Things to Do, Eat, And See In Green Lake This Spring Part 2

March 28, 2017 6:44am

Continuing our spring events post (there’s a lot to see and do this spring in Green Lake!) Here’s whats coming up in April.

Run As One ’17 – Seattle

In its 6th year, the Run As One event takes place in various locations around the nation, in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, an original member of Team Rubicon, Mission Continues Fellow, and avid sportsman, who took his own life after battling PTSD and depression. Meant to raise awareness and build strong communities around veterans, the short race (one loop around the lake) is free to join, or $20 to get the participant shirt. There will be a picnic in the park following the race.

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Address: Starts at Greenlake Park, in the area under the trees across from Super Jock n Jill and Starbucks (E Green Lake Dr. N and NE 72nd St.)


Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day at the Woodland Park Zoo

Educational keeper talks and special enrichment sessions bring light to issues like illegal poaching and habitat loss. Find out how you can help save giraffe, lions, ostrich, and other savanna animals.

Saturday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free with zoo admission or membership.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N; or South Entrance – 750 N 50th St.)


“The Magic Flute” Seattle Opera Preview Lecture at the Green Lake Library

Opera lecturer and tour guide Norm Hollingshead gives an entertaining preview lecture of Mozart’s fantasy opera celebrating the power of love and music. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and are tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests, but not everything is as it seems. Free, but space is limited, so come early to make sure you get a seat.

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Branch Public Library (7364 E Green Lake Dr. N)


Afternoon Book Group at the Green Lake Library

A recurring monthly event (second Wednesday of every month), the group meets for discussion around that month’s chosen book. In April, the book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. In it, Oscar, an overweight ghetto nerd in New Jersey, dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and finding love, but an ancient curse haunting Oscar’s family may stop him.

Spring dates: April 12 and May 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Branch Public Library (7364 E Green Lake Dr. N)


Bunny Bounce at the Woodland Park Zoo

The event is still going strong in its 16th year, featuring egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters, and various programs throughout the day. Even the animals get specially made Easter baskets, lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats as part of the zoo’s animal care and enrichment program.

Saturday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free with zoo admission or membership. Egg hunts are first-come, first-served.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N; or South Entrance – 750 N 50th St.)


Green Lake Food Walk

It’s like an art walk, but edible! Created by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce to introduce local businesses that make the community unique, food walkers will enjoy several hours of samples of new and favorite menu items, followed by a beer garden. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For tickets and more information, visit the website or email

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Village (427 NE 72nd St)


Top Pot Doughnut Dash!

The annual 5K Run/Walk supporting Childhaven returns, for its eighth year. Participants get free doughnuts and coffee after the race. Kids can also participate in the fun with an untimed half-mile (1K) kids dash. Early registration ends March 31, but last-minute participants can continue to register online or in-person on race day.

Sunday April 30, Registration, bib and chip pick up starts at 7:00 a.m., 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., Kids Dash starts at 9:30 a.m.

Address: Starting line near the Green Lake Community Center and basketball courts (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N)