20 free and fun things to do in Seattle this January

Dec 23 2019, 2:53 pm

It’s hard to believe that we’re already stepping into a new decade. Don’t mess around — start it off right with some of these free things to do in Seattle this January.

Live DJ: Vinyasa with Volume

 

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What: If you wake up without a hangover on New Year’s Day, come out to a free yoga class. Unlike most others, the class features a Live DJ and encourages restoration, stretching, flow, as well as being silly and enjoying the first day of the new year.

When: January 1, 2020
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Where: Upbeats — 928 Northwest Leary Way, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is available online

Black Health and Wellness Meetup

 

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What: This event is run by the Africatown-Central District and is for those in the Black community who are interested in therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, mental health and substance abuse professionals, doulas and midwives, social workers, doctors, fitness trainers, and more. The meetup is to familiarize the community with available resources and shoulders to lean on.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 South Jackson, Seattle
Admission: Free

Mochi Tsuki Festival

What: Celebrate the Japanese New Year with mochi, a sweet rice treat. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community has been hosting the annual Mochi Tsuki Festival for years and will be bringing back the Seattle taiko drum group Kodon Taiko, a mochi-making presentation, as well as lessons about Japanese culture.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Woodward Middle School — 9125 Sportsman Club Road NE, Bainbridge Island
Admission: Free

Fabletics x TruFusion

 

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What: Enjoy a free workout with TruFusion at the Fabletics store in Bellevue Square. All you need to bring with you is a workout or yoga mat and a reusable water bottle, as Vital Proteins is supplying the event with water. The event takes place on the Upper Level of the mall, near Macy’s.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 am
Where: Fabletics at Bellevue Square — 278 Bellevue Square, Bellevue
Admission: Free

Seattle Aerospace BBQ

 

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What: Food and aerospace? Talk about an out-of-this-world meetup. If you’ve got spare space or aviation-related things lying around the house, now’s your time to bring them in for an aviation swap. You can also participate in Aerospace Trivia, as well as an aerospace raffle.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Where: Jack’s BBQ — 3924 Airport Way South, Seattle
Admission: Free

Self-Defense Sundays

 

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What: EVOLV Fitness, known for boxing and wrestling, hosts a free two-hour workshop based in JKD Kung Gu, Escrima, and Mixed Martial Arts developed for use in preventing, stopping, and escaping violence. You’ll leave the class feeling confident and ready to escape physical confrontations.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Evolv Fitness — 1317 Republican Street, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is required online

INK: Zine and Arts Fest and Fundraiser

 

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What: Seattle’s first INK: Zine and Arts Festival is taking place in January to raise funds for Real Rent Duwamish. While attending the event is free, money raised from the purchases of art goes towards the charity, which helps support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe. The event will feature over 31 zine artists.

When: January 10, 2020
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Greenwood Collective Art Galleries — 8537 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle
Admission: Free

Public Tasting

 

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What: Coffee lovers will enjoy this free treat. Stumptown Cafe is known for amazing coffee, and it wants to share its secrets on how to get the best cup, every time. Learn about the various grinders, machines, as well as waters to use to change up the taste of your coffee. There will be time for questions at the end of the tasting.

When: January 10, 2020
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Where: Stumptown Cafe — 1115 12th Avenue, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is available online

2020 Vision Workshop

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What: This women-only event will help you organize your year. Life Coach Angie Louthan will help you plan your best year yet through visualizations, journaling exercises, goal setting, art with collage, and preparing for obstacles. Tea, water, and light snacks will be provided.

When: January 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Judy Lee Photography Studio — #220 1417 NW 54th Street, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is required online

Adoptable Dog Meet & Greet

 

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What: If you’re looking for a dog to adopt, the best time is through the Dog Gone Seattle Adoptable Meet and Greet. All of the dogs on show are rescue dogs looking for their forever home.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: All The Best Pet Care — 3830 Stone Way North, Seattle
Admission: Free

Coding Workshop

 

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What: Those with an interest in coding are perfect for this free introduction-to-coding course. You’ll get to meet instructors, learn code, and decide if it’s something that you’d like to pursue. It’s also a great activity for anyone who wants to try something new.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Epicodus — #505 1402 3rd Avenue, Seattle
Admission: Free

Natalie Dupille Art Show and Book Release Party

 

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What: Natalie Dupille, a master of comics, art, and illustration, is releasing her book, In Spite of Ourselves, on January 11. The book follows Natalie and her partner Allie through a 140-mile bike trip through Central Oregon. Come out to meet Dupille, get a book signed, and catch an exhibition of her original art.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Seattle
Admission: Free

Food Truck Round-Up XXXVIII

 

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What: The best part about the Fremont Sunday Market is definitely the food truck pop-up. Back for the winter, it will feature over fifteen delicious food trucks and booths boasting worldly fare. Besides the food trucks, the Fremont Sunday Market is the perfect place for a stroll to find your next antique.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fremont Sunday Market — 3401 Evanston Avenue North, Seattle
Admission: Free

Seattle Job Fair

 

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What: Those seeking a new job in the Seattle area should come down to the Seattle Job Fair. You’ll be able to interview with hiring managers and check out various companies in the Seattle area. Be sure to dress well and hand out your resume; you never know who you’re going to meet.

When: January 16, 2020
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown — 1113 6th Avenue, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is available online

Tet in Seattle

 

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What: The Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the biggest in Vietnamese culture. Come out to learn all about the spectacular event and culture through food truck vendors, live performances, and family-friendly events.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Seattle Center — 305 Harrison Street, Seattle
Admission: Free

Women’s Personal Safety Training

 

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What: The Seattle Police want females to feel safe in their surroundings and are hosting a women’s personal safety training day to help accomplish this. The course is not a self-defense class but is a discussion and lecture about crime prevention and safety. The class is open to women 14 years old and older.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Green Lake Community Center — 7201 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle
Admission: Free

Avalanche Awareness with NWAC-Ascent Outdoors

 

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What: Get ready for the winter sports season with this avalanche awareness course taught by the Northwest Avalanche Center. Anyone who’s hitting the mountains this year should be prepared to deal with avalanches and avoid avalanche danger.

When: January 22, 2020
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Ascent Outdoors — 5209 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
Admission: Free; registration is available online

Onesie Pub Crawl

 

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What: March around downtown with thousands of other onesie-clad bar crawlers on January 25. The event lasts fourteen hours, but you can join in anytime. Although the event costs $10, the first 500 to sign up will get in for free.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: 12 pm to 2 am
Where: Downtown Seattle
Admission: Free with the code SEATTLEFUNEVENTS; registration is available online

Horrible Art Gala 2020

 

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What: This year’s Horrible Art Gala celebrates all types of art and prompts the discussion of what it means for something to be “horrible.” The theme of the event is prom and will feature a silent auction to raise money for Seattle’s Education Scholarship Program, a fund that allows low-income families to utilize classes at community centers for a fraction of the cost.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Lake City Community Center — 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle
Admission: By donation

Handmade Gift Show

 

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What: Seattle’s most popular craft fair hosts are bringing a handmade gift show to Magnuson Park Hangar 30 on January 26 to 28. The weekend-long event is dog-friendly as usual and features only handmade items by local crafters.

When: January 26 to 28, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Magnuson Park Hangar 30 — 6310 NE 74th Street, Seattle
Admission: Free