Seattle events calendar - April 2017. 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.

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Fringe theater festival

April 1, 2017 (begins March 23)

1 mile east

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

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.

UFO festival

April 1, 2017

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.

Edible books

April 1, 2017 (11 a.m. to 2 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.

Jewish film festival

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 25)

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.

Belly dance festival

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 29)

1 mile NW

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

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.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 9, 2017 (begins March 16)

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 - 16, 2017

1 mile NW

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

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2017

60 miles north

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils (field map).

The free Tulip Festival Street Fair is in Mt. Vernon.

Family puppet show

April 6, 2017 (6 p.m.)

0.3 miles NE

Peppa Pig Live is an action-packed show featuring your favorite characters from TV’s “Nick Jr.” as life-size puppets and costume characters in an all singing, all-dancing adventure at The Paramount Theatre. Discount tickets $26.

Monty Python musical

April 7 - 8, 2017 (also March)

39.2 miles south

Winner of 3 Tony awards, Monty Python’s Spamalot (rhymes with Camelot) is a silly tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table performed live at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $16.

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.

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.

Brunch run/walk

April 8, 2017

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.

Beer tasting

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

11 miles north

Enjoy music, a bratwurst lunch, and seven tastes of beer from local breweries at Seattle Beer Festival Fundraiser at Richmond Masonic Temple, Shoreline.

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.

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.

Anacortes wine festival

April 8, 2017

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+.

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.

Beer and Scotch festival

April 14 - 15, 2017

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

April 14 - 16, 2017

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.

Easter egg hunts

April 15, 2017

Please confirm the date and time.

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.

Save the bunnies

April 15, 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.

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.

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. Also see recommendations for Eggs-cellent Easter Brunches.

Earth Day events

April 17 - 22, 2017

Seattle area

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 and Events Center.

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.

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.

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.

See modern homes

April 29, 2017

multiple locations

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

Bacon and beer

April 29, 2017 (1 to 10 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Adults enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, live music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Safeco Field.

Distillery tasting

April 29, 2017

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, Shoreline, Bothell, and Carnation. Free.

Printing festival

April 29 - 30, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Restaurant Week

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Take your dog to the movies

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Art and design show

April 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of graduating seniors at EXPO 17: Art & Design BFA Exhibition, with art at 2000 Terry Ave. and design at 2014 9th Ave. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Free.

Beer festival

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Visit sailboat village

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Scavenger race

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Wine tasting

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Music videos

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Wild & scenic films

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Adventure race

April 2017 (undated)

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+.

Trapeze show

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Tequila festival

April 2017 (undated)

3.4 miles north

The Northwest Tequila Fest features a beer & cocktail garden, Mexican restaurant food, and live music at the Fremont Foundry.

Tea at the Indian longhouse

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Wine tasting

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Seahawks pet benefit

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Pops concert

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Easter brunch cruise

April 2017 (undated)

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.
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