Seattle events calendar for April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in April 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

UFO festival

April 1, 2015

11 miles south

Burien UFO Festival features flying saucers, alien costume contests, a Flash Mob dance, and live music in and near the Tin Room Bar. Free.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 12, 2015 (begins March 19)

Seattle locations

The Moisture Festival is billed as the world’s largest comedy/variety festival. Most of the 50 shows are at Hale’s Palladium and Broadway Performance Hall. The 3 p.m. shows are suitable for families.

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2015

60 miles north

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils (field map). The free Tulip Festival Street Fair is April 17 - 19 in Mt. Vernon.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

April 2 - 5, 2015

15 miles south

Norwescon features 200 panelists, vendors, events, and 24-hour gaming at DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Beer and Scotch festival

April 3 - 4, 2015

4 miles north

Taste 80 varieties of beer, Scotch whisky, wine, and spirits at the annual Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont Studios.

Math festival

April 4, 2015

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).

Easter egg hunts

April 4 - 5, 2015

multiple locations

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Daffodil parade

April 11, 2015

33 miles south

The free Daffodil Parade includes daffodil-covered floats, marching bands, clowns, and pirates that travel through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. It’s the highlight of the Daffodil Festival.

Blues music

April 11, 2015

33 miles south

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

Wine festival

April 11, 2015 (12 to 4:30 p.m.)

81 miles north

Your ticket to Anacortes Spring Wine Festival includes tastes from 30 wineries, food from 6 restaurants, and entertainment on the waterfront.

Jazz festival

April 15 - 18, 2015

6 miles NW

The annual Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians, a Swedish pancake jazz brunch, and a classic Volvo/Saab car show.

Spring Fair

April 16 - 19, 2015

37 miles south

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

Poetry competition

April 18, 2015 (uncertain)

0.5 mile SE

Poets have three minutes each to compete for audience applause or boos at the Seattle Poetry Grand Slam at Town Hall Seattle to determine who will go to nationals.
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Crab races and crab feed

April 18, 2015

124 miles SW

Race, eat, and enjoy crab at the World Class Crab Races and Crab Feed in Westport.

World Rhythm Festival

April 18 - 19, 2015

1 mile NW

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

Free park days

April 18 - 19, 2015

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.

Earth Day events

April 22, 2015

Films by young directors

April 23 - 26, 2015

0.2 miles NW

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) showcases the best young directors age 22 and younger from around the world at the Cinerama.

Apple Blossom Festival

April 23 - May 3, 2015

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.

Scrapbook Expo

April 24 - 25, 2015

36 miles south

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Scrapbook Expo at Puyallup fairgrounds.

Olympia arts weekend

April 24 - 25, 2015

62 miles south

Admire art Friday evening and Saturday at Arts Walk. Join a luminary procession Friday night. Watch people parade as animals in the Procession of the Species Saturday evening. Free.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 24 - 26, 2015

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.

Pet expo

April 25, 2015

1 mile NW

Bring your pet (see rules) to Seattle Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions in Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Free.

Brazilian concert

April 25, 2015

54 miles NW or 1.3 miles NE

Hear lively street music at Choro: The Sweet Lament of Brazil in Port Townsend.

Spring festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

32 miles NE

Evergreen State Spring Festival has carnival rides, live music, beer and root beer gardens, quilt and science shows, and animals at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free except $5 parking.

Dutch festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

92 miles north

Holland Happening is a family carnival, street fair, and parade in Oak Harbor. Limited events on Friday.

Printing festival

April 26, 2015 (uncertain)

34 miles south

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

Carnival for kids

April 2015 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Diabetes health fair

April 2015 (undated)

0.5 mile east

If you have diabetes, the Diabetes Expo could be a lifesaver. It offers health screenings, prevention and management advice, and exhibitions at the Seattle convention center. Free.

Restaurant Week

April 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 150 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which excludes Friday and Saturday. Repeats in Oct.

Green home tour

April 2015 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Motorcycle racing

April 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps and obstacles at the AMA Supercross at CenturyLink Field.

Beer festival

April 2015 (undated)

10 miles north

Enjoy music, a bratwurst lunch, and 7 tastes of local brews at RiteCare Beer Festival Benefit in Shoreline.

Tacoma family fair

April 2015 (undated)

37 miles south

Northwest Family Expo offers family entertainment and exhibitors at Pacific Sport Center in Tacoma.

International children’s festival

April 2015 (undated)

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, Fisher Pavilion. Free.

Wild & scenic films

April 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

0.3 miles SW

Arcade Lights is an artisan food, craft beer, and wine festival featuring more than 60 local artisan food and drink purveyors for ages 21+ to benefit the market.

Erotic art party

April 2015 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Seattle Erotic Art Festival Launch Party at Within Sodo requires age 21 ID. Please see May 30 for the festival.

Film festival

April 2015 (undated)

1.7 miles SE

The African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) shows positive, provocative, and penetrating independent films at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
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April 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.adams@events12.com