2011 Seattle, WA - Things To Do in Seattle
Special Events in Seattle, May & June 2011
By Artists, For Artists
Special Events in Seattle, May & June 2011
May 26 - 29, 2011
The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is also holding its annual conference in Seattle - May 26-29, 2011. GAS members attending both the GAS and SNAG conferences in Seattle qualify for a 15% discount on the SNAG conference (full conference fee or day pass). You must have proof of registration for the GAS conference in order to register for SNAG at the discounted rate. Please contact Evangelina Sundgrenz at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Seattle International Film Festival
May 19 - June 12, 2011
206.464.5830 x 673 www.siff.net
Now in its 37th year, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 155,000 attendees annually. In 2010, screenings included the world premiers of Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life and Chihuly Fire & Light. Conference attendees will be eligible for a discounted Festival pass and an invitation to a special screening.
Top Seattle Tourist Attractions
The Space Needle
Seattle Center, 400 Broad Street
A 41-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck of the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Enjoy a meal at SkyCity, the restaurant at the top that revolves 360 degrees while you dine.
Pike Place Market
Between First Avenue & Western, from Pike Street to Virginia Street
Established in 2007, Seattle's Pike Place Market is the granddaddy of farmers' markets. Today, it's a major tourist attraction, with 200 businesses operating year-round, 190 craftspeople, and 120 farmer booths - plus street performers and musicians. Flowers by the bucketful, flying fish, fresh pastries and fruit, handmade cheeses, local honey, wine, an assortment of restaurants, import goods, antiques, collectibles, and lots of surprises await around every corner.
The Seattle Waterfront
Alaskan Way, Piers 52 to 70
A bustling collection of attractions, restaurants, and shopping, as well as starting points for ferries, cruise ships, the Victoria Clipper and Argosy boat tours. Feed the seagulls at the statue of Ivar Haglund in front of Ivar's Acres of Clams, stroll by the fountains on th wooden piers of Waterfront Park, and admire the view.
Woodland Park Zoo
750 N. 50th Street
See more than 1,000 animals of 300 different species, from elephants and gorillas to piranhas and penguins, in naturalistic exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo. Drop by at scheudled feeding times and talk with the people who care for the animals.
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
608 1st Avenue
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes visitors through the hidden subterranean passages that oncer were the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle and tells stories of the frontier people who lived and worked there.
The Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Designed by world renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhass, the award-winning glass and steel structure of the new Central Library makes the building seem a little off-kilter and translucent, allowing passersby on the street to look in. Take a stroll down through the spiraling stacks. Don't miss the fourth floor: bright red walls, floors, and ceilings!
A short, narrated cruise takes you to an island village, where you'll feast on salmon cooked in the authentic Native American way. A stage show of traditional dances and stories entertains and teaches you about the people who lived in the Northwest first.
Travel by ferry to some of the Puget Sound's most historic and scenic sites. Or, just go along for the ride. Views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the Seattle cityscape, and green shorelines will draw you out onto the deck to feel the salt breeze. The ferry system takes passengers and their vehicles from Seattle and nearby departure points to Vashon Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, the San Juan Islands, and Canada.
Ride the Ducks
516 Broad Street, Seattle
206.441.DUCK (3825) www.ridetheducksofseattle.com
Tour Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft. This 90-minute adventure will have you "quacking up" through the streets of Seattle. You'll see the major sights of the Emerald City on land before you head out to the funky Fremont neighborhood, where you'll splash into Lake Union.
Meet the sea otter pups, Ariak, Lootas, and Aada. Walk under the water in a glass dome as dogfish and ratfish sharks and other Elliot Bay creatures swim all around you. Touch a sea anemone. Learn about the lives of salmon at the world's first and last aquarium-based salmon ladder. Marvel at the impossibly bright-colored coral reef fish. And don't forget to wave to the giant Pacific octopus.
* Free on the first Thursday evening of the month
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
^ Check website for alternate free times
Bellevue Arts Museum ^
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture *
17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98195
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum
325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
Frye Art Museum * ^
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Henry Art Gallery *
15th Avenue NE & 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195
The Museum of Flight *
9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Museum of Glass *
1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Olympic Sculpture Park ^
2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle Art Museum *
1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Asian Art Museum * ^
1400 East Prospect Street (Volunteer Park), Seattle, WA 98112
Tacoma Art Museum ^
1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Washington Park Arboretum * ^
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112
Wing Luke Asian Museum * ^
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
By Artists, For Artists
Check out the Artists Guide to Seattle, a brochure that features interviews with Seattle artists about their favorite Seattle hotspots and activities: PDF available at www.visitseattle.org/cultural/museums.asp.
On Foot: Seattle favorites include Alki Beach, the Arboretum, Discovery Park, Lincoln Park, Volunteer Park, and Green Lake. Also: www.trails.com and www.mapmyrun.com/find-run/united-states/wa/seattle.
By Bike: Maps are available by calling 206.684.7583 or visiting www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaps.htm.
By Boat: You can rent boats at the Center For Wooden Boats (206.382.2628 / www.cwb.org) and at Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club (206.545.8570 / www.aguaverde.com).
Overnight: Camping gear can be rented at REI (206.223.1944 / www.rei.com/seattle).
For even more things to do in Seattle, visit the Seattle Visitor Center at: