Seattle events calendar for May 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in May 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

May Day

May 1, 2015

5 miles north

Play games, sing, dance around the Maypole, bring a potluck dish, and watch the fire ritual at the May Day Celebration and Potluck at Woodland Park. Free.

Coin show

May 1 - 3, 2015

10 miles south

The state’s oldest and largest public coin show is at the annual convention of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association, Tukwila Community Center.

Packwood Mountain Festival

May 1 - 3, 2015

107 miles south

Packwood Mountain Festival includes live music, folk dancing, a craft show, fun runs, native drumming, chili, and tacos in Packwood. Free except running.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 1 - 3, 2015 (begins April 23)

148 miles east

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee offers apple pie, arts and crafts, golf, a car show, carnival, parade, and run.

Irrigation festival

May 1 - 10, 2015

65 miles west via Bainbridge ferry

The Sequim Irrigation Festival (the state’s oldest festival) has an art walk the first day, arts and crafts, vendors, a carnival, logging show, tractor pull, fun run, kids parade, and grand parade. Free.

Play new games

May 2, 2015

1 mile NW

Register to try new games and vote for your favorites at iFest at Seattle Center Armory, which includes speakers & workshops about the game industry. Free.

Scavenger race

May 2, 2015

1 mile north

Seattle Challenge has teams run around the city solving clues to win prizes. It ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.

Taco festival

May 2, 2015

1.5 miles SE

Taco Libre Truck Showdown features taco trucks, a beer garden, Mexican-style wrestling, and mariachi music in the international district. Free.

Bacon and beer

May 2, 2015

1.7 miles south

Adults enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, live music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Safeco Field.

Mexican celebration

May 2, 2015

4 miles south

Enjoy Mexican food, live music, children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Jefferson Community Center. Free entry.

Opening day of boating season

May 2, 2015

4 miles NE

Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near University of Washington at noon on opening day of boating season, preceded by races. Free.

Apple cider festival

May 2, 2015

33 miles NE

Taste hard ciders, meet the makers, & eat appetizers at Snohomish Cider Festival at Craven Farm, age 21+.

Electric car race & science fair

May 2, 2015

58 miles south

See rockets, robots, model planes, and an electric vehicle competition at the Lacey Science Fair & Grand Prix Electric Car Races in Huntamer Park, Lacey. Free.

Medieval festival

May 2 - 3, 2015

27 miles east

A Festival for May opens with demonstrations, crafts, food, and musicians. Games and the Maypole ceremony are in the afternoon. Dinner is by reservation at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Bikes and beer

May 3, 2015

3.3 miles south

Visit a few brew pubs on the 15, 30, or 40 mile flat ride called Seattle Bike ’n Brews, which begins at Schooner Exact Brewing Company in South Seattle.

Tacoma marathon

May 3, 2015

42 miles south

Tacoma City Marathon is one of the area’s best and includes running across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, or run the marathon relay, half marathon, or 5K.

Experimental art & film

May 5 - June 7, 2015

multiple locations

Black Box shows experimental film, video, new-media art, and moving-image-based work in various venues, including art installations in shipping containers.

Ballard jazz festival

May 6 - 9, 2015

6 miles NW

The annual Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians, a Swedish pancake jazz brunch, and a classic Volvo/Saab car show.

Beer week

May 7 - 17, 2015

Seattle locations

Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

More Music

May 8, 2015

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents young musicians with diverse musical styles at More Music at The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle.

Body-building expo

May 8 - 9, 2015

11 miles east

Emerald Cup is a bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, and physique championship with health-industry vendors at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Paddling festival

May 8 - 9, 2015

15 miles east

Canoeists, kayakers, and paddleboarders unite at Lake Sammamish State Park for demos, tours, races, and exhibits at Northwest Paddling Festival.

Maritime festival

May 9, 2015

1.1 miles north

Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day features boat tours, walk-on tugboats, a boat parade, Coast Guard demonstrations, kids’ activities, a fireboat display, and music at South Lake Union Park. Free.
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Stories about motherhood

May 9, 2015

2 miles NE

Listen To Your Mother celebrates and validates motherhood with readings that are touching and humorous at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

West Seattle garage sale

May 9, 2015

5 miles SW

Garage sale signs sprout all over the neighborhood during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day.

Gig Harbor Beer Fest

May 9, 2015

43 miles SW

Gig Harbor Beer Festival features 18 Northwest craft brewers and live music in Gig Harbor for age 21+.

Artist studio tour

May 9 - 10, 2015

14 miles NE

Visit home studios of dozens of local artists free on Kirkland Artist Studio Tour, Mother’s Day weekend.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 9 - 10, 2015

27 miles east

Mothers get a free 70-minute train ride at Northwest Railway Museum with any paid child on Mother’s Day weekend, departing from North Bend or Snoqualmie.

Art and design show

May 9 - 17, 2015

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of graduating seniors at EXPO 15: BFA Exhibition. Art is at 2000 Terry Ave. Design is at 2014 9th Ave. Free.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2015

Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day. Also see Where to Take Mom This Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day races

May 10, 2015

Seattle & Kirkland

Mother’s Day at the park

May 10, 2015

statewide

State Parks Free Days include Mother’s Day, so pack a picnic and visit any of the parks on this list for free.

Film festival

May 14 - June 7, 2015

multiple locations

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is billed as the largest film festival in the U.S. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres and screenings by getting a single ticket or a pass.

Circus acrobats

May 15 - 17, 2015

6 miles south

See spectacular acrobatics, high-flying aerials, contortions, and juggling to live music at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) Annual Spring Showcase (SASS) in Georgetown.

