Flower shows are some Spring Events near Seattle


Or Printemps! Spring! Time to stop hibernating. Time to get out and start digging in the dirt. Cleaning house. And getting out of the house for Pacific Northwest Spring festivals and other Spring Events in the Pacific Northwest.

This post is a brief blurb about some of the major Spring events in the Pacific Northwest, 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 featured Spring events from our calendar…but it’s by no means an exhaustive list.

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.

Spring events near Seattle include beer events

For the Beer Lover

Microbreweries abound in the PNW, so there are plenty of beer events to choose from.

In April, you can visit Leavenworth for their Ale Fest if you can’t wait until Oktoberfest or go to the Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest over Easter Weekend.

If Dad’s a beer lover or home brewer, take him to the Washington Brewers’ Festival on Father’s Day in Redmond.

Comic and Scifi Conventions are some of many Pacific Northwest Spring Events

For the Historical Re-enacter or Cosplayer

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 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.

For the Cosplayer:

Finally, if you’re into Sci-Fi, Anime or…ponies, Seattle’s largest Anime convention, Sakura-Con is held Easter weekend, as is Norwescon for Sci-Fi and Fantasy afficianados. Bronies can attend Everfree Northwest, the My Little Pony convention, in May.

Spring Blooms

I feel spring beginning to blossom when I see crocuses as early as February…but tulips and daffodils are a sure sign of Spring. In April, you can view tulips in the Skagit Valley,  you can visit Vancover BC for the Cherry Blossom Festival, or you can go to the Puyallup Valley for the Daffodil Festival.

Sequim celebrates bringing the water inland at its annual Irrigation Festival in May.

The Portland Rose Festival also kicks off in April but runs into the summer. Its Grand Floral Parade happens in June.

For the Lover of the Outdoors

Time to get out and get some sun (get it while it happens!)

Throughout the year, Washington State Parks offers free days where you don’t need a Discover Pass to access parks. Spring dates for 2019 are April 20, April 22, June 1, June 8, and June 9.

For kayakers, paddleboarders, or canoers, the Northwest Paddling Festival is held at Lake Sammamish in May.  Birders can attend the Olympic Peninsula Birdfest in April.

Cultural Festivals like Viking Fest are just some of the Spring Events Near Seattle

Cultural Festivals

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.

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.

French Flair

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.

Cherry Blossoms

With the advent of cherry blossoms, spring also usually has some Japanese festivals. The Vancouver cherry blossom festival is mentioned previously, and, at this point, we do not know the dates for Seattle’s festival.

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 events include wellness events

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.

Craft Shows are some of the Spring events near Seattle

For the Crafty

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.

The Fremont Solstice parade is one of many Spring events near Seattle

In a Class of Its 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.

Upcoming Spring Festivals and Events

These are some of the featured Spring events from our calendar. For all events on our calendar, you can view our event page.

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2019 Moisture Festival

Moisture Festival

March 14 - April 7

The Moisture Festival is an annual variety show in Seattle featuring comedy, cabaret, music, and other performers.



March 21 - March 24

Samsarafest is a festival of yoga, meditation, and healing held in Enumclaw the first weekend in Spring.

2019 Port Townsend Victorian Festival

Port Townsend Victorian Festival

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - March 24 @ 4:00 pm

The Port Townsend Victorian festival celebrates Port Townsend's Victorian heritage with multiple events including high tea, a ball, cycling demonstrations, and more.

2019 Vegfest Seattle vegetarian food festival


March 30 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Even if you're not vegetarian, you may like Vegfest. Putting samples of various Luna bars, teas, and other goodies in my bag was kind of like trick or treat for adults.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1 - April 30

Just writing this puts me in the mood for SPRING! The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April and features numerous events, so I suggest checking their website for specific times. Something to consider when planning to go see the tulips is when the tulips will be in bloom -- which varies from year to year. Generally the colder the weather = the later the bloom. Map of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: I give Tulip…

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

April 4 - April 28

Vancouver BC's celebration of renewal, Spring, and cherry blossoms. The festival has multiple events.

Daffodil Festival Parade

Daffodil Festival Parade

April 6 @ 10:15 am - 5:00 pm

The Daffodil Parade is a signature event of the Daffodil Festival, held every year to celebrate the daffodils of the Puyallup Valley.

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest 2019

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest

April 12 - April 14

The Olympic Peninsula Bird Festival offers opportunities to learn about and view the birds of the Olympic Peninsula.

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

April 13 - July 14

The Portland Rose Festival features a huge calendar of events going from April through July.

Leavenworth Ale Fest

Leavenworth Ale Fest

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Leavenworth Ale Festival benefits Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Leavenworth, with its Bavarian Village seems to me a good place to go for an ale.

Norwescon Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention


April 18 - April 21

Norwescon is a Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held over Easter weekend at The DoubleTree Hilton airport hotel.

SakuraCon Seattle Anime Convention 2019


April 19 - April 21

SakuraCon is the largest anime convention in the Pacific Northwest, held every Easter weekend at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest 2019

Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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The Seattle Scotch and Beer Festival benefits the Seattle Humane Society. Support our furry friends while sampling Scotch whiskey and beer!

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Washington State Parks Free Days 2019

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Sequim Irrrigation Festival

Sequim Irrigation Festival

May 3 - May 12

The Sequim Irrigation Festival has been going on since 1896 and celebrates the bringing of water from the Dungeness River inland to irrigate crops. The festival includes a variety of activities - please visit their website for more information.

Northwest Padding Festival 2019

Northwest Paddling Festival

May 10 - May 11

The Northwest Paddling Festival features over 60 vendors of padding gear, paddling seminars, beginning kayaking classes, and more.

Kitsap Wine Festival Mother's Day Wine and Cheese on Bainbridge Island

Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - May 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Want to do something extra-special for your mom for mother's day (hint, hint, kids). Maybe mom is more of a wine than a tea drinker. This two-day event allows mom to sample the wines of Bainbridge Island.

Color Run Seattle

The Color Run Seattle

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Colorful run in which the runners start wearing white then get doused with colors along the route, ending plastered with a rainbow of color.

Mother's Day Brunch at Tacoma Art Museum

Mother’s Day Brunch at Tacoma Art Museum

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mother's Day at the Museum. Take Mom to a delicious brunch, then enjoy art at the Tacoma Art Museum this Mother's Day.

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Mom-umental Mother’s Day Bout (Roller Derby)

May 12 @ 10:45 am - 3:00 pm

If Mom's not the brunch or tea drinking type, maybe she'd like to go to a Rat City Roller Girls bout.

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