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It’s looking to be a beautiful weekend, Seattle! And it couldn’t be better timed for one of our region’s most iconic summer festivals: Seafair. Between that beloved celebration, sports events, and other parties and parades, there’s a lot to do and see in the city over the next few days.
If you’re traveling around Seattle, be aware that WSDOT’s Revive I-5 work resumes Friday night, and we have project work taking place over the weekend as well. To help lessen traffic, we encourage you to consider riding transit such as the Link light rail, the bus, or the West Seattle Water Taxi to reach your destinations. Riding a bike or scooter share is also a great option. Choosing transportation other than a car is a great way to make travel easier for everyone.
See more weekend travel tips below!
Community Celebrations and Events
Seafair Weekend Festival
The Seafair Weekend Festival began this morning and will run through the evening of Sunday, August 7 at Genesee Park, on the shore of Lake Washington. If you’re new to the city or have never attended the festival, you can expect boat racing, delicious food and drinks, and spectacular air shows all weekend long.
General admission tickets are available here.
Travelers should plan for street closures and large crowds at this event. With that in mind, we encourage you to consider riding transit to attend Seafair festivities. The Link light rail station nearest to Genesee Park is Columbia City station. Travelers arriving by light rail can then take Seafair’s free round-trip shuttle service from the station to Genesee Park Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. King County Metro bus routes 7, 9, and 50 also serve the area.
Carrying on a long tradition (more than 50 years!) of summer celebrations held by and for Seattle’s Black community members, Umoja Fest celebrates Black heritage and culture with live music and dancing, food, fashion shows, art and culture displays, and family-friendly activities. The festival will take place at Judkins Park and runs Friday – Sunday (August 5 – 7) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. A parade culminating the spirit of the event takes place Saturday, August 6 at 1 p.m.
A friendly note that Team SDOT will also be tabling the festival, along with representatives from other City departments. We encourage you to come talk to us about our ongoing projects and other transportation topics!
If you’re looking for an alternative to driving, consider taking the King County Metro bus. The Judkins Park area is served by bus routes 4, 14, and 48.
The Magnolia neighborhood hosts its yearly summer festival and parade this weekend. Look for food and drink from local vendors (including a beer garden!), art and craft booths, community organizations and nonprofits, outdoor movies, and of course, live music and a parade.
The festival runs all weekend at the Magnolia Playfield beginning on Friday, August 5 at 2 p.m. and ending Sunday, August 7 at 5 p.m. If you’re looking to take transit, Metro is your best bet, with the neighborhood served by bus routes 24, 31, and 33. Walking, rolling, or taking a bike or scooter share are also great options.
Lake City Summer Festival and Parade
This summer festival features not one, not two, but THREE parades—the Kids’ Parade, the Dog Parade, and finally, the Grand Parade. Other highlights of this fun community celebration include car shows, a salmon bake, live music, and local arts, crafts, and refreshments.
The festival begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, and runs into the evening. Activities will be set up all along NE 125th St, near the public library. While limited parking will be available, consider taking Metro bus routes 20, 64, 65, 75, or 330 to Lake City.
Home games for Seattle sports
The Mariners play at T-Mobile Park this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels, including a double-header on Saturday, August 6. First pitches are scheduled for Friday, August 5 at 7:10 p.m., Saturday, August 6 at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., and Sunday, August 7 at 1:10 p.m. Next door at Lumen Field, the Seahawks have a training camp session on Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m., and OL Reign plays the Houston Dash on Sunday, August 7 at 3 p.m.
On Sunday at 12 p.m., the Storm face off against the Las Vegas Aces over at Climate Pledge Arena. This is star player Sue Bird’s last regular season home game with the Storm! We’re going to miss this amazing athlete, and so will many others—the game is expected to draw more than 10,000 fans. To help people who want to visit other businesses, restaurants and destinations in the neighborhood find a parking space, event rates for on-street parking will be in place.
Luckily, with a little planning ahead, transit can easily get you downtown to cheer on your favorite teams. T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field are served by nearby Link light rail stations and several bus routes. Climate Pledge Arena is accessible via the Westlake light rail station and making a connection on the Monorail to Seattle Center. Alternatively, check out bus routes 8, 32, and the RapidRide D Line.
SDOT construction work
West Seattle and Georgetown area
On Saturday, August 6, beginning as early as 8 a.m., our signal crews will be working to replace overhead signs and complete wiring activities on 14th Ave S and S Cloverdale St. The work is anticipated to conclude by 3 p.m. For people driving, we may need to briefly close lanes directly below the signs while the work takes place. Please navigate the area with caution.
On Sunday, August 7, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., our landscaping crews will be cleaning the parking strips and medians on Olson Place SW and SW Roxbury St. Clean-up efforts will begin on Olson Place SW where we will close a single eastbound lane and proceed to SW Roxbury St where we will close a single westbound lane. Please anticipate delays while traveling in the area.
On Saturday and Sunday, beginning as early as 8 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m., we will be working at 16th Ave SW and SW Cambridge St to update curb bulbs and curb ramps. We’ll maintain traffic throughout the area, but people driving can expect delays.
WSDOT construction work
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 5, contractor crews working for WSDOT will focus on expansion joints on the right side south of the collector/distributor to accommodate expected crowds. This will allow the eastbound and westbound I-90 ramps to southbound I-5 to remain open all weekend.
However, people entering the collector/distributor will have to exit to I-90, Dearborn Street, Fourth Avenue South or Airport Way. The ramp from the collector/distributor to southbound I-5 will be closed. People using the southbound I-5 James Street on-ramp will need to use a collector/distributor exit. The Spring Street on-ramp and the South Forest Street off-ramp also will be closed. All work will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, August 8.
Revive I-5 work is scheduled to continue every weekend this summer through around the end of September. You can visit the Revive I-5 website for the latest information, and you can keep up with WSDOT on Twitter at @wsdot_traffic.
Overnight SR 99 closure
Travelers using the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle should plan on finding an alternate route this weekend. Both directions in the tunnel will close from 10 p.m. Friday, August 5 to 6 a.m. Saturday, August 6. During the closure, WSDOT tunnel crews will perform regularly scheduled maintenance and inspections.
Transit and trip planning resources
The Link light rail and King County Metro both have helpful resources to help you map your route. Simply enter your start and end addresses into Metro’s trip planning tool or Sound Transit’s trip planning tool to find the transit route that works best for you. Google Maps also offers transit planning and biking, walking, and other trip planning options.
We appreciate your time and attention! Thank you for your help in making sure we can all get around the city safely and smoothly. Have a great weekend!
Article Source: News from City of Seattle