The best time to visit Seattle to avoid the rain (maybe)

Doug Murray

Jun 28, 2023 • 5 min read

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Seattle : a city of hippies and hipsters, technology and nature, craft beer and coffee...and rain. Lots and lots of rain. Or is it?

Yes, Seattle gets more rainy days than most other cities in the United States, but it’s actually drier than, say, New York or Miami.

When to visit depends on what you want to do in Seattle.  If you want to explore the parks and gardens that gave the Emerald City its name or catch incredible views from the Space Needle , you’ll want sunny skies – which come with crowds of tourists.  If you'd rather pay less for accommodation and avoid the crowds in the low season, you'll need to pack an umbrella.

Despite the association with inclement weather, Seattle has something for every type of traveler, whatever time of year you decide to visit. Whether you're looking to explore  iconic architecture  or dive into a thriving  craft beer scene , here's our guide on when to visit Seattle.

A rocky coastline with fall colors in the trees

April to May and September to October are ideal for exploring museums and farmers' markets 

Spring and fall see lower temperatures than the short summer and fewer crowds while still escaping the heavy rain showers of winter.  Budget travelers can find good deals on accommodation and car rental rates at this time. Even during the shoulder season, the best time to drive through Seattle is between 9am and 4:30pm, and later between 7pm and 6:30am, in order to avoid rush hour. 

April is usually the month where you’ll find the center of the “nice weather” and “cheaper hotel rates” Venn diagram. It’s not always sunny, but there are plenty of stunning days. Enjoy a celebration of the beauty of Japan at the  Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival or raise a glass to the end of winter at the Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest .

May brings big business for waterside attractions. Visit before Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) – this could be your last chance for an affordable hotel rate for a while. Get a taste of the local culture of the Pacific Northwest at the Northwest Folklife Festival but be careful – you may run out of reasons to ever leave the area!

Genessa Gariano, Lydia Night, and Sage Chavis of The Regrettes performs at the 2018 Bumbershoot Festival at Seattle Center

September has one of the highlights of the cultural calendar:  Bumbershoot ,  a multi-day arts festival that began in the 1970s. This is also one of the best times to go whale watching in Seattle. Once Bumbershoot’s over, the tourists go home, and hotel prices deflate. But the weather usually remains sunny and relatively warm until early October, making this the perfect time for spotting whales without the crowds.

There’s always the chance of a prolonged summer early in October, while the start of the shoulder season brings lower prices. The best time to visit Seattle in the fall comes as the clouds roll in and people get out to celebrate Halloween and the Seattle Queer Film Festival .

Average highs are in the 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit) during the spring and fall, so you’ll want to bring a warm layer for the evenings.  Rainfall is characteristically a persistent yet light drizzle rather than a deluge, and more than half of these months are completely dry days. Still, an umbrella is a sensible precaution.

Tourists and shoppers inside the famous Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle

June to August is the perfect time for outdoor parks and festivals 

Although blistering sunny weather is infrequent in Seattle, overcast but not rainy days are not unusual. The record number of consecutive dry days is 55, set in 2017, and your best chance for a clear forecast falls between June and September. 

Summer is on the way in June and when the mercury rises, you can feel the city loosen up and sigh contentedly. It’s also Pride month, and celebrations are abundant in Seattle .

The ever-improving weather in July means bigger crowds and the high season sees peak demand for flights, transport and hotel prices. Expect crowds at famous Seattle sights like Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture .  The best time to visit the Seattle Space Needle is on clearer days, either early in the morning before the crowds arrive or at sunset, so you can get daytime and nighttime views in one visit. Book ahead for popular events in July such as the 4th of July celebrations at  Seafair .

Salmon bakes, neighborhood street fairs and lazy beach afternoons give August a laid-back feel. But school’s out, so expect ubiquitous cries of excited kids. BrasilFest brings the party atmosphere to town with a huge celebration of all things Brazilian at the Seattle Center.

Skiers climbing snowy slope

November to March is the best time to get cozy in a coffee shop and explore the music scene

November can be a dismal month for weather in Seattle but don’t let anyone convince you that this is the worst time to visit. Most sights stay open and, with the low season kicking in, some hotels slash their prices to half the summer rates. Indoor spaces such as theaters and music venues come into their own during the low season; the soggy weather is partly responsible for Seattle’s famously creative music scene and its vibrant coffee shop culture.

Seattle’s surrounding ski resorts open up in December, making the city an ideal urban base for snow-related activities. Hotel prices continue to drop along with the temperatures. The festive season ramps up with Winterfest , the Christmas Ship Parade of Boats and New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle .

January shuffles in with a hangover and occasional flurries of snow. Plan indoor activities, or bring your skis and head to the nearby mountains. Of all the months in the year,  January historically sees the most discounted prices on plane tickets. Brave souls can start the new year with a splash as part of the Polar Bear Plunge and dive into the new year invigorated if a little chilly. Plunges happen at multiple bodies of water all over the city and are a wonderfully positive start to the new year. Food trucks with hot beverages await you once you run for cover.

The dark, dreary days of February and occasional bouts of genuine cold keep most in figurative hibernation. Scour the internet for hotel deals and book a night at the theater – super low prices mean this a great time to nab a bargain if you don't mind wrapping up. The odd warm day in March can see restaurants opening up their patios, but more often than not, the rain persists. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations provided a good excuse to shrug off the long, hard winter and turn your face toward the warm light of Spring.

This article was first published Feb 16, 2021 and updated Jun 28, 2023.

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Best Times To Visit Seattle

The best time to visit Seattle is from September to October. Summer marks the city's high season, meaning room rates rise and availability drops, while cold winter weather can deter even the most avid sightseers. Early fall, however, is a sweet spot for tourism: Summer weather lingers as the crowds disperse, leaving plenty of hotel rooms (and lower rates) up for grabs. Meanwhile, spring offers lower lodging rates as well as warmer temps, but you'll likely encounter some rain and cooler breezes. Just remember to pack the appropriate attire to battle chilly winds and yes, the seemingly ever-present drizzle.

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The Best Times to Visit Seattle, According to Locals

These are the best times to visit Seattle for every type of traveler.

Scott Bay is a magazine editor specializing in travel, architecture, and gear. He was previously an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure . His work has also appeared in Wired , Architectural Digest , Wallpaper , Robb Report , Saveur , Daily Beast , and more.

Flying fish in Pike Place Market, whale watching in the Puget Sound, and a diverse art scene are just a few reasons that travelers flock to Seattle. The city is an outdoor lover’s paradise packed with plenty of culture thanks to excellent restaurants and world-class museums. 

There are reasons to visit in all four seasons: hiking in the summer, leaf-peeping in the fall, snow sports in the winter, and ambling around downtown in the spring. The best time to visit Seattle really depends on your travel goals, but these are the main tourist seasons: 

  • High Season: May to August
  • Shoulder Seasons: September to October and March to April
  • Low Season: November to February

Jewelia Rosenbaum, director of the Stonington Gallery, which showcases contemporary works by Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska, says that the mid-autumn weeks are her favorite around the city. “The rain is back, and the city becomes lush and green again. If you head up into the foothills, you can still catch the last of the salmon spawning in the streams and rivers of the Cascades,” Rosenbaum says. “Though Seattle shines brightest in its neighborhoods. Each has its own history and flavor and showcases the idiosyncrasies that make Seattle cool.” She recommends visiting Stonington in Pioneer Square, “Seattle's oldest existing neighborhood and center of its vibrant arts scene.”

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Ready to plan your trip? These are the best times to visit Seattle for every type of traveler. 

Related: T+L’s Travel Guide to Seattle 

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Best Times to Visit Seattle for Smaller Crowds

Though the seasons are quite moderate, it does get cold in the winter months, with some snow in January and February. There are fewer crowds during the winter, which means it’s a cozy time to enjoy the indoor activities that abound in a rainy city like Seattle. “The gray skies offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a warm beverage, explore a museum, take in a show, or enjoy a wine tasting by the fire,” says Cory O’Born, a representative of Visit Seattle. 

Or as life-long Washingtonian and Lotte Seattle reservations manager Mikala Troupe puts it, “We locals thrive in the rainier months, in part because we know how to dress for it. As the saying goes, ‘There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.’ For anyone visiting in the winter, I recommend bringing a good pair of rubber boots. I like to beat the Seattle chill and keep warm at Café Darte in Pioneer Square and enjoy a local marbled cold brew and people watch, then walk through the Occidental Square for winter tree lights.” 

Best Times to Visit Seattle for Good Weather

Late spring through the summer is the best time to enjoy balmy temperatures, perfect for immersing oneself in the stunning natural splendors of the Pacific Northwest. “We have beautiful summers, and if you enjoy hiking or getting out of the city, this is a great time to visit,” Troupe says. “My favorite hikes include the North Bluff Trail (an easy 3-4 miles), North Meadow Carkeek Park, and Rainier Mountain trails, leading through beautiful meadows and breathtaking views.” 

However, Phil Bevis, founder of Seattle's beloved Arundel Books, says that his favorite month is September for both Seattle and the San Juan islands. “The weather is often lyrically beautiful, and there are fewer visitors,” he says.

Related: 24 Best Things to Do in Seattle 

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Best Times to Visit Seattle for Lower Prices

Generally speaking, the best time to visit Seattle on a budget would be the low season, however, Bevis says that there are great deals on air travel and lodging most times of the year if you plan a little in advance.

February is Seattle Museum Month, and guests staying at participating downtown hotels receive 50 percent off tickets to Seattle's many museums. “It’s an excellent deal for families, couples, or travel buddies to take advantage of,” O’Born says.

Best Times to Visit Seattle for Art Lovers

Fall is a great time to check out the city, especially for art lovers. Seattle is the glass art hub of the United States, with over 700 artists in the region — something that might surprise most people. Check out their work during the Refract Glass Festival, which takes place every October (Oct. 12-15 this year). From Nov. 1-22, the Cloudbreak music festival gives guests staying at participating downtown hotels access to free music shows at over 20 venues across the city. 

New this year, several massive troll sculptures are being built from reclaimed materials around Seattle by artist Thomas Dambo. The Muckleshoot and Snoqualmie have been involved in the project, which will be completed this month before Dambo moves on to the next portion of his Way of the Bird King tour. 

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Worst Times to Visit Seattle

The worst time to travel to Seattle really depends on what you are looking for. Of course, travelers hoping to hit the slopes will want to visit during the winter, while hikers hoping to trek up Mount Rainier should wait until summer. As Bevis puts it, “Seattle has pretty much everything — ranging from the outdoors and nature to sports and culture. If you, your family, or friend group have diverse interests, you'll find everything here. There is simply so much to see and do all year long.”

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These Are the Best Times to Visit Seattle

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Although Seattle is known for its rainy weather, the Emerald City is much more than a gloomy destination for testing out your new rain jacket. This is especially true if, at the end of a day of hiking in pristine wilderness, you can look forward to a cream cheese-covered hot dog .

In a city of more than 700,000 people with a skyline that stands in contrast to snow-capped mountains nearby, there is no shortage of urban and active adventure. If you're heading that way with kids, check out our guide to eight fun things for families to do in Seattle before you go.

Here at TPG , we have put together a few suggestions for the best times to visit, depending on your travel goals.

When to Find the Best Weather in Seattle

Most people don't head to Seattle in search of sunshine and warmth, but if you time your trip just right, you may get lucky.

July and August are the warmest and driest months of the year. Daily high temperatures are in the mid-70s and it rains only about five days per month. During the wet season from November to January, it can often rain up to 18 days per month. This doesn't necessarily mean that winter weather in Seattle is bad — especially if you plan on heading to the mountains with your skis (or snowboard) in search of deep snow.

Best Time to Visit Seattle for Outdoor Adventure

With Mount Rainier, the Cascade Range and Olympic National Park located within a few hours of driving from the city, it's no surprise that Seattle often serves as a jumping-off point for those looking to hike, climb, bike, fish and ski.

July, August and September offer the best weather for outdoor recreation. Many high-elevation roads — like Sunrise Road in Mount Rainier National Park — often are closed from late September through June.

In the winter, the rain in Seattle usually falls as snow in the mountains, which is great if you're in search of endless powder. The best time to head to Seattle for snow sports is December through April, with prime conditions from January through March.

When to Visit Seattle if You Want to Avoid the Crowds

As with most popular tourist destinations, the best weather usually brings the crowds. If you value the freedom to walk the streets without dodging selfie sticks during a daily dose of sunshine, visit in the months from late October to early March — Seattle's rainiest but least-crowded season.

Rain happens some of the time during spring and fall, but the weather is significantly better than in winter. There will be tourists in the streets — but not the mid-summer crowds.

Best Time to Visit Seattle for Events and Festivals

From food to film festivals, there is always something worth checking out in Seattle. Of course, summer brings myriad outdoor festivals, but there is plenty to do in the spring, winter and fall, as well.

Seattle's nearly month-long International Film Festival showcases more than 400 films from around the world and draws almost 200,000 people annually. The festival usually starts in May and lasts into June, giving guests the opportunity to see a variety of independent short films, features and documentaries — 70% of which will not be shown in theaters — alongside films from established cinematographers and producers.

Bumbershoot, which occurs every year over Labor Day Weekend, may be Seattle's most popular music and arts festival. This renowned festival has been featuring comedians, musicians, dancers and other artists since 1971. The festival — whose name pays tribute to the city's famous weather (a bumbershoot is an umbrella) — also features a variety of food vendors, morning yoga and even an electronic dance experience.

During October, artists and technology professionals come together to create light art exhibitions and a multimedia video mapping contest that is projected on to the Museum of History & Industry. Over four evenings in the Lake Union Park neighborhood, the Borealis Festival of Light features street art performances, installations of light art, and live music. Artists from around the world create visual light shows that are projected onto buildings. Local vendors supply food and drink.

Winter isn't usually when you find tourists flocking to Seattle, but Winterfest from late November into December offers plenty to do. There are ice sculptures, ice skating, live music, a Fountain of Light dance party and a New Year's Eve fireworks display to mark the holiday.

When to Visit Seattle for Whale Watching

Located on the Puget Sound, Seattle is the perfect embarkation point for whale watching in the Pacific.

Orca whales can be spotted year-round but they are most prevalent during the spring and summer (May through October is a safe bet). Humpback and minke whales can also be seen during this season. Gray whales usually stop in Puget Sound on their migration north in March and April.

Cheapest Time to Visit Seattle

Staying in Seattle will generally be most expensive during the summer peak, but surprisingly, it is cheaper to book airfare from certain destinations during early summer.

In order to balance weather, crowds and affordable prices, visit Seattle during the shoulder seasons, which occur in April and May and again in September and October.

Affordable Airfare

According to the travel search engine , the cheapest time to buy tickets to Seattle depends on your point of origin. From New York, the cheapest flights average $211 in November. Traveling from DC is also cheapest in November, with similar prices. If flying from Los Angeles or Atlanta, it's cheapest to travel in June. The average cost is around $158 and $247, respectively. The best month to travel from Chicago is in October, when prices land around $154. Make sure to stop by the revamped Seattle Centurion Lounge (no longer a "Studio") while you're in the airport, which opened for business in 2017.

Affordable Hotels

According to historical data obtained by the booking platform, the average daily rate for hotels rated with 2.5 stars and above is around $172. Unsurprisingly, prices begin to rise in May as the weather improves, and peak between June and August — Seattle's high season. In 2018, the average price per night was at its highest, averaging $222. Prices begin to decrease in September, and hit a low point between November and December. During this time, a night can be booked for as little as $135 on average. Check out our reviews of the W Seattle before and after renovations here.

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The Top 31 Can’t-Miss Things To Do In Seattle This March

We gathered up all the free museum days, weekend markets, dance parties, live shows, and exciting events happening in Seattle this March!

Kelly Dougher

Looking for fun things to do in Seattle this March?

You’ll want to bookmark this list. March 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting time to be in Seattle. This month is packed with cultural festivals, wine tastings, conventions, markets, immersive exhibitions, live concerts, sporting events, and more! Whether you’re a local or just visiting, there’s something on this list for you. The best part is that many of the things to do on this list are cheap or even free!

