Seattle events May 2019. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events May 2019

May Day

May 1, 2019
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.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 1 - 5, 2019
148 miles east
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. See schedule.

Student art show

May 1 - 10, 2019
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, design at 2014 9th Avenue, and film at 2015 Boren Avenue. Free.

Party at UW

May 3, 2019
(6 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.

Irrigation festival

May 3 - 12, 2019
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 4, 2019
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.

Bacon and beer

May 4, 2019
1.7 miles south
Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, live music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at T-Mobile Park for age 21+.

Mexican celebration

May 4, 2019
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 4, 2019
3.8 miles NE
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free.

Rowing races

May 4, 2019
3.8 miles NE
Cheer men’s and women’s crews as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. Free. [The Montlake exit from SR 520 and the Montlake Bridge will be closed part of the day.]

Ideas conference

May 4, 2019
4 miles NE
Hear speakers give short talks about a variety of subjects, and watch videos at $50 TedxUofW in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Kentucky Derby party in Bellevue

May 4, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
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.

Whidbey Island festival

May 4, 2019
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.

Green home tour

May 4 - 5, 2019
Puget Sound area
Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Donation.

Medieval festival

May 4 - 5, 2019
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.

Tacoma races

May 4 - 5, 2019
42 miles south
Tacoma City Marathon makes a roundtrip over the Narrows Bridge on Sunday. The half marathon is also Sunday. Saturday races include a 5K and a kids’ one mile. All events begin and end at Point Ruston.

Japanese children’s day

May 5, 2019
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.

Bikes and beer

May 5, 2019
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.

Tasting at the ocean

May 5, 2019
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.

Beer week

May 9 - 19, 2019
Seattle locations
Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

Paddling festival

May 10 - 11, 2019
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.

Camano Island artist tour

May 10 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2019
62 miles north
Camano Island Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour of 32 artists’ studios. Click the brochure link on their website.

Piano concert

May 11, 2019
(7 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Hear 10 pianists playing 10 grand pianos during Ten Grands at Benaroya Hall.

Maritime festival

May 11, 2019
(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.

Family-friendly fun run

May 11, 2019
6.2 miles SE
Treat Yourself 5K is a 5K run/walk plus a 1K fun run for kids, followed by treats in beautiful Seward Park.

Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 11, 2019
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 11, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
21 miles NE
Taste beer & wine as you visit shops in Mill Creek Town Center at the Mill Creek Spring Beer & Wine Walk, which is held in May and September.

Reptile show

May 11, 2019
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.

Wine tasting on Bainbridge Island

May 11 - 12, 2019
(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+.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 11 - 12, 2019
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. You can buy tickets only in person, not online. [Click “Special Events” on their page to see the offer.]

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 12, 2019
Seattle area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day comedy

May 12, 2019
(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 12, 2019
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.

Brunch on Blake Island

May 12, 2019
0.7 miles south
A ticket to Mother’s Day BBQ on Blake Island includes a boat ride with views, a brunch buffet, a toast to mothers, and time to explore Blake Island, leaving Pier 54/55.

Get painted as you run

May 12, 2019
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 12, 2019
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.

Eastside wine tasting

May 16, 2019
(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.

Music festival in Everett

May 16 - 18, 2019
28.7 miles north
Hear 50 bands at Fishernan’s Village Music Festival, which includes a night market with food trucks and a beer garden on Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. on the streets surrounding Scuttlebutt Brewing. Free.

Seattle film festival

May 16 - June 9, 2019
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 17, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Taste unlimited samples of Washington wine at Stem [formerly Science Uncorked] and explore the exhibits after hours at the Pacific Science Center for age 21+. Food will be sold.

West Seattle wine tasting

May 17, 2019
(5 to 9 p.m.)
5.6 miles SW
A ticket to the Spring Wine Walk gets you a glass and 10 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction. Also held in September.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2019
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.

Kent wine walk

May 17, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
20.7 miles south
Visit shops serving wine and a few snacks with a ticket to the Wine Walk in downtown Kent for age 21+. Held in May, August, and October.

My Little Pony convention

May 17 - 19, 2019
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 17 - 19, 2019
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 17 - 19, 2019
83 miles south
Watch films and mingle with filmmakers in Mount Rainier’s shadow at Rainier Independent Film Festival.

