Traffic advisory: Walk everywhere this weekend

Let the hectic weekends begin! Saturday morning, 4,000 supporters will march for the March of Dimes for Babies from the Seattle Center to downtown and back.  Later, at noon on Saturday, 10,000 people are expected to line the Mountlake Cut to watch the start of boating season with the traditional Opening Day Boat Parade. Sunday will be the first of twelve Bicycle Sundays for which Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed for an expected turn-out of 10,000 cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

Of course, to make this a true springtime weekend, there will be three (!!) Mariners baseball games and a Sounders Soccer match and many other events including Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the Fiesta 5K Ole and the traditional Celebration Birth of Buddha Parade.

To ease traffic congestion, the Seattle Department of Transportation encourages drivers to consider getting to their chosen events by alternate modes of transportation – Metro Transit, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

For more details about the weekend events, please see the following schedule:

Friday, May 4
Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins:  7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
26,000 attending
Anticipate traffic congestion on surrounding streets before and after the game.

Saturday, May 5
March of Dimes March for Babies: 9 a.m.
Seattle Center grounds
4,000 participants
March route: starts at Seattle Center grounds; exits Center at Second Avenue N and Mercer Street; heads east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; then south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; south on Second to Spring Street; makes a  u-turn at Spring and then moves north on Second back to the Seattle Center; expect congestion along the route.

Opening Day Boat Parade and Windermere Cup: Race – 10:20 a.m.; Boat Parade –12 noon
Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, and Union Bay
10,000 attending
The Montlake Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. The Fremont may open more frequently than usual due to heavy boat traffic.  Expect congestion in the vicinity around the University of Washington.

Celebration Birth of Buddha Parade: 10 a.m.
Hing Hay Park
900 participants
Parade route: starts at Hing Hay Park at Maynard Avenue S and S King Street; moves north on Maynard to S Jackson Street; east on S Jackson Street to the Red Apple Supermarket parking lot at 23rd Avenue S.  Seattle Police will escort.

Cinco de Mayo: 7a.m.  – 11:59 p.m.
Tacos Guaymas at Green Lake
850 expected
Street closed:  Second Avenue NE between Woodlawn Avenue NE and E Green Lake Way N for beer garden; expect congestion in the area.

Fiesta 5K Ole: 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill (race starts and ends)
1,700 participants
Race begins leaves Volunteer Park at 14th Avenue E and E Prospect Street; goes east on Prospect to 15th Avenue E; north on 15th to E Howe Street; west on Howe to Federal Avenue E; south on Federal to Prospect Street; east on Prospect to 12th Avenue E; south on 12th to E John Street; makes a u-turn, then north on 12th back into Volunteer Park.  Expect congestion in the area.

Seattle Sounders vs Philadelphia Union: 1:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Plan on congestion in the area surrounding the stadium before and after the match.

Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins: 6:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
22,000 expected
Expect congestion before and after the game in the surrounding area.

Sunday, May 6
Bicycle Sunday (First of 12): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8 – 10,000 bicyclists expected
2.5-mile section Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to cars from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Mount Baker Beach, about a half-mile south of the I- 90 Floating Bridge and Seward Park.  There will be no parking allowed during the closure; homeowners will have in and out access.

Mobile Food Rodeo: 12 noon – 7 p.m.
2,500 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.:   N 35th Street between Phinney Avenue N and First Avenue NW. Expect congestion in the area.

Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins:  1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
25,000 attending
Plan on congestion in the surrounding area before and after the game.

Courtesy our beloved SDOT

Around the town: What to do this weekend

THURSDAY 04.26.2012
Science Uncorked! Science with a Twist presents the Sixth Annual Dino Wine-Oh!
7-10PM | Pacific Science Center | $20 members/$25 non
Dino Wine-Oh! features exclusively Washington State wineries under the watchful eyes of our resident dinosaurs and all proceeds go to support Pacific Science Center and science education throughout Washington State. Washington Wine Ambassadors will be on hand to provide knowledgeable tasting notes on over 20 Washington wines, including Nota Bene, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Willis Hall, OS Winery, Stomani Cellars and many more!  Enjoy Chardonnay under the stars in the Willard Smith Planetarium, or sip on a Cabernet Sauvignon as you explore the world of Washington wine on the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Light wine accompaniments will be provided to please your palate.

