. It’s a funky fall-themed selfie station filled with photo backdrops perfect for capturing some fun fall photos. Go with your friends, solo or bring the fam.

When: Until November 14th
Where: 2252 7th Ave
Cost: Free

Between & Within: New Work by Jiyoung Chung

Jiyoung Chung exhibition features her newest works utilizing the ancient joomchi tradition. It’s “a Korean method of hand felting hanji paper”. “Chung’s richly textured, dimensional joomchi sculptures create poetic visual narratives about connection, and the strengths and holes in the essential relationship between humanity, nature, and spirit.”

When: Until November 20th
Where: 512 First Ave S
Cost: Free

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Compline Choir

If you’ve ever wanted to lay on the floor and listen to choral music, this is your chance to do just that. The Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s happens every Sunday and has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. So if you haven’t been before, consider checking it out.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 1245 10th Ave E
Cost: Free

Winterfest 2021 at Seattle Center

One of Seattle’s OG and most classic celebrations of the holiday season is back this year. Winterfest at Seattle Center kicks off on November 26th and is happening both virtually and also in-person. It’s your chance to watch performances, see ice sculptures, winter trains, and much more.

When: November 26th-December 31st
Where: 305 Harrison Street/Virtual
Cost: Free

Bodies of Discovery – Naomi Fisher: Thermodynamic Flower

This unique outdoor sculpture piece has a lot of components. It’s a part of a series of works exploring the (re)activation of the physical body in our again-accessible public space. Fisher’s specific piece “drives at the tensions between nature and capitalist dynamics via feminist theories and strategies based on surrealist art.” Don’t miss it!

When: Until November 30th
Where: Occidental Square, Occidental Ave S, and S Main St
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

Duane Linklater: mymothersside

Linklater works with a range of mediums to address the contradictions of contemporary Indigenous life both within and beyond settler systems of knowledge, representation, and value. This exhibition brings together a range of the artists’ work including sculptures, video works, and digital prints on linen from the last decade.

When: Until January 16th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Boren Banner Series: Sadie Wechsler

This piece is outside, it’s free to visit and you can do so at pretty much any time of day. Plus Wechsler’s new piece explores the history of Seattle’s own First Hill. The artist consulted the Burke Museum and members of the Duwamish Tribe in order to create a photograph that represents the ecological history of the area.

When: Until April 17th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

From art shows to performances to opportunities to learn there’s plenty to do in Seattle this November. So get out there and have some fun! We’ll catch you back here next month.