SDOT advises travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city this week that will affect area traffic. The Seahawks play Minnesota at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. Seattle Hempfest at Myrtle Edwards Park runs Friday through Sunday. The Mariners play at Safeco Field Friday through Sunday. The Sounders FC play at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18:
Oromo Community Rally and March Against the Ethiopian Government: A rally starts at 10 a.m. at Pratt Park in the Central District followed by a march at 11 a.m. The march heads south on 20th Ave S, west on S Jackson St, north on 4th Ave, west on Madison St to 2nd Ave and ends at Seneca St. About 400 people are expected to participate.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. About 60,000 people expected to attend.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 21:
Seattle Hempfest: The 25th anniversary of the 3-day festival in Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Park begins on Friday at 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Broad St will be closed to westbound traffic between Elliott Ave and Alaskan Way. About 25,000 per day are expected to attend.
Seattle Street Food Festival: A showcase of Seattle’s growing street food scene featuring more than 30 food trucks and food booths in South Lake Union. The festival starts in the Discovery Center Meadow on Friday at 4 p.m. then moves to the streets on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9th Ave N will be closed between Denny Way and Republican St. More than 5,000 people per day are expected to attend.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:
Belltown Arts Revue: Street festival featuring Belltown artists, a skateboard competition and more. 2nd Ave will be closed between Blanchard St and Lenora St from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. About 400 people are expected to attend.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21:
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 6:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. About 50,000 people are expected to attend.
Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas Concert: At 7 p.m. at Key Arena. About 8,000 people are expected to attend.
Friday, August 19, Mariners vs. Brewers, 7:10 p.m. About 37,000 people are expected to attend.
Saturday, August 20, Mariners vs. Brewers, 6:10 p.m. About 39,000 people are expected to attend.
Sunday, August 21, Mariners vs. Brewers, 1:10 p.m. About 32,000 people are expected to attend.