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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory July 18-20 Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/17/2008  11:45:00 AM
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Seafair and Other Summer Events Abound this Weekend
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE -A host of Seafair and other summer activities will be taking place throughout Seattle this Friday through Sunday, July 18 - 20. The activities celebrate everything from cultures, customs and family to food, music, dance and athletics. Motorists should expect to encounter heavy traffic near event sites and plan to park at a distance and walk. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) encourages event-goers to consider other modes of travel such as walking, cycling, or taking the bus - by doing so, they’ll save themselves money, avoid frustration and reduce their carbon footprint!

Friday, July 18
Bite of Seattle: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Up to 50,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 over to, and surrounding, the center grounds.

23rd Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
The event will be held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: 7:10 p.m. - 10 p.m.
40,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Saturday, July 19
Bite of Seattle: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Up to 70,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 over to, and surrounding, the center grounds.

23rd Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
The event will be held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Seattle Triathlon Expo: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed: 9th Ave (Seneca St - University St).

Classic & Hot Rod Car Show at Alki: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
850 participants and spectators
Cars will be parked on display along the Alki Beach Park/Promenade at Alki Beach Dr SW (60th Ave SW - 63rd Ave SW). No streets will be closed and on-street parking will not be affected.

2008 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
400 participating
Parking restrictions will be in effect along the east side of 43rd Avenue E between E Howe Street and E Madison Street.

West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade (Hi -Yu Community Event): 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
7,000 participants and spectators
Street closed: California Ave SW (Admiral Way SW - Edmunds St). Expect traffic to be impacted and parking restrictions in place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Up to 400 runners
The 3.3 mile run along Queen Anne Blvd begins at 5th Ave W and W Halladay St and ends at Coe Elementary School on 7th Ave W and W Smith St. The walkers’ race starts at 8 a.m. and the runners’ race begins at 8:20 a.m.

Crown of Queen Anne Children’s Parade: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
500 participating
The parade assembles at 1st Ave W and W Crockett St, heads southbound on 1st Ave W to W Blaine St, west on W Blaine St to 3rd Ave W, northbound on 3rd Ave W to W Howe St, eastbound on W Howe St, and disperses west of the Queen Anne Community Center on W Howe St between 3rd and 2nd Ave W.

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: 12:55 p.m. - 4 p.m.
39,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Bon Odori Festival: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
5,000 participating
The event will be held at the Seattle Buddhist Church at 1427 S Main St. Streets closed: S Main St (from 14th Ave S to 16th Ave S) from 5 p.m. Friday - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday, July 20
Seafair Triathlon: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Up to 2,000 participating
This will add to the regular summer Bicycle Sunday closure of Lake Washington Blvd S, from Seward Park to Lake Park Drive S, by including a closure of Lake Park Drive S from Lake Washington Blvd S to Day Street near I-90.

Bite of Seattle: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
50,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 over to, and surrounding, the center grounds.

23rd Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
4,000 attending
The event will be held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may be congested.

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: 1:10 p.m. - 4 p.m.
38,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Bon Odori Festival: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
5,000 participating
The event will be held at the Seattle Buddhist Church at 1427 S Main St. Streets closed: S Main St (from 14th Ave S to 16th Ave S) from 5 p.m. Friday - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Chinatown Seafair Parade: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5,500 attending
Parade starts at 10th Ave S and S Jackson St, heads west on S Jackson to 6th Ave S, south on 6th Ave S to S King St, east on S King Street to 7th Ave S, south on 7th Ave S to S Lane St to the dispersal area.

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