Seattle (more specifically, you, a Seattleite) made it through the snowiest February in local history this year, and now it's time to come out of hibernation as spring finally comes into view and the temperatures start inching above 50 degrees. If you don't know where to start, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find all the highlights of our spring calendar, which features ways to soak in the new season with flowers, cultural celebrations, and sporting events, plus other great arts, culture, and music happenings. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Flower Festivals
If the thing you're most excited about after a long, dark winter is bright colors and new life, you're in luck: There's a host of bright blooms around Washington State to check out in the coming weeks. Here in Seattle, check out the cherry blossoms at the UW quad (peak blooms are expected March 30) and at events like the UW Cherry Blossom Run (Sun March 31) and the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival (April 26–28 at Seattle Center). If you're willing to travel a bit further, you'll be rewarded with annual favorites like the parade-filled Daffodil Festival in Pierce County (April 6-May 6), the La Conner Daffodil Festival (through March 30), and the ever-popular, multi-colored Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April 1-30). Find even more nature-filled events here.
Your favorite local sporting professionals will ring in a new season of home games starting in March and April. Soccer fans, mark your calendars for Seattle Sounders games (through Oct 6) and Reign FC games (April 21-September 29). If you prefer peanuts and crackerjacks (and baseball), check out the Seattle Mariners schedule (March 25-Sept 29).
3. Holi Celebrations
The tradition of getting covered in gulal powder for the festival Holi (March 20-21) doesn't just signify the bright colors of spring—it also celebrates the triumph of good over evil in the new season. In Seattle, experience the holiday for yourself at Nectar's two-session dance party Holi Hai with DJ Prashant (Sat March 16) and family-friendly celebrations in Crossroads Park and Marymoor Park (both March 23). Find even more options on our Holi calendar.
4. Purim Parties
The Jewish holiday Purim (March 20-21) commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman, a king of the Persian Empire who planned to destroy all Jews. The early spring festival makes way for jolly (and delightfully wacky) celebrations filled with costumes, stories from the Megillah, and lots of hamantashen. Options in town include a Disco Purim Party at Southgate Roller Rink (Sat March 23) and the carnival the Greatest Purim at Rendezvous (Wed March 20), plus cultural crossovers like an Italian Purim Fiesta at Chabad Jewish Russian Center (Wed March 20). Find even more options on our Purim calendar.
5. Nowruz Events
Fun fact: Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the Persian New Year, Nowruz (Thurs March 21), was only celebrated in Iran. Now, the holiday is celebrated in many countries across Central Asia and around the world at the beginning of spring. Lucky for you, there are several opportunities to taste Persian cuisine, see live performances, and learn about the holiday at Seattle City Hall (Sun March 17), UW Tower (Sat March 23), and Vasa Park Resort (Sat March 23). Find even more options on our Nowruz calendar.
For more things to do this spring, turn to our Seattle Art and Performance 2019 guide for this season's best performances, readings, music shows, film events, art exhibits, and festivals.