For the weekend February 23-25, 2018 we found an eye-catching mosaic of free and cheap events in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region. Some highlights include a few “Meaningful Movies”—thought-provoking documentaries about issues of the day, stargazing with the Seattle Astronomical Society in parks throughout the region, a native plant sale in Renton, Yo-Yo championships in Seattle, Lunar New Year in Bellevue, a glass show in Kent, health & wellness fair in Mukilteo, a tap dance jam in south Seattle, several opportunities to explore African American culture for Black History Month, an Asian film festival in Seattle, and the annual Women’s Show in Tacoma. See what we mean? So many events, so little time!
We’ve highlighted more things to do below: game events, story times, live music, and more fun all around the Puget Sound region. The complete weekend Seattle event calendar follows.
Free and cheap events in Seattle this weekend
Here are some of the unique or one-time free things to do this weekend that you may not want to miss.
- Free Movie “Killswitch” (R) in Issaquah February 23, 6:30 pm
- Free stargazing in Covington February 23, 7:00 pm
- Native plant sale in Renton February 24, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Free Ladies Classical Music concerts in Seattle and around Puget Sound. Feb 24, 7:00 pm at Music Center of the Northwest.
- $3 glass show & sale in Kent February 24, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Free Pacific NW Regional Yo-Yo Championships at Seattle Center February 24, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Free Lunar New Year celebration in Bellevue February 24, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Free workshop explores racial identity in West Seattle February 24, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Free Child Care and Community Dinner Provided.
- Free stargazing at Green Lake in Seattle February 24, 6:00 pm
- Free stargazing at Paramount Park in Shoreline February 24, 6:00 pm
- Free Matsiko World Orphan Choir choir concert in Covington February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Free all ages chess at Mercer Island February 25, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Free Health & Wellness Fair in Mukilteo February 25, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
- $7-$15 Tap Jam dance in south Seattle February 25, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Admission is sliding scale.
- Free movie ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ (PG) in Seattle February 25, 12:00 pm. Suggested donation $10-$15.
- Free PREVIEW party for 90th Academy Awards in Kent February 25, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
- $10 Tea culture presentation at Chinese Garden in south Seattle February 25, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Suggested donation $10 to $15. Please RSVP.
- Free artist lecture examines African-American racial identities in the Pacific Northwest February 25, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Free exhibit showcases African American artist in Seattle. Tuesday – Saturday through February 28, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- $12 Asian American Film Festival in Seattle February 22-25.
- $15 Northwest Women’s Show in Tacoma. February 24 – 25. Saturday 9AM – 6PM. Sunday 10AM – 5PM.
- Free treasure hunt in Stanwood-Camano. February 16 – 25. Search for the chance to win a hand-blown glass ball created just for this event.
- $13 Seattle home show at CenturyLink, February 17 – 25. Show Hours: Monday – Friday: 12 PM to 6 PM, Saturdays & Sundays: 10 AM to 6 PM. Tickets: $13 adults, $9 seniors (60+), $3 juniors (7-15), under 7 free. Parking: At CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage, CenturyLink Field North Lot and Safeco Field Garage. Buy E-tickets and receive $5 parking at CenturyLink Field Event Center and Safeco Field Garages. Or, vehicles with four or more occupants can take advantage of “Four or More Park Free” in designated parking areas.
- Register youths for ‘Try Hockey Free’ at several area ice rinks. Several try hockey free events in March are open for registration. Advance registration is required.
Free family story times and events especially for kids
There are many all ages events above, but these events are especially designed for children and heir caregivers.
- Free Family Story time in Granite Falls February 24, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
- Free African American Storytelling in Edmonds February 24, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Free story time Tales to Tails in Stanwood February 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Free Build a Truck in Everett February 24, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
- Free Reading with Rover in Monroe every 4th Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Free project for ages 4-12 in Shoreline every 4th Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. February 24: Pop-Ups – Make your very own story-book “pop-up!”
Free 21+ only events this weekend
Free and cheap events for the over 21 crowd:
- No cover live music at Matthews Winery in Woodinville every Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
- $7 live music (21+) at the Blue Moon Seattle. Feb 23, The Lightweight Champs, Etchings, Wells. Feb 24, Contraband Countryband, Thrombus, Dynamite Nugget.
- No cover live music (21+) at 13 Coins restaurants. February 23: 7:00 pm Shaggy Sweet at Bellevue; 8:30 pm Paul Miranda at SeaTac; 9:00 pm Divine Groove Band at Pioneer Square. February 24: 7:30 pm Paul Miranda at Bellevue; 8:30 pm Shaggy Sweet at SeaTac; 9:00 pm Danny Quintero at Pioneer Square.
- Free distillery tours (21+) in Woodinville. Every Friday at 4pm. Every Saturday-Sunday at 12pm, 1pm and 3pm.
- No cover live music (21+) weeknights at Musicquarium in Seattle. February 23: 5:00 PM Kate Voss Duo and 9:00 PM The Hot McGandhis. February 24: 9:00 PM Jelly Rollers. February 25: 7:00 PM Brian Nova Jazz Jam.
- No cover live music and raffle (21+) in Tacoma every Saturday, 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.
- No cover live music (21+) at the Blue Moon Seattle. Feb 25 Ursula K Le Guin Memorial Reading.
- Free country dance lesson (21+) in north Seattle every Sunday-Tuesday, 8:00 pm
- Discount tickets or volunteer for Beer and Scotch Festival in Fremont. Buy tickets online through March 29 to save $10. Volunteer to get Free Admission and a T-Shirt.
Ongoing weekend events
A sampling of popular on-going free and cheap weekend events, most for all ages, from our calendar:
- Free guided meditation mornings in Seattle every Wednesday and Friday, 7:45 am OR 8:30 am.
- $7 international folk dancing in Lynnwood every Wednesday and Saturday, 7:30 pm
- Free glass blowing demo in West Seattle every Thursday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Free LEGO in North Bend every Friday, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Free all ages chess games in Renton every Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- 10% student discount on groceries at Uwajimaya every Friday, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- $5 open mic (all ages) in Snohomish every Friday, 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
- $10 comedy improv at Pike Market in Seattle every Friday-Saturday, 7:00 pm.
- $6 all-ages planetarium show in Lakewood every Friday 7:00-8:00 pm; every Saturday 3:15-4:15 pm.
- Free garden tour in south Seattle every 4th Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
- Free LEGO lab in Snohomish every 4th Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Free yoga class on Vashon Island every 4th Saturday, 10:15 am to 11:15 am
- Free all ages game extravaganza every 4th Saturday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Free aquarium and marine science center in Des Moines every Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Free chocolate tasting in Seattle every Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.
- Free LEGO building in Montlake every 4th Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- $10 guided meditation in Tacoma every Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:15 am.
- Free Boat Rides at the Center for Wooden Boats every Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Flea market in Fremont every Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Free bonsai museum tour in Federal Way every Sunday, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.
- Free Taize prayer service in north Seattle every Sunday, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
- Free open house at Islamic mosque in Kent every Sunday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
- Free Compline prayer chant service in Seattle every Sunday, 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
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