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Seattle events May 2024

Glass-school tours

May 1 - 4, 2024

Stanwood (54 miles N)

Watch hot glass demonstrations, meet the artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, and shop for glass art during Spring Tours at Pilchuk Glass School, 1201 316th St. NW in Stanwood.

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Student art show

May 1 - 5, 2024 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Downtown (0.5 miles N)

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of its Bachelor of Fine Arts students at the Design Department BFA Exhibition at 9th Ave Gallery, 2014 9th Ave. in Seattle. Evening reception on April 26. FREE

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Romantic musical

May 1 - 19, 2024 (2 p.m.)

Everett (29 miles N)

The Fantasticks features “breathtaking poetry, theatrical sophistication, and timeless songs” as it tells the story of a boy and a girl who fall madly in love despite their fathers trying to keep them apart at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. in Everett.

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RV show

May 2 - 5, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Puyallup (37 miles S)

See the latest recreational vehicles at Puyallup RV Show at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Your children age 17 and younger are free. Wear sunscreen.

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Apple Blossom Festival

May 2 - 5, 2024

Wenatchee (148 miles E)

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has food vendors, an entertainment stage, a beer garden, carnival rides (beginning April 26), an arts & crafts fair (May 3 - 5), a car parade (May 3 at 6 p.m.), a car show (May 4), and a grand parade (May 4 at 11 a.m.) in and around Memorial Park, 2 S. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee. Schedule.

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Harry Potter experience

May 2 - 12, 2024 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Bellevue (11 miles E)

Walk through rooms that immerse you in scenes from the series at Harry Potter: Magic at Play with interactive exhibits for all ages, followed by a gift shop at The Bravern, 11111 NE 8th St. in Bellevue.

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Romeo & Juliet

May 2 - 19, 2024 (2 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1 mile NW)

Seattle Shakespeare performs Romeo and Juliet, the romantic story about star-crossed lovers, at Center Theatre, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Discussions before or after some shows.

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Teenager party

May 3, 2024 (7 to 10 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Teen Night Out is a party “planned by teens and designed for teens” with live music, junkyard art-making activities, an open mic, in-gallery bingo, zine trading, and movement performances at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. in Seattle. FREE for ages 13 to 19.

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Spanish classical music

May 3, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

Ballard Civic Orchestra plays Spanish music with guitar and soloist, plus Colombian music with a costumed dance group in its program Celebrating Spring at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Donation.

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Party at UW

May 3, 2024

University District (3.8 miles NE)

Party on the Cut has live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and lawn games on the Montlake Cut next to ASUW Shell House, 3655 Walla Walla Road in Seattle. You can take Link Light Rail to University of Washington station. Bring age 21+ ID. Tickets are $37. No pets.

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Cinco de Mayo in a casino

May 3, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Snoqualmie (27 miles E)

Your $90 ticket to Machos, Tacos & Tequila includes 4 chicken tacos, a signature drink, and live Mexican wrestling at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way in Snoqualmie for age 21+.

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Irrigation festival

May 3 - 11, 2024

Sequim (67 miles NW via ferry)

Billed as the state’s oldest festival, Sequim Irrigation Festival has an art walk (May 3), a fun run (May 4 at 9 a.m.), a kids’ parade (May 4 at 11:30 a.m.), arts and crafts (May 4 & 5), free family activities (May 4 & 5), a breakfast (May 5), a car show (May 11), and a grand parade (May 11 at noon), mostly near Sequim Civic Center, 152 W Cedar St. in Sequim. Schedule. FREE

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Global music

May 4, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

Global Rhythms features the Campbell brothers playing a “mesmerizing fusion of African-American gospel, blues, and steel guitar” at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Free for age 22 and younger.

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Circus escape room

May 4, 2024 (6:30 & 8:30 p.m.)

SoDo (2.8 miles S)

Your team meets mysterious actors and solves clues at $75 Carnival Umbra Circus Escape Room in dark and spooky Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle for age 14+. Optional beverages and $10 trapeze flights.

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Mexican celebration

May 4, 2024

Beacon Hill (3.3 miles SE)

Enjoy Mexican food for sale, live music (until 5 p.m.), children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored by El Centro de la Raza at Plaza Roberto Maestas, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St. in Seattle. FREE

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Boat parade

May 4, 2024 (12 to 3 p.m.)

