Welcome to the first full weekend of April! Spring is officially in full swing and it’s time to kick off one of Seattle’s most exciting seasons with some fun. Here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Seattle this weekend.

The Freakout Weekender

The Freakout Weekender comes from the folks behind Freakout Festival. While it’s only two days long it’s bigger than you might think. “The multi-venue, multi-cultural Seattle music festival will feature over 40 artists from around the globe, including Antibalas, Austra, Molly Burch, Armand Hammer, Efterklang, Surfbort, Tunde Olaniran, Cobra Man, Public Memory, Mintfield, and many more.”

When: April 1st & 2nd
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: $50-$225

Down The Rabbit Hole at Nordo

Down The Rabbit Hole is centered around the themes of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. You’ll get to watch as your favorite tales like “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “The Stolen Tart” are set to original music and performed by a local cast. It’s an experience designed to cater to all the senses.

When: Begins April 1st
Where: 103 South Main Street
Cost: $95-$105 per person

Rainier Beach Community Seed Swap

If you’re a fan of starting your garden from seed this event is for you! “Bring your garden-saved seeds, excess seeds you have from opened packets, or just yourself if you’re just getting started. We’ll have some seeds to share too.”

When: April 2nd
Where: 5513 S Cloverdale St

Puget Sound Gesneriad Society Show & Sale

House plant enthusiasts this sale is for you! You’ll be able to see “show-quality gesneriads including African Violets, Streptocarpus, Sinningias, Columneas, Aeschynanthus, Episcias, and Kohlerias.” You’ll also be able to purchase a few of said beautiful blooms for your own collection.

When: April 2nd
Where: 1402 E Galer St

Beach House

Indie rock gods Beach House are helping Seattleites start April with some smooth tunes and old favorites. You’ll also be able to hear from special guest Ami Dang.

When: April 3rd
Where: 911 Pine Street
Cost: $90+

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Enjoy one last brew at Hale’s Ales

One of Seattle’s OG independently owned breweries is closing early next month. If you’re looking to have a brew with some friends you might as well get out there and show them some love. Cheers to the weekend right?

Where: 4301 Leary Way NW
Hours: Monday-Friday 3 pm-9 pm and Saturdays 12 pm-9 pm, Closing April 9th

Treat yourself to some sushi

Haven’t eaten out in a while? Why not treat yourself to some sushi? After all, it’s one of the foods the PNW does best. Not only that but we went ahead and created a list of spots that you should check out in Seattle.

Seattle Moisture Festival

This festival is actually the world’s largest Comedy/Varieté festival.  It centers around 3-15 minute acts performed by artists accompanied by a live show band. To make things even more interesting, you never know what you’ll see on stage. Generally, you can expect aerialists, jugglers, magicians, comedians, and more.

When: Until April 10th
Where: 4301 Leary Way NW
Cost: $14 – $28

U District Cherry Blossom Festival

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
Cost: Free/Varies

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

As the La Conner Daffodil Festival wraps up, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is beginning. See all of your favorite blooms at your preferred festival farm and of course, grab some blooms to take home. Best of all, you have all month to check it out.

When: Throughout April
Where: Skagit Valley

Have a great weekend, Seattle!