These April festivals, fairs, and parades in Seattle and the Puget Sound region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less). We sometimes include significant events with an admission fee higher than $15, if there are available discounts or even volunteering opportunities that allow you to enjoy the event for free. We’re all about the free.
March 30 – April 1. Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett is a showcase of over 50 of the region’s favorite artists at multiple venues such as the Historic Everett Theatre, the oldest running theater west of the Mississippi. Thousands of people fill the sidewalks, restaurants and venues of Downtown Everett to experience the event. Tickets: 3-day wristband $55.00. Discounts: Early Bird 3-day wristband $45.00.
March 30 – April 1. Sakura-Con in Seattle at Washington State Convention Center. Sakura-Con is the oldest anime convention in the Pacific Northwest featuring Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV’s, industry guests, a huge exhibits hall, and guests of honor. Tickets: As a nonprofit membership organization that is 100% volunteer run, you must purchase a membership. Membership at the door is $80. Discounts: 2017 Pre-Registration membership prices began in July at $50 and increased to $70 about one month prior to the 2018 convention. Children age 6-12 receive a 50% membership rate discount with their family; children age 5 and under receive a complimentary membership with their family.
April 1. UFO Festival in Burien. Annual April Fool’s Day event. A fun-filled gathering to celebrate UFOs and local mysteries like “The Maury Island Incident”. Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring UFOs. Cash costume contests. The event is free and open to the public.
April 1 – 30. Skagit Valley tulip festival:
April 7. The Daffodil Parade in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting:
April 7. Gray Sky Blues Music Festival in Tacoma following the Daffodil Parade. Featuring some of the finest blues musicians West of the Mississippi. Tickets: Multiple venues, cover charge $0-$10/
April 7. Edible Book Festival in Lake Forest Park (EBF) features “books” made of food that have been inspired by a book or pun on a book title, that are exhibited, documented, and then consumed. This is definitely a case of having your cake, and eating it, too. The event is free and open to the public and anyone can register and enter a cake/book.
April 7 – 8. Vegfest at Seattle Center is a food festival for anyone wanting to discover the advantages and pleasures of vegetarian food, whether you are an experienced vegetarian, a beginner, or just curious. With cooking demonstrations, free samples, health screenings, and books for sale, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a special kids section where kids can learn about healthy food while having fun, with clowns, face painting and more.
April 7 – 13. Spring Break festivities at Seattle Center hosts “Our Big Neighborhood – Movin’ Around the World”, a week-long program for Seattle public schools kids ages 7 – 12 and their families. Each day during the week, a different cultural community from the Pacific Northwest will be featured. Participants will be able to fully immerse themselves in a variety of folk customs and cultures—learn a dance, make crafts, sing a song, and get better acquainted with some of the cultural communities that make up Our Big Neighborhood. FREE.
April 13-15. Evergreen Spring RV Show in Monroe at Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Snohomish County’s largest multi-dealer RV Show features the region’s top RV Dealers, huge savings on the new or used RVs, a wide variety of industry experts and product demonstrations. Tickets (good for all 3 days): $7.00 Adults, $6.50 Seniors, Kids FREE. Free parking. See also:
April 14. Junior Daffodil parade in Tacoma. Billed as the largest children’s parade in the state, the parade is four blocks long. Of course, it’s FREE.
April 14. Hawaiian Festival in Puyallup. Come eat ono Hawaiian food, watch amazing Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment, and shop with Hawaiiana vendors. Tickets: Cash donation. Regular (age 12+) $5, children (6-11) $3, age 5 and under FREE.
April 14. Holi Hai color festival in Shoreline. Holi is a carnival of colors, messy but fun. The springtime celebration includes music dancing, copious amounts of various cuisines and of course, and the traditional color-throwing festivities. Dress “code”: White is preferable. The powder used is “Herbal” that washes away very easy. Tickets: $10. Children 12 and under are FREE.
April 14 – 15. International Children’s Friendship Festival at Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion features children from around the world in dance, sing, and music making. Make origami and get faces painted. Free.
April 18. Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Seattle at SIFF Cinema Egyptian screens award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and Native American and indigenous cultures. This year’s theme, Groundswell, celebrates the power of collaboration and directly supports efforts to restore rivers and streams across Washington state. Tickets: $35, includes the Chinook Book, beverage, hors d’oeuvres, and souvenirs. Discounts: $30 when you purchase six or more tickets at once.
April 19 – 22. Spring Fair in Puyallup at the Washington State Fair Events Center features baby animals, pig races, fair food, rides, a garden show, and a demolition derby. Tickets: Adults $12, Students (ages 6 – 18) $10. Kids 5 and under FREE. Parking Saturday – Sunday $10. Discounts: Opening day April 19 (2pm-10pm) FREE kid’s admission (age <19) with suggested non-perishable food donation. Save $2 on admission and ride packages with advance purchase online through April 18 or admission tickets at select locations through April 22. Parking Thursday – Friday FREE. See more deals and discounts here.
April 20, 2018. Short Films at UW Seattle:
April 20 – 22. Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center. Enjoy Japanese art, dance, music, and food. FREE. See also:
April 21. NW Mind Body Spirit Connection in Bellevue features speakers, demonstrations, classes, talks, mini-workshops, and exhibitors focused on holistic health, including topics ranging from organic farming and mindfulness to Nia fitness, sound baths and brain health. Get a mini-reading, try reiki, walk a labyrinth. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is free. Kids get in free. Tickets: $10.
April 21. Jazz Walk in North Bend. Live jazz in venues across town. Just one ticket allows access to all shows at every venue throughout the evening. Tickets: Adults $30, Youth (<15) $20. Discounts: $5 off advance purchase.
April 21-22, Crab Festival on the Washington Coast. A unique family fun experience at the marina in Westport. Crab Races and Crab Feed Saturday 11-5. Crab Derby Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 8-3. Tickets: $2 event admission. Food prices vary $5 – $25. Crab Derby entry fee $5.
April 22. Earth Day Events around the Puget Sound region:
April 26 – May 6. Washington State Apple Blossom Festival:
April 27-28. Arts Walk in Olympia is a festive arts experience that uses creativity to connect and engage people from all walks of life. Many of downtown businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations, and performances. In the streets and sidewalks you will find pop up performances. Free.
April 27 – 29. World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. Immerse yourself in more than 100 drum and dance performances and classes including African, Middle-East, Latin, Indian, Brazilian, and North American music traditions. Free.
April 28. Procession of the Species Celebration (POSC) in Olympia. Conceived to spark environmental change, the Procession follows seven weeks of art, music, and dance workshops to inspire personal local action for wildlife protection. The procession is bound by three rules: no written words or symbols, no pets or live animals, no motorized vehicles or boom boxes (electric wheelchairs are a welcomed exception). Spectators are welcome to join the procession at any point along the route but must also adhere to the rules. Free.
April 28 – 29. Wayzgoose Book & Print Festival in Tacoma. A community letterpress and book arts extravaganza. Meet local printers and view their wares, print your own keepsakes, make paper and bind books. Bring a t-shirt or other fabric to screen print. A highlight of the weekend is steamroller printing, where local artists carve 3 x 3 foot sheets of linoleum and print on giant paper. Free.
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