Montlake (3.8 miles NE)

Watch boats cruise through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day from either side of the water, for example behind Haring Center, 1981 NE Columbia Road in Seattle. You can take Link Light Rail to University of Washington station. FREE

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Rowing races

May 4, 2024

Montlake (3.8 miles NE)

Cheer crew teams as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. You can watch from either side of the water, for example behind Haring Center, 1981 NE Columbia Road in Seattle. You can take Link Light Rail to University of Washington station. FREE

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Free craft stuff

May 4, 2024 (9 a.m.)

SoDo (5.4 miles S)

Get surplus samples from architects and interior designers to use in your craft projects at ZeroLandfill Seattle, including fabric bolts and samples, carpet, tile, glass, metal, wood, and three-ring binders at Daltile, 540 S Front St. in Seattle. Bring bags and/or a wagon. FREE

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Kayak & canoe sale

May 4, 2024 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

West Seattle (6.3 miles SW)

Buy and sell human-powered watercraft (kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards) secondhand during the Boat Swap at Mountain to Sound Outfitters, 3602 SW Alaska St. in Seattle.

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Roller derby

May 4, 2024 (3:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Sand Point (7.6 miles NE)

Watch three games of Rat City Roller Derby with food trucks, a beer garden, and a street band at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle.

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Dog walk in Sammamish

May 4, 2024 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Issaquah (15 miles SE)

Walk ‘n Wag includes a 3K trail plus an agility course, vendor booths, a beer garden, a pet show (12 p.m.), and performing dogs (12:30 to 2 p.m.) at Lake Sammamish State Park to raise funds for improving the park. Pay $20 per pet, plus $10 to park (unless you have a Discover Pass).

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Central Asian festival

May 4, 2024 (1 to 5 p.m.)

Des Moines (17 miles S)

Your ticket to Navruz Celebration includes a Central Asian meal, dance performances, a fashion show, and a children’s area in building 8 at Highline Community College, 2400 S 240th St. in Des Moines.

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Tasting in Mill Creek

May 4, 2024 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)

Bothell (21 miles N)

A ticket to Beer & Wine Walk includes a glass and 10 tickets for tastes of beer and wine in the shops at Mill Creek Town Center. Check in at the Forum Event Center, 15115 Main St. in Bothell. Held in May and September.

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Comedy

May 4, 2024 (8 p.m.)

Tacoma (31 miles S)

Emmy winner Wanda Sykes, who has appeared in numerous films plus the TV shows Black-ish and The Upshaws, cracks jokes at Emerald Queen Casino, 2920 E R St. in Tacoma.

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Music festival

May 4 - 5, 2024 (5 to 11:10 p.m.)

Belltown (0.7 miles NW)

Focusing mostly on female artists, $82 Belltown Bloom presents 32 local and national acts on three stages at The Crocodile, 2505 1st Ave. in Seattle for age 21+. Description by The Seattle Times.

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Eastside ballet

May 4 - 5, 2024 (2 p.m.)

Bellevue (11 miles E)

Giselle is an “ethereal, haunting, and tender masterpiece” about love beyond the grave, performed by International Ballet Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11000 NE 6th St. in Bellevue.

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Comic opera

May 4 - 19, 2024 (2 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedy about young love featuring “magnificently colorful sets and costumes ... combined with show-stopping tunes” at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle.

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Social leadership conference

May 5, 2024 (12 to 5 p.m.)

First Hill (1.2 miles E)

SAAS Summit: Civic Engagement & Social Entrepreneurship is “an all-ages, multi-modal experience with thought-provoking discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and networking activities” featuring dozens of local speakers at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1201 E Union St. in Seattle. Schedule. FREE

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Cinco de Mayo cruise

May 5, 2024 (4 p.m.)

Eastlake (1.3 miles N)

A $95 ticket to the Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a drink, a taco bar, dessert, 2.5 hours of views, a DJ, and a no-host bar, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.

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Seattle bike ride

May 5, 2024 (7 to 11 a.m.)

SoDo (1.5 miles S)

Ride on Highway 99 and the West Seattle Bridge without cars during Emerald City Ride, with your choice of a 7 or 20 mile route, beginning and ending on the west side of Lumen Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle.

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Free choir

May 5, 2024 (4:30 p.m.)

Capitol Hill (2.1 miles NE)

Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir performs its monthly Choral Evensong service in the cathedral nave at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E in Seattle. FREE

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Japanese children’s day

May 5, 2024 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Central District (2.1 miles SE)

Children’s Day Festival (Kodomo no Hi) events include martial arts, a tea ceremony, dance show, hands-on taiko drumming, yukata dress up, stories, and food vendors at Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, 1414 S Weller St. in Seattle. FREE

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Dog walk in Redmond

May 5, 2024 (10 a.m.)

