Guide to Easter in Seattle: Festivals, Events and Things to Do

Easter is a holiday that brings out plenty of activities in the Emerald City. Whether you appreciate a good Easter brunch buffet or want to go to an Easter mass, there are many things to do on Easter in Seattle. It's a day of religious reverence, a day to welcome and appreciate the Spring, and a day to enjoy Seattle's outdoors, too!

Perhaps the most popular way to spend Easter morning in the region is by going out to brunch to dine upon fresh smoked local salmon, cheese, fruit, pastries and other tasty brunch treats. Easter brunch options range from casual restaurants, to fine dining establishments, to several cruise companies that put on special cruises that day. Easter egg hunts are great for families, and mass at the beautiful St. James Cathedral is open to anyone who wants a moment of reverence.

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Where to Enjoy Seattle Easter Brunch

Seattle Easter Brunch

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Easter buffets and brunches are plentiful in Seattle and Tacoma, and are available at just about every price point from moderate to upscale. View the current list of Easter restaurants in Seattle and Tacoma on OpenTable to find out what’s on where.

For moderately priced buffets and brunches, look to the Anthony’s chain, which has restaurants in Tacoma, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Kirkland and other Puget Sound cities. Many locations offer a set-price Easter dinner for about $30/person. Other chains that commonly have an Easter brunch or dinner include Salty’s and the Melting Pot, which both have several locations in the area.

In Tacoma to the south, the usual round of fine dining restaurants located in downtown often offer brunch and/or dinners. These include the Melting Pot, Pacific Grill, and Stanley and Seafort’s on McKinley Hill. Many Tacoma restaurants have regular Sunday brunches that are also on for Easter.

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Easter with Argosy Cruises

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Do Easter morning in a uniquely Northwest way! With a cruise! A few local cruise companies have Easter brunch on board a ship that spends some time out on Elliott Bay or one of Seattle's lakes.

Argosy Cruises offers an Easter cruise to Blake Island, which is a fun family jaunt any day of the year, but the Easter version brings along an Easter egg hunt, an appearance by the Easter bunny and other Easter-specific aspects to this cultural experience. And, of course, you'll also get to enjoy the traditional salmon meal and Native American show that's always part of the Blake Island/Tillicum Village experience.

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Easter Cruise with Waterways Cruises

Lake Union Cruises

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Another local cruise company, Waterways Cruises, also sets sail and serves up brunch. Cruises depart from one of two ports, either one of two ports on Lake Union or from the Kirkland City Dock in Marina Park. Enjoy a two-hour cruise with a brunch buffet, champagne toast, live music and the captain’s narration of sights along the way. Usually there's even an appearance of the SeaBunny (Waterways Cruises version of the Easter Bunny) for kids, but dates for the Easter cruise for 2019 have yet to be announced as of this writing. Boats meander through Lake Union and Lake Washington during the cruises.

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Easter Mass

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Easter Mass is a tradition for many, and there are plenty of ways to take Easter Mass in a variety of atmosphere. St. James Cathedral is very possibly the most beautiful, with its high and cavernous ceilings.

  • St James Cathedral - 804 9th Avenue, Seattle
  • Seattle University - 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, Chapel of St. Ignatius
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - 140 E 56th Street, Tacoma
  • St Leo’s at 710 S 13th Street, Tacoma
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Easter Egg Hunts near Seattle

Seattle Easter Egg Hunts

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If you have kids and don’t want to hide Easter eggs all around your yard, there are several Easter egg hunts in Seattle as well as to the south and north.

For the bigger Easter egg hunts in town, look to the Woodland Park Zoo where not only can kids hunt for eggs, but the zoo animals get special treats and are a lot of fun to watch that day. City parks and other smaller venues also hold hunts, and there are even some for older kids and teens so kids of all ages can find some candy!

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Free National Park Day

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So it's not Easter, but one of the Free National Park Days falls on Easter weekend on April 20. If you're more of the #optoutside sort, then head to Mt. Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park, both a short drive from Seattle, and fill Easter weekend with hikes, waterfalls, beaches, wildflowers and more.

Likewise, Washington State's state parks are free to all on April 20 and 22, 2019.

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Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

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Dates are still TBD for 2019, but if you have a fur baby, the Easter B'Egg Hunt at Camp Charlie's private off-leash dog park in Duvall is fun for all. Instead of candy, Easter eggs are stuffed with - you guessed it - dog treats!

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Snohomish Easter Parade

Easter Parade Snohomish

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On April 20 starting at 11 a.m., the Snohomish Easter Parade serves up lots of Easter fun and small town charm. The parade starts and centers around 1st Street in downtown Snohomish, and there's a bonnet contest directly after the parade at 1st and Avenue A.

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Easter Swing

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From April 18-21, 2019, will take over the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. This massive swing dancing event is filled with workshops, vendors, a dance or two, competitions, and in general all things swing dancing. There are also open dancing sessions as well as tickets just for spectators, if you don't consider yourself a twinkle toes, but appreciate those who are! Tickets are $50 for a junior pass, $65 for a workshop only pass, $150+ for a general pass, and $170+ for table seating.

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Easter 1 Day Tournament

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If you've got kids in third through twelfth grade, this soccer tournament will showcase boys and girls teams, D1 and D2 ability levels. The entry fee is $150-200 and there's a three game guarantee. Registration is open until April 12 and the game location is still TBD.

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