What is happening from November 18th to 24th
Come one, come all, to a Nordic Christmas Market right in Ballard!
The National Nordic Museum will transform into Julefest Nov. 19-20, a festive market reminiscent of festivals that “have been held in Northern Europe since medieval times and have been very popular in Scandinavian countries for hundreds of years,” said Rosemary Jones , museum spokesperson and director of marketing.
The 45th annual Julefest is the National Nordic Museum’s biggest event of the year, welcoming thousands of visitors to the museum grounds.
This year, visitors can find more than 30 local artists in the Nordic Christmas Market, live entertainment and musicians, children’s programs, crafts, photos with Santa, traditional holiday dishes (such as aebleskivers, a deep-fried Danish dough, which Jones said volunteers prepared over 7,000 last year) and more.
For those over 21 there is also Julefest After Dark, hosted by Skål Beer Hall. The party will continue with discounts on food, drinks and gadgets along the way.
“[Julefest] it’s a nice kick-off for Ballard’s holiday events. We’re part of the Ballard community and always have been,” Jones said, adding that last year’s voter turnout “was a really nice recovery after a very tough two years for many sellers.”
After the National Nordic Museum closed during the pandemic, the return of Julefest served as a way to move forward with the year in a positive way, Jones said.
“It helps to end our year on a strong note… We really appreciate everyone who comes out and everyone who works with us.”
Julefest will take place November 19 and 20 at the National Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market St., Seattle). Find more information and a complete list of vendors online at nordicmuseum.org/events/julefest.
What else is going on
Here are some other events taking place November 18-24 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email event details to [email protected]
Join Hands — November 17-20
Comedians Pearl Lam and Woody Shticks can’t stop high-fiving each other
this delirious double bill of new queer comedy at 18th and Union Performance Space. Buy tickets online; $10-$50. 1406 18th Avenue, Seattle; 206-937-6499; 18thandunion.org
Seattle Fashion Film Festival – November 18th
The seventh annual Seattle Fashion Film Festival includes film screenings, refreshments, festive decorations, arts and crafts and more starting at 3pm. The films shown are suitable for PG with a few exceptions, which will be announced in advance of their screening. Buy tickets online; $5-$10. 1717 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; filmfreeway.com/SeattleFashionFilmFestival
Seattle Butoh Festival 2022 — November 18-19
DAIPANbutoh Collective presents Seattle Butoh Festival 2022: Emergence at 20:00 This year’s festival features DAIPAN members Kaoru Okumura, Joan Laage, Helen Thorsen, Alycia Scott Zollinger, Robyn Bjornson, Sheri Brown and Dhyana Garcia. Buy tickets online or at the counter; $20-$40. 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle; daipanbutohcollective.com
Eastridge Church Annual Turkey and Grocery Awards – November 19th
More than 1,000 turkeys and bags of groceries will be donated to those in need beginning at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) at two locations in Issaquah and Seattle. The 1,500 dinner packages will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no proof of need for assistance required. Free. 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah and 4500 39th Ave. SW, Seattle; 425-270-6300; eastridgetoday.com/turkey
Cranksgiving – November 19th
Enjoy this bike scavenger hunt for Byrd Barr Place Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, and University District Food Bank from 9am to 3:30pm Costumes are encouraged. Free. 722 18th Avenue, Seattle; www.seattlebikeblog.com
Granary Bazaar – November 19th
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network hosts the 6th annual BARN Bazaar from 10am to 3pm Featuring hundreds of handmade gift items, from jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, it’s an annual celebration of the creativity that happens at BARN . Free. 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island; 206-842-4475; www.bainbridgebarn.org
Fabulous Furoshiki – A new twist on an old idea! — November 19th
Since ancient times, the Japanese have used a simple square cloth called a furoshiki to wrap and carry everything. In today’s environment of maximizing use and minimizing waste, furoshiki is making a strong comeback. Learn more about this versatile, eco-friendly answer to plastic bags and wrapping paper with the King County Library System at 11:00am Register Online; free. kcls.org
Holiday Bookfest – November 19th
Meet two dozen of your favorite Pacific Northwest authors, get autographed copies of their books for yourself or holiday gifts, and listen to readings 14-16 for free. 6532 Phinney Avenue N., Seattle; fb.me/e/3UW5VY1eO
Ski season kick-off party and movie TGR – November 19th
Join this kick-off ski season party from 6-10pm, including a screening of the latest Teton film Gravity Research, giveaways (including an Epic or Ikon Pass), live music, and pizza and beer for the purchase. Free. 1875 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah; facebook.com/groups/skithenorthwest
Pan-African Market in Wa Na Wari — November 19-20
Join Wa Na Wari for a pan-African market from 11am to 6pm Find unique jewelry, bags, scarves, clothing, unconventional art materials, home decor, quilts and more. Free. 911 24th Avenue, Seattle; www.wanawari.org
Science, nature and a cookie | Graham Taylor – Let’s Talk Grizz – November 20th
Learn about the challenges facing the grizzly bear species and current efforts to return bears to their wild mountain habitat 2-4pm Graham Taylor will present and answer questions about the role the National Parks Conservation Association has had, in collaboration with the Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly, to restore the last disappeared species in North Cascades National Park. Register online; free. 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; 206-652-2444; sewardpark.audubon.org