Things to do in Seattle
Step beyond the traditional Seattle tourist spots when you take time to explore the Wild West days of early Seattle history. Get to know local artists. Laugh and enjoy the broad-ranging comedy of the Moisture Festival. Then return to the downtown area near the Space Needle to delve into a full musical experience.
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Immerse yourself in the old frontier town of Seattle before it grew into a big city. Put on your walking shoes because the tour route under Pioneer Square is bumpy. Explore three blocks of the carefully restored 19th century city that had been destroyed by fire and construction. Start at an old west saloon, then see the shops and storefronts from a bygone era.
Art/Not Terminal Gallery
Discover new and established Pacific Northwest artists in this enormous converted bus terminal. In cooperative style, artists have run this gallery on a volunteer basis since the late 1980s. Each April the gallery hosts its annual Functional Art competition with enchanting pieces that are both useful to some task and creatively artistic at the same time.
The Moisture Festival
Join the local amusement with Seattle's notorious damp weather conditions. Each spring since 2004, the Moisture Festival offers comedy performances at venues throughout the city. Family friendly events include clowns, musical and variety performances. More adult themed events range from burlesque to edgy comedian shows. The festival runs for three weeks and includes a full schedule of lectures and workshops.
EMP: Experience Music Project
Sing like a super idol. Learn the chords to your favorite rock ballad. At EMP, you can truly experience music out loud. The building, designed by modern architect Frank Gehry, is boisterous outside and a music lovers' dream inside. An inverted pyramid of hundreds of guitars greets visitors in the entryway. Interactive exhibits give the visitor access to interviews with musicians and music industry memorabilia. The ticket price includes admission to the adjacent Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.