Author Archives: David's Picks

May 17-19, 2019

University District Street Fair
SAT-SUN Street Festival season is here! More than 300 local arts & crafts vendors, food, street performers, music, kids’ play area and more. Map
(udistrictstreetfair.org)

Edmonds Jazz Connection
SAT Continuous performances by student jazz groups at various locations in Edmonds. Map
(www.jazzconnection.org)

Seattle International Film Festival
THRU JUN 09 With over 400 features, short films, and documentaries, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States. Venues
(www.siff.net)

Bike Everywhere Day
FRI Celebration stations and experienced riders along major routes will ensure that encouragement, support, and fun are never in short supply. Station Map

Bothell Block Party & BrewFest
SAT Sample beer from local breweries, eat at delicious locally owned food trucks, and experience six of Seattle’s hottest up-and-coming bands. In downtown Bothell. Map
(www.bothellchamber.com)

Kent International Festival
SAT Cultural displays, food, entertainment, World Dance Party and finale concert at ShoWare Center. Map
(kentinternationalfestival.com)

Minefaire
SAT-SUN Everything Minecraft at this official gaming community event. At CenturyLink Field. Map
(www.minefaire.com)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

Seattle Beer Week
THRU MAY 19 Events at 22, bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries celebrating craft beer. Events Locations
(seattlebeerweek.com)

Fisherman’s Village Music Festival
THU-SAT Everett Music Initiative presents Fisherman’s Village Music Festival | 50+ Bands / Multiple Stages — Downtown Everett Map
(www.thefishermansvillage.com)

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show
THU-SUN Featuring 300 new and brokerage boats on display in-water, on land, and at nearby boatyards, plus a 10,000 square foot tent of accessories and service providers. At Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. Map
(anacortesboatandyachtshow.com)

Poulsbo Viking Fest
FRI-SUN Annual parade, Viking Village, carnival, food and crafts in Poulsbo. Map
(www.vikingfest.org)

Gig Harbor Beer Fest
SAT The Gig Harbor Beer Festival is a fund-raiser benefiting the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Foundation.
Map
(www.gigharborbeerfestival.com/)

Port Townsend Rhody Festival
SAT-SUN Craft fair, flower show and carnival in picturesque Port Townsend. From Seattle metro area take the Kingston Ferry at Edmonds and head north on Hwy 104. Map
(www.rhodyfestival.org)

Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade
SAT Annual parade honoring our military with flag corps, marching bands and drill teams in downtown Bremerton. Pancake breakfast before the parade and bbq after. Map
(www.bremertonchamber.org)

Children’s Story Program at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library
SAT Programs are presented one Saturday a month for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. 10:30 AM at the UW Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Map
(depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml)

May 10-12, 2019

Mother’s Day
SUN Honoring Moms everywhere
o Pike Place Market Flower Festival Map
o Free Mother’s Day Parking at Seattle’s Waterfront
o Mother’s Day Social presented by the Bellevue Botanical Garden Map
o Find More Mother’s Day Events

Sequim Irrigation Festival
THRU MAY 12 Craft fair, car show and events for the entire family in historic Sequim. Oldest continuously running festival in Washington State. Map
(irrigationfestival.com)

Seattle Beer Week
THRU MAY 19 Events at 22, bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries celebrating craft beer. Events Locations
(seattlebeerweek.com)

Seattle Maritime Festival
SAT Free harbor tours, fireboat demonstrations, kids’ activities and a chowder cook-off. Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration. At the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard. Map
(www.seattlepropellerclub.org)

UW Taiwanese Night Market
SAT A celebration of Taiwan’s rich culture through delicious food, activities, and entertainment. At the University of Washington Red Square. Directions and Parking
(www.tsauw.com)

Northwest Paddling Festival
FRI-SAT Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear. At Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Map
(northwestpaddlingfestival.com)

Backyard Wildlife Festival
SAT Celebrate wildlife and nature with a variety of exhibitors, vendors, and nature enthusiasts. Features a presentation from local experts Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti. At the Tukwila Community Center
Map
(backyardwildlifefestival.org)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

