Seattle events May 2018. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events May 2018

May Day

May 1, 2018
(5 p.m.)
5 miles north
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.

Glass-school tours

May 2 - 4 and 6, 2018
53 miles north
Watch hot glass demonstrations, meet the artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, and shop for glass art at the Pilchuck Glass School Spring Tours in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 2 - 6, 2018
148 miles east
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has food vendors (April 26 to May 6), carnival rides (April 27 to May 6), a car show (May 4 & 5), arts and crafts (May 4 to 6), a run (May 5 at 8 a.m.), and a grand parade (May 5 at 11 a.m.).
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Eastside wine tasting

May 3, 2018
(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 & Cool Whites in a tent overlooking Lake Washington at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.

Party at UW

May 4, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
4.1 miles NE
Party on the Cut has live music, food trucks, a beer garden for age 21+, and lawn games on the Montlake Cut at 3710 Montlake Boulevard NE. You can take Link Light Rail to University of Washington station. No pets.

Middle Eastern stories & show

May 4 - 5, 2018
9.5 miles north
Hear 32 storytellers read stories from the classic medieval epic at 1001 Nights – Tales of the Middle East, with Middle Eastern folk dancing, songs, music, poetry, and food at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church. Families welcome Sat. afternoon. Donation.

Irrigation festival

May 4 - 13, 2018
65 miles west via Bainbridge ferry
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. See schedule. Free.

Play new games

May 5, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Register to try new games, vote for your favorites, and hear speakers talk about the game industry at Indie Game Festival (iFest) at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Adventure race

May 5, 2018
(9 a.m.)
1.7 miles south
Seattle Urban-X [formerly Seattle Urban Trek] is a team adventure race that includes four miles of mental and physical challenges, beginning at Safeco Field. Teams are 3 or 4 people age 21+.

Mexican celebration

May 5, 2018
(11 a.m. doors, noon program)
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 5, 2018
3.8 miles NE
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free. [Montlake exit from SR 520 closes 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Montlake Bridge will close much of the day.]

Rowing races

May 5, 2018
3.8 miles NE
Cheer men’s and women’s crews as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. Free. [Montlake exit from SR 520 closes 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Montlake Bridge will close much of the day.]

Cinco de Mayo cruise

May 5, 2018
(9 to 11:30 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 for age 21+.

Ideas conference

May 5, 2018
4 miles NE
Hear speakers give short talks about a variety of subjects, and watch videos at TedxUofW in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Kentucky Derby party in Bellevue

May 5, 2018
11.4 miles east
Watch horses race live on screen, listen to live music, join the derby hat contest, browse vendor booths and a silent auction, and buy food and cocktails at The Kentucky Derby Party at W Bellevue.

Tasting at the ocean

May 5, 2018
(noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
138 miles SW
Taste wines from 25 wineries, eat seafood from 7 local restaurants, and hear live music at Savor Seabrook for age 21+. Located at 203 Front Street, Pacific Beach.

Medieval festival

May 5 - 6, 2018
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.

Japanese children’s day

May 6, 2018
1.7 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 the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. Free.

Taco festival

May 6, 2018
3.3 miles north
Visit dozens of taco trucks during Taco Libre Truck Showdown, and browse hundreds of vendors at the nearby Fremont Market. Free.

Bikes and beer

May 6, 2018
4.9 miles south
A ticket to Seattle Bike-n-Brews gets you a fairly flat 27-mile ride from Georgetown to Tukwila, beer at the midpoint, and beer and lunch at the finish line.

Wine & oysters on Bainbridge

May 6, 2018
(2 to 5 p.m.)
11 miles west via ferry
A $65 ticket to Abalone Under the Sea includes oysters on the half shell, wine pairings, and live music to support Puget Sound restoration at Eleven Winery on Bainbridge Island (0.4 mile walk from the ferry dock).

