Weekend Highlight

It’s all about Mom this weekend at events including the first Mom’s Market Day at Pike Place Market Saturday, May 11, with music by buskers, kids activities, craft demonstrations and sale of handmade Mother’s Day cards.

Photo ops include Sasquatch visits at DownUnder Level 3 and an oversized “MOM” sign at the MarketFront Saturday, and eight flower-themed pop-up artists’ murals around the Market through early June.

Saturday activities also include an Atrium Kitchen cookie-decorating party; custom, temporary “Mom” tattoos; and a Passport program for prize drawings by visiting designated shops.

Also this weekend at the Market, the 11th annual Flower Festival hosts 40 tents on Pike Place’s cobblestone street with farmers selling abundant bouquets of tulips, daffodils, irises, peonies and other blooms perfect for moms (and everyone), Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

The Seattle Waterfront welcomes moms and families with four hours of free parking on Mother’s Day, May 12, at participating garages to make it easier to visit the neighborhood, since viaduct demolition has limited access to businesses and parking. Free parking vouchers are available at participating waterfront businesses with no purchase necessary. Parking ambassadors will be available to help direct visitors to parking to make it easier to start your visit to waterfront shops, restaurants and attractions.

Community calendar: a listing of more Mother's Day events

Also this weekend, the Seattle Maritime Festival Free Family Fun Day brings activities, boat tours, food trucks, entertainment and kids activities to the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard Saturday, May 11. Take a one-hour boat tour of the Ship Canal; see a Seattle Fire Department water display; and check out the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol Boat, Seattle Fire Department Fire Boat and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. Entertainment features The Not-Its! at noon, School of Rock at 1:15 and Alleyoop Musical Games and Puppets at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.


Pike Place Market Mom’s Market Day/Flower Festival

Mom’s Market Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11

Flower Festival: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Location: Pike Place Market, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle

More info: 206-682-7453 or pikeplacemarket.org

Seattle Waterfront Free Parking for Mother’s Day

Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12

Location: Hillclimb Garage, 1422 Western Ave.; Watermark Tower Garage, 1108 Western Ave.; Western and Seneca lot, 1101 Western Ave.; Pike Place Market Garage, 1531 Western Ave., Seattle


More info: downtownseattleparking.com

Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11

Location: Seattle Maritime Academy, 4455 Shilshole Ave. N.W., Seattle

More info: seattlemaritime101.com/seattle-maritime-festival

Community calendar: Mother’s Day events, Backyard Wildlife Festival, Northwest Paddling Festival, 75th Anniversary of D-Day