Fall arrives and things get a little dramatic

Doesn’t it seem like the fall just snuck up on us? Wasn’t it just last week that we were sunbathing at Alki Beach, in 90-degree heat? Ok, it wasn’t last week (that was when the fog showed up), but this summer was one for the memory bank.

So, welcome to the fall in Seattle. (cue dramatic music) A time when the beautiful blue skies, outdoor patio dinners at sunset, and the long list of things to do outdoors with your out of town visitors get smothered by a cold blanket of grey and rain.

For new Seattleites, this change in weather might seem dramatic. Following an uncharacteristically dry and hot summer with recent fog and gloomy rain, even experienced Seattleites were taken by surprise. There are Instagram photos to prove it.

We set the stage for this weather

Luckily, this isn’t new to Seattle. (cue more dramatic music) Every year Seattle dims its lights and collects rain for an average of 152 days. We are well aware that our favorite sunset viewing log on Golden Gardens’ beach might not come with a view of the sunset, and that serene dinner spot on the patio overlooking Lake Washington is likely too wet, cold, and windy to enjoy. For nearly half the year, Seattle changes things up, yet Seattleites keep the city running. Some say we are perseverance, personified!

The fact is Seattle has been here before, and great Seattleites before us have built iconic venues to enjoy the culture of the city without having to endure the weather – places like McCaw Hall, MoPOP, Pacific Science Center, SAM, Seattle Aquarium, and CenturyLink Field (of course, to cheer on the SEAHAWKS).


Since the weather is putting on quite a performance for us and the real estate market has seen somewhat of a dramatic shift as of late, we saw it fitting to explore some of the drama theaters and performing arts venues that have helped to shape Seattle. Below are some of Seattle’s more than 140 performing arts theatres; and some of their core performances through the end of the year. These should help distract from the drama outside.

McCaw Hall

Home to the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is the Pacific Northwest’s premier performing arts venue – an architectural and cultural landmark. Formerly, Civic Auditorium (1928-1962) and Seattle Opera House (1962-2001).

McCaw Hall is at the outer edge of the city’s 74-acre epicenter, Seattle Center. For more than 100 years Seattle Center has been a site for celebration, sports, performing arts, and most notably the 1962 World’s Fair. More than 12 million people come to events and attractions at any one of Seattle Center’s more than 20 facilities, including McCaw Hall, MoPop, Space Needle, KeyArena, Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and many more.

During the first half of November, the Pacific Northwest Ballet will be sharing the first of three mixed-repertory programs, called All Premiere (November 2 – 11). Beginning November 23 through December 28, PNB will host its “best-selling holiday classic,” George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER.

All Premiere
November 2 – 11

George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER
November 23 – December 28


A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) produces five primary programs: Mainstage, ACTLab, Young Playwrights Program (YPP), Core Company, and the New Work initiative to fulfill our mission and supports these with multiple complementary initiatives to engage audiences, develop new works, and keep the art accessible.

October 12 – November 11

Juan Palmieri
November 1 – November 18

A Christmas Carol
November 23 – December 28

The Dina Martina Christmas Show
December 6 – December 24

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Book-It creates world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production. Performing books instead of plays allows the Book-It theatre experience to spark the audience’s interest in reading and to challenge the audience to participate by using their imaginations. Book-It’s unique style of acting and adapting books is trademarked, known as the Book-It Style®. Book-It has produced more than 100 world-premiere adaptations of literature.

My Ántonia
November 29 – December 30

5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love – giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theatre company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state.

November 23 – December 30

Paramount Theater

The Paramount is a thriving landmark theatre. An annual season of KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount season accompanies a performance series of dance, jazz, live concerts, speakers, comedy, special events, and family shows.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 & 9

December 13 – January 6, 2019

Seattle Repertory Theatre

Theatre at the heart of public life. Seattle Repertory Theatre collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
October 5 – November 10

A People’s History
October 17 – November 25

In the Heights
November 23 – December 30

Every day we discover something new about this city. Then suddenly everything moves into perspective, the clouds roll back, and it’s clear how lucky we are to live in Seattle. What did you find today?