May in Seattle, 2012

May 1, 2012 in Seattle Lifestyle, Seattle This Month

Space Needle against bright blue cloudy sky with a May Pole flying ribbons across it.May first was traditionally the first day of summer in European countries, and many celebrations took place.  Here in Seattle toady it certainly feels like summer is just around the corner.  The flowers are blooming, vegetable gardening has started, day after day of bright blue sky tempted us outdoors and away from cold weather pursuits last week. Scattered in the gardens, around the mailbox posts and under trees, are daffodils, hyacinth, and blue bells.  Huge clusters of alyssum pour down rocks in landscaping, and the revered rhodies are going to be in their glory in a week or two.

Bike riders, joggers, strollers, and of course flocks of baseball teams out on the fields make the air shiver and thrum with their energy and motion. This morning I saw a girl in short short hurrying down the street with her yoga mat, late for class.  Now, at 7:50 p.m., it’s still full daylight.  It has begun.

In Seattle, and the surrounding areas for those who like day trips, there is a bounty of happenings this month, browse the list below.  Also, there are for those who would rather explore close to home, five new restaurants opening in Seattle in May, and SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival, which is one of the four best known in the country, starts this month and goes through June.

4 New Restaurants Opening in May in Seattle
Poppy in Capitol Hill  on May 7 (Indian)
Evos Tapas Kitchen on May 4 (yes, tapas)
Hot Cakes in Ballard in May (deserts)
Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whiskey in West Seattle in May (fried chicken and stuff)

May Day news flash – Protests in Seattle Turn Violent
Reading the bulletins, most people are saying a small group took over a peaceful protest and turned it violent, while the majority of the people there continued to hold to peaceful behavior, the violence and window breaking sure hit the news big time!  Notwithstanding I just read in an article that Seattle was chosen as the 3rd most peaceful city in the country, this happens now and then.  I’ll try to talk to an anarchist at some point and get the logic behind it.

Hide Seek Exhibition
all month and till June 2 at the Tacoma Art Museum
Put together by the Smithsonian, this internationally acclaimed exhibition has been in major cities across the country and now can be viewed locally till early June.  Addresses questions of gender identity and sexual orientation and how these have shaped the art of portraiture in our country for almost 150 years.

Adrian Paci Videos
ongoing at SAM

An Evening with Groucho
May 3 – 20, The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theater, Seattle

SAM, Explore Seattle Art Museum free
May 3, as every 1st Thursday of the Month, is free.

Seattle Met’s Picks on where to drink for Cinco de Mayo
Little Water Cantina in Eastlake
Belle Clementine in Ballard
Pecado Bueno in Fremont
The Saint Social Club in Capitol Hill
Oddfellows Cafe & Bar in Capitol Hill
Barrio Restaurant in Capitol Hill

Opening Day of Boating Season
May 5, Montlake Cut, Seattle

Pratt Fine Arts Center Art Auction
May 5, Seattle

Debut of Warthogs
May 5 – 6, Woodland Park Zoo

Bicycle Sunday
May 6, 13, 20, South part of Lake Washington Blvd closed to Traffic

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
May 11 – 13, Walla Walla, WA

’49er Days
May 11 – 13, Downtown Winthrop

UnTapped Blues and Brews Festival
May 12, Benton County Fairgrounds, Kennewick
Blues on the Columbia River is the day before, tickets also available on the site.

Gig Harbor Beer Festival
May 12, Gig Harbor
21+ to attend.

Tour de Cure Bike Ride
May 12, from Marymoor Park in Redmond
Family friendly 15 mile ride or increasingly more demanding route to 100 miles

Pike Place Market Flower Festival
May 12 – 13 at the Market

Cedar River Watershed – Exploring Wetlands Ecology
May 12, 10-4 hike, adults, $15

MaiFest
May 12 – 13, Leavenworth

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Mother’s Day Brunch Train & seasonal rides
May 13, May 25 – September 30, Mount Rainier National Park

Giant Magnet (formerly Seattle International Children’s Festival)
This festival closed last year after 25 years, although you’ll still find it on some events calenders!

Mother’s Day Brunch Suggestions
May 13, beloved Seattle dining venues

Rhododendron Festival
May 14 – 19, Port Townsend

Bike to Work Day
May 18, all over Puget Sound
Stop by a commuting station if you are biking to work!  May is Bicycle Month and there are many events, including Bike to School days in the local schools.  Bike to Work Day commuting stations celebrate with free snacks and drinks, souviner, bike checks, and other supportive offerings.  Events include a Mayor’s Ride, Rally, and Afterparty.