May 3-5, 2019

Cinco De Mayo
SUN In Mexico, the celebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. In the US, May the 5th has become an ad-hoc commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. Events Specials

Sequim Irrigation Festival
FRI-MAY 12 Craft fair, car show and events for the entire family in historic Sequim. Oldest continuously running festival in Washington State. Map
(irrigationfestival.com)

Issaquah Wine + Art Walk
SAT Enjoy music, art and wines from local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Front Street, Issaquah. Map
(http://www.downtownissaquah.com/)

Cinco De Mayo Food Truck Festival
SAT Live music, street tacos, beer garden and more at Volunteer Park in Seattle. Map
(www.fiesta5kole.com)

Opening Day of Boating Season
SAT Crew races, decorated boat parade, Navy Band concert on the Montlake Cut in Seattle. Map
(www.seattleyachtclub.org)

Bacon and Beer Classic
SAT Craft beers, gourmet bacon dishes from local chefs, music and games. At T-Mobile Park. Map
(www.baconandbeerclassic.com)

Northwest Green Homes Tour
SAT-SUN Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Locations include Seattle, Shoreline, Bothell, and Carnation. Free. Tour Map
(http://www.nwgreenhometour.org/)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

Festival for May at Camlann Medieval Villiage
SAT-SUN Medieval maypole dancing, longbow archery, games, minstrels, blacksmithing, candlemaking, Maypole dance and May Queen at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation. Directions
(www.camlann.org)

April 26-28, 2019

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Mobile Food Rodeo
SUN 30 local food trucks serving their best street food. In Fremont. Map
(Hosted by Mobile Food Rodeo)

Sheep Shearing at Kelsy Creek Farm Park
SAT Watch the sheep being shorn of their winter coats. Enjoy spinning demonstrations, children’s crafts, tractor/wagon rides, pony rides, food, animal viewing areas and more. At Kelsy Creek Farm Park in Bellevue. Map
(www.farmerjayne.com)

Lake Wilderness Fishing Derby
FRI-SAT “Hooked On Fishing” Opening Day Trout Derby with prizes for everyone. Includes kid’s activities, grilled hamburgers, pancake breakfast and more. At Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley. Map
(www.maplevalleychamber.org)

Washington State Trout Fishing Derby
SAT Opening day for this statewide trout fishing derby. Lakes across Washington are stocked with tagged trout, Catch one and win a prize worth up to $1000. Contest runs through October. Find a lake
(fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov)

Camp Lakeview Kid’s Fishing Derby
SAT Trophies and prizes for age 14 and under. Raffle and pancake breakfast. At Camp Lakeview in Graham. Map
(www.camplakeview-wa.com)

Kirkland Wine Walk
FRI June’s Wine Walk is a 21+ event of local wineries offered at downtown Kirkland businesses and commences at The Heathman Hotel, Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland. Map
(kirklandchamber.org)

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
FRI-SUN Live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and marketplace. Map More Festál
(www.seattlecenter.com)

Master Gardener Plant Sale & Learning Fair
FRI-SAT Plant marketplace, veggies, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees plus seminars, garden art and more at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Map
(www.mgfkc.org)

World Rythm Festival
THRU APR 30 Drum, dance, listen and learn in more than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East and more for youth and adults at Seattle Center. Map
(www.swps.org)

Walk’n Wag at Lake Sammamish State Park
SUN 3K walk, pet-friendly vendors, Seattle Fly Dogs/Disc Dogs performance, obedience demonstration, pet portraits, live music and more. All proceeds will benefit Lake Sammamish State Park. Map
(www.lakesammamishfriends.org)

April 19-21, 2019

Easter Sunday
SUN Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus

Kid’s Easter Activities
o SAT Redmond Town Center Spring Eggstravaganza Bunny petting zoo, bouncy house, crafts and more. Map
o SAT Gillman Village Issaquah Easter Eggstravaganza Treats for kids and photos with Easter Bunny. Map
o SAT Bunny Bounce and Easter Baskets for the Animals at the Woodland Park Zoo! Hop, skip or jump to Bunny Bounce for Easter Egg hunts, Easter baskets for the animals and more. Map
o SAT Kent Station Egg Hunt Hunt eggs filled with candy and prizes from local merchants. At the Kent Station mall. Map
o SAT Snohomish Easter Parade Easter bonnet contest, kids’ egg hunt and the only major Easter parade in the state. Map
Find more Easter fun near you

