Seattle in Bloom: Your Guide to the Best Fun Activities and Events This May 2024!

Welcome to Seattle in May 2024, where the city bursts into bloom with a plethora of exciting and fun activities and events! As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, Seattle offers an abundance of opportunities to explore and indulge in its unique charm.

From iconic landmarks like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle to vibrant cultural experiences such as art walks and live music performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike in the nearby mountains, kayak on Puget Sound, or simply relax in one of Seattle’s picturesque parks. And of course, no visit to Seattle would be complete without sampling its delicious local cuisine, craft breweries, and renowned coffee culture. Get ready to make unforgettable memories in the Emerald City this May!

Great Northern Cascade Railway Free Mini Train Rides

Come up to beautiful, historic Skykomish for a day of affordable family fun. Hop aboard one of our scale mini trains and enjoy a train ride for the whole family — ride as many times as you like! The drive is beautiful, the trains are amazing, and we have a fantastic museum and gift shop (with a clean restroom)! Skykomish is a little jewel of a town just before Stevens Pass. Stop in and ride a while!

Date: May 4,5,11,12,18,19, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 101 North 5th Street Skykomish, WA 98288

Free Event

50th Seattle International Film Festival

SIFF has been bringing extraordinary independent films from around the world to Seattle for half a century now, and you’re not going to want to miss this year’s party. So come ring in SIFFTY Years of Surprising Cinema with us at theaters and venues across the Emerald City. 

Date: May 9-19, 2024

Location: SIFF Cinema (Various Location)

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Viking Fest 2024

Viking Fest 2024 is a spirited three-day celebration of Scandinavian culture, music, food, and crafts in Poulsbo, Washington. Held on the third weekend in May (May 17th–19th), this lively festival brings together locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the Annual Viking Road Race, indulge in gourmet food, explore arts and crafts, experience the carnival, and revel in live performances and music entertainment. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a foodie, or simply seeking family fun, Viking Fest promises an unforgettable experience! 

Date: May 17-19, 2024

Location: Poulsbo Waterfront PO Box 1125, Poulsbo WA 98370

Free Event

Renton City Retro

Renton City Retro 2024 invites you to step into a nostalgic wonderland where the ’80s and ’90s come alive! From May 18th to 19th, 2024, the Renton Pavilion Center will be buzzing with excitement. The event features arcade classics, vibrant vendors, talented artists, thrilling tournaments, engaging contests, enticing raffles, and fabulous prizes. But that’s not all! Brace yourself for the LARGEST collection of Japanese Candy Cab Arcades in the entire Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or a curious newcomer, join us as we celebrate the magic of retro gaming, create lasting memories, and inspire a new generation of gamers.

Date: May 18-19, 2024

Location: 233 Burnett Ave S Renton, WA 98057

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Blue Poppy Day 2024

The mystical Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis, will grace us with its ethereal beauty once again at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Come celebrate these fabulous flowers Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 4 pm and enjoy a feast for your eyes. Walk through a meadow glowing with blooming blue poppies or stroll along the ADA accessible path through the blue poppy glade. There are two fields of poppies to explore! Enjoy musical performances, shop in the art market and enjoy delicious cuisine from a food truck, surrounded by a brilliant botanical garden nestled in a PNW forest.

The RSBG Nursery will be stocked with a stunning selection of plants for sale, including Meconopsis (blue poppies). It’s sure to be a great event. We hope to see you there!

Date: May 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden 2525 S 336th St Federal Way, WA 98003

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Dogs and Doughnuts Dash

Join us for a tail-wagging good time at the “Dogs and Doughnuts Dash” on May 25th at 8:00 am at the Brooks Trailhead retail store!

Bring your furry friends along for this paw-some event featuring a 5k run option and a leisurely walk option of your preferred distance. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just out for a stroll with your pup, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Date: May 25, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Brooks Trailhead3400 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103

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When a silent beauty appears on the balcony of toymaker Doctor Coppelius’ workshop,
it spells trouble for sweethearts Swanilda and Franz: he’s smitten and she’s determined to confront her rival and win back her beau. With spirited mime, bravura dancing, and Léo Delibes’ famously melodic score, Coppélia is one of ballet’s greatest comedies and perfect for all ages.

Date: May 31 – June 9, 2024

Location: 301 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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Rig-A-Palooza 2024

Come explore vehicles while interacting with community helpers to discover how they keep our city safe, clean and FUN-ctioning!!

The event is free. Food trucks, bouncy houses, balloon artist and face painting will be available for the kids!

Date: May 11, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 801 228th Avenue SE Sammamish, WA 98075

Free Event

Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed twelve years of sell-out success.

Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

Date: May 11, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave Kirkland, WA 98033

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Marigold & Green and Station 7

Join Marigold & Green at Station 7 on Saturday, May 11th, from 6 PM to 8 PM for a special Mother’s Day garden-style arrangement class!

Date: May 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 400 15th Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112

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Storytime in the Park

Children ages 3-9 and their families are invited to participate in our Storytime events. Each date features a unique theme with fun picture book read-alongs and crafts.

Join us in Old Town Park for these outdoor events led by local authors and our Museum team.

Date: May 15, 11:00 AM

Location: Tacoma’s Old Town Park, 2350 N 30th St.

Free Event

19th Annual Rosé Revival…and Cool White Wines Event

Kick-off spring with a wine tasting, sipping an array of tasty rosé and white wines on The Woodmark Hotel’s beautiful patio watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains on the shores of Lake Washington!

Date: May 16, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: The Woodmark Hotel 1200 Carillon Point Kirkland, WA 98033

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Memorial Day Ceremony 2024

Join us as our campus pauses for a few moments to reflect and to give our thanks to the people who made our liberty possible. Throughout our campus you will find people who not only wore the uniform of our armed forces, but also those whose family members and friends did as well. Some volunteered, others were drafted, but all put themselves at risk of losing their life. At our Memorial Day ceremony we pause to honor these brave souls.

Date: May 23, 2024

Location: Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College 20310 68th Avenue West Lynnwood, WA 98036

Free Event

Baby Animals and Blooms Days

Experience a delightful day at our farm, surrounded by cute critters and fun activities. Explore the Maker’s Market featuring unique treasures. Indulge in delicious farm food, from savory to sweet. Wander through our vibrant tulip field, welcoming the arrival of spring. Join us for an enchanting celebration of nature, creativity, and the simple joys of life at the farm.

Date: May 4-5, 11-12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley, WA 98321

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Experience a delightful day at our farm, surrounded by cute critters and fun activities.

Old Town Craft & Music Fest

Experience a variety of heritage crafts and demonstrations, local music, and kids’ activities. This FREE community event features family fun for all ages during Tacoma’s Heritage Preservation Month.

Date: May 4, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Tacoma’s Old Town Park, 2350 N 30th St.

Free Event

Emily Cressey

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker residing in Lake Forest Park, WA who services the Greater Seattle area including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Kenmore, Bothell and Edmonds, WA.

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