7 things to do this weekend: Nov. 22- 24

7 things to do this weekend: Nov. 22- 24

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1. Inspired community talk series: TEDxSeattle: Shift. Seattle. Nov. 23. 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Technology, engineer and design-inspired independently- run events, best known as TEDx. The popular talk series will be hosting a Seattle convention this Saturday. Hear from inspirational academics, professors and entrepreneurs such as Hollis Wong-Wear, James Miles, and Andrea Driessen. Follow the link here for more event details.

2. Holiday wine experience: Kirkland Holiday Wine Walk. Heathman Hotel, Kirkland. Nov. 22. Entry at 5 p.m., event at 6-9 p.m. Sip delicious red and white wines from local wineries across the state. Enjoy local downtown Kirkland boutiques and galleries before the event. Don't forget to bring the ugly holiday sweater for the wine walk, too. Entry includes wine samples and complimentary tasting glass courtesy of Bellevue Club.  Follow the link here for more event details.

3. Food fair: Gobble Up. Urban Craft Uprising's premier Northwest food show. Seattle, Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Nov. 23. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Enjoy delicious food delicious from the raddest local food vendors and beverages and local kitchenware makers. Experience local, innovative treats from macaroons to forest-infused spirits, boozy ice cream and innovative kitchenware such as reusable wax food wrap and so much more. Follow the link here for more event details.

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4. Tree lighting gala: Seattle Festival of Trees. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle. Nov. 23-24. Gala Dinner: Sat., 5-10 p.m., celebration: Sun., 1-4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season at the Fairmont Olympic, with a gala dinner on Saturday and family-friendly and free celebration this Sunday. Get dressed up for the 21+ gala, mingle with friends surrounded by designer Christmas trees all decorated. Take the whole family out for the full celebration Sunday evening and experience the first look of all the decorated trees inside, choir singing and storytelling readings. Follow the link here for more event details.

5. Nordic Christmas celebration: Julefest. National Nordic Museum, Seattle. Nov. 23-24. Sat: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The annual celebration at the museum turns into a winter wonderland right before Thanksgiving, celebrating all the Nordic favorites including aebleskiver, live music, local vendors displaying Nordic treats and food vendors with delicious treats and spiced wine to toast with. Follow the link here for more event details.

6. Emergency Food Network: Empty Bowls. Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma. FREE. Nov. 23 at 1-3 p.m. This free event is open to the public, treating more than 500 guests each year. Attendees can purchase a bowl, perfect as holiday gifts, or try local soups provided by community chefs. Local food vendors include Happy Belly, Chambers Bay Grill and Stanley and Seaforts and more. Follow the link here for more event details.

7. Holidays with the Reindeer: Swanson Reindeer Festival. Swanson Nursery, Seattle. Nov. 9- Dec. 24. Nothing feels like the holidays quite like buying a Christmas tree, pet a reindeer, or get your picture taken with Santa. All of which you can accomplish at the Swanson Reindeer Festival. Don't miss the model trains on display or Seattle Humane Society Maxmobile adoption bus on-site on select days to find your next furry friend. Follow the link here for more event details.