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May 1, 2023
Phinney Ridge (4.1 miles N)
Celebrate spring by playing games, singing, and dancing around the Maypole at the May Day Celebration and Potluck in Woodland Park. Bring a potluck dish, non-alcoholic beverages, and flowers for making head wreaths. Free.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has food vendors, carnival rides, a car show, arts and crafts, a run, and a grand parade in and around Memorial Park, 2 S. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee. See schedule.
Party on the Cut has live music, food trucks, a beer garden for age 21+, and lawn games on the Montlake Cut near University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center, 3710 Montlake Blvd. NE in Montlake. You can take Link Light Rail to University of Washington station. No pets.
Billed as the state’s oldest festival, Sequim Irrigation Festival has an art walk, arts and crafts, a carnival, a logging show, a tractor pull, a fun run, a kids’ parade, a grand parade, and fireworks, mostly near Sequim Civic Center, 152 W Cedar St. in Sequim. Free.
Enjoy Mexican food for sale, live music, children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored by El Centro de la Raza at Plaza Roberto Maestas, 2601 17th Ave. S in Seattle. Free.
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free to watch from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake.
Cheer crew teams as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. Free to watch from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake.
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.
A ticket to Seattle Bike-n-Brews gets you a fairly flat 38-mile ride from Georgetown to Tukwila, beer at the midpoint, and beer and lunch at the finish line. The starting point is Two Beers Brewing Co., 4700 Ohio Ave. S in Seattle.
Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest has guided bird walks, workshops, vendors, kids’ activities, and social events on the drier side of the state. Check in at Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center, 24343 Canyon Road in Ellensburg.
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.
Take a two-hour roundtrip between North Bend and Snoqualmie on a real steam-engine train operated by Northwest Railway Museum. You can depart from North Bend or Snoqualmie. The main station is Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie.
Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at 17th of May Festival in Ballard with a luncheon [sold out], kids’ activities, and music near National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. in Seattle. The 6 p.m. parade includes marching bands, drill teams, and Norwegians in costume. Parade route.
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. The big parade is Sat. at 2 p.m., and the brewfest is usually Sunday at Centennial Park, 19250 7th Ave NE.
See the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from 10 artists, visit two food trucks, and hear live music during Blue Poppy Day, when admission is free at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S 336th St. in Federal Way.
Spring Fairy Magic Market is an indoor/outdoor street fair with artists, craft vendors, dancers, magicians, musicians, and costumed fairies & elves at Crescent Moon Gifts, 6901 6th Ave. in Tacoma. Free.
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 at Heritage Hill Airpark, McChord Air Force Base. Take exit 125 off I-5. Bring ID if age 16+. Prohibited items. Free admission.
Les Misérables is the Broadway revival of the popular musical with “glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo” at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle.
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.
Watch juried selections at Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (Saturday) and SIFF Cinema Uptown (Sunday). Programming is the same both days, except Sat. has a filmmaker Q & A, and Sun. has a youth showcase.
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony that is actually a renewal of vows, enjoy a cocktail and light bites, and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Seattle at Block 41, 115 Bell St. in Seattle.
Local innovators and visionaries “explore the pressing topics of environmental sustainability and the global climate crisis” during Innovation Exchange at the Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle.
Join a Memorial Day Boat Party for age 21+ to enjoy DJ music (top 40, hip hop and old school), a dance floor, a pricey bar, and views aboard The Spirit of 76, departing from Lake Union Park, 1611 Fairview Ave. E in Seattle.
The Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a buffet, a rose, and two hours of views on Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Eastlake.
The Classic Workboat Show features tours of classic and modern working boats (tugboats, fishing boats, research vessels, and ex-military vessels), engine demonstrations, mini carnival, and a floating beer garden at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle. Free.
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.
Kick off street-fair season at the laid-back University District StreetFair, with arts & crafts booths on University Way NE (from NE 41st to NE 50th). The entertainment includes music, dance, and comedy, plus a beer garden near 41st St., food vendors on 42nd St., kids’ zone near Chipotle, food trucks on 43rd St., Saturday farmers market at 50th St. Free.
The Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians every day, including drums on Wednesday, guitars on Thursday, a main-stage concert on Friday, a picnic Saturday afternoon, and a jazz walk at 10 venues Saturday evening.
A ticket to Nose Art After Dark for age 21+ includes “signature cocktails and appetizers catered by McCormick & Schmick’s” plus a curated look at naughty art from World War II at The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle. Buy tickets by May 16, 2022.
Walk ‘n Wag includes a 3K trail plus an agility course, vendor booths, and a pet show at Lake Sammamish State Park to raise funds for improving the park. Parking is $10 unless you have a Discover Pass.
Marymoor Park Concerts include popular acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat, or for lawn tickets bring a low-back chair or a blanket up to 5 feet in size to Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond.
Sample beer & cider from local breweries, eat from food trucks, and hear six bands at Bothell Block Party and BrewFest for age 21+ in the parking lot at Bothell Furniture, 18811 Bothell Way NE in Bothell.
“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.
Hear 44 bands with a ticket to Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, or visit the free night market (Fri. & Sat. until 10 p.m.) with food trucks and a beer garden on the streets near Scuttlebutt Brewing, 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett. Some venues are age 21+. Free.
Watch 38 teams race in long boats holding 20 paddlers at Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, with opening ceremony at 8 a.m., first race at 9 a.m., and vendors onsite at Thea’s Park. See parking instructions. Free.
Children can watch and even operate heavy construction equipment on Dozer Day, which also has police cars and fire engines on display at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Buy tickets online.
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.
Immerse yourself in native culture, including costume, dance, food, and crafts at the Skagit Valley College Powwow at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E College Way in Mount Vernon. Grand entry at both 1 & 7 p.m. Free.