Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: April 2023

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TULIP FESTIVAL
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held during the month of April, celebrating millions of tulips bursting into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. 


ANIME FESTIVAL
Anime is a style of Japanese film and TV animation featured at Sakura-Con, plus gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, exhibits, and industry guests at Washington State Convention Center.


EASTER PARADE
Billed as the state’s only Easter parade, Snohomish Easter Parade includes floats, bands, kids, and farm animals moving down First Street in Snohomish, followed by an Easter bonnet contest


HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL
ʻAha Mele began in 2010 as an annual ‘enjoyment of song and music’ at Chief Leschi Schools on Puyallup tribal lands on the 2nd Saturday in April.  It celebrates the re-awakening of spring and invites the community to gather with friends and family around Hawaiian and Polynesian music and dance, shop the food and craft vendors, attend a cultural workshop, and try your luck with the raffle drawing. 


SPRING FAIR
Spring Fair features baby animals, pig races, fair food, rides, art vendors, stunt bikers, and a demolition derby at Washington State Fair Events Center.  


CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
The Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival celebrates Seattle’s friendship with Japan and Japan’s gift of 1000 cherry trees in 1976. Enjoy Japanese art, dance, music, martial arts, and food in the Armory and Fisher Pavilion.


PBR RODEO
Professional Bull Riders compete to see who can last the longest atop a bucking bull. 


NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL
Watch award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at Seattle Nordic Film Festival at National Nordic Museum.


HOME SHOW
The Evergreen Home Show promises 200 booths of specialized local businesses ready to help you customize, update, or even design, the home you have always wanted.


NIGHT MARKET
New Moon Night Market promises 15 food trucks, 3 cocktail bars, music, and 100 local pop-ups selling crafts at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park.


PROM NIGHT FOR ADULTS
Get dressed up with friends or a date, and dance to DJ music during Adult Prom Night for age 21+ in the Grand Ballroom at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle.


BOAT SHOW
Boats Afloat Show includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts on Lake Union at Chandler’s Cove in Seattle. Enjoy live music, food for sale, and free boat rides.


APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has carnival rides, food vendors, a beer garden, a color run, an arts & crafts fair, a car parade, a car show, a 5K RUN, and a grand parade in and around Memorial Park.


TACOMA CITY MARATHON
Tacoma City Marathon features a marathon and half marathon over the Narrows Bridge, plus a 5K on Saturday. All events begin and end at Point Ruston.


TOUCH A TRUCK
Children can touch and explore heavy machinery and emergency vehicles, and talk to the drivers, at Touch a Truck just west of the University of Washington Golf Range. 


WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Water Lantern Festival begins with food trucks, music, and games. Then you will design a lantern and launch it on the lake at Spanaway Park.

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/DISNEY+


MURDER MYSTERY 2
Now private detectives launching their own agency, Nick and Audrey Spitz land at the center of an international investigation when a friend is abducted. (Netflix)


YOU
Never before has a series delighted this much in pulling the rug out from under its viewers. What started out as a clever serial killer/stalker drama about deconstructing “nice guy” tropes and seemingly romantic overtures, You has upped its game each and every season to reveal it’s more than just a show about a man who regularly gets away with murder. (Netflix)


UP HERE
Set in New York City in 1999, Lindsay and Miguel fall in love and discover that the single greatest obstacle to finding happiness together might just be themselves — and the memories, obsessions, fears, and fantasies that live inside their heads. (Hulu) 


GREAT EXPECTATIONS
The series follows the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life until a twist of fate and the evil machinations of the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham shows him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the true cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be. (Hulu) 


FREE GUY
When a bank teller discovers he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story — one that he can rewrite himself. In a world where there are no limits, he’s determined to save the day his way before it’s too late, and maybe find a little romance with the coder who conceived him. (Disney+) 


THE PRINCESS BRIDE
A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel “The Princess Bride” which earned its own loyal audience. (Disney+)



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