At the beginning of the year, we look at our readers’ favorite things to do in the past year based upon the number of times an article was visited. In the list below we’ve arranged popular seasonal activities in order of occurrence during the year (most popular season or time period), followed by articles that were popular throughout the year and not attached to any particular season.
Most popular seasonal activities
In spring, usually in the week before and after Easter Sunday, cherry blossom trees burst into flower throughout the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, heralding the arrival of longer days and warmer weather. Driving around the city to take in the view is a favorite pastime for many readers at GreaterSeattleontheCheap.com.
For farms in the Pacific Northwest region, the growing season begins in late spring. For many, this signals the time to gather u-pick crops around the Puget Sound region, which stretch through fall, including berries, stone fruits, and a wide variety of popular vegetables from beans to pumpkins.
While Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer across the country, the rainy season here in the Puget Sound region continues through Independence Day, making it one more reason to celebrate July 4th with fireworks in cities throughout the Puget Sound region. Thousands head to nearby parks for spectacular summertime light shows.
In August, the Blue Angels Show during Seattle Seafair Weekend is the clearly city’s favorite summer activity and the most popular of all the air shows in the Puget Sound region. Aviation enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and people of all ages consider the Blue Boeing F/A-18 Hornets over Lake Washington the most spectacular event of the year.
In the fall, a variety of trees, shrubs, and ground covers around Seattle and Western Washington morph into breathtaking hues of red, orange, and yellow. The colors are most vibrant after hot, dry summers, as they were in 2017 and 2018.
Walking and driving through Christmas light displays is a favorite winter activity in the Pacific Northwest. As the days grow shorter, neighborhoods and commercial displays around the Puget Sound region burn bright with as many as one million lights from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve.
Popular activities any time of year
- A Star Is Born (R)
- Aquaman (PG-13)
- Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
- Black Panther (PG-13)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13)
- Creed II (PG-13)
- Deadpool 2 (R)
- First Man (PG-13)
- Incredibles 2 (PG)
- Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout (PG-13)
- Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)
- Ready Player One (PG-13)
People in the Puget Sound region love a good deal, especially when they can get free food. For this, they check our list of 50+ places to get free food around Washington state for your birthday.
The Seattle-Tacoma metro region offers many ways to entertain yourself without opening your wallet. And while there are plenty of seasonal fairs and festivals, this list of free things to do anytime are open to the public nearly every day and include popular attractions and many outdoor recreational activities.
For a more in-depth experience, there are a variety of places around the Puget Sound region where you can take free tours, including tours about history, technology, food, locally made clothing, gardens, and seasonal attractions.
Known as an epicenter for music development across the country, Seattle boasts many live music venues with low or no cover charges, some with all ages shows.
As we head into 2019, we of course say “aideu” to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and look forward to a new waterfront in the Emerald City.