Looking for things to do in Seattle this April?
We rounded up the best activities and events happening in the Emerald City this month. Some are kid-friendly while others are for ages 21 and up only. (We do have a separate guide full of things to do with kids in Seattle!)
Best of all, many of these events are cheap or even free! We organized the list in mostly chronological order so be sure to scroll all the way through.
Here are the top things to do in Seattle this April:
1. Attend Seattle’s world-famous tulip festival
From April 1 through the 30th, Seattleites make the spring pilgrimage to nearby Skagit Valley to see vibrant fields of tulips. Read all about this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival before you go.
2. Explore The FRIENDS™ Experience: The One in Seattle
If you’re a fan of FRIENDS™ you won’t want to miss out on this immersive exhibit in Seattle. You can still get tickets for select dates this April!
3. Visit Seattle’s museums for free
Every month, most of Seattle’s museums have a free admissions day for all. Read all about the free museum admission days planned for this April.
4. Do yoga at Van Gogh: the Immersive Experience
If you haven’t yet experienced this immersive Van Gogh exhibition in Seattle, you only have until April 16 to get your tickets!
You also have one last chance for a really cool experience: a yoga class at the immersive Van Gogh exhibit. You can get your tickets now for the last yoga class taking place on April 8.
5. Experience cherry blossom season in Seattle
Cherry blossom season in Seattle is a magical time. Don’t miss the U District Cherry Blossom Festival happening through April 2. Later in the month, you can head to Seattle Center for the free Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival taking place April 14-16.
Also, here are all the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seattle this month!
6. Go to Dinos Alive: an Immersive Experience
Kids and adults alike will have a blast at this exhibit that lets you roam among life-size, moving dinosaurs. Get your tickets for select dates in April while they’re available.
7. Enjoy tastings at Carnival of Cocktails
Seattle Cocktail Week takes place during the end of March and the beginning of April at participating bars across the city. The main event is Carnival of Cocktails at Seattle Center on April 1. Read all about this year’s Seattle Cocktail Week before you go.
8. Attend a Candlelight Concert
We can’t think of a more romantic date night than being serenaded by talented musicians while being bathed in candlelight. Here are all the Candlelight Concerts taking place in Seattle this April:
- Candlelight: The Best of Joe Hisaishi at The Museum of Flight
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Radiohead
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele at Lotte Hotel
- Candlelight: 100 Years of Warner Bros.
- Candlelight: Tribute to Taylor Swift at Town Hall
- Candlelight: Neo-Soul and Hip Hop Favorites
Want to treat someone to a Candlelight Concert but not sure which one they’d like? You can now purchase a Candlelight Gift Card!
9. Celebrate Easter with an egg hunt
Here are a few Easter egg hunts and activities in the Seattle area:
- Easter brunch and egg hunt at Columbia Tower Club on April 9
- Egg hunts on select dates at these Seattle community centers (the list is on page 19)
- Teen flashlight egg hunt in Jefferson Park on April 7
10. Brave the The Haunted Tavern
Ready to be seriously spooked while sipping on craft cocktails? There are only a few slots left for this event in April so get your tickets now.
11. Eat and shop at a Polish Spring Bazaar
On April 1, there will be a Polish Spring Bazaar at Polish Home Association (1714 18th Avenue). The bazaar runs from noon to 5:00 p.m. and has free admission. Enjoy raffle tickets, Polish food, shopping, and more.
12. Be wowed at by performers at Moisture Festival
Looking to catch a live show in Seattle? Check out Moisture Festival! It takes place April 1-16 at Broadway Performance Hall. There will be all-ages shows as well as late-night and burlesque shows for the 21+ crowd.
