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Community events, construction, and more: See what to expect around Seattle August 1-13!

The view from Elliot Bay Trail at sunset. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.

It’s already August! While we’re more than halfway through summer, there’s still plenty of festivals, sports, and more. Find out what’s happening and how you can get around the city safely and easily.

At-a-Glance: Click on the links below to read more!

Top events around Seattle

Seafair Airshow

A group of 4 fighter jets flies in a vertical formation, each trailing a white cloud behind them
The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels at a previous airshow. Photo Credit: SeaFair.

The 2023 Boeing SeaFair Airshow will be returning to the skies over Lake Washington August 4–6! Featuring events and exhibitions including vintage aircraft, parachute demonstrations, and breathtaking stunts by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, this weekend-long event will excite people of all ages.

While these aerial performances will be visible from many locations around the lake, people are invited to enjoy the show in Genessee Park.

Although I-90 bridge will remain open throughout the weekend, expect traffic along the route and around Lake Washington as people stop to watch the airshow. Parking can also be expensive and stressful, so try to plan other ways to get there! You can reach Genessee Park by bus with King County Metro, or by riding Link light rail to Columbia City Station and enjoying a short walk to the park from there.

Day In Day Out Festival

The Day In Day Out logo for 2023. Photo Credit: Day In Day Out.

The weekend-long Day In Day Out Festival will be taking place August 12–13 at the Fischer Pavilion at the Seattle Center. This music festival features two days full of live music as well as food and drink options.

The Seattle Storm have a home game at Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday afternoon, close to the location for Day In Day Out, so expect driving and parking to be difficult. The Seattle Center is easily accessible by transit with King County Metro buses or the monorail from Westlake Center which takes you right to Seattle Center.

SDOT Community Events Tabling

A group of 6 SDOT staff smile while standing behind an SDOT table at a community event.
Members of our team at a tabling event last summer. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.

We will be at various events throughout Seattle this month! Stop by the SDOT booth at any of the fun community celebrations below and talk all things transportation with our amazing team:

Seattle Sports Home Games

A photo of Entry #10 at Climate Pledge Arena.
Climate Pledge Arena. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.
  • August 1: Mariners, 6:40 PM (T-Mobile Park) 
  • August 2: Mariners, 1:10 PM (T-Mobile Park); Seattle Storm, 7:30 PM (Climate Pledge Arena) 
  • August 6: Ol Reign, 3:00 PM (Lumen Field) 
  • August 8: Seattle Storm, 12:00 PM (Climate Pledge Arena); Mariners, 6:40 PM (T-Mobile Park) 
  • August 9: Mariners, 6:40 PM (T-Mobile Park) 
  • August 10: Seattle Storm, 7:00 PM (Climate Pledge Arena) 
  • August 11: Mariners, 7:10 PM (T-Mobile Park) 
  • August 12: Mariners, 6:40 PM (T-Mobile Park) 
  • August 13: Mariners, 1:10 PM (T-Mobile Park); Seattle Storm, 3:00 PM (Climate Pledge Arena)

Travelers around the stadium district and Climate Pledge should plan for delays before and after games. If you plan to go to a game, please consider taking transit, as the stadiums are served by light rail (Stadium Station) and by a variety of bus routes.

If you’re planning to attend games at T-Mobile Park on August 12 or August 13, be aware that Sound Transit is planning a two-day closure of the light rail tracks in both directions between the SODO and Capitol Hill Stations.

Known Construction

A photo of a Street Closed sign on a road in SODO

Street closed sign. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.

Nightly ramp closures in Seattle, July 31 to August 3

WSDOT will close the following ramps near Green Lake nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM for maintenance paving repairs:

  • NE 80th St/Banner Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 
  • NE 80th St/Banner Way to westbound 85th St

The northbound I-5 off-ramp to NE 85th St remains OPEN.

A graphic map of the street grid around Green Lake showing the location of the ramp clsoures.
Map Credit: WSDOT

Sound Transit Rail Work, August 12-19

Sound Transit is planning a light rail service disruption starting August 12 and lasting through August 19. Work needs to be done to reconstruct the track crossing at Royal Brougham Way in SODO which means that there will be a two-day closure of the tracks in both directions between the SODO and Capitol Hill Stations August 12–13.

During this closure, buses will be operating between these stations to connect the line and all of the stations in between with temporary, street-level bus stops. Royal Brougham Way will also be closed to vehicle traffic just north of Stadium Station, but the crossing will remain open for people walking and biking.

This map shows that the free Link Shuttle Bus operating during the light rail closure will have a route with stops that parallel the light rail stations affected: Capitol Hill, Westlake, University Street, Pioneer Square, International District/Chinatown, Stadium (limited access). and SODO.
Graphic showing the free shuttle bus detour stops during the service disruption. Credit: Sound Transit

Rail operations are scheduled to resume August 14 with single track service through August 19. Riders will be required to transfer at Pioneer Square Station and access to Stadium Station will be limited until the work is complete.

Get more information from Sound Transit:

Lake Washington Boulevard Closure through August 6

Lake Washington Boulevard will continue to be closed in both directions between 24th Ave and Montlake Boulevard through August 6. The westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard will also be closed during this time.

A graphic map of the intersection of 520 and E Lake Washington Boulevard showing the location of the closure.
A map of the closure. Map Credit: WSDOT

To view other upcoming construction and planned activities that may impact travel in Seattle, visit our Upcoming Construction & Events page which is updated weekly.

Know before you go

Want to choose the best mode of transportation for you? Get real-time traffic information with these resources: