For March 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. We threw in a few extra events since March has five full weekends.
The top 10 free or cheap March events worthy of your consideration are listed below.
March 2, 2019. This year’s Lunar New Year events in Bellevue and Seattle were rescheduled due to SNOW. The celebrations feature traditional and contemporary demonstrations in martial arts, music, dance, and visual arts with a variety of family-friendly activities. FREE events. In Seattle, don’t forget the neighborhood’s $3 Asian Food Walk, featuring tasty bites at participating restaurants throughout the neighborhood. More info: https://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/vietnamese-chinese-new-year-seattle/
March 2-3, 2019. Penn Cove Musselfest features the world famous bivalve as the centerpiece of two days of festivities during Coupeville’s annual spring tradition. The event includes the crowd-favorite chowder tasting, plus mussel eating competitions, farm tours, and activities for all ages. Admission is free. FREE parking at the elementary and high schools south of SR 20 and FREE shuttle to the venue. Free activities include cooking demos, live music, art cars, and kids activities, including fishing from the pier. Visitors to the festival should start at the MusselFest Headquarters, located at the Recreation Hall in the heart of historic downtown Coupeville on Whidbey Island–and the place to buy tickets for ticketed events (Mussel farm tour, chowder tasting, and more). More info: http://thepenncovemusselsfestival.com/
March 3, 2019. The new Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center (formerly Soundbridge) will open its doors. Through state-of-the-art technology, Octave 9 creates an immersive environment for inventive performances and a new home for the Seattle Symphony’s education programs and community engagement. The only known performance venue of its kind in the world, Octave 9 offers a way to experience music as you have never dreamed before. Join us for the grand opening celebration of Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center. Free event, RSVP required. More info: https://www.seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2018-2019/symphony/octave9/grand-opening
March 9, 2019. Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center is the marine classroom and public aquarium of Highline College in Des Moines (16 mi. S. of Seattle). They boast a 38-foot Gray Whale skeleton, 3,000 gallon open-flow aquarium with thousands of native Puget Sound marine creatures, and two touch tanks. The second Saturday there is a live dive, you can also watch a scuba diver at 11AM and 1PM; he is equipped with a full face mask for two way communication and an HD camera that live streams his dive into the aquarium. Great for kids, ADA compliant, and dog-friendly. Don’t hesitate to drop by. FREE admission on Discovery Days, every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More info: https://mast.highline.edu/
March 9 and 23, 2019. Tacoma Astronomical Society (TAS) hosts free public viewing sessions each month at Pierce College near Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood (about 10 miles south of Tacoma). Indoor lectures, demonstrations and workshops are available at public nights regardless of the weather. On nights with clear skies immediately after the presentations, TAS volunteers provide telescopic observations on the moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. On March 9, TAS students will present “Galaxies!”. On March 23, V.J. Huff talks about Jupiter. Free admission, donations are gladly accepted to further public education and outreach programs. More info: http://www.tas-online.org/public_nights.php
March 10, 2019. A team of Everett Daily Herald photographers gives a show and tell of their best photos of 2018, in a free program at Everett Public Library. More info: https://www.epls.org/calendar.aspx
March 15-17, 2019. Getaway: Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival (110 mi. N of Seattle) celebrates migratory birds that flock over the northwest corner of Washington State to the pristine coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay, and Semiahmoo Bay, near the town of Blaine. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area and the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. The festival includes an all-day birding expo in Blaine with expert speakers, exhibits, and kids’ activities. Free admission. Free activities include the all day birding expo, with wildlife speakers, live raptor presentations, kids’ activities, wildlife exhibits and displays. Paid activities include food and art & craft vendors, birding trips, and boat cruises. Purchase tickets at the headquarters or online in advance. Advance purchase is recommended, since some events sell out before the Festival. More info: http://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com/
March 16, 2019. There are two St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the region. In Seattle, the parade begins At 12:20 pm when Irish flag is raised in front of the King County Administration Building (5th & Jefferson). Then Grand Marshals lead the parade north on 4th Avenue from James Street to Westlake Park. More info: http://irishclub.org/st-patricks-day-parade/. In Bremerton, the parade steps off at 11am at 6th, going south on Pacific to 4th Street, turning right to Park Avenue, and turning right on 5th St back up to Pacific Ave. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/380378849381798/ FREE events.
March 16-17, 2019. Irish Festival at Seattle Center Armory features Irish and Celtic products, Irish food and libations, Irish music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, and children’s activities. Free event. More info: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/
March 16-17, 2019. Spring Book Sale at Seattle Center Exhibitions by Friends of Seattle Public Library includes hundreds of thousands of used books, DVDs, CDs, and other media items each year at bargain prices. More info: http://www.friendsofspl.org/.
March 24, 2019. French Fest at Seattle Center 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 admission. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/
March 30, 2019. Every Saturday, you can enjoy free wine tasting at several locations in Seattle: Greenwood, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Capitol Hill, Pike Place Market, and SODO. More info: https://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/wine-tasting/
March 31, 2019. Enjoy a free movie each month at the Ballard Branch Library with a post-film discussion moderated by Scarecrow Video. This month’s movie is “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017), a biographical documentary film about one of Hollywood’s most glamourous leading ladies in the 1940s, Hedy Lamarr. Known as the “world’s most beautiful woman”, Lamarr was also a brilliant inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology. Unrated. Free event. More info: http://www.spl.org/ballard