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Summer’s in the Air!

This week marks the halfway point of Summer 2k18 (how did that happen so quickly!) and there’re events happening left and right, from block parties to parades and art fairs, oh my! So many ways to be outside! Scan this list below so you can plan your weekend travels accordingly.


Mobility Tip #1:

As part of and funded by the Alaskan Way Viaduct Parking Mitigation Program, the Downtown Seattle Association is offering a FREE WATERFRONT SHUTTLE service! The shuttles provide FREE rides between the Space Needle and Pioneer Square, with stops along the waterfront. Anyone can ride, now through October 1, 10 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week! Visit for details.



Saturday, July 28:

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Alki Art Fair: Alki Beach summer festival celebrating art & music. 10 AM – 6 PM (music continues until 9 PM). About 9k attending.

SLU Saturday Market: Weekly market closes 9th Ave N between Denny Way and John St. 11 AM – 4 PM. About 3k attending.

Othello Block Party: Street fair celebrating the vibrant local music, visual arts and international community of South Seattle. The event will close 42nd Ave S between S Myrtle and S Othello streets. 12 – 9 PM. About 450 attending.

Freeway Park Fountain Festival: Blue grass, body art; kit painting; and water balloons all abound at this annual event, in Seneca Plaza on Seneca St, between 6th and 7th, downtown.

Seafair Torchlight Run: 5K and 8K run will start and finish on 4th Ave adjacent to Westlake Park. 6 – 7:30 PM.  About 18k attending.

Seafair Torchlight Parade: The 69th annual Torchlight Parade features entries from clowns and pirates to drill teams and equestrian units. The parade continues to highlight and celebrate communities from the greater Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape including Children’s Friendship Festival, Indigenouz PlaceMakerz, Sikhs of Washington and many more. The parade begins at the Seattle Center and continues down 4th Ave to S Washington St. 7:30 – 11 PM. About 250k attending.


Sunday, July 29:

Alki Art Fair: Alki Beach summer festival celebrating art & music. 10 AM – 6 PM. About 9k attending.

Pista sa Nayon: Annual Seward Park event that celebrates the heritage and traditions of the culture of the Philippines. 10 AM – 7 PM.  About 8k attending. Stop by and visit the SDOT table for safety swag, walking and biking maps, and more.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: 2 – 4 PM at CenturyLink Field. About 35k attending.


Construction & Maintenance

July 27 – 28: All lanes of SB I-5, between Stewart and Spring streets, will be closed overnight, 11:59 PM – 5 AM.

July 27 – 28: Mercer and Yale streets SB I-5 on-ramps will close overnight, 11:59 PM – 5 AM.

July 28: W Seattle Admiral Way ramp will be closed for safety-related maintenance, 7 AM – 4 PM.

July 28 – 29: WB I-90 will be fully closed from Island Crest Way in Mercer Island to I-5 in Seattle, 11 PM – 7 AM.

July 28 – 29: NB I-5 reduced to two lanes between SR 520 and NE 45th St, for Ship Canal Bridge Deck work 2 – 11 AM each day.

July 29: WB outside lane of Mercer closed for vegetation management, 7 AM – 3:30 PM.

July 29 – 30: WB I-90 will be fully closed from Island Crest Way in Mercer Island to I-5 in Seattle. 10:30 PM – 4:30 AM.


Next week preview.

July 30 – Aug 6: Admiral Way Bridge structural testing, 7 AM – 4 PM.

Aug 2 – 5: I-90 Seafair & Blue Angels closures, 12:15 – 2:45 PM Th; 12:55 – 2:45 PM Fri-Sa-Su.




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Information subject to change. Additional construction or events may be planned in the Seattle area.