Redmond (16 miles NE)

Walk or run the $30 Wag Love Life 5K fundraiser, then make flower garlands, hear speakers, visit vendors, and do activities with your dog at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond.

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Small medieval fair

May 5, 2024 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Carnation (28 miles E)

A Festival for May opens with demonstrations, crafts, food, and musicians. Games are at 1 p.m., the Maypole ceremony is at 4:30 p.m., and dinner is by reservation at Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road NE in Carnation. Children age 5 and younger are free.

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Variety show

May 7, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

Watch local artists perform dance, music, theatre, and comedy in the cabaret show called Our Town Hall at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. A no-host happy hour opens at 6:30 p.m. Limited free tickets for age 22 and younger.

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Eastside wine tasting

May 9, 2024

Bellevue (9.2 miles E)

A $45 ticket to Old Bellevue Wine Walk gets you a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets to redeem in shops for age 21+. Check in at 520 Bar & Grill, 10146 Main St. in Bellevue. Held in spring and fall. No pets.

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Eastside party

May 9, 2024

Newcastle (14 miles SE)

A $79 ticket to Best of 425 includes a glass of champagne, heavy appetizers, and an awards ceremony for best of the Eastside as selected by Best of 425 magazine. If weather permits, this event is both indoors and outdoors at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane in Newcastle.

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Seattle film festival

May 9 - 19, 2024

Seattle (multiple locations)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is billed as America’s largest film festival. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres and screenings by buying a single ticket or a pass.

Talk about female physique

May 10, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

Author and sociologist Sarah Thornton “dives into the wide range of professions and personal experiences fueled by all things breasts” with journalist Diane Mapes during A Titillating Plunge into the Social Study of Breasts at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Free for age 22 and younger.

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Melanie Martinez

May 10, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Rocking two-toned hair and doll-like looks, Latin pop star Melanie Martinez rose to fame on the TV show The Voice. She performs Friday at Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave. N in Seattle.

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Film party

May 10, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Tacoma (34 miles S)

Watch 31 short films produced in only three days by local teams for $20 at The 253 Short Film Party, “a lively party with audience voting, door prizes, a photo booth, and local food and drinks for purchase” at Urban Grace, 902 Market St. in Tacoma.

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Comedy

May 10 - 11, 2024 (7 & 9:30 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles NE)

Matt Rife performs edgy stand-up comedy and interacts with the audience at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle for age 18+.

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Nordic gala

May 11, 2024

Downtown (0.2 miles NE)

Enjoy a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and a live auction at the $175 Northern Lights Auktion to support the Nordic National Museum at Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St.

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African festival

May 11, 2024 (12 to 8 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1 mile NW)

Spirit of Africa Festival offers music and dance performances, a fashion show, a crafts marketplace, and food vendors in the Armory at Seattle Center. FREE

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Wine walk

May 11, 2024

Queen Anne (2.2 miles NW)

“Queen Anne merchants host pop-up tastings with local boutique Pacific Northwest wineries” during Queen Anne Spring Wine Walk, which begins at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1818 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle. No pets or children.

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Neighborhood street fair

May 11, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Beacon Hill (3.3 miles SE)

Beacon Arts Street Fair is a mellow event with live music, an art market, food vendors, and family activities in the plaza outside El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S in Seattle. FREE

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Touch a Truck

May 11, 2024 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

University District (4.4 miles NE)

Children can touch and explore heavy machinery and emergency vehicles, talk to the drivers, and play games at $10 Touch a Truck in Parking Lot E1, just south of University of Washington Golf Range. Paid parking in E18. Children younger than age 2 are free. Food trucks available. No pets.

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May Day

May 11, 2024 (1 to 7 p.m.)

Wallingford (4.8 miles N)

Celebrate spring by playing games, singing, and dancing around the Maypole at the May Day Celebration and Potluck at Meridian Playground, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N in Seattle. Bring a potluck dish, non-alcoholic beverages, and flowers for making head wreaths. FREE

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Brass band

May 11, 2024

Columbia City (4.9 miles SE)

The Westerlies is a brass quartet that plays a mix of “jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S in Seattle. Must be age 21+ after 10 p.m. (Sold out, a few tickets at the door.)

Live art competition

May 11, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Ballard (5.5 miles NW)

Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during $24 Art Battle at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. in Seattle. The art is sold afterward in a silent auction. Bring age 21+ ID. Doors open 6 p.m.

