What’s Happening May 6-12
Mom’s Market Day features lots of festivities and florals to enjoy with loved ones. In the crafts market at the north pavilion, find a temporary tattoo parlor featuring designs created by market artists Dan Gregory and Rosie Ferne and a themed photo opportunity designed by artist Sally Simmons. Pick up a guide map card from the event table in the atrium and explore a Marketwide scavenger hunt featuring over 10 locations around Pike Place Market. Near the front of the market, under the clock and sign, enjoy live music by market buskers 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
At Mom’s Market Day, there will also be opportunities to see a live mural being painted, special shopping offers, opportunities to win prizes and more.
In addition to all the fun and activities taking place for Mom’s Market Day, visitors will find bouquets bursting with tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies from over 40 Western Washington flower farmers at the Flower Festival.
The Flower Festival is in its 14th year, and the Market’s florals will attract people from all over the region.
“Pike Place Market is known for their iconic bouquets, right?” said Mary Thao, owner of flower farm and Market vendor Xai C. Farm. “Everyone comes to the Market because they’ve heard of or they’ve seen these beautiful bouquets put together, and I feel pretty proud to be a part of that.”
Thao inherited the Snohomish flower farm — originally a produce farm — from her mother in 1995. She calls herself a “one woman flower farmer,” and she’s been busy preparing for Mother’s Day, the busiest holiday of the year for many florists.
“A lot of hard work gets put into growing these flowers and these plants and filler flowers. It takes a whole year to prepare for this festival,” Thao said, “and some of my flowers that I’ll be using for next year for Mother’s Day, I’ve already direct sowed to the soil.”
When preparing for a big event like the Flower Festival, many local flower farmers like Thao begin harvesting their blooms weeks in advance. The blooms then get stored in cold storage to keep them fresh while the farmers harvest and forage for greens to add to the bouquets, Thao said.
“The Market is very strict in making sure that the farmers actually do sell what we grow, and so that way we’re not competing against other farmers or other growers who might be supplementing what they grow with flowers from South America or California,” Thai said. “It’s legit, locally grown flowers from us only, and for me, that’s very important.”
Before becoming a Pike Place Market vendor, Thao grew up visiting the Market after school and on the weekends. “And now, it’s just a part of me,” she said.
“The Market provides this place where I can actually go and sell what I grow and what I create any time of the year. … It’s just very satisfying to see all the work that you put in — from the very beginning to the seeds to right up when you hand the bouquet over to the customer. That’s very satisfying to see.”
Mom’s Market Day takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7. The Flower Festival takes place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7-8. Find more information online at: st.news/MarketMom
What else is happening
Here are some other events happening May 6-12 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival — May 5-8
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents the 17th annual hybrid Seattle Trans Film Festival dedicated to showcasing films by, for and about trans, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people. This year’s festival will showcase over 56 multigenerational stories from 11 countries, including Panama, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ireland. Purchase tickets online; $30-$100/passes, $5-$30/single tickets. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-323-4274; threedollarbillcinema.org
Windermere Party on the Cut — May 6
Kick off Windermere Cup regatta weekend at the fourth annual Party on the Cut 6-10 p.m. Listen to live music, grab a bite to eat from Dick’s, Ivar’s, Flyin’ Taco and more, and enjoy libations from one of the drink tents. Participants can also catch a sneak peek of Windermere Cup race day with twilight sprints from the University of Washington, Great Britain and Netherland crew teams. (Race day and parade are May 7.) Must be 21 and over with valid photo ID and ticket to enter the Party on the Cut. Purchase tickets online; $25/online, $35/at the door. Northeast corner of Montlake Cut (near the UW Waterfront Activity Center); 206-527-3801; windermerecup.withwre.com
Skandia First Friday Dance — May 6
Join Skandia Folkdance Society and celebrate the first Friday of the month in person at 7:30 p.m. The basic snoa will be taught, and there will be music by Sprida Ut, Kris Johansson and Nola and Brian Nelson featuring a combination of nyckelharpa, guitar and voice. Find and submit waiver online; $10/members; $15/nonmembers. 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-954-5262; skandia-folkdance.org
Nathan Hale High School Benefit Event and Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale — May 6-7
Enjoy refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to shop for plants the night before Nathan Hale’s big spring plant sale 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 6. Then, enjoy a selection of veggie starts, fuchsia baskets, flowering annuals and more grown by high school students using sustainable practices 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7. All proceeds benefit the Nathan Hale horticulture and urban farm program. Purchase benefit tickets online; $20-$35. 11051 34th Ave. N.E., Seattle; nathanhaleurbanfarm.org
Eid Mubarak! — May 7
King County Library System hosts an online workshop to learn about Eid al-Fitr with stories, a craft and recipes for Eid treats from Hindi Time Kids at 1 p.m. The workshop will be presented in Hindi, Urdu and English. Register online; free. kcls.org
Drawing Spring Flora — May 7
Join Bellevue Botanical Garden for an online drawing workshop of a flower, flower petals or a flowering branch 1-4 p.m. Participants will use a variety of colored pencil techniques and approaches to drawing and sketching from observation. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Register online; $45/nonmembers, $31.50/members. bellevuebotanical.org
The Conservatory Spring Plant Sale — May 7-8
Volunteer Park Conservatory presents its biggest fundraiser of the year 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7-8. The Conservatory Spring Plant Sale will feature houseplants and tropicals for any home or apartment. Visitors can also receive plant tips and advice. Free. 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; volunteerparkconservatory.org
BonsaiFest — May 7-8
Pacific Bonsai Museum hosts a festival featuring hundreds of bonsai at their height of spring blooms 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7-8. Enjoy three bonsai exhibitions, watch live bonsai demonstrations, enjoy food and drinks, talk to bonsai artists about their craft, take tours and more. Free. 2515 S. 336th St., Federal Way; 253-353-7345; pacificbonsaimuseum.org/events/bonsai-fest
Kids Make Mother’s Day Brunch — May 8
Celebrate Mother’s Day by making brunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cook along with cooking instructor Erica Weisman to make a delicious breakfast cake and an easily adaptable frittata. Participants will also learn tips for kitchen safety and kitchen confidence with newfound baking and cooking techniques. Register online; $35. pccmarkets.com
Saving the People’s Wall — May 12
Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, president of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, will discuss how to support The People’s Wall 5:30-6:30 p.m. Elmer Dixon, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, will also join in conversation. The wall, located in the Central District’s Squire Park neighborhood, remains a visible reminder of the period of activism that was a nationwide call-to-action brought to bear locally by the Seattle Black Panther Party. Register online; free. historicseattle.org