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May 2018

Opening Day

May 5, 2018

The Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day is one of the largest in the world. Two of the main events will be the Windermere Cup crew races and the Parade of Boats. This year's theme is "Ocean Crossings". Come on out and celebrate the start of boating season!

Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show

May 5 - 6, 2018

The 65th Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show sponsored by the Everett Rock and Gem Club features crystals & geodes, tools and equipment, demonstrations, hourly door prizes, raffle drawing, kids' activities, silent auction, special exhibits and displays, and food. Admission is FREE.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

May 6, 2018

Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.

Northwest Paddling Festival

May 11 - 12, 2018

This two-day event features a sea kayak packing contest, sea kayak tours, Stand UP Paddleboarding classes, and many other activities geared toward paddle sport enthusiests. It takes place on the shores of beautiful Lake Sammamish.

Norwegian Constitution Day

May 17, 2018

Hipp Hipp Hurra! Norwegian Constitution Day brings over 20,000 spectators to the streets of Ballard to see more than 100 groups, including marching bands, Norwegian-American Lodges, drill teams, classic cars, and much more!

Seattle International Film Festival

May 17 - June 10, 2018

More than 400 films from 80 countries. 25 days. 155,000 attendees. The largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, now in its 44th year. Consistently cited as one of the best "audience festivals" in the world.

Armed Forces Day Parade

May 19, 2018

The Armed Forces Day parade held in Bremerton is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation. This year is the 71st year of the event held on the third Saturday in May in Downtown Bremerton. This event includes a Heroes Barbeque that provides a free hot dog, chips and soda meal to all active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran.

Rhododendron Festival

May 19 - 20, 2018

The Rhododendron Festival is celebrated in Port Townsend, WA every year during the third weekend of May. Dating back to 1935, the event honors the Washington State Flower by providing a community festival that includes giving scholarships to selected royalty.

University District Street Fair

May 19 - 20, 2018

Celebrate the 48th Anniversary of the longest running street fair in the US, bringing together the best in local arts & crafts, music, and food. Get ready for an amazing weekend at the U District Streetfair!

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts

May 25 - 28, 2018

The Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts features a beautiful setting nestled snugly between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, four days and nights of unparalleled artistry, a street fair, a fun after-hours program and so much more.

Northwest Folklife Festival

May 25 - 28, 2018

The Northwest Folklife Festival is an annual festival of ethnic, folk, and traditional art, crafts, and music that takes place over the Memorial Day weekend in Seattle at the Seattle Center, bringing together more than 5,000 musicians, dancers, and other performers.

Kitsap Harbor Festival

May 26 - 27, 2018

The Kitsap Harbor Festival is the opening of the summer boating season and the Marina fills up with boaters, Tall Ships, and the Historic Tug Comanche in Port Orchard or Bremerton. The festival draws boaters and visitors from outlying communities to partake in the various activities.

Sequim Irrigation Festival


This festival features events for the entire family including an art fair, street fair, Grand Parade, strongman show, carnival, classic car show and fireworks. The festival is held in downtown Sequim, located in Clallam County.

iFest Indie Game Festival


Come to Seattle Center to experience, play and have fun with cool, innovative, unique and imaginative games produced by indie game developers. Other activities include industry speakers and an opportunity to cast a vote for your favorite game via the "People's Choice" award. iFEST is a free, all-ages event, and is open to the public.

Homespun Spring Bazaar


Held annually at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, the Homespun Spring Bazaar features Busy Bee Quilt Show, Monroe Swap and Shop, Heritage Museum, Kid's Activities, Crafts, Vendors, and more!

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