Welcome to a vibrant May in the Puget Sound 2024, where a plethora of exciting events awaits! From cultural celebrations like the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee and immersive experiences such as the Harry Potter exhibit in Bellevue, to outdoor festivities and culinary delights at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Beacon Hill, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

With a wide array of events ranging from film festivals and art fairs to pet-friendly gatherings and outdoor adventures, May in Puget Sound promises a month filled with entertainment, exploration, and unforgettable memories. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the best of what Puget Sound has to offer this May!

1. Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

Date: May 1 – 5, 2024

Location: Wenatchee, Memorial Park

Dive into the vibrant festivities of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, where the beauty of spring meets community celebration. Enjoy a plethora of activities including indulging in delectable treats from food vendors, experiencing thrilling carnival rides, exploring arts & crafts at the fair, and marveling at the colorful car parade. With live entertainment adding to the lively atmosphere, this festival promises a fun-filled experience for all ages.

2. Harry Potter: Magic at Play

Harry Potter Magic at Play

Date: May 2 – 12, 2024

Location: Bellevue, The Bravern, 11111 NE 8th St.

Embark on a magical journey into the world of Harry Potter at The Bravern’s immersive exhibit. Delve into interactive displays inspired by the beloved book series, from exploring Hogwarts to discovering magical creatures. Afterward, visit the gift shop to bring a piece of wizarding wonder home. Whether you’re a die-hard Potter fan or new to the wizarding realm, this experience is sure to enchant and captivate.

3. Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Date: May 4, 2024 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Location: Beacon Hill, Plaza Roberto Maestas, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St.

Join in the vibrant festivities of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by El Centro de la Raza at Plaza Roberto Maestas. Indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine available for purchase, sway to the rhythms of live music, and explore the various children’s activities on offer. Additionally, peruse through the craft fair for unique handmade goods. This celebration offers a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Mexican culture and enjoy a day of fun-filled entertainment. Admission is free for all attendees.

4. A Festival for May

A Festival for May

Dates: May 4 – 5, 2024

Location: Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation

Step into the enchanting world of the Middle Ages at “A Festival for May” in Carnation. This small medieval fair offers a delightful array of activities, including demonstrations, crafts, delectable food, and captivating musicians. The event features games starting at 1 p.m., followed by the traditional Maypole ceremony at 4:30 p.m. For those interested in a medieval feast, dinner reservations are available. Immerse yourself in the medieval ambiance and enjoy a weekend filled with historical charm and entertainment at Camlann Medieval Village.

5. Emerald City Ride

Emerald City Ride

Date: May 5, 2024 (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Location: Lumen Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle

Join the exhilarating Seattle bike ride, the Emerald City Ride, on May 5th from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Experience the thrill of riding on Highway 99 and the West Seattle Bridge without cars, choosing between a 7-mile or 20-mile route. The ride starts and ends on the west side of Lumen Field Event Center in SoDo. This event is perfect for cycling enthusiasts looking for a scenic and car-free route through Seattle’s iconic landscapes.

6. Japanese Children’s Day Festival (Kodomo no Hi)

Japanese Children’s Day Festival (Kodomo no Hi)

Date: May 5, 2024 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Location: Central District, Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, 1414 S Weller St.

Experience the enchanting Japanese Children’s Day Festival at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington in the Central District. Delight in martial arts demonstrations, serene tea ceremonies, captivating dance shows, exhilarating taiko drumming performances, and the traditional yukata dressing. Engage in storytelling sessions, savor delectable treats from food vendors, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Japan.

7. Wag Love Life 5K

Wag Love Life 5K

Date: May 5, 2024 (10 am)

Location: Redmond, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE

Lace up your shoes and leash your furry friend for the $30 Wag Love Life 5K fundraiser and dog walk at Marymoor Park. Participate in the 5K run or walk alongside your canine companion, all while supporting a great cause. After the race, engage in fun activities such as making flower garlands, listening to speakers, visiting vendors, and enjoying various dog-friendly activities. It’s a day filled with fitness, bonding with your pet, and contributing to a meaningful fundraiser.

8. Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2024

Dates: May 9 – 19, 2024

Location: Seattle (multiple locations).

Delve into the world of cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), featuring premieres, screenings, and captivating films from around the globe. Don’t miss the opening and closing night parties for an unforgettable cinematic experience.

9. Old Bellevue Wine Walk

Old Bellevue Wine Walk

Dates: May 9, 2024

Location: Bellevue, 520 Bar & Grill, 10146 Main St.

Indulge in a delightful wine tasting experience at the Old Bellevue Wine Walk. Receive a souvenir glass and tasting tickets as you explore a variety of exquisite wines. This event offers a perfect blend of ambiance, fine wines, and the charming setting of Bellevue’s Old Town. Savor each sip and discover new favorites in the company of fellow wine enthusiasts

10. Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale

Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Bellevue Demonstration Garden, 15500 SE 16th St., Bellevue

Embark on a botanical adventure at the Spring Plant Sale, where you’ll encounter an extensive assortment of greenery. Explore a diverse range of plants, including vegetable starts, tomatoes, herbs, perennials, grasses, native species, and ornamental shrubs and trees. This event at the Bellevue Demonstration Garden is a haven for gardening enthusiasts looking to enrich their outdoor spaces with a variety of vibrant and unique plants. Knowledgeable experts will be on site to provide guidance and answer any plant-related inquiries, ensuring an informative and delightful experience for all attendees.

11. Mother’s Day Tea (Mom and Me Wonderland Tea)

Mother’s Day Tea (Mom and Me Wonderland Tea)

Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Maple Valley, Lake Wilderness Arboretum, 22520 SE 248th St.

Treat your mom to a magical Mother’s Day Tea at Lake Wilderness Arboretum in Maple Valley. Enjoy a delightful assortment of teas, iced tea, and lemonade while savoring delicious snacks. Engage in a hat contest, embark on a scavenger hunt, and partake in games alongside the enchanting Queen of Hearts. It’s a charming way to celebrate and create cherished memories with your mom.

12. May Day Celebration and Potluck

May Day Celebration and Potluck

Date: May 11, 2024 (1 to 7 p.m.)

Location: Wallingford, Meridian Playground, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N

Join the joyful May Day Celebration and Potluck at Meridian Playground, a delightful event brimming with springtime cheer. Engage in games, sing along to festive tunes, showcase your dance moves, and savor delicious potluck dishes. Embrace the spirit of community and the beauty of nature as you welcome the arrival of spring with laughter and camaraderie. Admission to the event is free for all attendees.

13. Edmonds Spring Fest (Outdoor Art Fair)

Edmonds Spring Fest (Outdoor Art Fair)

Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Edmonds, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and culture at the Edmonds Spring Fest, featuring an enticing outdoor art fair. Explore an array of captivating artworks from local artists, indulge in delectable treats from food trucks, and enjoy live entertainment against the scenic backdrop of Frances Anderson Center. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply seeking a day of artistic inspiration, this festival is a must-visit for art lovers of all ages.

14. Seattle Metro Reptile Expo

Seattle Metro Reptile Expo

Date: May 11, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe

Dive into the fascinating world of reptiles at the Seattle Metro Reptile Expo. Discover a wide variety of exotic creatures including frogs, snakes, geckos, and more. Engage with educational tables to learn about these remarkable animals and explore offerings from various vendors. Whether you’re a reptile enthusiast or curious about these unique species, this expo offers a fantastic opportunity to witness and appreciate the diversity of reptilian life. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger.

15. Bonsai Garden Day (BonsaiFest)

Bonsai Garden Day (BonsaiFest)

Date: May 11 – 12, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Location: Federal Way, Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St.

Discover the artistry of bonsai at BonsaiFest, where you can admire exquisite bonsai displays, attend demonstrations, take guided tours, and engage in insightful talks with bonsai artists.