FRIDAY 4.27.2012
Friends of The Seattle Public Library April Mini Book Sale | 9am – 4pm (Sat. & Sun. too)
Warren G. Magnuson Park, Workshop in Building 30
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold their April Mini Book Sale on April 27 – 29. The Mini Sale will be held in a smaller workshop space adjacent to the large hangar, which is not available to the Friends this spring. The Mini Sale will offer about 25,000 items (with continual restocking). Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library.

SATURDAY 4.28.2012
Dahlia Tuber Sale | Interbay P-Patch
2451 15th Ave W | 15th Avenue W. and W. Wheeler Street
Great bargains on a wonderful variety of dazzling dahlias, plus tons of advice on how to grow these garden favorites. Tubers sell for $2 each or three for $5. Interbay gardeners divide their favorite dahlia tubers and sell what they don’t need. All proceeds will be plowed back into Interbay P-Patch (along with a little bone meal).

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop Gently Used Kids Sale | 9AM – 1PM
Phinney Neighborhood Center | 6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle 98103
Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-Op’s twice yearly sale of gently used, completely amazing kid’s clothing, gear, and toys. Incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more! Grab a tote and line up early at the Community Hall in the brick building for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm.

FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale | 9am – 5pm | Free admission and parking
Washington Park Arboretum | Graham Visitors Center
This magnificent sale, the largest in the Puget Sound region, features dozens of top specialty nurseries and vendors selling a wide selection of choice, locally-grown plants. It’s also a fundraiser for Washington Park Arboretum.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
7:30PM | Adults: $40; Students/Seniors: $35
Seattle Musical Theatre | 7120 62nd Ave NE
Relationships – in all of their humor, depth agony and moments when you can’t laugh for fear that you’ll cry – are what make a life. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change takes on the comedy and tragedy of relationships with a simplicity and truthfulness that will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter and quietly wiping tears from your eyes. Our production, filled with the style and music from the 1980’s, will inspire you as we explore the meaning of love and relationships.

AC/DC:  Australia’s Family Jewels | April 28, 2012–September 29, 2012
EMP Museum
EMP Museum is proud to be the only North American venue to host AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels. Developed and presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Western Australian Museum in association with AC/DC, Albert Music, and Sony Music, this is the first and only fully endorsed exhibition to bring to life the history, creativity, and power of one of the world’s greatest rock bands. The exhibition will feature more than 400 artifacts including photos, instruments, 35 years of gig posters from shows staged around the world, letters, lyrics, and costumes, including an extremely rare Angus Young schoolboy outfit and his 1975 home sewn ‘Super Ang’ costume, complete with gold and red satin cape.

SUNDAY 4.29.2012
The Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business | SIFF Uptown Theatre
$4, SIFF Cinema passes and vouchers are valid at the box office.
It’s sheer Marx Brothers zaniness, as the boys go on a transatlantic crossing where they manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship, then save the day by rescuing a young girl from an unscrupulous gangster. Highlights include Harpo pretending to be a puppet, Harpo and Chico’s attempts to shave a sleeping barbershop customer, and all four brothers posing as Maurice Chevalier.

Photograph of workers installing the AC/DC Exhibit courtesy EMP

Weekend happenings & reminders for Queen Anne

Looking for something fun to do in the neighborhood this weekend? Check out Queen Anne’s weekend happenings:

  • Join in one of the historic Olmsted walks on Saturday with an all-day 12-13 mile walk from Ballard (leaving from Aster Coffee at 5615 24th Ave. NW at 8:30 a.m.) to Queen Anne by way of Discovery Park, Magnolia Blvd, Kinnear Park, and Queen Anne Blvd. Details here.
  • Pick your own lavender on Saturday and Sunday at the Interbay P-Patch’s U-Pick Lavender Sale. Swing by the garden, at 2451 15th Ave W, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. either day. Cost is $3 for a small bunch and $5 for a large.
  • Listen to some fun and quirky tunes by musical due “Team Andrew,” who will be swinging by El Diablo at 4 p.m. on Sunday to share their music, and meet with fans during the Seattle stop of their International Tour. Check out their “surreal hip hop” in this music video.

If you venture out of Queen Anne this weekend, keep in mind that traffic is going to be tight both coming and going due to the SDOT’s Mercer Street I-5 on and off ramp closure all weekend long. There are also quite a few special events taking place around town this weekend, including the Capitol Hill Block Party, Chinatown and West Seattle Parades, the Roosevelt Bull Moose Festival, the Swedish SummeRun, various Seafair related events, and quite a few more. Many of these events will mean lane closures, and all will cause higher traffic congestion, so watch out. Download SDOT’s full weekend traffic advisory here (.pdf).

