November can be a very cool month, but you can turn it into the warmest season by enjoying all the awesome festivals that Seattle offers for the whole family. From amazing artisanal foods to Mexican traditions and even a reimagined version of The Nutcracker, Seattle has really great events for kids and adults, not one of you will end the month bored. They will get your motors running for the holiday season!
These are the 5 best family events in Seattle during November
1. FESTÁL: DIA DE MUERTOS
When: 11/2/2019 - 11/3/2019
The Seattle Center Festál presents Día de Muertos - A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, organized hand in hand with the Dia de Muertos Festival Committee. Partake in this colorful and beautiful Mexican celebration with a festival steeped in ritual and tradition. You will find the amazing community altars, sugar skull making workshops, massive processions, and non-stop festive music to mark the occasion. Dia de Muertos in Seattle goes back all the way to 1998, when a group of volunteers celebrated the first of these festivals in South Park, changing locations each year before settling down at the Seattle Center. This event is free and open to the public.
2. GEEKGIRLCON 2019
When: 11/16/2019 - 11/17/2019
Inspiring women and girls to pursue their passions is a difficult task in today’s world, but the amazing people at GeekGirlCon are fighting the good fight and bringing Seattle a convention that is all about women and their accomplishments all across the board—whether they love science, tech, comics, gaming, literature, sports, or anything else, this event thinks they’re all geeks at heart, and that is worthy of support and celebration. This community-driven convention spans two days and brings together panelists, exhibitors, artists, and plenty of children-specific events that will give your family a fun and educational perspective on geek culture and the role women play in it.
3. THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER
When: 11/15/2019 - 11/17/2019
This holiday mash-up for the whole family gives Tchaikovsky’s classic score a modern twist by adding hip-hop beats and choreography. Directed by Jennifer Weber, this fantastic show mixes the timeless with the contemporary in a unique way, and it’s even opened by Kurtis Blow himself, who performs a short set at the beginning of each show. The performers are all fantastic and their energy and rhythm are absolutely contagious, while the DJ and violinist will have you tapping your feet to the music with each piece they play. The look of the show has also been revamped, with digital graffiti projections and colorful visuals that bring the New York of today to the Germany of the 19th century. A show that the whole family will love!
4. GOBBLE UP SEATTLE
Enjoy the food and kitchenware of “craft food makers” from all over Washington at the Gobble Up Festival from Urban Craft Uprising. Admission is completely free (with a $1 suggested donation), all you need to do is register at the event’s website! This is an event for the whole family, and you can find something that will satisfy even the most particular of palates. The kind of vendors you will find are baked goods, chocolate & sweets, coffee & tea, condiments & spreads, food trucks, kitchen & restaurant decor, kitchenware, non-alcoholic beverages, oil & vinegar, pickles & kraut, prepared food, preserves, snacks, shrubs & cocktail enhancers, salts & seasonings, and much more!
5. JULEFEST - A NORDIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
When: 11/23/2019 - 11/24/2019
Want to experience Christmas in a very original way? Julefest turns the National Nordic Museum into a winter wonderland from the far north. This event takes place before Thanksgiving and features authentic Nordic treats and crafts from many different vendors, so you’ll probably find that one gift that you hadn’t picked out yet. Of course, there will also be dance performances and live music by local groups, like Aebleskiver. But that’s not all, because the festival also offers many chances for kids to practice crafts and activities inside Santa’s workshop, and even meet the man himself! That alone makes it one of the best things to do with toddlers in Seattle during November.
Found something you want to do? Remember that all of these events are family-friendly and many offer activities and areas dedicated entirely to children. Get ready for the most fun you will have in the whole month, and don’t worry about spending an afternoon outside if you have chores to do since you have the pros to help you with them!