2011 Summer Guide: May events
A calendar of major summer festivals and events around Seattle and Western Washington for late May 2011.
Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.
Columbia City Art Walk
May 19 Art displays in local venues, 4-8 p.m., shows and films at Columbia City Cinema and Columbia City Theater, 8 p.m.-midnight, Rainier Avenue South from South Edmunds Street to South Hudson Street, Seattle (www.communityartscreate.org).
The Taste of West Seattle
May 19 Sample food from West Seattle restaurants, beverage houses and caterers. All proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, 6 p.m. The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $40-$45 (206-932-4357 or tasteofwestseattle.org).
Bike to Work Day
May 20 Cascade Bicycle Club hosts dozens of commuter stations with free water bottles, snacks and bike checkups along major bike routes in several Seattle locations, plus Everett, Lynnwood, Bothell, Marysville, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, SeaTac, Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, 6-9 a.m.; Bike to Work Day Rally With Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other guests, bike maps and other biking information, coffee, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle; Bike to Work Day Street Party, 4-7 p.m., Bergen Place Park, Northwest 22nd Street between Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle (www.cbcef.org/btw).
SPF Spring Farm Tour
May 20 Tour the farm land and the surrounding areas, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sakuma Brothers Farmstand, 17790 Cook Road, Burlington (360-336-3974 or sakumabros.com).
100th anniversary party
and open house
May 20 Alliance for Pioneer Square hosts celebration of 100th anniversary of Seattle's Union Station, completion of the master plan and launch of "Trail to Treasure" historic interpretive trail in the Pioneer Square District; open house, family activities, neighborhood history tours, music, speaker presentation and displays highlighting planning efforts affecting neighborhood, 2-7 p.m., Union Station, 401 S. Jackson, Seattle; free (www.trail2treasure.org/).
May 20-22 Viking Village, parade, carnival, Viking road race, food, music and craft vendors, 4-10 p.m. May 20, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 21, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22, Liberty Bay Park, on the waterfront, Poulsbo; free (www.vikingfest.org).
National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) sailing regatta
May 20-22 More than 200 one-design sailboats from 20 to 70 feet in length, with local sailors as well as some of the world's top competitors, Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, 7755 Seaview Ave N.W., Pier V, Seattle (www.sailingworld.com).
Seven Hills Walk
May 21 Walk the seven hills of Seattle with the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kerry Park, 211 W. Highland Drive, Seattle (206-382-3662).
Park Parade and Lewis Park Celebration
May 21 Friends of Lewis Park and Beacon Bikes community event; bike decoration contest, pedal-powered float, tour the future bike boulevard, 11:30 a.m., Jefferson Park playground, 4165 16th Ave. S., Seattle; bike and walk parade, noon, to Lewis Park for barbecue, entertainment, park tours and Urban Forest Restoration Education celebrating the restoration of park natural area, 1-5 p.m., Lewis Park, 904 Sturgus Ave. S., Seattle (www.beaconwalksbikes.org).
May 21 Dog Trot Fun Run, 9:30 a.m.; animal-related entertainment stage, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, petting zoo and pony rides, agility area, The K9 Kings High Flying Dog Show, 'Unleashed' pet contest, inflatable rides, face painting and other children's activities, more than 150 vendors, pet adoptions, exams, vaccinations and other related services, give-a-ways, food vendors, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; pet parade at noon, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. S.E., Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
Queen Victoria's Birthday Celebration at Fort Nisqually
May 21 Re-enacted events and themes from the mid-1800s in celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$6 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org)Point Robinson Kite Day
May 21 A day of kites on the beach for all ages, lighthouse tours, Point Robinson Light Station, End of Point Robinson Road, Vashon; free (206-463-6672 or www.vashonparkdistrict.org).
Whiskers, Wings and Wagging Tails Pet Fair
May 21 Pet adoptions, vendors, displays, dog sport demonstrations, family activities, information and advice for pet owners; well-mannered pets on 6-foot or shorter leash welcome; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond (www.redmond.gov).
A Glimpse of China
May 21 Learn folk dances, create artworks and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history in this celebration of one of the world's oldest cultures, Seattle Center House, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
A Story of Place
May 21 Photographer Heidi Walker hosts presentation on similarities of Native American stories across the U.S., 2 p.m. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or www.nps.gov/klse).
Tour de Cure
May 21 Family-friendly 15-mile route or more-demanding longer routes; benefits American Diabetes Association. $35/registration minimum and $150/fundraising minimum, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $35-$150 (206-282-4616 or www.tour.diabetes.org).
General Aviation Day
May 21 Pancake breakfast, $5, free flights for kids ages 8-17, see aircraft up close and meet pilots, food court; Flying Heritage Collection, Historic Flight Foundation, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; historic warbirds fly at noon Saturday, Paine Field, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; free (425-388-5125 or www.wpaflys.org).
The Blue Crew Fun Run
May 21 Motorcycle ride from Marysville to Everett to benefit Christmas House of Snohomish County, 9 a.m. Smokey Point Cycle Barn, 3131 Smokey Point Drive, Arlington; $10-$15 (www.bluecrewfunrun.com).
Seattle Green Festival
May 21-22 Presentations by more than 125 speakers, how-to workshops, films, kids' activities, organic beer and wine, organic vegetarian cuisines, music, marketplace of 350 green businesses and organizations, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 22, Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $10-$25 (www.greenfestivals.org).
University District StreetFair
May 21-22 Arts, crafts and food vendors, performances, costume contests. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 22, University Way Northeast from Campus Parkway to North 50th Street, Seattle (206-547-4417 or www.udistrictchamber.org/StreetFair).
