Welcome to the first full weekend of May! From festivals, eats, opportunities to get outdoors, and more. Ready to have some fun? Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend!

Check out the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Festival

The unique 3-day event has mariachi, live music, Azteca dancers, DJ tunes, singers, salsa lessons, dancing, runaway drag, and lots of Encanto! What’s more, there will be food and drinks available throughout the plaza as well as sit-down service.

When: May 5th-7th
Where: Harbor Steps Plaza
Cost: Free/Varies

Caroline Polachek

Polachek is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer known for her genre-bending approach to music. With her angelic voice and innovative production techniques, she creates ethereal and emotive pop that defies easy categorization. It’s a must-see concert in our books.

When: May 5th
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
Cost: $71+

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo at a local restaurant

The first week of May is almost here and that means Cinco de Mayo is just days away. If you’ve been meaning to treat yourself to some delicious Mexican cuisine and margaritas, this is your chance.

Death Grips

Death Grips is a boundary-pushing experimental hip-hop trio consisting of MC Ride, Zach Hill, and Andy Morin. They’re known for combining aggressive rap vocals, electronic production, and punk-inspired instrumentation to create an intense and visceral sonic experience. In order to have that sonic experience you’ll need to pay resale prices.

When: May 6th
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
Cost: $159+


The 18th annual Seattle Trans Film Festival takes place this May. It’s produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and is “dedicated to showcasing films by, for, and about trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.” It is one of three transgender film festivals in the US and one of only a few in the world!

When: Until May 7th
Where: Online & In person
Cost: $13+

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Camlann May Festival

At Camlann’s festival, you’ll be able to see crafters demonstrate garland weaving, textiles, blacksmithing, basket making, leatherworking, and pottery. It’s a rare opportunity to witness these ancient crafts in action, and you’ll come away with a new appreciation for the skill and dedication of these craftsmen.

When: May 6th & 7th, 2023
Where: 10320 Kelly Rd NE, Carnation, WA
Cost: $10

Stroll through a local garden

Seattle and the surrounding area are full of amazing, accessible gardens that you can enjoy. Some are free to visit and some require admission. Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, local history or unique landscapes, these gardens have you covered.

Go whale watching

Elevate your spring weekend adventure by trying to spot a whale or two. Washington happens to have a whole bunch of amazing places to catch glimpses of orca whales and other local sea life.

Go for a spring hike

Now that spring is officially here, there’s no better time to hit the trails. Of course, we went ahead and created a list of some of the best hikes that you can check out both near and far from the city.

Fremont Sunday Market

The Fremont Market is truly a classic Seattle shopping experience and it happens year-round, rain or shine. It’s a great place to find antiques, vintage clothing, and much more.

When: Every Sunday
Where: Evanston Ave N & 34th St

Enjoy all of the things to do in Seattle, and have a great weekend!