Bluegrass festival

May 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Polish festival

May 18, 2019
1.5 miles east
Pierogi Fest features pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, Polish beer, dessert, folk music, crafts, and kids’ activities at Polish Cultural Center.

Taco festival

May 18, 2019
(3 to 10 p.m.)
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 admission.

Bothell beer party

May 18, 2019
16.4 miles NE
Sample beer from local breweries, eat from food trucks, and hear four bands at Bothell Block Party and BrewFest [website has sound] in Bothell Furniture parking lot for age 21+.

Edmonds jazz festival

May 18, 2019
18 miles north
Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues at the Edmonds Jazz Connection. Donation.

Kent International Festival

May 18, 2019
20 miles south
Kent International Festival offers ethnic food, songs, dance, and cultural booths at ShoWare Center. Highlights include a “world wide” walk at 9:30 a.m., festival 10 a.m., and finale concert 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

Garden festival in Federal Way

May 18, 2019
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 18, 2019
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.

Dragon boats in Tacoma

May 18, 2019
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 18, 2019
36 miles south
Spring Fairy Festival is an indoor/outdoor street fair with artists, craft vendors, dancers, magicians, musicians, and costumed fairies & elves in Tacoma. Free.

Gig Harbor Beer Fest

May 18, 2019
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 18, 2019
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.

Working boats

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

University street fair

May 18 - 19, 2019
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 18 - 19, 2019
9.9 miles NE
See beautiful minerals and shop from 45 dealers at the Seattle Mineral Market at Lake City Community Center. Free.

Lamb tasting

May 19, 2019
(3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
4.8 miles south
Taste lamb and BBQ cooked by 16 local chefs, hear live music, and sample beer, wine, and spirits at Seattle Lamb Jam at Seattle Design Center Events for age 21+.

Touch a Truck

May 19, 2019
(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.

Free jazz

May 19, 2019
11.3 miles east
Seattle kids play jazz with a vocal ensemble at the Seattle JazzED Jamboree in the auditorium at Bellevue College. Free.

Glass-school tours

May 22 - 26, 2019
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.

Films about indigenous people

May 23 - 27, 2019
multiple locations
Indigenous Voices and Experiences includes a Friday kickoff event at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a free film Saturday at Seattle Central Library, and screenings of short films and feature films.

Folklife music and dance

May 24 - 27, 2019
1 mile 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.

Short films

May 24 - 27, 2019
1.6 miles NW
Everybody loves short films, which the film festival has grouped by theme into Short Film Packages at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Jazz festival

May 24 - 27, 2019
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.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 25, 2019
(11 a.m.)
7 miles south
The Museum of Flight dedicates its Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park with aircraft fly-overs, a color guard presentation, and a pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans at its Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening. Museum admission is free for veterans with ID on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (and they may bring one adult plus children age 16 or younger).

Military show

May 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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.

Shrimp festival

May 25 - 26, 2019
63 miles via Bainbridge ferry
Enjoy shrimp, live music, belt-sander races, arts & crafts, and a beer garden at ShrimpFest in Brinnon.

Seattle bike ride

May 26, 2019
1.6 miles south
The 12-mile Emerald City Ride begins near Pyramid Alehouse and goes north in the new SR 99 tunnel (car-free), through Fremont and past Gas Works Park, south on the I-5 express lanes, and through the International Distrct to the starting point.

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 29 - June 1, 2019
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.

Bellevue Jazz Festival

May 29 - June 2, 2019
11 miles east
Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival. Some events are free.

Evening street fair

May 31 - June 1, 2019
7.3 miles NE
Family-friendly Solstice Night Market has street food and art vendors in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Held in May and December. Free.

Indoor festival

May 31 - June 1, 2019
7.3 miles NE
Family-friendly Summer Solstice Night Market has artists, food vendors, and live music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park for a donation. A ticket to its Summer Solstice Beer Fest includes eight tasting tokens (four ounces each) so you can sample from 30 breweries.

Scrapbook Expo

May 31 - June 1, 2019
36 miles south
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Street band festival

May 31 - June 2, 2019
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.

Greek festival

May 31 - June 2, 2019
1.3 miles east
For a relaxed alternative to the giant St. Demetrios Greek Festival in October, check out the Greek food, wine, and music at Bite of Greece Seattle at Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill. Free.

Pinball & arcade games

May 31 - June 2, 2019
34 miles south
Watch tournaments and play 400 games at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show at the Tacoma Convention Center.

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