Traffic Alert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Seattle Marathon will impact traffic this weekend

Two traffic alerts for today and tomorrow – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Key Arena today, Saturday, for performances at 4pm and 8pm. The city estimates 10,000 people will attend each of the shows (20,000 total), so expect traffic around Key Arena this afternoon and evening.

The bigger impact will likely be from the Seattle Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th. The organizers cite the Seattle Marathon as the “largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the US” – what does that mean? 15,000 participants + thousands of spectators, and road closures around the Seattle Center, where the race starts and finishes.

The race map with street closures is below. For some reason, the Seattle Marathon organizers have once again decided to produce a West-oriented map, instead of the standard North-oriented view. So, it may look a bit odd, but note that 5th Ave near the Seattle Center will be closed 5:30am-9am, and one side of Mercer will be closed 8:45am-4pm.

Click the map for a larger image:

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And, just to make things a bit more complicated, traffic-wise, the Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink tomorrow (Sunday), with kickoff at 1:25pm.

Seattle Center Winterfest kicks off this Friday

Winterfest 2015Winterfest, the annual celebration of all things winter and holiday, starts this Friday, November 27th and runs all the way up to New Year’s Eve. The family-friendly event is really many events under one umbrella, from the popular Winterfest Ice Rink to the Winter train to ongoing performances and entertainment.

In addition to the indoor Ice Rink and Armory entertainment, outside the Seattle Center grounds will sparkle with lights and outdoor activities. And, the whole season wraps on New Year’s Eve with a celebration and fireworks at the Space Needle.

Here’s the Winterfest schedule – unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place at the Seattle Center Armory and are free:

Winter Train & Village
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3, 2016
Sunday – Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday – Saturday 11am-10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm, Dec. 31
Fisher Pavilion
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Student Showcases (over 100 performances)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20, various times

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE

The Dickens Carolers
Friday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 29
11am – 12 noon
Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

3rd Shift Dance
Friday, Nov. 27
2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show
Saturday, Nov. 28
11am – 12 noon

SANCA Cirrus Circus
Saturday, Nov. 28
12:30pm – 1:30pm

SANCA IMPulse Circus Collective
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
2pm – 3pm

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team
Sunday, Nov. 29
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Global Heat
Saturday, Dec. 5
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices
Sunday, Dec. 6
1pm – 2pm

Garfield Jazz Band
Saturday, Dec. 12
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 13
2pm – 3pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 17
5pm – 8pm

XMAS Maximus
Saturday, Dec. 19
12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Bobs
Sunday, Dec. 20
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce
Saturday, Dec. 26
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Datina Folkloric Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 31
8pm – 11:45pm
Armory, Seattle Center grounds, FREE

Happy Winter!

Movies at the Mural start this Saturday at Seattle Center

Movies at the Mural 2015It’s time to pack up your picnic blanket and snacks and head to the Seattle Center for free movies at the Mural Amphitheatre. As in years past, the Seattle Center hosts movies on Saturday nights through the end of summer. All features begin at 9pm. Shown on a 45-foot screen, the movies are family-friendly (up to your discretion) and all are welcome except for 4-legged family members, as pets are not allowed.

The Seattle Center advises bringing something comfy to sit on such as low back chairs, blankets, or bean bags. You can also bring your own snacks or purchase them at the Seattle Armory. Note: large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas, and video/audio recorders are not allowed. Please leave pets at home.

Here’s this year’s schedule (descriptions from Seattle Center):

Selma (PG-13), Saturday, August 1
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, this stirring historical drama chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights and highlights the courage of the marchers as they withstand racist and violent attacks. 128 minutes.

Back to the Future (PG), Saturday, August 8
An eccentric inventor turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends young Marty McFly back 30 years. In 1955, Marty disrupts his parents’ destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum out of whack. 30th anniversary of this sci-fi comedy classic.116 minutes.

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13), Saturday, August 15
On the run from intergalactic warlord Ronan, hotshot space pilot Peter Quill unites a ragtag band of oddballs to form a team of unlikely heroes. Soon, the Guardians discover that they alone stand between Ronan and the galaxy’s destruction. 121 minutes.

Into the Woods (PG), Saturday, August 22
Woven from a collection of revered fairy tales and characters, this enchanting musical mash-up by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine focuses on a childless couple who venture into the woods hoping to end a curse put on them by a vindictive witch. 125 minutes.

Plan to arrive early, as the movies are first-come, first-served. Pick out your spot on the lawn, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy movies at the Mural!

Celebrate PrideFest at the Seattle Center this Sunday

Pride Fest 2015Since I have a day job, I often get to the end of the week and haven’t had time to post on key weekend events on and around Queen Anne. This week is no exception, as it’s Friday and I just now have the time to post on PrideFest. But, for the first time, I’m glad I didn’t have time before now, as today is the perfect day to give everyone the heads up about this particular event.

Here are the details on Sunday’s events – the Parade from 4th Ave & Union up to the Seattle Center, and the Pride Fest activities at Seattle Center all day Sunday. Note, there are 30,000 people expected at the Seattle Center festivities this Sunday. It’ll impact traffic and parking, but after today’s Supreme Court ruling, who can complain?

Seattle Pride Parade: The parade begins at 11am, moving from 4th Ave & Union Street to Denny Way, then west on Denny to 2nd Ave N, ending at the Seattle Center. Parade is estimated to run 2.5 hours. Streets will be closed from 7am-4pm.

Seattle PrideFest: The Fest will celebrate Pride at the Seattle Center from 10am to 8pm.  About 30,000 people are expected to attend.

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Happy PrideFest weekend!

Free yoga and zumba classes return to Seattle Center this week

For the past couple of years, the Seattle Center has hosted a free Summer Fitness program, and starting this week it continues the rather-new, but very popular, tradition.

Two different classes will help get you moving – Zumba on Tuesdays and gentle yoga on Thursdays. Both classes are free and open to all. Here are the details for each class:

When: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Dates: June 16 – August 18
Where: Fisher Pavilion Rooftop
Bring: water and comfortable sneakers

Come join us for an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock, you name it. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography, and FUN!   It will get your heart pumping, get you sweaty, and put a big smile on your face. Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. 

Seattle Center FitnessGentle Yoga
When: Wednesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm
Dates: June 17 – August 19
Where: Exhibition Hall Lawn
Bring: your own yoga mat

Gentle Yoga is a class for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. This class will focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, which is the physical practice, and all will have an opportunity to feel challenged and enjoy lots of fresh air. 

Get ready to enjoy another Summer event on Queen Anne, and get moving!

Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon starts and ends at Seattle Center on Saturday

Another summer weekend is bringing more people into the neighborhood. The biggest event of the weekend is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon tomorrow (Saturday) morning. 26,000 participants are expected per SDOT, but the numbers are even higher from the event organizers: “18,000 runners and walkers, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.”

Also, take note: the Seattle Pacific University commencement ceremony is also on Saturday at 1pm at Key Arena, with 10,000 attendees expected. The two events will overlap, so avoid the area if possible or walk.

Here’s the info on the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon:

Course Map:

Rock n Roll Marathon map

Road Closures:

So numerous, it’s a pdf of a spreadsheet of road closures. Rest assured, many are around Seattle Center, so plan accordingly. The route also takes runners on the Viaduct and out and back on I-90. Getting around is going to be tricky. You can check out an interactive map of road closures online here.

Here’s a snapshot of the pdf, click the image to see the full list in non-ant print:

Road Closures

Remember, deep breaths and pack your patience if you’re driving or biking around Lower Queen Anne tomorrow.

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