We’re well into May and the beginning of festival season in the greater Seattle area. This weekend, we have an event with creepy crawlers, a super-fun street fair, a high-flying show, a witty production, a bring-your-pet fair and a camp inspired by Downward Dog. You don’t want to miss Ballard’s biggest parade of the year (pictured), celebrating Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) on May 17. Grab some lutefisk and a seat along Market Street and watch one of the largest ethnic parades in the country! Plus, the Seattle Green Festival will be at the Qwest Event Center May 21- 22 and Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes will be at the Tacoma Dome May 17-18 and the Comcast Arena at Everett May 20-22.

Seattle

Spring, Sprang, Sprung!
Which creatures creep while you sleep? Find out at this community dinner and moonlight walk through Seward Park. Experienced naturalists will lead this informative walk through the Park’s magnificent old growth forest and around beautiful Lake Washington. Listen for owls hooting and coyotes yipping, and learn about spiders, bats mountain beavers and other wildlife residents of the park. Fri., 7:00 pm, Seattle, $3-$8. Advance tickets required. Event details.

University District StreetFair
This weekend, the 42nd annual University District StreetFair kicks-off the Seattle festival season. Check out more than 300 craft and food booths, music and dance performances, comedy sketches and costume contests. Plus, a special area will be set up for the kiddos with age appropriate activities including inflatables, crafts, street performers and a chance to meet and take a photo with the wacky Chicken Riderre (which is a cowboy riding a chicken!). Sat, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

SANCA Annual Spring Showcase
It’s that time of year again when The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) presents a showcase of unique, circus-variety performances with students, alumni, staff, and friends of SANCA. See one (or all three) circus shows featuring a different line-up of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus artists, alongside SANCA’s student performers. With festive musical accompaniment by Doc Sprinsock & the SANCApators, you and the fam will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, rolling globe ensembles, contortion, juggling and much more! Sat., 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm; Sun., 3:00 pm, Seattle, $14-$22. Tickets required. Event details.

Eastside

 

Gulliver’s Travels
You don’t want to miss this witty and hilarious production performed by the conservatory students of Youth Theatre Northwest. Based on the book by Jonathon Swift, follow Lemuel Gulliver on his journeys through strange and distant lands and see what he does when he encounters tiny Lilliputians, visits the Land of Giants and travels to Laputa, a floating island devoted to the arts and academics. Fri., 7:00 pm; Sat. and Sun., 2:00 pm, (through June 12),  Mercer Island, $10-$17. Tickets required. Event details.

Whiskers, Wings and Wagging Tails: Redmond Pet Fair
Are you looking to expand your family with Fido or maybe a friend for Fido? The Whiskers, Wings and Wagging Tails event will offer pet adoptions, vendors, displays, dog sport demonstrations, and activities for the whole fam. Plus, get information and advice from pet experts. Well-behaved pets (on leashes) are welcome to attend too! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Redmond, Free. Event details.

Kid Yoga Camp
Bala Yoga is offering its first-ever Kid Yoga Camp to help your kiddos develop strength and flexibility, expand mental focus, and uncover a sense of calm, peace and well-being. Enjoy an afternoon date with your hubbie, while your kidlets have a ball practicing fun yoga poses, playing imaginative games, and learning how to be comfortably still & relaxed. Sat., 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Kirkland, $35-$40. Registration required. Event details.

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Char Beck Photography