Seattle events calendar for May 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, art fairs, shows, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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May Day

May 1, 2017 (5 p.m.)

5 miles north

Bring a potluck dish, play games, sing, and dance around the Maypole to celebrate spring at the May Day Celebration and Potluck at Woodland Park. Free.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 3 - 7, 2017

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.

Art and design show

May 3 - 7 and 10 - 14, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of its Bachelor of Fine Arts students at the BFA Exhibition. See art at 2000 Terry Avenue and design at 2014 9th Avenue. Free.

Beer week

May 4 - 14, 2017

Seattle locations

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

Cinco de Mayo party

May 5, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

3.6 miles NE

Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo Party has live music, taco trucks, beer, margaritas, and lawn games in tents on the northwest side of the Montlake Cut, age 21+.

Cinco de Mayo cruise

May 5, 2017 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

4 miles north

A ticket to the Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a beer or wine, a taco bar, desserts, two hours of views, and a no-host bar departing from north Lake Union.

Carnival in Monroe

May 5 - 7, 2017

32 miles NE

Cinco de Mayo Carnival has carnival rides, a car show, food vendors, beer, and margaritas at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free admission but not parking.

Packwood Mountain Festival

May 5 - 7, 2017

107 miles south

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

Irrigation festival

May 5 - 14, 2017

65 miles west via Bainbridge ferry

Billed as the state’s oldest festival, Sequim Irrigation Festival has an art walk, arts and crafts, vendors, a carnival, a logging show, a tractor pull, a fun run, a kids’ parade, a grand parade, and fireworks. Free.

Play new games

May 6, 2017

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.

Mexican celebration

May 6, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

Enjoy Mexican food for sale, live music, children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration at El Centro de la Raza. Free.

Boat parade

May 6, 2017

4 miles NE

Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free.
  • 10:05 a.m. – dragon boat race
  • 10:20 & 11:30 a.m. – crew races
  • 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. – boat parade

Electronic music festival

May 6, 2017 (5 p.m.)

5 miles south

Debacle Fest showcases electronic, drone, noise, techno, improvised, metal, and synth musicians at Columbia City Theater. Some rooms are for age 21+.

Fairy festival

May 6, 2017

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.

Medieval festival

May 6 - 7, 2017

27 miles east

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 in Carnation.

Asian music festival

May 7, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

0.9 miles NW

The annual Lightreal Music Festival features six artists this year at Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater.

Japanese children’s day

May 7, 2017

1.7 miles SE

Children’s Day Festival (Kodomo no Hi) events include martial arts, a tea ceremony, dance show, hands-on taiko drumming, Samurai armor and yukata dress up, stories, and food trucks at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA. Free.

Taco festival

May 7, 2017

3.3 miles north

Taco Libre Truck Showdown features dozens of taco trucks, a beer garden, and mariachi bands in Fremont. Free.

Bikes and beer

May 7, 2017 (9 a.m.)

4.9 miles south

A ticket to Seattle Bike-n-Brews gets you a fairly flat ride from Georgetown to Tukwila in your choice of 30 or 40 miles, beer at the midpoint, and beer and lunch at the finish line for age 18+. Must be 21+ to drink.

Wine tasting

May 10, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

9.5 miles NE

Taste a wide variety of dry rosé and white wines with salmon appetizers at Rosé Revival in a tent overlooking Lake Washington at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.

Giant music event

May 11 - 13, 2017

1.4 miles south

Upstream Music Fest + Summit is a conference for music professionals, plus a music festival with 300 artists at 25 venues near historic Pioneer Square. The main stage is in the north parking lot of CenturyLink Field. Some venues may require age 21 ID. Map.

Country party

May 12, 2017 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

16 miles east

Boots, Barrels and Brews features a live country band, beer & wine tasting, appetizers, and line-dancing lessons in Pickering Barn for age 21+.

Paddling festival

May 12 - 13, 2017

15 miles east

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

Little Pony convention

May 12 - 14, 2017

15 miles south

Celebrating colorful toy ponies and videos by Hasbro, family-friendly Everfree Northwest promises guests from the show, a Grand Galloping Gala, music concert, vendors, activity rooms, and 50 hours of events programming at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport.

Camano Island artist tour

May 12 - 14 and 20 - 21, 2017

62 miles north

Camano Island Studio Tour is a self-guided visit to artists at 29 studios. See the map. Free.

Piano concert

May 13, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Hear 10 pianists playing 10 grand pianos during Ten Grands at Benaroya Hall.

