Smells like Spring: The Flower & Garden Show and other weekend fun around the Sound

The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival will make you believe Spring is coming; the Chilly Hilly and the Polar Plunge will bring you back to reality

February 22, 2019
Flower show

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It's the last weekend of February! Daylight Saving Time starts in two weeks! Things are looking up! In my experience, if you really want to feel a taste of spring before it actually gets here, get over to the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, which is this weekend at the Convention Center in Seattle. Just standing in there and inhaling the floral fragrance will power you through the next month or two of winter in the PNW. And once you've gotten your hit of that aroma, here's what else is going on around the Sound:


  • Thunderbirds Hockey Saturday, 6:05pm. The T-birds are home at the ShoWare Centre taking on the Portland Winterhawks.
  • Seattle Polar Plunge Saturday, 1:00pm (with festivities before and after.) Join this attempt to break the Guinness record on Alki Beach in West Seattle.
  • Seattle Home Show Saturday through March 3. The big home show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field Event Center.
  • Northwest Flower & Garden Festival Through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The Theme this year is Gardens of the World. 20 fully landscaped display gardens, 100 free world-class seminars, and thousands of treasures in the garden & vintage marketplaces. 
  • Moon Over Buffalo  Through Saturday. Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, and slapstick comedy set in the 1950s at Renton Civic Theatre.
  • Seattle Wine and Food Experience Through Sunday. Gourmet foodfair includes four events you can buy separately.

·         Friday - Seafood & wine at The Sanctuary

·         Saturday - Grand tasting at Bell Harbor

·         Sunday - Sunday Supper at Block 41

  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival Through Sunday. Featuring Asian American artists who create innovative media, with most screenings at Broadway Performance Hall and Northwest Film Forum.
  • Kris Kristofferson Friday, 8pm at the Paramount.
  • Wintergrass  Through Sunday. Bluegrass festival that has dozens of acts on multiple stages, plus workshops and impromptu jams in Bellevue.
  • Chilly Hilly   Sunday.  Bicycling Magazine called this Bainbridge bike ride one of four classic American rides – 33 miles, with 2191 feet of climbing. Take your bike on the ferry, hit the hills of Bainbridge Island, and then buy a hot meal at the finish line.
  • The Woman in Black Friday, through March 24. Based on a hit London production, this haunting play is an eerie ghost story about an English village terrorized by a mysterious woman at Seattle Repertory Theatre for age 13+.
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship Saturday. Watch some amazing yo-yo moves on the Armory’s stage at the Seattle Center, with qualifying events and classes on the upper floor. Free to watch.
  • PNA Wine Taste Saturday, 7:30 – 10:00pm. A ticket includes 10 tastes of wine, appetizers, live music, and a wine store at Phinney Center for age 21+.
  • Green River Glass Show & Sale Saturday. Browse 20th century glass, jewelry, china, pottery, and collectibles displayed on 200 tables at Kent Commons for $3.
  • Gold, Gem and Mineral Show  Saturday & Sunday. Learn about prospecting, visit prospecting vendors, and see rocks and gems at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
  • The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Saturday through March 9. This story of Steve Jobs is praised as a visually stunning and innovative “crowd-pleasing portrait of Apple’s visionary co-founder” performed by Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall.
  • Seattle Cake Con Sunday. This cake convention is a new event featuring Seattle’s “best and most unique dessert makers for a day of fun, food, and education” with competitions and samples at Fremont Foundry. Free for children age 12 and younger.