Puget Sound is hopping this weekend with festivals celebrating cheese, Chinese culture and arts and crafts. Plus, the Seattle International Film Festival kicks off, and it’s Armed Services Day. There’s plenty to do in the Seattle area May 18 – 20. Don’t miss out.

University District Street Fair
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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Celebrate the 43rd annual Fair. There will be three main stages featuring music, dance performance, comedy and more, a special children’s area with age appropriate events, a wonderful medley of street performers and much more. The unique local and regional arts and crafts and an array of international food will delight you. The StreetFair is a free event, located in the heart of the University District.

Seattle Cheese Festival
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
Pike Place Market
1531 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

The Seattle Cheese Festival is an annual destination artisanal cheese festival for the general public and the foodservice industry to taste, celebrate and better understand artisanal cheese made locally and around the world. Two days of cheese sampling from local and international artisanal cheese producers, seminars and panel discussions, plus a Wine Garden is held from noon to 5:00pm both days.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 18, 19 and 20
Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004

MamaCon is the conference that moms have been asking for. Something fun, relaxing all while providing moms the REAL tools they need to support them in their parenting! Each MamaCon event will have power presentations by today’s top notch parenting experts as well as lifestyle specialists. Food, wine, entertainment and self-care make the MamaCon event the most talked about parenting conference for today’s modern Mama!

Plant Conservation Day
Saturday, May 19
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407

It’s a full day of green-thumb activities to enjoy, including landscaping activities, learning bamboo identification skills, walking tours with the zoo’s horticulturalist, and special plant enrichments for our animals! It’s all free with your zoo admission.

Chinese Culture and Arts Festival
Saturday, May 19
Seattle Center Main House
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Explore the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, how to create delicate artworks and share in cultural traditions that cover 5,000 years of Chinese history.

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Seattle International Film Festival
Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, June 10
SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The Seattle International Film Festival SIFF has evolved into one of the leading independent and international film institutions in the United States and the world. With extensive local, national, and international media coverage, the Festival is one of Seattle’s most accessible and highly–publicized cultural events. Now celebrating it’s 38th year. Tickets and more information available online.

Bear Awareness Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328

Living with bears is part of the Great Outdoors experience in the Pacific Northwest. Learn the proper way to camp in bear country at Northwest Trek. Watch Northwest Trek’s bears tear into a demonstration of an “unsafe” campsite and learn how proper food storage and camping etiquette can discourage bears from targeting your campsite. Talk to the keeper who cares for the grizzly and black bears and learn what it’s like to work closely with some of the most powerful mammals in North America! Activities are FREE with admission!

Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
Puyallup Fair and Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

A Retail Consumer Events featuring Art Stamps, Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Paper Arts. You will find art stamps, paper, cardstock and envelopes, inks and pads, die-cuts, brass stencils, glitter, embossing powder, tools, pencils, pens and markers, embellishments, and more. Classes, workshops, Design & Treasure, make ‘n takes, demonstrrations. Learn, become inspired, and shop.

Queen Victoria’s Birthday
Saturday, May 19
11:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
5400 N. Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98407

Musket volleys, bagpipes and cannons abounded when Hudson’s Bay Company forts across North American celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday in the mid-1800s. Join fort re-enactors as they celebrate this workers’ holiday with the playing of bagpipes, sipping of birthday toasts and other gaiety. “Meet” Jane Tolmie (wife of the fort’s manager in the 1840s & 50s) during a special performance at 3:00pm! Find out about her early life within the social structure of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1800s. All the buildings will be open and re-enactors in period clothes will be on hand to answer questions, and maybe even teach the British rules for croquet!

Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 19

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