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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May 2015

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.

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.

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 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 World Sports Grille 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.

Opening day of boating season

May 2, 2015

4 miles NE

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

Kentucky Derby party

May 2, 2015

5 miles NW

Put on your best hat, dine at a Kentucky brunch buffet, drink bourbon and mint juleps, and dance to bluegrass at Run for the Roses atop the Hotel Ballard.

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.

Packwood Mountain Festival

May 2 - 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.

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.

Beer week

May 7 - 17, 2015 (uncertain)

Seattle locations

Bars and breweries host more than 100 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.

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.

Student dance show

May 8 - 9, 2015

12 miles east

The Bellevue College Dance Company (BCDC) spring performance in Bellevue is affordable.

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.

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

The Gig Harbor Beer Festival features 18 Northwest craft brewers and live music in Gig Harbor.

Artist studio tour

May 9 - 10, 2015

14 miles NE

Visit home studios of dozens of local artists free on a Kirkland Artist Studio Tour.
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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.

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

84 miles SW

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

Aloha Brewfest

May 16, 2015 (uncertain)

17 miles NE

Aloha Brewfest includes beer from 12 small breweries, Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a Hawaiian lunch at Cascadia Community College in Bothell.

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 Auburn’s Game Farm Park.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adventure race

May 2015 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Seattle Urban Trek is a team adventure race that includes seven miles of mental and physical challenges, beginning at Safeco Field. Age 18+.

Mexican celebration

May 2015 (undated)

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.

Chocolate tasting

May 2015 (undated)

1 mile west

Taste the finest artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Bikes and beer

May 2015 (undated)

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.

Pops concert

May 2015 (undated)

38 miles south

The annual Sounds of Brass Pops Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. This event repeats with classical music in January. Donation.

Snohomish beer tasting

May 2015 (undated)

30 miles NW

Enjoy beer from 25 local brewers, entertainment, and food at SnohoBrewHaHa at Snohomish Event Center.

Car show

May 2015 (undated)

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.

Art and design show

May 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of graduating seniors at EXPO 15: BFA Exhibition, beginning with an evening party on May 9. Free.

Polish festival

May 2015 (undated)

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.

Maritime festival

May 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

Seattle Maritime Festival features free harbor tours, tugboat tours and races, wooden-boat building for kids, survival-suit demos, and a chowder cook off. See schedule of events at two locations. Free entry.

Family farm festival

May 2015 (undated)

25 miles east

Meet a farmer, explore a farm, see bunnies and chicks, make flower crowns, dance around a Maypole, buy plant starts and food-truck lunch at Spring SowDown Festival at Oxbow Farm in Duvall. Free.

Wine at Canterwood

May 2015 (undated)

48 miles SW

Taste wine from 11 Washington wineries, enjoy food and live music, and see exclusive Canterwood Golf & Country Club at Canterwood Uncorked! in Gig Harbor.

Circus show

May 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

22 miles west

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

Fly-tying convention

May 2015 (undated)

13 miles south

Atlantic Salmon Fly International has fly-tying demos, seminars, an auction, and vendors at Renton Pavilion.

Entrepreneurs in action

May 2015 (undated)

0.5 mile SE

Watch six finalists pitch ideas for new products and services to investors at Northwest Startup DEMO. Ticket includes networking over snacks and drinks.

Camano Island artist tour

May 2015 (undated)

62 miles north

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

Gig Harbor Street Scramble

May 2015 (undated)

44 miles SW

Get a map of 30 places to visit on foot or bike in 1.5 or 3 hours at Gig Harbor Street Scramble. Awards and fun afterwards at Skansie Brothers Park. Free.

Concerts at the locks

May 2015 (undated)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are free. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol.

Electronic music festival

May 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

Edmonds waterfront festival

May 2015 (undated)

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.

Green lifestyle fair

May 2015 (undated)

36 miles south

Learn about renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.baker@events12.com