Opening Day of Boating Season May 5; Woodland Park Zoo Assam Rhino Reserve opening May 5: Nordic Museum Grand Opening May 5-6.
Opening Day of boating season Saturday, May 5, has been a local tradition to greet the arrival of spring on the first Saturday in May since 1920, a few years after the opening of the Montlake Cut, the canal that connects Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Seattle Yacht Club hosts the boat parade with Husky Band boats, hundreds of decorated sail and power boats of all kinds, yachts and working boats, ending with the Chief Seattle fire boat cruising with hoses firing, all starting at noon Saturday.
At the Windermere Cup crew races, start the day with 23 races including UW crew teams competing against international guest teams, and local teams with athletes ages 14-70. The third annual Battle of the Brave, Seattle Police vs. Seattle Fire Department teams, is a highlight at approximately 10:15 a.m., along with the final races to award the Windermere Cup.
For shoreside spectators, viewing is on the banks of Montlake Cut near the Montlake Bridge and any vantage point overlooking the area. Early arrival is recommended for parking. The Montlake Bridge is closed to vehicle and foot traffic from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Two other big events Saturday are opening days of a different sort. Woodland Park Zoo celebrates the opening of its Assam Rhino Reserve on Saturday with festivities, keeper talks and family activities. The Reserve’s two young greater one-horned rhinos, an endangered species in India and Nepal because of the illegal wildlife trade, are making a comeback in the wild thanks to conservationists working to stop trafficking. The exhibit shows how we all can help endangered species, and includes some neighbors in the rhinos’ wild habitat, Asian brown tortoises and demoiselle cranes.
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The new Nordic Museum‘s long-awaited opening day is also Saturday. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and community festival are free and open to the public, but advance reservations to visit the galleries opening weekend are sold out.
Opening Day of Boating Season
Time: crew races 10 to 11:45 a.m., boat parade noon Saturday, May 5
Location: Montlake Cut, Montlake Bridge and vicinity, Seattle
Assam Rhino Reserve Opening, Woodland Park Zoo
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; zoo open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Cost: $12.95-$20.95, ages 2 and younger free
Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-548-2500 or zoo.org
The Nordic Museum Grand Opening
Time: noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6
Location: 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle
More info: 206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org