SPF30 tomorrow! More updates, from street-closure times to SOL ice cream

The setup continues at Alki Beach, where as many as 30,000 people are expected tomorrow afternoon/evening for the SPF30 mega-music festival in honor of Sub Pop Records‘ 30th anniversary. Interspersed with our photos (the first four are from early Thursday evening – breaking news got in the way of us publishing them sooner) are updates and followups:

ROAD CLOSURES/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSIT UPDATES AND ANSWERS: On Tuesday, we published the map and plan for road closures, transit, parking, and other issues related to getting there and back – if you’re going and you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out. Some readers had questions that we took to SPD Lt. Tom Yoon of the Traffic Unit, which is managing the closures and restrictions:

*Hard closures will begins at 6 A.M. on Alki Ave SW between 57th and 63rd. Absolutely no vehicles will be allowed in this area. This includes residences or business employees. This area will be for crowds to enjoy the concert.

*Soft closures (local access only) will begin at 9 A.M. This will be from California Ave SW / Harbor Ave SW and along Admiral Way (north bound access) to 63rd Ave / Admiral Way.

*Local access is for verified residents and their guests. Make sure the guests know who and the address of the residents.

The closures were also mentioned on a postcard sent to area residents, one of whom sent us this image.

FOOD TRUCKS/VENDORS/NONPROFITS: We’ve updated the list we published Thursday – see it here.

HUSKY DELI ‘SOL’ ICE CREAM: As mentioned here earlier in the week, Husky Deli and C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) will be vendors by the Punky stage (kid music, Whale Tail Park/Alki Playfield). At the Husky Deli booth, a special flavor will support the “Save Our Lots” Junction parking fundraiser: “A luscious blend of rich chocolate with nuggets of exciting and surprising cookie dough.”

(Friday photo by David Hutchinson – the “Great Wall of Honey Buckets”)

JUNCTION AFTERPARTY: SPF30 ends at 10. But there’s still lots of Saturday night left. West Seattle Junction venues invite you to “afterparty” with them. Sub Pop’s shuttles will continue running that way until midnight, notes Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association, so that’s a good safe start for getting there. Anything more special than usual? That’s up to bars/restaurants to decide, but Lora does point out that West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor) will have a DJ!

P.S. Speaking of music – as you might have noticed in our top photo – the stage banners list the acts and set times, so look for those and other signage at the event. They’re on the SPF30 website, a little ways down the right. And we have them here.

9 Replies to "SPF30 tomorrow! More updates, from street-closure times to SOL ice cream"

  • sub party man August 10, 2018 (4:39 pm)

    Can you bring chairs??

  • Question Authority August 10, 2018 (5:04 pm)

    The weather as forecast could make this quite interesting, lightning strikes and hail while stuck on an open beach OH MY !

  • miws August 10, 2018 (5:33 pm)

    SPF30 ends at 10. But there‚Äôs still lots of Saturday night left. 

    Ah, yes! I remember the days when there was still lots of Saturday night left after 10:00 p.m.! And a lot of that was spent in the Junction. Nowadays, I’ve often been in bed for a 1/2 hour or so at 10:00 on Saturday nights!——-Mike

  • Kathleen Fueger August 10, 2018 (6:16 pm)

    So is parking REALLY restricted? I moved my car from the east side of 63rd (where signs are posted indicating that area is no parking from 7 am today through Sunday), but the entire street is lined with cars. Looks like paying attention to the signs is optional. 

    • T August 10, 2018 (6:24 pm)

      Of course. It’s Seattle, signs always optional. :)

    • alki_2008 August 10, 2018 (10:47 pm)

      Depends on who is parking there.  When someone applies for no parking signs, then they can allow their chosen people to park there.For example, contractors will sometimes get no parking signs for the spots in front of where they’re working, but their workers will park there.Those no parking barricades don’t really mean that NO ONE can park there.

    • seaopgal August 11, 2018 (9:44 am)

      63rd is the designated accessible parking area, so I would not be surprised to see the tow trucks out this morning.

  • Mike August 11, 2018 (9:47 am)

    Does anyone know of any back pack restrictions? Usually they aren’t allowed when areas are fenced off like that but I plan on biking there. 

    • WSB August 11, 2018 (10:36 am)

      The fenced-off areas are the beer gardens. No restrictions that we have been told of (when we get there we’ll report if there are) – would seem impossible to enforce in a big no-tickets event.

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