Here's where to find Mother's Day weekend fun around the Sound

You ARE doing something special for Mom this weekend, right? Here are some ideas if you're still stumped

May 10, 2019
Happy Mother's Day

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It's going to be a glorious, sunny, warm weekend around the Sound and, oh yeah -- Mother's Day is Sunday. Lots to do!


  • Tacoma Rainiers Friday, 7:05pm. The final night of an 8 day homestand -- the boys take on the Reno Aces at Cheney Stadium.
  • Seattle Sounders FC Saturday, 7pm. The Houston Dynamo come to town at CenturyLink Field. 
  • University of Washington Baseball Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 12 noon. Utah Utes are in town at Husky Ballpark.
  • Super Diamond Friday, 8:30pm at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton.
  • Sequim Irrigation Festival Through Sunday. Billed as the state’s oldest festival, there is 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.
  • Seattle Beer Week Through  May 19. Various Seattle locations. Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events.
  • Northwest Paddling Festival Friday & Saturday. Canoeists, kayakers, and paddle boarders unite!  The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings more than 60 paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location.  It’s free, but there’s a nominal fee for on-water demonstrations and tours.  Lake Sammamish State Park.
  • Ten Grands Saturday, 7pm. Hear 10 pianists playing 10 grand pianos at Benaroya Hall.
  • Seattle Maritime Festival: Family Fun Day Saturday, 11am – 4pm. Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration. Want to pilot a tugboat or a ferry boat? Try your hand at welding? Build a boat? Dozens of activities and events, including tours, maritime displays, nautical skills, and safety demonstrations at Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard. Free.
  • West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day Saturday. 15th Annual!!!  Garage sale signs sprout all over the neighborhood. Free.
  • Treat Yourself 5K Saturday. Family-friendly fun run is a 5K run/walk plus a 1K fun run for kids, followed by treats in Seattle’s Seward Park.
  • Backyard Wildlife Festival  Saturday, 10am – 3pm Celebrate wildlife, nature and gardening while learning how to create a backyard wildlife habitat that attracts native wildlife.  Tukwila Community Center. Free, except the 5K run/walk.
  •  Mill Creek Spring Beer & Wine Walk Saturday, 5-8pm. Celebrate spring and enjoy tastings from local wineries while you enjoy strolling down Main Street and visit shops in Mill Creek Town Center.
  •  Seattle Metro Reptile Expo Saturday. See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures, with educational tables and vendors, at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
  • Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5pm. Treat Mom to two days of wine and local cheese pairings and live music  at Bainbridge Island wineries.  For age 21+.
  • Color Run Sunday. Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K, which begins at Seattle Center.
  • Mother’s Day Improv Show Sunday, 7pm. Treat your Mom to a night of off-the-cuff comedy as improvisational wizards delve into the hilarious joys and horrors of parenthood at this special Mother's Day show. These skilled performers set out to prove just how much our Moms mean to us by mercilessly making fun of them.  All moms get in for $5. Use the discount code IMAMOM.  Unexpected Productions in the Pike Place Market.
  • Free Mother’s Day Parking Sunday. Celebrate Mother’s Day this year by riding the Great Wheel, dining over Elliott Bay, taking an Argosy Cruise, visiting the Seattle Aquarium or shopping the many novelty stores along the waterfront. Leave the parking to  Make sure to visit one of the many participating waterfront businesses and pick up your free parking voucher. Vouchers are good for up to four hours at select waterfront garages from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. No purchase necessary.  Pick up a free coupon from any of the 15 waterfront businesses and present it when you leave the garage.  Go to the website for participating garages and businesses.
  • Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K  Sunday. Annual race celebrating Mother’s Day in Kirkland. Scenic courses and a delightful post-race experience, complete with mimosa and beer garden.  Your race entry includes chip timing, finisher’s medal (for both half and 5k), free professional photo downloads, a donation to charity, and post-race food.
  • Boeing Boeing Through Sunday. Based on the 1965 movie with Tony Curtis & Jerry Lewis, this slapstick comedy is a sexy, funny farce about a self-styled Parisian lothario who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down, and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard's apartment. Second Story Repertory. 
  •  Camano Island Studio Tour Friday – Sunday and May 18-19. A free self-guided tour of 32 artists’ studios. Click the brochure link on their website.
  •   The Full Monty Through June 2. Based on the cult hit film of the same name, this ten time Tony Award nominee is a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizzazz filled with engaging melodies, hilarious characters, and the most highly anticipated closing number of any musical!   Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
  •  Jitterbug Perfume Through Sunday. Indulge all 5 senses and enjoy this first ever adaptation of the cult classic from beloved local writer Tom Robbins. Don your Mardi Gras beads and revel in humanity’s search for immortality as dueling perfumiers open Pan's bottle, causing past, present and future to collide at your table in a soaring ode to love eternal. Your ticket includes 4 courses of aromatic cuisine and the performance. With dinner and the show, plan for 3.5 hours of entertainment. Recommended for adults 18+ Café Nordo.
  • Laura Through Sunday.A classic film noir story that will have you guessing until the very end.   Tacoma Little Theatre for age 12+.
  •  Nina Simone: Four Women Through June 2, 7:30pm. When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, Nina Simone: Four Women immerses us in the complex harmony of protest. Seattle Repertory Theatre.
  •   As You Like It Through May 19. A romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenings.  Rosalind and Orlando engage in a glorious game of love, lust, and mistaken identities in Shakespeare’s magical forest. The Center Theatre.
  •  Destination Moon:  The Apollo 11 Mission at the Museum of Flight Through September 2. Incredible opportunity to see the Apollo 11 space capsule along with an impressive array of Apollo artifacts here in Seattle commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Moon Landing in July.