Beer week

May 10 - 20, 2018
Seattle locations
Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

Paddling festival

May 11 - 12, 2018
15 miles east
Canoeists, kayakers, and paddle boarders unite at Lake Sammamish State Park for demos, tours, vendors, and a Saturday race at Northwest Paddling Festival.

Bird festival in Ellensburg

May 11 - 13, 2018
121 miles east
Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest has guided bird walks, workshops, vendors, kids’ activities, and social events on the drier side of the state. See schedule.

Piano concert

May 12, 2018
(7 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Hear 10 pianists playing 10 grand pianos during Ten Grands at Benaroya Hall.

Polish festival

May 12, 2018
1.5 miles east
Pierogi Fest features pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, Polish beer, dessert, folk music, crafts, and kids’ activities at Polish Cultural Center.

Maritime festival

May 12, 2018
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
4.9 miles NW
Seattle Maritime Festival: Family Fun Day features dozens of activities and events, including tours, maritime displays, nautical skills, and safety demonstrations at Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard. Free.

Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 12, 2018
10.9 miles south
Hear presentations from garden and wildlife experts, listen to music, see exhibits, browse arts & crafts, shop for native plants, and visit the kids’ area at the Backyard Wildlife Festival at Tukwila Community Center. Free, except the 5K run/walk.

Wine tasting in Mill Creek

May 12, 2018
(5 to 8 p.m.)
21 miles NE
Taste wine as you visit shops in Mill Creek Town Center at the Mill Creek Spring Wine Walk.

Reptile show

May 12, 2018
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.

Music festival with beer & tacos

May 12, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
36.3 miles SE
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival “is a day filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling, and live music” at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. Children are OK after 4 p.m.

Whidbey Island festival

May 12, 2018
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.

Wine tasting on Bainbridge Island

May 12 - 13, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
10.3 miles west via ferry
Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese includes wine, appetizers, and live music at 7 wineries for age 21+.

Artist studio tour

May 12 - 13, 2018
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 12 - 13, 2018
27 miles east
Mothers get a free 70-minute train ride at Northwest Railway Museum with any paid child on Mother’s Day weekend, departing from North Bend or Snoqualmie. [Click “Special Events” on their page to see the offer.]

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 13, 2018
Seattle area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day comedy

May 13, 2018
(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 13, 2018
(9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
0.5 miles SW
Get Free Mother’s Day Parking for four hours at four waterfront parking garages. Pick up a free coupon from any of 15 waterfront businesses (no purchase required) and present it when you leave the garage.

Get painted as you run

May 13, 2018
1 mile NW
Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run, which begins at Seattle Center.

Brunch cruise

May 13, 2018
(boarding 10:30 a.m.)
4 miles north
Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise includes a brunch buffet, a rose, and two hours of views on Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from Lake Union or Kirkland.

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 16 - 19, 2018
6 miles NW
The Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians every day, including drums on Wednesday, guitars on Thursday, a mainstage concert on Friday, a picnic Saturday afternoon, and a jazz walk at 10 venues Saturday evening.

Beer tasting

May 17, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles south
A ticket to Seattle Spring Brewfest gets you unlimited two-ounce sample pours from small breweries as well as food samples, with additional food for sale by food trucks at WithinSodo for age 21+.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2018
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.

Seattle film festival

May 17 - June 10, 2018
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.

Wine tasting

May 18, 2018
(5 to 9 p.m.)
5.6 miles SW
A ticket to the Spring Wine Walk gets you 10 tastes of wine with light snacks inside shops in West Seattle. Online tickets are sold out, but limited tickets will be sold beginning 4 p.m. at the event.

Bicycle fest in Kenmore

May 18, 2018
(4 to 7 p.m.)
13.9 miles NE
Family-friendly Bike Everywhere Day Celebration promises “live music by acoustic duo IvyLane, a bike maintenance station, local vendors, bike resources, giveaways, snacks, and overall good vibes” at 192 Brewing Company near the Burke Gilman trail. Free.

