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Bell Street Park Opening Celebration

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2PM – 5PM
Where: From 1st through 5th Ave. on Bell Street

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 12:30 – 2pm
Where: 4th Avenue, Jefferson to Pine

For more information, view: http://www.irishclub.org/parade

Seattle Seahawks Parade

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 11AM to 1:30PM.
Where: Fourth Ave south of Denny Way, continue along Fourth, arriving at CenturyLink Field

The parade, with an expected turnout of 200,00 to 500,000 spectators, will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with a rally at CenturyLink Field at 1:30 p.m.

Metro Transit Message:

On Wednesday, February 5, the downtown Seattle and adjacent areas will be affected by street closures and congestion as Seahawks fans gather to welcome home and honor their Super Bowl winning team.

While the Seahawks Victory Parade is southbound on Fourth Avenue through downtown from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field, and 4th Avenue will be closed for the midday event, many other streets and local neighborhoods will also be affected, both well before and well after the actual parade. Parking in and near downtown Seattle is expected to be very limited.

Metro is using all available resources and making every effort to keep transit service moving, but there will likely be delays and service disruptions. Metro plans to reroute about 33 bus routes in the downtown area, but unexpected disruptions may also occur during the event.

Commuters:
Metro’s regular commuters may want to get an early start Wednesday, as many Seahawks fans may also plan to head downtown early. Area park and ride lots may be more crowded or fill up earlier than usual.

Additionally, due to crowds and congestion that are expected to last well into the afternoon commute time, the trip home may also be more crowded or delayed.

Street closures:
Pine Street west of 9th Avenue will close at about 7:00 AM on Wednesday, and Fourth Avenue is expected to close at about 10 AM. When 4th Av is closed, Metro will not be able to cross it at any location except Yesler Way.

Transit reroutes:
Metro and other buses that use or cross 4th Avenue between S Royal Brougham Way and Seattle Center will be rerouted, and nearly all transit service that travels through the downtown area will be affected by altered
routing or delays.

Seahawks & Parade Fans:
When preparing for Wednesday’s event, Metro encourages fans to plan ahead, arrive early, be ready for very cold weather, expect transit and traffic delays and, most of all, to travel safely.

Transit information:
Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about planned reroutes during Wednesday’s event.

Metro’s online Trip Planner indicates service that is rerouted as well as scheduled and predicted departure times. Predicted times are available but may be less accurate when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed.

In addition to Metro, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, Washington State Ferries and the King County Water Taxi operate service in the downtown Seattle area. Payment of fare is required on all transit service.

Lunar New Year Celebration

When: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 11am – 4pm
Where: Hing Hay Park

For more information, visit: http://www.cidbia.org/

Seattle Boat Show

When: January 24 through February 1, 2014

Where: South Lake Union
Chandler’s Cove
901 Fairview Av N

Hours:
Weekdays 11am-5pm
Weekends 10am-5pm

Where: CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave S

Hours:
Mon–Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

For more information, visit: http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/

New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center

Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, there’s a free, all-ages dance at Seattle Center Armory from 8pm – 11:45pm

The ice rink in Fisher Pavilion is open until 11:30pm.

The grand fireworks show will go off at the Space Needle to welcome 2014 at midnight.

The Monorail will be closed from approximately 11:15pm until the fireworks show is over, resuming about 12:20am and continuing until 1am to get you back downtown after the show.

Jingle Bell Run & Walk

When: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:45 – 11am
Where: Westlake Center, Westlake Park, Downtown Streets

For more information, visit: http://seattlejinglebellrun.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1069472

Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

When: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5pm – 8:45pm
Where: Westlake Center Plaza and nearby streets

Magic in the Market

When: November 30, 2013, 1PM-5PM
Where: Pike Place Market

The afternoon features Dickens Carolers singing a cappella throughout the Market, photos with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. with a countdown led by Santa.

Seattle Center Winterfest

Winterfest Student Showcases
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, varied times
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Student Showcases offer entertainment as part of seasonal events and provide public and private schools and youth performance groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public.

Winter Train & Village
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, 10am – 6pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

A Winterfest favorite, a magnificent, turn-of-the-century village in miniature size, with garlanded homes and buildings, snowy streets and a moving model train. Visit and take a turn controlling the model train between 10:30am-12pm, 1pm-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation. Cash only.

Special hours: closes at 4pm on Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25

Coca-Cola Winter Wish Wall
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 29 – Jan. 5, 2014
Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Fisher Pavilion, Prices Vary

Glide into the season with the greatest of ease and excitement. For novice or Olympiad, Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission includes skate rental: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and $2 children ages 5 and under. Cash only. FREE admission to watch. Special hours: closes at 4pm on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30pm on Dec. 31.

The Dickens Carolers
Friday, Nov. 29, 11am – 12 noon
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

A quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sings out the spirit of the season, sharing beloved carols in perfect four-part harmony. Since 1978, The Dickens Carolers have offered traditional and contemporary holiday favorites.