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Garage sales in West Seattle

May 11, 2024 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

West Seattle (6 miles SW)

Hundreds of sale signs sprout all over the neighborhood during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. Not all sellers follow the official hours. FREE

Bubble show

May 11, 2024 (11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.)

Kirkland (11 miles NE)

Amazing Bubble Man “explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized” at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland.

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African fashion show

May 11, 2024 (5 to 10 p.m.)

Bellevue (12 miles E)

Africa Fashion Week Seattle has vendors, cultural performances, a fashion show for adults, and a fashion show for children (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) in the event center at Vasa Park, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE in Bellevue.

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Eastside plant sale

May 11, 2024 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Bellevue (12 miles E)

Shop for plants, take a walk in the garden, and meet a Master Gardener during the Plant Sale at Bellevue Demonstration Garden, 15500 SE 16th St. in Bellevue.

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Outdoor art fair

May 11, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Edmonds (17 miles N)

Shop from local artists and food trucks at Edmonds Spring Fest outdoors at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. FREE

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Big trucks on display

May 11, 2024 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Sammamish (21 miles E)

“Come visit and interact with more than 20 service vehicles and personnel” (fire engine, aid car, state patrol car, backhoe, etc.) during Rig-A-Palooza. Also visit the bouncy houses and food trucks at Sammamish Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. SE in Sammamish. FREE

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Mother’s Day tea

May 11, 2024

Maple Valley (28 miles SE)

Mom and Me Wonderland Tea features tea, iced tea, lemonade, snacks, a hat contest, a scavenger hunt, and games with Alice and the Mad Hatter for $65 per person at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, 22520 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley. The optional after-party is $25 per child.

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Tasting in Puyallup

May 11, 2024 (1 to 5 p.m.)

Puyallup (32 miles S)

Sip features wine, beer, cider, and music at 22 shops in downtown Puyallup for age 21+. Your $43 ticket includes a glass and 10 tastes. Check in is located at the parking lot of Smile Solutions, 109 N Meridian in Puyallup. Held in May and September.

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Reptile show

May 11, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Monroe (33 miles NE)

See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Seattle Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe. Children age 5 and younger are free.

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Toy show

May 11, 2024 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Shop from 200 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comics, and collectibles at the Washington State Toy Show at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Admission is $10, or $5 after 10 a.m. Children age 12 and younger are free.

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Clam festival

May 11, 2024 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Long Beach (172 miles SW)

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival has seafood, a beer & wine garden, vendors, live music, and clam digging lessons, mostly at Veteran's Field, 111 3rd St. SE in Long Beach. Poster. FREE

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Book fair

May 11 - 12, 2024

Central District (1.5 miles SE)

Seattle Art Book Fair celebrates independent publishing, book design, and artist books with talks, activities, art installations, and 80 exhibitors at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. in Seattle. Launch party on Friday night. FREE

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Nature in Central Washington

May 11 - 12, 2024

Ellensburg (112 miles E)

Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe has guided nature walks, bird watching, science booths with live reptiles (Sat.), field trips, paddle boarding, float trips, wine tasting, and even windmill tours on the drier side of the state. See the schedule for event locations, including Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center (located in Helen McCabe State Park), 24343 Canyon Road in Ellensburg.

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Bavarian festival

May 11 - 12, 2024

Leavenworth (117 miles E)

Maifest has European folk music, Tirolean dancers, yodelers, a Saturday march (noon), and a Sunday morning 5K/10K/half marathon at Front Street Park, 820 Front St. in Leavenworth. FREE

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Films about indigenous people

May 11 - 19, 2024

Seattle (multiple locations)

cINeDIGENOUS includes 11 full-length films and a packge of 7 shorts. It’s part of Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in multiple theaters around Seattle.

Train ride

May 12, 2024

North Bend or Snoqualmie

Take a two-hour roundtrip between North Bend and Snoqualmie on a steam-engine train operated by Northwest Railway Museum.

Flowers at the market

May 12, 2024 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

Shop for Mother’s Day flowers during the Flower Festival, when 35 local farmers sell bouquets and musicians perform under the clock at Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St. in Seattle. FREE

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Mother’s Day jazz

May 12, 2024 (2 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles S)

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Dee Daniels perform a Mother’s Day Matinee in Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.

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Mother’s Day comedy

May 12, 2024 (7 to 8:15 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Laugh about motherhood at the Mother’s Day Improv Show, which features improvised comedy at Unexpected Productions Improv, 1428 Post Alley in Seattle.

