With the spread of novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee has pushed for the cancellation of all major events in the Seattle area, and encouraged community members to practice “social distancing,” staying at home when they can.

It’s better that we all stay safe and healthy, but if you’re starting to get inklings of cabin fever, here are some things you can do this weekend to pass the time.

Eats and drinks

  • Always wanted to try eating at Canlis, but not ready to shell out the big bucks for Seattle’s premier fine-dining establishment? Starting next week, it’ll be serving takeout bagels, burgers and family-style meals.
  • For some new at-home cooking ideas, and meals that you can freeze and ration for the week, try making these soup recipes from two Seattle chefs.

Movies, TV and streaming

Arts and entertainment

  • Artists, writers and others are facing financial uncertainty due to the postponement of Emerald City Comic Con. Consider supporting them by checking out some of their online pop-up stores, live streams and more this weekend.
  • There are many more games beyond just Scrabble and Monopoly. Try your hand at playing one of these 10 board games.
  • Pick up a copy of one of these four nonfiction books, all of which are National Book Critics Circle nominees.


  • You can’t necessarily “boost” your immune system, but you can eat healthily to support it. Try eating probiotic foods, and following these other tips to support your body.
  • There are lots of ways to stay active, while still staying inside. Here are some fitness alternatives to the gym, that you can do at home.

Many restaurants and businesses have taken steep financial hits during this time. If you would like to support local spots, but are social distancing, consider buying gift cards from them, which you can then use later.

Editor’s note: The Seattle Farmers Market has canceled their markets for the weekend.