Not sure what to do in between singing “Rain, Rain, Go Away” this weekend? We have a few suggestions. From the Seattle Boat Show to a winter getaway, there’s plenty of ways to not let the rain, well, rain on your parade.

Remember, many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings, so always check before you go.

Get out

  • See “Dance Nation,” a scorcher of a play about the 13-year-old girls (and one boy) of a preteen competitive dance squad. Think that sounds cute and fluffy? It isn’t. Their secret kingdom of tweendom is sweet and awkward at times — but can turn vicious and feral in an instant.
  • Transport yourself to boat heaven at the Seattle Boat Show. With two locations, hundreds of seminars and several special attractions, there’s plenty to experience. On Friday, get classy at the Uncorked event and sip on wines from Washington and California as you shop and explore.
  • Hear smooth R&B jams from Xavier Omär and local artist Parisalexa at The Showbox on Saturday. More music and comedy events this weekend and beyond can be found in our nightlife listings.
  • Take a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history with one performer and three talking rice cookers in Jaha Koo’s “Cuckoo” at On the Boards.
  • Hear from Carmen Maria Machado, author of “In the Dream House,” a memoir recounting a relationship that spiraled into abuse, at Town Hall.
  • Take advantage of the cozy energy rain brings, grab a cup of coffee and stroll through Madison Books, a new addition to the old neighborhood of Madison Park. Sounds pretty nice, no?


  • See the quest to award Air Force pararescue medic William Pitsenbarger a Medal of Honor in “The Last Full Measure,” with Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Brighten up your mood with the chatty, convoluted fun of Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentleman,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam and Henry Golding.
  • Get spooked with “The Turning,” featuring “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard.

Food and drink

Stay in

Family event of the week

  • For ski trails, an excellent local coffee roaster, cozy lodging and more, head to Twisp for a wintry, weekend getaway. While there, be sure to check out the town’s accessible, sustainability-minded art.

Recommended date night

  • Treat yourself to something sweet and visit Half and Half Doughnut Co. on Capitol Hill. If you need more convincing, it has a doughnut flavored with vanilla, espresso and caramel called the Marocchino. Enough said.

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This post has been updated to remove the Sammamish Lunar New Year Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25., which has been canceled.