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Mother’s Day cruise

May 12, 2024

Eastlake (1.3 miles N)

Enjoy a dining cruise with hours of Lake Union and Lake Washington views on Waterways Cruises, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Eastlake.

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Bonsai garden day

May 12, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Federal Way (25 miles S)

See hundreds of bonsai on display, watch live bonsai demonstrations, talk to bonsai artists, and join a tour during BonsaiFest at Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St. in Federal Way. DONATION

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World explorer show

May 12 - 14, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

National Geographic Live presents scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and adventurers live on stage with amazing photos and video at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.

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Camano Island artist tour

May 12 - 19, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Camano (66 miles N)

Camano Island Studio Tour is a self-guided tour of 32 artists’ studios, including Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way in Camano. Click the brochure link on their website. Held May 10 to 12 and 18 to 19, 2024. Brochure. FREE

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Sustainability summit

May 13 - 14, 2024

Ballard (5.5 miles NW)

Watch 15 leaders “showcase projects that demonstrate opportunities to do well by doing good” at Nordic Innovation Summit at National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. in Seattle.

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Free classical music

May 14, 2024

South Delridge (8.3 miles SW)

Seattle Symphony performs with a young violinist during Community Concert in West Seattle at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle St. in Seattle. FREE

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Irish show

May 15, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles NE)

Celtic Woman performs Irish traditional and contemporary standards with style, joined by Irish dancers and musicians at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.

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The Rolling Stones

May 15, 2024 (8 p.m.)

Pioneer Square (1.3 miles S)

The Rolling Stones celebrate their new album Hackney Diamonds in an all-ages concert at Lumen Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle.

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Wine tasting

May 16, 2024 (6 to 9 p.m.)

Kirkland (9.4 miles NE)

Taste a wide variety of dry rosé and white wines at Rosé Revival & Cool Whites with a view of Lake Washington from the the patio of The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point in Kirkland for age 21+.

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Music festival in Everett

May 16 - 18, 2024

Everett (29 miles N)

  • Hear 50 bands with a $79 ticket to Fisherman’s Village Music Festival at Apex Art and Culture Center, 1611 Everett Ave. in Everett. Must be age 21+.
  • The nearby Night Market at Wetmore Ave. & Pacific Ave. has food trucks and a beer garden. FREE

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UW dance show

May 16 - 19, 2024 (nearly sold out)

University District (4.6 miles NE)

Graduate students studying dance wrote eight new dance works that will be performed by 70 undergraduate dancers at MFA Dance Concert in Meany Center for the Performing Arts, 4040 George Washington Lane NE in Seattle.

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Jazz & wine in Chelan

May 16 - 19, 2024 (SOLD OUT)

Chelan (180 miles E)

Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival “showcases internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrates wonderful wineries” with performances at 13 wineries and venues around the lake for pass holders.

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Norwegian day

May 17, 2024

Ballard (5.5 miles NW)

Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at the 17th of May Festival in Ballard with a $125 luncheon, live music, an open house, and a parade (6 p.m.) including marching bands, drill teams, and Norwegians in costume. Poster.

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West Seattle wine tasting

May 17, 2024

West Seattle (5.6 miles SW)

A $40 ticket to West Seattle Wine Walk gets you a glass and 13 tastes of wine in shops at West Seattle Junction, beginning at Jet City Labs or Windermere, 4526 California Ave SW in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in May and September.

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Powwow

May 17 - 19, 2024

Mount Vernon (64 miles N)

Immerse yourself in native culture, including costume, dance, food, and crafts at All My Relations Powwow at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E College Way in Mount Vernon. Grand entry at 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). FREE

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Art of Alexander Calder

May 18, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Calder Symposium offers talks, tours, and films about the famous artist whose mobiles, ranging from miniature to monumental, are on display through August 4 in Seattle Art Museum at 1300 1st Ave.

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Neighborhood garage sales

May 18, 2024 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Phinney Ridge (5.1 miles N)

Shop at 100 yard sales during PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, and visit a flea market in the lower parking lot at Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. FREE

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Roller derby

May 18, 2024 (5 p.m.)

Lynnwood (16 miles N)

Watch the women of Jet City Roller Derby play an exciting game at Edmonds Community College in Seaview Gym, 200th St. SW in Lynnwood.

