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May 1 - 4, 2024
Stanwood (54 miles N)
Watch hot glass demonstrations, meet the artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, and shop for glass art during Spring Tours at Pilchuk Glass School, 1201 316th St. NW in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has carnival rides, food vendors, a beer garden, a color run (April 29), an arts & crafts fair (May 5), a car parade (May 5 at 6 p.m.), a car show (May 6), a 2K/5K/10K (May 6), and a grand parade (May 6 at 11 a.m.) in and around Memorial Park, 2 S. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee. See schedule.
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 (12 to 4 p.m.), children’s activities, and a craft fair at Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored by El Centro de la Raza at Plaza Roberto Maestas, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St. in Seattle. FREE
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake. FREE
Cheer crew teams as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. You can watch from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake. FREE
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.
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. Parties opening night May 11 and closing night May 21.
Take a two-hour roundtrip between North Bend and Snoqualmie on a steam-engine train operated by Northwest Railway Museum. You can depart from North Bend, or from the main station at Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie.
National Geographic Live presents scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and adventurers live on stage with amazing photos and video at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle. May is about sharks.
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.
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. Saturday events include a road race and a 2 p.m. parade.
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
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). Enjoy entertainment (bands, DJs, martial arts), beer gardens, a kids’ zone, food vendors at both 42nd St. & 47th St., and a farmers market at 50th St. (Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). 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.
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.
Enjoy shrimp, live music, belt-sander races, arts & crafts, and a beer/wine garden at Fjord Fest [formerly Hood Canal ShrimpFest] at Yelvik General Store, 251 Hjelvicks Road in Brinnon, on Hood Canal. Free for children younger than age 12.
For a relaxing alternative to the giant St. Demetrios Greek Festival in September, check out Greek food, wine, and music at Bite of Greece Seattle at Church of the Assumption, 1804 13th Ave. in Seattle. FREE
Teen Night Out is a party “planned by teens and designed for teens” that includes live music, a fashion show, and accessory-making at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. in Seattle. FREE for ages 13 to 19.
Women In Beer is an “interactive, multi-level tasting experience filled with food, drinks, and other forward-thinking businesses that are leading the charge to accelerate diversity and equality” for age 21+ at Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Ave. in Seattle.
A ticket to the Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a drink, a taco bar, desserts, 2.5 hours of views, a DJ, and a no-host bar, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
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
The Sky’s the Limit stars trapeze artists and students performing aerial arts, high-flying trapeze, and circus acts, including appetizers and a drink at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle.
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.
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.
Hear speakers give short talks and screen videos during TedxUofW at the University of Washington in Kane Hall, 4069 Spokane Lane in Seattle. The 2023 theme “seeing the invisible” is about ideas, experiences, and passions not typically noticed.
Venice is Sinking Masquerade Ball features aerialists, dancers, musicians, DJ music, a costume contest, pop-up fashion shows for men and women, dessert, and a no-host bar at House of Smith Jet City Winery, 1136 S Albro Place in Seattle for age 21+. Video (2 minutes).
A ticket to the West Seattle Wine Walk gets you a glass and 12 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction, beginning at Windermere, 4526 California Ave SW in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in May and September.
West Seattle Bee Festival has a run at 9:30 a.m., a community clean-up beginning at 10:30 a.m., and fun activities like watching beekeepers through a window begin at noon. Locations include West Seattle Bee Garden, 3108 SW Graham St. in Seattle. FREE
A ticket to Old Bellevue Wine Walk gets you a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets to redeem in shops for age 21+. Check in at 520 Bar & Grill, 10146 Main St. in Bellevue. Held in summer and autumn. No pets.
“Find a huge selection of plants: veggie starts, herbs & tomatoes, perennials & grasses, natives & ornamental shrubs and trees” at the Spring Plant Sale, with experts to answer plant questions at Bellevue Demonstration Garden, 15500 SE 16th St. in Bellevue.
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.
A ticket to Best of 425 includes a glass of champagne, heavy appetizers, an awards ceremony for best of the Eastside, and an annual subscription to Best of 425 magazine at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane in Newcastle.
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.
The $35 Downtown Issaquah Wine & Art Walk includes 10 tasting tokens to redeem at shops along picturesque Front Street, beginning at Downtown Issaquah Association, 232 Front St. N in Issaquah for age 21+. You’re welcome to bring your own glass. Held in May, July, and October.
Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or low-back chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.
A ticket to Beer & Wine Walk includes a glass and 10 tickets for tastes of beer and wine in the shops at Mill Creek Town Center. Check in at the Forum Event Center, 15115 Main St. in Bothell. Held in May and September.
“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
See the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from 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. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Mom and Me Wonderland Tea features tea, iced tea, lemonade, snacks, a hat contest, a scavenger hunt, and games with the Queen of Hearts at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, 22520 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley.
Hear 50 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+.
Sip features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art at 22 shops in downtown Puyallup for age 21+. Your ticket includes 10 tastes. Check in at the parking lot of Smile Solutions, 109 N Meridian in Puyallup. Held in May and September.
Watch 31 short films produced by local teams at The 253 Short Film Party, “a lively party with audience voting, door prizes, a photo booth, and local food and drinks for purchase” at Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Awards follow at a nearby location.
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 Powwow at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E College Way in Mount Vernon. Grand entry at 1 p.m. (May 20 & 21) and 7 p.m. (May 19 & 20). FREE
Ride atop a mini steam train over a bridge and through a tunnel for 10 minutes, and then visit the gift shop at Great Northern & Cascade Railway, 101 5th St. N in pretty Skykomish (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). FREE