April is here, the weather is a bit warmer, the plants are starting to bloom, life is looking up again. With that in mind, you’re probably ready to see what’s going on this month. Not only that but why break the bank to have fun? Here are 10 of the best free and cheap things to do in Seattle this April.
The best way to celebrate Seattle’s cherry blossoms is, of course, by visiting them. But it doesn’t hurt to enjoy a little bit of extra celebration, especially when it’s a new festival. The first annual U District Cherry Blossom Festival is happening now complete with blooms, food & drink specials, and shopping.
When: Until April 10th
Where: University District
MoPOP’s digital vault is a place where curious minds can explore the museum’s collection from home for free! Right now you can see a sampling of objects from the permanent collection that have been selected by curators and organized into content areas. Even better, more objects will be added soon.
A new month means tons of new additions. April’s Netflix additions are a mix of new originals and some old favorites. While it may not be as big as January’s additions it’s still well worth checking out. You can also see what’s leaving Netflix in April as well.
Now that April is here, gardening season is just around the corner. Whether you’re in need of indoor or outdoor plants, fruit bearers, or simply beautiful blooms, there are some sales you’ll want to check out this month. Expect to find plants in all price ranges so you can take something home that works for your budget.
The SPL Museum Pass program gives you access to the Burke Museum, MoPop Museum of Pop Culture, Museum of Flight, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Aquarium, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience all for free. Pretty cool right? Well get this, now you can also visit, the Center for Wooden Boats, the Henry Art Gallery, the Museum of History & Industry, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
You can see all sorts of cute fuzzy baby animals, livestock, livestock shows, and more at The Spring Fair. Additionally, you’ll be able to see shows like DockDogs, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, and Motorsport Mayhem. Whatever you’re hoping to watch, it’s almost a guarantee the fair has it.
When: April 14th-16th, 21st-24th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Explore BAM’s juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. This year’s biennial focuses on specific fields and areas of studies within the realm of art, craft, and design.
When: Until April 24th
Where: 510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA
The Lyrids are known for being solidly reliable, producing at least 10-15 meteors an hour. That being said, sometimes they like to show off meaning that if you get lucky you might catch a burst with closer to 100 meteors, no guarantees though. Worth a look right?
When: April 15th-29th
Cherry blossoms have started to bloom all around the city, and we rounded up our absolute favorite spots to go see them. If you’re already blossomed out, why not take the time to learn about the bloom’s history?
Where: Click the link above for our picks
The Frye is showcasing work from local “gay folk artist” Jeffry Mitchell. This show highlights his work with lotus bulbs and is sure to be one of the better shows that you see this year. Think bright bright, happy, and fun pieces.
When: Until July 24th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
There are plenty of free or semi-cheap things to do in Seattle this month so get out there and have some fun! We’ll catch you back here in May.