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 production with a popular brick road. If you’re looking for even more excitement, the ¡Fiesta 5K Olé will feature a lively run/walk, food trucks to feed your taco cravings and live music and entertainment. Scroll down to learn more and to see what else is happening this weekend.

photo: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington


2018 Windermere Cup Rowing Regatta & Opening Day of Boating Season
Fans of all ages are invited to watch the 32nd annual Windermere Cup Rowing Regatta from the shores of the Montlake Cup. At this free family event, see the University of Washington race against the women’s crew from the Dutch National Rowing Team and the men’s crews from Oxford Brookes University and the University of British Columbia. The regatta is held as part of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season and is followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. Sat. Event details.

Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. And this weekend, you can watch as he takes the dynamics of bubbles to a whole new level. From square bubbles and bubbles inside bubbles, to fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, the Amazing Bubble Man is going to ahh-maze you! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Kodomo ni Hi – Children’s Day Festival (pictured) 
At this annual festival designed for families, 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, enjoy storytelling and tasty food and more. Sun. Event details.


The Wizard of Oz
In this latest BYT production, watch your favorite characters from the classic tale come to life on stage (think: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion). Suitable for the whole family, this musical will include hit tunes such as “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Fri.-Sun. (through May 12). Event details.

A Festival for May
Usher in the magical month of May at Camlann Medieval Village. At this 20th 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. As you travel through the Cascade Foothills and to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, discover how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington state and the important role they played. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned for the first weekend of May? Tell us in the comments below.

—Kristina Moy