Seattle events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

March 2018
best events in Seattle


March 1 - 4, 2018

0.5 mile east

Emerald City Comic Con is a large comic book, game, and popular-culture event at the convention center.

Sewing fair

March 1 - 4, 2018

36 miles south

Shop 400 booths or attend seminars at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Dark cabaret

March 1 - 10, 2018

4.2 miles NW

Misfit Cabaret promises a night of decadence and bawdiness where your darkest dreams bloom into thrilling life at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard for age 15+.

Discount tickets $15 to $25.

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Cultural arts dinner

March 2, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Destination Delridge is a $100 charity dinner with drinks, live entertainment, music, art, and interactive games at Metropolist.

Wine tasting - Des Moines

March 2 - 3, 2018

16 miles south

Enjoy live music, taste wines from 25 Washington wineries, and sample local food at Poverty Bay Wine Festival [sound] in Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.

Meatballs & wine

March 3, 2018

5.3 miles south

A ticket to Jet City Meatball Competition gets you tastes of meatballs by competing chefs at noon, and a family-style lasagna lunch at 2:30 p.m. with local wine and live Italian music at Charles Smith Wine Jet City.

Wine tasting - Bellevue

March 3, 2018 (6 p.m.)

11.6 miles east

Taste Cabernet Sauvignon from 25 producers with appetizers at Cabernet Classic at Porsche Bellevue.

Wine tasting - Snohomish

March 3, 2018

28 miles NE

Snohomish Wine Festival pours 70 wines and serves appetizers at Crossroads in Snohomish.

Bike show

March 3 - 4, 2018

1.5 miles south

Check out vendors of bikes, bike gear, travel accessories, and fitness equipment at the Seattle Bike Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Free for children age 17 and younger.

Golf and travel show

March 3 - 4, 2018

1.5 miles south

Seattle Golf & Travel Show has more than 200 exhibitors at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Free for children age 17 and younger.

Travel & adventure fair

March 3 - 4, 2018

1.5 miles south

Outdoor Gear & Adventure Expo [formerly Travel, Adventure & Gear Expo] is for outdoor enthusiasts and features a zip line, rock climbing wall, demo pool for kayaks, and tons of outdoor gear at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Free for children age 17 and younger.

Dinosaur weekend

March 3 - 4, 2018

4 miles NE

Touch fossils and talk to paleontologists about dinosaurs on Dino Weekend at the UW Burke Museum. Buy tickets online to reserve an entry time.

Dollhouse & miniature show

March 3 - 4, 2018

13 mile south

Seattle Miniature Show has workshops, exhibits, and vendors at the DoubleTree Suites, Southcenter.

Mussel festival

March 3 - 4, 2018

103 miles north

Penn Cove MusselFest offers chowder tasting, boat tours, mussel-eating competitions, and children’s activities in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Free.

Short animated films

March 9 - 15, 2018

1.7 miles NW

Animation Show of Shows screens 16 international short films for all ages at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Whiskey tasting

March 10, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

A ticket to WhiskeyRocks NW includes 10 tastings of whiskey, appetizers, desserts, and live music at Safeco Field in the Terrace Club for age 21+.

Bourbon & bacon

March 10, 2018

4.4 miles south

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon & Bacon Fest at Seattle Design Center for age 21+.

Math festival

March 10, 2018 (12:30 to 4 p.m.)

4.9 miles NE

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival encourages 4th to 12th grade students to approach mathematical activities, games, and puzzles with creativity and persistence at the University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB).

Kids’ art day

March 10, 2018

19 miles south

Kids create hands-on art projects for one flat fee at Kent Kids’ Arts Day in Kent Commons. Lunch, snacks, and beverages for sale or bring your own.

Dog show

March 10 - 11, 2018

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show attracts 11,000 spectators and 2,000 dogs competing at CenturyLink Event Center.

Jewish film festival

March 10 - 18, 2018

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.

Tech party

March 15, 2018

1.5 miles south

Mix and mingle at GeekWire Bash, which includes food, drink, ping pong, foosball, and arcade games at CenturyLink Field Event Center for age 21+.

