Seattle events, festivals, things to do – April 2018

April 2018
best events in Seattle

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018

Greater Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. SeattleMet recommends a dozen restaurants this year for Easter Brunch in Seattle.

Anime festival

April 1, 2018 (begins March 30)

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.
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Easter on Blake Island

April 1, 2018

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.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

April 1, 2018 (begins March 29)

15 miles south

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

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 8, 2018 (begins March 15)

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+.

Circus acrobats

April 6 - 8, 2018

0.9 miles NE

See acrobatics, high-flying aerials, contortions, and juggling to live music when the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) presents SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase (SASS) at Broadway Performance Hall.

Motocross racing

April 7, 2018 (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 7, 2018

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.

Daffodil parade

April 7, 2018

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.

Wine tasting in Tacoma

April 7, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)

34.1 miles south

A ticket to Tacoma Wined Up gets you tokens to taste 10 out of 20 Northwest wines and spirits with food pairings and live music at the Tacoma Armory.

Anacortes wine festival

April 7, 2018

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+.

Vegetarian food festival

April 7 - 8, 2018

1 mile NW

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

Adventure race

April 13 - 14, 2018

8 miles NE

Questival is a 24-hour adventure that has your team complete challenges with a fall theme via a smartphone app, starting in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park.

Wine & chocolate in Tacoma

April 13 - 14, 2018 (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+.

Beer tasting

April 14, 2018

10.4 miles north

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

Tacoma kids’ parade

April 14, 2018

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.

International children’s festival

April 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Cowboy show

April 14 - 15, 2018

33 miles south

Professional Bull Riders compete to see who can last the longest atop a bucking bull in the Tacoma Dome.

Wild & scenic films

April 16 - 22, 2018 (uncertain)

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 19 - 22, 2018

36 miles south

Spring Fair features baby animals, pig races, fair food, rides, a garden show, and a demolition derby at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Kirkland wine tasting

April 20, 2018

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Beer tasting in Leavenworth

April 20 - 21, 2018

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+.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 20 - 22, 2018

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.

Free national park day

April 21, 2018

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.

Pig feast

April 22, 2018 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel for age 21+.

Apple Blossom Festival

April 26 - May 6, 2018

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.

World Rhythm Festival

April 27 - 29, 2018

1 mile NW

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

Body-building expo

April 27 - 28, 2018

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 27 - 28, 2018

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.

Erotic art show

April 27 - 29, 2018

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.

Underground art show

April 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.8 miles NE

The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 70 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at El Corazon for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Tasting event

April 28, 2018

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 28, 2018

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+.

Distillery tasting

April 28, 2018

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 28 - 29, 2018

multiple locations

Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Donation.

Printing festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

34 miles south

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

Restaurant Week

April 2018 (undated)

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which does not include Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants all offer dinner and some offer lunch. Repeats in Oct.

Tour modern homes

April 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Seattle Modern Home Tour is a drive-yourself visit of eight homes in Seattle, often with a chance to meet the designers.

Art and design show

April 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of its Bachelor of Fine Arts students at the BFA Exhibition. See art at 2000 Terry Avenue and design at 2014 9th Avenue. Free.

Fringe theater festival

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Wine tasting

April 2018 (undated)

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+.

Poetry reading

April 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles east

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

Adventure race

April 2018 (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+.

Hip vegetarian tasting

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Drink with your dog

April 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Tea at the Indian longhouse

April 2018 (undated)

4.9 miles SW

The $10 Princess Angeline Native Tea Party features indigenous teas, treats, and entertainment at the Duwamish Longhouse. All are welcome.

Wine tasting

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Old-time radio shows

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Odd Japanese dance

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Color festival

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Dog day in Des Moines

April 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Hawaiian festival in Puyallup

April 2018 (undated)

35.2 miles south

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

Bunny bar crawl

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Easter brunch cruise

April 2018 (undated)

4 miles north

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