Events

Your guide to Northwest festivals, shows, celebrations and more

Looking for fun things to do this weekend or on your next road trip? Our events calendar is your go-to source for information on exciting festivals, street fairs, concerts, performances, exhibitions and other gatherings and experiences across the Pacific Northwest.

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We strive to keep this events calendar updated. But with the COVID-19 situation still evolving, please verify before you go that the event is still happening.  

Check before you go. Events may be canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 situation.

To have an event considered for the calendar, please submit details to journey@aaawa.com.

February 8 – May 3, Spokane
Pompeii: The Immortal City
This museum has closed through at least March 31. Learn more at www.northwestmuseum.org
In just 24 hours, the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by a catastrophic volcanic eruption in 79 AD. A
rtifacts, artworks and interactive mechanical models allow visitors to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants. Hear the roar of Mount Vesuvius and feel the earth move under your feet as the volcano erupts before your eyes. Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, (509) 456-3931, www.northwestmuseum.org

March 12 – April 19, Issaquah
“Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter”
This program has been suspended through at least March 31. Learn more at www.villagetheatre.org.
Gretl is a single mom living in modern-day Chicago. Along comes long-lost Uncle Hansel, who leads the family on an unexpected adventure through this smart and bold new musical. Also shows April 26 – May 19 in Everett. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, Village Theatre, (425) 392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org

March 13 – April 5, Tacoma
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
These performances have been canceled. Learn more at www.tmp.org

March 14 – April 5, Seattle
“Sister Act”
These performances have been suspended. Learn more at www.5thavenue.org
“Sister Act” is the musical comedy sensation based on the hit 1992 film that features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical. AAA members save 10 percent on select performances. The 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org

March 19–29 and April 4–5, Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
This festival has been postponed. Learn more at www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org.
This annual festival (in Seattle and Mercer Island in March and Issaquah in April) showcases the best Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema. (206) 388-0833, www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org

March 20 – April 12, Seattle
“Sweat”
This production has been canceled. Learn more at www.acttheatre.org.

March 27 – April 5, Seattle
Shen Yun
A troupe of elite Chinese artists share diverse ethnic and folk traditions through a dramatic presentation filled with dance, storytelling and pageantry; orchestral music and technological innovations will add to the excitement. Also showing in Spokane March 25. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, www.shenyun.com

March 27 – April 19, Spokane
“The Humans”
“The Humans” tells the story of the quintessential Thanksgiving family reunion — a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty and death. Margot and Robert Ogden Main Stage, Spokane Civic Theatre, (509) 325-2507, www.spokanecivictheatre.com

April 1–30 Skagit Valley
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Farms throughout Skagit Valley blossom into a popular destination each April, when fields burst with millions of colorful tulips; free parking and tulip viewing is available at the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town gardens. (360) 428-5959, www.tulipfestival.org

April 2–5, Seattle
“Chicago”
Set amid the razzle-dazzle glamour of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of two rival jazz murderesses. The No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history, this smash-hit is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy. Paramount Theatre, (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org

April 2–5, Spokane
“Jersey Boys”
From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical phenomenon, true-life story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. First Interstate Center for the Arts, (509) 818-3440, www.wcebroadway.com

April 4, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting
Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade
The colorful parade brings floats decorated with thousands of fresh-cut daffodils, bands, clowns and heavy equipment to four South Sound communities. www.thedaffodilfestival.org

April 5, Federal Way
Federal Way Symphony Season Finale
This year’s finale features Keyboard Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Sebastian Bach, “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky, and Symphony no. 3, “Rhenisch,” by Robert Schumann. Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. (253) 252-2693, www.federalwaysymphony.org

April 6, Spokane
Dancing with the Stars Live!
If you love the TV show, see your favorite dancers live on stage. First Interstate Center for the Arts, www.inbpac.com

April 9, Wenatchee
Mike Super: Magic & Illusion
Mike Super’s jaw-dropping illusions are sure to stun audiences on this night of family-friendly humor and magic. Numerica Performing Arts Center, (509) 663-2787, www.numericapac.org

April 9–11, Ridgefield
Quiltfest Northwest Quilt Show: Polka Dots & Spots
This event has been rescheduled to November 12-14. Clark County Quilters, Clark County Event Center, www.quiltfestnw.org

April 9–11, Seattle
Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki
In a new concert production, Joe Hisaishi’s celebrated scores — including those from “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” — are performed with a full orchestra and choir, and conducted by Hisaishi himself. The music accompanies montages from beloved Studio Ghibli filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, (206) 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