Weekend happenings: Queen Anne Fun Run, Running of the Bulls, Sidewalk Sale, outdoor yoga

Good thing there’s decent weather on the horizon because this weekend is packed with fun outdoor events in and around Queen Anne. There are not just one, but two opportunities to run through the neighborhood – one for charity, the other for kicks. Plus Seattle’s biggest outdoor yoga event, and the annual Queen Anne Sidewalk Sale. Check out Queen Anne’s weekend calendar:

Saturday, July 9

  • Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run – Help support the Queen Anne Helpline by participating in the annual QA Fun Run. The 5k (3.3 mile) run/walk of beautiful streets on Queen Anne hill kicks off at 8 a.m. (walkers) and 8:20 a.m. (runners). If you haven’t yet registered, you may do so between 6:45 and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Day of registration is $35. Participants should gather at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church, located at 2400 8th Ave West. The Fun Run/walk will start at 5th and Halladay, and finish at Coe Elementary School. After the run/walk participants should reassemble at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church for awards, coffee, water, snacks and random drawings for prizes. Details here.
  • 3rd Annual Yoga for Hope Event – Join hundreds of other yogis at the International Fountain North Lawn at Seattle Center for the city’s annual outdoor yoga event for charity: Yoga for Hope is an outdoor yoga event for yoga beginners and experts alike to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga practice for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Four of Seattle’s top yoga instructors will lead hundreds of participants in a two-hour class at the Seattle Center. The proceeds from the event will benefit research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope, aiding the treatment and research center’s efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection when battling cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS. The Yoga for Hope event was born out of City of Hope’s efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection and the hospital’s unique approach to utilizing complimentary and integrative therapies such as yoga and meditation in the patient treatment programs. Instructors from Queen Anne’s own Haute Yoga will be joining other teachers at the event this year. Registration $35 if done online by midnight tonight (register here), or $45 day of. Registration and vendor booths open at 9 a.m., with classes taking place between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Details here.
  • 2nd Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls – In case walking/running it out over 3.3 miles of Queen Anne streets during the Fun Run isn’t enough, Queen Anne’s own self-proclaimed “division of the Queen Anne mafia,” The Comstock Commission, is putting on the second neighborhood Running of the Bulls on the very same day. Swing by Paragon Bar & Grill at 1 p.m. to join in the fun or just watch it unfold. And don’t forget to wear the Comstock uniform–white shirts and pants, a red scarf and “fast shoes”. Details here.
  • Queen Anne Sidewalk Sale – If you feel like shopping in the sunshine, don’t miss Queen Anne’s annual summer Sidewalk Sale, which will be happening all day at stores up and down Queen Anne Ave N. We don’t have a full list of participating vendors, but many stores have planned sales and special events in years past. Many vendors also often extend the sales for the whole weekend, so if you can’t make it Saturday, you’ll have another chance on Sunday, July 9. Just look for balloons and big crowds!

Know of more events happening on the hill this weekend? Email us at or comment below and we’ll add the event to our weekend calendar.

Happenings in the neighborhood this weekend

It’s been a crazy week and I haven’t had time to publish our usual weekend calendar yet. But considering how great the weather is, I want to make sure no one misses out on a fun community event over this sunny Saturday and Sunday. So, without further ado, check out what’s going on in Queen Anne this weekend:

Saturday, July 10

  • Join 500 others at the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run and Walk, 8 a.m. Saturday. The run will begin at 5th Ave W and W Halladay St., and follow a 3.3-mile course along Queen Anne Boulevard, ending at Coe Elementary School at 7th Ave W and W McGraw Street.
  • Takes your kiddies to the Queen Anne Children’s Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade starts at Queen Anne Community Center at 1st Ave W and  W Crockett Street, then goes south on 1st to W Blaine St; west on Blaine to 3rd Ave W; north on Third Avenue  to W Howe Street; and east on Howe into the Community Center playfield; Seattle Police will escort.
  • Celebrate the best of Seattle’s “curbside cuisine” at the fourth installment of Mobile Chowdown, at Seattle Center’s former Fun Forest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Head down to Pier 57 for Seattle’s Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series every Saturday through August 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll be food, entertainment, and the Miner’s Landing arcade!
  • Join the Queen Anne Movie Guild for the Second Saturdays free screening series at 7 p.m. at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church. This month they’ll be showing “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music.” Details here.
  • Trek up and down Queen Anne Ave for the summer sidewalk sale all day, Saturday and Sunday!

