Giant slip-n-slide headed to Mercer St for one day in August

Slide OrcaThey pitch it as a “water slide” – but we all know that the giant 1,000-foot water slide headed to Mercer street next month is just an oversize slip-n-slide. Slide the City refers to its multi-block-long creation as a slide… and it’s headed to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown next month.

For one day, August 16th, people can pay to slide down Mercer Street from Warren Ave N to 4th Ave N. The event organizers require inflatable tubes, which can also be purchased for a fee, and mouth guards. Yep, sliding just got a little scary (or safer, depending on when you were a kid…).

Mercer St Slide

The giant slide is part of Seafair festivities, and it’s been in other cities before. However, with activities at the Seattle Center and lots of water slide happy folks, be prepared for crowds and parking/traffic impacts.

Slide downhillThe slide will operate from 11am until 7pm, and Mercer Street will be closed even longer for prep and disassemble – from 4am to 11:30pm. There are 3 tiers of slide ride pricing (one-time, three-times, unlimited), and right now, you can get on a mailing list for registration (no word on when official registration begins). The event has sold out in other cities, so if you’re looking to slip and slide down Mercer Street, plan ahead.

The Slide the City organizers pitch the slide as a family friendly, with live music, food, drinks, water, and a huge padded-for-comfort (and safety) slide. They encourage sliders to bring “water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.”

Check out the site for more info, and if you’re not into giant water slides, plan ahead for navigating around the neighborhood.

Events around Queen Anne this weekend may impact your travels

In addition to the Aurora/99 closure between Valley St and the Battery Street Tunnel, there are three events around Lower Queen Anne that will impact weekend travels around the base of the hill (and perhaps over as well).

Aurora is set to open at 5am on Sunday, but it’ll be closed during Saturday’s Lung Force Walk in South Lake Union – so expect traffic to spill over to our side of Aurora.

Saturday, May 9th: Lung Force Walk, 9am-1pm

The walk is limited to sidewalks and leaves Denny Park at 9am following a 3 mile loop through South Lake Union. The route: Northbound on Westlake Avenue N to Lake Union Park on Valley Street, southbound on Westlake Avenue, eastbound on Mercer Street, southbound on Fairview Avenue N, westbound on Denny Way to Denny Park arriving at 1:00pm. About 650 people are expected to participate.

Sunday, May 10th: Color Run, 7:15am-11:30am

The Color Run:  Mercer Street will be closed at 5:30am between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N for set-up. Full route closure begins at 7:15am, with race starting at 8am and ending at 11:30am. Begins and ends at Seattle Center. About 9,000 people are expected to participate. Route map here:

Color Run Route

Sunday, May 10th: Neil Diamond Concert at Key Arena:  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to attend.

Key Arena events and PNB’s Swan Lake tonight and Saturday will impact traffic

Apologies for the late notice for tonight, but hopefully Facebook and Twitter will help spread the word.

This event is tonight at Key Arena:

Plus, there’s also Swan Lake at McCaw Hall tonight, Friday, April 10th – and Saturday and Sunday too:

And, Saturday, it’s PNB plus this concert that’s going to draw 10,000 people:

Chris Tomlin concert on Saturday, April 11 from 7pm to 11pm there are about 10,000 people expected to attend.

Heads up if you’re driving around Lower Queen Anne tonight or tomorrow, there will be extra traffic and less on-street parking.

Seattle Winterfest kicks off today with Ice Rink and more

Seattle Center Winterfest 2014It’s almost December and the Seattle Center winter spectacular kicked off earlier this morning with events galore through the end of the year. The ever-popular Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion is now open, along with the Winter Train and Village in the Armory. Plus, the Seattle Center is hosting events and performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here’s the Winterfest events and activities list from the Seattle Center – for full details on any of the events, check out the Winterfest page. Almost all events are FREE, except for the Ice Rink and a $2 suggested donation to conduct the Winter Train:

Winter Train & Village, Armory, FREE
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31; 10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pmDec. 24, closed Dec. 25
Bonus: Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations, Seattle Center Grounds, FREE
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm Dec. 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 12 noon – 2pm

Winterfest Student Showcases, Armory, FREE
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
150+ performances by public and private schools and youth groups

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 29; 11am – 12 noon

The Dickens Carolers, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30: 2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Nov. 30; 11am – 12 noon

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 6; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 7; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 13; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Garfield Jazz Band, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 14; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Armory, FREE entry (21+)
Thursday, Dec. 18; 5pm – 8pm

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders Free Skate
Saturday, Dec. 20; 11am – 10pm
FREE for cardholders +2 guests. Must show card upon entry.

The Mood Swings, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 6pm – 7pm

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 27; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Klez Kidz, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 28; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES, Armory, FREE
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8pm – 11:45pm

Happy Winterfest!

Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

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First and foremost, remember that 99/Aurora is closed from Friday night through Wednesday morning. It will be a significant traffic impact – roads and busses will be affected, and expect traffic to spill onto Queen Anne. A great excuse to stick around Queen Anne this weekend, where there are plenty of free events to go around.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.


Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 22

Saturday, August 23

Sunday, August 24

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