With springtime celebrations in full swing, it’s a great weekend to get out and explore the city. On our radar: a cultural celebration under the Needle, a heart-healthy fair, an awesome carnival for the Littles, a sale with incredible deals, an Earth Day event for the whole fam and a free park day. If you’re looking for even more excitement, get your Fischer scone fix on at The Washington State Spring Fair (pictured) while enjoying tons of entertainment, carnival rides, games, pig races and baby animals galore. Or head to Westfield Southcenter to enjoy yummy treats from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

photo: Kristina Moy


Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival
At this annual spring festival, explore and experience the cultural roots of Japan through live performances including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations and enjoy visual arts, hands-on activities, food, games and a lively marketplace. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Edible City Science Fair
Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays and demonstrations as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington state. Psst… you can even discover some of the latest innovations in food science! Sat. Event details.

Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale
If your kids are in need of spring clothing or gear, head to this awesome sale on Phinney Ridge to find incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more. Clothes are hung by size and gender for easy shopping. Psst! Line up early and be sure to bring along shopping bags or laundry baskets to haul away your loot. Sat. Event details.


Arbor Day-Earth Day Family Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in park enhancement projects at Lewis Creek Park and enjoy lots of eco-friendly activities. Kids can obtain a Discovery Passport and collect stamps by visiting various eco-stations as well as participate in ranger walks and eco-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.

Visit a Washington State Park for Free
In honor of Earth Day, enjoy all Washington state parks for free! On the Eastside, take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Sammamish State Park, Bridle Trails State Park or St. Edward State Park without the need of a Discover Pass. Psst… in honor of National Park Week, all national parks will also be free to visit on Apr. 22 & 23. Sat. Event details.

MIPA’s Annual Circus
Calling all toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners! It’s carnival time and there’s plenty of Big Top fun to be had (think face painting, pony rides, cake walks, games, bouncy houses and Dizzy’s Tumble Bus), plus a special performance by Recess Monkey! Sat. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy