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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Seahawks, Pearl Jam, and Sub Pop

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: Pearl Jam still has another Home Show left, the Obliteride bike ride is on, the Seahawks are returning (although it’s still preseason), and record label Sub Pop is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Plus, Revive I-5 is returning, with some freeway lane closures gumming up the works.

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: Pearl Jam, SLU Block Party, Obliteride, and Sub Pop

Friday, the South Lake Union Block Party runs noon to 11 p.m. at SLU Discovery Center. Ride the 8, 40, South Lake Union Streetcar, or C Line to get straight there, or the 28 and 28 stop nearby, too.

Also on Friday, Panic! At the Disco plays Key Arena at 7 p.m. Take Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or RapidRide D to get right there.

Pearl Jam has its second Home Show concert at Safeco Field starting at 7:30. Link light rail goes to Safeco (stadium stop), as does the First Hill Streetcar (at least, to the general vicinity) and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

Alison Wonderland (get it?) plays at Wamu Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. That’s right by the stadiums; see above for directions.

On Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m., walk and bike ride Obliteride raises money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It starts at the University of Washington E-1 parking lot, which is right by Husky Stadium, and finishes at Gas Works Park. Take Link Light Rail straight to the Husky Stadium stop, or ride Metro routes 44, 45, 71, or 73 to the starting line.

Monthly market Sodo Flea returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Utah Avenue S between Walker and Stacy, right behind the Living Computers Museum. Metro route 21 will get you right there, or walk a few blocks from the Link Light Rail Sodo station.

At Alki Beach on Saturday, it’s the Sub Pop Records 30th Anniversary Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Take the 37, 50, or 56 to get there. The Water Taxi, which is running additional routes for the event, will also take you to Alki.

Hall and Oates play with Train at Key Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday. As mentioned above: Take Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or RapidRide D to get right there.

Sunday, the Lake Union 10K takes runners and walkers on a clockwise route around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail—so watch for that if you’re running or walking around there that day. It starts at 7:30 a.m. (and finishes) at Lake Union Park; to get there, take the South Lake Union Streetcar, the 40, or the C Line.

The Magnolia Village Car Show is setting up Sunday on W McGraw Street between 32nd and 34th avenues (where the farmers market sets up), closing off a couple of blocks; take the 19, 24, or 31 there.

In the Central District, celebration BEGO Ethiopian Heritage Arts and Music Festival is setting up on E Cherry Street between 23rd and MLK from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 3, 4, or 8 will take you to either end; the 2 will get you within walking distance.

Community festival Othello International Festival, teamed up with the longrunning Rainier Valley Heritage Festival this year, is taking place at Othello Park between noon and 6 p.m. Link light rail goes straight there (intuitively, the Othello station), or hop on Metro routes 36, 50, or 106.

A second car (and motorcycle) show, Greaseball, is also happening Sunday, setting up on (and closing off) First Avenue S around S Findlay Street. Transit isn’t especially plentiful, but you can take the 131 or 132 to Fourth and then walk down.

Sports: Seahawks and Sounders

The Seattle Seahawks play a pre-season game against the Colts at Centurylink on Thursday at 7 p.m. As above: Link light rail goes there (stadium stop), the First Hill Streetcar goes to the area, and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit will get to the stadiums.

The Seattle Sounders play Dallas on Sunday also at Centurylink—same transit directions.

The Storm are in Minnesota for their Sunday game against the Lynx.

Road work and bus service changes

Northbound I-5 will partially close (down to two lanes) between the Michigan and 520 exits overnight starting Friday night at 8 p.m., opening back up each morning at 5 a.m. Those closures run through Monday morning. The express lanes will also be closed during these times.

Some closures are also happening near the waterfront; Madison will close completely between Western and Alaskan this weekend from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday. Ferry passengers should take extra special note of this.

As for bus reroutes:

  • The 3 is getting rerouted off Cherry between 23rd and MLK for the BEGO festival.
  • Although the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival is part of the Othello Park festivities this year, Metro is also showing a reroute of the 7 along Rainier Avenue between Orcas and Alaska on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • The 40 will be rerouted for the Lake Union 10K on Sunday between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
  • Both the 40 and the C Line are affected by long-term bus stop closures that started earlier this week: eastbound at Blanchard and Sixth and northbound at Third and Virginia. Other routes will serve these stops, though.
  • Because of the Sub Pop anniversary festival, the 50 will be rerouted around Alki Beach on Saturday all day starting at 6 a.m. through the end of service. The 775 shuttle from the Water Taxi is also rerouted starting at noon.
  • The 122 started getting rerouted for construction around 24th Avenue S and Marine View Drive S earlier this week—and it continues through this weekend and beyond.

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. Here are Sound Transit rider alerts; here are King County Metro rider alerts.