With the start of May (and a weekend highlighted by Cinco de Mayo), there’s plenty of family fun to be had around the city. On our radar: an exciting race on the water, a festival dedicated to kids, a fantastic May Day celebration and a not-so-traditional production based on a popular fairy tale. If you’re looking for even more excitement, the ¡Fiesta 5K Olé will feature a lively three-mile run and walk, food trucks to feed your taco cravings and live entertainment. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Eugene Tagawa


Windermere Cup Rowing Regatta & Opening Day of Boating Season
Fans of all ages are invited to watch the 33rd annual Windermere Cup Rowing Regatta from the shores of the Montlake Cut. Watch the University of Washington race against the men’s and women’s German national teams, the Boston University men and UCLA women. Psst…the regatta is held as part of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season and will be followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. Sat. Event details.

Spring Carnival
Put on your favorite Star Wars costume and head to Broadview Cooperative Preschool’s annual carnival which will include a special Star Wars theme this year in honor of May the 4th (Star Wars Day). Enjoy games, live music, a food truck, bake sale and silent auction and raffle, plus a Star Wars photo booth and droid building craft. Sat. Event details.

Kodomo ni Hi–Children’s Day Festival (pictured)
At this annual festival designed for kids, explore and learn about Japanese art, culture, food and music. This year, Kodomo no Hi attendees can learn about manga culture through artist demonstrations, try their hands at maneki neko (lucky cat) hat making, origami and other crafts, plus go water yoyo fishing, take in a taiko performance and workshop by Kaze Daiko and enjoy storytelling and tasty food. Sun. Event details.


The Princess & the Pea
In this latest StoryBook Theater production will the Queen let her son marry the girl he loves, even though she doesn’t look like a typical princess? And what defines a real princess? Beauty? Kindness? Courage? Find out in this not-so-traditional, but oh-so-delightful story about big beds, pining princesses and petite peas. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


A Festival for May
Usher in the magical month of May at Camlann Medieval Village. At this annual festival, catch a glimpse of what May Day might have looked like hundreds of years ago as you experience entertainment and craft shops, including garland weaving, wool dyeing and blacksmithing. Psst! Get in the spirit by donning medieval garb (optional, but super authentic). Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Travel through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and get a glimpse at how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington state. Sat.-Sun. (weekends through October). Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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