April 10–11, Seattle
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
The tasting lounge will feature more than 50 craft beers, in addition to premium Scotch, whiskey and wine, and seminars will delve into the history and varieties of Scotch. Remember to plan a safe ride home after the festival. Fremont Studios, (206) 633-0422, www.scotchbeerfest.com

April 10–19, Seattle
“Giselle”
Considered a masterwork in the classical ballet performance canon, “Giselle” is the story of an innocent country girl who dies of a broken heart. McCaw Hall, (206) 441-2424, www.pnb.org

April 11, Long Beach Peninsula
Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
The event that helped put the Long Beach Peninsula on the map in the 1940s features razor clam-digging lessons, contests, music, an annual chowder cook-off and a giant clam fry. (360) 642-2400, www.longbeachrazorclamfestival.com

April 14–19, Seattle
“Jersey Boys”
It all began with four guys from Jersey, perfect harmonies on stage, and chaos offstage. Watch the magic unfold in this Tony Award-winning origin story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org

April 16–19, Puyallup
Washington State Spring Fair
This event has been canceled. (253) 841-5045, www.thefair.com

April 16–21, Olympic Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
Photography and drawing workshops, birding cruises and field trips shed light on the area’s breadth of avian inhabitants. (360) 681-4076, www.olympicbirdfest.org

April 17–19, Forks
Fabric of the Forest
The Piecemakers Quilt Club, Forks High School Gym, www.piecemakersquiltclub.org

April 17–19, Orcas Island
Orcas Island Lit Festival
The inaugural Orcas Island Lit Fest is a celebration of literature, poetry and nonfiction writing. Festival-goers have the opportunity to attend readings, panel discussions, and writers’ workshops hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, critically-acclaimed authors, and beloved regional and emerging writers. Orcas Center, www.visitsanjuans.com

April 17 – May 17, Seattle
“The Importance of Being Earnest”
The most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is the story of two bachelors who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their dull lives. The two struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a web of deception, disguise and misadventure. Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, (206) 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org

April 18, Seattle
“Beethoven’s 250th” presented by Kirkland Choral Society
This fifth annual Benaroya Hall collaboration with Philharmonia Northwest will include a program of works celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, featuring the glorious “Mass in C” and the triumphant “Choral Fantasy” with pianist Craig Sheppard. Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, (425) 442-9240, www.kirklandchoralsociety.org

April 18–19, Spokane
Masterworks 9: Monumental Grandeur
Guest conductor James Lowe and violinist Mateusz Wolski perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved “Violin Concerto,” Anton Bruckner’s “Ninth Symphony” and Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org

April 18 – May 10, Woodland
Lilac Days
Stroll colorful display gardens, purchase lilacs and tour the 1889 farmhouse of lilac hybridizer Hulda Klager during this annual spring festival. Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, www.lilacgardens.com

April 21–26, Seattle
“The Play That Goes Wrong”
“The Play That Goes Wrong” follows the hilarious antics of the Cornley University Drama Society, who are trying their best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery. Mayhem and mishaps abound as props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to collapse around the cast. Paramount Theatre, (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org

April 23 – May 3, Wenatchee
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival
Wenatchee honors the state’s signature crop at this 101st annual celebration, with a food fair at Memorial Park, a carnival, a grand parade and other events. (509) 662-3616, www.appleblossom.org

April 24, Spokane
Miranda Lambert
The Wild Card Tour with Cody Johnson & LANCO will get your toes tapping.  Spokane Arena, www.spokanearena.com

April 24–25, Odessa
Spring Fling Quilt Show
Fronen Steppdecker Odessa Quilt Club, Odessa High School Gym, (509) 982-2908, www.odessaquiltclub.com

April 24–26, Oak Harbor
Holland Happening Spring Festival
From wooden shoe races to a parade, carnival and other events including arts and crafts and food vendors, this festival celebrates Oak Harbor’s Dutch and international heritage. Historic downtown, (360) 675-3755, www.oakharborchamber.com

April 24–26, Seattle
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Explore many facets of Japanese culture while enjoying delicious food, traditional tea ceremony and the rhythms of Taiko drums. Seattle Center, (206) 684-7200, www.cherryblossomfest.org

April 24–26, Columbia River Gorge
Gorge Artists Open Studios
This self-guided tour, a juried event, includes artists’ studios throughout the mid-Columbia region, from Cascade Locks to The Dalles, and from Parkdale, Oregon, to Trout Lake, Washington. www.gorgeartists.org

