Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony, but even if you don’t consider yourself a lover of classical music, there’s a wide variety of performances for all tastes. In 2014, the Seattle Speakers series will feature National Geographic Live, and past events have included everything from an original play with music by Pearl Jam, to video-game music played by the symphony. On weekends, families will enjoy kid-friendly shows by Caspar Babypants and interactive programs with music and dance for little ones.
Free tours are offered on Fridays at noon and 1 p.m., and if you time it right, you’ll also get a demonstration of their 4,490-pipe Watjen concert organ. If you don’t have time to catch a performance, you can stop in and admire the glass chandeliers (made by Northwest artist Dale Chihuly) at either end of the lobby, grab a snack at the Wolfgang Puck cafe, or refuel at Starbucks. And if you have a tickle in your throat, complimentary cough drops are available from the ushers.