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Here’s our list of free and fun things to do in and around Seattle over the Memorial Day Weekend from meaningful celebrations to family and adult fun, there’s something here to please everyone.
Family fun/All ages fun
Blue Star Museums is proud to offer free admission for active duty U.S. military personnel and up to five immediate family members from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America.
Only active U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) or National Guard or Reserve Members apply for free admission. Current I.D. required to receive free admission. Spouses of deployed personnel are eligible for free admission with proper identification. For qualifications details, see www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/Blue-Star-Military-ID-chart.pdf.
Blue Star regrets that auxiliary organizations, veterans, and service men and women from other countries do not receive free admission as a part of this program unless they are the bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. For more information on the Blue Star Museums program and for a list of participating museums in your state, visit www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/.
Participating Museums in Bellevue
Participating Museums in Seattle
In case Memorial Day Weekend looks like rain…
REI’s biggest sale of the year takes place every year in May. The REI annivesary sale is your best chance to save up to 30% on camping gear, backpacking gear, bags for commuting or traveling, climbing equpment, togs for gym workouts or yoga, everything you need for cycling or watersports, sportswear for you and the kids, sandals, and shoes. If you are an REI member, you can save with a special 20% off coupon on one full price item (yeah, there’s fine print on this deal…but it can be a steal!).
The 2013 annivesary sale runs May 17-27. Check out an REI store near you, or shop online:
Missed the sale? Here are more ways you can save at REI everyday:
Are you 13 – 19 years old? Do you enjoy music, dance, theatre or art? Want to purchase tickets to any of these activities for $5? Every month, you too can join hundreds of Seattle-area teenagers who use TeenTix to attend arts events for just five bucks.
For more info or to get your TeenTix pass, head over to the TeenTix website.
Shop the Redmond Saturday Market on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm from May to October. Located on the western edge of Redmond Town Center, you’ll find an average of 85 vendors, including farmers, nurseries, crafters, and great lunch choices. Redmond Saturday Market is the oldest open-air market on the Eastside. The public market comprises local farmers, gardeners, artists, craftspeople & food specialists.
Everything at the Redmond Farmers Market is made, grown, or produced in the state of Washington. The market offers a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, beautiful cut flowers, baked goods, jams & jellies, honey, dips, sauces, cheese and a huge variety of handmade arts and crafts. There are several lunch choices-including tamales, pizza, sausage sandwiches, crepes, popcorn, & shaved ice. Many of our farmers are certified organic, and some available food items are gluten-free.
If you are interested in supporting local agriculture and getting easy access to the freshest produce the Puget Sound region has to offer, join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! CSAs are a very simple agreement between you and a local farmer. You pay an upfront “subscription fee” directly to the farmer and each week during the growing season, the farmer packs a “farmers-market-in-a-box” just for you (usually mid-June to late-October). The money goes directly to the farmer and the food goes directly to you. Program lengths range from 14-25 weeks at $10-40 per week, depending on the size of the box.
Each farm’s CSA program is slightly different. Most Puget Sound CSA programs begin in June–sign up soon to get your first choice of program. For information on finding a program that works for you, go to the King County CSA information page.
Each SELF Magazine’s Health and Beauty Awards offers a list of the best budget-minded health and beauty products. The list includes best buy products $15 and under for hair, body, face, and makeup. We suggest you use this list to create a “Spa Day’ basket with a few of these beauty products for your Mom. It’s a way to encourage her to spend a little more time on herself! SELF magazine offers advice, tips, and tools for managing nutrition, fitness, food, diet, and health.
The Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival is the annual showcase by the Propeller Club of the local maritime industry and the important role it plays in the Puget Sound economy. Located on the Seattle waterfront, the weeklong celebration is anchored by Saturday Family Fun Day. Thrill to the power of the world’s biggest tugboat races! Enjoy the Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off. Don’t miss survival suit races, a boat building competition, FREE harbor tours, FREE Coast Guard vessel tours, kid’s activity center–including free wooden boat building, and more. The Downtown Seattle Waterfront is the place to be for the annual event.
Women’s health events during May in Bellevue and Seattle are part of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health and its [...continue reading National Women’s Health Week in May encourages women to prioritize health]
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