Must List: Free State Park Day, Seahawks vs. 49ers, 'The Four Seasons'

Your weekly guide to Seattle's hottest events
| Updated: December 26, 2019
 
 
Old-growth forest in Deception State Park

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MUST EXPLORE THE BEAUTY

Free State Parks Day
(1/1/2020)
Experience the open air, fee free on the first of 12 free state park days in 2020. Visitors have the chance to visit state parks during the day with no fee. What better way to reflect on a new year than with the nature that makes our state so special? So c’mon, the mountains are calling. Times vary. Free. Washington State Parks; discoverpass.wa.gov

MUST SAVOR THE CLASSICS

31st Anniversary Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music
(12/28
) Celebrate the timelessness of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music, a body of jazz composition written late in his career, in this annual performance paying homage to the great bandleader. Lineup includes Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and other guests. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Town Hall, First Hill; earshot.org

MUST CHILL OUT

CNW Resolution Run & Polar Bear Dive
(1/1)
Start the year with a splash at this 5K run/walk benefitting local amateur athletes. Participants can choose to finish the 5K dry or take a polar bear plunge in the frigid waters of Lake Washington. Post-race festivities include a kid’s race, beer garden and complimentary chili, hot chocolate and more. 10:30 a.m. $40. Magnuson Park; clubnorthwest.org

MUST ROOT FOR THE GOOD GUYS

Seahawks vs. 49ers
(12/29)
Can you recall how far back the rivalry between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers goes? This Sunday afternoon will heat up as the Seahawks are matched against their “once upon a time” rivals, the 49ers, in the Hawks Nest. With the great home-field advantage on our side and the furious 12th man being louder than ever, this game will be worth watching. 1:25 p.m. kickoff. Prices vary. CenturyLink Field; centurylinkfield.com

MUST IMMERSE

Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
(12/28–1/5/2020)
Vivaldi’s ever-popular tetralogy of violin concertos was answered in the late 1960s by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla’s suite of tangos The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. All together they’ll make a tasty New Year’s party menu, with soloist Elisa Barston. (What would The Seasons of Seattle sound like? There would be only three movements: wet and 45 degrees, cloudy and 55, sunny and 75.) Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, downtown; seattlesymphony.org

MUST PARTY

Zylberschtein’s Hanukkah Party – A Family Celebration
(12/27)
Join this newly-opened deli in celebrating the festivities of Hanukkah with a family-friendly gathering. There will be plenty of latkes, brisket and sufganiyot, as well as possibly song or two. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. 6 p.m. Free to attend, food available for purchase. Zylberschtein’s, Pinehurst; Facebook: ‘Zylberschtein’s Hanukkah Party – A Family Celebration’

Coming up:

These events are weeks away but are bound to sell out—get your tickets now.

MUST SHIVER AND SHAKE

Timbrrr!
(1/24–1/25)
Bundle up for this snowy music festival spread out in various venues across Leavenworth. Warm up with a beer and a pretzel as you sample a full day of music. Don’t forget to check out the Rhein Haus after party on Saturday night. Times, prices and locations vary. Leavenworth WA; winter.timbermusicfest.com

MUST LEARN AND TASTE

Cooking Class: Oysters with Hama Hama
(1/16)
Hama Hama, an Olympic Peninsula company that has been farming oysters since 1922 invites you to come learn to shuck and prepare oysters, and of course sample them after. The menu includes smoked, fried, baked and raw preparations. 6:30 p.m. $80. Book Larder, Fremont; booklarder.com

MUST SEE LIVE

Disney’s Frozen
(2/7–3/1/2020) Follow the tale of two sisters seeking discovery of their family and themselves in this stage adaptation of the classic Disney movie. This live rendition promises to bring dazzling special effects, magnificent costumes, and all the passion of an electrifying live performance. Times and prices vary. Paramount Theatre, downtown; stgpresents.org

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