Things to do this weekend: University District Street Fair, May 21-22, Seattle; Armed Forces Day Parade, May 21, Bremerton; Poulsbo Viking Fest, May 20-22.
Summer street fair season kicks off at the University Street Fair Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, along University Way in Seattle. In its 47th year, it’s the longest-running street fair in the U.S., celebrating peace, love and community with crafts, food and music by local bands.
All are invited to browse through an array of arts and crafts by more than 170 vendors and nosh on food from around the world in two food courts and a food-truck corral with burgers, barbecue, corn dogs, elephant ears, gluten-free and paleo food, and more. Big Time Brewery hosts an outdoor beer garden outside its alehouse at 41st Avenue Northeast and University Way, along with eateries up and down the Ave welcoming visitors. The University YMCA hosts a Kids’ Area with performances and activities for children and families at the fair.
Organized by the U District Partnership (formerly the U District Chamber of Commerce), the first University District Street Festival in 1970 was the brainchild of local merchant and peace activist Andy Shiga to heal community divisions and promote tolerance after the turbulent 1960s. The fair was an immediate success, attracting 50,000 visitors during its first weekend and many more in subsequent years, and inspiring other neighborhoods to host similar events.
University District Street Fair
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21-22.
Location: University Way Northeast from Campus Parkway to Northeast 50th Street, Seattle.
Armed Forces Day Parade
Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21.
Location: downtown Bremerton.
Poulsbo Viking Fest
Time: hours vary Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 20-22.
Parade: 2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Poulsbo.
Location: downtown Poulsbo and Liberty Bay waterfront, Poulsbo.
Pay lots and street parking are available in the area but usually fill quickly. Taking the bus, your bike or walking are good options. Many vendors accept credit/debit cards, but some may not, so cash can come in handy. Pets aren’t allowed at the street fair unless they’re service animals.
Other major events this weekend include the Armed Forces Day Parade Saturday morning, May 21, in downtown Bremerton, the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation, with all branches of the military and an expected attendance of more than 25,000 spectators. Also on the Kitsap Peninsula this weekend, Poulsbo Viking Fest hosts a Viking encampment, street fair, entertainment, carnival, road race, bike race and paddleboard races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 to 22.