2020 Events

Haiku Northwest invites you to attend any of our free monthly meetings. Listed here are all our meetings, a few special events, plus significant regional or national events. If you’re giving a haiku workshop or know of another haiku event in the area, please let us know so we can add it. Monthly meetings usually start at 6:30 p.m. with informal socializing, with a more formal start at 7:00 p.m., and occur on the second Thursday of each month, except as indicated. For 2020 we will also have quarterly meetings on selected weekends in place of that month's Thursday meeting. All dates and details are subject to change, and will be confirmed via the Haiku Northwest mailing list (through which you may be provided additional details). To join our mailing list or to suggest regional haiku-related events to add to the following schedule, please contact Tanya McDonald at haikunw1988@gmail.com. We’ll update content as soon as we confirm the details. See you at our next event!

In addition to the following events, the Washington region of the Haiku Society of America will be having annual regional meeting at a time and place to be determined.

January 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 3


February 1 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Tanya McDonald’s home in Woodinville (please email haikunw1988@gmail.com for the address)



National Haiku Writing Month

Visit the NaHaiWriMo website and the Facebook page

Write at least one haiku per day for each day of February

March 12

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE in Bellevue, Washington
Meeting Room 3


April 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Terri L. French will be our featured reader 

 April 11Family Day haiku activities
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 Seattle Japanese Garden 

April 17

International Haiku Poetry Day



April 18–19

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia

Various haiku events

April 24–26

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington


May 2 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.



June 11

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



July 9

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



July 11–12

Japan Fair

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue, Washington


August 1 (Saturday)

Quarterly Meeting,
1:00–4:00 p.m.



August 28, 29

Moon Viewing Festival, 6:00 p.m.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Haiku contest both nights

September 10

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



September 27

Porad Haiku Award Deadline

See submission guidelines (to come; winners announced at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway in October)

Judge to be announced

(date to be announced)

Japan Festival

Bellevue College
Bellevue, Washington


October 8

Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m.



October 29–November 1

Seabeck Haiku Getaway
(our thirteenth annual retreat)

Seabeck Conference Center
Seabeck, Washington

Our theme for the weekend is “vision,” with Tom Painting as our featured guest

November or December
(date to be announced)

Holiday Party/Potluck







Please also check the schedule for the Seattle Japanese Garden (see this website also). Several of the garden’s events typically include a haiku component, such as the moonviewing festival, which usually includes a haiku contest.

Click also to see event listings for 20192018201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.