This Month in Fun

Happy New Year’s Folks. However you celebrated, I hope you’ve recovered from the festivities and are ready to start your year with some awesome Seattle (and beyond!) adventures. We hope you’ll find something you like here— there’s experimental theatre, live music, beer, Elvis impersonators and more. Know of any great events we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Timbrrr! Music Festival: So, this one is a bit outside of town. Leavenworth, to be exact. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Known as the winter counterpart to the Timber! Music Festival, Timbrrr! contains two days and nights (January 9th and 10th) of music and snowy wintertime fun in the picturesque lil’ Bavaria that is Leavenworth. 2015 artists include Red Fang, Sol, Deep Sea Diver, Hobosexual, Sisters, Prom Queen, Dude York and Planes on Paper, among others. For $55 you can get a two day pass, and $30 will get you a Friday only or Saturday only pass. Several local hotels are offering special rates for festival-goers as well. So pack your skis, grab some friends who can brave the cold, and get your music-loving butt to Timbrrr!

Seattle Experimental Theatre Presents Where No Man Has Gone Before: Trekkies will rejoice (or perhaps cry) at the return of this Seattle Experimental Theatre production that parodies the original Star Trek TV series. Called “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” cast members take suggestions from the audience to create a brand new episode for each performance. No two performances are alike! This production runs from January 8th through January 11th and tickets are $15 online / $18 at the door. Why not beam yourself up and get a ticket now?

Nordic Lights Film Festival:  Ja, sure. Ya betcha! The Nordic Heritage Museum and SIFF are partnering up this month to offer a screening of award-winning films and documentaries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The festival’s premiere will feature the Norwegian documentary The Optimists/Optimistene, and the film’s director, Gunhild Westhagen Magnor, will be in attendance and available for a meet and greet at a reception following the screening. The festival runs from January 15th through January 18th. Tickets are $12 and Festival Passes are $65.

This Is Strange Brewfest: Strange Brewfest in Port Townsend has been offering weird, unique beers, wicked musical entertainment and lots of interesting diversions (think fire dancers, jugglers, stilt-walkers and chainsaw carving) since 2005. This year they’re taking a page from Spinal Tap’s playbook and are turning it up to 11. They’re still getting together the list of breweries for this year, but 2014’s breweries included Ninkasi, Fremont Brewing Company, Elysian, Big Time and Hale’s. If you like your unique and tasty brews with some sick tunes on the side, you might want to check this out. The Brewfest happens January 23rd and 24th in Port Townsend. Get tickets for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

The Search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis Impersonator: The next best thing to seeing The King live, this 20th annual contest at The Crocodile Café will feature “20 amateur Elvi all backed by the Kentucky Rain Band.” If that doesn’t sound like heaven to you, well…you’re probably not a big Elvis fan. And that’s OK! But if you are, you’re destined for a good time. Each contestant will tackle one of Elvis’ many personas—from the swoon-inducing rockabilly prince to the diamond-studded Vegas crooner. And you just might catch a glimpse of his wife Priscilla or manager Colonel Tom Parker on stage or in the crowd too! It all goes down Friday, January 23rd at 8:00 pm at The Crocodile. Tickets are $17 in advance.

-Maggie Tarnawa, TWIF Blogger