Celebrate Mother’s Day at Pike Place Market and more fun around Seattle

What’s happening May 6-12?

Celebrate role models, mother figures and/or that special someone in your life at Pike Place Market Mom’s Market Day and flower festival.

Mom’s Market Day offers plenty of festivities and flowers to enjoy with loved ones. In the North Pavilion Craft Market, find a temporary tattoo parlor featuring designs created by market artists Dan Gregory and Rosie Ferne and a themed photo shoot designed by artist Sally Simmons. Pick up a guide map from the events table in the atrium and explore a market-wide scavenger hunt featuring over 10 locations around Pike Place Market. Near the front of the market, under the clock and the sign, enjoy live music from the market buskers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Mom’s Market Day, there will also be opportunities to see a live mural, special shopping deals, opportunities to win prizes and more.

In addition to all the entertainment and activities organized for Mom’s Market Day, visitors will find bouquets bursting with tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies from more than 40 Western Washington flower growers at the Flower Festival.

The Flower Festival is in its 14th year and the market flowers will attract people from all over the region.

“Pike Place Market is known for its iconic bouquets, isn’t it?” said Mary Thao, flower farm owner and market vendor Farm Xai C.. “Everyone comes to the market because they’ve heard of or seen these beautiful bouquets put together, and I’m pretty proud to be a part of it.”

Thao inherited Snohomish Flower Farm – originally a produce farm – from her mother in 1995. She calls herself “a lady flower farmer” and she has been busy preparing for Mother’s Day, the busiest of the year for many florists.

“A lot of hard work goes into growing these flowers, plants and filler flowers. It takes a whole year to prepare for this festival,” Thao said, “and some of my flowers that I will use l next year for Mother’s Day, I have already sown directly into the ground.

When preparing for a big event like the Flower Festival, many local flower growers like Thao start harvesting their flowers weeks in advance. The flowers are then stored in cold storage to keep them fresh while farmers harvest and search for greens to add to the bouquets, Thao said.

“The market is very strict about making sure that farmers are actually selling what we grow, and so we don’t compete with other farmers or other growers who might supplement what they grow with flowers. ‘South America or California,’ says Thai. “These are legitimate, locally grown flowers, and to me, that’s very important.”

Before becoming a vendor at Pike Place Market, Thao grew up visiting the market after school and on 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 so satisfying to see all the work you’ve done, from the very beginning to the seeds to the moment you hand the bouquet to the client. It’s very satisfying to see.

Mom’s Market Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7. The Flower Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7 and 8. Find more information online at: st.news/MarketMom

What else is going on

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 [email protected]

TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival — May 5-8

Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents the 17th Annual Seattle Hybrid Trans Film Festival dedicated to showcasing films by, for and about trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. This year’s festival will feature more than 56 multi-generational stories from 11 countries, including Panama, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ireland. To buy tickets in line; $30-$100/passes, $5-$30/single tickets. 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle; 206-323-4274; threedollarbillcinema.org

Windermere Party on the Cut — May 6

The Windermere Cup Regatta weekend kicks off at the fourth annual Cup Party from 6pm to 10pm. Listen to live music, grab a bite to eat at Dick’s, Ivar’s, Flyin’ Taco and more, and enjoy libations in one of the beverage tents. Attendees can also get a glimpse of the Windermere Cup race day with dusk sprints from crew teams from the University of Washington, Great Britain and the Netherlands. (Race and Parade day is May 7.) Must be 21 years of age or older with valid photo ID and ticket to attend Cup Party. To buy tickets in line; $25/online, $35/at the door. Northeast corner of Montlake Cut (near UW Waterfront Activity Center); 206-527-3801; windermerecup.withwre.com

Skandia’s First Friday Dance — May 6

Join the Skandia Folkdance Society and celebrate the first Friday of the month in person at 7:30 p.m. Basic snoa will be taught, and there will be music from Sprida Ut, Kris Johansson and Nola and Brian Nelson with a combination of nyckelharpa, guitar and vocals. Find and submit a waiver in line; $10/member; $15/non-members. 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 purchase plants the day before Nathan Hale’s Big Spring Plant Sale from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on May 6. Then, enjoy a selection of vegetable starts, fuchsia baskets, flowering annuals and more grown by high schoolers using sustainable practices from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7. All proceeds will go to Nathan Hale’s horticulture and urban farm program. Buy benefit tickets in line; $20 to $35. 11051 34th Avenue NE, Seattle; nathanhaleurbanfarm.org

Eid Mubarak! — May 7

King County Library System is hosting an online workshop to learn about Eid al-Fitr with stories, crafts and Eid treat recipes from Hindi Time Kids at 1 p.m. The workshop will be presented in Hindi, Urdu and English. Register in line; free. kcls.org

Drawing Spring Flora — May 7

Join the Bellevue Botanical Garden for an online drawing workshop of a flower, flower petals or a flowering branch. A list of supplies will be provided upon registration. Register in line; $45/non-members, $31.50/members. bellevuebotanical.org

Conservatory Spring Plant Sale — May 7-8

Volunteer Park Conservatory presents its biggest fundraiser of the year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7-8. The Conservatory’s Spring Plant Sale will feature houseplants and tropical plants for any home or apartment. Visitors can also receive plant tips and advice. Free. 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; volontariatparcconservatoire.org

BonsaiFest — May 7-8

The Pacific Bonsai Museum hosts a festival featuring hundreds of bonsai trees at their peak of spring bloom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7-8. Enjoy three bonsai exhibits, watch live bonsai demonstrations, enjoy food and drink, chat with bonsai artists about their craft, take tours, and more. Free. 2515 S. 336th Street, Federal Way; 253-353-7345; pacificbonsaimuseum.org/events/bonsai-fest

The kids prepare for Mother’s Day brunch — May 8

Celebrate Mother’s Day by baking brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cook with cooking instructor Erica Weisman to whip up a delicious breakfast cake and easily adaptable frittata. Attendees will also learn tips for kitchen safety and confidence through new cooking and cooking techniques. Register in line; $35. pccmarkets.com

Save 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 Squire Park neighborhood of the Central District, remains a visible reminder of the period of activism that was a national call to action made locally by the Seattle Black Panther Party. Register in line; free. historicseattle.org