Seattle events calendar - April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, music, and kids’ free events in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Wine party

April 1, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

0.2 miles SE

Taste wine, eat appetizers, meet winemakers, and dance at The New Vintage at Motif Seattle.

UFO festival

April 1, 2016

11 miles south

Burien UFO Festival features flying saucers, alien costume contests, kids’ activities, films, and live music in and near the Tin Room Bar. Free.

Wine & chocolate in Tacoma

April 1 - 2, 2016

44 miles south

Taste wine & chocolate and see vintage cars at LeMay Wine & Chocolate Affair at Marymount Event Center.

Belly dance festival

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 30)

1 mile NW

Cues and Tattoos offers workshops and performances of tribal belly dance at and near Seattle Center.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 13, 2016 (begins March 17)

Seattle locations

Billed as the world’s largest comedy/variety festival, Moisture Festival has 50 shows at Hale’s Palladium, Broadway Performance Hall, and Teatro ZinZanni at 3 & 7:30 p.m. for all ages; burlesque & late-night 18+.

Carnival for kids

April 1 - 17, 2016

1 mile NW

Whirligig entertains children with inflatable water rides, juggling, storytelling, and live music in the Armory at Seattle Center. Thursdays are free.

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2016

60 miles north

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils (field map).

The free Tulip Festival Street Fair in Mt. Vernon is April 15 - 17.

Brunch run/walk

April 2, 2016

7.5 miles NE

The Brunch Run is a scenic 5K at Magnuson Park, which is followed by brunch bites from restaurants and a free Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Hawaiian festival in Puyallup

April 2, 2016

35.2 miles south

Aha Mele Hawaiian Festival has music, hula, vendors, a lunch, and workshops at Chief Leschi Schools.

Taste Washington

April 2 - 3, 2016

1.5 miles south

Sample from 225 wineries and 70 restaurants at the weekend Grand Tasting in CenturyLink Field Event Center, with optional seminars at Four Seasons Hotel.

Jewish film festival

April 2 - 10, 2016

Seattle area

The Seattle Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish and Israeli life, culture, history, artists, and filmmaking. Opening night includes a no-host happy hour.

Lunch cruise

April 2 - 30, 2016 (Sat. noon)

4 miles north

Seattle Lakes Lunch Cruise includes a lunch buffet, a narrated tour, and views as you cruise Lake Union & Lake Washington. Discount tickets $49, child $25.

Math festival

April 3, 2016

4 miles NE

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival encourages 4th to 12th grade students to approach mathematical activities, games, and puzzles with creativity and persistence at the University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB).

Comic book convention

April 7 - 10, 2016

0.5 mile east

Emerald City Comicon is a large comic book, game, and pop culture event at the convention center.

Magic show

April 8 - 10, 2016

0.2 miles north

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show with live music by a concert cellist, at the Westin. Discount tickets $36.

World Rhythm Festival

April 8 - 10, 2016

1 mile NW

Immerse yourself in more than 100 drum and dance workshops and performances at the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. Free.

Magic show

April 9, 2016 (8 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

“Mad, genius magician” David London combines magic with storytelling, comedy, puppetry, surrealism, and philosophy at Taproot Theatre. Discount tickets $23.

Blues music

April 9, 2016

33 miles south

The Gray Sky Blues Music Festival begins after the Daffodil Parade at multiple Tacoma venues.

Anacortes wine festival

April 9, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

81 miles north

Your ticket to Anacortes Spring Wine Festival includes tastes from 32 wineries, food from 7 restaurants, and entertainment on the waterfront.

Vegetarian food festival

April 9 - 10, 2016

1 mile NW

Taste samples. See cooking demonstrations, and browse cookbooks at Vegfest in Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Arts and crafts show

April 9 - 10, 2016

8 miles NE

Spring Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in Oct. and Nov.

Pig feast

April 10, 2016

0.3 miles south

Cochon 555 is a culinary competition that features a stand-up tasting of dozens of chef-prepared dishes paired with wine, beer, and spirits for $131 at Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Spring Fair

April 14 - 17, 2016

37 miles south

Spring Fair features baby animals, pig races, fair food, rides, a garden show, and a demolition derby at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.

Women’s show

April 15 - 17, 2016

1.5 miles south

The annual Northwest Women’s Show features seminars on health and finance, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, and hundreds of vendors at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Old-time radio shows

April 15 - 17, 2016

11 miles east

Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound (REPS) invites you to a Showcase of live reenactments, guest stars, panel discussions, and a banquet in Bellevue.

Anacortes tour

April 16, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

81 miles north

Spend an afternoon touring interesting homes and boats at Anacortes Home & Boat Tour for charity.