Read on for the top things to do in Seattle this March:

1. Astra Lumina: A Night Walk Amongst The Stars

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Have you done the Astra Lumina Night Walk yet? This March is your last chance to see this incredible exhibition at the Seattle Chinese Garden. Get tickets here .

2. Take advantage of Seattle’s free museum days in March

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Did you know that you can visit many Seattle museums for free on Thursday, March 7 ? Read all about the free museum days in Seattle this March.

3. Emerald City Comic Con

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Fans of comics, anime, gaming, and pop culture will dress in their best cosplay and gather at Seattle Convention Center from February 29 to March 3 for Emerald City Comic Con 2024. This year’s celebrity guests include Chris Evans and more! Read more about this year’s Emerald City Comic Con .

4. Harry Potter™: Magic at Play

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Step into the world of Harry Potter™ in this immersive, hands-on experience that is fun for all ages. Tickets are still available here .

5. Freakout Weekender

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If you love rock music and live shows, don’t miss Freakout Weekender 2024. This two-day music festival at feature over 20 bands performing at The Crocodile in Belltown on March 2-3 . Get tickets and more info on the Freakout website .

6. Run for hot chocolate

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Warm up with a race and a hot beverage at the Hot Chocolate 5k . This family-friendly event takes place at Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne on March 3. 

7. See a Concert Under the Stars

A singer performing for Concerts Under the Stars

Take in incredible views while enjoying a full bar and talented musicians on these rooftop concerts. Here are two Concert Under the Stars coming up in Seattle this month:

  • Sinatra Under The Stars at The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion on Thursday, March 14
  • 90’s Unplugged featuring Nirvana at The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion on Thursday, March 28

8. Sip and eat at Carnival of Cocktails


Don’t miss the biggest event of Seattle Cocktail Week: Carnival of Cocktails on March 9 at Seattle Center. There will be tons of tastings available, food trucks, and even zero-proof cocktails. Get tickets here .

9. Catch a live show

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Whether you’re in the mood for a concert, standup comedy, ballet, a musical, or something else, there’s a live show coming up in Seattle for you. Here are some exciting live shows happening in Seattle this month:

  • Something’s Afoot at The Fifth Avenue Theatre during  March 1-24
  • Trevor Noah at The Paramount Theatre during March 19-24 
  • Climate Pledge Arena will be hosting Fall Out Boy, Bad Bunny, Nicki Minaj, and Tim McGraw this March
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet will be performing Harold and the Purple Crayon as well as One Thousand Pieces this March

Also see our guide to the best live music venues in Seattle .

10. See a romantic Candlelight Concert

A string quartet performing on stage surrounded by candles.

If you’re looking for a special night out, Candlelight Concerts feature talented musicians playing renditions of popular music while candlelight flickers at stunning venues around Seattle. See the upcoming Candlelight Concerts in Seattle this March . If you’d like to give someone the experience of a romantic live concert of their choice, the Candlelight Concert gift card makes it easy.

11. Go to a wine tasting (or several)

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Did you know that March is Washington Wine Month? Check out these upcoming tastings and festivals that celebrate wine:

  • The Annual PNA Wine Taste at Phinney Center on Saturday, March 2
  • Snohomish Wine Festival at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish on Saturday, March 2
  • Taste Washington at Lumen Field and other Seattle venues from  March 14-24
  • The Big Taste at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park on March 23

Also if wine isn’t your thing, you can get tickets for the annual Bellevue Bourbon Bash at Daniel’s Broiler on March 2 instead.

12. Cheer on the Sounders at a home game

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Soccer season is back! The Seattle Sounders are playing two exciting home games at Lumen Field this month:

  • Sounders vs. Austin on March 2
  • Sounders vs. Colorado on March 16

Get tickets and more info on the Sounders website .

13. Experience a Kraken hockey game

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Watch the Seattle Kraken play an exciting home game this month at Climate Pledge Arena on these dates:

  • Saturday, March 2
  • Friday, March 8
  • Tuesday, March 12
  • Thursday, March 14
  • Saturday, March 16
  • Monday, March 18
  • Sunday, March 24
  • Tuesday, March 26
  • Thursday, March 28
  • Saturday, March 30

Get tickets and more info on the NHL website .

14. Get outside on free state parks days

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Explore the great outdoors this month for State Parks Free Days on March 9 for activist Billy Frank Junior’s birthday and again on March 19 for the State Parks’ 111th Birthday.

Not sure where to go? Check out our guide to the best Washington state parks .

15. Attend the Seattle Jewish Film Festival

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The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival starts on March 2 with an opening night at AMC Pacific Place 11 and runs through March 17 . You can choose to watch the films in-person or virtually.

16. Experience a wine dinner with views at the Lotte Hotel

charlotte restaurant at lotte hotel seattle

Take in panoramic city views on the 16th floor of the Lotte Hotel’s Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge while enjoying a five-course meal on the evening of Thursday, March 14 . To celebrate Washington Wine Month, this dinner showcases exclusive Mark Ryan wine pairings. See the menu and book your experience on OpenTable .

17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle

st patricks day parade

If you’re feeling the luck of the Irish this March, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate in Seattle. Here are all the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day events in Seattle, including a parade:

  • St. Patrick’s Irish Festival at Kells Irish Restaurant in Pike Place Market from March 8 to March 17
  • St. Patrick’s Landing at 5:00 p.m. at Lake Union Park in South Lake Union on March 15
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Jefferson St & 4th Ave on March 16
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Hotel Andra in Belltown on March 16
  • Seattle Irish Festival at Seattle Center on March 16-17
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash at Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne on March 17

18. Celebrate Holi

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This March you can choose from two big events that are celebrating the famous Hindu festival Holi right here in Seattle:

  • Festival of Color at Marymoor Park on March 23 
  • Seattle Color Festival at Seattle Center on March 30

19. Go to a French festival in Seattle

Celebrate French-speaking cultures at Seattle’s French Fest on March 24  at Seattle Center’s Armory Food & Event Hall. This free event will have live performances, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, a baguette tasting contest, music and dancing, and more.

20. See live comedy and vaudeville at the Moisture Festival

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We admit that its name leaves something to be desired, but that won’t stop us from attending Moisture Festival . Starting on March 21 and continuing into April, this festival will put on 40 comedy, vaudeville, and burlesque shows at Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill.

21. Celebrate Norwegian culture in Ballard

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Head to Leif Erikson Hall in Ballard on March 23  for the annual Norwegian Heritage Day celebration. This is a free, family-friendly event that will have food, music, a parade, and more.

22. Drink beer after-hours at PacSci

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On March 27 , ages 21 and up can head to Pacific Science Center to explore “the art of brewing with tastings from a select few of Seattle’s top breweries and wineries.” You’ll also be able to enjoy the center’s exhibits such as the Planetarium and the Butterfly House after-hours. Get tickets here .

23. Get a Seattle dog at a baseball game

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Baseball season returns at the end of March! The Seattle Mariners will be playing a series of exciting home games against the Red Sox at T-Mobile Park on March 28-31. 

24. Check out Seattle’s weekend markets

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Here are all the Seattle weekend markets this March:

  • Ballard Farmers Market : every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Ballard
  • Capitol Hill Farmers Market : every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Capitol Hill
  • Fremont Sunday Market : every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. under the Fremont Bridge
  • Georgetown Flea Market : the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Georgetown
  • SODO Flea Market : the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in SODO
  • University District Farmers Market : every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on University Way NE
  • West Seattle Farmers Market : every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in West Seattle

25. Explore Seattle with our neighborhood guides

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Want to get to know Seattle better this month? Check out these in-depth guides to Seattle neighborhoods:

  • Things to do in Capitol Hill
  • What to do in Pioneer Square
  • The best things to do in West Seattle
  • Fun things to do in Fremont 

And more to come!

26. Join a Seattle art walk

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Looking for a free way to meet new people, explore your city, and see some amazing art? Read more about the various Seattle art walks around the city every month.

27. Warm up in Seattle’s saunas and hot tubs

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If you’re tired of Seattle’s winter chill, we feel you. Get warm and toasty with our guide to Seattle’s best saunas and hot tubs (and hot tub boats!).

28. Join a Seattle silent reading party


Twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays , Hotel Sorrento hosts a silent reading party in their cozy Fireside Room. Get your tickets and all the details on the silent reading party website .

29. Go out dancing

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If you’d prefer a dance party over a silent reading party, check these out:

  • Gold Bar in Capitol Hill has a weekly Don’t Think! dance party on every Thursday night.
  • Dragster in Fremont has DJs and dancing every Friday and Saturday night starting at 10:00 p.m.
  • Chop Suey in Capitol Hill has their weekly Dance Yourself Clean indie dance party on Saturdays for $5-$10 as well as their free House Party every Monday night.
  • Neumos in Capitol Hill has Emo Nite on March 10 for $16.

30. Celebrate the start of cherry blossom season

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Seattle’s cherry blossom trees typically start to bloom around mid-March . Read about the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seattle this spring.

31. Check out Seattle’s most exciting bars and restaurants

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Seattle has an exciting culinary and bar scene. Make some time this March to check these out:

  • The 17 Most Beautiful Restaurants In Seattle
  • The Best Cheap Eats In Seattle For Under $15, According To Locals
  • The 10 Most Essential Burgers In Seattle
  • The 46 Best Bars In Seattle, According to Seattleites Themselves
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Hands down, the best time to visit Seattle is during the warm, dry summer months — June, July, and August. While Seattle has plenty of things to do any time of year, summer is when the skies are most likely to be clear, meaning things like views from the Space Needle or a trip out to Mount Rainier will yield the most reward. And while popular activities in the area like hiking or visiting the city's parks can be done in the winter, spring or fall, it’s always better to be able to leave the raincoat at home.

But like all things Seattle weather , there is not a firm boundary on summer. The late spring and early fall can jump into the summer spirit some years with May and October often warm and dry as well, but it depends on the year. If you can’t make a visit to Seattle happen during the summer, don’t feel like you’re missing out too much if you come during the spring or fall. However, if you’re coming for a vacation, maybe just skip the winter unless you like being drizzled on for days on end.

Rainy Season in Seattle

When you’re figuring out the best time to visit Seattle, the number one factor to consider is: does what you want to do involve the weather? If so, you are probably aware that Seattle gets some rain in the winter. This ranges from relatively dry years to years where it rains every day for months on end. If you want to get out on a hike, visit Mount Rainier or the coast, or even just kick back along the shorelines or at the parks right in the city, then consider visiting anytime other than the rainy season, which can start anywhere from September and last until about March.   However, also keep an eye on the weather in general as you’re planning your visit as some years are dry throughout the winter, and some years get more rain all year long (thanks, El Nino and La Nina).

Crowds and Costs

For the most part, you won’t see wild swings in hotel cost in downtown Seattle, but if you’re planning to get out of the city and stay on the coast, near Mount Rainier or in the Olympic National Park , then prices do change. Summer is peak season for the coast and mountains so hotel costs do go up. On the other hand, so do crowds. If you visit Mount Rainier in July or August, you will need to factor in your arrival time. Getting there right around 9 a.m. means sitting in long lines at the main Nisqually Entrance.

However, like the price of hotels, crowds in Seattle don’t fluctuate quite as much. You will find lines at major tourist attractions like the Space Needle in the summer, but you’ll likely find the same lines in the fall and spring. Lines in winter will be shorter or even nonexistent, but some attractions aren't fully worth it in the winter. For instance, if the day is rainy and overcast, you won't be able to see Mount Rainier or far into the distance from the Space Needle.

Popular Festivals and Events

 Seattle has some awesome festivals and events and, with the exception of some holiday happenings, these take place largely in spring, summer and fall — with summer taking the lead. If you’re coming into town for one of the big festivals, like Seafair , and you want to stay right downtown, book well ahead. However, if you’re flexible about staying nearby, then you’ll have no trouble finding rooms even during huge events. But, be warned, Seattle traffic can be pretty bad so staying farther away during a large event means you’ll be sitting in it. This is especially true for games at T-Mobile Park at CenturyLink, July 4th at Gas Works Park, and some of the larger Seafair events where there is nowhere near enough parking for the masses. Either book well ahead to stay near the epicenter of these events, or look into public transportation.

January is not Seattle’s finest time of year by any means with chilly and usually wet weather in spades. Bring a raincoat and waterproof shoes. You’ll still find people outdoors here and there, but even locals mostly stay inside. Still, if you’re looking for a deal on hotels, this is a better time to find them than in spring, fall or summer, but be warned that hotels are cheaper because enjoying Seattle is just not as pleasant in the winter.

Events to check out:

The Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park is the perfect way to start the year…if you enjoy running into freezing cold water and then running back out again before you get hypothermia.

The weather in February is really a toss up. Some years, cherry blossoms start to pop out this month and the sun does as well. Other years, February feels a whole lot like January. Indoor activities like local shows at the 5th Avenue or Paramount Theaters, wandering Pike Place Market, or going out to eat at one of Seattle’s many delicious restaurants mostly trump outdoor adventures this month. But with Valentine’s Day in the mix, the timing couldn’t be better. However, do expect massive crowds at most nicer restaurants on Valentine’s Day and plan to make reservations if you’re going out that day.

The Seattle Boat Show is an extravaganza of all things – you guessed it – boat related. Expect sailing lessons, boat rides, kids activities, boats for sale and more.

The Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown-International District brings on amazing food, dragon and lion dances, martial arts and cultural performances, and more.

March also can go back and forth between beautiful days and returns to the cold, rainy weather of winter, but if the cherry blossoms didn’t pop out in February, expect them this month! You’ll see cherry blossoms all around town, but head to the University of Washington campus to see one of the most beautiful displays. Keep that raincoat in your luggage, but maybe put some sunglasses in there too. On clearer days, March can be a great month to venture out to the city’s parks and hiking trails ( Discovery Park is always a good choice) to enjoy signs of spring around every corner.

Emerald City Comic Con is a large pop culture conference complete with tons of cosplay; visiting artists, actors, writers and other high-profile guests; vendors galore; and more.

Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade is everything you’d expect from a parade on St. Paddy’s – lots of green, marching bands, and all things Irish. Top it off with a visit to a local Irish pub.

Like March, April goes back and forth between sunny and rainy days. If you’re looking to visit during the Northwest’s off season, this is usually the last month of the year where you’ll find cheap(er) hotels near the beaches, Mount Rainier or other waterfront locations.

The free International Children’s Friendship Festival is run by children, for children. Performances showcase world cultures through music, dancing and art.

Twice a year, Seattle Restaurant Week brings affordable three-course menus to participating restaurants around town. It’s a great way to try some place new without breaking the bank.

May is one of the best months to get out and about if you enjoy festivals or getting outdoors. The weather tends toward sunny or lightly overcast, and the summer festival season starts to kick off.

Seattle International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, but it’s a lot more laid back than its contemporaries. The focus tends to be on indie, foreign films and documentaries. This event often goes into early June as well. Northwest Folklife is a free festival at Seattle Center that has a little bit of everything – world culture, music, lots of food, vendors and family fun galore.

June is a great time to enjoy just about anything in Seattle. Festivals are plentiful. The weather is all around pretty pleasant. Parks and local outdoor pools are enjoyable, as are hikes through city parks like Discovery Park or trips out to 'Mt. Si' or other farther afoot treks.

If you want to see Seattle’s quirkier side, the Fremont Solstice Parade is the way to go. The entirely non-motorized parade is open to public participation and focused on artistic expression. Oh yeah, and you might see some nudity.

All ages and free, PrideFest fills Seattle Center with LGBTQ with music, arts and culture, and four stages.

If there’s an ideal month to visit Seattle, July might just be it. The weather is usually warm and dry (locals often say summer doesn’t start until after July 4). Yes, you’ll run into a few more crowds or lines at major attractions, but lines are not generally prohibitively long…unless you’re at the Space Needle and then you’ll need to make the call on whether the lines are worth the view for you. Consequently, if you enjoy views, July is the month you’re most likely to spot Mount Rainier in the distance on any given day, and you can catch glimpses of it from the Space Needle, the beach at Discovery Park, and other spots around town.

If you seek Seattle’s largest July 4th fireworks, then you seek the Seafair Summer Fourth. These take place at Gas Works Park and are some of the nation’s largest fireworks. The day is filled with family fun at Gas Works Park, and the fireworks are visible from several other points around town if you want to skip the crowds.

