Top 5 things to do in Seattle this November

It’s Novembrrr, but we’ve got a hot plate of great film, fests, music, food and more for you!

Like movies? We recommend the Turkish Film Festival and VIP screening of A Lot Like You, but also check out the Racial Justice Film SeriesSharing the Rough with a director & interviewer Q&A, and Cinema Italian Style.

The Indian festival Diwali is a great way to warm up dark Fall days, but there’s a whole slew of other celebrations of light for you to choose from too.

Seattle International Comedy Competition is back, and you can catch worldly comedians all over the Northwest. There are also some amazing museum events, from the Tatau/Tattoo traditions exhibit to the Twilight Noodle Slurp Tour of the ID (How did that not make the list?!?)

Finally, the Winter Arts & Soul Festival will have some great music and shopping alternatives to Black Friday. Shop local, and dance local, too!

1. Turkish Film Festival

Turkish Film FestivalNow in it’s 3rd Annual run, the Turkish Film Festival packs a lot of punch in three days of film. The opening night film Let’s Sin should let you know that TFF won’t tread lightly. This is also your best chance to see Sivas, Turkey’s nominee for best foreign-language film Oscar, with a knowledgeable crowd. Not to fret, all films are presented in Turkish, but have English subtitles for newbies.

More about Turkish Film Festival Nov 6-8 »

2. Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali oil lamps in Darjeeling, India. (Photo from Wikipedia by Benoy)
Diwali oil lamps in Darjeeling, India. (Photo from Wikipedia by Benoy)

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the traditional “Festival of Lights” in India. In and around Seattle, we have a large Indian population, and a number of ways to celebrate. Seattle Asian Art Museum hosts a Free First Saturday celebration, with music and workshops on making the traditional paper lanterns. The Diwali Festival at Seattle Center is in its third year, and tells the story of Diwali, with a whole spectrum of dance and a Mandala flower decoration. Upaya Social Ventures has a Bollywood Diwali Party with more dancing, and food, too! You can even get ready all month long by taking a Diwali Bollywood Dance class!

You can even get in the Diwali mood by celebrating the same thing around town, even with completely different cultures! There’s a Lantern Walk in Cheasty Greenspace, and Laternenfest is a German take on festival of lights, involving night lantern walks!

More about Diwali: Festival of Lights Nov 7, 8, & 20 »

3. Seattle International Comedy Competition

Seattle International Comedy Competition contestants, including Croation Pedja Bajovic (back left) and Brit Ria Lina (front middle) at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland. (Photo by Peter Greyy)
Quite the diverse group of previous Seattle International Comedy Competition contestants! (Photo by Peter Greyy)

Seattle comedians are already a pretty diverse bunch, but every year we call out for a load of globetrotting jokesters. Yes, Seattle International Comedy Competition is back! For the 36th year, and all across the northwest, you can see comedians from all across the globe. What’s it like? Amazing, is what!

More about Seattle International Comedy Competition, Nov 5-27 »

4. A Lot Like You screening

A Lot Like You — Official Trailer

A Lot Like You is a surprising film that explores mixed-race identity in a way that crosses borders and stretches across time. This screening features Q&A with the filmmaker (and Globalist board member) Eliaichi Kimaro. Reserve your spot now!

More about A Lot Like You, Nov 12 6:30 – 9:00 pm »

5. Winter Arts & Soul Festival

Winter Arts & Soul Festival
Africatown-Central District presents the Winter Arts & Soul Festival. Featuring Kenyan-born Owuor Arunga at a Black Friday concert and a Shop Small Small Business Saturday, this is a great way to connect to the history and cultural heritage of the Central District.

More about Winter Arts & Soul Festival, Nov 25-28 »

You’ll find even more things to do this month on the Seattle Globalist events calendar! Have an event to share? Are we missing something dazzling near you? It’s easy to submit your own Globalist event online. We’ll see you around town (on the dance floor, no doubt), as we share the best of the world, right here at home!