The Most Awesome Variety Show Ever
Friday, Nov. 29, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Matt Baker’s comedy and variety shows are one-of-a-kind, a mix of the very best professional stand–up comedy and memorable entertainment. Matt conjers up the whimsy of Cirque du Soleil, with outstanding impressions, slapstick humour and world class magic.

Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 29, 2pm – 3pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Imparting the power and eloquence of this mighty wind instrument, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band seeks to broaden the popularity of traditional Scottish piping, drumming and dancing. As the official pipe band of the Clan Keith (a rare designation outside Scotland), the band has performed throughout the Northwest and internationally since its beginning in 1952.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE

Artistry and ice unite in a glorious and temporal expression of the season. Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures – or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master carves a different design.

Hot Dog USA
Saturday, Nov. 30, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Dedicated to inspiring, motivating and educating people of all ages, the Hot Dog jump rope team, consisting of 50 boys and girls from six years of age to adult, has performed, competed in and taught jump rope workshops around the country and the world since 1980.

Pacific Cascade Big Band
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2pm – 3pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Created in June 2008, this big band is devoted to exploring many of the genres of vintage jazz, performing the great jazz music that became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1950s.

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble
Saturday, Nov. 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Celebrate the music and culture of Croatia as this vibrantly costumed troupe shares holiday traditions through exuberant dance and song.

Klez Kidz
Sunday, Dec. 1, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

This intergenerational group of musicians, singers and dancers presents interactive concerts of world Jewish music and mirth. You’ll hear the wail of clarinets and the rousing sounds of Israeli dance music. You’ll see bottles balanced on the heads of dancers, and you might even learn some new steps!

Taiko Drumming
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2pm – 3pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

One World Taiko’s own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography add a modern spirit to the ancient tradition of taiko. Their repertoire includes traditional pieces, taught to them by a world–renowned drumming master, and their own original compositions infused with contemporary rhythms from their love of jazz and world music.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, Dec 1, 6pm – 7pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Chabad of Seattle will celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, with a candle lighting ceremony.

Seattle Girls’ Choir
Saturday, Dec. 7, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

If you haven’t heard this amazing ensemble of girls, ages 6–18, then you’re missing out on some mighty musicmaking that combines serious music skills with serious fun. The Winterfest performance will feature the DolcineChoir, the Allegra Choir (grades 5 and 6) and the Vivissimi Choir (grades 3 and 4).

Cornish Jazz Ensembles
Sunday, Dec. 8, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Jazz forms the foundation of a reputation at Cornish College of the Arts as one of the most respected collegiate improvised music programs in the nation. The wealth of student talent and skill spills out into two of the school’s most popular groups, Cornish Jazz Ensemble III and Latin Ensemble, performing live on the Seattle Center Armory stage.

Garfield High School Jazz Band
Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

A Winterfest sensation returns! Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the nationally acclaimed Garfield High School Jazz Band under the direction of Seattle’s own jazz great, Clarence Acox.

Bailadores de Bronce
Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Portraying the most positive aspects of the Mexican culture in the broader community, the Bailadores break down cultural barriers and build bridges as they teach and perform Mexican folkloric dances throughout the Pacific Northwest. The high energy and enthusiasm of the dancers transcend the stage, while their beautiful costumes convey the richness of their culture.

SANCA Youth Performance Company
Saturday, Dec. 21, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

SANCA Youth Company creates and performs original acts in aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics. Come see these talented kids delight audiences on the Seattle Center Armory stage.

Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan and Free Skate Day
Dec. 22, 10am – 8pm
Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain, FREE

Coca-Cola hosts a day of free skating, pictures with Santa, samples of Honest Tea, Zico, and Illy Issimo; and more family-friendly activities

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes
Sunday, Dec. 22, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

The energetic and hilarious Smartypants, a vocal comedy group from Seattle Men’s Chorus, has performed all over the region and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington, DC to San Francisco. Sensible Shoes, an outreach ensemble of Seattle Women’s Chorus, performs pop and vocal jazz, balancing great delivery with fun, innovative staging.

Hot Club Sandwich
Saturday, Dec. 28, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

This ensemble began 10 years ago out of a deep reverence for Gypsy jazz of the ’30s and ’40s, growing to incorporate classic jazz and folkloric influences from around the world into clever arrangements and adventurous improvisations. Over the past decade, the distinctive Hot Club Sandwich sound has reached millions through performance and radio recordings charting in the top 20 of CMJ jazz charts.

Massive Monkees
Sunday, Dec. 29, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

This unsurpassed crew of energetic b–boys/b–girls (break dancers), originating from Seattle, have shared the stage with the likes of Alicia Keys, Jay–Z, Nas, Public Enemy, Missy Elliot, Ludacris, 50 Cent and Akon among others. They have been described as percussively–gifted, hip–hop dervishes.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8pm – 11:45pm
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

Ring in the new year to the sounds of THE NINES. With world class male and female lead vocals, the popular band has been able to get dancers on their feet and blow them away with its high energy and pure professionalism. This super fun, five-piece band transports audiences from the sounds of the 70‘s to current hits including Studio 54 funk, synth pop, and party rock.

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