Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Seattle? We rounded up the most exciting events happening this weekend in Seattle and the surrounding area. The best part is that many of these are free or cheap events. Whether you’re in the mood to eat, shop, dance, catch a show, or—checks notes—dress up as a creature of the undead, we got you.
Here are the top 10 events in Seattle this weekend that you won’t want to miss:
1. Eat and shop at the U District Street Fair
When: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22
Where: University District
Cost: Free admission
This two-day street fair will have food trucks, live performances, and vendors selling art, crafts, and handmade goods. You can easily get there by taking the light rail to the heart of the U District where the fair takes place. We compiled a guide to the U District Street Fair for your convenience.
Get even more information at the U District Street Fair website.
2. Enjoy a live performance (or several) at the Seattle Cabaret Festival
When: now through Sunday, May 28
Where: Egan’s Ballard Jam House
Cost: tickets start at $20
Don’t miss out on this cabaret festival that only goes until the end of May. This weekend features four different performers each evening on Friday and Saturday. Whether you like classic girl group tunes, swing music, or a humorous cabaret show, you’re sure to have a ball.
See the festival’s performance schedule here.
3. South Lake Union Saturday Market
When: Saturday, May 21 from 11am – 4pm
Where: South Lake Union
Cost: Free admission
Head over to South Lake Union on Saturday to enjoy delicious street food, DJs, handmade goods, food trucks, and curbside brunch. If you’re really feeling ambitious, you could start your weekend at this market on Saturday and end it with the U District Street Fair on Sunday!
See more info about the market here.
4. PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day
When: Saturday, May 21 starting at 9am
Where: West Seattle
Cost: Free to browse
Feeling in the mood to do a little treasure hunting? The Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods are hosting a community garage sale this Saturday. You’re sure to find plenty of unique artwork, books, furniture, clothes, and more.
See their website for more information.
5. Go to a dance party in Capitol Hill
When: Saturday, May 21 at 9pm
Where: Chop Suey in Capitol Hill
Dance Yourself Clean plays indie electronic music every Saturday at popular nightclub Chop Suey. This 21+ event is a Capitol Hill mainstay.
Get your tickets at the door and check out their website for more details here.
6. Catch the tail end of Seattle Beer Week
When: now through Saturday, May 21
Where: various bars and breweries
Cost: Free to attend
The fifth annual Seattle Beer Week has been skipping merrily along all week. It wraps up this Saturday with daily events at various bars and breweries. You can partake in a sour beer festival, a beer-centric brunch, live music, and more.
See the full schedule of remaining events here.
7. See a Grammy-nominated artist perform at the Downtown Seattle Block Party
When: Friday, May 20 at 5pm
Where: Seattle Center
Grammy-nominated soul and R&B artist Allen Stone will be performing at the outdoor Mural Amphitheatre in Seattle Center. You may know him from NBC’s American Song Contest. There will also be opening acts, nearby beer gardens, and appearances by local sports mascots.
Read more about the block party here.
8. Adopt a dog at Cairn Brewing
When: Saturday, May 21 from noon to 3pm
Where: Cairn Brewing in Kenmore, WA
Cost: Free admission
If you don’t mind a short drive, this event on National Rescue Dog Day is for a good cause. You can sip a few beers at Cairn Brewing while meeting adoptable dogs and puppies from Dog Gone Seattle Rescue. The brewery will donate 10% of all sales to the dog rescue.
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9. Dress up in your creepiest cosplay for Crypticon Seattle
When: Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22
Where: DoubleTree Hotel
Cost: Tickets start at $35
Fans of all things macabre and creepy will love this horror convention! You can purchase a daily or weekend pass at the door. Expect all kinds of events such as cosplay and makeup contests, horror trivia, drag and burlesque performances, celebrity guests, and more.
Read more about the convention here.
10. Catch the final run of a play that has been called “brilliant” and “hilarious”
When: now through Sunday, May 22
Where: Seattle Public Theater (7312 West Green Lake Drive N)
Cost: General admission tickets start at $36
Billed as a “hilarious, smart, literary farce,” the play “Or,” is closing out its run this weekend so be sure not to miss it. The play takes place in 1666 London and centers around real life spy-turned-playwright Aphra Behn.
See more information about showtimes and tickets here.