City Arts Events

Producing events is an essential part of our mission to support Seattle artists and audiences. We relish bringing our content to live and meeting our readers in person, not to mention commissioning artists and celebrating our community.

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City Arts and Filson

City Arts and Filson Present In-Store Concerts

C.C. Filson Co. and City Arts Magazine present an in-store concert series featuring some of Seattle’s best live performers.

The first installment features the cosmic-folk quartet Moon Palace playing May 19 at the new C.C. Filson store in Ballard. Food and drinks will be provided. On May 24 the Sons of Rainer, Bread & Butter and Tres Leches will perform a show at Filson’s Flagship location in SoDo.

Experience these bands live at both locations free of charge!

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Shenandoah Davis + Tomten

Band Crush

Spring Edition – Saturday, May 12
Autumn Edition – Saturday, Nov. 24

Band Crush is an open-studio concert series that celebrates the ties between Northwest musicians. Each Band Crush performance unites City Arts’ favorite musicians for one night, resulting in a must-see experience.

Check out coverage of past Band Crush events:

December 2016 – Industrial Revelation + The True Loves
October 2017 – Will Jordan + Andrew Joslyn
December 2017 – Cataldo + Ruler
February 2018 – Prom Queen + the Black Tones

Band Crush is presented by Elysian Brewing.

The 2018 Future List

Future List Party

Saturday, Jan. 27

Each year we host a huge party honoring the creative minds honored in our annual Future List issue. Come out and celebrate the members of the 2018 Future List and kick off the New Year in City Arts style. Check out photos from last year’s Future List Party.

The Future List Party was presented by Dockside Cannabis.

2018 Art Walk Awards

Art Walk Awards

Spring Art Walk Awards – Thursday, Apr. 5
Fall Art Walk Awards – Thursday, Oct. 11

The next installment of our longest running event will return to the neighborhood where it began way back in 2010, supplying the after-party for the First Thursday festivities on April 5. The awards will take place at AXIS—a bigger space that means more artwork, more artists and more fun. We’ve added a guest judge (there are now four) and increased the total number of artworks on view from nine to 12.

VAST Seattle

Friday, Jul. 27 – Sunday, Aug. 5

The Visual Arts Studio Tour, or VAST Seattle, invites you to journey through the city to visit some of our favorite artists’ studios and talk with them about their current projects. This is a satellite event of the Seattle Art Fair.

Short Shorts

September 15

We invite artists to showcase video works that run less than 5 minutes each at this one-night-only film festival. Come out to vote for your favorites and celebrate the region’s rich filmmaking community.


December, exact dates TBD
Stay warm and get lit! At this event reading-meets-holiday-bazar, we invite writers and comedians to perform their work, sell their stuff, and celebrate the season of coziness with the City Arts community.

Stay Tuned

We’re looking forward to adding new monthly and annual events in 2018. To be the first to learn about our new events, sign up for our newsletters.