These March 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 March 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, and beer & wine gardens, plus vendors selling various arts, crafts, and other items.
Check the list below for March 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 about 30 days prior to the start of the month, or whenever the event operators make the information available on their website.
Fairs, Festivals, Parades, and Expos in March
February 23 – March 3, 2019. Seattle Home Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything for the home – indoors and out. Hundreds of home and garden displays, “Meet the Experts” seminars, the newest home and garden products and building materials, green living information, wine tasting, arts & crafts, and home decorating. Tickets: $13 adults, children under 7 free. Discounts: online purchase gets parking discount. More info: http://seattlehomeshow.com/
February 28 – March 3, 2019. Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup is where sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels can learn and be inspired. Whether you’re a lifetime quilter, seasoned maker, devoted cosplayer, or a whimsical DIY-er, you’ll find the newest ideas, materials, equipment, techniques, and tips from industry experts. Tickets: $14. Various classes at additional charge and sell out well in advance (class catalog comes out in December). Discounts: $12 advance purchase online or at selected fabric and quilt stores. 4-Day pass $42 available online only. More info: https://sewexpo.com/
March 1 – 3, 2019. Nordic Lights Film Festival at SIFF theaters in Seattle. A cutting-edge cinematic festival of Nordic films with a focus on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Sápmi. Tickets: Single tickets $20. Festival passes: $75. Discount: available to SIFF members or Nordic museum members. Volunteer positions are booked well in advance. More info: http://nordicmuseum.org/nlff
March 2, 2019. Washington Beer Open House happens every spring at brewers around the state. Most are 21+ only. During the open house, participating brewers will offer tastings, including rare brews, barrel tastings, and new seasonal releases, plus food pairings, guided tours, and other experiences. Most brewers are in the Puget Sound region, but you can also head to the Oregon border, central Washington and the Yakima Valley as well as the Spokane area to find local brewers who will welcome you to their space. Prices vary per location, but average $3-$10 for brews and tastings. More info: https://washingtonbeer.com/washington-craft-beer/washington-beer-open-house.php
March 2, 2019. Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at UW Seattle seeks to inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving. The festival is a noncompetitive celebration of great ideas and problems in mathematics. There are several dozen tables of rich math problems and activities led by volunteers, who are lovers of mathematics from different disciplines, representing mathematicians, teachers, engineers, programmers, and graduate students. While kids are at the festival, Parents are encouraged to join a workshop on supporting mathematical thinking at home through games, puzzles and challenges for deeper thinking, regardless of your own experience. Tickets: $10-$15 sliding scale. Discounts: Free scholarships given to anyone who requests them, without question. Free Parent Workshop from 1:15 – 2:45; no registration required. More info: https://mathforlove.com/julia-robinson-festival/
March 2-3, 2019. Penn Cove Musselfest features the world famous bivalve as the centerpiece of two days of festivities during Coupeville’s annual spring tradition. The event includes the crowd-favorite chowder tasting, plus mussel eating competitions, farm tours, and activities for all ages. Admission is free. FREE parking at the elementary and high schools south of SR 20 and FREE shuttle to the venue. Free activities include cooking demos, live music, art cars, and kids activities, including fishing from the pier. Visitors to the festival should start at the MusselFest Headquarters, located at the Recreation Hall in the heart of historic downtown Coupeville on Whidbey Island–and the place to buy tickets for ticketed events (Mussel farm tour, chowder tasting, and more). More info: http://thepenncovemusselsfestival.com/
March 2-3, 2019. Dollhouse & Miniature Show in Tukwila. Not been to a miniature show in a while, or maybe never? Dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and their miniature contents are completely different from those in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Today, they are works of art you shouldn’t miss. Absolutely EVERYTHING that exists in full-scale, real life is now available in smaller scales such as 1″ = 1 foot or ½” = 1 foot or 1/4″ = 1 foot. Whether it is a hand-crafted or commercially produced accessory for a dollhouse, you’ll find it at this show. Take your time, bring your camera and vote for your favorites. Extraordinary exhibits are sure to spark your own creativity. Sign up for a workshop, or attend a how-to demonstration. Free classes for kids, too. Tickets: Adults $7, children under 12 FREE. Parking is FREE. More info: http://www.seattleminiatureshow.com/
March 3, 2019. The Annual Reign of Style Hair Show & Competition displays the talents of hairstylists, beauticians, make-up artists, cosmetology students, and fashion designers from Seattle, Tacoma, and surrounding areas. At the show you will see the participants creativity and passion for hair, beauty, and fashion. These hair & beauty enthusiasts seize the chance to compete for cash, prizes, and notoriety in a variety of categories, all the while entertaining a large and lively audience. This fun, family-friendly event has become the largest and most anticipated hair show and competition in the Northwest. Tickets: $15 (General show & competition). More info: http://www.reignofstyle.com/
March 8, 2019. Animation Show of Shows at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle is a film festival presenting exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. The series has something for everyone and is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world. Tickets: $14. Discount: SIFF Members. More info: https://www.siff.net/year-round-cinema/the-20th-annual-animation-show-of-shows
