Seattle Events Calendar

May 2015

The Seattle Events Calendar May has lots of ideas for fun things to do.

The summer season officially gets underway with the Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. It's three days of music, dance, workshops, food, and more.

Also this month is the Spring Fair, the U District Street Fair, Beat the Bridge, and lots more.

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  • Robin Hood - Seattle Children's Theatre
  • Tosca - Seattle Opera
  • Carousel - 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Wine Tastings and Tapas Cruise
  • Chocolate Indulgence Tour
  • America's Test Kitchen Live!
  • Third Coast Percussion
  • Lots more...

I recommend checking with Goldstar before you buy tickets to see if they are available for half-price. They offer tickets to theater, concerts, comedy, tours, Argosy cruises, sports, and lots more. Here's a sampling of this month's offers:

Things To Do in Seattle

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.

Fremont First Friday Art Walk

January 2 - December 4
First Friday of every month, 6pm - 9pm
Rain or shine!

POMPEII: The Exhibition

February 7 - May 25
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave N, Seattle Center

Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius 2,000 years ago.

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Broadway at the Paramount - The Phantom of the Opera

April 30 - May 10
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

Seattle Opera - Ariadne auf Naxos

May 2 - May 16
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St, Seattle Center

Early Morning Bird Walk

Saturday, May 9
6:45am - 9:00am
$20 per adult; $10 per adult zoo members; 12 and under free; Reservations required
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

A guided tour featuring the wild birds that live at Woodland Park Zoo and the birds that stay at the zoo temporarily while migrating. Learn all about the birds from zookeeper Eric Kowalczyk. Held in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

Seattle Metro Reptile Expo

Saturday, May 9
Saturday 10am - 5pm
$9 Adults; $4 (6-12yrs); Kids under 10 free
Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Hwy

A family event with thousands of reptiles, amphibians, chelonians, insects, and various live creatures on display and for sale. Events include education tables, reptile and amphibian adoption area, vendors, and live animal shows.

Spirit of West Africa

Saturday, May 9
Seattle Center

Enjoy live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. This lively and colorful festival features traditional dance and music as well as hip hop, jazz and rock with world-class local and touring artists from Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Mali Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

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Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

May 14 - June 7
More info

SIFF presents 460 films from 75 countries at various venues around Seattle. The Opening Night Gala is May 14 at McCaw Hall. And that's only the beginning...

A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival

Saturday, May 16
Center House, Seattle Center

Chinese cultural and arts festival featuring visual and performing arts, interactive activities, vendors, and more.

Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17
Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Lacey Fair
St. Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey

Family fun with free Kidsworld activities, arts and crafts, entertainment and food.

Penn Cove Water Festival

Saturday, May 16
11am - 5pm
Coupeville Waterfront, Whidbey Island

Tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, storytelling, dance performances, art, food, exhibits, and children's activities.

University District StreetFair

Saturday, May 16 from 10-7 and Sunday, May 17 from 10-6
University Way NE from Campus Parkway to NE 50th St.

The longest running street fair in the nation, the U District StreetFair attracts over 300 craft and food booths and over 50,000 people to the University District each year. In addition to the booths, two main stages will feature music, dance performances, comedy, costume contests, and more. A special children's area is set up with age appropriate activities as well.

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Beat the Bridge - Annual 8K Race

Sunday, May 17
Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd.

This is a very popular road race to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The race starts at Husky Stadium and at some point the route crosses the Montlake Bridge which is a drawbridge. The bridge is raised sometime during the event and the goal is to cross the bridge before it raises, hence the name "Beat the Bridge". There is also a 1K Fun Run, a 4-mile Family Walk, and a Diaper Derby. For the full race-day schedule and more info, check out the website at

Capital City Marathon

Sunday, May 17
Washington Street between Legion Way and Seventh Avenue, downtown Olympia

Marathon, half-marathon, and 5-mile runs.

West Seattle 5K

Sunday, May 17
8:00am Day-of-race registration and packet pick-up
9:30am Race Begins
Registration Info

This race begins and ends at the Alki Bath House. Runners will run along Alki Avenue SW which runs right along the beach and water, with a gorgeous view.

Northwest Folklife Festival - 44th Annual

May 22 - May 25
Seattle Center

This is the big one that kicks off summer. It's a festival of ethnic, folk, and traditional music, dance, art, and crafts as well as street performers such as jugglers, musicians, magicians, etc. Admission is free, but donations ($10/person, $20/family) are encouraged.

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7 Hills of Kirkland Bike Ride

Monday, May 25
7 Hills Website
Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland

Your choice of three scenic and challenging routes which all start and end at Marina Park in Kirkland. Food, support, and strawberry shortcake at the finish line.

Kent International Festival

Saturday, May 30
Daytime Festival 10am - 5pm; Festival Finale 7pm - 10pm
ShoWare Center
625 W. James St, Kent

Ethnic dance, cuisine, arts and crafts, Hand Carried Float Contest, musical entertainment and Festival Finale.

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Related Pages:

Seattle Kids Events - seattle-fun.comKids Events Seattle Concerts - seattle-fun.comSeattle Concerts Seattle Theatre Events - seattle-fun.comLive Theatre
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