The Bite of Seattle is a free festival at Seattle Center that brings in food vendors from around the area. Try a variety of foods and kick back to listen to some live music.

August is generally much the same as July – warm and dry and a great time to visit Seattle as well as surrounding areas. There are also plenty of festivals and happenings taking place this month, too, including Seafair.

Seafair Weekend is one of the summer events not to miss. Yes, it’s crowded. Yes, getting there can be a hassle as parking is pretty much a no go. But watching the hydroplane races and the Blue Angels is a Seattle tradition.

Seattle Art Fair brings together not only the general public, but also art collectors, galleries, museums and other institutions into one big art celebration.

While fall doesn’t technically start until later September, early September generally starts to feel like fall in the Northwest. Leaves start to turn and this is a great time to go leaf peeping throughout the Northwest . Events heralding in the end of summer kick up their heels. Rain also returns in September and while it’s not usually enough rain to stop locals from having whatever adventures they planned to have, for visitors it may serve as a deterrent. Bring a hat, rain jacket and/or an umbrella with you starting in September and pretty much continuing until May.

The Washington State Fair is one of the largest fairs in the country and it’s worth a visit. Located in Puyallup, about 40-60 minutes south of Seattle, the fair is filled with fair food, rides, games, animals, headlining concerts, smaller shows and more.

Bumbershoot is a large music festival with several stages and talent ranging from headliners to local acts.

One of the preeminent Oktoberfests in the area, Fremont Oktoberfest even has family and dog-friendly days.

October is a great month to enjoy the autumn side of Seattle. The town knows how to celebrate the autumn with festival fun and several haunted houses that go up in the area. Also don’t miss out on visiting a pumpkin patch or touring a corn maze , but do bring some boots along with you as rain and corn mazes mean mud.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest is the place to be if you love pumpkin beer…there are more than 80 varieties represented!

Seattle Restaurant Week happens twice a year and features many of Seattle’s nicer restaurants serving up three-course meals for a set price.

GeekGirlCon has a focus on women in science, technology, arts, literature, comics and games.

Truth be told, November is not the most pleasant month to visit Seattle if you don’t enjoy rain and wind, but at the same time, the end of the month is the start of the holiday season and downtown Seattle becomes something special then. Holiday light displays come out around every corner. Downtown Seattle gets decorated to the nines. So maybe avoid early November unless you’re here for business or family. Save your visit until after the holiday lights come out.

Start your day with the Macy’s Holiday Parade and end it with the Macy’s Tree Lighting in downtown Seattle. It’s festive and fun for the whole family, especially if you have kids who love Santa as he makes an appearance in the parade.

Festival of Trees is a display of some of the most beautiful Christmas trees you’ll ever see. Sales of the trees and tickets to a gala raise funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

December is generally rainy and cool to cold, and yet it’s a fun time to visit Seattle. Holiday happenings fill just about every weekend. Visit Christmas light displays, enjoy a holiday show at one of the local theaters, or sip on special winter brews at local microbreweries.

The Christmas Ship Festival is a unique way to enjoy the season. Argosy Cruises decks its boats out. Riders can enjoy snacks and a choir on board. Others come to meet the Christmas Ship at ports around the Puget Sound (a different one each night) and listen to the choir from shore. Christmas light displays take place everywhere from Seattle Center to Woodland Park Zoo, from Bellevue Botanical Garden to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. Like many cities, Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet puts on a production of The Nutcracker each year. It’s a tradition and a beautiful holiday show for many.

The best time to visit Seattle is during the warm summer months, from June through August. Clear and dry days mean you'll be able to make the most out of your trip. 

Seattle's rainy season typically spans the winter months, from November through February. If you don't enjoy rain and wind, you should plan your visit for another time.

Like Seattle, the best months to visit Washington State are the summer months, when the weather is cool and dry and perfect for spending time outdoors.

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Wandering wheatleys.

Despite March being a little on the cold and rainy side, visiting Seattle in March is a great choice.

The month is packed with fun events, from music festivals to wine showcases to celebrations of all different cultures.

Planning a march trip to seattle we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in seattle in march to help you get started, from one-of-a-kind festivals to upcoming art exhibits., meet the stars at emerald city comic con.

Beginning at the end of February and continuing until the beginning of March, Emerald City Comic Con is one of the best events in Seattle in March.


The Seattle Kraken have several games happening in March, and cheering for the home team is one of the most fun things to do in Seattle in March. Head to the Climate Pledge Arena to see them take on opponents like the Edmonton Oilers, the Vegas Golden Knights, or the Washington Capitals.


Seattle Rep is a place where the Seattle community comes together to connect with themselves, their neighbors, and strangers through stories.


Over at the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, you’ll find all things pop culture no matter when you visit, from untold stories about ‘90s grunge to horror film showcases.


Taking place at The Crocodile the first weekend of the month, Freakout Weekender is one of the best events in Seattle in March.

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Seattle In March: Top 10 Things to Explore, Weather and Tourist Friendly Tips

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A) places to visit , 1. the space needle   .

The Sky Needle in the night sky.

Address: 400 Broad St. Seattle, WA 98109   Timings: Monday – Wednesday: 12:00PM – 5:00PM                                             Thursday & Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM                                             Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM – 7:00PM Pricing: Free for children under the age 4    Ranges from $22to $35 depending upon the age  

2.Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Address:  305 Harrison Street , Seattle, Washington, U.S. Timings:  Mon-Wed, 11am-5pm                                  Thu-Sun, 11am-6pm Pricing: Free for children under the age 4                                   Ranges from$19 to $32 depending upon the age of the tourist.

3. Pike Place Market

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Address: First Ave and Pike St,Seattle                     Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily  with some of the restaurants staying open until 8 p.m.

4. Natural Parks

North Cascade National Park

Timings:  1. North Cascades National Park -  Opens daily from 9:00am to 6:00 pm                 2. Olympic National Park - 24hrs a day all the year round                3. Mount Rainier National Park -  Open all year. Pricing:    1. North Cascades National Park - There are no entry fees. Camping requires  a free permit .                           2. Olympic National Park -  $15 per person(walk or cycle).$30 for vehicle( both allow unlimited entry for 7days)               3. Mount Rainier National Park - $15 per person(walk or cycle).$30 for vehicle( both allow unlimited entry for 7days)

5. Seattle Art Museum 

Seattle Art Museum

Address: 1. Art Museum - 1300 First Avenue,  Seattle, Washington,           2. SAAM -  1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, Washington                  3. Olympic Sculpture Garden - 2901 Western Avenue,​ Seattle, Washington Timings: 1. Art Museum - Thursday to Sunday - 10am to 5pm                  2. SAAM -   Temporarily closed              3. Olympic Sculpture Garden - Opens 30 minutes before sunrise.Closes 30 minutes after sunset  Pricing: 1. Art Museum -  Price ranges from $13 to $20. Free entry for children below 14             2. SAAM -  Temporarily Closed              3. Olympic Sculpture Garden -  N/A

B)Things to Do

6. checking out the coffee culture .

The First ever Starbucks

 7. Enjoying the Music Culture 

Museum Of Pop Culture

 8. Seattle Wine Tours  

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9. Moisture Festival 

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Pricing:  Tickets are available online and range from $10-$30 

10.The Taste Washington Festival 

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Things To Keep In Mind

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  • Pack an extra layer of warm clothes just in case the weather turns harsh.
  • Check bookings and availability of lodging as this is a peak season
  • Confirm timings and openings of various attractions as there might be changes due to the Covid-19 situation.
  • Pre-Book tickets to avoid last minute hassle.

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By Patheresa Wells & Jas Keimig & Marcus Gorman | Published February 29, 2024

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📸 : Angela Sterling | Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alejandro Cerrudo’s  One Thousand Pieces

We’re springing forward this month and celebrating with plant sales and daffodil days . But there are other hallmark Seattle events also coming down the pipeline, from the Emerald City Comic Con ‘s return inside the renovated Seattle Convention Center to Mariners’ opening day at T-Mobile Park. Let’s get into it.

Emerald City Comic Con 2024 @ Seattle Convention Center

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A group of cosplayers at Emerald City Comic Con 2023 in Seattle, WA

📅 Thursday, February 29th – Sunday, March 3rd  📍 Seattle Convention Center 🎟 Tickets and passes ranging from $5.99 – $420

Whether you’re a gamer, a comic book geek, a cinephile, a TV fanatic, or a cosplay enthusiast,  Emerald City Comic Con  has you covered. Me, I’m in it for  Artist Alley , where you can interact with authors and artists of both mainstream and independent projects and directly support them. Then there are the panels, which range from educational to promotional to  extremely goofy . (I recall a stellar one years ago entirely on Tina Belcher.) 

And then, of course, behold the celebrities, there for interviews, autograph signings, and photo ops. Some  big-name highlights  scheduled to attend are: 

⭐️  Jodie Whittaker  ( Dr. Who )  ⭐️ John DiMaggio  ( Futurama , a.k.a. my favorite show of all time)  ⭐️  Jhonen Vasquez  ( Johnny the Homicidal Maniac )  ⭐️  Dante Basco  ( Hook )  ⭐️ Writer/director  Mike Flanagan  and actress  Kate Siegel  ( Midnight Mass )  ⭐️  Misha Collins  ( Supernatural ) 

And for those  Twihards  who filled the SIFF Cinema Egyptian  last November , four members of the immortal Cullen family are booked: Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, and Kellan Lutz. 

All the VIP tickets are sold out, but a  4-day pass  will cost you $145 ($30 for kids), while  single-day tickets  range from $43-72. And for those who are crowd-averse, consider the  Popverse ECCC Digital Ticket , where you can stream video panels from home. 


Dune: Part Two @ SIFF Cinema Downtown and More Seattle Cinemas

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📸: Dune: Part Two

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📆 Opens Thursday, February 29th | SIFF showtimes here 🎥 166 minutes 🎟 Tickets start at $14.50 📍 SIFF Cinema Downtown: 2100 4th Ave, Seattle

Now that  SIFF Cinema Downtown  (FKA Cinerama) has officially reopened, Seattleites have a theater epic enough to contain the sci-fi spectacle that is  Dune: Part Two . The clanking and booming of extraterrestrial battles projected by the theater’s Dolby Atmos sound system? Inhaling chocolate popcorn as Paul Atreides monologues? Giant sandworms slithering across the  97-foot curved screen ? Sign me up!!!!!!!

Backing up a bit.  Dune: Part Two  is the  second half  of director Denis Villeneuve’s two-part adaptation of Tacoma-born Frank Herbert’s iconic and intricate space opera. When we last left Paul Atreides ( Timothée Chalamet ) in  Dune: Part One  back in 2021, he had just linked up with Chani ( Zendaya ) and the Fremen on the distant desert planet Arrakis after escaping the evil clutches of the blood and  spice  thirsty House Harkonnen. Now, Paul intends to seek revenge on the Harkonnens for destroying his family before time runs out. 

The already stellar crew from the first part will be even more star-studded in this follow-up. (Though  Josh Brolin , who plays Paul’s mentor, Gurney Halleck,  sums up  the cast better than I ever could.) Here’s the gist: A bald and eyebrow-less  Austin Butler  is Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Paul’s new mortal enemy, with  Dave Bautista  playing his older brother, Glossu Rabban Harkonnen.  Christopher Walken  is Emperor Shaddam IV, and his daughter, Princess Irulan, is played by  Florence Pugh .  Léa Seydoux ,  Anya Taylor-Joy,  and  Tim Blake Nelson  are also along for the sandy ride, and composer  Hans Zimmer  is once again on score duties. 

While reading the original book is not a requirement, watching  Dune: Part One  is a must if you’re going to understand this film. So  do your homework  before settling into one of SIFF Cinema Downtown’s cushy seats. And remember— fear  is the mind-killer. 

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Something’s Afoot @ 5th Avenue Theatre

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📸: 5th Avenue Theatre

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📆 Friday, March 1st – Saturday, March 24th 📍 5th Avenue Theatre: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle

For whatever reason, the rest of our  local musical mecca ’s season is Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater’s generation-defining, Tony-winning, repressed German teens-have-feelings-and-also-sex rock musical  Spring Awakening  sandwiched between  two ensemble-heavy murder mysteries . In July, there’s  Clue , based on the film/board game with such a midnight movie following it’s going to be a hoot to see live. On the other side of that sandwich is  Something’s Afoot , opening Friday, March 1st.

Originally produced in the 1970s, it’s ostensibly a version of  Agatha Christie ’s  And Then There Were None . (If you’re above a certain age and read the book in middle/high school, it was also called  [Censored Title Because We’ve Grown as a Society] .) But more than that, it’s  a song-filled spoof of Christie mysteries in general , a veritable mother lode for arch silliness. You see, it’s the 1930s, many people have been invited to an English country estate, and the host is  muuuuuuuuuuuuurdeeeeeeeeered . With a storm a-brewin’ outside and no way out, the guests must finger the culprit. But given the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker bent of this particular musical, it’s a whole lot  zanier  than what Christie intended.

Helmed by producing artistic director Bill Berry, the cast includes some stellar 5th alums, including  Adam Standley  ( Ride the Cyclone ),  Brandon O’Neill  ( White Christmas ), and Stranger Genius Award recipient  Sarah Rudinoff  ( Mamma Mia! ), plus a heap of stars from last season’s  Sweeney Todd  ( Yusef Seevers ,  Anne Allgood ,  Porscha Shaw ).

Whodunit? Who knows? It might be you. Where were you on the evening of  [writer suddenly gets stabbed]

Freakout Weekender 2024 @ The Crocodile and More Locations

A much-needed freaking out 🤘

📸: Freakout

A background for Freakout Weekender 2024

📆 Saturday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 3rd 🎟 Tickets start at $57 📍 Venues including: The Crocodile, Madame Lou’s, Here-After, and Belltown Yacht Club

Now in its third year,  Freakout Fest ’s kid sibling,  Freakout Weekender , once again lands with force in Belltown for a much-needed freaking out. 

Taking the international, psychedelic,  punk ethos  from the main Freakout Fest—which is longer and held in November—Freakout Weekender stuffs as many bands as possible inside a Saturday and Sunday for a concentrated dose of fun. Across the three stages of the Crocodile complex (the main stage, Madame Lou’s, and the Here-After), plus a stage at Belltown Yacht Club just down the street,  24 acts  will strum, drum, and rage over 48 hours. 

One of the weekend’s co-headliners is  Fuzz , a scuzzy, ’60s psych rock-influenced trio from San Francisco, which features rocker Ty Segall on vocals and drums. On headlining duties with them is Chicago three-piece  Dehd , whose indie rock DIY sensibilities and heartfelt songwriter will be on full display.  Derv Gordon , the legendary lead singer of English band The Equals, will also grace the festival with his velvet-smooth voice. Other Weekender highlights include Brazilian dream poppers  Boogarin , energetic two-piece  Sgt. Papers  (I saw them play at the 2022 Freakout Festival and they rock) from Sonora, Mexico, Seattle DJ Gold Chisme’s entrancing darkwave project  Dark Chisme , and the woozy, lo-fi, psychedelic rock stylings of Los Angeles’s  Levitation Room . 

If you  don’t recognize  many of the bands on the lineup—don’t worry. The best thing about Freakout Weekender is the curation. Because of this fest, I’ve become a fan of so many cool bands from around the country and Latin America.  Drift from room to room  and bop along to music that sounds good to you.  Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show  will be on deck projecting their trippy liquid light show onstage. (Don’t forget your earplugs!)

29th Seattle Jewish Film Festival @ Stroum Jewish Community Center and Other Venues

Films from across the globe 🌍

📸: Stroum Jewish Community Center

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📆 Films screening from Saturday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 17th 🎟 Passes ranging from $70–$200 📍 Venues including AMC Pacific Place, Stroum Jewish Community Center, University of Washington, Walla Walla

The  Seattle Jewish Film Festival  (SJFF) is back for its 29th outing and is proud to offer 19 different film programs over two weeks all over the city… and even on the other side of the state. Their main base will be the  AMC Pacific Place  downtown, the  Stroum Jewish Community Center  on Mercer Island, a shorts offering at the  University of Washington , and even an exhibition in  Walla Walla .

