You know we’re nearing summer when the University District Street Fair and Seattle Summer Streets block parties come up on the event schedule for the weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, a crowd of 25,000 is expected to pack the streets each day for the 42nd Annual University District Street Fair. There are 15 and 5K’s scheduled for Saturday morning around Lake Union and along Alki Beach on Sunday morning respectively. The annual Summer Streets and Bike to Work After – Parties in Ballard take place Friday afternoon while the Alki Summer Streets happens on Sunday. Seattle Sounders fans will be rocking the Qwest Field stands on Saturday night. For more details, please see schedule of events below.
The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists headed to the events to join in the citywide effort to reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions by taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.
Friday, May 20
Bike to Work After-Party and Summer Streets Party: 4 –7 p.m.
Ballard – 22nd Ave. NW between NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW;
Street closed from 2-8 p.m.: 22nd Avenue from NW Market Street to Ballard Avenue NW
Saturday, May 21
42nd Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Streets closed from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday: University Way NE between NE 50th Street and NE Campus Pkwy; NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, NE 42nd Street, and NE 41st Street between 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE.
Seattle 15K: 7 a.m.
Starts and ends at Gas Works Park
Run route is counter clockwise around Lake Union, using sidewalks, bike trails and some streets. Seattle Police will hold traffic for about 10 minutes on N Northlake Way, and on N 34th Street, while the runners exit Gas Works Park and cross the Fremont Bridge. Once everyone is off 34th, the event will not be on the streets except crossing a few intersections and on the return to Gas Works on Northlake, at which time it may be necessary to intermittently hold traffic.
Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Plan for heavier traffic around the stadium before and after the match.
Sunday, May 22
42nd Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Streets closed until 11:59 p.m.
West Seattle 5K Run and Walk: 9:20 a.m.
Along Alki Avenue SW
Run route: Starts on Alki Avenue SW at 60th Avenue SW; east on Alki to Anchor Park (1100 Alki Ave. SW), makes a u-turn and heads back to start.
Alki Seattle Summer Streets Party: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Along Alki Avenue SW between 63rd and 56th avenues SW
Street closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Water Taxi will continue to operate; Don Armeni Boat Ramp will remain open.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114