For April 2018, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap calendar and website for free 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.
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.
April 7. 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.
April 7 – 15. Spring Break festivities at Seattle Center. Our Big Neighborhood – Movin’ Around the World April 7 – 13 for Seattle public schools kids ages 7 – 12 and their families features a different cultural community from the Pacific Northwest each day. 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. International Children’s Friendship Festival April 14 – 15 features children from around the world in dance, song, music making, and crafts.
April 19-21. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is underway and will make a stop in Seattle. Experience the atmosphere as you welcome the eleven teams as they arrive into Bell Harbor Marina (Bell Street Pier/Pier 66) after crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean–more than 5,530 nautical miles–from Qingdao, China. The fleet was originally expected to arrive in Seattle between Saturday 14 – Thursday 19 of April, but conditions in the early part of the race adjusted it to Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 April. Get updates on estimated Seattle arrival times: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/news/article/estimated-arrival-times-to-seattle-usa
April 20 – 22. Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center. There is a huge list of activities, including Storytelling, Ikebana, Calligraphy, Origami, Paper cut art, Crafts, Woodwork, Samurai Armour, Artwork, Non-profit Booths and Gift Shop, Game of Go, Films, Lectures, Kimono Dress-up. Martial Arts, Taiko, Punk band, Traditional Dance, and Koto. Free admission; donations are Welcome! Bring cash to purchase food items. The Gift Shop will Accept VISA and Mastercards.
April 22. Earth Day Events include lots of opportunities to get outside, help cleanup a park or public space, and think about ways you can contribute to the environment in a positive way whether it’s by volunteering in your neighborhood or changing wasteful habit.
April 26 – May 6. Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee (about 150 miles east of Seattle). There are many activities and events throughout the 10-day festival, including a Apr 26 – May 6 Food Fair, Apr 27 – May 6 Carnival Rides, May 4-6 Art & Craft Fair, and May 5 Grand Parade.
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. April 28, watch or take part in Procession of the Species Celebration (POSC) in Olympia to inspire personal local action for wildlife protection. Just remember the three rules: no written words or symbols, no pets or live animals, no motorized vehicles or boom boxes (electric wheelchairs are a welcomed exception).
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.
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.
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