“SJFF offers films and experiences that amplify profound connections to Jewish life for everyone,” according to Pamela Lavitt, director of SJCC Arts + Ideas and Festivals. “ Cinema can deepen comprehension , inspire conversations, and strengthen community.”

The offerings cover the globe, with features, documentaries, and short films from the likes of Poland, Italy, India, and Hungary. And if you’re a homebody, don’t worry, as selected offerings will be available  virtually .

Some eventized highlights:

🎥   Remembering Gene Wilder , a non-fiction ode to one of the 20th century’s greatest comic actors

🎥    One Life , starring Anthony Hopkins as a British stockbroker who saved hundreds of Jewish children in the lead-up to World War II

🎥  The Man Without a World , a modern silent film about an ailing Yiddish actress, with a live score by Alicia Svigals on klezmer and Donald Sosin on piano.

And for the first time ever, SJFF will have their very own  Red Carpet Oscar Party  at Stroum, where you can don your best duds, grab some appetizers and popcorn, and then head into the theatre for a livestream of this year’s Academy Awards.

Love Lies Bleeding @ Cinemas Around Seattle

A fever dream 🎥

📸: Love Lies Bleeding

is it good to visit seattle in march

📆 Opens wide on Friday, March 8th

If you haven’t seen  Saint Maud , writer/director Rose Glass’ debut feature, get yourself to Amazon Prime right now and hit play. In it, the thin line between religious fervor and untethered psychosis plays out against a caregiver-patient dynamic along the English seaside, with one hell of a final scene. There’s an entire generation of people who love costar Jennifer Ehle who’ll see anything she’s in, but I fear the pandemic dampened  Maud’s  intended reach.  Check it out , for real.

Now with an A24 calling card at the ready, Glass presents a blank check of a psychosexual fever dream with  Love Lies Bleeding , a.k.a. the film that already beat the internet to a couple thousand entries of  Kristen Stewart  slash fiction. K-Stew is a gym manager in 1980s New Mexico, actress/martial artist  Katy O’Brian  (the PNW’s own  Z Nation ) is a Vegas-bound competitive bodybuilder, and when their orbits and bodies collide, nobody is safe. Especially not since Stewart’s father is a small-town weapons-running crime boss played with rattling sleaze by  Ed Harris , who gives his most bug-nuts performance since 1987’s  Walker . (Incidentally, if you come out of this movie wanting more surreality in your cinema, that Alex Cox movie is a great follow-up.)

Love Lies Bleeding  is an aggressive, hyperviolent,  steroid-injected noir of the highest order , and very much not for the squeamish. Or the homophobic. Go away, homophobes. You already have roughly 90% of American pop culture locked up. Go watch  Blue Bloods .

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday World Tour 2 @ Climate Pledge Arena

📸: Nicki Minaj | Climate Pledge Arena

The promotional tour of Nicki Minaj getting off on Gag City in Seattle, Washington.

📆 Sunday, March 10th 📍 Climate Pledge Arena: 334 1st Ave N, Seattle

Rap beefs  are nothing new, but the recent Nicki Minaj and Meg the Stallion  feud  has been the perfect backdrop for the  Pink Friday 2 World Tour . I could go through the details about how Meg went from being a Barb to dissing Minaj in her song “ Hiss .” In 2019, the two collaborated on “ Hot Girl Summer, ” an anthem about being unapologetically authentic—but summer ended, and now Minaj has responded with the diss track “ Big Foot .” Making fun of the Stallion’s size and foot. Ouch. And now her fanbase, the  Barbz , has taken to  doxxing  anyone critical of the  Harajuku Barbie . 

With the release of  Pink Friday 2  and the world tour promoting the new album, the dolls are ready to enter  their futuristic phase . It’s been thirteen years since the first  Pink Friday ‘s arrival. And the tour will indeed include nostalgic nods to past hits like “ Super Bass ” and “ Anaconda .” Speaking of callbacks, joining the tour is  ’90s R&B legend   Monica , featured on the new song “ Love Me Enough .” ( Rumor  has it Minaj is also trying to get comedian Katt Williams on board for  Gag City , the AI-created utopia inhabited by the Barbz.) 

If you can’t make it to the tour, head over to  Roblox  to play the game with new Nicki-inspired UGC & emotes. A Barbz gotta do what a Barbz gotta do!


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s One Thousand Pieces @ McCaw Hall

Music and mythology 🌀

📸: Angela Sterling

Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces

📆 Friday, March 15th – Sunday, March 24th 📍 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer St, Seattle 💻 Streaming digitally Thursday, March 28th – Monday, April 1st

Who doesn’t love a  premiere ? Who doesn’t love  second chances ? Who doesn’t love a  double feature ? Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) brings all three to the stage with  One Thousand Pieces . In March 2020, COVID-19 shut down the premiere, canceled two days before opening night. Four years later, the ballet inspired by the  stained glass windows  of artist Marc Chagall and choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo will finally open. 

Though based in Chicago, Cerrudo hails from Madrid—and became PNB’s first-ever  resident choreographer , showcasing seven works during his three-year tenure. He’s been celebrated for choreographing  dance that looks like music sounds   and mixing songs through audio engineering. With abstract scene design set to the music of renowned composer Philip Glass,  One Thousand Pieces  aims to interpret the idea of many pieces coming together to form a larger one, the way that stained glass panels are a composite of many. The dancers, designers, choreographer, and music meld to form  vibrant hues , letting light shine through movement. 

The show is  double-billed  with choreographer Matthew Neenan’s  Bacchus , about the Greek god of wine and revelry, which debuted at PNB back in March 2019. PNB will also offer “Ballet Talks,” which are Q&As before and after performances on select nights. A tip: A limited number of  pay-what-you-can tickets  will be available  each Thursday .  TeenTix tickets  are available to TeenTix participants as well. 

March Edible Plant Sale @ Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Marjoram, mint, and more 🌱

📸: Tilth Alliance

A woman looks at a smiling baby at a plant sale.

📆 Saturday, March 16th ⏰ 9 am – 3 pm 🎟 Free to attend 📍Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands: 5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle

Tucked a few blocks off Rainier Avenue is  Rainier Beach Urban Farm  and Wetlands, the  largest urban farm in the city . Co-run by Tilth Alliance and Friends of Rainier Beach and Urban Wetlands and owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the farm is home to nature trails, annual and perennial veggies, raised beds,  greenhouses , and more. 

The farm is hosting its  March Edible Plant Sale  to celebrate spring’s arrival, an ideal opportunity to grab things good for growing in your garden this season. They’ll have  hundreds of varieties  of veggies, herbs, pollinator plants, and  edible flowers  for visitors to pick up. Newbie gardeners can buy easy-to-grow plants like peas and lettuce, while more experienced green thumbs can choose from heirloom plants like Walla Walla onions and Red Express cabbage. Catnip, parsley, marjoram, mint, and oregano are among the herbs available (I recommend picking up some  salad burnet , which tastes just like cucumbers and adds a  delicious freshness  to a pitcher of cold water). And maybe you’d like to get some pretty and edible pansies, candulas, or violas to decorate your springtime teacakes?

With a garden of edible delights such as this one, it’s important to come  prepared . Plants are priced in the $5-15 range, with most falling between $5-8 (cash, debit, credit, Fresh Bucks, and EBT are accepted forms of payment). There will be no parking in or on the streets directly surrounding the farm, so make sure you’ve got a parking spot or  light rail plan secured . Tilth Alliance recommends planning out your shopping list ahead of time and urges visitors to bring wagons, carts, boxes, and flats to safely transport your green goods to and from your mode of transportation. And because it’s a farm, there’s minimal cover and sidewalks, so  slap on your rain gear  and waterproof boots. It’s gardening time!

27th Annual Daffodil Day @ Pike Place Market

It’s sprung 🌼

Yellow Daffodils at a Pike Place Market vendor stall.

📆 Tuesday, March 19th ⏰ 11 am – 2 pm 📍 Pike Place Market: The corner of Pike Street and Pike Place

March  brings many things—spring, the  end of Q1 , and the  start of the Mariners season . But most importantly for Pacific Northwesterners, March also means that  daffodils  will be in peak season, sprouting in parks and finely manicured flower beds around the city.  

If you’ve stopped by  Pike Place Market  over the past couple of weeks, you’ve seen boxes filled with this buttery yellow flower  lining the roof  along the market’s entrance. That’s all in preparation for their  27th Annual Daffodil Day  to herald the first day of spring. From 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, March 19th, there will be tables full of  thousands of daffodils  under the market’s clock and sign. Everyone gets  two   free   daffodils  while supplies last, so make your selection carefully and quickly. 

All flowers you admire, stick your nose into, and purchase at Pike Place are grown within  100 miles of Seattle  by multi-generational, family-owned farms that have been at the market for over 30 years. As much as Daffodil Day is meant to celebrate spring, it’s also meant to  celebrate the farms  that keep Seattle looking beautiful and smelling good. This year, four farms are responsible for growing these daffodils:  Blong’s Garden  in Fall City,  Lor Garden  in Kent,  Nguyen Family Farm  in Snoqualmie Valley, and  Shong Chao’s Farm  south of Carnation. 

Moisture Festival 2024 @ Broadway Performance Hall 

Keeping vaudeville alive 🎪

📸:  Moisture Festival

Two aerialist performers at Moisture Festival in Seattle, Washington

📆 Thursday, March 21st – Sunday, April 14th 🎟 Tickets start at $10 – Full prices here 📍 Broadway Performance Hall: 1625 Broadway, Seattle 📍 Emerald City Trapeze Arts: 2702 6th Ave S, Seattle

Way, way back in the day—the day was in  2004 —organizers established the first   Moisture Festival  in Seattle. Inspired by the Oregon Country Fair and a comedy and varietè festival in Berlin, the fest wanted to develop a unique way to showcase  Seattle’s vaudeville, circus, and burlesque scenes . (It’s pretty possible I was there at the start, roped into volunteering by a friend, at the five-day event held in a rented tent in Fremont.) As Moisture grew, it made its way to the converted warehouse space of Hale’s brewery, which became Hale’s Palladium. Now, the largest festival of its kind worldwide, its  20th anniversary  runs for a month at  Broadway Performance Hall . 

In the true spirit of  vaudeville , a variety show popular in the early 20th century, each Moisture show has a variety of performers on the bill—and that bill changes from night to night. Aerialists,  magicians , strong women/men/people, dancers of every persuasion, comedians, musicians, and more take the stage for three-to-ten minutes, all accompanied by a  live band . 

Expect each show to contain about  eight to 10 acts  with an intermission. A few of the  entertainers this year  include:  

  • Duo Rose trapeze artists 
  • Juggler Thom Wall
  • Aerialist Avery Cluff 
  • Singer-songwriter J.R. Rhodes
  • Martika, a one-woman stunt show 

Closing night  will move to  Emerald City Trapeze Arts . Use the fest’s  calendar  to see who is performing and when.

In an effort to make Moisture  affordable  to everyone, accessible seating is available by request. All 3 pm and 7:30 pm shows are for all ages. The 10:30 pm shows are 18+ and contain adult content. Pay what you can on Wednesdays with sliding scale tickets. They also accept  TeenTix passes , allowing a $5 day-of-show ticket for TeenTix participants. If you volunteer (like I did), know that volunteers typically get to see most of the shows they work on. How often do you get to   mingle with magicians? 

POP Cats 2024 @ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Here kitty kitty 🐱

📸: POP Cats

A fun illustrated montage of cats with glasses on a skyline.

📆 Saturday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 24th 🎟 $10 – $100 📍 Seattle Center Exhibition Hall: 301 Mercer St, Seattle

Most of the time, my  Top Picks  for The Ticket come from a place of passion, love, and geekery. A desire to contextualize upcoming movies and plays as part of a greater history, or career, or phase of the zeitgeist. Other times, though, it’s  an unconscious call impossible to ignore . That’s where  POP Cats 2024  comes in.

Me? I definitely have “cattitude.” And when I see that there’s a  touring two-day event  that combines cats, art, art about cats, and  cats about art , and it’ll be nicely centralized at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (underneath the Pacific Northwest Ballet), that just screams “ wonderful afternoon with the family. “

Here’s what’s in store here:

🐱   POP Cats City:  an obstacle course-slash-playground to immerse yourself in the POP Cats world

🐱  Adoption Catios:  local rescues will be on hand to give you space to play with their sweet babies, provide more information about the adoption process, and perhaps even send you home with a new member of your family (please be a responsible pet owner)

🐱  BYOC!:  Bring Your Own Cat (if they are good, person-loving kitties) for photo ops, figure drawing, and testing out merchandise

🐱  And more,  including cat-centered video games, costume contests, coloring stations, and a chance to get cattoos

I was so jazzed that I ran to my two cats,  Vincent Prince  and  Béla Lugosi , and gave them the news about the event. In response, they shoved their faces into my various limbs and respectively cried out for belly rubs (Vincent) and treats (Béla), which is their way of thanking me.

Seattle Mariners Opening Day 2024 @ T-Mobile Park


📸: Adam Kubota

T-Mobile Park during a summertime Mariners game in Seattle, Washington.

📆 Thursday, March 28th 📍 T-Mobile Park: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle

It’s only been a scant few months since the  Seattle Mariners  lost out on the playoffs by a single game. (Hope you enjoyed those two extra wild card games, Toronto.) And I’ll be the defensive one and bemoan a very competitive AL West division and also point out that the M’s had a better regular season record (88-74) than the World Series also-rans Arizona Diamondbacks (84-78).

But  whatever . I’m a cautious optimist, so I declare that this is going to be strong year for Seattle, where they can back up their top-five pitching rotation with a lineup that can secure actual runs. Sure, I mourn some off-season trades; goodbye to third baseman Eugenio “Good Vibes Only” Suárez, outfielder Teoscar Hernández, cooler-kicking Jarred Kelenic, and Big Boy DH Mike Ford, among others. But the Mariners core now has some sweet add-ons with  infielder Luis Urías ,  catcher/DH Mitch Garver , and the return of  outfielder Mitch Hanniger . Plus,  outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba  gets to join his younger brother Jaxon (standout rookie wide receiver for the Seahawks) as one of SoDo’s finest.

Anyway, it’s time to play some  motherflippin’ baseball . Opening day is Thursday, March 28th, with a long weekend series against the  Boston Red Sox . Sox games are always good people-watching fun; last season I witnessed a drunken, unintelligible Boston fan get ejected from the main deck after he attempted one of the worst punches I’ve ever seen, thrown a full five feet away from his target.  Bless  the T-Mo security staff for keeping their cool.

Drie Chapek: Inside The Outside @ Greg Kucera Gallery

Reality and dreams 🖼

📸: Drie Chapek

Drie Chapek: SELF AND THE WHOLE DAWN, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 78 inches $13,000

📆 On view Thursday, February 15th – Saturday, March 30th 📅 Reception: First Thursday on Thursday, March 7th, 6–8 pm 📍 Greg Kucera Gallery: 212 Third Avenue South, Seattle ⏰ Open Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm 🎟 Free to view

Drie Chapek’s paintings are  heavenly —and I mean that quite literally. Composed of thick goops and globs of acrylic paint, Chapek often incorporates giant puffy clouds through her work, piling color on top of color, making her forms seem almost  architectural . Though she paints abstract pieces, Chapek also sets her swaths of paint inside buildings, studios, and rooms, clashing round paint brush strokes against the rigid angles of windows, archways, and vaulted ceilings. The result is paintings that feel like a mishmash of  reality and dreams .

For her latest show,  Inside The Outside , at Greg Kucera Gallery, Chapek shifts her gaze from the sky to the briny, murky waters of Puget Sound. Partially inspired by her morning ritual of  cold water diving , the Edmonds painter’s new body of work is decidedly aqueous—seafoam, teal, stormy gray, azure, and mossy greens are part of nearly every piece. 

“When I thought of the title, I was swimming in the Sound and I wanted to honor what the water’s been doing for me,” Chapek  told   My Edmonds News  in a recent interview. “I was  inside the outside .” In the show’s painting called “ Midday Living ,” a shimmering pool cuts through the floorboards of a study. A serene lavender blue pond surrounded by tall, green ferns slowly morphs into the walls of a music room space in “ Midnight Bliss ” (in  My Edmonds News , she said this is her  favorite piece ). 

