Seattle events calendar - April 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, art fairs, shows, discount tickets, theater, kids' activites, Earth Day, Easter events in Seattle, Washington.

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

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Fringe theater festival

April 1, 2017

1 mile east

See unpredictable and uncensored plays and shows during Seattle Fringe Festival in small Capitol Hill theaters and the Armory basement at Seattle Center. To see a show’s dates, click it on the tickets page.

Literary festival

April 1, 2017

1 mile east

Hear funny, serious, and provocative readings by independent writers at Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) on Capitol Hill. They say 2017 is their last year. Free.

Poetry reading

April 1, 2017

1.1 miles east

A Rainy Day In Seattle is an annual poetry reading at the Annex Theatre on Capitol Hill. Free.

Edible books

April 1, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

15 miles NE

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

Jewish film festival

April 1 - 2, 2017

Seattle area

Seattle Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish and Israeli life, culture, history, and filmmaking. Opening night begins with a no-host happy hour and ends with a dessert party. Many screenings have guest speakers.

Vegetarian food festival

April 1 - 2, 2017

1 mile NW

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

Victorian festival in Port Townsend

April 1 - 2, 2017

56 miles NW via ferry

Victorian Heritage Festival has tours of three historic buildings, a Victorian fashion show, high tea both days, a pub crawl Friday evening, and a ball & contra dance Saturday evening in Port Townsend. Tickets.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 9, 2017

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+.

Easter egg hunts

April 1 - 16, 2017

Please confirm the date and time.

Carnival for kids

April 1 - 16, 2017

1 mile NW

Whirligig entertains children with inflatable rides, face painters, balloon artists, and a student show in the Armory at Seattle Center. Thursdays are free.

Restaurant Week

April 2 - 6 and 9 - 13, 2017

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week. Repeats in Oct.

Wine & chocolate in Tacoma

April 7 - 8, 2017 (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+.

Circus acrobats

April 7 - 9, 2017

6 miles south

See acrobatics, high-flying aerials, contortions, and juggling to live music at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) Annual Spring Showcase (SASS) in Georgetown.

Odd Japanese dance

April 7 - 9, 2017

11.7 miles north

Seattle Butoh Festival features dancers who paint themselves white and move their bodies in strange ways that range from playful to grotesque at Shoreline Community College Theater.

Save the bunnies

April 8, 2017

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.

Motocross racing

April 8, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

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

Polish food & bazaar

April 8, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

1.7 miles east

Eat pierogi, sausage, and cabbage rolls served by waiters in Polish folk costumes downstairs, and then browse Polish crafts, crystal, and Easter Eggs upstairs at the Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center. The choir sings at 2:30 p.m.

Brunch run/walk

April 8, 2017 (9:30 a.m.)

7.5 miles NE

The Brunch Run is a scenic 5K at Magnuson Park, which is followed by brunch food from restaurants with Bloody Marys, a mimosa bar, and beer. Tickets that skip the run also are available.

Beer tasting

April 8, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

11 miles north

Enjoy a bratwurst lunch, seven tastes of beer from local breweries, and DJ music at Early Life Speech & Language Beer Fest at Richmond Masonic Temple in Shoreline.

Easter for dogs on the Eastside

April 8, 2017 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

26.2 miles NE

Dogs romp and roam the fields for eggs stuffed with dog treats at Easter B’egg Hunt at Camp Charlie’s private off-leash dog park in Duvall. Large dogs start at 11 a.m. and small dogs at 12:30 p.m. Donation.

Daffodil parade

April 8, 2017

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 in Tacoma

April 8, 2017

33 miles south

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

Anacortes wine festival

April 8, 2017

81 miles north

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

Hip vegetarian tasting

April 13, 2017 (6 p.m.)

3.8 miles south

Veg Out promises “some of the latest & greatest veg foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond” at Canvas for age 21+. Video.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

April 13 - 16, 2017

15 miles south

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

Bizarre miniature golf

April 13 - May 7, 2017

0.6 miles south

Smash Putt is weird and wacky mechanized miniature golf with interactive art, robots, golf-ball cannons, and a bar at 1122 Post Avenue. Requires age 21 ID.

Beer and Scotch festival

April 14 - 15, 2017

4 miles north

Taste 50 varieties of beer, Scotch whiskey, wine, and spirits at the annual Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest in Fremont Studios.

