5 of the Best Washington Festivals this Spring
Throughout America, it’s hard to find people who are as ready to celebrate spring as much as those who live in the northernmost states. Seattle and the Pacific coastline may be spared the worst of winter, thanks to their proximity to the ocean, but just a few miles inland you’ll find mountain ranges that get choked with snow every single year. But whether you pass through the mountains or hug the beaches, you’ll find plenty to celebrate every spring in the state of Washington.
The Victorian Heritage Festival
The small town of Port Townsend takes a few days out of every March to celebrate its history as a Victorian-era port. This celebration includes an antique bicycle display and race, a Friday night Victorian pub crawl, and a Victorian ball. You can also expect demonstrations of bare-knuckle boxing, fencing, Victorian fashions, and a Gatling gun.
The Seattle Irish Festival
Each March during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle puts together a weekend Irish festival which celebrates the culture, food, music, and fashion of the Emerald Isle. During the festival, you can find Irish and Celtic items for sale, workshops, Irish films, and a whole lot more. On Saturday you can watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade march down the Seattle streets, and on Sunday there’s a drawing for a free trip to Ireland itself.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Every April, Skagit Valley produces millions of tulips, and every year thousands of people from across the nation and across the Canadian border come to the valley to see them. The Tulip Festival starts whenever the flowers decide to bloom, so it can take place just about anytime within the month of April. Once it begins, all the towns in Skagit Valley take part. You can find gala dinners and fancy events, local businesses who run Tulip Festival special events and discounts, museums and galleries, and there are also guided tours through the tulip fields themselves.
The Washington Spring Fair
Puyallup is home to the Washington State Fair. Every spring in mid-April, it runs a spring fair over a long weekend. This fair has all the usual state fair attractions, including plenty of rides and food, contests, three stages for musicians and other performers, animal attractions, and both monster trucks and demolition derbies.
The Evergreen State Spring Carnival and Homespun Bazaar
In late April, the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, home to the biggest county fair in the Pacific Northwest, hosts a spring carnival with a number of rides and attractions, with many designed specifically for the kids. At the same time, you can find dozens of different vendors and an entire bazaar full of private merchants selling their homemade wares.
From March to May, you’ll find plenty to celebrate if you’re willing to travel to all the different corners of Washington. After all, with the snow melting, the flowers blooming, and trees turning green again, what’s not to love when it comes to this time of year?
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