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.
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 in and around Memorial Park, 2 S. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee. See schedule.
Featuring characters from the “Peanuts” comic strip, You’re A Good Man Charlie Browns brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and Schroeder to life in a “charming revue of vignettes and songs” at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah.
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. Events surround the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W Cedar St. in Sequim. Free.
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.
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free to watch from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake.
Cheer crew teams as they row through the Montlake Cut during the Windermere Cup. Free to watch from either side of the water, for example behind Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, 1715 NE Columbia Rd. in Montlake. [The Montlake exit from SR 520 and the Montlake Bridge will be closed part of the day.]
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 quaint Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.
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.]
The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera by Mozart, which is sung in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle. The Guardian says “the chorus and soloists are impressive.”
Bluegrass from the Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, a band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth programs, vendors, and jamming, with camping available, at Shelton South Mason Soccer Park, 2102 E Johns Prairie Road in Shelton.
Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest has guided bird walks, workshops, vendors, kids’ activities, and social events on the drier side of the state. Check in at Helen McCabe State Park, 23942 Canyon Road in Ellensburg.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at 17th of May Festival in Ballard with a luncheon, 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. Parade route.
Viking Fest celebrates Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a parade, carnival, music, food, and competitions on car-free Anderson Parkway and at Liberty Bay Waterfront Park, 18809 Anderson Pkwy in Poulsbo.
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 in Memorial Stadium & Cowan Stadium, Fort Lewis. Bring ID if age 16+. Free admission.
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 (from NE 41st to NE 50th). See music, dance, and comedy on the main stage at NE 42nd St. Free.
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.
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).
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.
Watch young acrobats skilled in the unicycle, tight wire, acrobatics, duo static trapeze, contortion, juggling, Chinese pole, lyra and cyr wheel, aerial straps, hoop diving, and aerial sling at Cirrus Circus Annual Show by the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts at Broadway Performance Hall.
The Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a buffet, a rose, and at least two hours of views on Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Eastlake.
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.
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.
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. The starting point is Two Beers Brewing Co., 4700 Ohio Ave. S in Seattle.
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.
“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.
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.
Tacoma City Marathon (and 50K and half-marathon) makes a roundtrip over the Narrows Bridge on Sunday. Saturday races include a 5K and a kids’ one mile. All events begin and end at Point Ruston, 5020 Main St. in Tacoma.