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May 2014 calendar of events
Festivals and special events around Seattle and Puget Sound.
Northwest travel guides
Seattle Maritime Festival
May 10-11 Tugboat races, workboat parade, vessel tours, harbor tours, chowder cook-off, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10, Pier 66/Bell Harbor Marina and surrounding area; boat-building championships, survival-suit races, vessel tours, kids’ boat building, music, displays, free ship-canal boat tours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11, South Lake Union Park, Seattle (seattlepropellerclub.org).
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
May 10-11 Large selection of locally grown flowers, just in time for Mother’s Day, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (pikeplacemarket.org).
Country Fair Family Fun Park
May 10-Sept. 1 Farm animals, kiddie rides, steam train, hay jump, pony rides, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through June 15, daily June 20-Sept. 1, admission $12.95 plus tax; $10.75 plus tax for ages 65 and older and disabled persons; market and restaurant open daily, Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation (425-333-4135 or remlingerfarms.com ).
Wild Waves Theme Park
May 10-Sept. 7 Thrill rides/kiddie rides only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 10-11, 17-18, $9.99; rides and water park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 24-26, May 31-June 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4-6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 7-8; 9:30 a.m.-5 p m. June 9-13; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 14-23, June 25-26; $14.99-$19.99; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday in July and August, $24.99-$39.99; Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; parking $10-$20 (wildwaves.com ).
May 11-Aug. 24 Bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard, closed to motorized traffic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 11, 18; June 1, 15, 29; July 6, 13; Aug. 10, 24; Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, Seattle (206-684-4075 or seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday).
Fenders on Front Street Car Show
May 15 Hundreds of classic cars, music, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Front Street, downtown Issaquah; free (fendersonfrontstreet.com).
Seattle Chinese Arts and Culture Festival
May 17 Chinese music and dance performances, films, calligraphy workshops, kids’ activities, cooking demos, food and craft vendors, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Syttende Mai Festival and Parade
May 17 Celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day; children’s activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Nordic Cafe, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St.; entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bergen Place, parade with marching bands, drill teams, Norwegian-American groups, classic cars, 6-8 p.m., Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle (17thofmay.org ).
“Spectacle: The Music Video”
May 17 Opening day of the first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video, from 1940s and ’50s to stars of MTV and productions of today; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or empmuseum.org ).
Health and Fitness Expo
May 17 Health and wellness information, exhibits, vendors, Kids Fun Run, obstacle course, bike rodeo, sports clinics, 9-11:30 a.m.; School District Stadium, 7600 212th S.W., Edmonds; free (edmondswa.gov/ ).
Paine Field Aviation Day
May 17 Firefighters Fly Day 5K race/walk, pancake breakfast, WarBirds flight, Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation displays and activities, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Paine Field, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10, ages 17 and younger free (painefield.com).
Blue Poppy Day
May 17 Meadow with hundreds of blooming blue poppies, music and art performances, art display, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $5-$8, ages 11 and younger and active and retired military with ID free (253-838-4646 or rhodygarden.org ).
University District StreetFair
May 17-18 Arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, food, beer garden, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18, University Way Northeast from Northeast Campus Parkway to Northeast 50th Street, Seattle (udistrictstreetfair.org).
Alki Beach Summer Streets and West Seattle 5K run/walk
May 18 Portion of Alki Avenue Southwest closed to vehicles for walking, biking, vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; run/walk to benefit West Seattle High School, 9:20 a.m., Alki Beach Park, Seattle (seattle.gov/transportation/summer_alki.htm).
Northwest Folklife Festival
May 23-26 Music, dance, stories and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest, with cultural focus “India and Its People” with Bollywood show, Indian Cinema, fashions of India; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 23-25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 26, Seattle Center, Seattle; free admission, or suggested donation $10/person or $20/family or group (206-684-7300 or nwfolklife.org).
May 24-Sept. 7 Outdoor, saltwater pool with giant tube slide, public swims, lessons, lap swims, water fitness, May 24-26, May 31-June 1, June 7-8, daily June 14-Sept. 1 (swim-meet closures June 26-28, July 11-12), Lincoln Park, 8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $3.75-$6.50 (206-684-7494 or seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/colman.htm ).
Beach Naturalist program
May 27-Aug. 11 Explore the beach at low tide with Seattle Aquarium naturalists, drop in 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28-29, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 31; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 12-13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 14, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 15; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 27, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 28, noon-2:30 p.m. June 29, hours vary July 10-14, 26-27, Aug. 9-11, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park, Richmond Beach and Saltwater State Park; also at Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach, Seahurst Park, Des Moines Beach Park, Redondo Beach, Blake Island on select dates; free (seattleaquarium.org ).
Ballard Summer Streets
May 29 City of Seattle and Cascade Bicycle Club street party celebrating biking and walking to cap off Bike to Work Month on streets closed to vehicles, including parts of 22nd Avenue Northwest and Ballard Avenue Northwest, 4-8 p.m., Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle (seattle.gov/transportation/summer_ballard.htm).
Bite of Greece
May 30-June 1 Greek food, wine, pastries, marketplace, deli, entertainment, 4-10 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 31, noon-6 p.m. June 1, Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, 1804 13th Ave., Seattle (206-323-8557 or biteofgreeceseattle.com ).
Edmonds Waterfront Festival
May 30-June 1 Festival with nautical theme, entertainment, kids activities and rides, classic yacht show on the water and land, beer/wine garden, dancing, 3-10 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 1, Port of Edmonds Marina, 336 Admiral Way, Edmonds; $3, ages 12 and younger free (edmondswaterfrontfestival.com).
Flying Wheels Summer Century
May 31 Cascade Bicycle Club rural ride, 25-mile loop or hilly 45-, 64- and 100-mile loops, finish-line festival, start times 6:30-9 a.m., Marymoor Velodrome, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $10-$60 (cascade.org ).
Kent International Festival
May 31 Cultural presentations and displays, entertainment, food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Festival Finale performance by five groups, for all ages, 7-10 p.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; free (kentinternationalfestival.com).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org.