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Experience, Sip and Explore Classic Washington in Spring

Events in Your Back Yard

Written by Samantha Lund

April 2–19—Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week is the city’s biggest dining celebration. More than 165 restaurants will participate to provide three-course dinners for $33. For more information, visit

April 1–30—Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is an entire month of blooming and appreciating nature. Events range from galas to meetings with Tinkerbell among the flowers. Depending on the event, all ages and ticket prices will change. For more information, visit

April 7—Anacortes Spring Wine Festival

The Anacortes Wine Festival brings 30 wineries to Fidalgo Island for an afternoon getaway of wine tasting, food pairings and shopping. Turn it into a weekend trip and enjoy live music, art and the blooming tulip fields after the event. For more information, visit

April 28—Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival

Explore the smells, tastes and textures of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments while pairing them with wine, beer, cider and mixed drinks. By purchasing different levels of tickets, you’ll have access to different tastings—or all of them! For more information, visit

May 5—Opening Day of Boating Season

Watch as the Seattle Yacht Club celebrates the first day of boating season with an “Ocean Crossings” parade across the Sound. Or, if you’re a lover of the high seas, register your own boat to be a part of the celebration. For more information, visit

May 10–20—Seattle Beer Week

The 10th annual Seattle Beer Week is here with 10 great days of celebrating all things beer. Travel through the greater Seattle area with different events in every spot. Enjoy tastings, competitions and beer-inspired shows. For more information, visit

May 16–19—Ballard Jazz Festival

Four days of non-stop jazz, the Ballard Jazz Festival will include drum, guitar and jazz concerts, all ending with the Jazz Walk on the final day. During the Jazz Walk, all of downtown Ballard is taken over as 23 groups play at 10 venues for a single ticket price. For more information, visit

May 25–27—Sasquatch! Music Festival

Each year, campers and tents line the Gorge to celebrate music and life. This year, the Sasquatch! Music Festival dropped back to one weekend and is already sold out. But, if you’re looking to go, keep your eyes peeled, there are rumors there’s another round of sales coming soon. For more information, visit

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