Celebrate Spring! PNW Spring Festivals and Events
Celebrate Spring! PNW Spring Festivals and Events
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.
For the Beer Lover
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Upcoming Featured Events
List of Events
The Moisture Festival is an annual variety show in Seattle featuring comedy, cabaret, music, and other performers.
Samsarafest is a festival of yoga, meditation, and healing held in Enumclaw the first weekend in Spring.
The Port Townsend Victorian festival celebrates Port Townsend's Victorian heritage with multiple events including high tea, a ball, cycling demonstrations, and more.
Seattle French Fest is a celebration of French speaking cultures and is held every March in the Seattle Center Armory. Music, dance, theater, wine tasting, a "best baguette" contest, cooking demonstrations, games. They had me at "wine tasting. Admission is free, but there are some charges for events like the wine tasting or raffle drawing.
The Port Gamble Theater is presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream between March 29 and April 14 as part of their 2019 season.
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.
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 BC's celebration of renewal, Spring, and cherry blossoms. The festival has multiple events.
The Daffodil Parade is a signature event of the Daffodil Festival, held every year to celebrate the daffodils of the Puyallup Valley.
The Olympic Peninsula Bird Festival offers opportunities to learn about and view the birds of the Olympic Peninsula.
The Portland Rose Festival features a huge calendar of events going from April through July.
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 is a Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held over Easter weekend at The DoubleTree Hilton airport hotel.
SakuraCon is the largest anime convention in the Pacific Northwest, held every Easter weekend at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
The Seattle Scotch and Beer Festival benefits the Seattle Humane Society. Support our furry friends while sampling Scotch whiskey and beer!
Every year, Washington State Parks offers several free park days where you can discover state parks without having a Discover Pass or paying a day fee. These are the remaining dates for 2019.
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.
The Northwest Paddling Festival features over 60 vendors of padding gear, paddling seminars, beginning kayaking classes, and more.
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The Seattle International Film Festival features over 400 films including documentaries, feature films, and shorts from countries throughout the world.
Get ready to pillage! Poulsbo's annual event celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day features (other than vikings) a parade, competitions, carnival rides, vendors, live music, and lots of food. Nothing to say "Uff Da!" about!
The Seattle 17th of May Festival celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, Seattle's (traditionally) Norwegian neighborhood.
Like most Seattle events, the Northwest Folklife Festival, held Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center, has grown considerably from its beginnings in 1972. It features over 6000 volunteer performers including musicians, dancers, theater groups and has no admission charge so everyone can attend (though, of course, food or craft vendors are not free) but you can make a donation. There are too many individual events to list here, so please visit their website. Here's a video about the Northwest…
The Kitsap Harbor Festival takes place Memorial Day weekend at the Bremerton and Port Orchard Marinas.