Folklife returns, Memorial Day events and more fun around Seattle

What’s new from May 27 to June 3

The epitome of Seattle Northwest Folk Festival returns in person on Memorial Day weekend after a pandemic-fueled two-year hiatus. The celebration of arts, heritage and culture will welcome over 6,000 attendees, 25 stages, 200 food and craft vendors and over 250,000 attendees – and the best part is, it’s free!

Founded in 1971 by the City of Seattle and the Seattle Folklore Society, Folklife aims to provide Pacific Northwest residents the opportunity to share and engage with the patchwork of unique cultures that make up this region. At the festival, visitors can experience new genres of music, try a variety of foods, experience a range of cultures, and even participate in dancing.

The cultural focus of this year’s festival is “Metamorphosis: With the Old, with the New”, a theme meant to celebrate natural change, especially the change seen as we emerge from the pandemic with new ideas, movements and practices.

“This year’s cultural focus turns to our present, the urgency of the moment and how it paves the way for our future,” the event’s website reads. “How do we translate the heritages and traditions of our precursors and reflect them in our current selves, with our current identities and current conditions? How do we prepare and propel our current selves for the future we want to see? How is this unbroken circle reflected in the common good that exists in all cultures?

Folklife will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 27-29 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 30 at the Seattle Center (305 Harrison St., Seattle). Find more information on: nwfolklife.org

Remembrance Day Events

Here are some events celebrating Memorial Day in the Puget Sound area.

Memorial Day Weekend Steam Train Rides — May 28-30

All aboard for Memorial Day weekend steam train rides through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley with the Northwest Railroad Museum. To buy tickets in line; prices vary. Trains depart from North Bend (205 E. McClellan St., North Bend) and Snoqualmie (38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie) depots; 425-888-3030; trainmuseum.org

PBS National Memorial Day Concert – May 29

On the eve of Memorial Day, enjoy one of PBS’s highest-rated programs with uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, readings and more at 5 p.m. The concert will remain available for two weeks after the live broadcast. Free. pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert

Museum of Flight Memorial Day Ceremony — May 30

The Museum of Flight presents an in-person Memorial Day Ceremony with a concert by the Boeing Employee Concert Band, memorial service and special exhibit presentation at 11 a.m. in line; free with admission to the museum. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; 206-764-5700; museumofflight.org

Veterans Memorial at Anderson Cemetery — May 30

Stanwood American Legion Post #92 features an 11 a.m. ceremony with an opening prayer, performances by the Stanwood High School band, the display of the colors, a 21-gun salute and more. Free. 7630 Pioneer Road, Stanwood; facebook.com/american-legion-post-92-110665584054102

Annual Memorial Day Service at Acacia — May 30

Join in for this annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. on the grounds of Acacia Memorial Park. Free. 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle; 206-362-5525; acaciafuneralhome.com

Memorial Day 2022 Commemoration Ceremony — May 30

Tahoma Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery is hosting a ceremony including speeches, wreath laying, rifle volley and more at 1:30 p.m. Free. 18600 SE 240th St., Kent; 425-433-2041; cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/tahoma.asp

Mill Creek Memorial Day Ceremony — May 30

The town of Mill Creek hosts a Memorial Day parade featuring veterans of foreign wars, the American Legion, the Civil Air Patrol, military vehicles and a flyover by military aircraft. Free. 15429 Bothell Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-551-7254; millcreektourism.com

Free Civil War Memorial Day Walking Tour – May 30

Civil War Seattle hosts a narrated walking tour in Mount Pleasant Cemetery of the graves of Civil War veterans. Attendees will learn about the stories of many Civil War veterans, both Union and Confederate, who are buried in the cemetery. Register in line; free. 700 W. Raye St., Seattle; civilwarseattle.com

What else is going on

Here are some other events happening May 27 through June 2 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected]

Asian American Challenges – RARE May Open Discussion – May 30

Join RARE’s Virtual Town Hall Session for a panel discussion on Asian American Challenges at 7 p.m. . They will share their lived experiences as Asian Americans as well as the rich history of Asian immigrants and their offspring in America, their struggle against stereotypes and racism, the recent increase in hate crimes against Asians and other challenges of systemic racism and oppression faced by Asians. community. Register in line; free. rhs4racialequity.org

Celebrate Strawberries — June 1

Join PCC and cooking instructor Marianna Stepniewski for an in-person class celebrating one of the most anticipated fruits of the year 6-8 p.m. Participants will learn how to make strawberry jam that will be used to make a French classic ( the financier). Participants will also bake mini cornmeal and strawberry upside-down cakes while learning classic techniques and creative flavor pairings with herbs and spices. Register in line; $80. 22621 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell; 206-545-7112; pccmarkets.com

National Poetry Series Reading at Paper Boat Booksellers — June 1

Teresa K. Miller will read excerpts from her National Poetry Series winning collection “Borderline Fortune” at Paper Boat Booksellers at 6:30 p.m. Free. 6040 California Avenue SW, Suite A, Seattle; 206-743-8283. paperboatbooksellers.com

The History and Art of Bonsai — June 2

Learn where bonsai comes from and why it’s considered an art form during this online course presented by master gardener and bonsai expert Bruce Williams. old they can get. To buy tickets in line; $10.50/members, $15/non-members. bellevuebotanical.org

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