Seattle events April 2018. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events April 2018

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018
Greater Seattle area
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter, or see recommendations from Seattle Met or The Stranger.

Anime festival

April 1, 2018
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 54 to Blake Island, a brunch buffet, and a kids’ egg hunt (bring a basket), with time to walk the beach.

Easter brunch cruise

April 1, 2018
4 miles north
Enjoy a two-hour Easter Brunch or Lunch Cruise, departing from north Lake Union and also cruising Lake Washington.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

April 1, 2018
15 miles south
Norwescon features 200 panelists, vendors, events, and 24-hour game playing at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport.

Variety show

April 1 - 8, 2018
Seattle locations
Billed as the world’s largest comedy/variety festival, Moisture Festival has 40 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+.

Restaurant Week

April 2 - 19, 2018
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.

UFO festival

April 5, 2018
(6 to 11:15 p.m.)
11 miles south
Burien UFO Festival features flying saucers, alien costume contests, guest speakers, kids’ activities, films, and DJ music in and near the Tin Room Bar. Free.

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.

Tea at the Indian longhouse

April 7, 2018
(1 to 3 p.m.)
4.9 miles SW
Princess Angeline Native Tea Party features indigenous teas, treats, and entertainment at the Duwamish Longhouse. All are welcome. Pay $15 at the door.

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 for age 21+.

Edible books

April 7, 2018
(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. Free.

Live art spectacular

April 7, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
16 miles NE
Artrageous is a high-energy show featuring artists, musicians, singers, and dancers with exciting music and art created live onstage at Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell.

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.

International festival

April 7 - 13, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Movin’ Around the World promises family-friendly “music, dance, and hands on activities” from cultures around the world at Seattle Center Armory. Donation.

Bike the viaduct car-free

April 8, 2018
1.6 miles south
Take a 3-mile ride through Seattle and back atop the viaduct, or a 12-mile loop that continues over Aurora Bridge and returns on the I-5 express lanes during Emerald City Ride. Both begin near Pyramid Alehouse.

National Poetry Month

April 11, 2018
(12 to 1 p.m.)
0.4 miles south
The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle plays music by local composers and reads poems by local poets to celebrate poetry month at Seattle Public Library. Free.

Adventure race

April 13 - 14, 2018
8 miles NE
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video.

Wine & chocolate in Tacoma

April 13 - 14, 2018
(4 to 9 p.m.)
44 miles south
Taste wine and chocolate from 50 vendors, and see three rooms of vintage cars at Wine, Spirits & Chocolate 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.

Color festival

April 14, 2018
(2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
11.4 miles north
Wear white and get covered in colored powder at family-friendly Holi Hai, which has music, Bollywood dancing, and food for sale at Cromwell Park in Shoreline. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Hawaiian festival in Puyallup

April 14, 2018
35.2 miles south
Aha Mele Hawaiian Festival has music, hula, vendors, a lunch, and workshops at Chief Leschi Schools. Bring cash.

Tacoma kids’ parade

April 14, 2018
(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.

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.

Obstacle race

April 14 - 15, 2018
(open house April 13)
32.4 miles NE
Run 2 to 10 miles, and conquer 20 to 30 obstacles in the Spartan U.S. National Series at Meadow Wood Equestrian Center in Snohomish. No pets.

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 18, 2018
(5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
1.6 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.

Adult night at the science center

April 20, 2018
(6:30 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Watch a laser show, see our galaxy in the planetarium, immerse yourself in virtual reality, and walk through the butterfly house during Pacific Science Center After-Hours, “a night of cocktails, science experiments, and entertainment” at Pacific Science Center for age 21+.

Free films

April 20, 2018
(7 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 Alder Auditorium in Alder Hall. Free.

Kirkland wine tasting

April 20, 2018
(6 p.m. VIP 5 p.m.)
11 miles NE
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Spring 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, martial arts, and food at Seattle Center.

Meet yacht racers

April 20 - 29, 2018
0.7 miles west
Yachts from 12 countries arrive from China for a one-week stop in Seattle on Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. See the schedule for talks (April 20 & 27), boat tours (April 22 & 24-27), and departure for Panama (April 29) at Bell Harbor Marina on Pier 66. Free.

Holistic health convention

April 21, 2018
10.3 miles east
NW Mind Body Spirit Connection promises “thought-provoking speakers, lively demonstrations, and knowledgeable exhibitors” focused on improving your health and well being at the Hilton Bellevue.

North Bend Jazz Walk

April 21, 2018
(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 during North Bend Jazz Walk. Also hear school bands in the theater from 5 to 10 p.m.

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.

Guitar festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
33 miles south
Tacoma Guitar Festival features live performances, guitar workshops, and 150 vendors in a “festival atmosphere” at the Tacoma Dome. Children age 12 and younger are free.

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+.

Tasting event

April 22, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
4.8 miles south
Enjoy food, chocolate, and Washington wines during Neighborhood Nosh at Metropolist to support charity.

Wine tasting

April 26, 2018
(6 p.m., VIP 5 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.

Apple Blossom Festival

April 26 - May 6, 2018
148 miles east
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has food vendors (April 26 to May 6), carnival rides (April 27 to May 6), a car show (May 4 & 5), arts and crafts (May 4 to 6), a run (May 5 at 8 a.m.), and a grand parade (May 5 at 11 a.m.).

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.

Quilt show in Everett

April 27 - 28, 2018
(gala April 26)
28.3 miles north
Admire quilts, watch demonstrations, attend classes, and shop from vendors at The Everett Quilt Show in the conference center at Angel of the Winds Arena.

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 in animal costumes in the Procession of the Species Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Free.

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.

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 (age 21+ after 6 p.m.).

New-age weekend at Lake Chelan

April 27 - 29, 2018
180 miles NE
Sign up for new-age services at two dozen locations in downtown Lake Chelan during Unwind + Explore Weekend Retreat, including acupuncture, massage, facials, sound therapy, yoga, oracle readings, meditation, reflexology, and even pendulum therapy.

Student art show

April 27 - May 12, 2018
(opens April 27 5:30 p.m.)
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, design at 2014 9th Avenue, and film at 1001 Lenora Street. Free.

Tour modern homes

April 28, 2018
multiple locations
Seattle Modern Home Tour is a drive-yourself visit of four modern homes in Seattle plus two on the Eastside, often with a chance to meet the owners and architects.

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 seminars as well as coffee and chocolate samples 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. Locations. Donation.

Sumo wrestling

April 28 - 29, 2018
1.4 miles south
Save yourself a flight to Japan and watch three sumo stars wrestle in six live matches during Sumo + Sushi, with optional sushi, sake, and beer at WaMu Theater.

Printing festival

April 28 - 29, 2018
34 miles south
Meet printers, make paper creations, and watch steamrollers print art at Tacoma Wayzgoose. Free.

Tacoma races

April 28 - 29, 2018
42 miles south
Tacoma City Marathon makes a roundtrip over the Narrows Bridge on Sunday. The half marathon is also Sunday. Saturday races include a 5K and a kids’ one mile. All events begin and end at Point Ruston.

Pops concert

April 29, 2018
(3 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.