16. World Explorer Show presented by National Geographic Live

World Explorer Show presented by National Geographic Live

Dates: May 12 – 14, 2024

Location: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Downtown Seattle

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the World Explorer Show presented by National Geographic Live! Join scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and adventurers live on stage as they share captivating stories, amazing photos, and breathtaking videos. This May, dive into the fascinating world of sharks and uncover the secrets of these majestic creatures. Held at the iconic Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle, this immersive experience promises to ignite your sense of adventure and curiosity.

17. 15th Annual Flower Festival

15th Annual Flower Festival

Dates: May 13 – 14, 2024

Location: Downtown Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the Flower Festival in Downtown Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Browse through a vibrant array of fresh flowers, enjoy live music, and support local farmers while soaking in the lively market atmosphere.

18. Blue Poppy Day – Garden Festival

Blue Poppy Day - Garden Festival

Date: May 18, 2024 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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

Experience the enchanting beauty of the blue poppy meadow in full bloom during Blue Poppy Day, a delightful Garden Festival at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Explore vibrant artist booths, indulge in culinary delights from two food trucks, and enjoy the uplifting melodies of live music performances throughout the day. Admission is free, making it a perfect opportunity for nature enthusiasts and families to immerse themselves in a day of natural splendor and artistic inspiration. Children aged 12 and younger can join in the festivities at no cost.

19. Renton City Retro – Video Game Expo

Renton City Retro - Video Game Expo

Dates: May 18 – 19, 2024

Location: Renton Pavilion Events Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S, Renton, WA

Enjoy the world of video games and pop culture at Renton City Retro, a family-friendly expo featuring toys, comics, Funko Pops, video games, local artists, anime, and celebrity appearances! The event includes a free gaming area where attendees can enjoy a variety of games. Held at the Renton Pavilion Events Center, this expo offers a fun and nostalgic experience for gamers and enthusiasts of all ages. Children age 5 and younger have free admission, making it a perfect outing for families.

20. Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Dates: May 18 – 19, 2024

Location: Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia, WA

Dive into a weekend of family-friendly excitement at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair! Experience the thrill of a circus train ride and glide down a giant slide. Discover unique treasures at vendor booths, savor delicious food options, and engage in captivating kids’ activities. Marvel at fire trucks on display, explore the wonders of the Saturday science fair, and enjoy classic cars at the Sunday car show. Held at Saint Martin’s University, this event promises a delightful and memorable time for families. Admission is FREE, ensuring everyone can join in the fun-filled festivities.

21. 53rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

53rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

Dates: May 24 – 27, 2024

Location: Lower Queen Anne, Seattle Center.

Celebrate the rich tapestry of music and dance traditions at the Folklife Music and Dance festival, a vibrant gathering of performers and enthusiasts. Delight in a diverse lineup of musical genres, from folk and blues to world music, showcased by talented artists. Engage in dance workshops, join in lively jam sessions, and immerse yourself in the rhythms of different cultures. With a festive atmosphere and a sense of community, this event is a celebration of shared heritage and artistic expression.

22. Viking Festival (Viking Fest)


Dates: May 17 – 19, 2024

Location: Poulsbo, Liberty Bay Waterfront Park, 18809 Anderson Pkwy.

Transport yourself to the world of Norse heritage at the Viking Fest in Poulsbo. Enjoy a lively Scandinavian celebration complete with a carnival atmosphere, cultural displays, a vibrant parade, and an array of traditional vendors.

23. Petpalooza


Date: May 18, 2024

Location: Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE, Auburn

Unleash the fun at Petpalooza, a vibrant pet festival where furry friends and their owners come together for a day of excitement and entertainment. Bring your leashed dog to enjoy a morning fun run, participate in lively pet contests, experience pony rides, marvel at flying dogs, cheer for racing pigs, and encounter roving reptiles. Explore a variety of vendors offering pet-related products and services. Petpalooza at Game Farm Park promises a day filled with furry, feathered, and scaly delights for pets and their human companions alike.

