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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Block parties, races, and Ed Sheeran

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: The Mariners have a few games, there are block parties galore, and a few races to round out the summer. Oh, and something called an “Ed Sheeran” is here, and buses are temporarily (this time) emerging from the downtown tunnel.

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: Ed Sheeran, block parties, and more

Friday night, the Smashing Pumpkins play KeyArena from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get there using Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D.

Seattle Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess has shows at McCaw Hall on Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. The 2, 3, 4, 13, and 19 will all get you close.

Yesler Terrace Park is having its grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The First Hill Streetcar or routes 27 or 60 will get you right there.

The Belltown Crush Block Party beer and wine festival, benefitting Plymouth Housing, is setting up on Bell Street between Fourth and Second (aka Bell Street Park) between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Any bus that serves the extremely well-trafficked bus stop at Third and Bell will get you close.

Saturday, Ed Sheeran plays Centurylink Field. It’s supposed to be pretty massive. Gates open at 5 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show, so expect crowding around the stadium any time in that window. Link Light Rail goes to the stadium district, as does the Seattle Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

SLU Night Market closes off Ninth Avenue N between Denny and John from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Ride the 8, 40, South Lake Union Streetcar, or C Line to get straight there, or the 28 and 28 stop nearby, too.

On Sunday, the Park to Park Swim, a lake swimming race benefitting Seattle Children’s, runs from Matthews Beach in Seattle to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland starting at 7:30 a.m. Metro route 75 goes to the starting point and starts running nice and early, even on Sundays.

Also in races: the Seattle Marathon Summer 5K/10K Race at Seward Park. That starts at 8:30 a.m. Metro Route 50 will take you straight there from either West Seattle or the Othello light rail station.

Japanese matsuri-style street fair Kawabe SummerFest runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday on 18th Avenue S between Main and Washington. The 27 or 14 will get you close.

Happening around the same time (and in walking distance), annual Vietnamese cultural festival Celebrate Little Saigon runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday on S King Street between 10th and 12th. The 7, 14, 36, 60, and 70 all go there, as does the First Hill Streetcar.

Sports: Basketball and soccer

Seattle Reign play North Carolina at Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. Metro routes 3 and 4 will get you closest.

The Seattle Storm have a playoff game at Key Arena on Sunday, although time and opponent are still TBD. Get there using Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D.

Road work and bus service changes

Olive Way will be closed at Terry for some demolition work on Saturday and Sunday—part of Washington State Convention Center expansion construction. That’s in addition to overnight lane closures on Boren between Howell and Olive. Traffic will be detoured to Howell Street.

Northbound State Route 99 was supposed to be closed all weekend near the Battery Street Tunnel, but that closure was canceled. Enjoy your detour-free SR 99 this weekend.

Like a little preview of things to come, tunnel buses are emerging to the surface this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The 41, 101, 150, 255, and 550 will get rerouted—mostly to Second Avenue southbound and Fourth Avenue northbound. Link light rail will continue operating in the tunnel, though.

Due to ongoing construction work on 35th Avenue NE (again, do not put fireworks in the construction equipment; it is so dangerous), routes 64 and 65 started getting rerouted this week between 70th and 75th. That runs through September 7.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 97 active SDOT projects, many of which involve street and lane closures, here, and the city’s construction lookahead. Here are Sound Transit rider alerts; here are King County Metro rider alerts.

Washington State Convention Center

800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 694-5000 Visit Website


4550 38th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126 Visit Website

Bell Street Park

Bell Street, , WA 98121

Seward Park

5900 Lake Washington Boulevard South, , WA 98118 Visit Website

Denny Park

100 Dexter Avenue North, , WA 98109 Visit Website

CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98134 Visit Website


305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

Lake Union

, , WA