Festivals galore! Beer, wine, boats, dragons, & fairies. Around the Sound this weekend

The Copper River salmon has arrived, the U-District Street Fair is this weekend, the Ms are at home. It's almost like summertime!

May 17, 2019
Street fair

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Where is May going? Once the Copper River Salmon gets here, which it just did, you know we're getting into a summer frame of mind. Lots of outdoor fun to add to the good vibes this weekend. Check it out! And have fun!


  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Friday, 7:10pm. Saturday, 7:10pm. Sunday, 1:10pm. The Ms host the Twins at T-Mobile Park.
  • Seattle Reign FC Saturday, 1pm. Sky Blue FC is in town at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
  • Keith Sweat at Emerald Queen Casino Friday, 8:30pm.
  • Art Garfunkel at the Moore Theatre Saturday, 7pm.
  • University District Street Fair Saturday & Sunday. Seattle’s earliest street fair of the year and the most laid-back . Food vendors and arts & crafts booths line University Way NE. See music, dance, and comedy onstage. Free.
  •  17th of May Festival Friday. Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at the Norwegian 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.
  • Viking Fest Friday – Sunday.  Celebrating Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo with a parade, carnival, music, food, and competitions.
  • Pierogi Fest    Saturday. Featuring pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, Polish beer, dessert, folk music, crafts, and kids’ activities at theDom Polski Polish Cultural Center in Seattle.
  • Seattle Beer Week Through Sunday. Bars and breweries throughout Seattle host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events.
  • Spring Wine Walk Friday, 5pm – 9pm. A ticket gets you a glass and 10 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction. Also held in September
  • Taco Libre Truck Showdown Saturday, 3pm – 10pm. Visit dozens of taco trucks during the Taco Showdown, and browse hundreds of vendors at the nearby Fremont Market. Free admission.
  • Bothell Block Party and BrewFest Saturday. Sample beer from local breweries, eat from food trucks, and hear four bands a  the Bothell Beer Party  in Bothell Furniture parking lot for age 21+.
  • Edmonds Jazz Connection Saturday. Hear top student musicians in three Edmonds venues. Donation.
  • Kent International Festival    Saturday. 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.
  • Blue Poppy Day Saturday. See the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from 15 artists, visit two food trucks, and hear live music during this garden festival in Federal Way, when admission is free at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.
  • Petpalooza  Saturday. Bring your leashed dog for a morning fun run, pet contests, pony rides, flying dogs, racing pigs, roving reptiles, and vendors at Game Farm Park in Auburn.
  • Rainier Dragon Boat Festival Saturday. Watch 38 teams race in long boats holding 20 paddlers, with opening ceremony at 8 a.m., first race at 9 a.m., and vendors onsite at Thea’s Park. See parking instructions. Free.
  • Spring Fairy Festival Saturday. An indoor/outdoor street fair with artists, craft vendors, dancers, magicians, musicians, and costumed fairies & elves in Tacoma. Free.
  • Gig Harbor Beer Festival Saturday. A wide variety of Northwest craft brewers and live music in Gig Harbor for age 21+.
  • Armed Forces Day    Saturday. Joint Base Lewis-McChord opens its gates to the public to celebrate with historical reenactments, military vehicles, music, entertainers, food vendors, a beer garden, and carnival rides. Bring ID if age 16+. Free admission.
  • The Classic Workboat Show Saturday & Sunday. 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.
  • Seattle Mineral Market Saturday & Sunday. See beautiful minerals and shop from 45 dealers at the Lake City Community Center. Free.
  • Seattle Lamb Jam Sunday, 3pm (VIP 2pm.) Taste lamb and BBQ cooked by 16 local chefs, hear live music, and sample beer, wine, and spirits at   Seattle Design Center Events for age 21+.
  • Touch-a- Truck Sunday, 10am – 1pm. Children can touch and explore heavy machinery and emergency vehicles, and talk to the drivers, in Magnuson Park. No horns from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Seattle JazzED Jamboree Sunday. Seattle kids play jazz with a vocal ensemble in the auditorium at Bellevue College. Free.
  •  Camano Island Studio Tour Saturday & Sunday. 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.
  •  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 Sunday. 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. 
  •  The Call  Through June 9. Politically-charged and tack-sharp, a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.  The Bathhouse Theater. 
  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Through June 9. Based on the true story of a legendary brothel that operated from the 1840s to 1973, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a rollicking hootenanny of a musical. Seattle Musical Theatre at Sand Point.