Viking Fest 2012
May 18 – 20, Poulsbo
Parade, booths, and general merriment.  A must-see is the Viking Village that focuses on life in the 1500s, and recreates the Viking environment of long ago.

National Off-Shore One Design Sailing Regatta
May 18 – 20, race starts from Corinthian Yacht Club, Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle
This week’s sponsor is Seattle Yacht Club.

Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration
May 19, at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma

Early Morning Bird Walk (and at 9:30 Mom N Me at the zoo)
May 12, Woodlands Park Zoo in Seattle
Walk starts at 6:45 a.m. and takes place on Zoo grounds.

Seattle Cheese Festival
May 19 – 20, Pike Place Market, Seattle

17th of May Festival, Norwegian Constitution Day
May 17, at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard

It’s A Blast! Volcano Science Day
May 16, Mount St. Helens Institute, Amboy WA
Kids will enjoy a day of science all about volcanos, 10-5, $8, just come.

SIFF, Seattle International Film Festival
May 17 – June 10, various venues, Seattle

Architecture 101, Windows on Seattle’s Style
May 17 and again May 25, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 2 hours, reserve ahead.
This is one of 10 tours offered this month, on various topics.  Schedule and topics change monthly.

Ski to Sea Festival
May 18 – 27, Bellingham

Armed Forces Day Parade
May 19, Bremmerton

A Glimpse of China Culture Festival
May 19, Center House, Seattle

Auburn Petpalozza
May 19, Auburn

Seattle’s Best, Fundraiser Run
May 19, Starts Gasworks Park

Armed Forces Day Celebration Presentation
May 19 at the Museum of Flight, Seattle
Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao will Give a Presentation on Military Life

Clean Water Classic, Surfing Contest
May 19 – 20, Grays Harbor County
Registration opened in March.  Defend your honor and win glory (along with a custom Rusty Hustler surfboard) by stepping up to the plate… or should I say boarding out to catch your wave… at this area classic, the largest continuously run Pro/Am competition in the Pacific Northwest.  Or perhaps it’s more your speed to plan a weekend getaway and take in the excitement from the comfort of the shore (certainly is mine)!

University District Street Fair
May 19 – 20 in the U District
Longest running street fair in the nation! Three main stages and a special children’s area.  Arts & crafts, international food, and more.

Cedar River Watershed Wetlands Printmaking (if you click here it will enable you to download their Programs guide)
May 19, North Bend
Parents and children can take this workshop together to experience making prints using natural materials.  Waterfall tours and campfire evenings start in June.

North West Folklife Festival
May 25 – 28 at Seattle Center
Wonderland of folk music and performance at Seattle Center.  It’s like taking a vacation without needing to fly anywhere.  You can wander and drift in the moment along with a happy relaxed crowd of fellow festival cruisers.  Amazing artists and variety, great people watching.

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts
May 25 – 28, Port Angeles

Edmonds Jazz Connection
May 26, Edmonds Center for the Arts and downtown Edmonds venues
Student Jazz musicians entertain you, they’ll knock your socks off.

Olympic Art Festival
May 26, 10-4 in Quilcene
Always wondered what Quilcene WA is all about?  One day may not be long enough to find out everything there is to know, but it’s a start.  Held three times a year, this festival features “Nature and Wildlife Fine Art” artists and there is a list of participating artists and a taste of the works on the website.  Quilcene is about 2 hours from Seattle on the West Sound, quite near the Hood Canal area of Olympic National Forest.  It might be fun to combine a trip to the Festival with some nature activities or a hike or horseback ride in the timeless forest that exists so close to us.

Kitsap County Harbor Festival
May 26 – 27 at Waterfront Park in Port Orchard and Bremmerton Waterfront

Seven Hills of Kirkland Bike Ride
May 28, starts at Lake Shore Park in Kirkland (7 a.m.)
“Cycling to end homelessness.”  A fundraiser for KITH which assists homeless individuals and families who are on the Eastside and in crisis regarding their housing.  The ride is one of the Northwest’s biggest bike riding events and offers three choices of routes and distance.  Register online, and helmets are required!

Mason County Forest Festival
May 31 – June 3, downtown Shelton
Features a Paul Bunyon Parade, logging show, and many traditional enjoyments of yesteryear and family fun.