18 things to do in Seattle this Thanksgiving week

Planning to go to any of these events? Report back and tell us how it went.

Talk about race over beer. Join Seattle professors Daudi Abe (who studies the intersection of education, culture, hip hop and politics) and Teresa Ciabattari (who studies contemporary families, gender and racial inequalities) to discuss questions like, “What attitudes and perceptions about race are true, and what are myths?” [Greenwood]

Where do we go from here? A lot of us are asking ourselves this question. This get-together is still in progress, but could be cathartic and actionable. [Capitol Hill]

Sing and dance it out – ’cause for a lot of us there’s no work tomorrow! Pick a song and show up to this karaoke dance party. [Fremont]

Get some exercise? Our day will be full of sitting, doing nothing, cooking, eating, sitting and doing nothing. But if you’re looking for a more physically demanding holiday (kudos to you), here you go:

Still trying to figure out your Thanksgiving dinner plans? Here’s a list of restaurants to check out, courtesy of Open Table, The Seattle Times and The Stranger.

Shop. Urban Craft Uprising – a Seattle show that features local independent craft makers – will host a holiday market at Westlake Park for the next month (Downtown Seattle). There will also be a Native Holiday Gift Fair from Friday through Sunday (Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle). Looking for a tree? El Centro de la Raza is selling trees supplied by a locally owned Latino business.

Protest. Black Lives Matter supporters will march at Westlake Centerbeginning at 1 p.m. Before that, from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m., anyone is welcome to meditate in the park and “sit in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” write the event organizers.

Do your holiday shopping with local businesses: In honor of Small Business Saturday, various locally sourced markets will be set up across the city. Here’s one at StudioWorks in Ballard. The Black Arts Love Mixer and Marketplace will be at Franklin High School in Mount Baker. And there’s the Holiday Pop-Up Market in the International District.

Get in the holiday spirit at Pike Place Market. There will be cookie decorating, a holiday tree lighting and, of course, ukuleles. [Downtown Seattle]

More shopping! OK, seriously, we tried really hard to find non-shopping related events, but ‘tis the season, we guess? Here’s a one-day market in Capitol Hill hosted by The Seattle Collective, and here’s an art market at Washington Hall with a name that says it all: Bizarre Bazaar.


    • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Civic Cocktail is hosting a discussion on race and policing. [Downtown Seattle]
    • Friday, Dec. 2: Seattle muralist Ryan Henry Ward, known for his vibrant, colorful art, is trying something a little different with this new show where he limits his palette to black, white, and – our favorite – shades of grey. [Ballard]
    • Sunday, Dec. 4: Town Hall is hosting a “Penny University” – inspired by the 18th century coffee house tradition in which a penny bought you an evening of coffee and conversation. The goal is to discuss practical steps to take after this election. [Town Hall in downtown Seattle]
    • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: This Seattle Arts & Lectures conversation features the parents of Trayvon Martin. They will be releasing a book in January called “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” Get in early on this one if you can. [Town Hall in downtown Seattle]
  • Friday, Mar. 24, 2017: Misty Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, will be doing a talk on “privilege and art” at the University of Washington. Registration opens December 12, so save the date. [University of Washington]