Annual Events: May
Seattle's Annual Events in May
Opening Day of Yachting Season - - Montlake Cut in Seattle
Seattle's official opening day of boating season attracts more than
250,000 people to watch a parade of boats, ranging from kayaks to yachts, pass through the city's Montlake Cut.
Yearly festivities include a morning of crew races, a sailboat race, and the grand Opening Day Boat Parade.
Seattle Maritime Festival
Activities at this annual maritime festival include the countryâ€™s largest tugboat race on Elliott Bay, tours of a
wide range of boats, a chowder cook-off and free children's admission to select waterfront attractions.
Seattle International Children's Festival
This annual festival is a celebration of world cultures through performing arts. Each year the festival presents
world class performances and participatory activities for kids.
Seattle Cheese Festival
Pike Place Market
The first of its kind on the West Coast, the Seattle Cheese Festival is a celebration of cheese in general and local
artisan cheesemakers in particular. 35,000 people each year attend classes, buy cheeses and sample free fromage from the
Pacific Northwest and around the world. The festival also features a cheese-related scavenger hunt and cheese maze for
kids and a wine garden for the grown-ups.
University District Street Fair
University District neighborhood
The annual University District Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater University Chamber of Commerce,
features more than 300 arts and crafts booths, street buskers, live musical performances and food from
around the world.
Seattle International Film Festival
Various venues throughout Seattle
This highly recognized film festival is a launching pad for new international and American independent
films. The Seattle International Film Festival annually presents more than 340 films culled from over 55
countries and ranks as the largest film festival in the U.S.
Northwest Folklife Festival
The largest folk, ethnic and traditional arts event in North America, this annual
community-based event held at the Seattle Center features traditional arts that preserve
and promote the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The annual Memorial Day Weekend festival,
which began in 1972, features over 6,000 participants and attracts more than 250,000 people.