Easter is a day of religious reverence, a time to welcome the long-awaited spring sunshine and for Seattleites, to get outside. Whether it's a traditional egg hunt, a dog egg hunt, or a brunch cruise, Seattle and Tacoma's Easter events are bound to entertain you.
Enjoy Easter Brunch at One of Seattle's Restaurants
One of the most popular ways to spend Easter morning is by going out to brunch. In this coastal city, that means topping bagels with fresh-smoked local salmon and partaking in particularly plentiful seafood offerings at buffets. Remember to book your table far in advance.
- Salty's is a small chain spanning Seattle, Portland, and Redondo Beach. Its location at Alki Beach will be hosting an Easter brunch on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Easter Sunday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can expect the fare to be an elevated version of its usual brunch menu—crepes, pancakes, a Willy Wonka fountain, and a bloody mary bar in addition to its copious seafood offerings—and the atmosphere to be upbeat and beachy (think: a local version of Joe's Crab Shack). It costs $70 on Saturday and $75 on Sunday for adults, $30 for kids ages 9 to 13, and $20 for kids ages 5 to 8.
- If you're looking for a quick brunch option while in the area of Pike Place Market, then Piroshky Piroshky—a grab-and-go bakery with authentic Russian flair—makes a mean-but-pretty kulich (Russian Easter bread) this time of year.
- For something a little more upscale, the sleek Argentinian eatery Patagōn in The Charter Hotel will be serving up a grand Easter buffet in place of its impeccably-decorated small plates on Sunday. It costs $55 per person, but for an extra $20, you get bottomless mimosas.
- Bluwater Bistro Leschi—a cozy, lakefront eatery with delightful views—will also be doing its annual Easter brunch, including Dungeness crab quiche, breakfast potatoes, a freshly baked scone, and fruit for $19 per person.
Brunch is not a unique Easter activity, per se, but it is when eaten on a boat or in an offshore Native American cultural center. Argosy Cruises' annual Easter Brunch on Blake Island includes a round-trip cruise from Pier 55 in Seattle to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, where guests are treated to a vast brunch buffet of salmon, french toast, bacon, and other breakfast staples. Kids are also invited to take part in two age-appropriate Easter egg hunts accompanied by appearances by the Easter Bunny. Afterward, there will be authentic Native American performances and cultural activities celebrating the holiday.
Waterways Cruises also serves up an Easter brunch during its two-hour venture on Lake Union and Lake Washington. The all-inclusive cruise includes a buffet of made-to-order omelettes, French toast, wild salmon, a carving station, a donut hole bar, and bottomless champagne or sparkling cider, all for $85 per person ($42 for kids 5 to 12). Ships depart either from ports on Lake Union or from the Kirkland City Dock in Marina Park. If you're lucky, you might even get a visit from the SeaBunny, Waterways Cruises' very own Easter character.
Attend Easter Mass at a Cathedral
Whether you're a practicing Catholic or you simply want to spend your morning celebrating the religious aspect of Easter in the grandeur of a stunning cathedral, there are a number of places offering Easter Mass throughout Seattle.
Among the most ornate is St. James Cathedral on 9th Avenue in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. Featuring high, cavernous ceilings and extensive collections of stained glass artwork that was installed in the late 1910s by Charles Connick, St. James Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the seat of its archbishop, who delivers the Easter Mass.
Other great locations to attend Easter Mass include Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on 56th Street in Tacoma, and St. Leo's Cathedral on South 13th Street in Tacoma.
Let somebody else do all the Easter egg hiding this year. One of the biggest egg hunts in town is Woodland Park Zoo's Bunny Bounce, where kids ages 1 through 8 can hunt Easter eggs while the animals enjoy their own holiday treats. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it's included in the price of admission.
Several other city parks and smaller venues in Seattle also hold annual egg hunts—including a few for older kids and teens. The city of Fife, for instance, hosts a nighttime Easter egg hunt for teens and tweens in Dacca Park. While the dates for 2020 haven't been announced for that yet, there will be a free daytime event for the whole family from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 11.
Each year, the Homeward Pet Adoption Center of Woodinville, Washington, hosts an egg hunt specially for dogs at off-leash parks—Willis Tucker Park in 2020—to raise money for its animal services. Known as the Easter B'egg Hunt, this remarkably adorable (and free!) holiday event invites guests to bring their four-legged friends to hunt eggs filled with puppy treats. Meanwhile, their humans are treated to refreshments, workshops, and the annual pet adoption drive while they watch their pets play with hundreds of other pups. This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On the Saturday before Easter starting at 11 a.m., the Snohomish Easter Parade will make its way down First Street with the Easter Bunny in tow. This event is rich with small-town charm—case in point, the bonnet contest that takes place directly after the parade. Pre-registration is required to march in the parade, and participants are expected to line up about an hour in advance at First Street and Lincoln Avenue. No registration is required to take part in the Easter Bonnet Contest—just show up wearing your fanciest holiday attire for a chance to win fun prizes and the honor of being named the best.
Each year, Easter Swing takes over the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for a full weekend of workshops, vending, dance competitions, and other swing dance demonstrations. Passes are available to either participate in the festivities or to simply enjoy watching others show off their swing dancing skills. Prizes are awarded to the best dancers in each of the competitions, and all attendees are entered into a special holiday raffle that includes prizes like tickets to next year's event or free swing lessons at local dance studios in the Seattle/Bellevue region. The 2020 festivities will take place from April 9–13.