In Seattle Spring, more than any other season marks the passage of time. Or, maybe more accurately, marks the completion of the endurance test we call October, November, December, January, February and March. You veterans of Seattle might call this our annual coming out party. We’ve all spent the last 6 months in our own version of the Dark Ages and now is the time to open the windows and doors, and reward ourselves by basking in the glory of our Age of In-Light-Ament. The daylight crescendo has already started and will continue until June 20 when we will see an incredible 16 hours of the phenomenon we call SUNLIGHT.
If you were fortunate enough to discover Seattle’s affordable luxury living apartment homes, Smith & Burns in the trendiest neighborhood (Wallingford) west of the Cascades, it’s time to head up to the rooftop deck and rejoice with friends and discover again what social living was meant to be. The views from here are beyond amazing. Tucked in between energetic Green Lake to the north and historic Lake Union Park to the south, you should get a bird’s eye view of Seattle in all its glory. As far as the eye can see are the brilliant colors of our cherry and plum tree blossoms, the multicolored palette of all varieties our state flower, the Rhododendron, the elegance of our blooming Magnolia Trees and more, so much more.
But spring in Seattle is more than just a waterfall of colors, it’s a party and you’re invited! So put away your puffy jacket and come celebrate with your neighbors at any, or all, of our top Seattle must-do Spring events, in no particular order.
1. Seattle Restaurant Week (now until April 23)
More than 160 local restaurants will serve up three-course dinners for just $30 and many of them will offer two-course lunches for $15. Visit the award-winning hot spots you’ve always wanted to try and return once again to the neighborhood eatery you’ve loved for years during this dining frenzy. Don’t waste any time on this one though. It has already started and runs through April 23rd.
2. Taco Libre Truck Showdown (May 1st)
Now in its second year in the International District, the Taco Libre Showdown makes it easy for you to stuff with your face with as many different kinds of tacos as possible all in one place. Take your pick of more than 40 different trucks and chow down — attendance to this event is free.
3) Seattle Beer Week (May 12th – 22nd)
For 10 hoppy days, a bevy of beer events will be taking place all across town. From an all-day extravaganza at Brouwer’s that celebrates sour beer to a firkin battle, celebrate your favorite beverage in style with beer from Silver City Brewery and more.
4) Washington Brewer’s Festival (June 19th – 21st)
I know, more beer drinking. But we are the World’s Capital when it comes to cool micro-brews. This event is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, so grab your dad, head across the lake to Marymoor Park in Redmond and sample brews from up to 100 Washington brewers who will be on site pouring from a selection of more than 350 beers. There will be live music and food trucks there too.
5) Georgetown Carnival (June 13)
From live music to power tool races, hit one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods and check out this festival. Truly tapping into the weirdness of the city, the Georgetown Carnival is free and always fun.
6) Taste of Pike Place Market (April 22nd)
An artisan food, craft beer, and wine festival featuring more than 70 local artisan food and drink purveyors for ages 21+ to benefit the market.
7) Fremont Solstice Fair (June 17th – 19th)
Just around the corner from your Smith & Burns home is this one and only fair. This fair literally has something for everyone. There’s the dog parade, the craft market featuring over 300 funky and original local artists, a beer garden (here we go again), an art car show, music, food and the world famous bicycle parade. If you haven’t been before the parade is made famous (infamous!) by the inclusion of the Solstice Cyclists, a celebration of 1500+ naked-but-painted bike riders, who are released onto the parade route before the start of the Solstice Parade. This event celebrates the rebel in all of us! It is a “nude not lewd” event, where families are welcome to watch their friends bare all, paint up, and ride through the streets of Fremont!
We know you probably love your new place at Smith & Burns, the new destination apartment homes in Wallingford. But it’s time to get out and celebrate. So grab a friend and discover why you live in Seattle, one of Forbes Magazine’s most livable cities in America.