For April 2018, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap calendar and website for free (and a couple cheap) events that you might not want to miss. Since we publish hundreds of events every week, we like to highlight the best free things to do in the coming month. We shoot for one or two events every week, sometimes we can’t narrow it to ten. There’s just too much fun, free and cheap stuff to do around the Puget Sound region!
April 1 – 30. Skagit Valley tulip festival. A premier destination event for the Pacific Northwest, about 60 miles north of Seattle, makes an easy day trip, whether you want to bring the whole family or a steal away on a cheap date. The festival is a driving tour through hundreds of acres of blooming flowers scattered across farms throughout the valley, including tulips of course, as well as daffodils, irises, and hyacinths. You can extend the trip with activities in the region, such as art galleries and museums, breweries and wineries, farms and nurseries, tours (on land or in the air), an plenty of food options. Free event.
April 6, 2019. The Daffodil Parade in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. Second only to the summertime Washington State Fair in Puyallup, the Daffodil Festival is an annual celebration of the history and traditions in four Pierce County cities, beginning at 10:00 AM in Tacoma and ending in Orting around 5:00 PM. Despite the loss of the daffodil farmers throughout the years, the region is still fertile ground, continuing to sprout new ideas and ways of thinking, ingenuity, industry, and innovation. Free event.
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. Free event.
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 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 event.
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 20-21, 2019. Getaway: Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting (145 mi. SE of Seattle). Experience barrel tasting in an intimate environment at wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, from Union Gap to Outlook in the Yakima Valley, Washington. Free event. Tasting fees vary by location.
April 21, 2019. Easter Sunday. More info:
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. Free event.
April 27, 2019. Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent and hosts its own party. Events might include authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, plus exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Use #SEABookstoreDay in your social media conversations. Official Passport Maps are available at every participating bookstore. When you visit each store, make sure to get your passport stamped by a store employee, and when you visit your last store for the day, turn in your passport. If you’ve visited three or more stores, you’ll get a 30% coupon, good for a one-time use at any participating store. If your passport has stamps from all stores, you’ll get an invite to the Grand Champions party and get you your Grand Champion Card, good for a 25% discount all participating stores for the following year. Free event.
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 event..
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 event.
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