March 1 – 31 – Dine Around Seattle
Eat your local heart out. Dine Around Seattle is Seattle’s biannual dining promotion offering great deals at local, independent restaurants. Each participating restaurant will feature 3-course prix-fixe menus including an appetizer, entree and dessert.
March 15 – St. Patrick’s Day Dash
There’s a little Irish in everyone at the St. Patrick’s Day Dash. For the 31st year, this family-friendly event invites you to run, walk, jog or crawl. Costumes are highly recommended. (Yes, there is a costume contest.) Plus, several of the local pubs will be showing off their Irish pride with green decorations, Irish food, and beer.
March 21 & 22 – VegFest
Calling all veggies lovers. This vegetarian food festival will feature a large selection of free food samples, cooking demonstrations, talks from nutrition experts and free health checks.
March 24 – 29 – APRIL Literary Festival
APRIL, the acronym for Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature, might make you think this multi-day book lovers festival was indeed happening in April. But you would be wrong. As with most literary delights, it’s a little bit funky and takes place in March. Gather to hear funny, serious and provocative readings from independent writers.
March 28 & 29 – Taste Washington
Finding time to sample all of Seattle’s best culinary bites can be nearly impossible. There are just so many restaurants to visit! But, Taste Washington makes it a whole lot easier. Forty of Seattle’s top restaurants and chocolatiers will set-up shop at the CenturyLink Event Center and share their tasty treats. The only question is, do you have a big enough appetite?
March 28 – Cask Beer Festival
Experience the artistry of craft brewing in the form of traditional cask-conditioned beer. The Washington Cask Beer Festival features one-of-a-kind handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from over 40 Washington breweries. To remain true to the spirit of “real ale” all beers are conditioned naturally without artificially introducing CO2 into the cask and will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine.
April 1 – 30 – Tulip Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features endless fields of tulips. Blooms come in every variety and experts abound. Have questions about how to get these beautiful flowers to grow properly? They have you covered. Looking for a unique collection of bulbs? This is the spot. Simply want a great afternoon full of food, wine, and flowers? This has your name written all over it. Discover the riot of color.
April 3 – 14 – Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival
Whether you’re a beer aficionado or a lover of all things peat and smoke, the Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont offers a large selection of regional and international tastes. You’ll have the opportunity to attend scotch workshops and learn about the intricacies behind this aged drink. Brewers will be pouring their own microbrews, giving you the chance to speak with them directly. You’re invited to ask questions, savor samples and explore new tastes.
April 12 – 16 & 19 – 23 – Seattle Restaurant Week
Food lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest look forward to the bi-yearly Seattle Restaurant Week as soon as the last one ends. This multi-day event features the best of Seattle’s restaurant cuisine at a fixed-price three-course tasting menu.
April 24 – Arcade Lights Artisan Food, Craft Beer & Wine Festival
Chefs and brewers are going to throw down at this food-lovers festival. Local ingredients will be used to create savory and sweet bites that will wow your taste buds. Craft brewers will present their best pours. And, a collection of exceptional wines will be available.
May 2 – Mobile Food Rodeo
The Mobile Food Rodeo may have started with a couple dozen food trucks and a few hundred hungry people. But, it’s grown into one of the largest food truck festivals in the United States. Located in Fremont, vendors will dish up everything from fine cuisine to your typical fried food goodness from their kitchens on wheels. The only question is – can you bring a big enough appetite to taste everything?
May 6 – 9 – Ballard Jazz Festival
Artists abound in Ballard’s old town. This multi-day festival features the creative juices of world-class jazz musicians.
May 7 – 17 – Seattle Beer Week
Seattle Beer Week is a hop filled extravaganza. More than 15 local pubs, tap houses and breweries will host more than 40 different events. This is the perfect opportunity to taste rich stouts, participate in carnival games, indulge in food and beer pairings and more.
May 14 – June 1 – Seattle International Film Festival
For the last 40 years, the Seattle International Film Festival has brought the world’s greatest films to Seattle, showcasing every genre imaginable and providing experiences like no other. Over the course of 25 days, the festival will show more than 400 full-length films, more than 150 short films and nearly 70 documentaries from nearly 100 different countries. You’ll have the opportunity to see over 100 premiers, take classes and view live performances.