Seattle Pride is upon us, with parades, events, and revelry happening all weekend long. Whether you want to jump in and celebrate, avoid crowds and closures, or a little bit of columns A and B, here’s a helpful breakdown of what’s happening.
Friday, June 23: Trans Pride and block parties on Capitol Hill
Trans Pride: Location, hours, and getting there
Trans Pride will be in the south end of Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, running from 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Link Light Rail will take you straight there—one exit to the Capitol Hill Station is literally inside the park.
If you’re bus-bound, the King County Metro Route 11 from downtown or Madison Park will get you closest to the exact location, but the 10, 43, 49, and 60 will all get you within a block. The 10, 43, and 49 run from downtown; the 60 runs from White Center through Beacon Hill and Georgetown. The 49, going the other way, will take you straight there from the U District.
Parking is going to be tricky—it’s a Friday night on Capitol Hill, plus Pride weekend, plus street closures. If you’re going to drive, plan on getting there early and using a pay lot, just to be safe. The Seattle Central College garage is a nearby, popular option and costs $10 per day—but it’s likely to fill up fast.
Trans Pride march route
Trans Pride’s march route is relatively short and confined to around Cal Anderson Park, marching from the Link Light Rail station at Broadway and John starting at 6:00 p.m., moving east on John Street to 12th Avenue, heading west on Olive Street, and ending in Cal Anderson Park.
Friday Pride parties
Capitol Hill is going to be one huge pride party, but a couple of places are going above and beyond with block parties and revelry in the streets. Two are starting Friday night: The Wildrose and Neighbours.
Wildrose pride is huge: The whole block party spans from 10th to 11th Avenue East on East Pike Street and on 11th from East Pike to East Union, starting 6 p.m. on Friday and running all weekend long.
Neighbours spills out the normal entrance of the club into the alleyway between Broadway Avenue East and Harvard Avenue East, bordered by Pike and Pine, starting at 9 p.m.
Pretty much every bar in Capitol Hill (and many bars elsewhere) is having some sort of Pride thing. The Stranger’s queer calendar is a great guide.
Friday Pride street closures
Trans Pride is mostly confined to Cal Anderson, but during the march plan to use alternate routes on John and Olive Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, as well as 12th Avenue between Olive and John.
Wildrose Pride closes 10th to 11th Avenue East on East Pike Street and on 11th from East Pike to East Union starting at 6 p.m. on Friday straight on through til Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
Neighbours’s party closes the alleyway between Broadway, Harvard, Pike, and Pine from 7 p.m. til 3 a.m.
Saturday, June 24: Dyke March, Family Pride, Youth Pride, Capitol Hill PrideFest, and continued block parties
Capitol Hill Pride: Location, hours, and getting there
Something will be happening on Capitol Hill at pretty much all hours of the day on Saturday, but especially concentrated within a few blocks of Broadway from Union to Roy.
- Family Pride and Queer Youth Pride is happening from 1 to 7 p.m. in Cal Anderson Park.
- Capitol Hill Pridefest is happening from noon to 8 p.m. on Broadway between East John and Roy Streets.
- Julia’s on Broadway will have their own thing happening on Broadway and Thomas beyond the normal street closure hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Purr’s block party—just south of Cal Anderson—starts at noon and runs until 2 a.m. on 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine.
- Wildrose Pride continues from 10th to 11th Avenue East on East Pike Street and on 11th from East Pike to East Union from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Neighbours is having another alley party starting at 10 p.m.
- A rally before the Dyke March is convening at Seattle Central College at Broadway and Pike from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Again, pretty much every bar in Capitol Hill (and many other places!) is having some sort of Pride thing, and the Stranger’s queer calendar is a great guide.
Transit is going to be the same for a lot of these. Link Light Rail is a great option—the Capitol Hill Station has exits at Broadway and John, Broadway and Denny, and the middle of Cal Anderson Park.
If you’re going to the south end of Broadway, try the 11, which goes up Pine, or the 2, which goes up Union. The 49 and the 60 should take you anywhere along the festivities, but will be rerouted to 12th Avenue instead of Broadway. The 43 and the 10 will take you right into the center of the action at Broadway and John.
Parking is going to be tricky, again—any weekend on Capitol Hill is bad, plus Pride, plus street closures. The Seattle Central College garage and the Broadway Market garage are both right near the festivities and are relatively large, but will still probably fill up fast.
Update 6/23: One option for those who have to drive is a ReachNow drop zone—all day on Saturday, those rolling in on BMW’s rideshare can just drop the car off at the Rancho Bravo parking lot at 10th and Pine without having to circle around for parking.
Seattle Dyke March route
The Dyke March starts at Seattle Central College at Broadway and Pine at 7 p.m., then goes east on Pike to 12th Avenue, north on 12th Avenue to Mercer, west on Mercer to Broadway, and then back south on Broadway to Seattle Central College.
Saturday Pride street closures
Wildrose Pride continues to close 10th to 11th Avenue East on East Pike Street and on 11th from East Pike to East Union til Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Add closures all the way to Pine on 11th for Purr’s block party. Neighbours’s party, again closes the alleyway between Broadway, Harvard, Pike, and Pine from 7 p.m. til 3 a.m.
Between Capitol Hill Pridefest and Julia’s, don’t count on getting a car onto Broadway between John and Roy anytime on Saturday. Official permitted closures between John and Roy run from noon to 9 p.m.; Julia’s has Broadway and Thomas from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Expect closures along the Dyke March route—the parts that aren’t already affected by Pridefest—starting at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 25: Downtown Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest in Seattle Center
Seattle Pride Parade route
The Seattle Pride Parade starts at Fourth Avenue and Union Street and ends around Denny and Broad—right by the Seattle Center, where Sunday’s PrideFest will be in full swing. The parade will run from 11 a.m. to around 3:30 p.m.
Seattle Pride Parade street closures
Streets along 4th Avenue in the Downtown area will start to close around 7 a.m. but should all be open again by 5 p.m.
More specifically: Fourth will be closed between Cherry and Union at 7 a.m. Closures extend to Olive Way and between Denny and Broad at 8 a.m. Fourth Avenue between Olive Way and Denny Way will be closed starting at 10 a.m.
Denny Way will be closed between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue starting around noon.
PrideFest at Seattle Center: location, hours, and getting there
From noon to 8 p.m., Seattle Center will be in full pride mode, with multiple stages of performers across the Seattle Center campus.
Buses run all along the edges of Seattle Center—so take your pick if you’re checking out the whole festival, or pick and choose based on what stage you’re most attached to.
The 8, which runs from Capitol Hill, hits both the south and west sides of the Seattle Center, going past the Space Needle and the mural stage before turning the corner to KeyArena—for decent access to the fountain.
The 1, 2, 13, 32, and RapidRide D also run along the west side of the Center by the Key.
For the east side of Seattle Center, try the 3 or the 4, which come from Upper Queen Anne on one side and from downtown and the Central District on the other.
If you must drive, the Seattle Center does have parking garages—but they can get spendy. Rates go from $6 for a quick stop or $30 for a full day.
This article was originally published on June 22 and has been updated with new information.
- Schedule for PrideFest 2017 [PrideFest]
- Events Traffic Advisory for Tuesday, June 20 – Sunday, June 25 [SDOT]
- Queer calendar [The Stranger]