Things To Do

17 of the best things to do in Seattle this January

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It’s tough to write a guide for the things to do in Seattle this January because we’re dealing with a real mixed bag of emotions here. On the one hand, we get to jump into the roarin’ twenties and a whole new decade. On the other hand, we ate way too much food over the holidays and want to take a month off to deal with it.

Not going to happen, though. Not with all these great options for things to do in Seattle this January.

Festivals and Events

Polar Bear Plunge

Look no further for the absolute best way to shake off your New Year’s Eve. Join a couple thousand other people in braving some downright frigid waters. Why? It’s invigorating!

When: Wednesday, January 1
Where: Matthews Beach

Lunar New Year Celebration

Catch the start of 2020’s Lunar New Year at the Wing Luke Museum. This celebration and fair is a great way to either participate in the event or learn about it! Year of the Rat, folks. Going to be a good one.

When: January 25
Where: Wing Luke Museum of the Asia Pacific American Experience
Cost: Included in admission

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Half Moon Run

This Montreal group’s percussion-heavy sound has been described as everything from indie-rock, and dreamy alt-pop to psychedelic indie. This month, sway to their angelic harmonies and vibe to their unique sound when they take the stage.

When: January 11
Where: Neumos
Cost: $20

Roddy Ricch

The first of a few artists that owe their success to Soundcloud. Well, that and actually being talented artists. Catch him in a more intimate setting before he starts selling out larger venues.

When: January 14
Where: Showbox at the Market
Cost: $81

YBN Cordae

A young rapper from North Carolina that has enmeshed himself in the Californian rap scene. Rather than go with the current contemporary rap tropes, Cordae is looking to NY heavyweights like Nas, Big L and Jay-Z for inspiration. It’s a different approach, and one that we like.

When: January 16
Where: Neumos
Cost: $89

Cold War Kids

This is your cool aunt or uncle’s favourite band, and for good reason. Cold War Kids have a proven track record of turning out great soulful indie rock for over a decade. Their latest release, New Age Norms I, continues their upward trend.

When: January 17
Where: Neptune Theatre
Cost: $28

King Princess

This Brooklyn indie-pop singer broke out in 2019 with her hit single ‘1950’. Lucky for us, that’s but one song on a great discography. Catch her live before she gets really popular and tickets become double the price.

When: January 18
Where: Showbox SoDo
Cost: $70

Rex Orange County

While most of his fame comes from his contribution to Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy, Rex Orange County is much more than that. The artist combines hip-hop, jazz and bedroom pop in new and creative ways, with his most recent album being no different.

When: January 21
Where: Paramount Theatre
Cost: $80

Trippie Redd

If Roddy Ricch is a new wave of Soundcloud, then Trippie Redd is part of the old guard. Weird, because he’s only been a round for a couple of years. Hey, music evolves quickly these days, what can we say.

When: January 22
Where: Showbox SoDo
Cost: $127


To call your new album ‘King of R&B’ is a confident move. Lucky for us, Jacquees has got the voice, the collaborators and the style to back it up. Don’t believe us? Go and see for yourself.

When: January 29
Where: Moore Theatre
Cost: $28

Food and Drink

Cloudburst Four-Year Anniversary

One of our favourite breweries is celebrating their 4th birthday this month. Swing by and help them celebrate by drnking beer! It’s fool-proof.

When: January 10
Where: Cloudburst Brewing

Food Truck Round Up

Seattle’s largest food truck festival is powering through winter. Head down and treat yourself to the city’s best meals on wheels. Try a new cuisine, eat a grilled cheese… get as adventurous as you want to!

When: January 12
Where: Fremont Sunday Market

11th Annual Belgian Fest

Head down to the Fisher Pavilion for an absolutely massive beer fest. There will be over 100 different styles courtesy of local Washington brewers, so we have a feeling you’ll find a new favorite.

When: January 25
Where: Fisher Pavilion- Seattle Center
Cost: $35-$40 (includes 10 tasting tokens)


Seattle Seahawks

We hope that they make it through the wildcard round, because then we have a good chance of seeing a Seahawks home game this month. Fingers crossed!

When: TBD
Where: CenturyLink Field
Cost: TBD, but expensive, we bet

Misc. Events

Free Night at SAM

The first Thursday of every month means free admission at the Seattle Art Museum.The major exhibition right now focuses on Italian masterpieces work, on loan from the Capodimonte Museum in Italy.

When: January 2
Where: Seattle Art Museum
Cost: Free!

Mrs. Doubtfire- The Musical

Catch the final few showtimes of this musical adaptation to the beloved 1993 film. This is also one of those rare times where you can see a show before it goes to Broadway, not after.

When: Showtimes until January 4
Where: The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cost: $49 and up

Aquarium Beach Party

The Aquarium’s theme for this month’s adults-only night is a beach party! Wear your favourite Tommy Bahama shirt, sip Mai Tais, and look at cute, exotic fishies. It’s a great date option, that’s for sure.

When: January 16
Where: Seattle Aquarium
Cost: $25

And there you have it, folks! All of the things to do in Seattle this January. We need to recover some of our energy, so we think a couple of concerts are in order, how about you?

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