Sunday, July 11

  • The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded a Small and Simple Grant for the repair of the Dexter Way North Mural (under the Aurora Bridge). Community members will be prepping the surface from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and volunteers are welcome! Wear something you don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle!
  • Trek up and down Queen Anne Ave for the summer sidewalk sale all day, Saturday and Sunday!

Have more events to add to the calendar? Email us at and we’ll put ’em up quick! Happy sunshine Queen Anne!

Queen Anne Weekend Calendar

Queen Anne’s got a weekend packed with events and activities–a sure sign that spring must be on the way! Whether you’re in the mood to do a little gardening or hear some live tunes, you’ll find a number of fun things to do in the Queen Anne Weekend Guide!

Friday, March 26

Saturday, March 27

  • Get your hands dirty and help build the neighborhood’s newest community garden, the Gilman Urban Gardens. The work party starts at 9 a.m. until as long as volunteers can stay. Can’t make it? Work parties will be digging away on Sunday too! Details here.
  • Got a story to tell? Share it at the first annual Seattle Stories event at Serendipity Cafe in Magnolia. Readers start at 7:30 p.m. Details here.
  • Catch a free fireworks show over Elliott Bay (General Construction Company is putting on the show in celebration of its centennial). Grab a perch near the top of the hill. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Details here.
  • Join the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center arches in turning out the lights for the third annual Earth Hour–a global effort to take action against climate change by dousing the lights for one hour–from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Details here.

Sunday, March 28

  • Help build the Gilman Urban Gardens. The work party starts at 9 a.m. until as long as volunteers can stay. (Psst! Volunteering is your best bet at getting a good plot!) Details here.
  • Catch the Freelance Whales, a five-piece band and eight-time SXSW act, live at Easy Street Records at 3 p.m. Details here.

Traveling outside the neighborhood? Check out events going on in our sister neighborhoods: Ballard, Fremont, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge/Greenwood, Maple Leaf, Wallingford and Wedgwood/View Ridge.

Queen Anne Weekend Calendar!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further!

Friday, March 19

Saturday, March 20

  • Do some planting from in Upper Kinnear Park with FOLKpark from 9 a.m. to noon. Details here.
  • Stop by the Queen Anne Elementary Open House from 10 a.m. to noon. Details here.
  • Catch some live Celtic/American tunes with Rose Laughlin at El Diablo Coffee at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 21

  • Help create the Gilman Urban Gardens at a planning meeting at 10 a.m. Details here.
  • Spend an entire day watching movies at SIFF’s 12-Hour Movie Marathon, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Detail here.

Leaving the neighborhood? Check for weekend events in our surrounding neighborhoods like Ballard, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge/Greenwood, Fremont and more!

Queen Anne’s Weekend Calendar!

Looking for some fun things to do this weekend in the neighborhood? We’ve got tons of ideas!

Friday, February 5

  • Hear Massy Ferguson live at the Streamline Tavern, located at 121 W Mercer, at 9 p.m.
  • Catch Secondhand Sunday, Tyler Morgan and Give it to me Rusty at El Diablo. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 6 – Neighbor Appreciation Day!

  • Tour Fire Station 20 & meet the firefighters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Neighbor Appreciation Day! Details here.
  • Clean up Uptown from 9 a.m. to noon as part of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Meet at Counterbalance Park. Tools & refreshments provided. Details here.
  • Family yoga class at Yogalife benefiting “Stand with Haiti” from 1 to 2 p.m. Details here.
  • Hear Nick Lowrey at El Diablo at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 7

  • The Help for Haiti Rummage Sale, run by Coe Elementary, John Hay and McClure Middle School, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Coe gym (located at located at 2424 7th Ave W). For details on how to get involved or make a donation, click here.
  • Superbowl party & potluck at the Streamline at 3:30 p.m. Food is being served at halftime. You can sign up for the potluck with the bartender.

Don’t forget to check out the Seattle skyline on Friday & Saturday nights (hint: look for the Pacific Science Center’s red arches!)

One last reminder: Metro bus schedules & bike policy will change as of Saturday, February 6. Details here.