These April fairs, festivals, parades, consumer shows, and expos in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less*), or discounts that bring the price down on more costly, but popular events. *We list regular ticket prices without fees or discounts.
Many of these April fairs and festivals have free activities, as well as those for a fee. Free activities often include music, entertainment, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. There is often food for purchase. There may be other adult and kids’ activities, free and paid, such as tours, face painting, amusement rides, beer & wine gardens, and vendors selling various arts, crafts, and other items.
Check the list below for April event details for free and paid fairs and festivals, including ticket discounts, directions and parking, optional free or paid activities, and other information. Note: we update this information for the upcoming year prior to the start of the month, or whenever the event operators make the information available on their website.
April 1 – 30, 2019. Skagit Valley tulip festival every year, April 1-30, is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest. The festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one “site” that you go to for your visit. More info:
April 5 – 6, 2019. Getaway: Leavenworth Mountain Film Festival (135 miles east of Seattle) showcases the best recent short films with a focus on outdoor pursuits and the natural world. Tickets: $15 at the door, kids (12 and under) $5. Discount: advance purchase Friday/Saturday Combo Tickets.
April 6, 2019. The annual Daffodil Parade takes place in four Pierce County cities: Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. The Parade is part of a week long festival that inclues many smaller events and parades:
April 6, 2019. 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 6-7, 2019. 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 6-12, 2019. Movin’ Around the World: Spring. Experience the cultures of the world through seeing and doing! Through a unique combination of performance and interactive lessons, you can fully immerse yourself in the variety of folk customs and cultures of the Seattle region. Presented during the week of Seattle Public Schools’ spring break, music, dance, and hands-on activities will be available that celebrate the diversity and traditions of Our Big Neighborhood with a new focus each day. Part of Our Big Neighborhood, an exciting new program for kids to replace the 30-year-old Whirligig family festival at Seattle Center.
April 11-14, 2019. 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. Parking Thursday-Friday FREE. Parking Saturday-Sunday $10. Tickets: $12. Kids 5 and under FREE. Discounts: Save on admission and ride packages with advance purchase online. Opening day FREE kid’s admission with suggested non-perishable food donation. More info: http://www.thefair.com/spring-fair
April 12-14, 2019. 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. Free parking. See also:
April 13, 2019. Hawaiian Festival in Puyallup. Come eat ono Hawaiian food, watch amazing Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment, shop with Hawaiiana vendors, and experience Hula and Hawaiian Music. Tickets: Suggested donation $3-$5. Age 5 and under FREE.
April 13, 2019. Polish Club Spring Bazaar offers Polish crystal bowls and vases, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs, and other goods. Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes served by the young waiters clad in Polish folk costumes and buy home-made desserts and pastries to enjoy or take home. Live entertainment. FREE event.
April 13, 2019. 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 13-14, 2019. Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show in Seattle at Magnuson Park has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30. Show repeats in November. Parking is free Tickets: $10. More info: http://nwartalliance.org/
April 20, 2019. 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 20, 2019. Getaway: 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. Crab Derby entry fee $5. Food prices vary $5 – $25.
April 21, 2019. Easter Sunday. More info:
April 25-28, 2019. Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) hosts provocative films and works about the Black experience from independent filmmakers. In the heart of Seattle’s historically black neighborhood, the festival features hands-on workshops, discussions, and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders, housed at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. The event is the culmination of a year’s worth of community-building through a series of smaller events that provide audiences with unique cinematic and filmmaking opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival. The festival focuses on established names and emerging talent in Black cinema and creating ways for audiences to connect with filmmakers and filmmaking through interactions in and outside the theater. Tickets: Individual films $12. Opening night April 19 $20. Discount: Festival Pass $90 (includes opening night and saves $50 over individual ticket prices).
April 25 – May 5, 2019. Washington State Apple Blossom Festival:
April 26-27, 2019. 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 26-28, 2019. Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations. The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series. You might also like:
April 27, 2019. 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 27, 2019. World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Seattle Chinese Garden. For the past two decades, people have set the qi aflow in hundreds of cities in more than 80 nations spanning six continents. Everyone — beginners to long-time practitioners — can join the wave of qi energy flowing around the globe. Children are welcome too. Observers can watch from the east and south sides of the courtyard. The session is free and informal, so drop in any time. Donations are always appreciated! More info: http://seattlechinesegarden.org/
April 27-28, 2019. 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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