March 8-10, 2019. Everett Home & Garden Show at xfinity arena. Featuring Backyard landscape display with Whispering Pines Landscape exhibit. Daily free public Wine & Beer Tasting at this exhibit every day: Friday 4 to 5pm, Saturday 3:30 to 4:30 pm, and Sunday 2:30 to 3:30pm. The Wine Tasting is sponsored by &Black Appliance. Expert speakers covering many important lawn and garden topics, from home remodeling experts and interior designers. Back again by popular demand is the Montana Dinosaur exhibit by Mark Eatman, Paleontologist, bringing his fascinating Dinosaur exhibit, a unique collection of prehistoric displays that are educational, interesting, and rare. Hours: Hours: Fri: 12 Noon – 6 PM, Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM. Tickets: Tickets: Adults $7.00, Seniors (55+) $6.50, Military Families with ID $2 each. Kids 16 and under Free. Discounts: FREE Admission between 10am and 11am on Saturday. Click for $2 OFF COUPON on regular tickets. More info: http://everetthomeandgardenshow.com/
March 8-10, 2019. Tacoma Remodeling Expo at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. One-stop Remodeling Expo where you can connect with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts in the region. Discover the latest innovations and design trends for cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows, landscaping and hardscaping, plus exterior products. Hours: Friday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults $5. Children Under 18 FREE. Discount Get a ticket discount. More info: http://www.homeshowcenter.com/overview/tacomahome
March 9, 2019. Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle is a showcase of illuminating and unconventional films judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction, fantasy, and speculative cinematic arts. Tickets: $22. More info: https://www.mopop.org/sffsff
March 9, 2019. Kids’ Arts Day at Kent Commons. A full day of hands-on art for kids pre-school to 5th grade. Over 15 different hands-on art projects lead by professional artists will light the creative spark in kids and parents. Stage entertainment will run throughout the day and feature a special performance by Caspar Babypants at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 for kids age 2+, all projects included. Parents and guardians and children under 2 are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase or you may bring your own. More info: https://www.kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/arts/kent-kids-arts-day
March 9-10, 2019. The annual Northwest Women’s Show is a chance to celebrate & connect with women while showcasing the best of living in the Northwest through fashion, health, food, fun and entertainment with over 200 booths and 3 entertainment and demo stages. Plus, national and local celebrities will make special appearances and performances. This show is for women of all ages to come together to bond, learn, sample and be inspired. Tickets: $15. Discount: BECU members can get $4 off admission; purchase your tickets at the door with no additional fees by just showing your BECU card or a copy of your most recent statement. For online purchases enter your BECU offer code (the first six digits of your BECU debit or credit card). More info: https://nwwomensshow.com/
March 10, 2019. The Seattle Bike Swap is a fun day for scouting out the perfect addition to your collection–or learning about options if you’re new to bicycling. This huge sale is one day only, so don’t miss out. Find a great selection of bikes and bike-related goods of all types and sizes. It’s a good idea to come with cash, though some sellers may take credit. Bring a Helmet along if you want to test ride. Tickets: $7 basic members. Kids 15 and under are free. More info: https://www.cascade.org/node/6882#Admission
March 15-17, 2019. Peninsula Home & Garden Expo. Enjoy a wide variety of products and services from many trades and a one-stop shop for all your home and garden needs. Tickets: $6 per day. FREE for children 12 and under. Discounts: $10 All Access Pass (allows you to come back all three days). In years past, they’ve had a $1 off coupon on their website, but we haven’t seen one yet for 2019. More info: https://kitsapbuilds.com/home-garden-expo/
March 15-17, 2019. Pacific Northwest Coin Show at the Tukwila Community Center. The oldest and largest annual coin show in the Pacific Northwest. Dozens of local, regional and national dealers will cover 85 tables with a wide selection of numismatic (coins, currency, and medals) and exonumia (tokens, badges, medallions, scrip) in all price ranges from colonial and modern U.S. commemoratives, Greek coins and Roman coins along with coins of all other ancient civilizations, foreign coins, medieval coins, modern world coins, and everything in between. Currency and colorful foreign bank notes. Beautiful and historic medals. Interesting tokens. All kinds of bullion. Free off-street parking. Tickets: $2.00 per day. Children 12 and under are free. Discount: $5.00 for all three days. More info: http://www.pnna.org/convention/convention.html
March 15-17, 2019. Quilters Anonymous Annual Quilt Show in Monroe at Evergreen State Fairgrounds is one of the largest quilt shows in the region, featuring more than 500 quilts in traditional and innovative styles, plus demos and merchant mall with quilts, fabrics, and other quilt-related goods available for purchase. Free demonstrations of various quilt-making techniques will be offered throughout each day. Parking is free. Tickets: $9.00. Discount: Bus arrivals receive a discount. More info: http://www.quiltersanonymous.org/index.php/Quilt-Show.html
March 15-17, 2019. Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival celebrates migratory birds that flock over the northwest corner of Washington State to the pristine coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay, and Semiahmoo Bay, near the town of Blaine. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area and the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. The festival includes an all-day birding expo in Blaine with expert speakers, exhibits, and kids’ activities. Free admission. Free activities include the all day birding expo, with wildlife speakers, live raptor presentations, kids’ activities, wildlife exhibits and displays. Paid activities include food and art & craft vendors, birding trips, and boat cruises. Purchase tickets at the headquarters or online in advance. Advance purchase is recommended, since some events sell out before the Festival. More info: http://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com/
