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What’s moving Seattle this week?

There’s LOTS happening in Seattle this week! So we’ll jump right in. Seattle keeps rock ‘n rolling…

…retro style!

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WED 6.6 – THU 6.7

On the heels of a June 5 Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers concert at KeyArena, comes Sweet Baby James –aka James Taylor and His All-Star Band- tonight at KeyArena from 7:30 to 11 PM. Starting in the 1970s, James Taylor still draws crowds–an estimated 10,000 people this evening, converging on lower Queen Anne. If you don’t have a ticket, you might want to avoid the area.


WSDOT work: Several I-5 lanes and ramps are getting repair work done, closing tonight and Thursday overnight from 9 PM through 5 AM –making room for the weekday morning commute. Scroll down for full details.

Also June 6 – 7, 6th Avenue is closed between Stewart St and Seneca St, 7:15 PM – 6 AM.


Global Running & Expo Rocking

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WED 6.6 – SAT 6.9

Today is Global Running Day (take advantage of the Global Running Day Sale!), kicking off into the St. Jude Rock ‘N Roll Marathon Expo June 8 and 9. The Expo is a 2-day health and fitness event at CenturyLink Field Event Center prior to the race. Organizers expect about 12,000 people Friday, from noon to 7 PM, and 8,000 from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, June 9.


Lard Butt

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SAT 6.9

Not a runner? More of a bacon and butter eater? No worries! There is a 1k this Saturday specifically designed for the less rigorously trained among us, called the Lard Butt 1K. Run and walk on trails in Magnuson Park from 9:30-11 AM (or until you cross the finish line). You’re likely to be joined by approximately 1,600 participants.


Scratch that itch to shop!

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SAT 6.9

If you’re looking for great deals and unique items, hop on down to the SODO FleaMarket, the monthly flea market along Utah Ave S, between S Stacy St and S Holgate St. Flea Market hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. For drivers, note Utah Ave S will be closed for the event, from 6 AM for set-up, through 6 PM for breakdown.  Estimated attendance is 1,000.



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Public Revelry

SAT 6.9

If fleas don’t grab ya’, check out the music, events, and vendors at the Georgetown Carnival Saturday, June 9. Estimated attendance is 5,000, enjoying the entertainment and art on Airport Way S, between 13th Ave S and Corson Ave S. Event hours are noon to 10 PM. The revelry requires the temporary closure of Airport Ave S to through-traffic from 6 AM until 11:30 PM.



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Pride Festival

SAT 6.9

Show your colors for Saturday’s Volunteer Park Pride Festival–Seattle Pride’s celebration of queer arts, music, performance, and culture held in Volunteer Park. Festival hours are 12–7 PM.  Estimated attendance is 5,000.


Graduating Huskies

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SAT 6.9

Over 5,500 University of Washington 2018 graduates will take the field at Husky Stadium Saturday, in the 143rd UW Annual Commencement Exercises. Stadium doors open at 12:30 PM; Procession begins at 1:30 PM; Ceremony concludes at 4:30 PM. Plan ahead for the congestion, with an estimated attendance of 40,000.


Sounding Home

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SAT 6.9

Our own Seattle Sounders play at home this Saturday, against the D.C. United, at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is at 7  PM, with heavy traffic expected in the area just before that time as approximately 35,000 fans visit CenturyLink for MatchDay!


WSDOT work: SB and NB closures are planned on SR99 between S Lander St and Holgate St, June 9; and 6th Ave is closed between University St and Spring St, as well as between Madison St and Marion St for paving work, 7 PM – 6 AM.


Marathon or Mara?

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SUN 6.10

St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Marathon & Half Marathon: The 10th annual marathon and half marathon starts and finishes at the Seattle Center. An all-new course will begin in Queen Anne.  Both courses go around Lake Union, with almost 6 miles of beautiful waterfront views. Heading South, both courses continue through Eastlake, with the half then finishing back at Seattle Center.

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Full marathoners will continue south on the SR99 Viaduct, then north for an out-and-back across the Aurora Bridge and through Woodland Park.  That course then heads back to Seattle Center for the finish.

Races begin at 6:30 AM; all roadways will be reopened by 2:45 PM.  Estimated attendance is 20,000 – so you may want to run the other way unless you’re a registered participant!


WSDOT work: Paving continues along 6th Ave, wrapping up work between University St and Spring St and between Madison St and Marion St from 7  PM to 6 AM, as well as paving between Seneca St and Pine St from 8 PM through 6 AM, June 11.  



WED 6.6 – MON 6.11

Construction closure/repairs details:

  • NB I-5, Cherry to Lakeview – 3 right lanes closed, 9 PM – 5 AM.
  • Olive on-ramp to NB I-5 – closed, 9 PM – 5 AM.
  • NB I-5 exit to Olive – closed, 9 PM – 5 PM.
  • NB I-5 exit to Lakeview – closed, 9 PM – 5 AM.
  • NB I-5 from Cherry to Lakeview will be reduced to two lanes from 9 PM overnight until 5 AM, June 6 & 7 and June 7 & 8. People using northbound I-5 should plan for major delays during these overnight lane reductions.

For more information on upcoming construction, visit our Construction Look Ahead page. For an online map of these events, go to