Viking festival

May 15 - 17, 2015

22 miles west (via Bainbridge ferry)

Viking Fest celebrates Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a parade, carnival, music, and food.

Mt. Rainier film festival

May 15 - 17, 2015

83 miles south

Watch films and mingle with filmmakers in Mount Rainier’s shadow at Rainier Independent Film Festival.

Bluegrass festival

May 15 - 17, 2015

85 miles SW

Bluegrass from the Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth program, vendors, and jamming at Shelton High School.

Food film festival

May 15 - June 6, 2015

Seattle locations

Culinary Cinema includes 11 full-length films about cooking and food that are part of Seattle film festival. An optional chef’s dinner is available some nights.

Polish festival

May 16, 2015

1.5 miles east

Pierogi Fest features 6 kinds of pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, Polish beer, dessert, folk music, crafts, and kids’ activities at Polish Cultural Center.

Aviation day in Everett

May 16, 2015

22 miles north

See vintage airplanes flying (12 to 1:30 p.m.) and on the ground at Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection, plus exhibits and vendors at Paine Field Aviation Day.

Pet festival

May 16, 2015

31 miles south

Bring your leashed pet to Petpalooza for a morning dog fun run, noon pet parade, pet contests, pony rides, entertainment, and vendors at Game Farm Park in Auburn. Free.

Armed Forces Day

May 16, 2015

46 miles south

Joint Base Lewis-McChord opens its gates for public celebration of Armed Forces Day, with historical reenactments, military vehicles, music, vendors, and carnival rides. Bring ID if age 16+. Free entry.

Penn Cove Water Festival

May 16, 2015

103 miles NW

Penn Cove Water Festival in Coupeville has tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, food, dance, traditional storytelling, and children’s activities.

University street fair

May 16 - 17, 2015

4 miles NE

Seattle’s earliest street fair of the year is the laid-back University District StreetFair. Food vendors and arts & crafts booths line University Way NE. See music, dance, and comedy onstage. Free.

Camano Island artist tour

May 16 - 17, 2015

62 miles north

Camano Island Studio Tour is a self-guided visit to 43 artists, 30 studios, and 3 galleries. Free.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2015

6 miles NW

Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) in Ballard with a luncheon, kids’ activities, and music; a 4 p.m. parade of marching bands, drill teams, and Norwegians in costume; and then a big-band dance.

Eco fashion show

May 20, 2015

3.5 miles NE

Conservation Catwalk features designs that are ethically and sustainably constructed for people and the planet in Gould Hall at University of Washington.

Short films

May 21 - 25, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Everybody loves short films, which the film festival has grouped by theme into Short Film Packages at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Folklife music and dance

May 22 - 25, 2015

1 mile NW

Celebrate traditional arts by choosing from hundreds of dance and musical performances, workshops, and panels from around the world during Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. Donation.

Sasquatch! Music Festival

May 22 - 25, 2015

150 miles east

Sasquatch! Music Festival brings some of the biggest names in music to The Gorge outdoor amphitheater.

Edmonds jazz festival

May 23, 2015

18 miles north

Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues at the Edmonds Jazz Connection. Donation.

Gig Harbor scavenger hunt

May 23, 2015

44 miles SW

Follow the map to 30 checkpoints on foot or bike during Gig Harbor Street Scramble, with awards, refreshments, and music afterward at Skansie Brothers Park. Free.

Shrimp festival

May 23 - 24, 2015

63 miles via Bainbridge ferry

Enjoy shrimp, belt-sander races, arts & crafts, live music, and a beer garden at ShrimpFest in Brinnon.

Car show

May 24 - 25, 2015

28 miles north

Seattle Rod-Tiques car club hosts the Cruzin’ to Colby Car Show with 600 cars cruising Sunday down Colby Avenue in Everett. Free, except the dance.

Memorial Day mini triathlon

May 25, 2015

1.4 miles SE

Seattle University hosts an indoor Try-Athlon, which is 10 minutes each of swimming, spin biking, and treadmill running at its Recreation Center to benefit Wounded Warriors. Age 18+.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 25, 2015

7 miles south

The Museum of Flight honors our military with patriotic music and speeches at the Memorial Day Ceremony. Museum admission is free for veterans & active U.S. military who show ID.

Military show

May 25, 2015

22 miles north

See tanks, military vehicles, artillery weapons, firing demonstrations, and a collectors’ club parade at Tankfest Northwest at Paine Field in Everett.

Bellevue Jazz Festival

May 27 - 31, 2015

11 miles east

Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz Festival, held in Bellevue locations, with 35 of the 43 concerts free.

Edmonds waterfront festival

May 29 - 31, 2015

17 miles north

Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival has arts and crafts, entertainment, kids’ activities and rides, food, a beer garden, and classic yacht show. No dogs. Free for children 12 and younger.

Herb and food fair

May 30, 2015

15 miles north

Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair offers cooking demonstrations, nutritional experts, art for children, live music, and garden tours at the campus in Kenmore. Free shuttle or pay for onsite parking.

Aloha Brewfest

May 30, 2015

17 miles NE

Aloha Brewfest has beer from 18 small breweries, Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a Hawaiian lunch at Cascadia Community College in Bothell.

Kent International Festival

May 30, 2015

20 miles south

Kent International Festival offers ethnic food, songs, dance, and cultural booths at ShoWare Center. Free.

Fairy festival

May 30, 2015

36 miles south

Spring Fairy Festival is a free indoor/outdoor street fair with artists, craft vendors, dancers, magicians, musicians, and costumed fairies & elves in Tacoma.

Concerts at the locks

May 31 - Sept. 7, 2015

6 miles NW

Ballard Locks has free 2 p.m. concerts on the lawn.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.