The highlight of Seattle Cocktail Week is Cocktail District, which includes 12 tasting tokens to try “vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and everything in between,” watch cocktail demonstrations, and shop from food trucks at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
Penn Cove MusselFest offers chowder, cooking demonstrations, mussel farm tours by boat, a beer & wine garden, mussel-eating competitions, and kids’ activities in and around Coupeville Wharf, 24 Front St. NW in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Free.
Billed as the world’s largest comedy/variety festival, Moisture Festival has 40 shows at Hale’s Ales Palladium in Fremont, plus Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill. The 3 & 7:30 p.m. shows are for all ages; burlesque and late-night shows are for age 18+.
Shoreline Short Short Film Festival screens a juried selection of films that are 3 to 13 minutes long and made by local emerging and developing filmmakers, with concessions for sale and free parking at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. N in Shoreline. Vote for your favorite film to determine who gets a golden Sasquatch statue.
Adults can samples from 200 wineries and 60 restaurants at the afternoon Grand Tasting at Lumen Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle. Additional events include morning wine seminars/tasting, and Sunday brunch.
Celebrate Asia “honors Seattle’s Asian American community through exploring the rich musical traditions of Asian countries” at Benaroya Hall. Typically there is international entertainment in the lobby before and after the concert.
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. Guest speakers some evenings.
Taste beer, wine, and spirits at The Big Taste, which promises “an evening of food, music, and celebration” that also supports charity in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for age 21+. Bring cash for the food trucks.
Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Washington Gold & Treasure Show, which includes seminars and lots of vendors at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Children 12 and younger are free.
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.
Watch the Landing of St. Patrick by boat at 5:30 p.m. at South Lake Union. See St. Patrick again at the Green Stripe Laying at 7 p.m. when the route for Saturday’s parade is marked on 4th Avenue. Free.
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. Afterward, the Saint Patrick’s Day parade begins (see below). Free.
Join Indians dancing to Bollywood music to celebrate spring at Beyond Bollywood Holi Glow Party where glowing party favors replace the traditional shirt-staining powdered colors at Club Contour, 8707 1st Ave. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Wear green or a costume to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K, which goes from Seattle Center to downtown and back on 4th Avenue. Afterward, head to the giant beer garden at Fisher Pavilion for age 21+. The Leprechaun Lap is a 1K dash for kids age 10 and younger.
A ticket to Washington Cask Beer Festival gets you 15 tastes of cask-conditioned beers (conditioned naturally without artificially introducing carbon dioxide) from dozens of Washington breweries, with food for sale in the Armory at Seattle Center for age 21+.
Check out vendors of bikes, bike gear, travel accessories, and fitness equipment at the Seattle Bike & Outdoor Show at Lumen Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle. It also has test ride areas, a rock wall, and stage shows. Free for children age 12 and younger.
Balkan Night Northwest features dozens of bands, dancing, performances, and food and drink for sale at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox. Children younger than age 10 are free. [Balkan countries are located between Italy and Turkey.]
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival encourages 4th to 10th grade students to approach mathematical activities, games, and puzzles with creativity and persistence at Husky Union Building, 4001 E Stevens Way NE in Seattle.
Make a complete circle of the island on the Mercer Island Half Marathon, which also offers a 10K, a 5K, and a half-mile kids’ dash, all beginning at Mercer Island Community & Event Center. Walkers can sign up for the 5K or half marathon.
Welcome spring at the colorful Indian festival of Holi, with DJ dance music, Indian food for sale, and colored powder you can buy and throw at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. Children younger than age 15 are free.
A ticket to Boots, Barrels and Brews gets you six beer or wine tasting tickets, appetizers, a live country band, and a line-dancing lesson in Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. NW in Issaquah. Bring age 21+ ID.
Enjoy live music, a magician, tastes of wine from 20 Washington wineries, and food to sample and buy at Poverty Bay Wine Festival in building 28 at Highline Community College for age 21+ to support charity.
Samsarafest is a new “yoga, music, meditation, and healing arts festival” that offers “yoga huts, meditation, sound bath, nature hikes, live-music, dancing, farm food, photography, painting, mindfulness talks, and tiny home living.” The location is Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. SE in Enumclaw.
Victorian Heritage Festival has a Friday evening reception; a Saturday Victorian fashion show (3 p.m.) and Victorian ball (7 p.m.); plus weekend talks, teas, and tours of historic buildings. Festival headquarters is at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St. in Port Townsend.