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. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

    University District | Dance

    National and international companies perform October through May at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. The emphasis is on modern and...Read More

  • 2. Northwest Puppet Center

    University District | Theater

    Keeping its stories lively and brief (45 minutes), and encouraging kids to sprawl on the floor, this troupe uses marionettes to dramatize folktales...Read More

  • 3. Seattle International Film Festival


    Seattle has several wonderful film festivals, but the Seattle International Film Festival is the biggest, taking place over several weeks from...Read More

  • 4. The Grand Illusion Cinema

    University District | Film

    Seattle's longest-running independent movie house was a tiny screening room in the 1930s. It's still tiny, but it's also an outstanding and...Read More

  • 5. The Neptune Theatre

    University District | Music

    A cultural hub for the nearby University of Washington since opening in 1921, this striking Renaissance-revival theater is operated by STG Presents...Read More

  • 6. University Book Store

    University District | Readings/Lectures

    Free readings by best-selling authors and academics are the attraction here. The second-floor space is rich with book stacks, perfect for browsing...Read More

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