7 Must-Do Things in Seattle this Spring

The weather is finally getting warmer (hopefully) and it’s time to seize the opportunity to get out and welcome a new season in Seattle! With renewed sunshine, longer days, and warmer temperatures on the way, we’ve got the perfect starter guide to get sprung on spring at your Pike Place Market. Keep reading to explore the Market and learn about our seven must-do spring activities!

1. Flower Festival & Mom's Market Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Pike Place Market! On Saturday, May 7 head to the Market for Mom’s Market Day – a fun-filled pre-day celebration. All 9-acres will play host to an unforgettable afternoon. Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, scavenger hunts, temporary mom tattoos, and more!

Bonus! Shoppers who spend $75 or more at any Market business on Saturday will receive a free limited-edition Pike Place Market flower tote, perfect for commemorating the day and carrying your bouquet purchase.

Mom’s Market Day will take place during the 14th annual Flower Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday. Over 40 tents will line Pike Place featuring flower farmers from King, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. Bouquets will be bursting with tulips, daffodils, irises, and the season’s favorite peonies!

2. Take in a Show

Celebrate Can Can ringing in 17 years of business and nearly 7,000 spectacular shows! This dinner theatre destination is a sensational entertainment experience, bringing modern cabaret and burlesque dance, acrobatics, vocal performance and comedy into one vibrantly packaged production.

Shows are seasonally rotated; catch “Lola” kicking off Mother’s Day weekend through August 28. Add in the delectable, Market-fresh menu and libations thoughtfully sourced from the Market’s vendors and served throughout the show, and you’re sure to have a most memorable evening.

Reserve your tickets here.

For a night full of laughs, head to the Unexpected Productions! This improv team holds several shows a week in the historic Market Theater located right next to the Gum Wall in Post Alley. Come for Seattle Theatresports, Improv Happy Hour, or Duo Comedy Showcase.

See the full show list and purchase tickets here.

3. Host a Barbeque with Atrium Kitchen's Meal Kits

Enjoy meal kits by Atrium Kitchen made with fresh ingredients from Pike Place Market’s featured vendors in Chef Traci’s Market to Table cooking classes, packed and made easy for at-home preparation! Make it a backyard event with friends or family and pick up one of their spot prawn boil kits that comes with corn, potatoes, sausage, bread, and butter. It’s a one-pot crowd-pleaser for everyone to enjoy bundled up near a bonfire!

Order them online here for easy pick-up.

4. Get First Dibs on New Produce

As the chilly weather wanes and changing seasons welcome an abundance of new crops, be sure to get your hands on fresh, locally sourced produce for your potlucks and grilling. Enjoy bundles of Rainier cherries (a specialty of our evergreen state), stalks of delectable rhubarb, juicy strawberries, tender asparagus, and much more!

Stop by any of our four produce stands to find what’s in season or join our Pike Box CSA program and enjoy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables all spring and summer. Learn more about our Pike Box CSA program and which box is right for you.

Our Produce Stands:

5. Enjoy Al Fresco Market Dining

Let the extended daylight hours and warmer temperatures energize you into a fun afternoon or evening outdoors! Enjoy the first tastes of al fresco dining and find your way to any of our restaurants and eateries with patio seating.

6. Celebrate Earth Day Every Day


Celebrate Earth Day every day by visiting your local Market businesses that prioritize sustainability and work to keep our most precious pollinators thriving! Stop by for locally sourced honey products from Sunny Honey Co. and Sweet Things Honey Farm, organic jams from Sidhu Farms, or Tiny’s Organic for fresh cherries and other organic produce.

Pick up sustainable skincare from Moon Valley Organics, whose farm includes a four-acre pollinator sanctuary and devotes 10% of profits to nonprofits directed toward the protection of bees. Don’t forget a bouquet from any of our flower farmers! Skip the car for a day if it’s possible, and enjoy the sights and sounds by biking or walking to and from the Market.

Learn more about businesses that sell in our handmade Crafts Market that use upcycled to create uniquely renewed goods.

7. Support Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Many Market businesses from farmers to crafters, to retail shops & restaurant owners, belong to this community. The Market is proud to support such a large population of AAPI individuals who make this Market the special place it is. We invite you to shop, eat and explore all of Pike Place Market and support the businesses that identify as AAPI.