Somehow it’s already almost May and that means it’s time to start planning ahead for one of the best months yet. That being said, having fun doesn’t have to cost a ton. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this May.

A Festival for May at Camlann Village

Watch garland weaving, textiles, blacksmithing, basket making, leatherworking, and pottery. You’ll also be able to view longbow archery demonstrations, village dancing, and even tune into the harmonious medieval music of Mynstrels. And yes, you’ll also be able to celebrate Mayday with a great pole, decked with flowers, streamers, and greens complete with a traditional maypole ceremony.

When: May 1st
Where: 10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation, WA
Cost: $10 admission

Karaoke with Baby Ketten

Ready to sing to your heart’s content in front of a bunch of strangers or your friends? It might just be time to head to karaoke at Cafe Racer. You’ll find a professional sound system, lights, a real stage, and an impressive library of music.

When: Every Monday
Where: 1510 11th Ave
Cost: Free

Virtual Silent Reading Party

For those of you that love the Silent Reading Party but are more comfortable at home, you can still enjoy the virtual version. You’ll also get to hear piano tunes from pianist Paul Matthew Moore as you read amongst strangers over zoom.

When: Every Wednesday
Where: Online
Cost: $5-$20

Northwest Folklife

This year’s festival is back in person! It’s all about celebrating “people’s natural propensity for change.” And while this year’s festival focuses on change you’ll still have old mainstays like live performances, vendors, food, and more.

When: May 27th & 28th
Where: Seattle Center
Cost: Free/varies

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

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Go for a wildflower hike

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, the plants are blooming. That includes our state’s wildflowers which are starting to pop up statewide. Treat yourself to a hike full of beautiful blooms that you won’t soon forget.

Brews ‘n Board Games

Snapshot Brewing offers an all-day happy hour for casual tabletop gamers! You can either borrow theirs or bring your own; fill up our punch card and win cool stuff. And get sweet deals like $9 house growler fills every Sunday.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 8005 Greenwood Ave N
Cost: Free/varies

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, 8th, 9th & 12th
Where: 4405 Rainier Ave S
Cost: $12.50

Fremont Sunday Market

Now that spring is here we’re way more in the mood to enjoy Seattle’s outdoor offerings. One of our favorite things to check out is the Fremont Sunday Market. It’s free to visit and you can shop from an array of new, crafted, and vintage items.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 3410 Evanston Ave N
Cost: Free/varies

Recent Acquisitions: Jeffry Mitchell

The Frye is showcasing work from local “gay folk artist” Jeffry Mitchell. This show highlights his work with lotus bulbs and is sure to be one of the better shows that you see this year. Think bright, happy, and fun pieces.

When: Until July 24th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Have a great month, Seattle!