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Eastside wine walk

May 18, 2024 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

Issaquah (17 miles E)

The Downtown Issaquah Wine & Art Walk includes 12 tasting tokens to redeem at shops along picturesque Front Street. VIP at Capri Cellars. General admission at Downtown Issaquah Association, 232 Front St. N in Issaquah for age 21+. Bring your own glass. Held in May and July.

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Edmonds jazz festival

May 18, 2024 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Edmonds (18 miles N)

Hear top student musicians performing at Edmonds Jazz Connection in three Edmonds locations, including Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N in Edmonds. DONATION

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Garden festival

May 18, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Federal Way (26 miles S)

See the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from artists, visit a food truck, and hear live music during Blue Poppy Day at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S 336th St. in Federal Way. Children age 12 and younger are free.

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Small-town tasting

May 18, 2024 (6 to 9 p.m.)

North Bend (30 miles E)

A $35 ticket to Sip, Suds & Si includes a glass and 10 tasting tickets for winery and brewery samples in North Bend shops, with live music, for age 21+. Check in begins 5 p.m. at Northwest Railway Museum, 205 E McClellan St. in North Bend. Held in spring and fall.

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Pet festival

May 18, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Auburn (31 miles S)

Bring your leashed pet to Petpalooza for a fun run (9:30 a.m.), pet contests, flying dogs, vendors, adoptions, and an agility area at Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE in Auburn. FREE

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Dragon boats in Tacoma

May 18, 2024

Tacoma (35 miles S)

Watch dozens of teams race in long boats that hold 20 paddlers at Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, with opening ceremony at 8 a.m., first race at 9 a.m., last race at 3:30 p.m., and vendors of food and crafts at Thea’s Park, 535 Dock St. in Tacoma. See parking instructions. FREE

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Fairy festival

May 18, 2024 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Tacoma (38 miles S)

Spring Fairy Magic Market is an indoor/outdoor street fair with 170 artists, craft vendors, dancers, magicians, musicians, and costumed fairies & elves that are indoors and outdoors at Crescent Moon Gifts, 6901 6th Ave. in Tacoma. FREE

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Armed Forces Day

May 18, 2024 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

McChord AFB (43 miles S)

Joint Base Lewis-McChord opens its gates to the public to celebrate Armed Forces Day, with historical reenactments, military vehicles, music, entertainers, dog demos, food vendors, a beer garden, and carnival rides at Heritage Hill Airpark, McChord Air Force Base. Take exit 125 off I-5. You must register online, and bring ID if age 18+. See prohibited items. FREE

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Gig Harbor Beer Fest

May 18, 2024 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Gig Harbor (43 miles SW)

A $36 ticket to Gig Harbor Beer Festival includes 10 tasting tokens, with a wide variety of Northwest craft brewers and live music at the pavilion at Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive in Gig Harbor. Bring age 21+ ID.

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Whidbey Island festival

May 18, 2024 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Coupeville (58 miles NW via ferry)

Penn Cove Water Festival in Coupeville has tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, food, dance, music, traditional storytelling, and children’s activities on and around Coupeville Wharf, 24 Front St. NW in Coupeville. FREE

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Family films

May 18 - 19, 2024

multiple locations

Watch three features-length films and a Family Picture Show of shorts “for the young and the young at heart” during Films4Families, part of Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). FutureWave is nine films for teenagers.

Anime convention

May 18 - 19, 2024 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Downtown (0.2 miles E)

Appearing for the first time outside California, Anime Impulse promises cosplay, artists, vendors, and industry guests at Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St. in Seattle. You must buy the $36 ticket online ($48 both days). No pets or outside food.

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University street fair

May 18 - 19, 2024 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

University District (4.6 miles NE)

Kick off street-fair season at the laid-back University District StreetFair, with 250 arts & crafts booths on car-free University Way NE (from NE 41st to NE 50th). Enjoy bands & dancers, beer gardens, 40 food trucks & booths, and a kids’ zone. FREE

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Gemstones & fossils

May 18 - 19, 2024 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Sand Point (7.6 miles NE)

Shop from 62 sellers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and mineral art at the Seattle Mineral Market in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. FREE including parking.

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Video game expo

May 18 - 19, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Renton (13 miles SE)

Family-friendly Renton City Retro offers “toys, comics, funko pops, video games, local artists, anime, and celebrities” with a free gaming area at Renton Pavilion Events Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S in Renton. Children age 5 and younger are free.

