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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Fremont Solstice Parade and Fathers Day

What’s blocking up traffic this weekend—and how to ride transit to it (or around it)

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Another weekend, another whole list of things that could disrupt getting around. Some of these events might be things you’re doing, too—like the Fremont Solstice festivities. Interested in not getting stuck behind the wheel? Our weekend traffic report is here for you.

We’ve combed through the alerts and advisories from both the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to deliver transit-friendly solutions for your weekend outings.

Some of this weekend’s advisories—and transit-oriented alternate routes to events—are listed below.

Weekend events: The Solstice parade and more

Kevin Hart performs at Key Arena Thursday night at 7 p.m. Take Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, and RapidRide D.

This weekend’s biggest event is probably the Fremont Solstice Festival—and if you’re not riding your bike there (naked or clothed), there are still ways you can avoid getting stuck behind the wheel on your way. King County Metro routes 5, 26, 28, 31, and 32 will all get you to some point nearby the fair, happening all weekend long—or to the celebration or parade on Saturday.

Seattle U is having its graduations—undergrad at 9:30 a.m. and graduate at 3 p.m.—on Sunday at Key Arena. Again, the buses that get closest to Key Arena are Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, and RapidRide D. (Or stream it live!)

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 98 active SDOT projects, many of which involve street and lane closures, here. Here are Sound Transit rider alerts; here are King County Metro rider alerts.

Sports: Storm and Mariners

The Mariners play Boston at home all weekend long: 7:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Link Light Rail goes to the stadium (get off at, intuitively, the Stadium stop), as do the Seattle Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

The Storm play the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. on Friday. That’s Key Arena again—or Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, and RapidRide D.

Road work and bus service changes

It’s farmers market season—so that means a couple of reroutes around market locations, including Lake City on Thursday evenings (routes 64 and 65) and Magnolia on Saturdays (route 31).

Stretches of Sixth Avenue downtown will be closed for paving on Saturday and Sunday: between Madison and Marion from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., and between Spring and University from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.