24. 42nd Annual Beat the Bridge 2024

42nd Annual Beat the Bridge 2024

Date: May 19, 2024

Location: University District, Husky Stadium

Lace up your running shoes for Beat the Bridge, a thrilling race that combines fitness and fundraising for a noble cause. Join fellow runners of all ages and abilities as you race through the scenic University District, crossing the iconic University Bridge along the way. Whether you’re aiming for a personal best or simply enjoying a leisurely jog with friends and family, Beat the Bridge promises a fun-filled day of community spirit and athletic achievement.

25. Seafood Festival (Fjord Fest)

Fjord Festival 2024

Dates: May 25 – 26, 2024

Location: Brinnon, Yelvik General Store

Dive into a culinary adventure at Fjord Fest, where the flavors of the sea come alive! This seafood extravaganza features a delightful array of fresh catches, from succulent shrimp to mouthwatering mussels, all prepared by local chefs. Explore the vibrant stalls showcasing the best of Brinnon’s maritime heritage, and savor every bite while enjoying live music and picturesque waterfront views.

26. Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts 2024

Dates: May 25 – Sept. 28, 2024 (Various Dates)

Location: Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville

Immerse yourself in the captivating sounds of live music amidst the scenic backdrop of Chateau Ste. Michelle during the Summer Concerts series. Enjoy performances by top-notch artists spanning jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary genres at the amphitheater. Experience the soulful tunes of Sarah McLachlan on May 25 and 26, promising an evening of enchanting melodies. Whether lounging on a blanket or opting for reserved seating, attendees can relish in the musical magic under the open sky. Children aged 2 and under can join for free, ensuring a delightful outing for music enthusiasts.

27. Mason County Forest Festival 2024

Mason County Forest Festival 2024

Dates: May 30 – June 2, 2024

Location: Shelton

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Forest Festival, a four-day celebration in Shelton filled with an array of engaging activities and entertainment for all ages. Admission is FREE for all attendees, promising an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Specific Events:

  • Pancake Breakfast: Kick off your mornings with a delectable pancake breakfast served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Pet Parade: Delight in the charm of the Pet Parade, commencing at 10:30 a.m.
  • Grand Parade: Experience the thrill of the Grand Parade starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • Logging Show: Discover the rich forestry heritage with an exhilarating Logging Show from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Carnival Rides: Enjoy a range of exciting carnival rides available from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Music: Groove to live music performances filling the air from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fireworks: Wrap up the festivities with a breathtaking fireworks display at Oakland Bay Jr. High at 10:00 p.m.

28. Bite of Greece Seattle 2024

Bite of Greece Seattle 2024

Dates: May 31 – June 2, 2024

Location: Capitol Hill, Church of the Assumption, 1804 13th Ave. in Seattle

Opa! The Bite of Greece Seattle invites you to immerse yourself in the rich culture and delectable cuisine of Greece. Indulge in traditional Greek dishes bursting with Mediterranean flavors, from souvlaki skewers to baklava desserts. Wander through the charming marketplace filled with artisanal crafts, and witness captivating performances of Greek music and dance. Get ready to experience the warmth and hospitality of Greece right in the heart of Capitol Hill.

29. HONK! Fest West

HONK! Fest West

Dates: May 31 – June 2, 2024

Location: Various venues showcasing brass bands, drumming, and dance performances.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of HONK! Fest West, a lively street band festival celebrating brass bands, drummers, and dancers. Experience the energetic performances at multiple venues, where talented musicians and performers come together to create an atmosphere filled with music, rhythm, and community spirit. Join the festivities and enjoy a unique blend of musical genres that will uplift your spirit and ignite your passion for live performances.

As you plan your May calendar, don’t forget to add these exciting Puget Sound events for an unforgettable month of fun and exploration. Whether you’re immersing yourself in cultural celebrations, embarking on outdoor adventures, or indulging in culinary delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. May in Puget Sound promises a vibrant tapestry of experiences, creating cherished memories and moments of joy. Wishing you the best time as you dive into the festivities and discoveries awaiting in this dynamic region. Let the celebrations begin, and may your May be filled with laughter, discovery, and unforgettable experiences!

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