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Viking festival

May 18 - 19, 2024 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Poulsbo (22 miles NW via ferry)

Viking Fest celebrates Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a carnival, food & craft vendors, and music on car-free streets surrounding Liberty Bay Waterfront Park, 18809 Anderson Pkwy in Poulsbo. Saturday events include a road race and a parade (2 p.m.). FREE

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Family fair near Olympia

May 18 - 19, 2024 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Olympia (58 miles S)

Lacey Spring Fun Fair has entertainment, a circus train, free rides, a giant slide, vendors, food, kids’ activities, fire trucks, a Saturday science fair, and a Sunday car show at Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE in Olympia. No pets. FREE

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Run in the U District

May 19, 2024

University District (4 miles NE)

Beat the Bridge includes an 8K run, a 3-mile walk, and a 1-mile fun run that begin on Montlake Boulevard, cross over University Bridge, and end on the field of Husky Stadium. See street closures. No pets. Register in the west concourse of Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd. NE in Seattle.

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Edmonds tasting

May 19, 2024 (4 to 7 p.m.)

Edmonds (17 miles N)

Enjoy eight “summer inspired mini-cocktails curated by the finest local restaurants and bars, plus delicious light bites” at $56 Toast of Edmonds, and then vote for your favorite, at Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220 Railroad Ave. in Edmonds for age 21+.

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Bulldozer day

May 19, 2024 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Children can watch and even operate heavy construction equipment on Dozer Day, which also has police cars and fire engines on display at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Buy tickets online, with last entry at 1 p.m.

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Brewery dinner

May 23, 2024 (SOLD OUT)

Ballard (5.3 miles NW)

Valhalla Dinner Series is a five-course “locally sourced seasonal” dinner paired with five four-ounce beer pours from Chuckanut Brewery and an opportunity to meet the brewers for $83 at Skål Beer Hall, 5429 Ballard Ave. NW in Seattle.

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Beer week

May 24, 2024

(began this month on May 17)

Seattle (multiple locations)

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

  • 5 p.m. - closing party, Queen Anne Beerhall

Billy Joel

May 24, 2024 (8 p.m.)

SoDo (1.6 miles S)

Grammy winner Billy Joel performs hit songs like Piano Man at T-Mobile Park, 1250 1st Ave. S in Seattle.

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Folklife music and dance

May 24 - 27, 2024

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

Celebrate traditional arts by attending some of the hundreds of dance and musical performances, workshops, and panels from around the world held at Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. DONATION

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Rugby

May 24 - June 22, 2024

Tukwila (12 miles S)

Watch Seattle Seawolves play an exciting Major League Rugby game at Starfire Sports, 14800 Starfire Way in Tukwila.

  • May 24 (7:30 p.m.) — Old Glory DC

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Uplifting musical

May 24 - July 14, 2024

(began this month on May 23)

Everett & Issaquah

“A bewitching musical that celebrates love, resilience, and the spirit of hope” [Daily News], Once On This Island is about a fearless peasant girl searching for her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love, at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah.

  • May 24 to June 16 – Issaquah
  • June 22 to July 14 – Everett

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Taste of Pike Place

May 24 - Dec. 31, 2024

(began this month on May 1)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Meet 9 artisan vendors and enjoy delicious samples on the highly rated $67 Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market. Meet your chef and friendly tour guide outside Simply Seattle, at 1600 1st Ave.

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Doggie dash

May 25, 2024 (SOLD OUT)

Wallingford (3.5 miles N)

Take your dog for a 5K run on the Burke-Gilman Trail at Dogs and Doughnuts Dash, followed by coffee, water, doughnuts, and dog treats in the retail store called Brooks Trailhead, 3400 Stone Way N in Seattle. FREE

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Seafood festival

May 25 - 26, 2024 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Brinnon (59 miles NW via ferry)

Enjoy shrimp, live music, arts & crafts, and a beer/wine garden at $13 Fjord Fest on Hood Canal at Yelvik General Store, 251 Hjelvicks Road in Brinnon. Children younger than age 12 are free.

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Memorial Day ceremonies

May 25 - 27, 2024

multiple locations

Attend a Memorial Day ceremony to honor veterans. Mostly FREE

Basketball

May 25 - Sept. 17, 2024

(began this month on May 7)

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Watch the women of Seattle Storm play a home game at Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave. N in Seattle.

  • May 25 – Washington Mystics

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Winery concerts

May 25 - Sept. 28, 2024

Woodinville (18 miles NE)

Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or low-back chair if you buy a lawn ticket.

