A new month has begun and it’s time to safely get out and enjoy what our wonderful city has to offer.  Even better, there is plenty of fun to be had in Seattle this spring without coming close to breaking the bank. Here are 12 of the best free things to do in & around Seattle this April.

Illustrating Injustice: The Power of Print – Curator Conversation with Dr. Ann Poulson

If you know us, you know that we love the Henry Art Gallery. And this month you can enjoy a free, online curator talk on one of the current exhibitions. This exhibition is Illustrating Injustice: The Power of Print and features works from French lithographer Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) and American photographer Danny Lyon (b. 1942). You’ll learn about the themes and intentions of the exhibition and of course, we also recommend checking it out in person.

When: April 8th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Visit a museum for free

If you have a Seattle Public Library card you can actually gain access to some of the city’s best museums for free! All you have to do is reserve your tickets ahead of time online and be sure to print them before you leave. Some of the museums you can visit include the Burke Museum, Nordic Heritage Museum, and Seattle Aquarium among others.

Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists – Miller Library Exhibit

If you’re a fan of spring blooms then you don’t want to miss out on this exhibition from The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists. It’s their 14th annual exhibition and you can see works by local artists. And if you’re really feeling it you can even buy a piece that will help support the Elisabeth C Miller library.

When: April 9th-23rd
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Re/frame: In reference to…

The Henry Art Gallery is really blessing us this month with tons of events. This event is all about the ways in which artists find inspiration especially through the appropriation of other imagery. If you’re into the arts or an artist yourself, you’ll definitely appreciate this one. And it’s a great way to see works that aren’t always on display at the gallery.

When: April 15th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Scarecrow Academy

If you don’t know about Scarecrow Video, it’s time that you get acquainted. Because it just so happens to be “the largest independently owned video and physical media library in the country”. And it’s right here in Seattle. Plus they have some pretty cool events like Scarecrow Academy that teach you all about film. In this round of courses, you can learn all about film noir!

When: April 17th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Lumberton, Wash. at Greg Kucera Gallery

This show at Greg Kucera Gallery is by artist Joey Veltkamp and the show title makes reference to Lumberton, NC which is the setting of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. By that fact alone, you know that this show is interesting. And we highly recommend that you check it out as it also happens to be at one of the best galleries in the city.

When: Until April 17th
Where: 212 Third Ave S
Cost: Free

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Look for cherry blossoms

The time is here for cherry blossoms to start popping up across the city. And luckily, most neighborhoods have a few trees. But if you want to see concentrated blooms you can check out the list of spots we made. Plus some of them you can even view from home!

Where: Click above to see our picks.

Parable of Gravity

MadArt is back with another amazing show. This time its featuring work from Seattle-based artist Casey Curran. The show centers around large sculptures and the possible futures of Earth. Keep in mind it’s viewable by appointment only.

When: Until April 17th
Where: 325 Westlake Ave N
Cost: Free, by appointment only

National Park Week

If you live in the PNW chances are that you love the outdoors. And National Park Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate just that. Plus you can gain free entrance to any National Park on April 17th! So be sure to plan ahead and take advantage of that amazing deal.

When: April 17th-25th, free park entrance on April 17th.

Author Voices: Brit Bennett

Bookworms, this one is for you! Brit Bennett will be in conversation with Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga at an online event with our very own King Country Library System.  In case you are unfamiliar with Bennett, she is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vanishing Half.

When: April 22nd
Where: Online
Cost: Free

10th Annual Stand Against Racism

The Annual Stand Against Racism happens yearly at Town Hall and discusses the “negative impacts of institutional and structural racism”. This year you’ll be able to hear from Ijeoma Oluo, author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, So You Want to Talk About Race. Not only is this event important for our local community but for the nation as a whole, so we highly recommend that you check it out.

When: April 30th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Score a birthday treat

If you happen to have an April birthday we have some good news for you. It turns out there’s actually a ton of spots that you can score free food on your birthday. And if your birthday isn’t for another month or two you can keep this list in mind for then. It never hurts to plan ahead.

Where: Click above to learn more.

That’s what we have when it comes to the best free things to do in & around Seattle this April. If you get out there remember to be safe. And if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, remember that vaccinations are opening up to adults over the age of 16. So consider adding a vaccine appointment to your list of April plans. Have a great month folks!