As the warm days of spring are just on the horizon, Chapek’s  Inside The Outside  is perhaps the best way to honor  the blooming of a new season .

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10 Things to Do in Seattle in March

Plans abound when it comes to looking for ideas and activities to see and do in Seattle during a visit in March. That's why I invite you to follow the list of recommendations I've prepared with the intention of simplifying your trip planning.

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10 Things to Do in Seattle in March

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If you think of a modern, coastal city with a cool, cloudy atmosphere that has been admired countless times in popular culture, then Seattle fits that description . So it's no surprise to learn that there are thousands of things to see or do in Seattle if you visit during the month of March.

In an effort to ensure you get the most out of your visit, I invite you to read this compilation of festivals and activities I've put together for you.

1. Participate in an orca whale watching excursion

The temperate climate of the northwestern United States makes it an ideal place for the North Pole's marine species to roam freely in what would be much warmer water for them. For this reason, March is a perfect month to participate in one of the orca watching excursions, as the water temperatures between late winter and early spring are ideal conditions for this marine animal. As well as other whales and sea creatures.

Some of these Seattle boat tours offer a guarantee that if you don't see a killer whale along the way, you'll get a free tour on a different day. This is strong evidence that there is a good chance you will encounter several groups of these cetaceans in the waters of Puget Sound.

Some of the tours usually take you to the shores of Port Townsend to skirt the expanse of Whidbey Island. Other tours with a longer duration also usually offer you a trip to the San Juan Islands where you could even get off to tour their harbors for an hour.

Traveller Tip I advise you to wear sunscreen, knowing that water is a reflective surface for UV radiation.

Details of interest

  • Prices: prices vary depending on the duration of the tour and the company chosen, note that none will offer packages below 80 euros per person.
  • Conditions: this is an activity in which children must be accompanied by a representative.

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2. Immerse yourself in the musical culture of the city

The Seattle Opera House and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras are internationally respected institutions when it comes to classical music. Mainly due to the fact that they are the most influential orchestras in the classical music circuit of the Pacific Northwest in the American continent.

In turn, the month of March is a privileged time of the year to enjoy them, since this month marks the transition from the winter concert season to the beginning of the spring cycle. It is therefore a good idea to attend some of the concerts that will surely be held during the weekends of March.

Another relevant detail of the musical culture of Seattle is the fact that Grunge is a musical genre that was born in the streets of Seattle in the 90s. That's why there are lots of clues in cafes and cultural establishments about how that musical revolution was experienced in this very progressive community.

The Museum of Pop Culture, also known as MoPOP, is another corner that you cannot miss if you are interested in understanding the musical nature of this area. This is because there you will find a lot of exhibits dedicated to the preservation of POP culture, which is a once in a lifetime experience if you enjoy this aesthetic and these rhythms on a regular basis.

It wouldn't hurt to make sure you check if the Seattle City Pass offers you any discounts for Philharmonic performances or museum tickets, as this tourist pass is one of the best investments you can make if you are looking to cut costs in your tourist budget.

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3. Celebrate Starbucks anniversary in the city of its birth

The largest coffee chain in the world, Starbucks, was born in Seattle in the early 1970s . This happened on March 31, 1971 and for this reason every year special activities are held in the city's branches, including the first of all which is located right in the Pike Place Market. Discounts are some of them, but there are also live music performances or an educational workshop or two. Every year they change and it all depends on the Starbucks branch chosen.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is another of the establishments that you cannot miss on your tour of the city when it comes to coffee, as it consists of an authentic processing center for whole coffee beans, where they are roasted at different temperatures to reach very different varieties in terms of flavor and texture of the beverage.

Actually, something you have to keep in mind is that the whole city is known for the breadth of its coffee culture . So participating in one of the best gastronomic tours in Seattle is a highly recommended activity to understand the scope that coffee as a beverage has had in the identity of this city and in the creation of its gastronomic businesses.

4. Have fun at the Moisture Festival

The Moisture Festival is an event that runs from the beginning of March to the beginning of April. According to experts, it is one of the largest festivals in the world when it comes to comedy and entertainment with performing arts.

As for the programming of the events, you should know that they are weekend functions and sometimes there is one or another activity that occurs on a Thursday. These are comedy acts in which each performer has a 5 to 15 minute set and there is almost always a musical band accompanying the act with live music.

Burlesque, juggling, ventriloquist acts and a host of other circus related talent. These are just some of the sessions you might encounter on a festival night. Keep in mind that this is an evening activity, so you might want to supplement your morning and afternoon with a tour on one of Seattle' s tour buses .

  • Location: usually held at Hale's Ales Palladium, but there are always chances that the venue will be changed each year, as such adjustments are a common occurrence at this event. Checking on the event's official website is an excellent idea.
  • Price: tickets are usually priced between 10 to 30 euros, depending on the day of the week and the number of acts scheduled for that date.
  • Duration: it is a night festival that almost always lasts about 2 or 3 hours, from the entrance of the spectators to the hall until the final applause.

5. Delight yourself with an excellent gastronomic experience at the Taste Washington Festival.

Speaking of festivals, another recommendation I have to make, if you visit Seattle in March, is to check out the Taste Washington Festival. This event consists of a gastronomic festival that takes place during the 4 weeks of March in which wine and the gourmet foods that accompany it are the true protagonists.

It is organized by the Washington State Wine Commission, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the development of the wine industry in this region. This region has such favorable conditions for the production of luxury wines as the Napa Valley, in California.

The offer of first class artisanal products such as cured cheeses and sausages are other very important elements of the gastronomic offer of this festival. All this while there are workshops and discussions with real experts in the American wine scene.

You should consider that although there are no age limitations for admission to the venue, it is really an adult entertainment alternative that can be classified within the plans to see or do in Seattle during the night in March.

  • Pricing: the festival is subdivided into several events with very different purposes, ranging from private dinners with chefs to crowded seminars with experts. So the prices for each activity can range from about 85 euros per person to about 180 or even 200.
  • Duration: everything is adjusted to the chosen activity, but attending the main exhibition that functions as a kind of luxury market with simultaneous activities can take about 3 or 4 hours of your day.

6. Take advantage of the arrival of spring at a local Farmers Market

Another distinctive aspect of Seattle's identity is the unchanging tradition of participating in all kinds of community markets to support the consumption and production of local food products. These types of spaces are called Farmers Markets in the United States and in Seattle you will find a few of them in most of the city's neighborhoods.

The ones located in Ballard, right on the main avenue of the same name, are very famous among the local population and among tourists who have already had the opportunity to visit them. The National Nordic Museum is located in this neighborhood , which is another excellent opportunity to learn about the ancestral origins of the community that founded this area of the city.

Freemont is another neighborhood that has its own Farmers Market during the week ends and visiting it is a good idea if you feel comfortable in places with a bohemian and modern identity. Walking the waterfront along the canal that bears the same name is another alternative plan to enjoy the area to the fullest, and the Aurora Bridge is a rather peculiar site worthy of a photo shoot with your companions.

All these plans revolving around the Farmers Markets in the city's residential neighborhoods are part of the best things to see or do in Seattle during the spring . For the March weather makes for a more favorable experience than on a cold winter day.

7. Make a quick stop at the University of Washington campus to see the cherry blossom trees.

The University of Washington campus is an area of the city that in itself is worth visiting to admire its architectural and scenic beauty . However, March stands out as an even more appropriate time to include it in your tourist itinerary due to the fact that the arrival of spring brings with it the Cherry Blossom Tree's blooming.

So beautiful is the scenery of several streets lined with pink flowering trees that this is an activity that attracts thousands of tourists looking for a photographic moment worthy of posting on social media. Keep in mind that this is not something that is going to take up a large chunk of your day, as the campus is accessible from downtown and touring all the interesting facilities usually takes about 3 to 4 hours at most.

So it is a recommended plan if you are looking for ideas to see or do in Seattle during a 4-day trip, especially if it happens at the end of March . Since this is the time when these curious trees begin to bloom in their beautiful pink tones.

8. Enjoy a tour of the city with favorable weather

March marks the beginning of what locals define as the most pleasant time of the year, as winters are quite aggressive and summers usually have extreme temperatures that are suffocating for a population that is accustomed to a cloudy and cold environment.

Within this context it is logical and predictable that you reserve a day of your trip to enjoy an extensive and demanding walk through the historical and cultural heart of the city . The downtown peninsula, specifically the Uptown, Denny Triangle, Cascade, South Lake and Belltown neighborhoods, are areas you can tour in a single day.

There you will encounter the city's main attractions, touristically speaking. The Space Needle, the Center for Wooden Boats dock, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters and the Paramount Theater are some of these must-see sites on this sightseeing tour.

One thing that can make a difference in the convenience of this early spring itinerary is booking some of the Seattle tours offered online. This by the fact that they cut down on distances by taking you on buses or in minibuses that can extend the perimeter of your sightseeing tour.

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  • Prices: it depends on the conditions of the tour and the route you have planned. You can find excellent alternatives that pick you up at the hotel and take you to the cruise terminal of the city for 97 euros approximately, while there are others with rates close to 74 euros that pick you up and drop you off at a central point of the city.
  • Duration: on average all these tours last about 3 to 4 hours maximum. If you decide to opt for a walking tour, you could take up to 10 hours of your day.

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9. Visit the Washington Park Arboretum covered in springtime beauty

On the northeastern tip of the peninsula stretches for a couple of acres, the Washington Park Arboretum . It is a park that belongs to the botanical garden complex of the University of Washington and is an excellent spot in the city to enjoy an afternoon of nature between the beginning of spring that defines the last days of March.

This space has a Japanese garden that stands out among the rest of the flora for the great diversity of plants from that Asian archipelago. This is the only point of the park with a paid access, since the rest of the facilities are completely free for both locals and tourists.

Clearly, this is a plan that falls within the activities to do and see in Seattle with children by the fact that it puts within your reach hundreds of trails to be traveled by infants loaded with lots of energy. There are ponds worthy of a fairy tale and this also makes it a good place to live a fantasy in the imagination of the little ones of the house.

10. Organize an excursion to a nearby national park

Seattle is a very privileged spot within the United States if you consider that it is quite close to areas of gigantic natural beauty. Three national parks are in a perimeter of less than 100 km away and therefore organizing a guided tour to some of them is an excellent plan to say goodbye to your visit in this beautiful city.

In fact, March is an ideal time in the year to visit the national parks near Seattle due to the fact that it is still cold enough to admire the winter beauty of the season. And at the same time the temperatures are moderate enough that it is not uncomfortable to be exposed to the elements on a hiking trail or on a boat.

Tours to Mount Rainier from Seattle are one of these convenient alternatives, as they include various benefits such as the entrance fee to the national park and transportation in a modern and comfortable minibus. They also usually include a local guide who explains the importance of this natural area and takes you to the most favorable trails for your hike.

There are boat rides that take you to the coast of the Olympic Peninsula to get a close-up view of the majesty of Olympic National Park . It is well known for the state of preservation of its forests and for the peculiar beauty of the thousands of beaches that extend inland from the bay to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Prices: depend on the package chosen, but in the case of the excursion to Mount Rainer you can find convenient rates around 150 euros per adult and about 130 euros for children under 12 years old.
  • Duration: this is an extensive activity if you take into consideration how long it takes to get to and from the city to the chosen national parks. On average it can last 10 to 12 hours.
  • Conditions: almost all excursions have a pick-up point in a central and accessible location in the city. It is therefore advisable that you do not expect to be picked up at the hotel, as this would seriously limit your available options.

How busy is Seattle in March?

Seattle is a fairly touristy city, that's a fact. However, the month of March is an ideal time to visit, as it is a time when the winter cold bids farewell to welcome the moderate warmth of spring.

All this without having to deal with hoards of tourists, as most of them will arrive with the peak of summer and March is not a time that is really important for domestic tourism within the United States.

What are the temperatures in Seattle in March?

The temperatures you will encounter in Seattle in March are much more favorable than the cold days of winter, as highs often climb to 14 degrees Celsius, but keep in mind that lows can drop to as low as 4 on the coldest nights of the month.

So it is a real priority that you bring coats and don't take for granted that there is a good chance of a rainy afternoon despite an extremely sunny morning.

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The 16 Best Things to Do in Seattle

By Jenna Scatena and Naomi Tomky

16 Best Things to Do in Seattle From Indigenous History to Floating Hot Tubs

Seattle's famous drizzle feels like an afterthought when you're soaking up the view from aboard a sailing hot tub, and the dampness barely registers while looking up at a spectacular waterfall from an Indigenous cultural center. Getting outdoors all year round, and in any weather, is part of the culture in a city where gardens of colorful glass, giant wooden trolls, and world-class sculptures complement lush parks and tree-lined streets. Puget Sound panoramas unfold all around, from the top of the remodeled Space Needle, to the Marketfront Pavilion addition to iconic Pike Place Market to a ferry ride across Elliott Bay (usually for a great restaurant).

But the beauty extends to the indoors, too: Look down from the pinnacle of the city's most famous tourist attraction, the Space Needle, at the patchwork of neighborhoods hosting museums and galleries that show off the city's deep cultural roots—and, of course, the incredible food scene that comes with Seattle's diversity. Here are the best things to do in Seattle, no matter what time of year you're visiting.

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Discovery park offers 534 acres of lush urban respite. Set on the quiet shores of the Puget Sound in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, this is the city's biggest park. Twelve miles of walking trails leading to coastal bluffs, tidal beaches, serene meadows, and wooded groves, but if you're short on time, the 2.8-mile Loop Trail offers a best-hits list (it's also one of the easier to accomplish hikes in the area).

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Seattle's Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases the oeuvre of glass from world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. This forward-thinking museum inspires creativity and imagination as much as it pays tribute to the artist, through a surreal landscape of colorful glass sculptures that interact with the natural environment. The magnum opus of the museum is arguably the Glasshouse. This towering 40-foot-tall work of art is the result of Chihuly’s fondness for conservatories. The centerpiece inside is a massive 100-foot-long sculpture, which is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The artwork takes on different qualities throughout the day, as the natural light changes it. The Garden is also a must. Strangely beautiful handmade glass artwork sits amid ferns, vines, and perennials.

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One of Seattle’s most iconic destinations, this century-old public market houses dozens of stalls and shops for farmers, restaurants , purveyors, and artisans, all overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. The bustle is non-stop here. From locals buying fresh seafood and flowers to visitors eating their way through the different gourmet food stalls, there’s an endless array of movement and chatter. Showing up without a game plan can be overwhelming, but you can find a fully customizable planner with suggested itineraries on the market’s website .

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Hot Tub Boats

See the city from a different angle: staring out from the comfort of a private hot tub as you motor around Lake Union with up to five friends. Anyone can rent these floating spas by the hour, year-round, from two different companies that offer slightly differing styles of boat, and each one fits up to six people. The small boats come with lights for nighttime floats, bluetooth speakers, and room for a cooler to keep everyone entertained and hydrated as you tour the waterway. Look up at the Space Needle towering above, watch seaplanes land just overhead, and take a self-guided tour of the local houseboats. Lake Union is one of the city's aquatic playgrounds; depending on the day and time of year you might weave among sailboat lessons, kayak commuters, and competitive canoers. Plus you'll get a close-up look at the Museum of History and Industry, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Steamship Virginia V which dodging big boats and pricey yachts as they ply the canal from Puget Sound to Lake Washington and Gasworks Park.

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The Seattle Art Museum’s sleek and contemporary digs are as artful as the works that inhabit it. As an institution of Seattle’s art scene, it’s a must-see for any visiting art lover. And while it's not uncommon that a museum’s exhibits play second-fiddle to the permanent collections, here they are one of the main attractions. Spanning topics like, "Who authors history?" to extreme landscape paintings, each exhibit is well-curated and beautifully positioned at a nice pace throughout the museum.