Comedy and variety acts

March 15 - April 8, 2018

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+.

More Music

March 16, 2018

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents young musicians with diverse musical styles at More Music at The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle.

St. Patrick arrives

March 16, 2018

1.2 miles north

Watch the Landing of St. Patrick by boat at 6 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. [Scroll down their web page to see details.]

Book sale

March 16 - 18, 2018

1 mile NW

Browse 100,000 titles starting at $1 at the Spring Book Sale by Friends of The Seattle Public Library, in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Coin show

March 16 - 18, 2018

10 miles south

The state’s oldest and largest public coin show is at the annual convention of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association, Tukwila Community Center.

Quilt show

March 16 - 18, 2018

33 miles NE

Admire more than 500 quilts, see demos, and shop from vendors at Quilters Anonymous Annual Quilt Show at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Birding festival

March 16 - 18, 2018

110 miles north

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival celebrates migratory birds that flock to the pristine coastal area near Blaine and has expert speakers, exhibits, and kids’ activities. Free except field trips.

Magic show

March 17, 2018

0.2 miles SE

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show with live music by a concert cellist, at the Seattle Sheraton.

Discount tickets $36.

Irish ceremony

March 17, 2018

0.7 miles south

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. Free.

Saint Patrick’s parade

March 17, 2018

0.7 miles south

St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes Irish bands, pipers, dancers, and 2,000 marchers going north on 4th Avenue from James Street to Westlake Park. Free.

St. Patrick’s run - Seattle

March 17, 2018

1 mile NW

Wear green or a costume to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K, which goes from Seattle Center to downtown and back, and then head to the giant beer garden. Leprechaun Lap is a 1K dash for kids 10 and younger.

Tasting event

March 17, 2018 (5 p.m.)

8 miles NE

Your ticket to Debuts and Discoveries includes tastes of wine, liquor, cider, and beer, and it supports charity in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for age 21+. Bring cash to shop at the food trucks.

St. Patrick’s run - Kirkland

March 17, 2018

11 miles NE

Wear green to the Kirkland Shamrock Run 5K and kids’ race, which begins at Kirkland Marina Park and ends with a party at Wilde Rover. Walkers are welcome.

St. Patrick’s run - Tacoma

March 17, 2018

37 miles south

St. Paddy’s Day Run is a morning 5K, 10K, half marathon, and kids’ 1K along Commencement Bay.

Irish Festival

March 17 - 18, 2018

1 mile NW

Irish music, singing, dancing, films, vendors, and children’s activities await you at the Irish Festival in Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

March 17 - 18, 2018

36 miles south

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Repeats in June and Oct.

Mercer Island race

March 18, 2018

6.4 miles east

Mercer Island Half Marathon also includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, and a half-mile kids’ dash, which all begin at Mercer Island Community & Event Center.

Wine gala

March 22, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1 miles NW

Taste dozens of Washington’s best wines with gourmet appetizers at the $175 Red & White Party at Aqua on Pier 70.

Taste of Pike Place Market

March 23, 2018

0.3 miles SW

Arcade Lights is an artisan food, craft beer, and wine festival featuring more than 70 local artisan food and drink purveyors for age 21+ to benefit the market.

Wine party

March 23, 2018

1 mile NW

Taste wine, eat appetizers, meet winemakers, and dance at The New Vintage at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.

Victorian festival in Port Townsend

March 23 - 25, 2018

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.

Black marketplace

March 24, 2018

Locaton uncertain

Black Arts Love Mixer & Marketplace is a “community celebration of African American culture featuring more than 25 artists and vendors, entertainment, spoken word, a live DJ, kids’ activities, a paint party, fitness demos, and more.” Free.

Cask beer festival

March 24, 2018

1 mile NW

The Washington Cask Beer Festival is a beer-tasting festival of 85 handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Polish food & bazaar

March 24, 2018

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.

Tacoma mud run

March 24, 2018

32 miles south

Combine mud, trail running, obstacles, and adventure at the 2-mile Mud Run in Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park for ages 5+.