13. Watch Seattle Kraken play a home game
This month, you can catch an exciting hockey game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Here are the Kraken’s upcoming home games:
- April 1 vs. Los Angeles Kings
- April 3 & 6 vs. Arizona Coyotes
- April 8 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
- April 13 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
14. Or catch a Seattle Mariners home game
It’s baseball season! Head to Seattle’s T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners and eat a Seattle dog during these home games in April:
- April 1- 2 vs. Cleveland Guardians
- April 3 – 5 vs. Los Angeles Angels
- April 14 – 16 vs. Colorado Rockies
- April 17 – 19 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
- April 21 – 23 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
15. Treat yourself to free ice cream
On April 3, you can get as many free scoops of ice cream as you’re willing to get in line for at a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. Read all about the upcoming Free Cone Day!
16. Go to a space-themed dance party at Museum of Flight
Seattle’s Museum of Flight is hosting a space-themed dance party called Yuri’s Night on April 8. The museum gallery will be “transformed into an intergalactic nightclub” for ages 21 and up to honor Yuri Gagarin, the first person to orbit the Earth.
17. Cheer on the Sounders at a home game
Seattle loves a good soccer match. Join hardcore fans to cheer on the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field this month at the following home games:
- April 8 vs. St. Louis
- April 22 vs. Minnesota
18. Have fun at the Spring Fair
Seattleites can make the drive over to Puyallup on the weekend of April 13-16 or April 20-23 to partake in fun, rides, and food at the annual Spring Fair. Read all about the Washington Spring Fair before you go.
19. Browse an arts and craft show
If you love art, handmade crafts, and shopping, don’t miss the Best of the Northwest spring show this April 15-16. You can enjoy shopping, eating, and free parking at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Adult admission is $3-$5; children under 13 are free.
20. Swim for free in Seattle’s public pools
Here in Seattle, April 15 is April Pools Day. Seattle Parks and Recreation describes the day as a “great opportunity to teach your family about water safety while having fun.” Check out the event page for the times and locations of the day’s events.
21. Go to happy hour at PacSci
On April 19, Seattle’s Pacific Science Center will host a happy hour for ages 21 and up. Your ticket gets you access to kid-free shows at the Laser Dome and Planetarium and in the Tropical Butterfly House. There will also be drinks and food available to purchase.
22. Attend the Seattle Nordic Film Festival
The Seattle Nordic Film Festival will take place on April 21-23 at the Majestic Bay Theatre in Ballard. This three-day festival will be screening “the best in contemporary Nordic cinema,” and you can purchase individual film tickets or a full festival pass.
23. Celebrate Earth Day with free park admission
On April 22, state and national parks will be granting free admission in honor of Earth Day 2023. Spend your Saturday celebrating Earth Day in nature (just be prepared for more people and less parking). Here are our favorite state parks in WA if you need inspiration.
24. Eat, drink, and shop at Spring Foodie Fest
Calling all foodies! Head to the Stone House Cafe on April 22 for the 2023 Spring Foodie Fest. From 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. there will be DJs, retail vendors, and food from Seattle’s favorite pop-ups.
25. Explore the New Moon Night Market
The New Moon Night Market in Magnuson Park’s Hangar 30 on April 22 is sure to be a fun evening. Your ticket gets you access to 100 retail vendors, 15 food trucks, three bars, live Luchador wrestling, a DJ, and a photo booth bus.
26. Revisit your youth at Seattle’s adult prom
If your prom was a disappointment and you want a do-over, here’s your chance. Seattle’s annual Emerald City Adult Prom is taking place on April 22 at the Grand Ballroom at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport. Formal attire and 21+ up only.
27. Attend the Seattle Black Film Festival
The annual Seattle Black Film Festival is taking place during April 22-30 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Central District. General passes are on sale now.
28. Join a wine walk in Magnolia
Love wine? Don’t miss Spring Vino in the Village on April 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Magnolia businesses will be hosting local wineries so you can sip and shop.
29. Celebrate May Day at this free potluck
Bring your friends and family to this free May Day celebration on April 30 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Meridian Park. There will be music, dancing around the Maypole, kids activities, flower crown making, and a community potluck.