The opportunities to explore the arts and culture are endless when living in the U-District of Seattle. From the cultural history of food and drinks, to the performing and visual arts, the city offers a diverse setting for exploration.
Founded in 1963, the Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in America. From classic European to newer American works, Seattle Opera presents performances of all kinds. Held at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, these theatrically composed works of music bring in visitors from all over the country. Fundraising events such as the annual Opera Ball and Gala are held throughout the year for supporters and visitors to attend. Also held at McCaw Hall is the Pacific Northwest Ballet, offering classic performances like The Nutcracker as well as a variety of dance classes and workshops.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Created by the famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Garden and Glass displays floral glass art in Seattle Center. These large-scale masterpieces will leave you in awe as you walk through eight galleries, the centerpiece glasshouse and a breathtaking garden. Summer Spotlight Talks are held daily, where visitors can learn more about the galleries and garden as they tour through the exhibition.
First Thursdays at Pioneer Square
Join the Art Walk during First Thursdays at Pioneer Square every first Thursday of each month. Visitors have the chance to tour local artists’ galleries throughout the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Parking and entry is free, so this event makes for a hassle-free evening in Seattle.
Pike Place Market
From specialty foods to shopping for crafts, Pike Place Market is a must-see for Seattle residents. Established in 1907, Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmers’ market, covering nine acres. Come shop for groceries from local vendors or plan to dine out at one of the many restaurant options. Pike Place Market also has a variety of stores to browse through, from cooking supplies to toys and collectibles.
Pioneer Square Food and Cultural Walking Tour
Experience Seattle culture through a Taste Seattle Foods Tour. These tours guide you through the food and drink of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods and narrate the city’s past and current cultural food scene. Visitors will learn about how restaurants got started and the passion for sustainability that is almost universally embraced throughout the city. Along with the history and food, guests will receive three wine tastings and a tour of Pioneer Square that leads to the city’s 22-foot waterfall.
With so many events, cultural institutions, and tours, there are plenty of things to do in the U-District of Seattle.