Anime festival

April 14 - 16, 2017

0.5 miles east

Anime is a style of Japanese film and TV animation featured 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

April 15, 2017


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

Spring festival at Redmond mall

April 15, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

15 miles NE

Spring Eggstravaganza includes a kids’ scavenger hunt with prizes, a petting zoo (bunnies, chicks, and goats), a bounce house, games, and activities at Redmond Town Center. Free.

Small-town Easter parade

April 15, 2017 (11 a.m.)

30 miles NE

Billed as the state’s only Easter parade, Snohomish Easter Parade includes floats, bands, kids, and farm animals moving down First Street in Snohomish, followed by an Easter bonnet contest. Free.

Hawaiian festival in Puyallup

April 15, 2017

35.2 miles south

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

Color festival

April 15, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

15.4 miles east

Wear white and get covered in colored powder at family-friendly Holi Hai, which promises Bollywood dance lessons, play with herbal colors, henna/tattoo, and egg hunts at Lake Sammamish State Park. You must buy a ticket, but park entry is free for the day.

International children’s festival

April 15 - 16, 2017

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 15 - 16, 2017

124 miles SW

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

Free national park day

April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 2017

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.

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. The Stranger names The Six Best Easter Brunches in Seattle. SeattleMet recommends a dozen restaurants this year for Easter Brunch in Seattle.

Easter on Blake Island

April 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Easter Brunch at Tillicum includes a cruise from Pier 55 to Blake Island, a brunch buffet, and a kids’ egg hunt (bring a basket), with time to walk the beach.

Easter brunch cruise

April 16, 2017 (10:30 & noon & 2:30)

4 miles north

Enjoy a two-hour Easter Brunch or Lunch Cruise, departing from north Lake Union and including Lake Washington.

Wild & scenic films

April 19, 2017 (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

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.

Spring Fair

April 20 - 23, 2017

37 miles south

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

Beer tasting in Leavenworth

April 21 - 22, 2017

117 miles east

Head to the sunny side of the state to taste 40 beers & ciders at Leavenworth Ale-Fest, with live music and food for sale in Leavenworth Festhalle for age 21+.

Non-stop improv

April 21 - 23, 2017

0.4 miles SW

It’s improv insanity! You can watch improvised comedy for 50 hours straight when Unexpected Productions performs Improvathon near the Pike Place Market.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 21 - 23, 2017

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.

Old-time radio shows

April 21 - 23, 2017

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.

Bunny bar crawl

April 22, 2017 (noon to closing)

0.4 miles SW

Wear bunny ears or a costume, and bring cash, to hop from bar to bar during BunnyCon, which begins at The Blarney Stone. Free.

Adventure race

April 22, 2017 (8:30 a.m.)

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+.

Drink with your dog

April 22, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

4.3 miles SW

A ticket to Pints & Puppies includes a free beer, drink specials, and an unlimited photo booth with your pet at Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden.

Free films

April 22, 2017 (1 p.m.)

4.4 miles NE

Short Film Showings features four-minute films from aspiring filmmakers who are competing in the U.W. Maker Summit at Area 01 Community Center. Free.

Dog day in Des Moines

April 22, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

15.9 miles south

A ticket to Best Friends Fest includes a T-shirt, a dog parade, a hot-dog lunch, a scavenger hunt, and an obstacle course at Des Moines Beach Park.

North Bend Jazz Walk

April 22, 2017 (6 p.m. to midnight)

30 miles east

Buy a ticket online and head to the mountains to hear live jazz at a dozen venues at North Bend Jazz Walk.

Tacoma kids’ parade

April 22, 2017 (10 a.m.)

37 miles south

Billed as the largest children’s parade in the state, the Junior Daffodil Parade is four blocks long, beginning at N. Proctor Street & N. 28th Street. Route map. Free.

Earth Day

April 22 - 23, 2017

5 miles SW

Hear Earth Day Storytelling at Duwamish Longhouse. Free.

Wine tasting on Bainbridge Island

April 22 - 23, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

10.3 miles west via ferry

Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese includes wine and cheese tasting at six wineries plus a shop on Winslow Way where an optional shuttle bus stops. Video.

Free classical concert

April 23, 2017 (4 to 5 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Seattle Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and works by Baroque masters at Seattle Central Library. Arrive early. Free.


April 24 - 30, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Tulip festival

April 24 - 30, 2017

60 miles north

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils. See the interactive or printable map. The free Tulip Festival Street Fair is April 21 to 23 in Mount Vernon.

