THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Black & Tan Hall-i-day Celebration, Native Gift Fair & Art Market, Total Experience Gospel Choir, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 14th:

December Native Gift Fair and Art Market

“Come Join us for our annual Native Gift Fair and Art Market. Plenty of gifts and beautiful artwork for all your holiday shopping needs. Free for shoppers. We hope to see you here!” This event runs all weekend, Fri–Sun!

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Wy SW
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Native Art, Artisan Vendors

Image Credit: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center (cropped to fit this space)

Pioneer Square Neighborhood Holiday Market

“Come bask in the warmth of the holiday season in downtown’s historic Pioneer Square, and enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer.

“Numerous vendors local to Pioneer Square are coming together for one day as part of DSA’s second annual Holiday Market in Occidental Square on Dec. 14.” 

Time: 1–4 PM
Where: Occidental Square Park — 117 S. Washington St.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Festivals, Vendors

Stripped Screw’s The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever!

“Your favorite holiday misfits are back again as Stripped Screw takes on the true meaning of Christmas in this throwback to your childhood Christmas pageants. When the Screws show up at the Burlesque Pageant auditions due to an innocent mistake, everyone is horrified. Why? Because they’re horrible; raunchy, gaudy, pushy and each one deliriously delights in being the terrors of the neighborhood. In the blink of a rhinestoned eyelash, The Screws find themselves, much to the shock and bewilderment of everyone starring in Diva le Déviant’s annual pageant!” This event is recurring and has more than one show on Sat. night. See event website for various show dates/times.

Time: 8 PM Doors
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $26 Pre-Sale / $35 Door / $170 VIP tables

Tags: Burlesque, Theater, Performance

Image Credit: Stripped Screw Burlesque (via event page on Facebook)

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Micah James, Matt Sizer, Brianna Skye Bougher, free in the Bourbon Bar (Sat.), Xmas Xtravaganza: A Feminist Retelling of the Christmas Story (Sun.). See venue website for individual event details.

Flamenco at The Royal Room

Melinda Hedgecorth is back in Seattle to perform one night only with guitarist Jed Miley and singer Samir Osorio-Leon. Come join us for an intimate evening of flamenco music and dance with new movement and props tried and tested in Sevilla, Spain.  ”

Time: 7:30 PM–9 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $17.50

Tags: Live Music, Dance

*Also this weekend at The Royal Room: Painting the Town Red: The Music of Billie Holiday (late show, Fri.), Steve Treseler Student Recital // Led to Sea, Betsy Olson Band, and special guests (early // late shows, Sat.), Holiday Sing-Along / Fred Frith Trio // Ha-Yang Kim (cello/solo) (early // late shows, Sun.). For individual event details, see their website. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Connie and the Precious Moments X-Mas Pageant

“Connie and The Precious Moments X-Mas Pageant Featuring:
Corey Brewer’s Disco Christmas, Your Heart Breaks, DJ Niki Sugar; Visuals by Collide-Scope” 21+

Time: 9 PM doors
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10 adv. / $12 door

Tags: Performance, DJ

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Image Credit: Clock-Out Lounge, via event site (cropped to fit this space)

Community Movie Night at Estelita’s Library

“Hey Community –

“As promised, we will be filling our Friday nights with fun events for all!

“This Friday, and for a few Fridays to come, we will be hosting Movie Nights (And TV Show Nights) at Estelita’s Library from 6:30pm-9pm.

“Homemade popcorn will be offered and all the refreshments we already have will be available. This is family friendly (but be mindful that the content of some of the films will be less child friendly).

“The titles of the movies/Shows will be shared 2 days before in the comments of the event!! If you’d like to see a specific movie or show, please add it to the comments — thank ya’ll!!

-Estelita’s Library”

Time: 6:30–9:30 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Movies, Community

Christmas Tree Sale

“This event helps El Centro de la Raza raise funds to support our human services and community-building programs that benefit 14,000+ vulnerable and underrepresented children, adults, and families annually. By purchasing a Christmas tree from us, you are directly contributing to our community while supporting El Centro de la Raza in providing 43 high-quality services and programs. If your home does not need a Christmas tree this season, consider purchasing one to donate to the home of a low-income family.

*Also happening at El Centro’s Centilia Cultural Center on Wed., 12/12, 5:30–8:30 PM:

Las Posadas

“¡El Evento es GRATIS Para Toda la Familia! Las Posadas, Pozole, Chocolate Caliente, Pan Dulce, Escena de Navidad, Musica en Vivo, Y Visita de Santa/Papá Noel!

