Author Archives: David's Picks

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

March 29-31, 2019

Cherry Blossom Viewing

University of Washington campus (The Quad)

The Quad in the University of Washington campus is probably the #1 spot to view Cherry Trees. The trees were originally planted in the Washington Park Arboretum around 1939, but then transplanted to UW in the 1960s, due to 520 floating bridge construction. They now line The Quad at UW.

Washington Park Arboretum Azalea Way

With 230 acres of gardens, including a Japanese Garden, the Arboretum is definitely a sight to see. You’ll find all types of flowers and trees there, including Cherry Trees on Azalea Way and in the Japanese Garden.

Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard

Seward Park is the original home of the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. Now, the festival takes place at the Seattle Center every Spring. The very first three Cherry Trees were planted in Seward Park in 1929, which were then followed by 3,500 more throughout Seattle in 1930.

Jefferson Park, Beacon Hill

Jefferson Park was very popular amongst Japanese-Americans living in Seattle in the 1920s, so to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday, The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee donated 25 cherry trees to be planted at Jefferson in 2012.

Point Defiance Park – Japanese Garden, Tacoma

The Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Kiyokazu Ota, along with the City of Kitakyushu in Japan, gifted Cherry Trees to Tacoma to celebrate the friendship they have had since 1959. They are planted in the Japanese Garden.

Georgetown Bites
SAT $5 specials from 34 vendors. In the Georgetown neighborhood. Map
(georgetownmerchants.org)

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)

Taste Washington
THU-SUN Wine tasting from from more than 200 local wineries plus food from local restaurants at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Map
(tastewashington.org)

Vegfest
SAT-SUN Vegetarian food festival with cooking demos, samples, book sale and kids’ activities at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Directions
(www.vegofwa.org)

Racing Season Opener at Evergreen Speedway
SAT Stock car races, figure-8, Fireworks. At Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. Map
(www.evergreenspeedway.com)

March 22-24, 2019

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)

Northwest Rodarama
SAT-SUN Hot rods, customs and vintage cars at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Map
(www.nwrodarama.com)

Norwegian Culture and Heritage Day
SAT Traditional Norwegian food, crafts, music, dance, genealogy, children’s activities, vendors. At the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard. Map
(www.leiferiksonlodge.org)

Seattle’s French Festival
SUN Celebration of Turkish culture with a variety of traditional and contemporary food, music, dance, art, and kids activities. At the Seattle Center Armory. Map More Festál
(www.fenpnw.org)


Washington Cask Beer Festival

SAT Handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from innovative regional breweries, admission includes a commemorative tasting cup and tastes at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Location
(http://www.washingtonbrewersguild.org/)

Mariners FanFest
SAT-SUN Q&A sessions with Mariner players and coaches, Zip Line, meet the Mariner Moose and other kids’ activities at Safeco Field. Map
(www.mariners.com)

Port Townsend Victorian Festival
FRI-SUN Victorian Grand Ball, historical theatrics, living history re-enactments, historic home tour, sponsored by the Victorian Society in America-Northwest. Downtown Port Townsend. Map
(vicfest.org)

March 15-17, 2019

Moisture Festival
THU-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)

Emerald City Comicon
THU-SUN The premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Northwest. At the Washington State Convention Center. Map
(www.emeraldcitycomicon.com)

Irish Festival
SAT-SUN Irish & Celtic products, singing, dancing, childrens activities and more at Seattle Center Armory. Map
(http://irishclub.org)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
SAT The Parade travels north on 4th Ave to the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park and ends at the Seattle Center. Map
(www.irishclub.org)

PNNA Coin Show
FRI-SUN The oldest and biggest annual coin show in the Pacific Northwest with 85 local, regional and national numismatic dealer booths. At the Tukwila Community Center. Map
(www.pnna.org)

Seattle Library Spring Book Sale
FRI-SUN Over 100,000 items will be for sale with over 50 categories of nonfiction including art, cookbooks, crafts, gardening, history, music, performing arts, pets, nature and travel. At the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Map
(www.friendsofspl.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)

Doll, Teddy Bear & Antique Show
SAT-SUN Commercial exhibit and sale of antique to modern dolls, bears, supplies, clothing, jewelry at Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Map
(www.dolls4all.com)

March 8-10, 2019

Everett Home and Garden Show
FRI-SUN Home building and remodeling ideas, vendors and information for your home, garden and yard. At the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Map
(www.everetthomegardenshow.com)

Cultural Crossroads Festival
FRI-SUN Featuring some of the area’s best ethnic entertainment on two stages, an international bazaar and exhibits. At Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Map
(www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

Tacoma Remodeling Expo
FRI-SUN Explore hundreds of exhibits on remodeling kitchens, baths, outdoor spaces and more at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Directions & Parking
(www.homeshowcenter.com)

Seattle Bike Swap
SUN Garage sale with deals on new and used bike related goods of all types and sizes. At Magnuson Park, Hangar 30. Map
(www.cascade.org)

International Gem & Jewelry Show
FRI-SUN Diamonds, silver, gold, necklaces, estate jewelry, watches and more at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Map
(www.intergem.com)

Daylight Savings Time Begins
SUN Set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday.

March 1-3, 2019

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/)

Seattle Home Show
SAT-MAR 03 The Seattle Home Show is the Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything for the home – indoors and out – with hundreds of exhibits including builders, remodelers, the latest appliances and fixtures, seminars and wine tasting. At Centurylink Field Events Center. Map
(http://seattlehomeshow.com/)

Poverty Bay Wine Festival
FRI-SAT Enjoy live musical entertainment and the historic setting while tasting wines from over twenty Washington State Wineries and sampling delicacies from local food merchants. Hosted by the The Rotary Club of Des Moines at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines. Map
(http://www.dmnprotary.org/)

Bellevue Collection Lunar New Year Celebration
SAT Celebration features Asian culture including martial arts, dragon dance, Chinese opera, brush painting and calligraphy. In conjuction with the Seattle Chapter of the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America. At Bellevue Square Mall. Map
(www.bellevuecollection.com)

Snohomish Wine Festival
SAT The Festival will showcase 19 wineries from Oregon and Washington and will include many of the Snohomish area wineries. Guests will receive a commemorative wine glass, wine tastings, appetizers from local area restaurants and caterers, and entertainment by Back Porch Blues Unplugged and Bubbles & Fog at A Manor of Wine. Map
(http://snohomishcoc.com)

Sewing & Stitchery Expo
THU-SUN The largest expo of its kind for sewers, quilters and embroidery enthusiasts from around the globe. At the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Map
(www.sewexpo.com)