Rainier Valley Summer Streets will make Saturday, August 17, a huge, family-friendly party along Rainier Avenue S. This free event opens the city’s largest public space – its streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for cars! And what a great time it is going to be. Summer Streets combines with the annual Rainer Valley Heritage Parade to celebrate the history and diversity of the neighborhood.
This year’s theme is “Picnic in the Street.” Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and lounge along Rainier. Restaurants are serving picnic food and food trucks will be located in the Full Tilt parking lot. Mayor Mike McGinn will cut a ribbon strung across the street to officially open it to pedestrians and bicyclists immediately following the parade at 12:30 p.m.
And there are so many things to do! Enter a pie eating contest; support local artists and shop at Art in the Alley; check out the BBQ contest; decorate your bike and go on a scavenger hunt; and join Detective Cookie for chess. You can also boogie to live music and hang out with your neighbors.
Celebrating its sixth year, Summer Streets has quickly become a tradition and a special part of summers in Seattle. Local merchants and artists work together months in advance to make each event even better every year. Neighbors, families and friends mark their calendars so they don’t miss out. Get more details at www.seattle.gov/summerstreets and follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and more great activities.
The Seattle Department of Transportation would like to thank our sponsors who make these events possible, including Seattle Public Utilities; Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Columbia City Business Association; the Phinney Neighborhood Association; Cascade Bicycle Club; and Jordan T. Adams Events: Creative. A special shout out also goes to the Seattle Police Department for their contribution.
Contact: Richard Sheridan, 206.684-8114