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Best May Day Events in Seattle

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3rd Annual May Day! May Day! Celebrating New Seattle Music
Tuesday, May 1
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Town Hall Seattle‎
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.652.4255
http://www.townhallseattle.org‎

Come see three extraordinary local artists/ensembles – iconoclastic upstart composer/pianist Aaron Otheim, local heavyweights the Seattle Chamber Players, and Seattle Modern Orchestra, which launched at the 2010 edition of Mayday!. Curator Paul Taub once again has charged the artists to touch themes of politics, pagan rituals, and calls for help in times of distress — and the result is an exciting program: the world premiere of Bones, composed by Otheim and performed with the Skeletons; John Cage’s Thirteen, performed by the Seattle Modern Orchestra (Julia Tai, artistic director), in honor of the composer’s centennial; and SCP’s spirited read of the iconic Coming Together/Attica by Frederic Rzewski. Presented by Town Hall; program supported by the Aaron Copland Fund and Paul G Allen Family Foundation. Tickets are $10; $5 for age 25 and under at Brown Paper Tickets or 800.838.3006, and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.

May Days at the Seattle Aquarium
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
May 1, 2 and 3
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org

May 1: The original May Day with a marine twist! The Aquarium’s marine mammals will receive treats of flower shaped ice toys at 11:30am and 2pm. May 2: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG – A chance to have your donations to the Aquarium go even further.May 3: Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner and special guest Lynda Mapes – The Elwha River Undammed: Restoring an Ecosystem. Mapes, a reporter for The Seattle Times followed the work on the Elwha for a year and authored a special report on the project. A reception with light refreshments will precede the program. More information online.

May Day Collision
Tuesday, May 1
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Seattle University
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
206.296.6000
http://www.seattleu.edu/events

ArtSideOut’s fifth annual student art show featuring art work of every kind: visual art, musical performances, digital design, photography, film/video art, theatre performances and spoken word. No other time of the year will you see this much student work in one place, a must-see event. Come build community and see the talents of Seattle University collide together in one fantastic night of May Day mayhem!

May Day Celebration
Tuesday, May 1
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Fireman’s Park
A St and S 9th St
Tacoma, WA 98402
http://www.pugetsoundrevels.org

A Maypole, songs, dances, flower crowns and more to welcome lovely May! All ages welcome. Free. Any weather!

A Festival for May
Saturday and Sunday
May 5 and 6
Camlann Medieval Village
10320 Kelly Road NE
Carnation, WA 98014
425.788.8624
http://www.camlann.org

Come join in the 15th annual festival of merriment, feasting and the beauty of Spring in the countryside. Medieval clothing is encouraged, but optional. Greens, yellows and a chaplet for your hair are preferred on this occasion. Clothing rentals are available at the Clothier Shoppe. Craft Shops & Booths, May games and entertainment, and Maypole festivities. Family friendly.

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