Seattle events calendar for March 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Easter egg hunts, wine tasting, free activities in Seattle, Washington.

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March 2016

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

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Caitlyn Jenner

March 1, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.3 miles NE

Hear about life with the Kardashians and the transition of former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner at An Intimate & Personal Evening with Caitlyn Jenner at the Paramount Theatre.

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 6, 2016 (begins Feb. 25)

1 mile east

See unpredictable and uncensored plays in small Capitol Hill theaters at the Seattle Fringe Festival.

Arctic science days

March 4 - 6, 2016

1 mile NW

Learn about the Arctic and Antarctic from scientists at Polar Science Weekend, which has activities, exhibits, and demonstrations at Pacific Science Center.

Golf and travel show

March 4 - 6, 2016

1.5 miles south

Seattle Golf & Travel Show has more than 200 exhibitors at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Wine festival

March 4 - 6, 2016

16 miles south

Enjoy live music, taste wines from 25 Washington wineries, and sample local food at Poverty Bay Wine Festival in Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.

Wine tasting

March 5, 2016

28 miles NE

Snohomish Wine Festival pours 70 wines and serves appetizers at the Snohomish Event Center.

Bike show

March 5 - 6, 2016

1.5 miles south

Check out the vendors of bikes, bike gear, travel accessories, and fitness equipment at the Seattle Bike Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Travel & adventure fair

March 5 - 6, 2016

1.5 miles south

Travel Adventures Gear Expo is for outdoor enthusiasts and features a zip line, rock climbing wall, demo pool for kayaks, and tons of outdoor gear at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Dollhouse & miniature show

March 5 - 6, 2016

13 mile south

Seattle Miniature Show has workshops, exhibits, and vendors at the DoubleTree Suites, Southcenter.

Lunch cruise

March 5 - April 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.

St. Patrick arrives

March 11, 2016

1.2 miles north

Watch the South Lake Union Arrival of St. Patrick by boat at 6 p.m. See St. Patrick again at the Green Stripe Laying at 7 p.m. when the route for Saturday’s parade is marked on 4th Ave. Free.

Quilt show

March 11 - 13, 2016

33 miles NE

More than 4,000 visitors will admire 500 quilts and shop at the Quilters Anonymous Annual Quilt Show at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Birding festival

March 11 - 13, 2016

110 miles north

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival celebrates migratory birds that flock to the pristine coastal area near Blaine and has expert speakers, exhibits, and kids’ activities. Free except field trips.

Saint Patrick’s parade

March 12, 2016 (12:30 p.m.)

0 miles

St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on 4th Avenue from Jefferson Street to the Seattle Center. Free.

Irish ceremony

March 12, 2016 (12:20 p.m.)

0.7 miles SE

Join the mayor of Seattle and parade dignitaries at the Irish Flag-Raising, followed by the playing of the Irish and U.S. national anthems, in front of the King County Administration Building. Free.

Brunchy booze festival

March 12, 2016

1.2 miles south

Bacon Eggs & Kegs features 80 beers and ciders, bacon brunch bites, Bloody Marys, lawn games, and dueling pianos at CenturyLink Field for age 21+.

Dinosaur day

March 12, 2016

4 miles NE

Touch fossils and talk to paleontologists about dinosaurs at Dino Day at the UW Burke Museum.

St. Patrick’s run - Kirkland

March 12, 2016

11 miles NE

The 5K Kirkland Shamrock Run begins at Kirkland Marina Park and ends with a party at Wilde Rover. (Walkers, dogs, and strollers start behind runners.)

Science and engineering fair

March 12, 2016

12 miles east

View high school science projects and watch scientists award prizes at the Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Bellevue College Gymnasium. Free to watch after 1 p.m.

Kids’ art day

March 12, 2016

19 miles south

Kids create hands-on art projects for one flat fee at Kent Kids’ Arts Day in Kent Commons.

St. Patrick’s run - Tacoma

March 12, 2016 (8:10 a.m.)

37 miles south

St. Paddy’s Day Run is a morning 5K, 10K, half marathon, and kids’ 1K along Commencement Bay.

Irish Festival

March 12 - 13, 2016

1 mile NW

Irish music, singing, dancing, films, vendors, and children’s activities await you at the Irish Festival in Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

March 12 - 13, 2016

36 miles south

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Repeats in June and Oct.

