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Summer Streets block parties Aug. 12 & 20

Hopefully you already know that Summer Streets is a community block party where SDOT opens up several blocks of a street for people to walk, cycle, stroll, shop, connect with friends and just hang out on the street free of motor vehicles.

There are two things that you absolutely must know:

1. The final two Summer Streets events of the year happen in less than three weeks.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets
Fri., Aug. 12, 6 – 9 p.m. during the Artwalk
Greenwood Ave NW from NW 67th to NW 87th St

Rainier Valley Summer Streets
Sat., Aug. 20, noon to 3 p.m., right after the Heritage Parade
Rainier Ave S. Ave., from S Alaska St to S Brandon St

2. You’ve got to be there.

Local merchants and residents provide all sorts of activities, transforming the street into a vibrant place for people.

PhinneyWood will turn Greenwood Ave NW into a mile of fun with the Art Walk, lots of artists creating art and showing their work, free dance lessons, food art, bands, art lessons, a fire truck, an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, an aerial acrobatic performance, stilt walkers, the giant piano, farmer’s market, waffle ball games, ultimate Frisbee and a coffee taste-off.

And you know what else will be there? A LOT more. We’ve even heard a rumor of a doggie nuptials ceremony.  You’ll have to see for yourself.

Rainier Valley Summer Streets will be just as fun. Here’s a teaser: Art in the Alley, kids’ bike parade, two music stages, an urban chicken petting zoo, 98118’s Got Talent Show, sidewalk chalk galore and more. You’ll hear more on Rainier Valley as it gets closer.

Both events will feature Seattle’s biggest canned food pyramid. Bring a can or two to donate and help make the pyramid huge.

It’s all about using the space called the street, which happens to belong to everyone.

So come on out and use your imagination about how you can use your space.

Summer Streets.  It’s everyone’s street.  Imagine the possibilities.