You made it through Halloween and the sugar overload. Phew. And there’s still some time before the rush of the holidays. Double phew. So why not take some time for yourself this month and book a night out sans kids. That’s right – book a sitter and hit the town where cool things are still happening past 7 p.m. (trust us, they really are!). So dial-up your neighborhood sitter and read on for seven sitter-worthy activities you need to take advantage of this month.
1. Get Artsy! We are lucky to live in a city that is chock-full of amazing restaurants, bars, theaters, museums – and clubs. Yes, there are still the unst-unst-unst dance clubs of your youth, but there are also cool clubs for adults that play…umm, adult music like jazz. And the Earshot Jazz Festival, running now through Nov. 12, has the most amazing list of jazz artists playing somewhere near you, every single night. If jazz isn’t your thing, why not don those cute cowboy boots you bought years ago and catch Garth Brooks playing at the Tacoma Dome on Nov. 3. Last we checked, there were still single tickets left or maybe you can convince a good friend who already scored tix to take you.Yee-haw! If music isn’t your jam, say “Buongiorno” to the week-long Cinema Italian Style, SIFF’s mini-festival running Nov. 12-19 and featuring the best in contemporary Italian cinema. Ciao bella!
photo: Earshot Jazz Festival
2. Hit an Art Walk. Almost every city has a free, local art walk in its downtown core usually once a month – and typically featuring food and wine. Psst…did you know that the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, which started in 1981, was actually the first in the nation, and basically set the stage for the 12+ art walks now held regularly throughout the city? Consider these art walks taking place in November:
Nov. 2 – Pioneer Square
Nov. 3 – Fremont
Nov. 8 – Wallingford
Nov. 9 – Capital Hill & West Seattle
Nov. 10 – Belltown, Kirkland & Phinny/Greenwood
Nov. 11 – Ballard, Central District, Georgetown & Madrona
Nov. 16 – Columbia City, Edmonds, Everett & Queen Anne/Uptown
photo: West Seattle Art Walk Facebook page
3. Take in a Show. Beyond attending a movie (which can be a great date night activity, especially at an adult-style theater that has reserved seats and serves food and drinks!), there are other types of shows and events that are sitter-worthy this month. Consider:
The Seattle International Auto Show running Nov. 9-12 at Century Link Field. This show will not only feature the newest models and cutting-edge technology, but also rare and classic cars. The best part? There will be over 50 vehicles to test drive which is something you could never do with kids in tow.
If you’re more of the crafty type, the Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show runs Nov. 10 -12 at Hanger 30 in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. This show will feature more than 100 of the area’s best artists and artisans and it’s where you can marvel at jewelry, designer clothing and paintings, plus works of glass, metal, wood, clay and more at your leisure.
photo: The OC International Auto Show
4. Celebrate the Holiday Season Early. If you’re one of those people who get your Christmas decorations out the day after Thanksgiving, how about you bump it up even earlier this year and hit Seattle’s Festival of Trees. Benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital, this festive event features an array of wonderfully decorated Christmas trees throughout the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, along with a Teddy Bear Suite in one of the hotel’s rooms. Grab a sitter and splurge on the fancy live auction and dinner event held on Sat., Nov 18. Psst…this is also a great event to take the kids to, as the trees are on display in the hotel lobby from Nov. 18-29.
photo: Amy Huey
5. Cheer for the Home Team. If your car is adorned with 12th Man stickers or you bleed purple and gold (or crimson and gray) – or any color in between, then the fall means football! This month, leave the kiddos with grandma and take in a Husky, Coug or Seahawks game at a friend’s house – or better yet, right in the action at the stadium. The Huskies have home games on Saturday Nov. 4 against the Oregon Ducks; Sat., Nov 18 against Utah; and Apple Cup on Sat., Nov. 25 will be played in Seattle this year. The Seahawks will also be rocking Century Link on Sun., Nov. 5 against Washington; Mon., Nov. 20 against Atlanta; and Sun., Dec. 3 against Philadelphia. Call that sitter stat!
6. Eat, Drink & Be Merry. If your dream adults-only night out includes adult-only beverages, look no further than Seattle in November. From beer to wine, to whisky and back to wine, the city has you covered.
French Wine Festival – Nov. 17 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Enjoy French food, music, a silent auction and Beaujolais Nouveau alongside amazing views at the Columbia Tower Club. Discount prices available for ages 21 to 35.
Kirkland Wine Tasting – Nov, 17 at 6 p.m., VIP at 5 p.m.
Partake in the local Kirkland Holiday Wine Walk which will begin at The Heathman Hotel Kirkland and travel to a host of downtown Kirkland businesses. Enjoy wine from local wineries as well as brew from the area’s local breweries. This event always sells out, so get your tickets now!
The Whisky Extravaganza – Nov. 10 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
At the ever-old-school-posh Rainer Club, this pricey event ($150) includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, souvenir tasting glasses and Masterclasses (with prior registration). Psst…men will be required to wear a jacket, so you know this one is going to be fancy.
Ciderfest – Nov. 2 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Venture to the SODO district on Thurs. Nov. 2 and sip on some seasonal ciders from the Northwest’s best producers. Pumpkin spice? Winter blends? Barrel-aged? They’ll have them all at this year’s Ciderfest. And in addition to the best local ciders, this event will showcase lifestyle exhibits from other local companies and other beverage categories as well as local eats!
7. Get Out and Enjoy Nature. Two free National Parks Days happen to fall during the month of November. On Nov. 11 & 12, enjoy free park access at any of our area’s national parks (which includes Mt. Rainer and the Olympic National Park). Just be prepared for more people and far less parking than usual. And two free State Park Days also happen to take place this month. On Nov. 11 and Nov. 24, enjoy one or more or our area’s 140 Washington state parks for free (no Discover Pass required). Score!
photo: Bellevue Parks & Recreation
Do you have a sitter already booked for November? Tell us in the comments below.
— Jennifer B. Davis