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. Schedule. Free.

Wine & chocolate in Tacoma

April 1 - 2, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

44 miles south

Taste wine and chocolate from 70 vendors, and see vintage cars at LeMay Wine & Chocolate Affair at Marymount Event Center for age 21+.

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.

Classic comedy in Everett

April 1 - 9, 2016

29 miles north

The Importance of Being Earnest, which author Oscar Wilde called “a trivial comedy for serious people,” is a humorous satire of Victorian society’s strict moral codes in Everett.

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 and late-night shows for age 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.

Inspiring African musical

April 6 - 24, 2016

17 miles east

A village woman leaves for the big city in search of an education in My Heart Is the Drum, a celebration of strength, courage, and love at the Village Theatre in Issaquah.

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 food from restaurants and three tickets for beer, Bloody Marys, or Mimosas. Tickets that skip the run also are available.

Edible books

April 2, 2016 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

12.1 miles north

See edible exhibits plus the books that inspired them, and then vote for your favorites during the Edible Book Festival at Lake Forest Park Town Center. Free.

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.

Take your dog to the movies

April 2 - 3, 2016 (noon)

0.4 miles north

Take your well behaved dog with you to see the family-friendly film Rescue Dogs at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Arrive early or stay late to meet rescue dogs that are available for adoption across the street.

Taste Washington

April 2 - 3, 2016 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Sample from 225 wineries and 70 restaurants at the weekend Grand Tasting in CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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.

Math festival

April 3, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

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), in the North Ballroom on floor 2.

Comicon (pop-culture convention)

April 7 - 10, 2016

0.5 mile east

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

High-flying acrobatic show

April 8 - 10, 2016

0.9 miles NE

The new Love & Gravity show by Acrobatic Conundrum portrays romance and relationships in juggling acts and aerial acrobatics 20 feet in the air at Broadway Performance Hall.

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.

Romantic musical

April 8 - May 1, 2016

7.2 miles NE

South Pacific is the Rodgers & Hammerstein story of Americans living in exotic lands during World War II, dealing with love, prejudice, and cultural differences at Seattle Musical Theatre in Magnuson Park.

Blues music in Tacoma

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

81 miles north

Your ticket to Anacortes Spring Wine Festival includes tastes from 30 wineries, food from 8 restaurants, and entertainment on the waterfront, 21+.

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.

Restaurant Week

April 10 - 14 and 17 - 21, 2016

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.

All-American musical

April 12 - 16, 2016

1.5 miles NW

See student actors perform the song and dance classic Singin’ in the Rain at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

Trapeze show

April 14 - 16, 2016

2.5 miles south

The Spring Show at Emerald City Trapeze features trapeze artists and aerialists performing aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts.

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.

Music videos

April 15, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

See today’s most innovative and entertaining music videos, as chosen by the film festival, at the Sync Music Video Festival at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Seahawks pet benefit

April 15, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

16 miles west

Seahawks fans who pay $100 to support animal rescue will meet the Sea Gals cheerleaders, the Blue Thunder drumline, Blitz the mascot, and a Seahawks player at Bark Benefit, with food, wine, and an auction at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah.

Modern dance

April 15 - 17, 2016

0.3 miles NE

Award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs with unmatched athleticism and exuberance at The Paramount Theatre.

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.

Comic ballet

April 15 - 24, 2016

1.3 miles NW

Choreographed by George Balanchine, Coppélia is a playful story about an inventor and his life-sized doll that wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting couple, at McCaw Hall.

Tea at the Indian longhouse

April 16, 2016 (1 to 3 p.m.)

4.9 miles SW

The $10 Princess Angeline Native Tea Party features English teas, cakes, finger sandwiches, music, and exhibits at the Duwamish Longhouse. All are welcome.

Anacortes tour

April 16, 2016

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.

Treasure-finding fair

April 16 - 17, 2016

32.8 miles NE

Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Seattle Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Children 12 and younger are 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 - 24, 2016

Seattle area

Free national park day

April 16 - 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.

Saturday Night Fever in Tacoma

April 17, 2016 (3 p.m.)

34.5 miles south

Based on the 1970s film starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever is a coming of age musical set in Brooklyn and packed with Bee Gees disco hits, live at Pantages Theater in Tacoma.

Wild & scenic films

April 20, 2016

1.5 miles NW

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

Visit sailboat village

April 20 - 28, 2016 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Yachts from 12 countries stop in Seattle for a week during Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. See the schedule for boat tours, talks, and the departure ceremony at Bell Harbor Marina on Pier 66. Free.

String quartet concert

April 21, 2016 (8 p.m.)

1.3 miles NE

Friction Quartet of San Francisco plays “stunningly passionate” classical and contemporary music on Capitol Hill.

Absurd comedy in Tacoma

April 21 - 24, 2016

35 miles south

Winner of the Tony Award for best play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a zany farce about a bickering brother and sister, with themes and characters from Chekhov at Tacoma Little Theatre.

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.

Beer festival

April 22 - 23, 2016

0.6 miles north

Try 20 beers from 40 different Washington breweries with food-truck fare at the new Washington Beer Collaboration Festival on the lawn at South Lake Union Discovery Center. No dogs.

Tequila festival

April 22 - 23, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

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. Schedule. 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 age 18 to see the gallery and 21 to attend 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.

Spring Carnival

April 22 - 24, 2016 (opens Fri. 4 p.m.)

32 miles NE

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

Motivational summit

April 23, 2016 (9 a.m.)

0.1 miles south

Meet life coaches, get three 20-minute personal speed coaching sessions, and learn new strategies at co-ed Create the Life You Desire at Coterie Worklounge.

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 (noon)

10 miles north

Enjoy music, a bratwurst lunch, and 7 tastes of beer from 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 [scroll down their page] is held at Tacoma Community College. This event repeats with classical music in January. Donation.

Wine tasting

April 28, 2016 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

5.5 miles SW

Taste Syrah wine (known for its bold spices, rich fruit, and silky texture) from 30 Washington wineries with appetizers included at Sexy Syrah at Salty’s.

Woman in a biplane

April 28, 2016 (6 p.m.)

22.8 miles north

Hear Tracey Curtis-Taylor talk about flying around the world and see her biplane at To Boston in a Biplane, with light appetizers and a complimentary glass of wine at Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo.

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.

Informal symphony

April 29, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Start your weekend with a one-hour concert of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Ewald’s Brass Quintet No. 3 by Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

Family dance party

April 29, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4.6 miles SW

Learn multicultural dances and join a potluck at World Dance Party at Delridge Community Center. Free.

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, and chili in Packwood. Schedule.

See modern homes

April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

multiple locations

The $35 Seattle Modern Home Tour is a drive-yourself visit to seven houses in Seattle and one in Kirkland.

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

Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Locations include Seattle, Shoreline, Bothell, and Carnation. Free.

Medieval festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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.

Printing festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016

34 miles south

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

Photos of last year.

Art and design show

April 30 - May 15, 2016 (reception April 29)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of graduating seniors at EXPO 16: Art & Design BFA Exhibition, with art at 2000 Terry Ave. and design at 2014 9th Ave. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Free.
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