March 16, 2019. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seattle travels north on 4th Avenue from James Street to Westlake Park. The parade features Irish bands, pipers, dancers, and 2,000 marchers. At 12:20 pm, the Irish flag is raised in front of the King County Administration Building (5th & Jefferson), followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and US National Anthems. Then at 12:30 pm, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal lead Seattle’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade up 4th Avenue. Head to Seattle Center for closing ceremonies at the Armory at 2:30 pm; travel for free via the Monorail from Westlake to Seattle Center. FREE event. More info: http://irishclub.org/st-patricks-day-parade/
March 16, 2019. Holi Festival of Colors in Seattle on Capitol Hill celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. All nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate. Two shows: all ages afternoon event and 21+ only nightclub event. Ticket price includes color packets. This event historically sells out, so do not miss this happiest of festivals in Seattle. Get your tickets and be prepared to get bedazzled at the wildest most colorful party in town, complete with that Bollywood flair. Tickets: $25. Kids (age 6-12) $10.Discount: Save with online advance purchase or groups of four. More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-holi-hai-9th-annual-color-festival-jai-ho-party-tickets-55945312937
March 16-17, 2019. Irish Festival at Seattle Center Armory features Irish and Celtic products, Irish food and libations, Irish music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, and children’s activities. Free event. More info: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/
March 16-17, 2019. Spring Book Sale at Seattle Center Exhibitions by Friends of Seattle Public Library includes hundreds of thousands of used books, DVDs, CDs, and other media items each year at bargain prices. More info: http://www.friendsofspl.org/.
March 16-17, 2019. The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival celebrates opening day for harvesting one of the most sought after shellfish in the state of Washington. Recreational digging for razor clams is truly a family sport, enjoyed by young and old alike. To dig for razor clams, you need a clam license, clam shovel or specialized tube, and container (a plastic bucket will do) to collect your clams. The Festival offers activities for the entire family, including clamming “101” and other workshops, chowder contests, clam art, food, live music, beer & wine tasting, vendors selling handmade crafts and fishing gear, and kids activities. More info: https://www.osrazorclamfestival.org/.
March 16-17, 2019. Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup is a marketplace for fine antiques, dolls, teddy bears, miniatures, supplies, furniture and accessories. Support Seattle Children’s Hospital at their Bargain Boutique booth. Bring up to two dolls or bears from your collection for appraisal. FREE Parking. Show returns in June and Oct. Tickets: $8.00, Children under 12 $4.00. Discount: Print the flyer on their website for a discount coupon. More info: http://dolls4all.com/puyallup-wa-2/
March 22, 2019. More Music @ The Moore in Seattle features exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles. The performance celebrates the rich musical talent of youth in our community and provides musicians, regardless of what style they play, the opportunity to make music together. All ages. Bar with ID. Tickets: $17. Discount: $2 off with advance purchase. More info: https://www.stgpresents.org/education/more-music
March 22 – April 8, 2019. Plate of Nations (PON) in south Seattle is a miniature restaurant-week-style event of international proportions. PON takes places at independently-owned ethnic eateries along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in the Rainier Valley. For two weeks every spring, Plate of Nations inspires food lovers and curiosity seekers to sample $20 and $30 sharable plates–hearty sampler meals that can easily enjoyed by two (sometimes three) people. More info: http://www.plateofnations.com/
March 23, 2019. Holi Festival of Colors in Bellevue at Crossroads Park is when powdered color flies, a DJ plays dance music, and Indian food is sold. Ticket includes admission to the event. Color & food available for purchase. Children younger than 15 are free. Tickets: $12 at the door. Discount: $10 online advance purchase. $8 group tickets (10 or more tickets). More info: http://events.sulekha.com/festival-of-colors-holi_event-in_bellevue-wa_339273
March 23, 2019. Holi Festival of Colors in Seattle at Phinney Center. Celebrate this traditional Indian festival with music, dance, storytelling, food, and a fun color fight at Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N. With each ticket you get two color packets, with the opportunity to buy more on site. Tickets support the cost of putting on the festival. Tickets: $12 day of event. Kids 5 and under are free. Discounts: $10 in advance. A pay what you can option is available. More info: https://www.phinneycenter.org/calendar/holi-festival-colors-2019/
March 23-31 and April 6-7, 2019. Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) at the Stroum Jewish Community Center explores and celebrates global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and film for everyone. It is the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons and garnering international acclaim. SJFF showcases the best international, independent, and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema. Tickets: Single: $15. 8-pack: $125. Festival pass: $225. Discounts: available to SJFF members. Volunteers can receive free film vouchers. Teen Tix $5. More info: http://www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/
March 24, 2019. French Fest at Seattle Center is a celebration of French-speaking cultures that includes live music, French food, a wine tasting, best baguette contest, and children’s activities in the Armory at Seattle Center. FREE admission. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/
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