Seattle events May 2020. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events May 2020

Party at UW

May 1, 2020
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.

May Day

May 1, 2020
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.

Quilt show in Everett

May 1 - 2, 2020
28.3 miles north
Admire quilts, watch demonstrations, attend classes, and shop from vendors at The Everett Quilt Show in the conference center at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 1 - 3, 2020
(begins April 23)
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.

Irrigation festival

May 1 - 10, 2020
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 2, 2020
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.

Mexican celebration

May 2, 2020
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 2, 2020
3.8 miles NE
Watch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near the University of Washington on Opening Day. Free.

Rowing races

May 2, 2020
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.]

Kentucky Derby party in Bellevue

May 2, 2020
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.

Green home tour

May 2 - 3, 2020
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Seattle area
Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Donation.

Vegetarian food festival

May 2 - 3, 2020
1 mile NW
Taste samples, see cooking demonstrations, and browse cookbooks at Vegfest in Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Arts and crafts show

May 2 - 3, 2020
8 miles NE
Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show, Spring has 90 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets. Repeats in Nov.

Medieval festival

May 2 - 3, 2020
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 2 - 3, 2020
42 miles south
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.

Japanese children’s day

May 3, 2020
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 3, 2020
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.

Eastside wine tasting

May 7, 2020
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.

Bird festival in Ellensburg

May 8 - 10, 2020
121 miles east
Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest has guided bird walks, workshops, vendors, kids’ activities, and social events on the drier side of the state. See schedule.

Camano Island artist tour

May 8 - 10 and 16 - 17, 2020
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 9, 2020
(7 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Hear 10 pianists playing 10 grand pianos during Ten Grands at Benaroya Hall.

Maritime festival

May 9, 2020
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.

Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 9, 2020
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.

Tasting in Mill Creek

May 9, 2020
21 miles NE
Taste beer & wine as you visit shops in Mill Creek Town Center at the Mill Creek Beer & Wine Walk, which is held in May and August.

Reptile show

May 9, 2020
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.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 9 - 10, 2020
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 10, 2020
Seattle area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Brunch on Blake Island

May 10, 2020
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 10, 2020
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.

Music festival in Everett

May 14 - 16, 2020
28.7 miles north
Hear 50 bands at Fisherman’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 14 - June 7, 2020
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.

West Seattle wine tasting

May 15, 2020
(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.

Kent wine walk

May 15, 2020
20.7 miles south
Taste wine with a few snacks and live music in 10 shops with a ticket to the Wine Walk in downtown Kent. Repeats several times a year.

Viking festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
22 miles west (via Bainbridge ferry)
Viking Fest celebrates Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a parade, carnival, music, food, and competitions.

Bluegrass festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
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.

Puppet show for adults

May 15 - June 20, 2020
(8:30 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Puppets sing bawdy songs and crack dirty jokes in Cotton Gin, set in a bar at Unexpected Productions near the Pike Place Market.

Discount tickets $7.50

Bothell beer party

May 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
18 miles north
Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues at the Edmonds Jazz Connection. Donation.

Garden festival in Federal Way

May 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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.

Whidbey Island festival

May 16, 2020
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 16 - 17, 2020
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.

Norwegian day

May 17, 2020
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.

Touch a Truck

May 17, 2020
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 17, 2020
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 20 - 24, 2020
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.

Working boats

May 22 - 24, 2020
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.

Folklife music and dance

May 22 - 25, 2020
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.

Military show

May 23, 2020
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 23, 2020
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 23 - 24, 2020
63 miles via Bainbridge ferry
Enjoy shrimp, live music, belt-sander races, arts & crafts, and a beer garden at ShrimpFest in Brinnon.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 25, 2020
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).

Ballard Jazz Festival

May 27 - 30, 2020
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 27 - 31, 2020
11 miles east
Hear top national and regional jazz musicians at the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival. Some events are free.

Scrapbook Expo

May 29 - 30, 2020
36 miles south
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Greek festival

May 29 - 31, 2020
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.

Wine tasting

May 30, 2020
0.5 miles NW
Pour features 20 wineries, live music, and street food for sale at Block 41 in Belltown for age 21+. Premium tickets include a pre-party at noon.

African festival

May 30, 2020
1.3 miles NW
Spirit of Africa Festival [sound] offers music and dance onstage, craft and food vendors on the main floor, and films upstairs in the Armory at Seattle Center. Free.

Kent International Festival

May 30, 2020
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.

Baseball cards and collectibles

May 30 - 31, 2020
11.4 miles north
Find vintage material from baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing and more at the Washington State Sports Collectors Show at Meridian Park Elementary in Shoreline.

Weird arts & crafts show

May 30 - 31, 2020
32.5 miles NE
See unusual creations by 100 artists and crafters at Oddmall Emporium of the Weird, and visit the food trucks at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Repeats in November. Free.

Lamb tasting

May 31, 2020
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+.

Beer week

May 2020
Seattle locations
Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

Student art show

May 2020
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.

Wine tasting

May 2020
1 mile NW
Taste unlimited samples of Washington wine at Stem and explore the exhibits after hours at the Pacific Science Center for age 21+. Food will be sold.

Polish festival

May 2020
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 2020
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.

Family-friendly fun run

May 2020
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.

Indoor festival

May 2020
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.

Paddling festival

May 2020
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.

Mother’s Day comedy

May 2020
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 2020
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 cruise

May 2020
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.

Wine tasting on Bainbridge Island

May 2020
10.3 miles west via ferry
Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese includes wine, appetizers, and live music at 7 wineries for age 21+.

Films about indigenous people

May 2020
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.

Short films

May 2020
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 2020
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.

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