The season of outdoor celebrations and events is getting into full swing this weekend, Saturday May 15 through Monday, May 17. The annual events feature food, arts and crafts, marches, parades and 8k walks and runs to street fairs and festivals. Huge crowds are expected for the University Street Fair, the March of Dimes, the Beat the Bridge 8k Run and Walk and the Pike Place Market’s Cheese Festival. On Monday Ballard will hold the annual Norwegian Constitution Day celebration, Syttende Mai, one of the largest of its kind in the country. The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists headed to the events to join in the citywide effort to reduce our carbon footprint and traffic congestion by taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – the Sounder, Link Rail, Metro Transit, car pool, bicycle or, if feasible, walk,
Saturday, May 15
Madrona Mayfair(Children’s) Parade: 9:30 a.m.
Parade route: south on 34th Avenue from Al Larkins Park at E Pike Street to E Spring Street then east on E Spring Street into to Madrona Park ; Seattle Police will escort.
March of Dimes March for Babies: 9:30 a.m.
March route: starts at Seattle Center grounds exiting at Republican Street and Warren Avenue N; moves north on Warren to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; south on Second to Spring Street; makes a u-turn at Spring and then heads north on Second back to the Seattle Center; expect traffic congestion and delays along the route.
Franklin High School Art Festival: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Adjacent to Franklin High School
Event will close eastbound S Mount Baker Boulevard between 30th Avenue S and 32nd Avenue S.
Seattle Cheese Festival: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pike Place Market
Streets closed adjacent to Pike Place Market from 5 p.m. on Friday, May 14 through 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. Expect traffic congestion in the area.
41st Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The following streets will close from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday: University Way NE between NE 50th Street and NE Campus Parkway; NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, NE 42nd Street, and NE 41st Street between 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE. Plan on traffic congestion throughout the University District.
Sunday, May 16
Seattle Cheese Festival: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pike Place Market;
Streets closed adjacent to the Pike Place Market through 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. Expect traffic congestion in the area.
41st Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The following streets will be closed until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evening: University Way NE between NE 50th Street and NE Campus Parkway; NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, NE 42nd Street, and NE 41st Street between 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE. Plan on traffic congestion throughout the University District.
Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8K Run & Walk 8:30 a.m.
10,750 participants expected
Streets closed: Montlake Boulevard NE between NE 44th Street and NE Pacific St. at 7:30 a.m. to stage the runners.
Run and walk route: starts at Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Street; heads south on Montlake across the Montlake Bridge to E Roanoke Street; west on Roanoke to W Montlake Place E; south on W Montlake to 19th Avenue E; south on 19th to E Lynn Street; west on Lynn to Boyer Avenue E; northwest on Boyer to Fuhrman Avenue E; northwest on Fuhrman to the University Bridge, north across bridge to Lincoln Way NE; east on Lincoln to Brooklyn Avenue NE; south on Brooklyn to NE Pacific Street; east on Pacific to NE Pacific Place; east on Pacific Place to Montlake Boulevard. NE and finishes in Husky Stadium; University Bridge goes up at approximately 9 a.m. and stays up for approximately five minutes.
Plan on traffic delays along the run and walk route.
Seattle Storm vs Los Angeles Sparks Opening Night 6 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
Expect some traffic congestion around the Seattle Center.
Monday, May 17
Norwegian 17th of May Parade: Parade staging – 4:30 p.m. ; Parade – 6 p.m.
Parade staging: Streets surrounding Adams Elementary School (26th Avenue NW and NW 62nd Street) Parade route: starts at 24th Avenue NW and NW 62nd Street; heads south on 24th to NW Market Street; east on Market to 22nd Avenue NW; south on 22nd to Ballard Avenue NW; participants disperse north and south on Ballard Avenue NW.
Full day of activities.