International children’s festival

April 16 - 17, 2016

1 mile NW

Children from around the world dance, sing, play music, make origami, and get faces painted at the International Children’s Friendship Festival at Seattle Center in Fisher Pavilion. Free.

Crab races and crab feed

April 16 - 17, 2016

124 miles SW

Watch crabs race and eat crab at the World Class Crab Races and Crab Feed in Westport at the Pacific Ocean.

Earth Day events

April 16 - 23, 2016

Seattle area

Wild & scenic films

April 21, 2016

1.5 miles NW

Attend a happy hour and then see eight inspiring films about nature and the environment at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Taste of Pike Place Market

April 22, 2016

0.3 miles SW

Arcade Lights is an artisan food, craft beer, and wine festival featuring more than 70 local artisan food and drink purveyors for ages 21+ to benefit the market.

Wine tasting

April 22, 2016

1 mile NW

Taste unlimited samples of Washington wine paired with appetizers and hear wine experts at Science Uncorked for ages 21+ at Pacific Science Center.

Tequila festival

April 22 - 23, 2016

3.4 miles north

The Northwest Tequila Fest features a beer & cocktail garden, Mexican restaurant food, and live music at the Fremont Foundry.

Olympia arts weekend

April 22 - 23, 2016

62 miles south

Admire art Friday evening and Saturday at Arts Walk. Join a luminary procession Friday at 9:30 p.m. Watch people parade as animals in the Procession of the Species Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Free.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 22 - 24, 2016

1 mile NW

The Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival celebrates Seattle’s friendship with Japan and Japan’s gift of 1000 cherry trees in 1976. Enjoy Japanese art, dance, music, and food at Seattle Center. Free.

Erotic art show

April 22 - 24, 2016

1.2 miles NW

Seattle Erotic Art Festival is an uncensored collection of art, films, and live performances at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Bring ID and be 18 for daytime events and 21 for evening events.

Coin show

April 22 - 24, 2016

10 miles south

The state’s oldest and largest public coin show is at the annual convention of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association, Tukwila Community Center.

Adventure race

April 23, 2016

1.7 miles south

Seattle Urban Trek is a team adventure race that includes seven miles of mental and physical challenges, beginning at Safeco Field. Age 18+.

Beer tasting

April 23, 2016

10 miles north

Enjoy music, a bratwurst lunch, and tastes of beer from 12 local breweries at Seattle Beer Festival Fundraiser in Shoreline.

Distillery tasting

April 23, 2016

27 miles NE

Meet local distillers, taste their products, sample food, hear music, and order cocktails at Snohomish on the Rocks at Thomas Family Farm.

Pops concert

April 23, 2016 (3 p.m.)

38 miles south

The annual Sounds of Brass Pops Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. This event repeats with classical music in January. Donation.

Spring Carnival

April 23 - 24, 2016

32 miles NE

Spring Carnival & Homespun Spring Bazaar has carnival rides, animals, kids’ activities, a quilt show, and a root beer garden at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free admission. Parking $5.

Free national park day

April 26 - 24, 2016

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Films by young directors

April 28 - May 1, 2016

Seattle locations

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) showcases the best directors age 24 and younger from around the world at the Cinerama and SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Apple Blossom Festival

April 28 - May 8, 2016

148 miles east

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee offers apple pie, arts and crafts, golf, a car show, carnival, parade, and run.

Body-building expo

April 29 - 30, 2016

11 miles east

Emerald Cup is a bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, and physique championship with health-industry vendors at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Packwood Mountain Festival

April 29 - May 1, 2016

107 miles south

Packwood Mountain Festival includes live music, folk dancing, a craft show, fun runs, native drumming, chili, and tacos in Packwood. Free except running.

Scavenger race

April 30, 2016

1 mile north

Seattle Challenge has teams run around the city solving clues to win prizes. It ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.

Green home tour

April 30 - May 1, 2016

multiple locations

Take the free Northwest Green Home Tour to see the latest in solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Locations include Seattle, Edmonds, and the Eastside.

Medieval festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016

27 miles east

A Festival for May opens with demonstrations, crafts, food, and musicians. Games and the Maypole ceremony are in the afternoon. Dinner is by reservation at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Restaurant Week

April 2016 (undated)

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which excludes Friday and Saturday. Repeats in Oct.

Booze and bites

April 2016 (undated)

0.3 miles NE

Get tastes from 60 restaurants, mixologists, and food trucks at the Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Food Awards at Paramount Theatre.

Film festival

April 2016 (undated)

1.7 miles SE

The African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) shows positive, provocative, and penetrating independent films at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

Printing festival

April 2016 (undated)

34 miles south

Meet printers, make paper creations, and watch steamrollers print art at Wayzgoose Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza in Tacoma. Free.
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