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Seattle Restaurant Week Is Back And Better Than Ever

Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

Get ready for a busy April! There are several Queen Anne events in and around the neighborhood to mark on your calendar to keep the month full of fun and interesting experiences.

April 5-8: Cues and Tattoos Tribal Belly Dance
All Day | Seattle Center
Join Hipnotic Productions for their 11th annual workshop event that celebrates Tribal Belly Dance, Cues and Tattoos, with 28 workshops, two intensive trainings, and five performances. Watch up-and-coming performers and learn how to master this evocative form of dance. After a Friday Night Opening Party ($20), most workshops and events cost $45/each, and the intensives are $225.

April 6: ABBA Night
8pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
Dance and enjoy music from the ‘70s for the Swedish Club NW’s ABBA night on April 6th! There will be a costume contest and food for attendees (meal is an additional fee). The cost for the main event is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Get your tickets before they sell out!

April 7 & 8: VegFest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Enjoy a healthy vegetarian food festival at the Seattle Center this month! VegFest is April 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and features over 500 tasty food samples, cooking demonstrations, informational sessions about nutrition, a huge selection of books, a kids section and activity area and more. Tickets are $9 at the door (cash or checks only), and kids 12 and under enter for free.

April 8: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on April 8th (delayed one week due to Easter), with live music. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 9-13: Spring Camp
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Discovery Day Spring Camp is starting this month at the Seattle Children’s Museum! Each day, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy educational programming and activities centered on a daily theme. Mix and match schedules, enjoy discounts for multiple siblings, and more. The cost is $80 per child for a full day, or $40 for a half day (morning or afternoon options available).

April 12: Monthly Uptown Art Walk
6pm – 9pm | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
Visit Uptown businesses to experience new art placements at the April Uptown Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to view the participating establishments.

April 14 & 15: Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
The Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival is an event designed to bring together children from all over the Seattle area to experience, enjoy and engage with children from other cultures. There will be stage performances, exhibitions to showcase different cultural items and visual arts, and more. Admission is free.

April 20-22: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion & Armory
The latest event for Seattle Center Festál (and the oldest in the series) is the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, coming up on April 20th through 22nd. Explore Japan’s contemporary influences and cultural roots with live performances, visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities and more. There will be Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and fun for the whole family. This festival was founded 40 years ago and was the first to be hosted at the Seattle Center, in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees that were gifted to the city on behalf of the government of Japan to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Queen Anne

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17th and there are a few things happening throughout the neighborhood…

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash Day starts at 6:30 a.m., where participants can pick up their racer’s packets in the Fisher Pavilion. Gear check opens at 7 a.m., and the 1K dash for kiddos ages 10 and under is at 8 a.m. Adult run/walk waves have start time stages 10 minutes apart starting at 8:30 a.m., and the post dash bash, sponsor booths, beer garden and Stout Pounders Live is from 9 a.m. until noon on the Fisher Pavilion Green. Registration closes Friday, March 16th and costs $40.  

Irish Festival

Seattle Center’s Festál program presents the Irish Festival on March 17th and 18th. Experience Ireland and its people through food, games, live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities a marketplace and more. Irish music will showcase the culture’s musical roots and modern interest, while step dancing and Irish jig dancing keep the energy alive. Attendees will get to trace their own roots through genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language, enjoy contemporary short films, and engage in colorful cultural exhibits. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th. Admission to the festival is free.

Sully’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

The bar on upper Queen Anne has yet to publish their plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but they’ve been hosting a St. Paddy’s Day celebration for many years running. Sully’s will likely have all kinds of food and beverage specials in addition to other fun happenings. 21+ only.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have fun and be safe.