“Las Posadas serán dirigidas por l@s niñ@s y maestras de José Martí Centro de Desarrollo Infantil. Estacionamiento solamente disponible en la calle.”

Time: M–F 4–8 PM & Sat/Sun 12–8 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: Christmas Tree Prices vary

Tags: Not-for-profit Christmas Trees, El Centro de la Raza

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Also playing: Widows, Free Solo 

Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge — 4816 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Dec. 15th:

Honorable Mention: 

United Indians December Art Market

“Daybreak Star Cultural Center is filled with Authentic Native American Arts, Crafts and foods, perfect for Holiday Shopping. Many tribes and cultures are represented, including traditional and modern interpretations. Salmon lunch and Indian tacos are available for purchase, and entertainment is planned. Come celebrate with us, and support Native American artists, artisans and craftsmen. Benefits go to our Sacred Circle Art Program and Elders program for Native American Elders in the Seattle area.

“Stop by Saturday and Sunday for incredible arts, entertainment, and a delicious salmon bake. All are welcome, Native and non-Native alike!” This event happens on Sunday too!

Time: 10 AM–4 PM
Where: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center — 5011 Bernie Whitebear Wy
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Market, Benefit, Food, Culture, Entertainment

Image Credit: Daybreak Star / United Indians (cropped to fit this space)

Free Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway Event

“To encourage safe firearm storage, we’re giving away free lock boxes and trigger locks Saturday. Come learn about the importance and effectiveness of safe firearm storage, especially for homes with children and teens. You’ll receive hands-on training on how to use a lock box and trigger lock.

“No ID required. Supplies are limited. First come, first served. You must be 18 and older and present to receive item. One item per person, 2 per household. To learn more about safe firearm storage, visit:”

Time: 10 AM–1 PM
Where: Outdoor Emporium — 1701 4th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Gun Safety, Free Gun Safety Equipment, Gun Safety Education

Get Health Insurance!

“Get help signing up for affordable health insurance with our expert navigators.

“**What to bring with you:**
– You will need to know your birth date, social security number, and annual income before taxes and deductions.
– Immigrants will need to supply a passport, Green Card, or other immigration documents.

“Depending on how much you earn, you may qualify for free or reduced cost health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. Don’t miss out — you must sign-up by the Dec. 15 deadline. **Plus, free dental screenings, some dental services, and free mammograms!***”

Time: 10 AM–3 PM
Where: South Park Community Center — 8319 8th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Health, Health Insurance, Free Dental Screening, Free Mammograms, Free Dental Services

Image Credit: Black & Tan Hall (cropped to fit this space)

Black & Tan Hall 2nd Annual Hall-i-day Celebration

“Black & Tan Hall, in partnership with Community Arts Create, is hosting their 2nd annual Hall-i-Day Celebration at the Hillman City Collaboratory on Saturday, December 15. There will be food by Chef Tarik Abdullah, crafts from local vendors, and live entertainment. Come by and shop their unique market atmosphere and receive complimentary gift wrapping! Their family-friendly Hall-i-Day Celebration is for all ages and will have free activities for kids. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Rainier Valley Food Bank. We hope to see you there and share some Hall-i-day cheer!”

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Rainier Valley Food Bank

Tags: Holiday Celebration, Black & Tan Hall, Chef Tarik, Vendors, Family-Friendly

Annual Rendezvous – A Rockin’ Meeting & Happy Hour

“This year’s Beacon Hill Merchants Association (soon to be Beacon Business Alliance!) annual meeting will be held in the newly-expanded Perihelion Brewery.

“We hope all of our members, potential members, and guests will be there to participate in the business reporting / discussion and will stay for some food and a drink on us and live performances from local musicians Chris LeVaughn and Red Heart Alarm as well as a slam poetry performance by Carlos Nieto.

“Get to know board members, nominate and elect new board members, learn how you can become a member of the alliance at a level that works for you (if you’re not already), and help us do more together in 2019 than in any year previous.

“We’ll do a presentation at 4 PM and a social hour will follow. The music / performances will begin soon after. See you there!”

Time: 4–10 PM
Where: Perihelion Brewery — 2800 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community and Membership Meeting, Live Music

Women in Song

“Join us in celebrating women musicians in the last of our six show ‘Women in Song’ series on the second Saturday of December. A great double bill featuring … Mischievous anti-pop singer-songwriter: Abby London at 7:30pm & Emerging songwriter-storyteller: Aida Miller at 8:30pm, Doors at 7:00. Individual Tickets now available.

