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WEEKEND EVENTS: #SeattleSqueeze Edition

Keyon Wilford Jr., 4, from Seattle, marched (with two signs) along with his grandmother. (Photo courtesy Neal McNamara/Patch) |


It’s Friday eve and we wanted to give you an early heads up, as the second weekend of the #SeattleSqueeze nears. A couple large-scale events to be aware of – Womxn’s March and the 37th Annual MLK Day Rally and March, plus some smaller ones that may impact commutes, including the YG Stay Dangerous Tour at WaMu Theater – despite that awesome title, we always advise people to stay safe. As we head into the holiday weekend, remember to plan ahead and please pack your patience as you get around town.



Westlake March & WaMu Theater Concert

Friday, January 18

Afternoon rally + march at Westlake Park (2-4 PM) – rally and march related to a previous officer shooting. Expect about 250 potential attendees. March route from Westlake Park to the Federal Courthouse via 4th –> Virginia –> 7th –> Stewart, and rally at the Federal Building.

YG Stay Dangerous Tour at WaMu Theater begins at 8 PM and should end by 11:30 PM. They’re estimating 7,000 concertgoers.



Womxn’s March on Seattle

Saturday, January 19

Image of Women's March 2017

Image via KUOW’s Joshua McNichol’s, 2017 Womxn’s March 

. Schedule .

9 AM Rally at Cal Anderson Park, followed by a march to Seattle Center

9:45 AM March to Seattle Center begins

11:30 AM Program and panels begin at Seattle Center

With the Squeeze in mind, event organizers have coordinated with city and county staff, as well as local businesses, to minimize the pain without lessening the impact of the march’s message. The rally will start earlier and be shorter than in the past.

Organizers are encouraging participants to arrive at Cal Anderson before 9 AM and to be prepared for a longer commute given the viaduct closure and the expected attendance (35,000 – 45,000 people). The event should wrap up by 1:30 PM. Organizers have created this Google map to show the 2.2-mile route from Capitol Hill through downtown to Seattle Center.

Screen grab of march route

Image via Google Maps

. Street Closures .

Fully closed: Pine St from Broadway to 5th Ave.

Rolling closure (as the march moves through) of 4th Ave to Cedar, 5th Ave, Harrison St, and Seattle Center.

Heads up, uniformed police officers will be at 4th and Battery and 4th and Stewart to accommodate any emergency responses.


. Getting There .

Take transit – light rail will drop you off at Cal Anderson!

Rideshare – use the designated drop-off zone on 12th Ave between Olive and Howell.

Accessibility – an accessible drop-off location will be at the SW corner of Pine and Nagle Pl until 8:30 AM.

Check out all the event details at



Annual MLK Day Rally + March

Monday, January 21

Photo of people at 2018 MLK march

Image credit: Seattle Times, from 2018 MLK Day March

The 37th Annual MLK Day Rally and March event starts off with a series of workshops and speakers at Garfield High School focused on the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – defeating racism, poverty, and war. Yes. Yes. Yes.

. Activities .

9:30 – 10:50 AM Workshops at Garfield High School.

11 AM – 12:30 PM Rally in the gym.

12:30 PM March departs Garfield High School and heads to Westlake Park.

1:30 PM Rally at Westlake, followed by a community meal.

The march will go along 23rd Ave, turning west at Union, north on 12th Ave, then west on Pine, ending at Westlake Park.

If you’re planning to participate, plan ahead and consider carpooling, ridesharing, or taking transit – Metro routes 3, 4, and 48 will get you right to Garfield!


For more details, head to



City offices closed on Monday

Monday is a national holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While city offices will be closed, our Transportation Operations Center will be staffed and running to monitor the Squeeze.  On-street parking will be free on Monday.

For all things #SeattleSqueeze, don’t forget to check out our website.