  • May 25 & 26 – Sarah McLachlan

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Free train rides

May 25 - Oct. 27, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

(began this month on May 12)

Skykomish (66 miles NE)

Ride atop a mini steam train over a bridge and through a tunnel for 10 minutes, and then visit the gift shop at Great Northern & Cascade Railway, 101 5th St. N in pretty Skykomish. (Or see the schedule for Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard.) FREE

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Baseball

May 27 - Sept. 29, 2024

SoDo (1.6 miles S)

Watch the Seattle Mariners play an exciting home game at T-Mobile Park, 1250 1st Ave. S in Seattle.

  • May 27 - 30: Houston Astros
  • May 31 - June 2: L.A. Angels

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Pearl Jam

May 28 & 30, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Seattle rock band Pearl Jam performs Tuesday and Thursday in Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave. N in Seattle.

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Pearl Jam light show

May 29, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

Seattle Center (1 mile NW)

Watch a live laser light show as you listen to Pearl Jam songs at $15 Live Lasers in the Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N in Seattle.

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Abba Under the Stars

May 29, 2024 (6 & 8:30 p.m.)

Ballard (4.9 miles NW)

Enjoy a night of songs by Abba at Abba Under the Stars, with a stunning view from Olympic Rooftop Pavilion, 5214 Ballard Ave. NW in Seattle. Must be age 21+. Full bar available.

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Soccer

May 29 - Oct. 19, 2024

Pioneer Square (1.3 miles S)

Watch the Seattle Sounders play a home game at Lumen Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle.

  • May 29 – Real Salt Lake

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Asian street food

May 31, 2024 (SOLD OUT)

Belltown (0.1 miles NW)

Watch a chef prepare delicious street food from China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and then enjoy it with cocktails at the $150 Night Market dinner by Hot Stove Society at Hotel Andra, 2000 4th Ave. in Seattle.

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Film-lovers’ party

May 31, 2024 (5 p.m.)

Central District (1.5 miles SE)

Dress 1990s style for Adjust Your Tracking, the annual gala for Northwest Film Forum. Your $160 ticket includes “signature cocktails, delectable cuisine, and glamorous red carpet moments” at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. in Seattle.

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Scrapbook expo

May 31 - June 1, 2024

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup.

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Street band festival

May 31 - June 2, 2024

Seattle locations

HONK! Fest West is “an immersive festival driven by the energetic performances of street bands from around the world.” FREE

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Photography weekend

May 31 - June 2, 2024

South Lake Union (0.9 miles N)

PhotoFest offers free talks and workshops about photography, photo walks, and a chance to meet reps from the camera industry at Glazer’s Camera, 811 Republican St. in Seattle. FREE

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Greek festival

May 31 - June 2, 2024

Capitol Hill (1.4 miles NE)

For a relaxing alternative to the giant St. Demetrios Greek Festival in September, check out Greek food, wine, and music at Bite of Greece Seattle at Church of the Assumption, 1804 13th Ave. in Seattle. FREE

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Wine & oysters

May 31 - June 8, 2024

SoDo (3.3 miles S)

A $42 ticket to the Wine & Oysters Event at Patterson Cellars includes six oysters (chilled or baked) with accompaniments, plus a wine flight of three 3-ounce pours. The first weekend is at Patterson Cellars Tasting Room, 3861 1st Ave. S in Seattle.

  • May 31 & June 1 — Seattle
  • June 7 & 8 — Woodinville

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Comic ballet

May 31 - June 9, 2024

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Choreographed by George Balanchine, Coppélia is a playful story about an inventor and his life-sized doll that wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting couple, performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle.

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June 13Third Eye BlindWaMu Theater
July 6Missy ElliottClimate Pledge
July 13Kenny ChesneyLumen Field
July 14blink-182Gorge
July 26Chris BrownClimate Pledge
July 27Chris StapletonT-Mobile Park
Aug. 6/7Olivia RodrigoClimate Pledge
Aug. 16Peso PlumaClimate Pledge
Aug. 18Foo FightersT-Mobile Park
Aug. 30/1MetallicaLumen Field
Sept. 3Chicago + EWFClimate Pledge
Sept. 3/4PinkTacoma Dome
Sept. 4Def LeppardT-Mobile Park
Sept. 6Doobie + WinwoodWhite River
Sept. 21ZZ Top + SkynyrdWhite River
Sept. 23Green DayT-Mobile Park
Sept. 25Childish GambinoClimate Pledge
Oct. 5Hans ZimmerClimate Pledge
Nov. 10/11UsherClimate Pledge
Dec. 5/6Billie EilishClimate Pledge
Dec. 6/7/8Taylor SwiftVancouver, BC
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