Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events March 31–April 6

Immense beauty an hour away, Chinook Fest’s lineup release party, and a world rhythms weekend: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Jeremy G. Novak March 31, 2014

Last year's Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Seattle has just recorded its rainiest March on record, and your bracket was likely pretty shot a while ago (who called Connecticut in the Final Four?) Plus, it’s almost April Fools Day and if you can get through it without somehow being doused with water or sitting on a whoopee cushion consider yourself lucky. It’s always a good time for some cheap diversions, but now seems better than ever. 

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

“April showers bring May flowers.” This rhyme may hold true in some parts of the country, but here in Seattle we had showers in March (and February and January and…) so ours are ready to pop up now. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival offers the most spectacular showing, and it’s certainly worth the trek north to see hundreds of acres of brightly bursting tulip fields on a free self-guided tour. You’ll want to bring your camera for their photo contest. Various locations, free.

Thursday, April 3
Kurt Cobain’s Eternal Legacy

Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s passing, he still remains one of the most central and influential figures in music today. Bestselling author Charles R. Cross examines Cobain’s lasting legacy in a new book of interviews with those who knew the famously troubled genius, Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain. KEXP’s John Richards will also join the conversation so come as you are, but early enough to grab a seat. Town Hall, $5.

Friday, April 4
Chinook Fest Lineup Release Party

Chinook Fest celebrates a third year with a lineup release party featuring some of the best bands confirmed for the September festival. Robert Jon & the Wreck bring to the stage their heavy blues-rock and all of the relentless energy that earned them “Best Live Band” at last year’s Orange County Music Awards. They’ll be joined by Rust On the Rails, SweetKiss Momma, and Seattle artist Nick Foster. The party is also your cheapest chance to score tickets to the fest itself. The Crocodile, $10-$15.

Saturday, April 5
Picoso, Little Big Band, The Cumbieros

Nectar Lounge brings together a night of the best Latin fusion around, featuring Seattle’s own Picoso, for a show that promises plenty of movement. Also on the bill, Little Big Band—with their wide mix of cultures and musical influence and focus on Native American storytelling mixed with funk and soul—as well as the nine-piece Chilean style Cumbia band The Cumbieros. The night also features DJ Chilly of KEXP, for an incredible local celebration of Latin and world music. Nectar Lounge, $8-$12.

Saturday and Sunday, April 5 & 6
2014 World Rhythm Festival

You have rhythm. Yes, you. Maybe buried somewhere deep down, but if anything can bring it out it’s the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. With over 80 dancing and drumming workshops spanning the cultures of Africa, Asia, Brazil, India, Cuba and America, this is your chance to get in on free participatory events and find your beat before the dance party Saturday night featuring Seattle’s EntreMundos. Various locations, free.  

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