SDOT weekend traffic alerts, including West Seattle/South Park

Besides the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct closure from 11 pm Friday night through 5 am Monday morning (at the latest), there are other traffic advisories around the city this weekend – so as usual, we’re sharing the official SDOT roundup (which includes, in West Seattle, Picnic at the Southwest Precinct, 1-4 pm Saturday, and in South Park, the “Lucha Libre” Mexican-wrestling spectacular street party 4-8 pm Saturday) – read on!

The summer fun continues this coming weekend, August 19 – 21, with a wide variety of events happening all around the city. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty from which to choose – from food, dance, foot races, and art to parades, music, cars, and all things hemp – even a touch of fall with a pre-season Seahawks football game. Motorists should plan their travel keeping in mind that there will be traffic congestion surrounding the various events.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages event-goers to consider leaving the car at home and trying 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 even walking, if feasible.

Friday, August 19

Sunset Supper at the Market: 7:30 – 11 p.m.
Pike Place Market
1,275 attending
Streets closed 3 – 11:59 p.m.: Pike Place between Pine and Virginia streets, and Stewart Street between Pike Place and First Avenue.

Seattle Hempfest: 12 Noon – 8 p.m.
Myrtle Edwards Park
40,000 expected
Plan on major congestion near the Park.

Saturday, August 20

Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Myrtle Edwards Park
80,000 expected
Plan on major congestion on the streets near the park.

Magnolia Car Show: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Magnolia Village

850 expected

Streets closed 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM W McGraw Street between 32nd and 34th Avenue W, and on 33rd Avenue W between W Lynn and W Wheeler Street.

Central Area Community Festival: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Garfield Community Playfield (2223 E Cherry Street);

480 Expected

No streets closed, but plan on congestion in the surrounding area.

Summer Streets and Rainier Heritage Parade: Parade – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Summer Streets – 3 p.m.

Columbia City area


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; moves north on Rainier to S Alaska Street; disperses on S Alaska Street east of Rainier.

Summer Streets follows with celebration taking place on Rainier between S Orcas Street and S Alaska Street. Rainier will be closed from 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seattle Police SW Precinct Picnic: 1 – 4 p.m.

2300 SW Webster Street

450 attending

Street closed 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: SW Webster SW Webster Street between 24th Avenue SW and Delridge Way SW.

Honoring Mother of La Vang: 5:55 – 7 p.m.

Vietnamese Martyrs Parish (1230 E Fir Street)

1,530 participants

Religious procession on streets around the parish. Seattle Police will escort.

South Park Espectaculo: 4 – 8 p.m.
South Park – Mexican-style wrestling event
1,000 attending
Streets closed 12 noon – 10 p.m. : 14th Avenue S between S Cloverdale Street and S Dallas Street.

Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings (pre-season game): 7 – 10 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
55,000 attending
Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Sunday, August 21

Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Myrtle Edwards Park
50,000 expected
Plan on major congestion on the streets near the park.

Lake Union 10K: 7:30 a.m.
Westlake Avenue N and Aloha Street – parking area gathering point
1,000 participants
Race leaves the Westlake Avenue N and Aloha Street parking area moving clockwise around Lake Union staying on sidewalks, bike trails and streets returning to original parking area.
No street closures associated with this race.

1 Reply to "SDOT weekend traffic alerts, including West Seattle/South Park"

  • Ray West August 21, 2011 (9:26 am)

    I would like to know why the city would close the viaduct the same weekend as the Seafair parade. It was a mini-carmageddon that could have been avoided if the viaduct work had been scheduled for another weekend.

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