Welcome to May! Seattle’s late spring is off to a hot start with plenty of opportunities to get outside, enjoy new and old favorite eats as well as see art and live music. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this week.

City Nature Challenge

The Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are asking folks to join the City Nature Challenge 2022. It’s a nature observation event using the iNaturalist app. Have fun while being an observer or by helping others identify their observations.

When: Until May 2nd
Where: Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area

Check out a new restaurant

Need an excuse to eat out? Well, Seattle has a few new restaurants that should definitely be on your radar. And if you’re not ready to eat out quite yet you can check out what’s soon to open in and around the city.

The Flaming Lips

Do You Realize?? The opportunity you have here to see one of America’s fave psychedelic rock bands? Yes, this is a show you should definitely go see.

When: May 4th
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
Cost: $50

Visit Capitol Hill’s new H Mart

While M2M is considered the grocer’s convenience store, the Capitol Hill location is very much so a full market. Shoppers will find produce, meat & dairy sections, a frozen section, and plenty of snacks. Additionally, popular H Mart elements like baked goods and BBQ chicken can be found at the new Capitol Hill location, according to Capitol Hill Blog.

Inland Empire

In need of a weird movie to watch? Instead of seeing something new, watch something a tad bit older. David Lynch’s Inland Empire is taking over The Beacon for multiple showings throughout May. It’s the perfect amount of freaky and funky.

When: May 4th
Where: 4405 Rainier Ave S
Cost: $12.50

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Lucky Envelope Brewing AANHPI

The event kicks off on Friday, May 6th with the Tasting Room releasing weekly limited availability beers. They’ll also be hosting AANHPI-owned food vendors twice weekly. Some of those vendors include Mike’s Shave Ice, Kathmandu MoMoCha Food, Panda Dim Sum, and more.

When: Throughout May
Where: 907 NW 50th Street
Cost: Varies

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

The festival has all sorts of events for attendees to enjoy. Check out events like a food fair featuring eats from Kaleenka Piroshky, Keep it in the Valley Funnel Cakes, Ali’i Hawaiin Shave Ice, and more. There’s also a massive carnival (America’s 7th largest), live performances and even eating contests. That’s not all though, there’s seriously an event for everyone and you need to view the calendar for yourself.

When: Until May 8th
Where: Wenatchee, Washington
Cost: Free/varies

Try out the Airbnb of boats

GetMyBoat is touted as the Airbnb of boats and was introduced here in Seattle in 2020. You can rent powerboats, sailboat charters, fishing charters, jet skis, and houseboats. And while there are no superyachts, there are a few smaller yachts. Essentially if it floats, they have it.

Down The Rabbit Hole at Nordo

Down The Rabbit Hole is centered around the themes of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. You’ll get to watch as your favorite tales like “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “The Stolen Tart” are set to original music and performed by a local cast. It’s an experience designed to cater to all the senses.

When: Until May 28th
Where: 103 South Main Street
Cost: $95-$105 per person

Pop up plant sales at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Throughout spring, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden will host featured vendor weekends in partnership with local nurseries. In April you’ll be able to shop from Puget Sound Daylily Club on May 1st, Courting Frogs on May 14th & 15th, and Botanica on May 28th & 29th.

When: Until May 29th
Where: 2525 S 336th St. Federal Way, WA

Have a great week, Seattle!