Scottish bagpipes & dance

March 24, 2018

37 miles south

Listen to Scottish pipes and drums, wear the tartan of a Scottish clan, enjoy Scotch at the open bar, or join Scottish Highland dancing at the Tartan Ball at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Taste Washington

March 24 - 25, 2018 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Taste samples from 235 wineries and 65 restaurants at the weekend Grand Tasting in CenturyLink Field Event Center for age 21+.

French festival

March 25, 2018

1 mile NW

French Fest is a celebration of French-speaking cultures that includes live music, French food, a wine tasting, best baguette contest, and children’s activities in the Armory at Seattle Center. Free.

Science fiction & fantasy convention

March 29 - April 1, 2018

15 miles south

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

Jazz bands

March 30, 2018

0.3 mile NE

Top bands from five local high schools wow the audience in Paramount Theatre at Hot Java Cool Jazz.

Beer and Scotch festival

March 30 - 31, 2018

4 miles north

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

Grilled cheese festival

March 30 - 31, 2018

8 miles NE

A ticket to Grilled Cheese Grand Prix includes 10 beverage tokens each worth four ounces of beer, or they can be used for wine, spirits, or cider. Buy cheesy food from 50 vendors and vote for your favorites at Magnuson Park Hangar 30, for age 21+.

Anime festival

March 30 - 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.

Save the bunnies

March 31, 2018

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.

Taste of Georgetown

March 31, 2018

5 miles south

A $20 ticket to Georgetown Bites gets you 5 bites and beverages at your choice of 28 locations near Airport Way South, with additional bites $5.

Edible books

March 31, 2018

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.

Spring festival at Redmond mall

March 31, 2018

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.

Easter for dogs on the Eastside

March 31, 2018

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.

Small-town Easter parade

March 31, 2018

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.

Wine tasting - Seattle

March 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles west

Taste wine from Washington’s small AVAs (American Viticultural Area) at Washington State AVA Wine Tasting at World Trade Center Seattle.

Arctic science days

March 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

Learn about the Arctic and Antarctic from scientists at Polar Science Weekend, which has activities, exhibits, and demonstrations at Pacific Science Center.

Fringe theater festival

March 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.

Poetry reading

March 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles east

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

Brunchy booze festival

March 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles south

A ticket to Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes beverage tickets (beer, cider, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee, root beer), with $5 brunch bites for sale, DJ music, dueling pianos, and lawn games at CenturyLink Field for age 21+. Held in March and September.

Cookies & cocktails

March 2018 (undated)

2.8 miles south

Cookies & Cocktails Gala is an evening mixer with music, an outdoor s’mores pit, sweet and savory bites made with Girl Scout cookies, and cookie-inspired cocktails and mocktails, plus woman-made beer and wine pairings at Metropolist for age 21+.

India color party

March 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles north

Wear white and get covered in powdered color at outdoor stations at Holi Hai, which includes a dance performance, dance lesson, DJ dance music, and drink specials at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont for age 21+.

Fashion Show

March 2018 (undated)

3.8 miles south

See student collections when Art Institute of Seattle holds its annual Fashion Show at Canvas Event Space.

Central Asian festival

March 2018 (undated)

12.1 miles east

Celebrate the spring holiday of Navruz with food, dance, and musical performances of Uzbekistan and its neighbors in the ballroom at Vasa Park in Bellevue.

Color festival

March 2018 (undated)

14 miles east

Celebrate Holi when powdered color flies, a DJ plays dance music, and Indian food is sold, all to support charity at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. Video.

Issaquah dog walk

March 2018 (undated)

15.4 miles east

Walk ‘n Wag includes 5K and 3K trails plus an agility course and vendor booths at Lake Sammamish State Park to raise funds for improving the park.

St. Patrick’s Day for dogs

March 2018 (undated)

3 miles south

Buy a ticket in advance and bring your dog (in costume or not) to St. Pawtrick’s Day Pawty at Seapine Brewing. Humans must be age 21+.

Wine tasting - Bothell

March 2018 (undated)

17 miles NE

Bring a glass, ID, and ticket to Shamrock Shuffle Wine & Beer Walk for tastes from 17 Washington wineries & breweries in the shops at Country Village in Bothell.