Mussel festival

March 12 - 13, 2016

103 miles north

Penn Cove MusselFest offers chowder tasting, boat tours, mussel-eating competitions, and children’s activities in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Free.

St. Patrick’s run - Seattle

March 13, 2016

1 mile NW

Wear a zany costume for the 5K St. Patrick’s Day Dash that goes from Seattle Center to downtown and back, and then head to the giant beer garden. Leprechaun Lap is a 1K dash for kids under 10.

Literary festival

March 15 - 20, 2016

1 mile east

The festival called Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) actually happens in March. Hear funny, serious, and provocative readings by independent writers on Capitol Hill. Free.

Comedy and variety acts

March 17 - April 13, 2016

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+.

Citizen University

March 18 - 19, 2016

1 mile NW

Join 500 people of all political persuasions at Citizen University, a one-day conference where you’ll learn the skills to become a more powerful citizen, and great leaders will inspire you to take action, in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Free state parks

March 19, 2016


Today is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Cask beer festival

March 19, 2016

1 mile NW

The Washington Cask Beer Festival is a beer-tasting festival of 85 handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Polish food & bazaar

March 19, 2016

1.5 miles east

Eat pierogi, sausage, and cabbage rolls served by waiters in Polish folk costumes downstairs, and then browse Polish crafts, crystal, and jewelry upstairs at the Spring Bazaar at Polish Home Association.

Scottish bagpipes & dance

March 19, 2016

37 miles south

Listen to Scottish pipes and drums, wear the tartan of a Scottish clan, enjoy Scotch at the open bar, or join Scottish Highland dancing at the Tartan Ball at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Pavilion.

French festival

March 20, 2016

1 mile NW

French Fest is a celebration of French-speaking cultures that includes live music, theater and dance performances, food, games, and fun activities in the Armory at Seattle Center. Free.

Mercer Island race

March 20, 2016

6.4 miles east

Mercer Island Half Marathon also includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, and a half-mile kids’ dash, which all begin at Mercer Island Community & Event Center.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

March 24 - 27, 2016

15 miles south

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

Jazz bands

March 25, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.3 mile NE

Top bands from five local high schools wow the audience in Paramount Theatre at Hot Java Cool Jazz.

Beer and Scotch festival

March 25 - 26, 2016

4 miles north

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

Anime festival

March 25 - 27, 2016

0.5 miles east

Anime is a style of Japanese film and TV animation that you will find at Sakura-Con, plus gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, exhibits, and industry guests at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Free state parks

March 26, 2016


Today is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Easter egg hunts

March 26 - 27, 2016

Please confirm date and time.

Easter restaurants

March 27, 2016

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Belly dance festival

March 30 - April 3, 2016

1 mile NW

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

Restaurant discounts

March 2016 (undated)

Seattle & Eastside locations

Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Repeats in Nov.

Wine party

March 2016 (undated)

0.4 miles south

Taste wine, eat appetizers, meet winemakers, and dance at The New Vintage in the Four Seasons Hotel.

Erotic art party

March 2016 (undated)

1 mile east

Dress up for an evening of burlesque, live music, fancy appetizers, and a silent art auction to benefit the Erotic Art Festival (listed in April) at A Black Tie Affair in a Capitol Hill home for ages 18+.

Fashion show

March 2016 (undated)

1 mile south

See the collections of students from the Art Institute of Seattle at Runway District at Axis Pioneer Square.

Wine gala

March 2016 (undated)

1 miles NW

Taste 90 of Washington’s best wines with appetizers at the $175 Red & White Party at Aqua on Pier 70.

Dog show

March 2016 (undated)

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show attract 11,000 spectators and 2,000 dogs competing at CenturyLink Event Center.

Free trapeze show

March 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles south

The Spring Student Show at Emerald City Trapeze features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Taste of Georgetown

March 2016 (undated)

5 miles south

Your ticket to Georgetown Bites gets you bites and beverages at 28 locations near Airport Way South.

Color festival

March 2016 (undated)

14 miles east

Celebrate Holi - Festival of Colors when powdered color flies, a DJ plays dance music, and Indian food is sold to support charity at Crossroads Park. Video.

Distillery tasting

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Tacoma mud run

March 2016 (undated)

32 miles south

Combine mud, trail running, obstacles, and adventure at the 3-mile Mud Run in Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 2016 (undated)

Seattle locations

These events offer drink specials at paricipating bars.
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