Anacortes Waterfront Festival
May 21-22 Family-friendly celebration of Anacortes maritime heritage with free boat rides, demonstrations, boat and car shows, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22, Cap Sante Boat Haven, 1019 Q Ave., Anacortes (www.anacortes.org/wff).
Lacey Spring Fun Fair
May 21-22 Family events, parade, car shows, activities for kids, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22, St. Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey (360-481-4393 or www.laceyspringfunfair.com).
Driftwood Sculpture Show
May 21-22 Display of more than 100 wood sculptures done in the LuRon Method, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; free (www.northwestdriftwoodartists.org).
Chinatown-International District JamFest
May 21-Aug. 20 Musicians and bands in various venues, art walk, 6:30-9:30 p.m. third Saturdays, May through August, Chinatown International District, 10th Avenue South and South Jackson Street, Seattle; $5-$8/one cover charge for music at several venues (206-623-5124 or www.wingluke.org/jamfest).
May 21-22 School of Acrobatics staff and students performing circus feats, 3 p.m. May 21-22. School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), 674 S. Orcas St., Seattle; $14-$22 (206-652-4433 or www.sancaseattle.org).
Great Kilted Run 5K
May 22 5K run/walk and beer garden; participants encouraged to wear kilts, 9:30 a.m. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $30-$40 (www.promotionevents.com/GreatKilted/GKR_Home.htm).
Terry Home Show and Shine
May 22 Automobile show benefits Terry Home; all kinds of cars, pickups and motorcycles on display, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Auburn Eagles, 702 M Street, Auburn; $15-$20 (253-630-7657 or www.terryhomeinc.org/events.shtml).
Walk for Water
May 22 Benefit walk-a-thon to raise money to help families in Kenya obtain clean drinking water. Walk as an individual or in teams, 1:30 p.m. Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $25-$200 (www.womensenterprises.org).
Norwegian Male Chorus
May 22 Spring concert of choral group formed in 1889, featuring Nordic folk music, American and English favorites; guest performers Coralie Schrader and Louie Richmond; Scandinavian desserts and coffee after concert. 4 p.m. May 22, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15, 12 and younger free (206-783-1274).
West Seattle 5K Run/Walk
May 22 Scenic 5K route along Alki Beach, proceeds benefit West Seattle High School; followed by Seattle Summer Streets festivities, registration 8 a.m., 5K starts 9:20 a.m., Alki Bathhouse Studio, 1702 Alki Ave S.W., Seattle; $20-$40 (206-941-3924 or www.westseattle5k.com).
AquaSox Fan Fest
May 22 Kids' FunZone activities, meet AquaSox staff and mascots, batting practice, national anthem auditions (by appointment), 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway, Everett; free (425-258-3673 or aquasox.com).
Fly the Fortress: The EAA B-17 Bomber
May 25-30 Experimental Aircraft Association historic B-17 on display, tour or fly on aboard historic aircraft. Tours begin daily at 2 p.m., Boeing Field, Airport Way South, Seattle; ground tours: $5/person. $15/family; flight tours: $399-$465 (800-359-6217 or www.b17.org).
Northwest Folklife Festival
May 27-30 Folk, ethnic and traditional arts performances, participatory dances, workshops, craft and food vendors, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 27-29, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 30, Seattle Center, Seattle; free, suggested donation $10/person, $20 per family (206-684-7300 or www.nwfolklifefestival.org).
Edmonds Jazz Connection
May 28 Continuous big-band, vocal and combo jazz performances at three locations. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Edmonds; free (425-275-9595 or www.jazzconnection.org).
Point Defiance Outdoor Challenge
May 28 Team fitness adventure/scavenger hunt race, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $40/team (www.metroparkstacoma.org/challenge).
Olympic Art Festival
May 28-29 Meet Northwest artists and watch as they create their work, 10 a.m. May 28-29, Olympic Art Gallery, 40 Washington St., Quilcene; free (360-765-0200 or www.olympicartfestival.com).
May 28-29 Craft and food vendors, belt-sander races, exhibits, music, children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; tides usually low enough for harvest of clams and oysters on public beaches near the festival, Brinnon (360-796-0550).
Ski to Sea race and festival
May 28-29 Ninety-mile multisport race from the top of Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay, parade (noon, May 28, Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham) and other special events; Race 8 a.m. May 29 at Mount Baker Ski Area; festivities and awards, 5 p.m. May 28, Marine Park., Bellingham (360-734-1330 or www.skitosea.com).
Opening weekend, Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train
May 28-29 Ride the 1916 steam locomotive through the Chehalis River Valley. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 25, dinner trains and other special events available, Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum, 1101 SW Sylvenus St, Chehalis ; $9-$15 (360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com).
Kitsap Harbor Festival
May 28-30 Music, tall ships, vendors, farmers markets, classic car show and Seagull Calling Festival, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30, downtown Bremerton; free (360-876-5535 or www.kitsapharborfestival.com).
Methow Valley Rodeo
May 28-Sept. 4 Bareback, bronc riding, bulls, barrel racing, food vendors, 1 p.m. Twin Lakes Rodeo Grounds, Twin Lakes Road and Highway 20, Winthrop; $5-$10 (www.methowvalleyrodeo.com).
Kitsap Forest Theater's "Oklahoma!"
May 29-June 19 The Mountaineers Players' outdoor production of "Oklahoma!", 2 p.m. May 29-30, June 4-5, June 11-12, June 18-19, Kitsap Forest Theater, 3000 Seabeck Highway, Bremerton; $8-$14 (206-542-7815 or www.foresttheater.com).
7 Hills of Kirkland bike ride
May 30 Ride your choice of three scenic and challenging routes, with food, support and strawberry shortcake, 6:30 a.m. Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; $30-$60 (425-576-9531 or www.7hillskirkland.org).
Compiled by Henry Han, 206-464-2168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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