Busy weekend including Hempfest and Seahawks mean traffic will be worse than usual

Information from SDOT

The 22nd annual Seattle Hempfest expects 50,000 – 70,000 attendees everyday this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Centennial and Myrtle Edwards parks. Saturday evening the Seattle Seahawks anticipate a crowd of 55,000 at CenturyLink Field when they take on the Denver Broncos for the team’s second pre-season game. There will likely be heavy traffic associated with these and many other events taking place throughout Seattle over the weekend, so please see the attached schedule and plan ahead to avoid delays.

The Seattle Department of Transportation suggests motorists join in the effort to reduce air pollution by parking their cars and opting for one of the many alternate modes of transportation available - Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Seattle Streetcar, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

Friday, August 16
Concerts at the Mural: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center
2,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Broad Street and Fifth Avenue adjacent to center grounds.

Sunset Supper at the Market: 7:30 – 11p.m.
Pike Place Market
1,000 attending
Streets closed 8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.: Pike Place between Pine and Virginia streets, and Stewart Street between Pike Place and First Avenue. http://www.pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/sunset-supper/

Seattle Hempfest: 12 Noon – 8 p.m.
Centennial and Myrtle Edwards parks;
50,000 – 75,000
Broad Street will be closed at Elliott Avenue during event hours; motorists should expect major congestion near the Park. http://www.hempfest.org/
Note for Bicycles: Enter through the North entrance in Centennial Park to utilize the bike racks, or use the bike racks at Bay Street and Elliot Avenue. Attaching bikes to the fence at Olympic Sculpture Park is not allowed. For public safety, bicycle riders must dismount at Seattle Hempfest - all days and all hours. For more details on “Getting to Hempfest” please go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/attendees/#getting_to_seattle_hempfest.

Saturday, August 17
Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Centennial and Myrtle Edwards parks
50,000 – 75,000 attending
Westbound Broad Street will be closed at Elliott Avenue during event hours; expect major congestion near the parks. http://www.hempfest.org/

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Party: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Rainier Avenue S in Columbia City
3,000 attending
9 – 11 a.m. parade staging on 42nd Avenue S between Rainier Avenue S and S Ferdinand Street
Parade route – starts at 42nd and Rainier Avenue S; heads north on Rainier to S Alaska Street; disperses on S Alaska Street east of Rainier.
Summer Streets event follows parade so Rainier will be closed S Orcas and S Alaska streets from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_rainier.htm

World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight: 12 Noon - 7:30 p.m.
Seattle Center Grounds/Public Space
13,000 participating
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue adjacent to Seattle Center.

Southwest Precinct Annual Picnic: 1 – 4 p.m.
Precinct at 2300 SW Webster
450 attending – open to public
Expect some congestion in the surrounding area

Seattle Storm vs. Indiana Fever: 6 – 9 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
6,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic before and after the game on the west side of the Seattle Center.

Seattle Opera Performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle: 6 – 11:15 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2900 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos: 7 – 10 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
55,000 attending
Expect congestion well before and after the game in the surrounding SODO area.

Sunday, August 18
Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon: 6:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Genesee Park and surrounding area
5,500 participants and spectators
Expect congestion and street closures near the Park. http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Seattle.htm

Lake Union 10K: 7:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Starts and finishes at Lake Union Park (south end of Lake)
1,500 participants
Run and walk routes: Clockwise around Lake Union moving from the south end of the lake, north on the west side of the lake up around the lake and back down the east side of the lake to the south end. Runners start in the northbound lanes of Westlake Avenue, just north of Valley Street and walkers start on the sidewalk in Lake Union Park. Runners will join walkers on the sidewalk just east of the Fremont Bridge; remainder of course is on sidewalks, bike trails and streets finishing in Lake Union Park.
Lanes closed from 7 - 8 a.m.: Northbound Westlake Avenue from Aloha Street to the Fremont Bridge. http://lakeunion10k.com/

Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Centennial and Myrtle Edwards parks
50,000 – 75,000 attending
Westbound Broad Street will be closed at Elliott Avenue during event hours; expect major congestion near the Park. http://www.hempfest.org/
Note for Bicycles: Enter through the North entrance in Centennial Park to utilize the bike racks, or use the bike racks at Bay Street and Elliot Avenue. Attaching bikes to the fence at Olympic Sculpture Park is not allowed. For public safety, bicycle riders must dismount at Seattle Hempfest - all days and all hours. For more details on “Getting to Hempfest” please go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/attendees/#getting_to_seattle_hempfest

BrasilFest: 12 Noon – 8 p.m.
Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center
2,250 attending
Expect heavier traffic on Broad Street adjacent to the Seattle Center.

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