Bacon! Beer! And bunnies! The perfect recipe for a little springtime R&R. What if we told you all three can be found in abundance right here in your own backyard? It’s true! From beer fests to egg hunts to citywide foodie deals, Seattle has got it going on this month. Go ahead and jot these down, events like these don’t come around every day.
Whirligig – April 1-16
Looking for something to do with the kiddos over spring break? For the first two weeks of April, the Seattle Center Armory will be transformed into one giant, bouncing room of fun during Whirligig. Kick back at MOD Pizza or Skillet: Counter just around the corner while the kids bounce the day away.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – April 1-30
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There’s no better place to experience spring in the Northwest than between endless rows of vibrant tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Located 60 miles from Seattle, take I-5 North (or follow your nose) to the sweet, floral fields scattered across this lush agricultural basin.
Seattle Restaurant Week – April 2-6 & 9-13
It’s no secret that Seattle is a foodie’s happy place. The city has everything from seafood joints (lots, and lots of seafood joints) to modern Mexican kitchens like Barrio, to Korean BBQ at Trove, to Mediterranean grill at The Olive and Grape. It all sounds lavish, but thanks to Seattle Restaurant Week’s special three-course deal, you’ll walk out with your stomach full, wallet intact.
Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest – April 14-15
Combine the region’s largest spring beer festival with curated spirit flights and you have the Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest! Spread over three tasting rooms at the Fremont Studios, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to find your favorite local brews. You’ll also learn a thing or two about scotch’s complex regional flavors and what makes Irish whiskey so velvety-smooth.
Bunny Bounce at Woodland Park Zoo – April 15
Hop, skip and jump to the Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce. Bring your little tykes and let ‘em loose at the egg hunt, hold a cuddly bunny or watch wild animals enjoy their own Easter treat baskets!
International Children’s Friendship Festival – April 15-16
Tour the world without leaving the city at the International Children’s Friendship Festival, focused on bringing Seattle’s varied ethnic cultures together through a display of music, ballet and folk dances. Learn about each community through the array of exhibits on display, as well as the 1st annual kids Arts Showcase.
Spring Fair – April 20-23
Nothing says summer is coming like the Spring Fair at the Puyallup fairgrounds! From a petting zoo to fun and frightening rides to…yes…fried butter, the state fair is Seattle’s early embrace of the warmer weather knocking at our door.
Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival – April 21-23
The first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually, the Japanese Cultural Festival highlights the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performance, food and hands-on activities. Sit down among the blossoming cherry trees and try the art of Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, as well as origami and Go, the oldest board game in the world.
Earth Day Events – April 22
Spend your Saturday outdoors! On Earth Day, Seattle offers up plenty of exciting open air opportunities like the Magnuson Park Earth Day Run and tree planting, as well as Newcastle Earth Day featuring wetland restoration activities. Or, head to a nearby State Park and enjoy the designated free day out in the wild.
Bacon and Beer Classic – April 29
Round out the month by pigging out on bacon-infused dishes and local brews at the Bacon and Beer Classic. Sample from more than 100 regional beers paired with all kinds of dishes from maple bacon ice cream to bacon clam chowder to our favorite, bacon mac and cheese!
We saved the best for last, didn’t we? Now that you have your plans sorted (you’re welcome) why not get out and about in the city to see some sun! April is predicted to have plenty of golden rays to go around, so go ahead and take your time walking around the city, there’s plenty of gems to be uncovered down every alley!
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