Things to Do on Your Birthday in Seattle

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Seattle offers a variety of activities for any party-goer ranging from high-intensity workouts to cake decorating classes. Whether you prefer a relaxing birthday on a yacht, surrounded by your closest friends, or swinging from the ceiling on a trapeze, Seattle has a birthday celebration that will fit your personality. Seattle's close proximity to the water offers birthday girls and boys a chance to enjoy their special day on land--or on the sea.


Imagine spending your birthday on a cruise ship, enjoying Seattle's sites. No matter what your budget is, you can sail through Seattle in style on your special day. Argosy Cruises offers an inexpensive cruise through Elliott Bay and the Ballard Locks. It also offers dinner cruises for an additional fee. Rent Fremont Cruise's historic ferry boat for an evening--complete with waitstaff and captain. Or if your budget is high, consider renting a Waterways Cruise yacht.

Food Celebrations

Seattle is a self-proclaimed foodie town, so why not celebrate like a true Seattlite with some of the freshest and healthiest food in the country. Salumi offers a five-course meal for $40 per person with a minimum of eight people in its family-style restaurant. The lunches offered on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons are ideal for a celebration. The Art of the Table runs a weekend supper club where guests can sample a fixed menu created from local ingredients. Make a reservation at One Pot, a local art and food experiment that brings together good food with artists, musicians and writers. Past guest speakers have included The Blue Scholars, Karen Finneyfrock and Sean Nelson.

Dinner Shows

Dinner shows have been a staple in Seattle culture for years. Teatro Zinzanni brings all the romance of dinner theater and the excitement of the circus together under one tent. The menu is created by local celebrity chef Tom Douglas while the show features acclaimed circus-style acts. The Pink Door restaurant runs burlesque, magic, opera and cabaret shows and features an elegant Italian menu. Murder mystery shows are an adventurous way to celebrate any birthday and many in Seattle take place in venues such as cruise boats and old mansions. Tony N' Tina's Wedding Show may be a mock celebration of an Italian wedding, but the festive environment is also a popular place for birthdays. Singing, dancing, audience participation and an abundance of fresh Italian food have made this show a success.

Dinner and a Movie

The Big Picture in downtown Seattle sits underneath the acclaimed El Gaucho restaurant. After dinner, take your drinks down to the luxurious theater that plays popular movies. If you have a large party, make a reservation at The Columbia City Cinema where guests can rent a room for a party before taking in a movie in the historical theater.


Exercise classes have become a popular way to celebrate birthdays. The Emerald City Trapeze school adds a bit of adventure to any group class. Try a pole dancing class--one of the nation's popular new forms of exercise--to say goodbye to unwanted pounds while ringing in another year. Decorate your own birthday cake--and invite guests to make one, too, at a cake decorating class.