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Hidden fountains, bright-red bridges, koi darting about elegant ponds. At Kubota Garden, 20 acres of gorgeous Japanese gardens await visitors willing to make the trip to the Rainier Beach neighborhood in South Seattle. First started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, the complex is now part of Seattle’s public park system. Make time to wander; an incredible number of native Northwest flowers, shrubs, and trees grow amid the interweaving paths. Just know that the 15 minute drive each way can grow to 30 or more minutes in traffic.

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Wa Na Wari features Black art as part of the organization's mission to promote Black ownership (of land, culture, and joy) in Seattle's historically red-lined Central District. Works of all types, from local artists' to international pieces, hang around the living room and bedrooms of the converted house. The use of a house as a gallery means the downstairs exhibits in the main rooms offer plenty of space for grand ideas, while the smaller bedroom exhibits upstairs give an intimate feel. Bright lights and a multi-space setup makes it easy to explore at your own pace. Friendly staff greet visitors from the porch, but do little more than a welcome. This is a must-stop for anyone who cares about how history, art, and urban geography converge.

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A 35-minute trip from the Seattle Ferry Terminal, Bainbridge Island makes a great day trip for families or couples, even on a short stay in Seattle. Whether you walk, drive, or ride your bike off the boat, you’ll arrive in downtown Winslow quickly. From there, explore the bookstores, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, and cafés that line Winslow Way, or head to Waterfront Park and City Dock for an easy hike along the shore. Extend your stay with dinner at Ba Sa , a modern Vietnamese restaurant infused with regional ingredients, and stay the night at the fairytale-evoking Eagle Harbor Inn.

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An offshoot of the Seattle Art Museum perched on the northern edge of downtown, this park's paths winds down toward Elliott Bay through nine acres of artwork from local and internationally renowned artists. Alexander Calder's "Eagle" overlooking the water provides one of the city's most iconic views, particularly during the sunset. Teresita Fernandez's “Seattle Cloud Cover” beautifully links the natural atmosphere of the park to the man-made art, and Jaume Plensa's waterfront “Echo” is simply mesmerizing. Smooth paths and ample ramps make it easy to navigate. While little information is provided at the various sculptures, the downloadable map and guide on the park's website helps with context. Admission is free and a visit can be a quick stop for a few photos, or a more leisurely stay for a picnic.

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The Space Needle is undoubtedly one of Seattle's ( and America's ) most iconic landmarks. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, it's a futuristic observation tower and the most prominent building in the Seattle skyline. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevator for unparalleled 360-degree views of the area: the $100 million renovation that debuted in 2018 gives visitors both an enclosed view level with a glass floor and an open-air deck level above.

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The region has one of the largest populations of nordic peoples in the United States, and this museum gives a deep dive into their history. The thought-provoking collection is primarily built from textiles, archival ephemera, and artwork brought from Nordic countries through generations that emigrated to the United States from 1840 to the present day. Temporary exhibits showcase a wide range of works from artists of nordic descent. Freya , the museum restaurant, isn't just an afterthought like some museum cafes—it's destination dining highlighting the best of Nordic cuisine, and the menu offers a litany of savory smørrebrød. 

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This 60,000-square-foot facility focuses on the confluence of Asian and Pacific American history. The permanent collections include a tribute to the museum's namesake, Councilman Wing Luke (the first Asian American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest), and other exhibits exploring the cultural heritage of pan-Asian Pacific American immigrants, addressing topics like local history, working conditions, and social justice. It's a great place to begin exploring the stories of Seattle's under-represented communities, especially if you can schedule in one of the Chinatown Discovery Tours—including the Friday afternoon food one.

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Over the course of 2023, five large wooden trolls landed in the greater Seattle area (plus a sixth in Portland), all designed by Danish artist Thomas Dambo from recycled materials, and each with its own backstory. Part outdoor art and part play structure, they are designed for exploration and to encourage curiosity. While three of the trolls live in suburbs that require a ferry, car, or both to access (Issaquah, Bainbridge Island, and Vashon Island), Frankie Feetsplinters outside of Ballard's National Nordic Museum and Bruun Idun, who sings to orcas near Colman Pool in West Seattle, are the easiest to find and visit.

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The magnificent 270-foot waterfall just east of Seattle and the short walk to its base alone makes for a wonderful half-day trip. But since the ancestral caretakers of the land, the Snoqualmie Tribe, purchased their land back, they have made it even more meaningful in adding more to see. In 2023, the Snoqualmie added a visitors center that tells the story of the Snoqualmie (both the tribe and the falls) through cultural resources, including Indigenous art, with a gift shop that sells art by minority and women artists. This is the fastest way to get an idea of the Pacific Northwest's splendor without having to drive too far from the city or stay too long.

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When the Olmstead Brothers planned Seattle's system of connected parks throughout the city, Green Lake quickly became one of the focal points. More than a century later, the crowds walking or rolling the three-mile path around the lake rarely subside, the sports fields and facilities bring people from all over the city, and the beaches attract crowds throughout the summer. A walk around Green Lake introduces anyone to staples of Seattle culture, mostly through the people one passes: the walkers, the fishermen, the picnicking families, and the soccer players. But also through the buildings, including historic bathhouse and aqua theater.

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The Frye is a sleeper gem, with a convenient central location, no admission fee, and creative exhibitions and events. The building's bold, attractive entrance leads visitors through to the galleries full of modern and contemporary art with a natural flow and plenty of natural light. Founded with a private collection of more than 200 oil paintings from the late 19th century and early 20th century, from Europe and the US, the museum has since greatly expanded and enriched its collection by expanding into later artists and pursuing works by under-represented people in the same time periods. The result is a well-rounded, excellent selection of art, curated into informative exhibits.

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The Best Time to Visit Seattle

Seattle Travel Guide › When to Visit Updated: March 7, 2024 By Santorini Dave

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When is the best time to visit Seattle?

As a Seattle resident, I think the best time to visit the city is from June to September. It’s when you can expect sunny skies, minimal rain, and numerous outdoor events and festivals. April, May, and October offer great deals and consistently pleasant sightseeing weather. From November through February, you’ll likely find the city chilly, gray, and wet – but great for museums, restaurants, and the covered shops at Pike Place Market.

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  • Best time for outdoor recreation : Seattle has consistently dry, sunny, and warm weather from early July through September – perfect for local hiking, biking, and boating. April, May, June, and October are often unpredictable and swing from rainy and chilly to warm and sunny so be prepared for anything if visiting. November through March is generally cool and damp, and many Mount Rainier hiking trails are closed for the winter. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing season in nearby mountain areas usually lasts from late November until April or May. Even in summer Puget Sound waters are not ideal for swimming, as they rarely get above 13°C.
  • Best time for food and wine : The best Seattle restaurants and the winery tasting rooms in nearby Woodinville are great to visit at any time of year (though they can be very busy in the peak season months of July and August). The region’s famous Copper River salmon arrives in Seattle’s restaurants and markets in May and is generally available through mid-June. Many of Seattle’s best restaurants create and sell special three-course dinners at a discount during Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice-yearly in April and October. The Bite of Seattle, Seattle’s biggest food festival, takes place under the Space Needle in mid-July. Taste Washington, a regional wine and food event, is held in late March or early April.
  • Best time to visit Pike Place Market : With dozens of covered stalls, restaurants, bars, and galleries, any time of year can be a good time to visit Pike Place Market. Blooming flowers and blue skies mean that the Market is at its loveliest (and most crowded) during the warm, sunny days of late spring, summer, and early fall. Winter months at the Market are just as charming, without being as busy. Generally pleasant weather and the thinner non-summer crowds make the months of May and September a best bet. And keep in mind: there are several great hotels near Pike Place Market .
  • Best time for whale watching : Whale watching season near Seattle falls between March and October, with the species of whale you’re likely to see varying by month within that range. The first gray whales appear in the region in March and April. Orcas are common in the summer months of May through September, and humpback whales are most often seen in October and November.
  • Best time to view flowers : Seattle is abloom in the springtime, making it the perfect time of year to see beautiful flowers during your visit. The University of Washington’s famous blossoming cherry trees bloom yearly in March, and April brings the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Prime blooming season at the Rhododendron Species Garden is mid-March through mid-May, and of course bright bouquets of blooms can be found year-round in the stalls of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
  • Best time for music fans : Summer in Seattle is bookended by two large and popular music festivals that take place in the shadow of the Space Needle: The Northwest Folklife Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May), and the Bumbershoot Festival happens over Labor Day weekend, the first weekend of September. October brings the Earshot Jazz Festival. The Seattle Symphony’s season runs from mid-September through mid-June, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival takes place annually in January.
  • Best time to visit Mount Rainier : July, August, and September are the best months to visit Mount Rainier National Park, when the snow has melted and hiking trails are open. Mountain wildflowers are at their peak around early August, and fall colors are best in the first half of October. Many park areas and roads are closed throughout the winter (mid-October/early November through June), though the road to Paradise stays open year round for those who wish to see the mountain by car.

Seattle Travel Seasons

  • High Season (June to August) : Sunny, dry, and warm, with daytime highs generally around 24°C and low humidity. Flights, ferries, and tours all run with greater frequency during this time. Hotel and travel prices will be higher, and availability will turn scarce – make reservations well in advance. This is cruise ship season, with many sea-going tourists in town as they journey to and from Alaska via the Port of Seattle. Expect crowds, especially on weekends, as local music and art festivals mean that both tourists and locals are out en masse.
  • Shoulder Season (April to May, September to October) : Crowds dwindle with the possibility of rain, though the weather is often wonderfully pleasant – especially in May and September – with plenty of sun and daytime highs around 15-20°C. The combination of lower travel prices and the lack of summer sightseers can make shoulder season an ideal time to visit Seattle if your plans do not require a guarantee of dry weather.
  • Low Season (November to March) : Tourists generally stay away from Seattle during the colder months. The weather is often wet, breezy, and chilly (usually around 4-10°C.), but breaks in the gloom are common and it’s not unusual to have gorgeous days (though still cool) throughout winter. Museum-lovers and those heading to the mountains to ski can find some great deals on airfare and hotel rooms during this period.

Seattle Weather by Month

The best weather in Seattle is from late June to early September. July and August are the busiest months when hotels are full and restaurants are crowded. May, June, September, and October usually have nice weather and fewer tourists making them great months to visit if you’re not after hot summer weather. Most of Seattle’s best attractions lend themselves to enjoying even with a little rain which makes Seattle a good year-round destination.

Warmest months to visit Seattle

  • January weather in Seattle : January falls squarely in the middle of Seattle’s rainy season. Temperatures are cold (though usually not cold enough for snow), it’s raining much of the time, and the air is damp. Most locals choose to stay indoors or escape to the mountains for snow activities. (Average Max Temperature: 8.3°C. Average Rainfall: 142mm.)
  • February weather in Seattle : Temperatures in Seattle remain chilly in February, though rainfall tends to be a bit lighter and we begin to see a few more dry days. Nevertheless, Seattle remains grey and windy, and everything is usually wet. It’s a great time to visit Seattle’s many museums and restaurants. (Average Max Temperature: 9.4°C. Average Rainfall: 89mm.)
  • March weather in Seattle : March sees about the same amount of breezy rain as February, but daytime temperatures begin to creep above 10°C. The sun also begins to poke through the clouds a bit more on dry days and bits of blue sky are seen amid the grey. Daffodils and cherry trees are in bloom, making March a good time to explore Seattle’s charming neighborhoods and parks. (Average Max Temperature: 11.6°C. Average Rainfall: 94mm.)
  • April weather in Seattle : Temperatures continue to rise in April, and we start to see a significant drop in rainfall compared to the previous two months. The sky is more often blue, but breezes remain chilly and the air can be damp, so you’ll want to pack layers. (Average Max Temperature: 14.7°C. Average Rainfall: 68.5mm.)
  • May weather in Seattle : May is generally a beautiful month in Seattle, with temperatures into the late teens and more days of sun and blue skies than rain. Even so, the evenings in May are chilly, and periods of rain are not uncommon, so a jacket and an umbrella are still a good idea. (Average Max Temperature: 18.2°C. Average Rainfall: 48mm.)
  • June weather in Seattle : Seattle’s fickle June weather marks the change from the rainy to dry season. While some days are sun-filled, warm, and summer-like, others can feel more like March or April: gloomy, cold, and damp. Approaching the solstice on the 21st, the sun doesn’t set in Seattle until almost 10pm, providing long days perfect for outdoor recreation. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Rainfall: 40.6mm.)
  • July weather in Seattle : Summer truly arrives in Seattle in July. A pleasant and predictable pattern sets in with little rain, daytime temperatures in the mid-20’s, low humidity, and plenty of sun (especially in the middle and latter part of the month). Outdoors is the place to be. High tourist season is well underway, so expect crowds on dining patios and hiking trails, and book outdoor excursions well in advance. (Average Max Temperature: 24.3°C. Average Rainfall: 17.8mm.)
  • August weather in Seattle : Dry, warm, sunny summer weather continues throughout August, traditionally Seattle’s warmest month. Daytime temperatures hover pleasantly around the mid-20’s, rarely getting above 30°C. Marine air cools the city at night, so packing a light jacket is advisable. And while the sun may shine hot, Puget Sound water temperature hovers at a brisk 13°C during the summer months, so most folks enjoy being on the water, rather than in the water. (Average Max Temperature: 24.6°C. Average Rainfall: 22.8mm.)
  • September weather in Seattle : Days shorten and the air begins to feel crisp at night, but Seattle Septembers still feel summerlike. Expect warm temperatures, little rain, and plenty of sunshine this month. Tourism begins to slow after Labor Day Weekend, and the combination of thinning crowds and pleasant weather make September an ideal time to visit Seattle. (Average Max Temperature: 21.4°C. Average Rainfall: 38mm.)
  • October weather in Seattle : Late October is traditionally the beginning of Seattle’s rainy season. While the beginning of October is often sunny and dry, the average air temperature cools significantly throughout this month, and we begin to see the return of clouds, fog, and wet weather. Leaves turn colors and autumn begins: early October is the best time to view the fall foliage on Mount Rainier. (Average Max Temperature: 15.4°C. Average Rainfall: 89mm.)
  • November weather in Seattle : Seattle’s wettest month is November, with heavy rain and winds. While not ideal for outdoor activities, the discounted hotel and travel rates that accompany the rainy season can make October a great time to visit – staying warm and dry in Seattle’s many museums, galleries, and restaurants. (Average Max Temperature: 10.5°C. Average Rainfall: 167.6mm.)
  • December weather in Seattle : December in Seattle is dark and windy, with almost constant rain. Days grow shorter, and the sun sets before 5pm around the mid-month. Temperatures have dropped significantly, and though snowfall is rare in the Seattle area, the surrounding mountain peaks are newly coated in the white stuff. Nearby ski resorts are now open and busy – it’s a good time to head for the hills. (Average Max Temperature: 7.6°C. Average Rainfall: 137.2mm.)

Seattle Special Events by Month

January events.

  • The Seattle Boat Show – Thousands of watercraft and marine-related seminars at the West Coast’s biggest boat show.
  • Seattle Chamber Society Winter Music Festival – Two weekends of world class chamber music and visiting artists, with nightly free recitals.

February Events

  • Northwest Flower and Garden Show – Stunning exhibition gardens, seminars, and vendors, all warm and dry in the Washington State Convention Center.
  • Wintergrass Music Festival – A celebration of American bluegrass music, with dozens of performances and workshops for all ages.

March Events

  • Emerald City Comicon – The Pacific Northwest’s premier comic book and pop-culture convention.
  • Seattle Irish Fest – Music, dance, and vendors galore to celebrate St. Patrick and all things Irish.
  • Taste Washington – Local wineries and award winning restaurants sample their wares at the nations largest regional food and wine event.
  • Moisture Festival – An annual celebration of Vaudeville, comedy, burlesque, and all things weird and wonderful. Lots of fun performances, a few of them kid-friendly, most adults only.

April Events

  • Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival – Traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural performances and cuisine.
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Acres of tulips and daffodils abloom in the charming rural farmland north of Seattle.
  • Opening day of Boating Season – Sailboat races, boat parades, and the University of Washington’s Windermere Cup regatta.
  • The Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival – A celebration of Seattle’s working waterfront, with demonstrations, tours, and kids’ activities.
  • Seattle International Film Festival – A month of independent, International, and documentary films at one of the top film festivals in North America.
  • Northwest Folklife Festival – Music, dance, food, and crafts from local and international cultures. A bit like Bumbershoot, but free and not nearly as commercial.

