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Now is the best time of year to try that restaurant you’ve always wanted to go to—it’s Seattle Restaurant Week!

This bi-annual event is a celebration of cuisine and the city’s best eateries. More than 165 of Seattle’s top restaurants participate, giving guests a chance to try their house dishes at affordable prices. Seattle Restaurant Week offers promotional three-course dinner menus for $30 and some have three-course lunch menus for $15. These menus are available Sunday-Thursday (excluding Sunday brunch) from April 12-16 and 19-23. The next Restaurant Week occurs in October.

The following Madison Park restaurants will have Seattle Restaurant Week menus along with their normal items:

Make sure to call for reservations, tables fill up quick at these Madison Park restaurants!

Featured photo via srw.seattletimes.com

Enjoy spring Madison Park events coming up this month.

April 4: Egg Hunt
10 am | Montlake Community Center
Bring your kids and their baskets to Montlake Community Center’s Easter Egg Hunt! Go time is 10:00 sharp so have your baskets ready to collect lots of goodies.

April 4: Garden Lovers’ Book Sale
9 am – 3 pm | Arboretum
This used book sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture benefits the Elisabeth C. Miller Library for new books and magazine subscriptions. The book sale will have a wide selection of gardening and plant books, as well as artwork available for purchase. Free to the public.

April 11: Park in the Dark
7:30 – 9 pm | Arboretum
When the sun goes down, nature doesn’t sleep. Night time at the Arboretum is alive with nocturnal animals, and night hikes provide families a chance to explore the park in a whole different light. Programs are $8 per person and designed for families with children ages 5-12.

April 12: New Member Meet & Greet
11 am | 4119 E Madison St
Learn about the Junior League of Seattle and how you can get involved in this organization at this meet and greet with current members. There will be brief presentations and a change to participate in the Mother’s Day project at the Junior League office.

Opening day of the Japanese Garden, plenty of plants, and St. Patrick’s Day are some Madison Park events coming up in March.

March 1: First Viewing Festival
11am – 3pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The Seattle Japanese garden will celebrate its 2015 debut at the First Viewing: Official Garden Reopening ceremony. Join garden staff and community members in this special welcoming of nature with a traditional welcome ceremony, free tours, and art on display. This is the first time the general public will be let inside the garden gates this year!

March 2: Madison Park Council Meeting
7pm | Bath House in Madison Park
The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend Madison Park Community Council’s monthly board meetings. March’s topics of discussion will be emergency preparedness HUB planning, redevelopment of Prospect Ave waterfront street end, upcoming neighbor talks, and more. Come share your thoughts!

March 7: Spring Plant Sale
9am – 3pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Stock up for spring at the Northwest Horticultural Society’s Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale.

March 14: Tree Stories
10:30 – 11:15am | Washington Park Arboretum
Bring the kids to this story time featuring three books about trees. Each story has a different take on how trees impact our lives and hearts. After reading, take a tree picture of your own!

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day at McGilvra’s
McGilvra’s Irish Pub
What better place to celebrate St. Patty’s Day than McGilvra’s Irish Pub? Celebrate the Irish holiday in an authentic Madison Park setting!

After hibernating through winter, the Seattle Japanese Garden is ready to awaken for spring! Next weekend, the garden will celebrate its 2015 debut at the First Viewing: Official Garden Reopening ceremony. The event is on Sunday, March 1st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is the first time the general public will be let inside the garden gates this year!

Join garden staff and community members in this special welcoming of nature and a Madison Park gem. First Viewing will begin with a Shinto blessing, a traditional Japanese ceremony since ancient times. The dramatic blessing will welcome the garden into a successful new year, orchestrated by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Grand Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

Following the opening ceremony, there will be a reception for the work of last spring’s photography class taught at the Japanese Garden. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while observing the student ‘s photos in the Tateuchi Community Room, highlighting vibrant spring colors of the garden in full bloom.

Garden guides will be available for complimentary tours of the grounds during First Viewing. The 45-minute tours meet at the ticket booth at noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

First Viewing admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 6-7/students with ID/disabled/seniors 65+, and free for kids under six years old.

Featured photo via Seattle Japanese Garden