April 24–25, Olympia
25th Anniversary Procession of the Species Celebration
Imaginative costumes inspire appreciation and protection of the natural world at this moving visual spectacle that begins with a Friday-night luminary procession and continues with a second procession on Saturday; in addition, the city’s Spring Arts Walk takes place Friday and Saturday. (360) 705-1087, www.procession.org

April 24-26, Spokane
Custer’s Spring Antique & Collectors Sale
For 45 years, pickers and antique enthusiasts have attended this show. More than 200 dealers will be set up with all sorts of treasures. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, (509) 924-0588, www.custershows.com

April 24–26, Yakima Valley
Spring Barrel Tasting
Approximately 45 participating Yakima Valley wineries offer samples of unfinished wines from the barrel, along with insights about winemaking. Remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 965-5201, www.wineyakimavalley.org

April 25–26, Clarkston
Seaport Quilters Guild Show
Clarkston High School, www.seaportquilters.org

April 25, Lopez Island
Tour de Lopez Bicycle Ride
This popular, family-friendly bicycling event attracts riders from throughout the Northwest with 5-, 12-, 17- and 31-mile routes through the beautiful Lopez Island landscape, ending with lunch. (360) 468-4664, www.lopezisland.com

April 26, Bellingham
Dirty Dan Harris Festival
The Fairhaven community celebrates its notorious pioneer founder with a spirited day of great food, races, live music, costume contests and a chili cook-off. Fairhaven Village Green, www.fairhaven.com

May 1–2, Everett
Be A Material Witness
The Everett Quilt Show, Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena, www.everettquiltshow.com

May 2–3, Seattle
Best of the Northwest Spring Art & Fine Craft Show
Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, (509) 550-5050, www.nwartalliance.org

May 2–3, Seattle
Vegfest
Information and inspiration star equally in this celebration of vegetarian living, with free health screenings, talks on nutrition and health by doctors, cooking demonstrations and 500 different foods to sample. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, (206) 706-2635, www.seattlevegfest.org

May 8–31, Tacoma
“All Shook Up”
Featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, this musical fantasy tells the tale of a guitar-playing young man who changes everything, one hip-swivel at a time. You’ll be jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867, www.tmp.org

Check before you go. Events may be canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 situation.

To have an event considered for the calendar, please submit details to journey@aaawa.com.

April 17–19, Riggins
Salmon River Jet Boat Races
Friday evening’s barbecue and boat show kick off this 36th annual weekend of exciting jet boat racing on the “River of No Return,” including a firework show over the river on Saturday night. (208) 413-7401, www.rigginsidaho.com

Check before you go. Events may be canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 situation.

To have an event considered for the calendar, please submit details to journey@aaawa.com.

March 1–31, Portland
Portland Dining Month
The city’s top restaurants offer three-course meals for $33 during the month of March, benefitting the Oregon Food Bank and making this a great time to explore this culinary destination. www.travelportland.com

April 17–19, Pacific City
Birding & Blues Festival
Some 340 species of birds have been observed in this coastal region, and this event includes driving excursions, educational presentations and workshops led by expert birders, as well as entertainment by Karen Lovely. www.birdingandblues.org

April 18, Hood River
Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
The valley’s craft cider scene is exploding; this festival gives cider drinkers the opportunity to taste ciders from Hood River County and Northwest cider makers, with more than 30 cideries participating. Remember to plan a safe ride home after the festival. (541) 386-2000, www.hoodriver.org/cider-fest

April 24–26, Astoria
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
This event has been canceled. For details, call (503) 325-6311 or go to www.astoriacrabfest.com

Check before you go. Events may be canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 situation. 

To have an event considered for the calendar, please submit details to journey@aaawa.com.

April 2–26, Vancouver
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
The beauty of cherry trees in bloom is celebrated at this event. Sakura Night culinary experience at Stanley Park Pavilion in Stanley Park and Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden are among the blossom-centric experiences. www.vcbf.ca

April 19, Vancouver
Vancouver Sun Run
Canada’s largest 10K road race, with a wrap party after. Downtown Vancouver, (604-) 423-3410, www.vancouversunrun.com

May 21–31, British Columbia
B.C. Cider Week
B.C. Cider Week celebrates the art of craft cider, and welcomes spring with events spanning the province, including five major festivals, craft cider pairing meals, tap-takeovers and more, from Kelowna to Vancouver Island and points in between. Remember to plan a safe ride home after the festivities. www.nwcider.com

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