Maritime festival

May 13, 2017

0.7 miles west

Seattle Maritime Festival: Family Fun Day features boat tours, walk-on tugboats, a boat parade, Coast Guard demonstrations, kids’ activities, a fireboat display, music, and a chowder cookoff with samples for sale at Pier 66 and nearby. Free.

Polish festival

May 13, 2017

1.5 miles east

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

Trapeze show

May 13, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

The Spring Student Show at Emerald City Trapeze features trapeze artists and aerialists performing aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

West Seattle garage sale

May 13, 2017

5 miles SW

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

Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 13, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

10.9 miles south

Hear presentations from garden and wildlife experts, see exhibits, browse arts & crafts, shop for native plants, and visit the kids’ garden party at the Backyard Wildlife Festival at Tukwila Community Center. Free.

Reptile show

May 13, 2017

32.5 miles NE

See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Seattle Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Artist studio tour

May 13 - 14, 2017

14 miles NE

Visit the home studios of dozens of local artists on the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour (KAST) on Mother’s Day weekend. Free.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 13 - 14, 2017

27 miles east

Mothers get a free 70-minute train ride at Northwest Railway Museum [click “Special Events” on their page to see it] with any paid child on Mother’s Day weekend, departing from North Bend or Snoqualmie.

Bird festival in Ellensburg

May 13 - 14, 2017 (some events Friday)

121 miles east

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest has guided bird walks, workshops, speakers, kids’ activities, and social events on the drier side of the state.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 14, 2017

Seattle area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day comedy

May 14, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Laugh about motherhood at the Mother’s Day Improv Show, which features improvised comedy by Unexpected Productions in the Pike Place Market.

Mother’s Day on the waterfront

May 14, 2017 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Get Free Parking on Mother’s Day for four hours at four waterfront parking garages. Pick up a free coupon from any of 20 waterfront businesses (no purchase required) and present it when you leave the garage.

Get painted as you run

May 14, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

1 mile NW

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

Mother’s Day race

May 14, 2017

19.3 miles NE

The Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K run/walk are on scenic routes in the Juanita area of Kirkland.

Washington wine tasting

May 15, 2017 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles west

Taste wines from six producers in Horse Heaven Hills with light appetizers at Washington State AVA Wine Tasting at the World Trade Center Seattle.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2017

6 miles NW

Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at 17th of May Festival in Ballard with a luncheon, kids’ activities, and music. The 6 p.m. parade includes marching bands, drill teams, and Norwegians in costume. Map.

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 17 - 20, 2017

6 miles NW

The Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians every day, including drums on Wednesday, guitars on Thursday, a jazz walk at 10 venues on Friday, and a mainstage concert on Saturday.

Shakespeare comedy

May 19, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Full of romance, mischief, and whimsy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the comical story of four young lovers caught up in a quarrel between the king and queen of the faeries at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

Viking festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

22 miles west (via Bainbridge ferry)

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

Fairy festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

43 miles south

Family-friendly Fairyfest offers art, music, dance, storytelling, fairy princesses, and 60 fairy houses to find on the grounds of Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood. Children 12 and younger are free.

Mt. Rainier film festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

83 miles south

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

Bluegrass festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

85 miles SW

Bluegrass from the Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, a band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth programs, vendors, and jamming at Shelton High School, with camping available.

Misfit Cabaret

May 20, 2017 (8 p.m.)

4.2 miles NW

Misfit Cabaret blends musical theater, rock ‘n’ roll, and vaudeville starring singer Kat Robichaud (of The Voice) and her band Darling Misfits at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Fremont.

Herb and Food Fair

May 20, 2017

15 miles north

Herb and Food Fair has food, cooking demonstrations, nutritional experts, children’s crafts, live music, and garden tours at Bastyr University in Kenmore. Free admission, off-site parking, and shuttle bus (or pay to park onsite).

Bothell beer party

May 20, 2017

16.4 miles NE

Sample beer from local breweries, eat from food trucks, and hear four bands at Bothell Block Party and BrewFest in Bothell Furniture parking lot for age 21+.

Edmonds jazz festival

May 20, 2017

18 miles north

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

Aviation day in Everett

May 20, 2017 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

22 miles north

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

Shipwreck comedy

May 20, 2017 (8 p.m.)

29 miles north

Aristocrats are shipwrecked on a deserted island in A Proper Place, a musical farce with forbidden romance and family drama at Everett Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $29 to $37.

Pet festival

May 20, 2017

31 miles south

Bring your leashed pet to Petpalooza for a morning dog fun run, pet contests, pony rides, flying dogs, racing pigs, roving reptiles, and vendors at Game Farm Park in Auburn. Schedule. Free.

Gig Harbor Beer Fest

May 20, 2017

43 miles SW

Gig Harbor Beer Festival features a wide variety of Northwest craft brewers and live music in Gig Harbor for age 21+.

