What’s On in Seattle?

An Opinionated List of Interesting Upcoming Events

Updated May 16, 2017

Seattle Events and Festivals

Ongoing & Current Events in Seattle

May 2017 Events in Seattle

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Classic Shakespeare tale, with production inspired by Hollywood movie musicals of the 1930’s.
    May 3-21 • Cornish Playhouse
  • Opening Day of Boating Season
    Sailboat races, boat parades, and the University of Washington’s Windermere Cup regatta.
    May 6 • Various Locations, see website for details
  • Flogging Molly
    The LA-based Celtic punk band visits Seattle.
    May 6 • Showbox SoDo
  • The Magic Flute
    Mozart’s iconic opera, performed in German with English subtitles.
    May 6-21 • McCaw Hall
  • Windborne’s The Music of Prince
    Music of the late, great iconic pop star performed by the Seattle Symphony.
    May 9 • Benaroya Hall
  • An American in Paris
    Tony Award-winning musical featuring songs from George and Ira Gershwin.
    May 9-14 • Paramount Theatre
  • Upstream Music Fest + Summit
    Music industry talks and live shows by more than 100 local bands in this Pioneer Square music festival backed by Paul Allen.
    May 11-13 • Various Pioneer Square venues, see website for details
  • Seattle Maritime Festival
    A celebration of Seattle’s working waterfront, with demonstrations, tours, and kids’ activities.
    May 11-13 • Various locations, see website for details
  • The Flaming Lips
    The psychedelic rock band tours to promote their new album, Oczy Mlody.
    May 16 • Paramount Theatre
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    A month of independent, International, and documentary films at one of the top film festivals in North America.
    May 18 – June 11 • Various locations, see website for details
  • Fleet Foxes
    The Seattle indie/folk band comes home to promote its upcoming release, Crack-Up.
    May 19 • The Showbox
  • Apollo
    The Opening of the Museum of Flight’s new exhibit about the 1960’s Moon mission.
    May 20 • Museum of Flight
  • The Jim Henson Exhibition
    World premiere exhibit, featuring puppets, storyboards, scripts, and clips from the iconic puppet artist’s career.
    Opens May 20 • MoPOP
  • Father John Misty
    The indie-folk star visits Seattle on his tour to promote the new album, Pure Comedy.
    May 24 • Paramount Theatre
  • Northwest Folklife Festival
    Annual celebration of music, dance, food, and crafts from local and international cultures. FREE.
    May 26-29 • Seattle Center

June 2017 Events in Seattle

  • Pictures at an Exhibition
    Pacific Northwest Ballet’s emotional final show of the season, paired with the geometric art of Wassily Kandinsky.
    June 2-11 • McCaw Hall
  • The Total Package Tour: NKOTB
    The 1990’s mega-boy band performs with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.
    June 7 • Key Arena
  • Welcome to Braggsville
    Racial satire and coming of age tale, adapted from a novel by T. Geronimo Johnson.
    June 7 – July 2 • The Center Theatre
  • Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
    World Premiere of a new musical based on the 1997 cult hit film.
    June 8 – July 2 • 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Death Cab for Cutie & The Decemberists
    Two Northwest favorites perform together to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. All ages.
    June 9 • Paramount Theatre
  • The Legend of Georgia McBride
    Heartwarming comedy about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen.
    June 9 – July 2 • ACT Theatre
  • Cabaret
    Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production of the acclaimed (and risque) musical masterpiece.
    June 13-25 • Paramount Theatre
  • TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band
    Two legendary blues acts share the stage and perform works from their new collaborative album.
    June 18 • Benaroya Hall
  • Eddie Izzard
    The celebrated comedian discusses his life, work, and his new memoir, Believe Me.
    June 20 • Moore Theatre
  • Ryan Adams
    The roots-rock troubadour performs songs from his new album, Prisoner.
    June 28 • Paramount Theatre
  • A Live Presentation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
    Kubrick’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, with score performed live by the Seattle Symphony.
    June 30 – July 1 • Benaroya Hall