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
FRI-SAT Scotch, Whiskey and Beer tasting, seminars and sales. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Humane Society. At the Fremont Studios in Seattle. Map
(scotchbeerfest.com)

State Parks Free Day
SAT In honor of Spring day, Saturday is a State Park “free day” and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park Find a Park
(www.parks.wa.gov)

National Parks Free Entrance Days
SAT Free admission at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and all other National parks. In celebration of National Park Week. Find a Park
(http://www.nps.gov/index.htm)

Sakura-Con
FRI-SUN The 7th largest North American anime convention with merchants and cultural exhibitors. At the Washington State Convention Center. Map
(www.sakuracon.org)

World Rythm Festival
SAT-APR 30 Drum, dance, listen and learn in more than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East and more for youth and adults at Seattle Center. Map
(www.swps.org)

Children’s Story Program at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library
SAT Programs are presented one Saturday a month for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. 10:30 AM at the UW Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Map
(depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml)

April 12-14, 2019

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Washington State Spring Fair
THU-SUN From garden displays, to racing pigs, to dogs performing amazing water tricks, Spring Fair offers tons of free attractions that the whole family will enjoy. At the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Map
(www.thefair.com)

Seattle Restaurant Week
THRU APR 18 More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $35, and many also offer discounted two-course lunches. Map
(srw.seattletimes.com)

Apollo 11 Mission Exhibit Opens
SAT-SUN Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. A new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 Command Module and other rare Smithsonian artifacts. Through September 2. At the Museum of Flight. Map
(http://www.museumofflight.org)

National Grilled Cheese Day Pop-Up
SUN 20+ food vendors celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day on Sunday, April 14th with a pop-up at the Fremont Sunday Market. Vegan and gluten-free options available. Map
(Mobile Food Rodeo)

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
SAT Anacortes Spring Wine Festival brings 30 wineries, six restaurants and live music to pier one overlooking the scenic Guemes Channel, Map
(www.anacortes.org)

Marine Mammal Mania
THRU APR 14 Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals. At the Seattle Aquarium. Map
(www.seattleaquarium.org)

Best of the Northwest Spring Art & Fine Craft Show
SAT-SUN 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Map
(www.nwartalliance.com)

April 5-7, 2019

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade
SAT Floats adorned with thousands of daffodils on parade through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. Parade Start 10:15 AM
(www.daffodilfestival.net)

Moisture Festival
THRU APR 07 The Moisture Festival is the world’s largest Comedy/Varietè festival, running for four weeks every spring in Seattle. Venues
(www.moisturefestival.com)

Seattle Restaurant Week
SUN-APR 18 More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $35, and many also offer discounted two-course lunches. Map
(srw.seattletimes.com)

Prince From Minneapolis at MoPOP
SAT Opening day of a new Prince exhibit from the Minneapolis Museum. With nearly 50 artifacts, including photos, artwork, a Prince guitar, and outfits from the Purple Rain Tour. At the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle. Runs through December. Map
(www.mopop.org)

Issaquah Wine Walk
SAT Enjoy music, art and wines from local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Front Street, Issaquah. Map
(http://www.downtownissaquah.com/)

Orchid Show and Sale
SAT-SUN The Northwest Orchid Society will showcase a diversity of Orchid specimens cultivated by it’s members. At the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Map
(volunteerparkconservatory.org)

Marine Mammal Mania
FRI-APR 14 Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals. At the Seattle Aquarium. Map
(www.seattleaquarium.org)

Puyallup Truck & Jeep Fest
SAT-SUN Commercial show of 4×4 trucks, parts and accessories. Free Admission. At the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup Directions
(www.4wheelparts.com)

Fred Meyer Fuchsia Saturday
SAT Special price on fuchsia starts with free potting at Fred Meyer stores. Bring your own pots.
(www.fredmeyer.com)

First Caturday at Cal Anderson Park
SAT Cat owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends on leash, stroller or pet carrier. Open to all – free admission. At Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. Map