Erika's weekend picks for May 18-19
West Seattle Bee Garden
Sat, May 18 8-10 a.m.
Discovery Park, Seattle
Take a walk with experienced birders through Discovery Park and search for migratory birds and year-round residents in the park’s many habitats. BYO binoculars if you have them. Great for kids 8 and older. $5. Please pre-register.
West Seattle Bee Festival
Sat, May 18 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
West Seattle Bee Garden, High Point Commons Park. FREE
Come learn all about these busy pollinators at the seventh annual bee festival in West Seattle. Take part in a fun run (9 am), kids’ and pet parade (11 am), games and crafts, watch a beehive demo (noon), and enjoy food and live music.
Armed Forces Day
Sat, May 18 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord. FREE
Come wander through military vehicles on display, watch historic battle reenactments, enjoy live music and roving entertainers, hop on rides, and stick around for food, crafts and more. Entrance is free; fee for carnival rides and food. Vehicles without a Department of Defense ID should use the DuPont Gate entrance at I-5 exit 119. Visitors 16 and older must present valid state or government-issued photo ID.
Beat the Bridge
Sun, May 19, 8 a.m.
The challenge: to run from Husky Stadium to the University Bridge before it goes up. Come try this fun 8K run and wheelchair race, or a non-competitive 3-mile family walk, 1-mile fun run, or Diaper Derby for toddlers (FREE). Proceeds from the event, including registration fees and pledges, benefit the Northwest chapter of JDRF. $30 to $50.
Related: Find more spring fun runs here.
University District Street Fair
Sat/Sun, May 18/19 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
The longest-running street fair in the country is back and bigger than ever. Featuring hundreds of craft, food and information booths, multiple entertainment stages, dozens of street performers, an awesome kids’ area and more.
Sun, May 19 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lake Washington Blvd. FREE
It’s opening weekend for the four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park, which is closed to motorized traffic many Sundays through September. Come hop, scoot, bike, walk, run or meander along the lake and enjoy some beautiful views.
Need help getting started? Read our family bicycling guide.