“Abby London: Originally from North Idaho where she began her love affair with music over 20 years ago, Abby has a passion that continues to drive her today in Seattle where she shares her music with appreciative audiences in the city and all around the Pacific Northwest … Aida Miller: Having played with her family bluegrass band for ten years on guitar, mandolin, and singing in a rare and honest tone, Aida and her talents have earned her visits to many bluegrass stages, including the Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass from the Forest, and Wintergrass … ”
Time: 7 PM
Where: Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club — 4103 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $15

Tags: Live Music

Sunday, Dec. 16th:

Holiday Open House & Cookie Decorating Party

“Stop by for a cup of hot chocolate, decorate a delicious sugar cookie and learn about the classes and camps being offered by Kids’ Carpentry and IGIMO Art Station.”

Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: IGIMO Art Station — 4739 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Open House, Holiday Cookies, Art, Family-Friendly

DYI Food Wraps and Lip Balm

“This will be a fun and creative class where each participant will be making their own reusable food wrappers and Lip balm. Using reusable food wrappers will minimize waste and garbage in the home kitchen. Several sizes will be available for each participant. We encourage you to bring some old lip balm containers to reuse but will have a few on hand to buy this will be a few extra dollars in addition to the class fee. Do You beeswax or cotton fabrics we are looking for donations on these items. Please contact us if you have some to share.”

Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Seattle Farm Co-op — 3100 S. Alaska St
Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members (RSVP)

Tags: DIY Crafts, DIY Health & Beauty, Workshop

Image Credit: 100 Black Parents

Seattle Black Santa w/ 100 Black Parents


Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (RSVP!)

Tags: Black Santa, Free Pictures w/ Santa, Family-Friendly, Activities for Children, Snacks

The Seattle Metropolitan Singers Holiday Concert

“The Seattle Metropolitan Singers (“the Met”) is a chorus for women of varying levels of ability. All are welcome from the novice to the very experienced. The music performed ranges from traditional spirituals to foreign language pieces to popular music – variety is the spice of this choir! Opportunities are abundant to those who wish to perform solos, duets and small ensembles. The season runs from early September through the beginning of June. Small concerts are peppered in along with two large performances in December and June.

“The Met in concert for the holidays! Come and enjoy songs of the season, new and old, under the leadership of our new director, Allan J. Andrews. Refreshments to follow.”

Time: 1:30–5 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $10 suggested donation

Tags: The Met, Performance, Choir, Choral Music, Holiday Concert

Image Credit: Pat Wright / Total Experience Gospel Choir

Jazz in the City | Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir

“Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum is a free, bi-monthly performance series produced in partnership with Ariel Media, with a purpose to celebrate the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. The Frye’s First Hill location is adjacent to Seattle’s historic Jackson Street Jazz District: a combination of The Central District and the current International District, which comprised the historic China Town, Japan Town and Filipino Town. The Jackson Street Jazz District nurtured such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Jimi Hendrix.” This musical program is supported by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation and the Frye Foundation.

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Frye Art Museum — 704 Terry Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Concert, Gospel Choir, Free Performance

Charitabowl Classic Event

“Please join us for the 4th annual Aaron Brooks Foundation charity bowling event, Charitabowl Classic! Friends and supporters of the Drills and Skills program are invited to spend a fun afternoon of bowling. Funds raised from the event will support the AB Foundation Drills and Skills Program, serving youth at Rainier Beach CC, Bitter Lake CC, Yesler CC, Van Asselt CC, Garfield Teen Life Center, Summit Sierra Public School and Seattle Urban Academy.

“The AB Foundation Drills and Skills Program exist to serve our community. We hope you, as a member of this community will come support these youths through your presence and giving. If you can’t make it, please consider donating. Donations are tax deductible tax identification number 27 -1742482. RSVP to James Hampton,, or 206-351-5596.” More information can be found here.

Time: 2–5 PM
Where: West Seattle Bowl — 4505 39th Ave SW
Cost: $35 participation fee

Tags: Bowling, Fundraiser, Youth, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: CeAtl Tonalli

December Community Kitchen Dinner

“You are invited! Please join us for the December Community Kitchen Dinner at Rainier Beach Urban Farms & Wetlands. This month, we are excited to celebrate with a performance by CeAtl Tonalli, an Aztecan dance group. Their performance will happen before dinner, so please plan to arrive by 4 p.m. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with Rainier Beach Action Coalition’s Cultural Community Dinner Series.” All contributions go toward ingredients for the next meal.

Time: 4–7 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands — 5513 S. Cloverdale St
Cost: Sliding scale $1-3/person, $5-10/family (RSVP / register here) *NOTAFLOF

Tags: Community, Dinner, Family-Friendly, Aztecan Dance


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

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Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to attend
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Family-Friendly = This is an event for the whole family.

All Ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

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