Syttende Mai parade in Ballard. Credit Bjorn via Flickr CC
- Free Comic Book Day. On the first Saturday in May, pick up a free comic book and check out fun and free activities at local shops.
- Opening Day of Boating Season. A parade of decorated boats travels through the Montlake Cut in Seattle to mark the official start of the boating season.
- Northwest Folklife. This vast, affordable festival (admission is by donation) is always held on Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center, and it always includes an incredible lineup of music and dance performances, activities for kids and terrific people-watching.
- Syttende Mai. On May 17 of every year, Ballard flies its Scandinavian colors high at this popular and historic parade, one of the largest outside of Norway.