June Events

  • Fremont Solstice Fair – A whimsical summer celebration of music, food, and art, featuring a free-spirited parade with over 1,000 nude-but-painted cyclists!
  • Seattle PrideFest – The largest LGBT gathering in the Pacific Northwest: bands, DJs, drag queens, and Seattle’s annual Pride Parade.

July Events

  • Seafair Summer 4th – Fireworks, food, and family fun on Lake Union.
  • Seattle International BeerFest – Exotic beers and bands under the Space Needle.
  • Sequim Lavender Festival – Annual street fair and self-guided tour of area lavender farms in full bloom.
  • Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival – World-class chamber performances at Benaroya Hall, with free pre-concert recitals.
  • Ballard SeafoodFest – Traditional salmon barbecue and local music, arts and crafts, and family entertainment.
  • Bite of Seattle – Seattle’s biggest food festival, featuring local chefs, restaurant tastes, entertainment, and wine and beer gardens.
  • Capitol Hill Block Party – Three-day music and arts festival, with food, beer gardens, and over 100 local and national artists in indoor and outdoor venues.
  • Chinatown DragonFest – Pan-Asian cultural performances and $3 restaurant tastes in Seattle’s International District.
  • Seafair Torchlight Parade – Balloons, bands, and swashbuckling pirates parade through the heart of Seattle’s downtown.

August Events

  • Hempfest – Political rally, concert, and arts and crafts fair celebrating marijuana on Seattle’s downtown waterfront.
  • Seattle Seafair Weekend – Air shows, picnics, and hydroplane races on Lake Washington.

September Events

  • Bumbershoot – Expect crowds, along with concerts, comedy, food, and film at this monster-sized music and arts festival under the Space Needle.
  • Washington State Fair – Animals, rides and games, fair food, concerts, and a rodeo, held annually in nearby Puyuallup, WA.
  • PAX Prime Gaming Show – A celebration of gamer culture, with concerts, panels, an exhibition hall, and digital and tabletop game play.
  • Fremont Oktoberfest – Beer gardens, live music, food and a 5K at this popular neighborhood festival.

October Events

  • Seattle Children’s Festival – Global culture for kids, with live performances and interactive workshops.
  • TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival – Annual celebration of queer film, accompanied by GLBT community parties and gala receptions.
  • Earshot Jazz Festival – Dozens of local and international jazz acts perform at various local venues.

November Events

  • Seattle International Auto Show – The lastest models from international automakers, featuring rare and high-end vehicles and on-site test drives.
  • Sheraton Seattle’s Gingerbread Village – Local architects and baking teams unite to create and display holiday scenes made entirely of candies and treats. Runs through early January.
  • Macy’s Holiday Parade – Floats, costumed characters, and of course Santa Claus kick off the holiday season in downtown Seattle. The Parade usually kicks off at 9am on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
  • Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show – Locally crafted jewelry, clothing, painting, and sculpture for purchase and perusal. Held in Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle.
  • Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration – Holiday treats and activities, caroling contest, and tree-lighting ceremony in historic Pike Place Market.

December Events

  • Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition – Festive holiday team sing-off held annually in Westlake Center, benefitting Pike Place Market’s food bank and senior center.
  • Argosy Christmas Ship Festival – Enjoy on-board or ashore as a flotilla of illuminated and choir-carrying ships visit local waterfront communities for caroling and bonfires.
  • Winterfest – Seattle Center’s month-long seasonal celebration, featuring performances, ice sculpting, ice skating, and a model train exhibit.

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This info has been great! We are planning a trip in October. We are hoping to stay close to public transportation in the downtown area. We do not want to rent a car and have to drive in a strange city. Any suggestions regarding hotels in that area?

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The Seattle Link light rail system runs from the airport into the heart of downtown. Any hotel near the Westlake Center station will be both convenient to public transportation and walkable to Pike Place Market, shopping, restaurants, and waterfront attractions like the Great Wheel, Aquarium, and harbor tours. A few hotels that I especially like in this area are Inn at the Market (wonderful boutique hotel located actually in Pike Place Market, surrounded by great restaurants), The Thompson (newer and modern, with a popular rooftop bar), and Mayflower Park Hotel (traditional and historic, right on top of the light rail station, with an excellent Italian restaurant and charming lobby bar). But there are many other great choices.

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HI! I’m going to be visiting Seattle at the end of February through the first week of March for Comic-con. I’m from Hawaii and will be staying in the downtown area. I was wondering what kind of warm clothing and shoes (gloves, scarf, etc) would be appropriate for that time of year. Keep up the great work! Galen

Be prepared for a bit of anything. Could be cold (even snow), could be sunny weather with temperatures in the 60s.

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Seattle & Portland in May Great page. My wife & I are planning 3-4 days in both Seattle & Portland in May. I like the train suggestion for moving from one city to the other. Any recommendation on which city to visit first? Steve

Seattle and Portland are both great cities to visit, but they have different vibes to them. Which one you visit first will depend on what type of traveling experience you want. Do you want to jump in with both feet, visit the busier city first and then wind down with a mellower experience? Make your first stop Seattle. Alternately, if you want to begin at a slower pace and ramp up throughout the trip, Portland’s a good place to start.

Hi there! I’m planning a trip to Seattle for my girlfriend and I. We are from Southern California and have both never been to Seattle! Our plan is to spend a week, half in Seattle and half in Portland. I didn’t realize Seattle and Portland are in driving distance ! Do you recommend , flying to Seattle and then driving to Portland and then flying home as opposed to adding an extra flight from Seattle to Portland? (Maybe a train, or renting a car for a day to drive over there.) Also, were thinking dates from December 28 – January 3. Is there a lot to do in Seattle for New Years? We don’t drink by the way, so something not involving a bar or whatever. Thank you so much for your help! Also, any other suggestions on what to do and what to see are greatly appreciated! –Aleena

My favorite way to get from Seattle to Portland is to take the train . It’s an easy, pretty ride, takes about four hours, you won’t have to worry about traffic, and its cheaper than flying. Additionally, Portland has a great public transit system so it’s really easy to get around without a car, and you won’t have to worry about finding parking (which is expensive and hard to come by). Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines run between the two cities; if it works with your timing, take the Coast Starlight down – it’s bigger and has a great Observation car with floor to ceiling windows that everyone has access to.

The Bolt Bus also runs multiple daily trips between Seattle and Portland, and can be a great option if you’re looking to save a few bucks and want someone else to do the driving. Tickets generally cost between $15 and $30 each way, with some trips being offered for a mere $1. The Bolt Bus has wi-fi and outlets to charge your devices, and while it’s not luxurious, it’s comfortable and clean. Just like traveling by car, though, taking the bus leaves you vulnerable to delays caused by heavy traffic.

Seattle’s biggest New Years event is the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle. You can buy tickets to one of the parties inside, join the crowd at the Needle’s base for free, snag a hotel room with a Space Needle view ( The Westin , Pan Pacific , Hyatt House , Holiday Inn , Holiday Inn Express , and Hampton Inn & Suites – be sure to ask for a view room), or watch from another location . There are generally a host of special concerts, cruises, and whatnot – it’s too early at this point to know what’ll be happening this year, but here’s a good list of what was on last year so you can get a general idea. Many restaurants have special, prix-fixe menus for the evening, and if you’re up for it, there’s the Polar Bear Plunge on New Years’ Day, in which hundreds of hearty souls brave the frigid winter waters of Lake Washington to start the New Year off with a bang.

Love your page! I’m needing help planning and would love some tips on traveling with a little one (7 yr old) for the first time to Seattle. We will be flying in Saturday morning March 11th, and leaving Wednesday the 15th around midday. We are staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel and looking for places that are kid friendly and a mixture of indoor and outdoor things to do for first timers! We won’t have a car so anything that is accessible by local transportation or possibly taxi. Also any tips on what to pack and good places to eat on a budget would be helpful. Thanks in advance!

You’ll definitely want to visit Pike Place Market – just half a block from the Green Tortoise; it’s a great activity with kids, rain or shine. Pike Place highlights with a 7 year old include Daily Dozen Doughnuts, the Giant Shoe Museum (not a museum as much as it is a small attraction), and the Market Magic shop (ask nicely, and they’ll perform a trick for you). And no trip to the Market would be complete without a visit to the famous Gum Wall – which is kinda gross, but you certainly won’t find it anywhere else.

Other attractions I’d suggest for that age are the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo , the Pacific Science Center , the Seattle Pinball Museum in the International District (no experience needed – pay one cover and play for free all day), and the free Klondike Museum in Pioneer Square. If the weather is great, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island , or the Water Taxi to West Seattle .

As far as packing goes, plan for chilly and wet. You’ll want a warm jacket, because even if the temperature isn’t too low, it can be windy downtown right off the bay. Jeans, layers, a good jacket, a hat, and good walking shoes should suffice.

My favorite budget eats downtown are all located within Pike Place Market: Pike Place Chowder , Piroshki Piroshki , Jack’s Fish Spot , LoPriore Pasta Bar , Ellenos Yogurt , Beechers Cheese , and Biscuit Bitch . Also, the food court at Seattle Center has lots of great, cheap, locally-owned options, and Green Leaf in Belltown and the International District serves up fantastic Vietnamese at a great price.

Have a great trip!

First off, thanks so much for your super informative and helpful website. You obviously put a lot of work into it.

My husband and I are interested in moving to Washington and would like to schedule an initial trip during off-peak to get a real feel for the Seattle area and Northwest region – so tourist meets prospective residents during the least pleasant weather. Any suggestions or recommended resources?

Visiting during the “off season” is a great idea – our summers are divine, November and December are our worst months for weather (though we’re all distracted with the seasonal lights and festivities), so planning a trip during the “blah” months of January through April is your best bet to experience the “real” Pacific Northwest weather that locals love but drives some out-of-towners mad.

The Seattle housing market is one of the most expensive in the nation right now, so you’ll probably want to look not only at Seattle proper, but also tour nearby communities that are just as lovely, but gentler on the pocketbook. If you’d like to be in/near Seattle, the general rule is that things get more expensive the closer you are to the city center, with north end neighborhoods being pricier than those to the south. I’d recommend looking at cities north and east of Lake Washington, as well: consider Bothell , Kirkland , Redmond , and Woodinville – these areas won’t have the 100 year-old Craftsman homes that Seattle neighborhoods are prized for, but they have great communities, schools, and business centers. And there are always the islands! Some great deals can be found on Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands for those who don’t mind a ferry commute to the mainland.

If you don’t need Seattle to be your home base, but like the Pacific Northwesty Puget Sound/coastal vibe, other similar cities to look at would be Tacoma (45 minutes from Seattle without traffic, but there’s ALWAYS traffic), Olympia (90 minutes), And Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR (3 hours from Seattle). (Vancouver and Portland are super close – just across the Columbia river from each other.)

For trip-planning purposes, I’d schedule a few days in Seattle, sightseeing and touring the Seattle metro area (maybe four days if you’re considering islands), then head south, driving through and spending a bit of time in Tacoma and Olympia on your way down to the Vancouver/Portland area. Then spend a night in Portland to explore that area a bit.

Here are some resources you may have already come across, but that I find to be pretty accurate/helpful: Best Places to Live in Washington Curbed Seattle Redfin Moving to Seattle Guide Metafilter Thread about Seattle area v. Portland area

Hi Thank you for this great website about Seattle. Really very informative and complete. I’m thinking about planning a tour starting from Seattle. This 8-days tour includes: Seattle – Olympia – Portland – Silverton – Woodburn – Astoria – Tacoma – Olympic National Park – Snoqualmie Falls – Leavenworth – Mt Rainier National Park. I need your advice/comments about the tour/destinations and about the weather condition in Seattle and around during March. Are those places really worth to see, despite Seattle which has already been in my bucket list? Of course I also plan to stay in Seattle for a few more days to explore the city. Can I still see great things/places in Seattle during March? Any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Albert N.

This is a very ambitious itinerary for eight days! You can easily make the drive from Seattle to your Oregon destinations in a day, though I’d give yourself some time to poke around in Portland, maybe to spend the night. Your can’t miss cities in WA and OR will be Seattle and Portland, and Astoria for the ocean. From Oregon, I’d head up to Mount Rainier National Park, but keep in mind that much of the park will still be closed for winter. You may be limited to using the Carbon River and Nisqually entrances. Check here for more information on seasonal closings. Snoqualmie Falls is at its best in the spring, when the river’s full and running at greatest capacity. If you can swing a night at the Salish Lodge while you’re there, I would. Leavenworth is a cute Bavarian-type village, and worth a stop if it’s on your way, but if I were you I’d skip it and head from Rainier through Snoqualmie Falls, to Olympic. Spend a night there, and then back to Seattle to explore.

Weather in Seattle in March is a bit of a mixed bag. It won’t be cold, but might be rainy and breezy. Expect high temps to be in the low 50s C, though it’s not uncommon for temps to creep up toward 60 on a sunny day. Daffodils and cherry trees will be in bloom. And don’t worry, there are lots of great things to do in Seattle year-round.

I have already booked tickets for seattle and would be there from 22nd Nov to 28th Nov. I read on different sites about the seattle weather that is normally bad for tourists during Nov but I want to go to Mt. Rainier so can anyone tell me whether it is recommended to visit Mt. Rainier during Nov end? Thanks in advance!

November is one of Seattle’s rainiest months, and late November has the potential to be pretty dark and wet. You might get lucky and see some beautiful and sunny fall days, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Additionally, some areas of Mount Rainier National Park, including Sunrise, White River, Ohanapecosh, State Routes 410 and 123, and the Stevens Canyon Road close for the season in mid-October or early-November and do not reopen again until the summer months. All campgrounds and picnic areas in the park will have closed for the season by the time you arrive. Some visitor centers at the park have already closed for the season, but if you happen to hit some nice weather in late November, there are still a few that will be open. Here’s a regularly updated list that will tell you what’s open and closed . Here’s a link to current and forecasted weather conditions at the park.

My friends and I are going to Seattle November 18-20. I know its really rainy and lots of attractions are shut but what do you recommend to see or do you know of anything going on that weekend?

There’s still a lot to do in Seattle during rainy weather. Here are my rainy day recommendations: Pike Place Market (all the stalls are covered), the Pioneer Square Underground Tour , an Argosy boat cruise (I like the Harbor/Locks tour best), and museums: my favorites are Seattle Art Museum (they’ve got a great Yves Saint Laurent fashion exhibit on now), Chihuly Garden and Glass , EMP , and the Museum of History and Industry . If you and your friends appreciate a good cabaret show, check out the Can Can Kitchen or the Saturday night cabaret at the Pink Door – both located in Pike Place Market. Or go all out and do the dinner show at Teatro Zinzanni . And any time of year is good for a food or wine tasting tour.

As far as the specific weekend you’ll be in town, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is in town at the Paramount Theatre on the 18th, doing vintage-style rendition of modern pop/rock songs ( this is one of my favorite examples ), the Museum of History and Industry kicks off its newest exhibit, Edible City , on the 19th, and there’s a cool Sherlock Holmes exhibit on now at the Pacific Science Center.

We have booked a trip to Seattle for February 9th – 12th. Are there any attractions that close due to weather? Like the boat tours? What else would you recommend?

You can expect a few tours/attractions to be unavailable during the winter months (whale watching cruises don’t generally start up until February, for example, and Tillicum Village is closed for the season), but most of Seattle’s best attractions are designed to be enjoyed all year, even in the wetter months.

The stalls of Pike Place Market are covered, and much less crowded throughout the winter months, so that’s something you can definitely do. Below the market on the waterfront, the Great Wheel ‘s pods are all entirely inclosed, and the new Wings Over Washington ride takes place indoors. The Seattle Aquarium , also on the waterfront, makes for a fun hour or two. The Underground Tour in Pioneer Square is great at any time of year. Argosy boat cruises are still running (I like the Harbor/Locks tour best), and it can be a great time to catch a ferry over to Bainbridge Island, and explore the museum and shops . There are lots of great museums in Seattle, as well: my favorites are Seattle Art Museum , Chihuli Garden and Glass (conveniently located next door to the Space Needle and EMP Museum ), and the Museum of History and Industry . If many of these attractions appeal to you, consider saving some money by purchasing a CityPass .

