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Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals and Events
Spring is coming! Time to stop hibernating. Time to get out and start digging in the dirt. Cleaning house. And getting out of the house for some Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals in 2020.
Spring isn’t cancelled…but events are right now. With COVID-19, please do your part and STAY HOME unless you’re an essential worker and, if you are, THANK YOU!
I’m keeping this post here in case our events calendar survives this downtime for update next year. And, who knows, perhaps we’ll be able to enjoy some events again by June.
But please don’t assume that an event is happening because you see it here — keeping up with rescheduled events has been difficult. And, who knows, we may start posting some virtual events here as well as more and more things go to online formats such as Zoom.
Stay healthy, stay well, and stay home.
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This post covers some of the major Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals in 2020, especially Spring events near Seattle, including:
- Beer events,
- costume events and conventions,
- flower and garden events,
- outdoor events,
- cultural festivals,
- craft shows, and
- other fun and funky events
- followed by a list of upcoming Pacific Northwest Spring events from our calendar.
We’ll likely be adding some more events in the future that will appear on this post and, as always, if you know of an event you think should be listed here, you can add it here.
Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals: Beers and Brews
Microbreweries abound in the PNW, so there are plenty of beer events to choose from.
If Dad’s a beer lover or home brewer, take him to the Washington Brewers’ Festival on Father’s Day in Redmond.
It’s always a good time to take a trip to Port Townsend! In the Spring, PT is home to not one but TWO festivals for which you can get your Victorian on.
March features the more historically accurate Port Townsend Victorian Festival. However, if you’re more interested in fun and fantasy than historical accuracy, in June there’s the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Hootenany. Get your corsets, googles, and gears ready!
If medieval rather than Victorian reenactment is your forte, the Two Rivers Medieval Faire near Chelan is held in April.
Comic and Anime Conventions
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the largest comic conventions in the PNW: Emerald City Comic Con. Technically, it happens a bit before Spring actually begins — in mid-March, but it’s close enough that it bears mention here.
Finally, if you’re into sci-fi or anime Seattle’s largest Anime convention, Sakura-Con is held Easter weekend, as is Norwescon for Sci-Fi and Fantasy afficianados. (Note: Everfree the My Little Pony Convention has now moved to August.)
I feel spring beginning to blossom when I see crocuses as early as February…but tulips and daffodils are a sure sign of Spring. It’s no surprise that flower festivals play a big part in Pacific Northwest Spring festivals .
Sequim celebrates bringing the water inland at its annual Irrigation Festival in May (note, at the time of this post update, they still haven’t announced dates for 2020.)
The Great Outdoors
What is that shiny thing in the sky? Oh! It’s the sun! Time to look forward to the sunnier days of summer and get outside.
Throughout the year, Washington State Parks offers free days where you don’t need a Discover Pass to access parks.
For kayakers, paddleboarders, or canoers, the Northwest Paddling Festival is held at Lake Sammamish in May (note that at the time this post was last updated, 2020 dates had not yet been announced.) Birders can attend the Olympic Peninsula Birdfest in April.
Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals: Cultural
No post on Spring festivals would be complete without mentioning Seattle’s Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center, which happens over Memorial Day weekend. However, if you’re to the east, Yakima has its own Folklife Festival in June…so you could do both if you wanted to take a weekend trip (note: we don’t have dates for Yakima Folklife yet for 2020…but we’ll update when we do!)
For the Viking
Ya sure ya betcha, Norwegian Constitution Day is celebrated May 17 (syttende mai). In Seattle you can celebrate at Seattle’s 17th of May Festival or, if you really want to get into it, venture to our side of the pond in Poulsbo where where we celebrate it all weekend long with Viking Fest.
For those of us who would rather have la baguette than lutefisk, get your French on at French Fest in March where you can practice your French skills, enter a baguette contest, and take cooking classes.
With the advent of cherry blossoms, spring also usually has some Japanese festivals. The Vancouver cherry blossom festival was mentioned previously, and the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the end of April.
For the Kids
Vancouver BC’s International Children’s Festival is in late May/Early June and has a full calendar of children’s performers and events.
Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals for the Healthy
Even my husband who is most definitely NOT a vegetarian liked Seattle Vegfest. Putting samples of vegetarian treats in our bags was kind of like trick or treat for adults.
For a mixture of yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic cooking, and more, there’s Samsarafest in March.
If I had to run another marathon, I think I’d pick the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, that happens in June on the Olympic Discovery Trail between Sequim and Port Angeles.
For the Crafty
Note: Right now, Urban Craft Uprising has not announced their dates for the following shows for 2020, but I’m keeping them in this post and plan to update them for this year once they are announced. Likewise with the Edible Book Festival — check back for 2020 dates in this section later. If find any more crafty-themed Pacific Northwest Spring festivals, I’ll add theme here!
Urban Craft Uprising puts on a few Spring craft events. Their Summer Show happens in June and features over 150 indie arts and crafts vendors. But I’m putting it on this Spring calendar as well for advance planning. They also offer Spring Fests in Edmonds and Tacoma.
Have you ever loved a book so often that you wanted to eat it? You can at the Edible Book Festival in April in Lake Forest Park. Books made of food are judged, then eaten. They’ve had some pretty creative edible books in the past.
Weird or Wacky Pacific Northwest Spring Festivals in a Class of Their Own
Fremont’s Solstice Fair and included Fremont Solstice Parade happen (as the name implies) as Spring changes to Summer – so I’m putting this on both calendars. Naked cyclists, human-powered floats, art cars, a dog parade, live music and food make this a weekend not to miss.
In March and April at Hale’s brewery near Ballard, there’s the annual Moisture Festival. A blend of comedy, cabaret, and vaudeville, this is one I’m putting on my “to-do” list.
If you don’t like vaudeville, but movies are your thing, the Seattle International Film Festival runs between mid-May and early June.
This event was scheduled for June 6 and 7. At this point, while they have not marked it officially as cancelled, I would be concerned and doublecheck before you plan to consider attending. It looks like UCU was trying to make arrangements with Point Ruston on rescheduling for later in the Summer, but we haven't had any word on what date that might be.
Urban Craft Uprising hosts this indie crafts festival at Point Ruston in Tacoma the first weekend in June.Find out more »