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Festival Streets

Festival streets are designated portions of streets that can be opened for pedestrian-focused events on multiple occasions. A festival street designation allows community members to plan a series of events throughout the year with a single permit, instead of requiring a special activity permit for each event.

These streets are intended to help build neighborhood connections by hosting events that reflect the communitys unique identity and interests. A proposal for a new festival street designation can be submitted by community groups, individuals, or any other organized local interest. As per SDOT Directors Rule #2-2012, the proposed festival street must have support from the surrounding neighborhood and requires the SDOT Directors final approval.

Seattles designated festival streets are:

  • Canton Alley in the Chinatown-International District
  • South Roberto Maestas Festival Street in Beacon Hill
  • Nord Alley in Pioneer Square
  • Triangle Festival Street in West Seattle

If you’re interested in designating a Festival Streets event in your community, check out Client Assistance Memo 2504 for more details.

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