The high-tech boom created an enthusiastic and philanthropic audience for Seattle's arts community, which continues to grow. The gorgeous Benaroya Hall is a national benchmark for acoustic design. Its main tenant is the Seattle Symphony. At the Seattle Center, the ethereal Marion Oliver McCaw Hall combines Northwest hues and hanging screens in colorful light shows accompanying performances by the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Although the city's music scene has lost some of its shine after Portland became the go-to city for indie rock, music is still a main form of entertainment here. This very literate city also supports a full calendar of readings, lectures, and writing workshops.

The Seattle International Film Festival gets a lot of attention, but the city also hosts numerous smaller festivals throughout the year. The most popular include STIFF (Seattle's True Independent Film Festival; in June; the Children's Film Festival (, held at the Northwest Film Forum in January; and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival ( in October.

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  • 1. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

    Queen Anne | Theater

    This performance and education venue run by the Cornish College of the Arts hosts public music and theater programs, produced by students and...Read More

  • 2. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

    Lower Queen Anne | Arts Centers

    The home of the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet is an opulent, glass-enclosed structure reflecting the skies and the Space Needle...Read More

  • 3. On the Boards

    Lower Queen Anne | Dance

    Since 1978, On the Boards has been presenting contemporary dance performances, as well as theater, music, and multimedia events. The main...Read More

  • 4. Pacific Northwest Ballet

    Lower Queen Anne | Dance

    The lineup of Seattle's resident ballet company and school includes works from celebrated contemporary choreographers as well as a mix of classic...Read More

  • 5. Seattle Center

    Queen Anne | Arts Centers

    Several of the Seattle Center's halls are used for theater, opera, dance, music, and performance art. Public radio station KEXP frequently hosts...Read More

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  • 6. Seattle Children's Theatre

    Lower Queen Anne | Theater

    Top-notch productions of new works join adaptations from classic children's literature here. After the show, actors come out to answer questions...Read More

  • 7. Seattle Opera

    Lower Queen Anne | Music

    Housed in the beautiful Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, the opera stages productions from August through May. Evening-event guests are treated to...Read More

  • 8. Seattle Repertory Theater

    Lower Queen Anne | Theater

    During its September-through-April season, the Seattle Repertory Theater brings new and classic plays to life. Adoring fans flock to new takes...Read More

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