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April 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Weekend preview: Four springy things to do in and around Seattle

Rain. Sun. Rain. Sun. What can you do with this flip-floppy season?

Embrace it. Here are a few ways to spend your weekend, indoors and out, as the sun comes and goes. But before you head out, please add your own suggestions for other readers to the comments thread.

1 Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Drummers and dancers at last year's festival, by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times.

Drummers and dancers at last year’s festival, by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times.

The cherry blossoms may have dropped already from the trees in your neighborhood (boo hiss, rain), but this weekend-long festival will still celebrate the return of spring — along with the threads of Japanese art and culture that are woven into the fabric of the city.

2 NFFTY

Through April 27, Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle, and SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; $9-$11 (206-905-8400 or nffty.org).

NFFTY

“Once Upon a Childhood” looks at the legacy of war in Laos. Photo courtesy of NFFTY.

The promise of youth is celebrated in the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), which returns each spring with a creative outpouring of movies by filmmakers aged 22 and younger. It’s already underway, continuing through Sunday, when it closes with a first-ever NFFTY-produced documentary, which follows a vitamin-distribution project in nutrient-deficient populations of the world. Read Shirley Qiu’s advance story for more details on NFFTY and another festival just getting underway at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

3 Kelsey Creek Farm Sheep Shearing

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free, fees for some activities, cash only (425-452-7688 or  http://www.farmerjayne.com/Special_Events.html ).

Baah, but no humbug, at Kelsey Creek Farm. By Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

Baah, but no humbug, at Kelsey Creek Farm. By Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

It’s kid heaven: Sheep shearing, spinning demonstrations, inflatables, 4-H exhibits, tractor rides, pony rides and more, this Saturday at one of Bellevue’s most charming and accessible parks, Kelsey Creek Farm.

4 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Through April 30 (tulipfestival.org).

AnnStrosniderLast chance! The annual tulip festival comes to an official close on April 30, though you might still see some beautiful carpets of color beyond that. If you’d rather tour it from the comfort of your own, dry home, tiptoe through our reader-submitted photo gallery. Or, if you’ve already been to the Skagit this season and you’re looking for other outdoor fun, check out some spring hike suggestions in Eastern Washington.

Comments | More in List, Weekend preview | Topics: Cherry Blossom Festival, Kelsey Creek Farm, NFFTY

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