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.

May Day

May 1, 2017

5 miles north

Play games, sing, dance around the Maypole, bring a potluck dish, and watch fire jumping at the May Day Celebration and Potluck at Woodland Park. Free.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 1 - 7, 2017 (begins April 27)

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.


May 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Evening cabaret

May 3 - 11, 2017 (7 and 9:30 p.m.)

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 (Wed., Thurs.).

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 Ave. and design at 2014 9th Ave. Free. (Grand Opening free April 28, 5 to 9 p.m.)

Beer week

May 4 - 14, 2017

Seattle locations

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

Spectacular ballet of India

May 4 - 20, 2017

0.3 miles SE

Chitrangada is the story of a warrior princess and the man she loves, featuring original music and a cast of 40 dancers at ACT. Discount tickets $15.

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

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 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.

Boat parade

May 6, 2017

4 miles NE

Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington at noon on Opening Day, preceded by races. Free.

Mexican celebration

May 6, 2017

4 miles south

Enjoy Mexican food, live music, children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Jefferson Community Center. Free entry.

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.

Classical concert

May 6 - 7, 2017 (3 p.m.)

Kent & Seattle

Seattle Festival Orchestra performs works by Brahms, Beethoven, and the Swedish composer Franz Berwald.

Medieval festival

May 6 - 7, 2017

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.

Cabaret brunch

May 6 - 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 tickets $10.

Melissa Etheridge

May 7, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.3 miles NE

Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge (I’m the Only One; Come to My Window) performs hits at The Paramount Theatre. Discount tickets $28 to $62.

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

4.9 miles south

Visit a few brew pubs on the flat ride of about 30 miles called Seattle Bike-n-Brews, which begins and ends at Georgetown Brewing Company in South Seattle and includes lunch at the finish line.

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. Discount tickets $25 to $40.

Opera by Mozart

May 10 - 21, 2017

1.3 miles NW

The Magic Flute is an adventure-filled tale of good versus evil in which love conquers all, by Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets $89 to $139.

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.

Mel Brooks musical

May 12 - 21, 2017

11.7 miles north

Based on a classic film, The Producers is a Tony-winning musical comedy about two con artists who produce a show, at Shoreline Community College Theater. Discount tickets $10.

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 28 studios. 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.

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 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.

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.

Get painted as you run

May 14, 2017

1 mile NW

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and foam as you run the Color Run 5K that starts at the 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, and on Saturday a Swedish pancake jazz brunch with a classic Volvo/Saab car show.

Film festival

May 18 - 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.

Mystery dinner show

May 18 - 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).

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.

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.

Magic show

May 20, 2017 (1 & 4 & 8 p.m.)

0.2 miles north

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show with live music by a concert cellist, at the Westin. Discount tickets $36 to $55.

Herb and Food Fair

May 20, 2017

15 miles north

Herb and Food Fair offers cooking demonstrations, nutritional experts, art for children, live music, and garden tours at Bastyr University in Kenmore. Free admission, off-site parking, and shuttle bus (or pay for onsite parking).

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

22 miles north

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

Pet festival

May 20, 2017

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 Game Farm Park in Auburn. 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, vendors, and carnival rides. Requires ID for age 16+. Free entry.

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.

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.

Discount tickets $25.

Touch a Truck

May 21, 2017

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 9 to 10 a.m. Donation.

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. Discount 3-day pass $275.

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.

Military show

May 27, 2017

22 miles north

See tanks, military vehicles, artillery weapons, firing demonstrations, and a collectors’ club parade at Tankfest Northwest at Paine Field in Everett.

Gig Harbor scavenger hunt

May 27, 2017

44 miles SW

Follow the map to 30 checkpoints on foot or bike during Gig Harbor Street Scramble, with awards, refreshments, and music afterward at Skansie Brothers Park. Free.

Shrimp festival

May 27 - 28, 2017

63 miles via Bainbridge ferry

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

Everett car show

May 28, 2017

28 miles north

Seattle Rod-Tiques car club hosts Cruzin’ to Colby, with a Sunday dance and cruise down Colby Avenue, plus a free Monday car show.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29, 2017

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 31 - June 4, 2017

11 miles east

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