It’s the first weekend of the new year meaning it’s the perfect time to get out there and get out of your comfort zone. This weekend, you can enjoy live comedy shows, a film festival, and much more. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.

2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour in Seattle is an 90-minute theatrical program of seven short films curated from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including two Festival Award-winning titles.

The festival runs on select days from January 4th to the 27th.

When: Thursday, January 4th until Saturday, January 27th, 2024
Where:  Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.
Cost: $14

Sponsored Pick: Teatro ZinZanni

Teatro ZinZanni is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special residency at the luxurious Lotte Hotel in Seattle. Experience a night unlike any other at this unique blend of cirque, comedy, and cabaret. There are performers from across the globe, entertainment that will have you in stitches, and a decadent ambiance that will make you feel like the ultimate VIP. Tickets are on sale now, with shows scheduled until the end of March 2024.

When: Now until March 31, 2024
Where: Lotte Hotel Seattle, 809 5th Ave Seattle
Cost: Tickets start at $119

Comedian Rob Haze

Kick off the first weekend of the year with some laughs.

Rob Haze can be seen on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now you can catch him in Seattle.

Haze “prides himself on bringing people together rather than tearing them apart.”

When: Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th, 2024
Where:  Laughs Comedy Club 5220 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle
Cost: $19

David Bowie’s Bday Bash w/ Order of The Blackstar

This weekend, Clock-Out Lounge Presents: David Bowie’s Bday Bash!

The event will feature 2 live sets by Order Of The Blackstar with special guest DJ JQ.

When: Saturday, January 6th, 2024
Where:  Clock-Out Lounge, 4864 Beacon Ave S
Cost: $20

Wet City Comedy Fest

More laughs await at the Wet City Comedy Fest this weekend.

All shows are first come first serve seating, and the weekend festival includes shows by Patti Harrison, Joel Kim Booster, Grace Kuhlenscmidt, Pat Regan, The Sklar Brothers, Liza Treyger, Catherine Cohen, Sydnee Washington, Whitmer Thomas (Stand Up + Live Music Set), and Therapy Gecko’s: Reptile Rave.

When: Friday, January 5th to Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Where:  The Crocodile, 2505 1st Ave
Cost: $175

That’s Messed Up, Kara Klenk, Liza Treyger

Podcast fans, you can catch “That’s Messed Up” live in Seattle this weekend as part of the Wet City Comedy Fest.

Comedians Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk break down episodes of Law & Order: SVU, deep dive into the true crimes they’re based on. Dun dun!

When: Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Where:  The Crocodile, 2505 1st Ave
Cost: $30

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Are you getting excited for the new year? Perhaps ice skating is one of the must do activities on your list in 2024. If so, you can’t miss the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink.

The Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink is “the region’s largest seasonal ice skating experience”, with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice for you to skate to your hearts content. And it’s only open until January 15!

When: Open now until Monday, January 15th, 2024
Where: NE 1st Street and 100th Avenue NE
Cost: $15-$149


The Can Can has brought back Wonderland for its 10th Anniversary Edition.

And they say, “as tradition has it, audiences can expect the creative team to breathe new life into this joyous annually sold-out holiday tradition that locals and travelers have enjoyed for the last ten years.” Check out the cast of professional performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry.

When: On now until Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Where: 95 Pine Street, Seattle
Cost: $69+


OrcaCon is described as “a cozy inclusive tabletop games convention with a focus in diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.”

The event highlights marginalized voices in tabletop games, including people of color, the LGBTQ+ community & people with disabilities.

Check out a weekend of your favorite board games, card games, role playing games, miniatures games, and more!

When: Friday, January 5th to Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Where: Hilton Bellevue, 300 112th Ave SE
Cost: $40 +

Astra Lumina

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk among the stars? Seattle’s newest immersive experience, Astra Lumina, aims to give you that experience.

Astra Lumina invites you to embark across “mysterious grounds” to discover a “celestial pathway of lustrous light” complete with “cosmic visions, and astral song.” The experience comes to life in Seattle with lighting, projection, and sound, all connecting you with the stars.

When: On select dates until February 17th, 2024
Where: 6000 16th Ave SW
Cost: $33+


Explore the zoo like never before, WildLanterns is a lantern festival unlike any in the Northwest due to its specific focus on nature and animals. No matter how old you are, you’re sure to be wowed by the size and diversity of the hand-crafted displays.

When: On now until Sunday, January 14th, 2024
Where: 5500 Phinney Ave N
Cost: $29.95-$36.95+