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 at Woodland Park field. Free.

Alice in Wonderland

April 8 - May 3, 2015

3.4 miles north

Stone Soup Theatre performs the classic fantasy Alice in Wonderland with a few plot twists that will delight both adults and children.

Discount tickets.

Coin show

May 1 - 3, 2015

10 miles south

The state’s oldest and biggest 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.

Prize-winning drama

May 1 - 17, 2015 (begins April 17)

0.3 miles SE

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is Tennessee Williams’ classic play about family expectations, deception, and sexual desire at ACT Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Political thriller onstage

May 1 - 17, 2015 (begins April 22)

1 mile NW

Little Bee is a best-selling book about an English woman and a Nigerian refuge girl, soon to be a film starring Nicole Kidman. See the play now at Center Theatre, for mature audiences.

Discount tickets.

Shakespeare tragedy

May 1 - 17, 2015 (begins April 29)

1.5 miles NW

Othello is the story of a general in the Venetian army, his new wife, and a manipulative man trying to drive them apart, at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

Discount tickets.

Family show

May 1 - 30, 2015 (begins April 18)

1.6 miles NW

Dream On is cirque with a rock ‘n roll twist, which is performed around you and fine for all ages, at Teatro ZinZanni north of Seattle Center.

Play new games

May 2, 2015

1 mile NW

Register to try out new games and vote for your favorites at iFest at Seattle Center Armory. 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.

Discount tickets.

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

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

Discount tickets.

Mexican celebration

May 2, 2015 (3 to 8 p.m.)

3 miles south

Enjoy Mexican food, live music, children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration at El Centro de la Raza. 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 local 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 45 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.
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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 more than 100 beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

More Music

May 8, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

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.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 8 - 10, 2015

14 miles north

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has a plant sale, family activities, tours, and gardening seminars. Free.

Camano Island artist tour

May 8 - 10 and 16 - 17, 2015

62 miles north

Camano Island Studio Tour is a self-guided visit to 48 artists, 31 studios, and 3 galleries. Free.

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.

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 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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 the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour.

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 1000 Virginia St. and design at 1014 9th Ave. Free.

Get painted as you run

May 10, 2015

1 mile NW

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and glitter as you run the Color Run 5K, starting at Seattle Center.

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.

Mount 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.

Polish festival

May 16, 201 (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

1.5 miles east

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

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.

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.

Cinderella ballet

May 16 - 17, 2015 (3 p.m.)

34 miles south

Tacoma City Ballet presents the magical and romantic fairy tale Cinderella at Pantages Theater.

Discount tickets.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2015

6 miles NW

Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) in Ballard with a luncheon, kids’ activities, and music; an evening parade of marching bands, drill teams, and Norwegians in costume; and then a dance.

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.

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 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.

Barry Manilow

May 27, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

11.3 miles NW

Barry Manilow sings his top-40 pop hits at KeyArena, on what is billed as his last tour.

Discount tickets.

Bellevue Jazz Festival

May 27 - 31, 2015

11 miles east

Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz Festival, held in two Bellevue locations.

Electronic music festival

May 28 - 30, 2015

Seattle locations

Debacle Fest showcases electronic, drone, noise, techno, improvised, metal, and synth musicians.

Edmonds waterfront festival

May 29 - 31, 2015

17 miles north

Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival has entertainment, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and rides, food, a beer garden, and classic yacht show. No dogs. Admission fee.

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 except onsite parking.

Aloha Brewfest

May 30, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.fox@events12.com