Somehow it’s already Memorial Day weekend. Not only is it a long weekend but it’s also the last full weekend of May. So you might as well get out there and live it up while you can. Here are 10 of the best things to do this Memorial Day weekend in Seattle.

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

Go hiking with Trailhead Direct

For the 2022 season, you will be able to visit Mount Si. The Trailhead Direct buses will originate from “Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link light rail station and service every 30 minutes to Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, and Little Si. The season will launch on Saturday, May 28th, and run through Sunday, Sept. 11th. ”

When: May 28th-September 11th
Where: Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link light rail station
Cost: $1.50-$2.75

2022 Juan de Fuca Festival

The Juan de Fuca Festival is the North Olympic Peninsula’s premier music and arts festival. It’s been happening for 30 years and is yet another great, classic PNW event to help you kick off summer. You can enjoy live music, a street fair, and more.

When: May 27th-29th
Where: Port Angeles, WA
Cost: $30+

The Gertrude Stein Salon

Enjoy a salon hosted at the penthouse of the Sorrento. Hear new writing, and music and see art from Julia Sweeney, Lesley Hazleton, Rebecca Brown, John Roderick, Sarah Rudinoff, Charles Mudede, Trisha Ready, and Adam Haws. The theme is, light, think variety show, think summer. Psst, it’s hosted by Christopher Frizzelle.

When: May 28th
Where: 900 Madison Street
Cost: $75-$150

Eat at a new restaurant

Feeling hungry? Why not try out a new restaurant this weekend? Seattle has quite a few as well as new bars! So grab your friends or go solo and enjoy something new. Yes, don’t worry we compiled a whole list for you.

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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. This weekend you’ll be able to shop from Botanica on May 28th & 29th.

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

Hike to a waterfall

What’s a better time than a long weekend to go chasing waterfalls? Luckily for you, Washington has tons of them, from big to small, we made a list with all of your best options. And if you’re brave enough for an early-season swim you can even enjoy a natural waterslide at one of the falls.

Go see a laser show

Seattle Center does still indeed have its laser dome, in fact, you can see live shows once again! So treat yourself this weekend and hear your favorite tunes accompanied by some visuals. Musicians you can hear include Prince, Beyonce, and more.

When: Thursday-Saturday
Where: Seattle Center
Cost: $12-$15

Enjoy a day trip

Since you have an extra day, why not take a day trip? You could even make it an overnighter if you’re really feeling it. That being said, we went ahead and compiled some of the most unique places you can visit around Seattle and our state. So grab your keys and get going!

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

Enjoy your long weekend Seattle!