My Little Pony convention

May 18 - 20, 2018
15 miles south
Celebrating colorful toy ponies featured in videos & movies, family-friendly Everfree Northwest promises parties, games, activities, meals, a music concert, a Grand Galloping Gala, vendors, and a full schedule of programs at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport.

Viking festival

May 18 - 20, 2018
22 miles west (via Bainbridge ferry)
Viking Fest celebrates Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a parade, carnival, music, food, and competitions.

Mt. Rainier film festival

May 18 - 20, 2018
83 miles south
Watch films and mingle with filmmakers in Mount Rainier’s shadow at Rainier Independent Film Festival.

Bluegrass festival

May 18 - 20, 2018
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.

Chinese films

May 18 - June 10, 2018
multiple locations
See 10 feature films from mainland China, including four North American premieres, during China Stars Showcase.

Virtual reality films

May 18 - June 10, 2018
0.1 mile NE
Make a reservation to spend 90 minutes exploring several dozen virtual-reality and 360-degree experiences at the SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place as part of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

Yoga event

May 19, 2018
14.6 miles NE
Wanderlust 108 combines three events in one: a 5K run/walk, 75 minutes of yoga with DJ music, and 30 minutes of guided meditation, plus other activities at Marymoor Park. Optional lunch.

Bothell beer party

May 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
18 miles north
Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues at the Edmonds Jazz Connection. Donation.

Aviation day in Everett

May 19, 2018
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.

Garden festival in Federal Way

May 19, 2018
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
25 miles south
See the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from 15 artists, visit two food trucks, and hear live music during Blue Poppy Day, when admission is free at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.

Pet festival

May 19, 2018
31 miles south
Bring your leashed dog to Petpalooza for a morning fun run, pet contests, pony rides, flying dogs, racing pigs, roving reptiles, and vendors at Game Farm Park in Auburn. Schedule. Free.

Dragon boats in Tacoma

May 19, 2018
(8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
34.2 miles south
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.

Fairy festival

May 19, 2018
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.

Gig Harbor Beer Fest

May 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
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.

University street fair

May 19 - 20, 2018
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.

Green homes tour

May 19 - 20, 2018
Olympia (May 19) & Tacoma (May 20)
See solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes on the self-guided South Sound Green Tour. Free. [For the Seattle tour, see April 28.]

Free jazz

May 20, 2018
1.7 miles SE
Seattle kids play jazz with a vocal ensemble at the Seattle JazzED Jamboree at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Free.

Touch a Truck

May 20, 2018
(10 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.

Short films

May 24 - 28, 2018
1.6 miles NW
Everybody loves short films, which the film festival has grouped by theme into Short Film Packages at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Music festival

May 25 - 27, 2018
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 25 - 28, 2018
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.

Jazz festival

May 25 - 28, 2018
6.3 miles north
“Aiming to promote great lesser-known jazz artists and encouraging gender, age, and ethnic diversity in the Seattle jazz community,” Couth Buzzard Jazz Fest features 16 performances at Couth Buzzard Books. Get a ticket for one event, a day, or the entire festival.

Military show

May 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
45 miles SW
Follow the map to dozens of checkpoints on foot or bike during Street Scramble Gig Harbor, with awards afterward at Donkey Creek Park. Free.

Working boats

May 26 - 27, 2018
1.2 miles north
The Classic Workboat Show features tours of classic and modern working boats (tugboats, fishing boats, research vessels, and ex-military vessels), engine demonstrations, food trucks, and a floating beer garden at Lake Union Park. Free.

Mineral show

May 26 - 27, 2018
9.8 miles north
See beautiful minerals and shop from 45 dealers at the Seattle Mineral Market at Lake City Community Center. Free.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 28, 2018
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
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 30 - June 3, 2018
11 miles east
Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival. Some events are free.

Street band festival

May 31 - June 3, 2018
Seattle locations
HONK! Fest West is a roving performance in Seattle neighborhoods by loud marching bands, drum corps, and samba lines. See the detailed maps.