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

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Fringe theater festival

March 3 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 25)

1 mile east

See unpredictable and uncensored plays in small Capitol Hill theaters and the basement of the Armory at Seattle Center during the Seattle Fringe Festival.

Wine festival

March 4 - 5, 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.

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.

Bourbon & bacon

March 5, 2016

4.4 miles south

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon & Bacon Fest at Seattle Design Center for age 21+.

Wine tasting

March 5, 2016 (1 and 5:30 p.m.)

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.

Restaurant discounts

March 6 - 31, 2016 (not Fri. or Sat.)

Seattle & Eastside locations

Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Lunch (if offered) $18, dinner $33, plus beverages and tip. Repeats in Nov.

Wine tasting

March 7, 2016 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles west

Taste wine from Washington’s small AVAs (American Viticultural Area) at Washington State AVA Wine Tasting at World Trade Center Seattle.

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.

Ghost stories in Tacoma

March 11 - 12, 2016 (8 to 10 p.m.)

35.6 miles south

Dress warmly to hear ghostly tales and a bit of history in a dark, old warehouse at Ghosts In the Balfour Dock Building at Foss Waterway Seaport.

Quilt show

March 11 - 13, 2016

33 miles NE

Admire more than 500 quilts, see demos, and shop from vendors at 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.

Fashion Show

March 12, 2016 (5 and 8 p.m.)

0.2 miles SE

See student collections when Art Insitute of Seattle holds its annual Fashion Show at Motif Seattle.

Irish ceremony

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

0.7 miles south

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.

Saint Patrick’s parade

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

0.7 miles south

St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes Irish bands, pipers, dancers, and 2,000 marchers going north on 4th Avenue from Jefferson Street to the Seattle Center. Free.

Best shows on the Internet

March 12, 2016 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

1.1 miles east

Seattle Web Fest screens 50 web series, holds panel discussions, and gives awards at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. Free. 2015 Official Trailer.

Whiskey tasting

March 12, 2016

1.6 miles south

A ticket to WhiskeyRocks NW includes 10 tastings of whiskey, appetizers, desserts, and live music extending from First Base Terrace to Third Base Terrace at Safeco Field for age 21+. Free parking.

Dinosaur day

March 12, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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.

Bothell wine tasting

March 12, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

17 miles NE

Bring a glass, ID, and ticket to Shamrock Shuffle Wine & Beer Walk for tastes from 15 Washington wineries & breweries in the shops at Country Village in Bothell.

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.

Brunchy booze festival

March 12 - 13, 2016 (March 12 sold out)

1.2 miles south

Bacon Eggs & Kegs features 60 beers and ciders, bacon brunch bites, Bloody Marys, lawn games, and dueling pianos at CenturyLink Field for age 21+.

Dog show

March 12 - 13, 2016

1.5 miles south

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

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 green or a costume to 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 10 and younger.

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 and late-night shows for age 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.

Easter egg hunts

March 18 - 27, 2016

Please confirm the date and time.

Free state parks

March 19, 2016


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Cask beer festival

March 19, 2016 (12 and 6 p.m.)

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.

Color festival

March 19, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

14 miles east

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

Tacoma mud run

March 19, 2016 (10 & 11:30 a.m.)

32 miles south

Combine mud, trail running, obstacles, and adventure at the 2-mile Mud Run in Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park for ages 5+.

Scottish bagpipes & dance

March 19, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

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.

Film festival

March 20, 2016 (noon)

0.4 miles north

Watch juried selections at Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on the giant Cinerama screen.

French festival

March 20, 2016

1 mile NW

French Fest is a celebration of French-speaking cultures that includes live music, French food, a wine tasting, best baguette contest, and children’s 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.

Oregon wines

March 21, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Taste wine from 40 Oregon wineries at Taste Oregon, with food truck fare available at Metropolist.

Tech party

March 24, 2016 (3 to 9 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Mix and mingle at GeekWire Bash, which includes food, drink, ping pong, foosball, and arcade games at CenturyLink Field Event Center for age 21+.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

March 24 - 27, 2016

15 miles south

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

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 tasting in Lynnwood

March 25, 2016 (6 p.m.)

17.1 miles north

Taste beer from 14 breweries, hear three bands, and eat BBQ at Harleys and Hops to benefit firefighters at Emerald City Harley-Davidson.

Beer and Scotch festival

March 25 - 26, 2016

4 miles north

Taste 80 varieties of beer, Scotch whisky, wine, and spirits at the annual Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest 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


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Save the bunnies

March 26, 2016

0.4 miles SW

Buy a ticket to support rescue rabbits and to pet them at the Bunny Party, which includes an 11 a.m. egg hunt in shops and kids’ activities at Ugly Baby and La Ru.

Taste of Georgetown

March 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

5 miles south

A $20 ticket to Georgetown Bites gets you 5 bites and beverages at your choice of 28 locations near Airport Way South, with addition bites $5.

Poetry reading

March 26, 2016 (3 p.m.)

5.4 miles NW

A Rainy Day In Seattle is an annual poetry reading at Seattle Creative Arts Center in Ballard. Free.

Central Asian festival

March 26, 2016 (4:45 to 8 p.m.)

7.3 miles north

Celebrate the spring holiday of Navruz with food, dance, and musical performances of Uzbekistan and its neighbors at North Seattle College.

Easter restaurants

March 27, 2016

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations for Eggs-cellent Easter Brunches.

Easter brunch cruise

March 27, 2016 (10 a.m.)

4 miles north

Enjoy a two-hour Easter Brunch Cruise on Lake Union and lake Washington with kids’ treats from the Easter bunny, departing from either Kirkland or Seattle.

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.

Wine gala

March 31, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1 miles NW

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