|Just Like any great body of water, a different scene every moment|
Austin and Seattle are known as Sister Cities and definitely Seattle has a laid back and progressive culture similar to Austin's. It is just that Austin is known as Keeping it Weird and Some have stated that Seattleites are Peculiar.
Seattle has the benefit of being a true international City, yeah Austin has some small communities of Asian, Europeans, Eastern nationality's and Large Central and South Americans. Going to the monthly cultural Fest held at Seattle Center exposes the huge numbers of Europeans, Asian, Mid East and Eastern nationality's here in Washington. Seattle even has a considerable Hawaiian population as we learned that Hawaii is the same to the West Coast as the Caribbean is to the Gulf coast states. Living in such a city Rich with International flavors really enhances the experience. So many more ways to learn and enjoy the city.
Music is huge in Austin and we are finding out Music is a pretty big part of the Seattle lifestyle as well. We checked out their annual festival BumberShoot by walking through Seattle Center to hear the sounds. It is a three day event with a pretty Impressive menu cooked up on three stages and several indoor Venues http://bumbershoot.org . We also volunteer at the Seattle Symphony which is a World Class Act. We have worked at the Sound Bridge http://www.seattlesymphony.org/soundbridge/ helping assist children 0-12 and their parents with the activities going on and assisted in making musical instruments with them. We have usher a few Symphony's and worked he free day long Day Of Music event. Volunteers earn free Symphony tickets and discounts on events using the Symphony Halls. We used the discount to go see the Kieth Jarrett Trio. We have been listening to the solo Kieth Jarrett since our 20's so we knew this would be a great for us. It turned out to be the best concert we have ever attended http://www.last.fm/music/Keith+Jarrett+Trio . There were 2,500 others in the audience who were here in Seattle to kick off a 6 weeklong Jazz Festival http://www.earshot.org .