Seattle events May 2023. Best things to do in Seattle.

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Mount Rainier

May 1 - Oct. 31, 2023

departs from downtown

The $186 Mt. Rainier Day Tour wins rave reviews for friendly and knowledgeable guides, magnificent scenery, and a comfortable ride with stops to buy lunch, take photos, enjoy the views, and go for a leisurely hike. Viator is a trusted division of TripAdvisor.

Eastside wine walk

May 5, 2023 (6 to 9 p.m.)

Issaquah (17 miles E)

Downtown Issaquah Wine & Art Walk includes 10 tasting tokens to redeem at shops along picturesque Front Street, plus “fine art, crafts, music, dance, and performance art” beginning at Downtown Issaquah Association, 232 Front St. N in Issaquah. Bring your own glass and age 21+ ID. Held May 5, July 21, and Oct. 28, 2023.

Viking festival

May 19 - 21, 2023

Poulsbo (22 miles NW via ferry)

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. The big parade is Sat. at 2 p.m., and the brewfest is usually Sunday at Centennial Park, 19250 7th Ave NE.

University street fair

May 20 - 21, 2023

University District (4.6 miles NE)

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). The entertainment includes music, dance, and comedy, plus a beer garden near 41st St., food vendors on 42nd St., kids’ zone near Chipotle, food trucks on 43rd St., farmers market at 50th St. (Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Free.

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 2023 (undated)

Ballard (multiple locations)

The Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians every day, including drums on Wednesday, guitars on Thursday, a main-stage concert on Friday, a picnic Saturday afternoon, and a jazz walk at 10 venues Saturday evening.
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