More good news for you is that February is generally the month in which Seattle starts to dry up a bit. The heavier storms of November through January are done, and if there is rain it tends to be of the drippy or misty variety. February sees a bit more sun than the previous months as well, and the daffodils are beginning to bloom around the city.

Can we still take the ferry to the San Juan Islands in November? I just booked November 12th-19th for our golden anniversary. My hubby has never been there but I have and loved the ferry ride to Orca Island after a Seattle visit and tour. If I remember the 10+ years ago girlfriend trip we ended back somewhere near the original Dungeness crab restaurant, does that sound familiar? We will have a car rental. What about going up Mt. St. Helen’s? I was there in August and realize weather may be a factor trying to revisit these awesome places. Your assistance is greatly needed. You are a great resource for us travelers….. Sincerely, Donna White

You can definitely take a ferry to the San Juans in November (and you can even reserve your spot ). Expect the weather to be chilly (50’s) and rainy at this time of year, though the ferry will be warm and dry, and the islands will be just as beautiful. An inn or lodge on Orcas Island would make a cozy anniversary getaway, and you’re likely to find some good deals on hotel/lodge rates in the San Juans at this time of year – I’d do a San Juan Island search on to see what’s available. I don’t know the particular restaurant you’re referring to, but you’ll be spoiled for choice of great seafood in the San Juans.

Mt. St. Helens might be a different story, as that experience is more likely to be impacted by the cold and wet. If you’re set on going, it can be a good idea to take an organized tour and leave the driving to someone else. Evergreen Escapes offers a great Mt. St. Helen’s day tour – check it out (as well as other tour options) at Get Your Guide .

My wife and I will be visiting Seattle for the first time this year early December. According to my readings December is not a popular time of the year to be visiting, but the Carolina Panthers vs Seattle Seahawks seem like a super exciting match up! I would like to know what are we in for on this trip weatherwise? Any other tips and places you recommend would be appreciated!

Weather wise, December in Seattle is not great. It’s wet and chilly (daily max temperature are in the upper 40s), and windy at times. We rarely get snow, but some people find the damp chill worse. You’ll want to pack warm clothes and waterproof shoes.

There’s lots to do inside when the weather’s lousy. Pike Place Market is entirely covered, and a great spot to visit year-round – take a tour (and drink a pint) at Pike Place Brewery . Down on the waterfront, a trip to the Seattle Aquarium makes for a great afternoon, and Seattle’s newest attractions, the Great Wheel and Wings over Washington , are both completely enclosed. Just north of downtown, Seattle Center is home to fantastic museums ( Experience Music Project , Chihuly Museum ) and the Space Needle . The Underground Tour in Pioneer Square is a good option for bad weather because it’s, well, underground. (And also Seattle’s best and most fun historical tour.)

Quick note, Emerald City Comicon is happening in March next year, 2nd-5th, not April.

Good to know – I’ll update the page.

What a great and through resource. I’m going to bookmark it so I can send it to our (frequent) visitors. I did notice one error – the Seattle International Auto Show is listed as occurring n October. This year it’s actually in November. Could you please make that change? I do the PR for the Auto Show as well as the January Boat Show, so if you have questions about either of those events, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks!

Thanks so much for letting me know, Lisa – I’ll get that updated ASAP!

Thanks so much!

Husband and I visiting Seattle for 1st time in early October. Wanting to visit Pikes’ Market, Needle and take a tour of Mt. Rainer. Staying in downtown area. How convenient is the monorail for airport? Other public transportation for getting around the town/ downtown area? Not familiar with Seattle at all, but would like to visit interesting neighborhoods. Pedestrian friendly areas? Proper attire for October 3rd-7th?

Link light rail is the train system that runs from SeaTac Airport through downtown and up to the University of Washington in Northeast Seattle. It has station stops at the sports stadiums, the International district, Pioneer Square, downtown, and Capitol Hill. The airport station is about a 5 minute walk from the main terminal and baggage claim, trains depart every 5-10 minutes or so, and the trip into downtown takes about 35 minutes. (This is longer than a taxi ride in the best conditions, but can be quicker if there’s heavy traffic – which there often is, nowadays.) You didn’t mention which hotel you’re staying in downtown, but most are within a few blocks of an underground light rail station. You can find a downtown station map here (you’ll have to zoom in to see downtown. I think it’s a pretty convenient way to go, and you can’t beat the price – $3/person.

Other transit: The Seattle Street Car has two different lines, one running from downtown to South Lake Union, and one from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill, via the International District. The Monorail runs from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to the base of the Space Needle in Seattle Center. Buses go everywhere. You’ll likely want to use a combination of all of these options to get around Seattle, and it’s easy to do so. Payment is coordinated between transit lines through an Orca card – you can use it for just about all Seattle public transit, including ferries. With an Orca card, you won’t have to worry about having exact change, and transfers are free within a certain time frame. The one exception to this is the Monorail, which is privately owned and you’ll have to pay for separately. You can pre-load your Orca card with funds use like cash, or with a regional day pass, good for unlimited rides under $3. Having an Orca card will save you money; you can use it to transfer across transit lines for free – without one, you’ll pay multiple fares. You can buy one in advance online, or at the airport light rail station prior to boarding. You can find lots more information and links to maps here .

Most of downtown is pedestrian friendly, and it’s pretty easy to get around. If you want to get outside of downtown into the neighborhoods, two of the easiest to get to (and most interesting) are the International District and Capitol Hill – both can be reached via the Seattle Street Car line that begins in Pioneer Square. The 62 bus will take you directly to funky Fremont, and the D Rapidline bus goes to charming old Ballard. You can plan your transit route to/from any point easily here .

As for weather, the beginning of October tends to be sunny and dry, with temps in the 60s Fahrenheit. While it will feel quite pleasant in the day, you’ll want a light jacket or heavy sweater for the evenings or cooler mornings. And as October is a transitional month for us, it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella along – you might encounter some early season rain.

Hi. My two teenage kids and my mom and I will be traveling to the Seattle area from 10/8 through 10/15 this year. We currently have a hotel in Renton and will only be renting a car for a few days. This will allow us to take the train into Seattle as well as rent a car for Mt. Ranier and hopefully Mt. St. Helens too. We are also interested in checking out the Hurricane Ridge area and maybe take the ferry to Victoria as well. Would it be better to stay in a hotel in that area for a night to see both of those? How doable is this and what kind of weather might we be hitting in this time frame? Any other suggestions would be welcome.

You can do just the Hurricane Ridge area in a day, especially if you’re willing to leave early in the morning. Likewise Victoria (the Clipper passenger ferry is an easy way to get up and back in a day). To hit both, a hotel will be required.

It’ll take about 3-4 hours to get up to the Hurricane Ridge area from Renton, and it’s a 90 minute ferry from there to Victoria. This is what I recommend if you want to see both: leave Renton early in the morning to arrive at Hurricane Ridge by late morning/mid-day. Spend the early afternoon doing an easy hike and perhaps checking out the views around Lake Crescent . Drive back down to Port Angeles in late afternoon, to take the 5:20 Coho ferry to Victoria. Spend the night in at a hotel in Victoria (maybe splurge a little: the monetary exchange rate is currently working in our favor) and explore Victoria the next day ( Butchart Gardens , maybe high tea at the Empress Hotel) before catching the 3pm ferry back to Port Angeles and making the drive home.

As far as the weather in mid-October goes, expect highs in the mid-upper 50’s Fahrenheit, with a mix of sun and some light to moderate rain. This is right around the time the weather begins to turn, so you could luck out and hit a late-season patch of sunny days, or lots of cloud cover and light rain. You shouldn’t hit any major storms, though – those don’t generally begin until late November.

Take care, and have a wonderful trip.

If you want to visit Canada, make sure everyone including the kids brings a passport.

Good point, Michael. Travel between the US and Canada requires a passport these days – even for the very little ones.

Thanks for your post, it’s very helpful. Can you pls let me know when it will the autumn starts in this October? I planned to go to Seattle at the middle of Oct, is it good for sight-seeing? Thanks, Annie Ng

Autumn usually arrives in Seattle around the middle of October. October generally starts sunny and dry, with leaves just beginning to change color. The air temperature cools throughout this month, and by the end of the month we begin to see the return of clouds, fog, and wet weather. Mid-October is usually lovely. The air will be crisp, with temperatures in the 60’s Fahrenheit (Mid 15’s Celsius) – great for sightseeing. Still, the possibility of rain will increase as the month wears on, so bringing an umbrella is a good idea.

Good morning,

I will be traveling solo to Seattle from the USVI in January of next year. I know it will be colder than I’m used to, but I’m having a hard time knowing what to pack. Will I need a scarf and hat? Will I see snow? What do you recommend I pack so that I can don’t freeze my tush off?

Snow is rare in January, but expect cold – temperatures average around 50 degrees Fahrenheit at that time of year. And rain – January is one of Seattle’s rainiest months. In addition to a parka or well-lined overcoat, you’ll want waterproof boots or shoes that can take some puddles. A scarf and hat are a good idea as well, especially downtown where the breeze comes in off the sound.

We are coming Spokane in August and staying with friends till 9th, then I’m considering either Seattle or Vancouver till 12th. Our ship leaves from Seattle on 12th to Alaska. Not sure which is better to spend few days in before the cruise. We are from Australia so have no idea about hotels,food,bars things to do.

Since you’ve only got a couple of days, I’d definitely stay in Seattle. In addition to the extra time it would take to get up to Vancouver from Spokane, you’d be heading back down to Seattle on a Friday in the summer – and that means lots of heavy traffic on the interstate. Probably not something you want to deal with when you have a cruise ship to catch. You could take the Clipper ferry down to Seattle from Victoria BC, but it’ll take you 3 1/2 hours just to get from Vancouver to the ferry terminal, and you wouldn’t get into Seattle until mid-afternoon.

Seattle is a walkable city with decent public transit, so you won’t need a car. (Parking is expensive, anyway.) Stay downtown if you can, see the Space Needle , and be sure to visit Pike Place Market . Maybe take a ferry to Bainbridge Island .

We will be visiting Seattle in August. Will the temperature at night be cool enough for us to be sleeping in a non air conditioning room? Or you think it would be better if we book a room with air conditioning. Thank you.

Seattle does cool down at night, but a few consecutive days of really hot weather can heat a room up enough that getting it back down to a comfortable sleeping temperature can be tough without air conditioning. I can’t say at this point what the weather’s going to look like this summer, but the past few summers have each had at least a few spates of really hot weather (90’s F).

Additionally, most hotels without AC are located downtown, so fully open windows at night will mean that you’ll be dealing with a considerable amount of street noise that will also make sleeping difficult. In August, I would book a room with air conditioning, if possible.

I’m a midwesterner visiting Seattle for the first time this August, driving up the Pacific Coast from California with my daughter. I’m having a hard time knowing what to pack. I know it doesn’t rain as much in the summer months, but will it still be chilly and damp? Should I pack an umbrella? Will it be noticeably colder than California, because it’s further north? Will I need a jacket? Thanks.

You most likely won’t need an umbrella in August in Seattle – that’s right in the middle of our annual summer drought. Think warm, sunny, and dry; average high temps in Seattle in August are in the mid 70s F (low/mid 20s C). Seattle weather is not quite as warm as California at any time of year – you’ll most likely notice a slight cooling as you travel up the coast.

As for whether to pack a jacket, a light one is definitely a good idea. There’s a cooling off in the evening that occurs all up and down the Pacific Coast (we get down into the mid/upper 50s F here in Seattle), and our Seattle summer days often begin under a cloud cover that burns off by around noon.

Planning a trip to Seattle. It will be a 2 or 3 night visit and our main interest is exploring Pike Place Market. Is there a best time or month to experience the market?

Pike Place Market is great at any time of year; there’s always something going on, and it remains vibrant and charming in even the most dreary of weather. That said, it’s easiest and most fun to explore when the weather is pleasant and you can wander Post Alley and the outside shops without worrying about getting wet. In the dry summer months, you’ll pay for the great weather with heavy crowds of tourists, though, which can be just as unpleasant. The shoulder season months of May and September (even into early October) offer your best chances for the hard-to-come-by combination of pleasant weather and thinner crowds that can make exploring the market much more enjoyable.

Looking to avoid the rain as much as anything. We are from New York and planning a 10 day trip that includes Vancouver, BC and Portland. When would you recommend visiting Seattle for the best weather and smallest crowds (with the priority being on good weather)?

Either May or September would be a great choice for your trip. Both fall during shoulder season, so the city will be quieter than in the height of summer, and both have generally great weather with more sun than rain. That said, the two months are different enough that the question is worth exploring a bit further.

May: You’re a bit more likely to encounter rain, but most likely just a passing shower. At this time of year we’ll have just come off the rainy season, to lovely result; grass and trees will be a brilliant green, flowers will be blooming like mad, and the surrounding mountains will still be wearing a stunning mantle of snow.

September: The hallmarks of Seattle summer – warm (but not hot) temps, sunshine, and low humidity – are still very much in effect. September’s generally warmer than May, and with a lower likelihood of rain, but it also marks the end of the dry season, and that’ll show: much of the city’s characteristic green will have browned over the summer, and the haze in the air is yet to be washed away.

Bottom line? If it’s drier, higher temperatures you’re looking for, I’d go with September. But if you’re willing to compromise on weather (just a bit) in order to see the city at it’s most breathtaking, for my money it’s tough to top May.

Considering a visit to Seattle in late February. Will it be nothing but rainy and grey? We don’t mind a little rain but the thought of being stuck indoors for our weekend is not appealing. Thoughts?

While February is typically a wet grey month it’s rare that it rains all day – or even most of the day. I’m a walker and there are few days (even in winter) when I’m not out for a good walk. And with a little luck you could get a few very nice days – sunny and balmy – they’re not common in February but they’re not unheard of either.

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What to Do in Washington State in March

By Seattle Met Staff March 1, 2024

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Wenatchee's Rails and Ales celebrates snow tricks and good beer.

Image: Courtesy Mike Endsley

March may come  in like a lion, but it parties all month long. The transition from winter to spring is marked by festivals across the state, some going all in on cultural traditions while others revel in goofing off and eating good food.

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Penn Cove MusselFest

March 2 & 3 | Coupeville

Not a bodybuilding event, but a different sort of mussel—the undersea kind. Whidbey Island salutes its signature food with live music and plenty of Penn Cove mussels (and hot dogs too). Ticketed boat rides hosted by Penn Cove Shellfish show off where the morsels are grown, and a mussel eating contest is not for the faint of heart.

Rails and Ales

March 9 | WEnatchee

The Central Washington town of Wenatchee isn't quite ready to let go of winter. In its annual downtown event, skiers and snowboarders do tricks on metal features (like rails) in a formal competition while spectators can try more mellow outdoor experiences like snowshoeing and shooting a hockey puck. Per the "ales" part of the event, there are well-stocked beer gardens.

Walla Walla Guitar Festival

March 7–10 | Walla Walla

The 13th annual music event takes over downtown Walla Walla with performances at hotels, restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms. Stages fill with both touring and local acts and—this being Walla Walla—there are plenty of food and drink options for between shows.

Wings Over Water

March 15–17 | Blaine

With some of the best bird-watching in the state, the Birch Bay area turns into spotting central over three days. Between formal workshops, speakers, and live raptor experiences, birders meet each other and see what waterfowl they can locate through binoculars.

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Washington State Parks Birthday

Happy 111 years, state parks—you don't look any older than a presidential candidate. To celebrate the anniversary of the Washington State Parks founding, all entrance and parking fees that would usually require a Discover Pass are waived. Select from  our favorites , or peruse the map of Washington's more than 140 separate properties.

Festival of Color

March 23 | Redmond

Claiming to be the largest Holi celebration in the Pacific Northwest, Marymoor Park's annual event is so popular that advance registration and parking reservations are necessary. The Hindu festival celebrates color in all forms, with bursts of color throwing—basically a powder fight that creates a rainbow on every surface—on the hour from noon until 5pm.

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