It's Memorial Day Weekend! Rain or shine, there's lots to do around the Sound

A three-day weekend gives you time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, and to have some lazy family fun, too.

May 24, 2019
Memorial day

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The weather looks like it's hit-and-miss over this holiday weekend, but has a little rain ever stopped us from celebrating or commemorating having fun around here? Nope. Enjoy the weekend, travel safely, and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.


  • Seattle Storm Basketball Saturday 12:30pm. The regular season begins for the world champion women at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett against the Phoenix Mercury.
  • Seattle Seawolves Rugby Sunday 5pm. The Wolves take on the Utah Warriors at Starfire in Renton.
  • Seattle Reign FC Monday, 4pm. The women are home at Cheney Stadium hosting the NC Courage.
  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Monday, 6:10pm. The boys in blue begin an 11 day homestand starting with the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park
  • Pilchuck Glass School Spring Tours Through Sunday. Every spring, Pilchuck Glass School welcomes the public to tour their  scenic, private campus and watch renowned glass artists at work. General tours last approximately 60 minutes. Pilchuck Glass School’s picturesque campus is on a tree farm with uneven terrain, unpaved pathways, and stairs, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Stanwood. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
  • Northwest Folklife Festival  Friday – Sunday. A community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. The 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Celebrate traditional arts by attending some of the hundreds of dance and musical performances, workshops, and panels from around the world held at Seattle Center. Free, but they’d love a donation.
  • Couth Buzzard Jazz Fest  Friday – Sunday From the roots to the future of jazz, it’s time once again for this four-day festival which encourages gender, age, and ethnic diversity in the Seattle jazz community featuring 16 performances at Couth Buzzard Books. Get a ticket for one event, a day, or the entire festival.
  • Million Dollar Quartet Saturday, 2:00pm.  Blockbuster hit story of the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins played together at Sun Records, with unforgettable songs at the Village Theatre in Issaquah.
  • Street Scramble Gig Harbor Saturday. Follow the map to dozens of checkpoints on foot or bike during this scavenger hunt, with awards afterward at Donkey Creek Park. Free.
  • ShrimpFest  Saturday & Sunday. Enjoy shrimp, live music, belt-sander races, arts & crafts, and a beer garden in Brinnon.
  • Emerald City Ride Sunday. Enjoy the new 99 tunnel, car free. Riders will start the 12-mile ride at Pyramid Alehouse and take the tunnel north, traverse the Aurora Bridge, pedal through Fremont with a break in Gas Works Park for a free food stop, before hopping on the I-5 express lanes heading back to the finish line celebration at the Pyramid Alehouse.  Registered riders will receive a commemorative souvenir. T-shirts will be available for purchase.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park  Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening Saturday, 11am. The Museum of Flight dedicates its Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park with aircraft fly-overs, a color guard presentation, and a pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans. Museum admission is free for veterans with ID on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (and they may bring one adult plus children age 16 or younger).
  • Tankfest Northwest Saturday, 9am – 4pm. This action packed day includes military vehicle demonstrations, remote control tanks, scavenger hunt, face painting, bouncy house, educational speaker, amazing food from some of the region’s top food trucks, NW XTREME BMX demonstration, Son of the Reptile Man, WWII mock battle reenactors, kids crafts, and much more. Bring a $5 cash donation to take a selfie in the Huey helicopter. Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos, and Dinner Through June 30. It’s officially the Summer of Love at Teatro ZinZanni as an all-star cast comes together in a world premiere engagement.  Returning to the tent is the iconic Chef Caesar to serve up his one-of-a-kind epicurean delights, paired perfectly with the sumptuous and sizzling vocal stylings of Lady Rizo. Getting swept up in the madness is a cadre of talented servers who juggle far more than plates, an alluring hostess bending over backwards for her guests, and a sommelier with refined tastes who takes the art of flirtation to new heights. Marymoor Park in Redmond.
  •  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.
  •  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.