Seattle events calendar for May 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, 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.

Beer week

May 4 - 14, 2017

Seattle locations

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

Spring Carnival

May 5 - 7, 2017

32 miles NE

Celebrate Spring Weekend has carnival rides, animals, kids’ activities, a quilt show, and a root beer garden at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free admission. Parking $5.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 6 - 7, 2017

27 miles east

Mothers get a free 70-minute train ride at Northwest Railway Museum [click “Special Events” on their page] with any paid child on Mother’s Day weekend, departing from North Bend or Snoqualmie.

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.

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.

Camano Island artist tour

May 12 - 14, 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 Harbor Open House 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 shuttle 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+.

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.

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.

More Music

May 24, 2017

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents young musicians with diverse musical styles at More Music at The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle.

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.

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.

Edmonds jazz festival

May 27, 2017

18 miles north

Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues at the Edmonds Jazz Connection. Donation.

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.

Mini triathlon

May 29, 2017

1.4 miles SE

Seattle University hosts an indoor Try-Athlon, which is 10 minutes each of swimming, spin biking, and treadmill running at its Recreation Center for age 18+ to support charity.

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.

Military show

May 29, 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.

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.

Food film festival

May 2017 (undated)

Seattle locations

Culinary Cinema includes 10 full-length films about cooking and food that are part of Seattle International Film Festival.

Urban adventure race

May 2017 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

XPLORE Seattle is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city.

Art and design show

May 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles north

Cornish College of the Arts showcases the work of graduating seniors at EXPO 17: Art & Design BFA Exhibition, with art at 2000 Terry Ave. and design at 2014 9th Ave. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Free.

Play new games

May 2017 (undated)

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.

Polish festival

May 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles east

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

Japanese children’s day

May 2017 (undated)

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.

Electronic music festival

May 2017 (undated)

5 miles south

Debacle Fest showcases electronic, drone, noise, techno, improvised, metal, and synth musicians at Columbia City Theater.

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 2017 (undated)

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.

Concerts at the locks

May 2017 (undated)

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard beginning at 2 p.m.

Aloha Brewfest

May 2017 (undated)

17 miles NE

Aloha Brewfest has beer from 18 small breweries, Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a Hawaiian lunch at Cascadia Community College in Bothell.

Stories about motherhood

May 2017 (undated)

0.6 miles SE

Listen To Your Mother celebrates and validates motherhood with readings that are touching and humorous at Town Hall Seattle.

Everett car show

May 2017 (undated)

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.
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