Armed Forces Day

May 20, 2017

46 miles south

Joint Base Lewis-McChord opens its gates to the public to celebrate Armed Forces Day, with historical reenactments, military vehicles, music, entertainers, food vendors, a beer garden, and carnival rides. Bring ID if age 16+. Free admission.

Anacortes tour

May 20, 2017

81 miles north

Spend an afternoon touring interesting homes and boats at Anacortes Home & Boat Tour for charity.

Penn Cove Water Festival

May 20, 2017

103 miles NW

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

University street fair

May 20 - 21, 2017

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.

Mineral show

May 20 - 21, 2017

9.8 miles north

See beautiful minerals and shop from 45 dealers at the Seattle Mineral Market at Lake City Community Center. Free.

Weird arts & crafts in Tacoma

May 20 - 21, 2017

34 miles south

See unusual creations by 140 artists and crafters plus musicians and jugglers at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Free.

Free jazz

May 21, 2017 (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

0.6 miles SE

Seattle kids play jazz with a vocal ensemble at the Seattle JazzED Jamobree at Town Hall Seattle. Free.

Oregon wines

May 21, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Taste wine from 35 Oregon wineries at Taste Oregon, with food truck fare available at Metropolist.

Touch a Truck

May 21, 2017 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

7 miles NE

Children can touch and explore heavy machinery and emergency vehicles, and talk to the drivers, at Touch a Truck in Magnuson Park. No horns from 9 to 10 a.m. Donation.

Evening cabaret

May 24 - 26, 2017

0.3 miles SW

The French Kiss is a stage show with themes of romance, love, and flirtation in intimate Can Can theater at the Pike Place Market for age 21+. Food and cocktails for sale. Discount tickets $15.

Film festival

May 24 - June 11, 2017

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.


May 24 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Songs of love

May 25 - 26, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.9 miles NE

Vocalpoint Seattle sings the songs of The Beach Boys, Natasha Bedingfield, Whitney Houston, Jason Mraz, the Pointer Sisters, Robert Palmer, Queen, Rilo Kiley, James Taylor; and Earth, Wind and Fire at Broadway Performance Hall. Discount tickets $10 (Thurs. & Fri.).

Short films

May 25 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NW

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

Compassionate play

May 25 - June 11, 2017

5.3 miles north

Set in a New York soup kitchen run by a nun and a motley kitchen crew, Grand Concourse “unravels the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion, and limits of forgiveness” with humor and empathy at The Bathhouse Theater. Discount tickets $17.

Mystery dinner show

May 25 - June 25, 2017

1 mile south

Inspired by TV drama “Twin Peaks,” Lost Falls is a surreal small-town murder mystery, with live music and a five-course meal at Cafe Nordo for age 21+ Discount tickets $55 (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday).

Music festival

May 26 - 28, 2017

150 miles east

Sasquatch brings more than 100 modern music acts to The Gorge outdoor amphitheater in Eastern Washington, with optional camping.

Folklife music and dance

May 26 - 29, 2017

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.

Musical comedy in Tacoma

May 26 - June 4, 2017

39.2 miles south

Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is about a disco diva who must hide in a convent, with gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a moving story at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $16.

Military show

May 27, 2017

22 miles north

See tanks, military vehicles, and artillery at Tankfest Northwest, with food trucks and family activities at Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett.

Gig Harbor scavenger hunt

May 27, 2017

45 miles SW

Follow the map to dozens of checkpoints on foot or bike during Gig Harbor Street Scramble, with awards afterward at Donkey Creek Park. Free.

Cabaret brunch

May 27 - 28, 2017 (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Magnificent Matinee is a one-hour show of dance, comedy, acrobatics, music, theatre, and history at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market for all ages. Brunch food is optional and not included. Discount weekend tickets $10.

Shrimp festival

May 27 - 28, 2017

63 miles via Bainbridge ferry

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

Philippines dance show

May 27 - June 13, 2017

1.4 miles NW

Billed as a revolutionary musical experience, Here Lies Love features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that tells the story of the people’s revolution in the Philippines and the fall of Imelda Marcos at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $50 to $75.

Concerts at the locks

May 28, 2017 - Sept. 16, 2017

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, usually at 2 p.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29, 2017

7 miles south

The Museum of Flight honors our military with patriotic music at 11 a.m. and speeches at noon at the Memorial Day Ceremony. Museum admission is free for veterans & active U.S. military who show ID.

Bellevue Jazz Festival

May 31 - June 4, 2017

11 miles east

Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival, which is mostly free.

Discount tickets for June 3 are $15.

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