For February 2019, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap calendar and website for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight a few of the more unique events throughout the region.
The top 10 free or cheap February events worthy of your consideration are listed below.
February 1-2, 2019. Arlington Stillaguamish Eagle Festival celebrates the winter return of eagles to the Stillaguamish River, where they feed on salmon that have come to spawn in the clean river gravel. The eagles also prey on the snow geese that are feeding in the agricultural fields in the floodplain. To celebrate these special winter residents, Arlington hosts the annual Eagle Festival. Free events include guided preserve tour, nature walk, rock & gem display, nature exhibits, crafts, and kids’ activities. Food vendors, bake sale, and soup sale. Free admission.
February 2, 2019. GroundFrog Day Celebration in Snohomish. The Annual Frognostication, “Snohomish Slew” predicts the coming of Spring at this uniquely west coast adaptation of Ground Hog day folklore of Punxsutawney Phil. Slew vs. Phil for the best prediction. Kids Games, Crafts, Music, Mascots, Pictures with Snohomish Slew, Entertainment for the whole family. Free event.
February 9, 2019. Seattle Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival in mid-winter is the largest event of its kind in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. The New Year celebration showcases the diversity and richness of the Asian cultures in our region. The celebration includes traditional dragon and lion dances, drumming, martial arts and other cultural performances, arts, crafts, and family-friendly and activities, plus a food walk with dozens of participating restaurants. Annual $3 Food Walk: Restaurants across the Chinatown-ID has will offer a variety of $3 bites from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. There another Lunar New Year celebration in Bellevue but without the $3 Food Walk, so we tend to favor the one in Seattle. Free events.
February 9, 2019. Emerald City Trapeze show in south Seattle features students of all ages performing fully choreographed acts. Get ready for high-flying fun on the ground and in the air as they amp up the tricks, the air, and the style with their creative and genius skills. Concessions will be available. All Ages Welcome. Free General Admission. VIP Tickets $10, includes exclusive access to VIP balcony. Purchase tickets in advance.
February 15-18, 2019. Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)Washington winemakers’ pair delicious confections with the valley’s best red wines over President’s Day weekend. The Yakima Valley Visitor Center will offer tastes of “Made in Yakima Valley” products. It’s also the place to pick up wine maps, winery offerings & hours, and entertainment for your weekend. It’s the perfect setting for romance in the beautiful countryside. Free admission. Tasting fees vary by location. Optional PREMIER PASS ($35) gets you exclusive benefits. Discount: save $5 on advance purchase.
February 15-18, 2019. Free Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count President’s Day Weekend. On Presidents Day weekend, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project for the long holiday weekend and perfect for families. Take some time to tally the birds you see at home and report them to the international count organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon, and Bird Science Canada.
February 16, 2019. Prize-winning author Marlon James discuss ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ in Seattle, his new series where myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
February 23, 2019. Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championships at Seattle Center. The best Yo Yo players in the Pacific NW compete for the title of Regional Champion and a berth to the National Championships.
February 23, 2019-February 24, 2019. FREE Snow Goose & Birding Festival in Stanwood-Camano showcases why the shores and waters of Puget Sound surrounding the community are internationally recognized as crucial habitat for countless birds of sea, shore, and land. Tours and guides will help you experience one of Western Washington’s most spectacular natural events: the annual winter gathering of thousands of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans, plus flocks of wintering seabirds and shorebirds along with many raptors that call Stanwood and Camano home. Festival headquarters is the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood, WA. The festival programs and tours are FREE, however registration is required for bus tours.
February 24, 2019. Free Chicken Parade in Edison, WA. If you’ve ever headed north to enjoy the scenic Chuckanut Drive in Skagit County (the exit on I-5 is a little north of Mount Vernon), you likely skirted between the towns of Bow and Edison. Now you have a reason to take the detour into town. While the population of Edison was 133 in the 2010 census, the people living there do have a great sense of fun that belies their size. Every February, they host the Chicken Parade, drawing a crowd of 1,000. That’s like the Seattle Super Bowl parade drawing over 5 million. So, if you’re feeling peckish (yes, we said that), give a cluck (and that, too) and head to the parade this year. Don’t be late, the parade lasts 12 minutes and goes for 2-blocks. Then everyone stands in line at the bakery. Makes for a great day trip.