Family theater

April 25 - May 6, 2017

0.3 miles SE

The Secret Garden is a musical based on a beloved novel about an orphan girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets at The Fifth Avenue Theatre. Discount tickets $47 to $75.

Funny musical mystery

April 26 & 28, 2017

0.3 miles SE

In Murder for Two, one actor plays a detective, another plays all the suspects, and both of them play the piano at ACT. Discount tickets $29 to $34.

Evening cabaret

April 27, 2017 (9:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

The French Kiss is a stage show with themes of romance, love, and flirtation in intimate Can Can theater at the Pike Place Market for age 21+. Food and cocktails for sale. Discount tickets $15.

Wine tasting

April 27, 2017 (6 to 9 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 and views at Sexy Syrah at Salty’s.

Films by young directors

April 27 - 30, 2017

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 27 - May 7, 2017

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.

Children’s musical

April 27 - May 21, 2017

1 mile NW

A frisky alley cat wants to join the firefighting team at Fire Station 7, but first she must learn fire safety with the help of fun rock ‘n’ roll at Seattle Children’s Theatre for age 4+. Discount tickets $11 to $20.

Wine & chocolate

April 27 - July 29, 2017

15 miles SE

Taste 4 premium wines and 4 artisan chocolates at Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar in Renton. Discount tickets $18.

Wine tasting

April 28, 2017 (7 to 9:45 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Taste unlimited samples of Washington wine at Science Uncorked and explore the exhibits after hours at the Pacific Science Center for ages 21+.

Body-building expo

April 28 - 29, 2017

11 miles east

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

Olympia arts weekend

April 28 - 29, 2017

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.

World Rhythm Festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

1 mile NW

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

Erotic art show

April 28 - 30, 2017

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. The opening gala on April 28 has discount tickets $18.

Shipwreck comedy

April 28 - May 20, 2017

29 miles north

Aristocrats are shipwrecked on a deserted island in A Proper Place, a musical farce with forbidden romance and family drama at Everett Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $27 to $37.

Tour modern homes

April 29, 2017

multiple locations

The Modern Home Tour is a drive-yourself visit of eight homes in Seattle, often with a chance to meet the designers. Promotional code “events12” saves $5.

Marching for the planet

April 29, 2017 (10 a.m.)

1 mile south

People’s Climate Movement leads a march today in Washington, DC “to stand up for our communities and climate.” Seattle’s version is a 1-mile People’s Climate March from Occidental Square to Westlake Park. Free.

Tasting event

April 29, 2017 (nearly sold out)

1 mile NW

Enjoy bite-size tastes of cheese and meat paired with wine, beer, and cider at the Cheese and Meat Festival, which also offers coffee samples and seminars at McCaw Hall for age 21+.

Bacon and beer

April 29, 2017 (afternoon & evening)

1.7 miles south

Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, live music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Safeco Field for age 21+.

Discount tickets $70 to $115.

Kirkland beer tasting

April 29, 2017 (noon)

13.7 miles NE

Taste local beers and ciders at Kirkland Spring Beerfest, which is indoors in Kirkland for age 21+. Optional short race (only one-half kilometer).

Distillery tasting

April 29, 2017 (afternoon & evening)

31 miles north

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

Green home tour

April 29 - 30, 2017

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 and Edmonds. Donation.

Printing festival

April 29 - 30, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

34 miles south

Meet printers, make paper creations, and watch steamrollers print art at Tacoma Wayzgoose. Free.

Cabaret brunch

April 29 - May 28, 2017 (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Magnificent Matinee is a one-hour show of dance, comedy, acrobatics, music, theatre, and history at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market for all ages. Brunch food is optional and not included. Discount tickets $10.

Pig feast

April 30, 2017 (5 p.m., VIP 4)

0.5 mile 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 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel for $125.

Zany comedy in Woodinville

April 30, 2017 (2 p.m.)

20 miles NE

Willum can’t say no to an old friend who saved his life in Vietnam, and let’s him move into his house, but the friend turns out to be The Nerd, a houseguest from hell with no social sense, intelligence, or tact, at Woodinville Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

Pops concert

April 30, 2017 (1 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.

Tacoma marathon

April 30, 2017

42 miles south

Tacoma City Marathon is one of the area’s best and includes running across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, or run the marathon relay, half marathon, or 5K.
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