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Must List: April 25-May 1

Seattle Black Film Festival, Peter Rabbit, and a pair of star-crossed lovers

By Seattle Mag April 25, 2024

Collage of events for April 25-May 1, including Seattle Black Film Festival, A Tale of Peter Rabbit play, 'The Maybe Man' tour, Procession of the Species event

As the rain falls, grab something warm to drink and start plotting your route for Indie Bookstore Day this Saturday. Or, get caught up on the controversial sale of Kerry Hall. Did you hear that Seattle ranked the second greenest city in the United States? And, in honor of the ’90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You turning 25, we whipped up a handy guide to visiting the filming locations. We’ve also got some tips on getting ready for spring with a closet refresh.

This week, be sure to catch Seattle’s Black Film Festival, and don’t miss the Procession of the Species in downtown Olympia.


Illustration of seven diverse individuals with unique hairstyles and colorful clothing, posing with a camera on a tripod, against a backdrop of abstract shapes and letters. Must List: April 25-May 1.


April 25-28

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Washington Hall, $60+

The 21st Seattle Black Film Festival, available both online and in-person, has a diverse lineup. Highlights include Savi the Cat, about a couple’s life turned chaotic by a mischievous kitten, and Unlocked, a documentary exploring the cultural significance of dreadlocks among college students. I Am Because You Are documents the journey of six women of color on a transformative mountaineering adventure. The festival opens with Songs from the Hole, a musical documentary following James “JJ’88” Jacobs, exploring his inner struggles through Hip-Hop and Soul, as he serves a double-life prison sentence. Check out the full schedule online.

Illustration of the book "A Tale of Peter Rabbit" showing Peter Rabbit with a shovel, standing amid large carrots, with the story's pages spread below. This must-list event is scheduled for


April 25-May 19

Seattle Children’s Theatre, $40

Beatrix Potter’s beloved Peter Rabbit hops into the modern era in an adventurous twist by award-winning writer Trista Baldwin. In this playful and moving reimagining, Peter Rabbit and his three sisters weave a brand-new tale of their own.



Friday, April 26

7:30 p.m., Climate Pledge Arena, $49

Catch the indie pop band AJR, composed of three brothers — Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met — from New York City, as they bring their “The Maybe Man” tour to Seattle. They’re known for their eclectic pop sound and high-energy live shows.


Colorful artistic depiction of a lion's face with vibrant, abstract colors and the words "Procession of the Species Celebration" above it.


April 27

4:30 p.m., Downtown Olympia, Wash., Free

The Procession of the Species in Olympia is a fun and colorful celebration that brings the community together to honor Earth Day. Everyone dresses up in creative costumes inspired by nature, from butterflies to orca whales. There’s also a magical Luminary Parade on April 26 at 8:30 p.m., lighting up the streets with glowing lanterns and costumes.


Graphic poster for the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Sheila Daniels, featuring two crossed swords and potion bottles on a teal background.


Now-May 12

2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Center Theatre at Seattle Center, $35+

Catch this timeless drama from Seattle Shakespeare. In the city of Verona, age-old grudges are passed down to a new generation of Capulets and Montagues. But when Romeo and Juliet meet, it’s love at first sight. Fueled by passion and defying parental expectations, these young lovers find themselves making daring choices that could alter the destiny of their entire community.



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