Fall Arts Guide 2022

This fall, most performing arts groups are back with full seasons onstage, concerts are going full throttle, and museums and galleries continue to welcome visitors. But not everything is back to the way things were.

As pandemic uncertainties continue, arts groups are being buffeted by a new set of challenges: soaring costs, staffing shortages, calls for better work schedules and more. In this fall arts guide, we explore how local arts groups are adapting to this new normal. 

And even amid this constant pivoting and adapting, artists and arts groups are producing great work. Take a look at some of the most exciting shows, concerts, exhibitions, books, movies, TV shows and more to look forward to this fall.

— Janet I. Tu, assistant features editor


Cafe Nordo “Down the Rabbit Hole”

As multiple forces hit arts groups all at once, how are Seattle-area organizations dealing with rising costs, supply chain problems, pandemic uncertainties and more?

Lizzo performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) NJDC832 NJDC832

From arena-packing pop icons to generational jazz talents, these are some of Seattle’s most anticipated fall concerts.

“What the Constitution Means to Me”

The top-grossing American play in Broadway history, James Baldwin’s earliest play, a 5th Avenue “Vacation” and more highlight a vibrant fall theater slate.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”:  Letitia Wright as Shuri in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

In the months to come there are fewer big-event pictures on the horizon but nevertheless quite a few offerings appear to be worth a trip to the multiplex.

This image released by Neon shows Charlbi Dean Kriek, left, and Harris Dickinson in a scene from “Triangle of Sadness.” (Neon via AP) NYET952

Fall means the return of film festival season with more than a dozen in-person events in Seattle and the neighboring areas. Here’s what’s coming.

Katherine McNamara stars in “Walker: Independence” on The CW.

There’s lots to watch this fall, from historical drama “The Serpent Queen” to “Star Wars” series “Andor,” “American Gigolo” and “Walker: Independence.”

Celeste Ng

Here are notable Seattle-area author events to whet your reading appetite this fall.

“White Horse” by Erika T. Wurth.

These debut authors bring excitement to the sleepy days of fall, with everything from genre-busting horror to stories told entirely by animals.

“The Book of Goose” by Yiyun Li.

Don’t let the cooler weather and grayer skies dull your reading list. Here are eight books we’re looking forward to this fall.

Seattle Opera will present Teatro Argentino de la Plata’s production of Wagner’s “Tristan & Isolde” Oct. 15-29.

Here are six dates you should definitely circle on your classical music calendar.

After more than two years of COVID delays, Olympia punk greats Bikini Kill finally brings its highly anticipated reunion tour to the Northwest.

The influential feminist punk icons return to the band’s Northwest birthplace with two shows in Olympia and a Sept. 17 show at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Whim W’Him opens its season with three world premieres from choreographers Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Dolly Sfeir, and Nicole von Arx.

There’s a packed slate of classical ballet, contemporary dance, Indigenous performance art and more to put on your dance card this fall.

Chih-Hung Shao, a lighting designer whose work has been seen around the city.

Theaters have adjusted rehearsal schedules to create a healthier work environment. What does that mean for theatermakers and the works you see onstage?

Harlem Street, 1976-77, Carrie Mae Weems, American, born 1953, gelatin silver print, 5 5/16 x 8 15/16 inches, ©†Carrie†Mae†Weems, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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Museums, galleries and studios in the Seattle area are offering plenty of thought-provoking works that highlight talent from around the Pacific Northwest.

Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter at MoPOP’s exhibit “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design,” Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Seattle. In the background is Carter’s design used by actor Florence Kasumba for the “Black Panther” character Ayo Dora Milaje.

From a children’s museum expansion to exhibits on costume design, animation and more, here are some things to check out at your local museums this fall.