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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center

    Arts Centers

    Children's theater troupes, Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue City Opera, the Bellevue Civic Theater, and other groups perform here, where the equipment...Read More

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