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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: WNBA finals, baseball, and Huskies

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 Storm are in the WNBA finals, the Mariners have a few games, and it’s the UW home opener. In non-sports, neighborhood events abound, from markets to a festival celebrating vans.

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: Markets, 5Ks, and vans

Thursday night, there’s a Game of Thrones concert event at KeyArena from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Get there using Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D.

The San Gennaro Italian Street Festival, an Italian cultural festival with music, food, and vendors, is setting up on S Angelo Street Georgetown neighborhood starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and running all weekend long. Ride the 60, 107, or 124 to get there.

The Seattle Design Festival Block Party will be in Occidental Park from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Most buses that go downtown will at least get you nearby, or take light rail to the Pioneer Square stop or ride the First Hill streetcar to the Pioneer Square end of the line.

Saturday, Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs—which is about what it sounds like—is at Centurylink Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Also on Saturday, the Leschi Art Walk will set up on Lakeside Ave between Yesler and Lake Washington Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 27 will go there.

The Chinatown-International District Night Market will feature not just vendors, but music, art, and other nighttime goodies as well from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. That’s on S King Street between Fifth and Seventh; there’s literally a transit station right there (featuring Link Light Rail, plus buses 41, 74, 101, 102, 150, 225, and 550), as does the First Hill Streetcar and a whole bunch more surface buses.

Sam Smith plays at Key Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m. Again: Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D.

It’s still 5K season, and the Women of Wonder 10K & 5K, will start and finish at Green Lake Community Center, with a course on streets and trails around the lake. That runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; get there using Metro route 26, 45, or 62.


The Seattle Storm are in the NBA finals against the Mystics and it’s happening right here at Key Arena on Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D will take you right there.

The Mariners play a series against the Yankees this weekend: 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Safeco Field. 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.

It’s also the UW Husky season opener against North Dakota at Husky Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.; take Link Light Rail straight there, or ride Metro routes 44, 45, 71, or 73. Metro also offers game day shuttles from the ‘burbs.

Road work and bus service changes

State Route 99 was going to be closed, but now it’s not going to be. Hooray!

Saturday and Sunday, Boren Avenue will be reduced to one lane between Howell and Olive.

Crews are moving the wave statues underneath the Viaduct this weekend in advance of the thing coming down at some point later this year. The Western Avenue bike lane will be closed intermittently, as will the east sidewalk on Western Avenue.

The 31, 32, 44, 45, 48, 65, 67, 71, and 75 all get rerouted on Husky game days, so starting this Saturday afternoon.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 93 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.


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