SDOT is advising travelers to be aware of several events happening around the city through the weekend that will affect area traffic. The Greenwood Seafair Parade and a private concert at Centurylink Field are both happening Wednesday. The Capitol Hill Block Party starts Friday and runs through the weekend. The Seafair Torchlight Parade and Pirate Run are Saturday. The Pista Sa Nayon Filipino Community festival is Sunday at Seward park. The Mariners return home to play at Safeco Friday through Sunday.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22:
25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADA: Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Westlake Park. The event features music, kids’ activities and keynote speakers from 4 to 6 p.m. About 1,000 people are expected to attend
GREENWOOD SEAFAIR PARADE: The Greenwood Community celebrates the 65th year of the Seafair Parade with bands, drill teams, pirates and more. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Greenwood Ave N and N 95thStreet, goes south along Greenwood Ave, then turns west on N 85th Street to 6th Ave NW. Greenwood Ave N from N 95thto N 105thstreets will close at 4 p.m. and the remaining route will close at 5:15 p.m. About 10,000 people are expected to attend.
PRIVATE CONCERT AT CENTURYLINK FIELD: A private concert goes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. About 40,000 people are expected to attend.
FRIDAY, JULY 24:
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY: The annual three day music and art festival celebrates Seattle’s Capitol Hill music scene. The festival is between Broadway and 12thAve from E Pine Street to E Union Street and starts Friday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. The party continues Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. E Pike Street will close at 12 a.m., with the rest of the streets close at 2 a.m. Friday morning. About 9,000 people are expected each day.
FESTIVAL OF THE FOUNTAINS: The 49thAnnual outdoor gala featuring entertainment and dinner among the fountains on the Pacific Science Center courtyard at the Seattle Center. The event starts at 6 p.m. About 550 people are expected to attend.
THE SEATTLE NIGHT RIDE: The Cascade Bicycle Club hosts a summer evening ride. The 15-mile ride’s route begins at Gasworks Park and travels along Lake Union to Myrtle Edwards Park and continues north on the Elliott Bay, Ship Canal and Burke-Gilman bike trails finishing at the Peddler Brewing Company at 15thAve NW and NW Leary Way in Ballard. The ride starts at 8 p.m. About 500 participants are expected.
SATURDAY, JULY 25:
SEATTLE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: The 12thAnnual festival features competitive dragon boat racing, live music and kids’ activities in South Lake Union Park. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 900 participants are expected to attend.
ALKI AVENUE ART FAIR: The fair features art vendors, music performances, food and kids’ activities at Alki Beach Park. The fair runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. About 8,000 people are expected to attend.
MICHELOB ULTRA SEAFAIR PIRATE RUN: The 8K and 5K Fun Run along the Seafair Parade Route. The run starts and finishes at the Seattle Center and the course travels southbound on 4thAve, west on Seneca Street and north onto the Alaska Way Viaduct taking the Western Street exit and returning to the Center from Western to Broad Street. Races begin at 6:30 p.m. About 4,500 people are expected to participate.
SEAFAIR TORCHLIGHT PARADE: The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Center, travels southbound on 4thAvenue to S Washington Street. The parade includes the Seafair royalty, 2015 Co-Grand Marshals: Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, floats, marching bands, drill teams, clowns and pirates. More than 150,000 spectators and participants are expected.
PRIVATE PICNIC AT CENTURYLINK FIELD: A private event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About 18,000 people expected to attend.
SUNDAY, JULY 26:
PISTA SA NAYON: The 25thannual festival celebrating Filipino American community and culture features local food booths, and array of cultural entertainment. The event is held in Seward Park. About 10,000 people are expected to attend.
MARINERS AT SAFECO FIELD:
- Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto, Fri., July 24th, 7:10 p.m. About 42,000 people are expected.
- Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto, Sat., July 25th, 1:10 p.m. About 41,000 people are expected.
- Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto, Sun., July 26th, 1:10 p.m. About 40,000 people are expected.
Norm Mah, SDOT