Coming up: A variety of events to enjoy

Rain or shine – there’s plenty to do over the next few days. Tonight the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) ), which has grown from an idea hatched by three teenagers to a film festival with over 700 submissions from 30 countries, holds its opening night screenings at the Cinerama Theatre. Starting tomorrow and through the weekend, there are two other festivals, three baseball games, two soccer matches, one dash, and one expo.    No significant traffic issues are anticipated, but motorists should expect and plan on potential delays associated with the events. For details, please read the following information.

Thursday, April 24
National Film Festival for Talented Youth) NFFTY Opening Night:  7:30 p.m.
Cinerama Theater (4th and Lenora)
900 attending
The curb lane along Fourth Avenue will be used for drop-off and pick-up for the event.
For more information about the event, please see:
http://www.nffty.org/event/opening-night-gala?back=5334

Friday, April 25
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Magnolia Springfest:
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
320 participants
Expect congestion on streets adjacent to the event area.
Streets closed from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.:  W McGraw Street between 34th and 32nd Avenue W.

Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers
:  7:10
Safeco Field
28,000 attending
Expect normal congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Saturday, April 26
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Seattle Pet Expo:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Exhibition Hall
8,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic particularly on Mercer Street.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado:  1 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic prior to and after the match on surrounding streets in SODO.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
:  6:10
Safeco Field
25,000 attending
Expect normal congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Sunday, April 27
Top Pot Doughnut Dash: 8:30 a.m.
Green Lake Park and adjacent streets to the Park
2,500 participants
Run starts and finishes near the Green Lake Community Center and basketball courts going clockwise around Green Lake, partly on the street and partly on park trails.  Motorists may want to plan to avoid area surrounding the lake.
http://promotionevents.com/TopPot5K/Info.htm

Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
:  1:10
Safeco Field
21,000 attending
Expect normal heavier traffic surrounding Safeco before and after the game.

Seattle Reign FC vs Houston Dash: 4 – 6 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Seattle Center
3,000 attending
Traffic may be more congested on Mercer Street and Broad streets.

Traffic Note
Mercer Corridor Project:  Saturday morning to Monday morning, April 26 – 28: Full closure of the Fifth Avenue N and Mercer Street intersection.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114

 

Big draw this weekend: Sakura Con 14

 

Friday through Sunday, April 18 – 20, crowds of 20,000 or more are expected daily at the Convention Centedowntown for the Sakura Con 14.  Sponsored by the Asian Northwest Cultural Education Association, this is the oldest “anime” (Japanese animation) convention in the Pacific Northwest.  Other events taking place over the weekend are the Earth Day Run along Alki Beach in West Seattle on Saturday morning and a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Concert on Saturday evening at the CenturyLink Field WAMU Theatre.   Motorists should anticipate some additional traffic associated with the events.

 

Friday, April 18

Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee Concert: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Benaroya Hall (200 University Street)

400 attending

School buses will drop off and pick up students on both sides of University Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue;  the Seattle Police Department will assist with the bus traffic;  expect congestion on surrounding streets.

 

Sakura-Con ’14:  Friday 2 – 11 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Sunday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Washington State Convention Center – 800 Convention Place /Pike Street

20,000 attending per day

Expect heavy pedestrian traffic on adjacent streets.

http://www.sakuracon.org/

 

Saturday, April 19

Earth Day Run: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Alki Avenue SW – West Seattle

1,100 participants

Run route: Starts on Alki Avenue  SW at 60th Avenue SW; moves east on Alki to Anchor Park (1100 Alki Avenue SW), makes a U-turn and heads back to starting point.

Run will close Alki Avenue SW  from 60th Avenue SW to Anchor Park from 9 – 11 a.m.

Expect heavier traffic on streets next to Alki Avenue SW

For more details please see:  http://seattlemag.com/article/earth-day-run-2014

 

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa concert:  9 p.m.

Wamu Theater, CenturyLink Field

5,000 attending

There may be some congestion around stadium prior to the show.

CXontact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

Eastbound Travel Lane of Denny Way by Seattle Center Closed on Saturday

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the eastbound curb lane of Denny Way between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue this coming Saturday, April 19.  The lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accommodate construction associated with the extension of overhead trolley electric wires.

The construction is part of the Belltown-Uptown Electric Transit Improvements Project, a collaborative effort with King County Metro, to install inbound (towards downtown) trolley wires on Denny Way (where they will connect with existing southbound service on 3rd Avenue).  This will provide a more direct routing than currently exists, and is projected to reduce travel times by two minutes per trip.

The project also includes creation of a new inbound (eastbound) bus stop on Denny Way, a bit east of 2nd Avenue.  This will replace the existing inbound stop just west of Warren Place, which is too small to adequately accommodate the large number of daily boardings at this location.  The new stop will include a bus shelter, bench, bike rack, and a real time bus arrival information sign.  (The existing inbound bus stop on Denny Way just east of 3rd Avenue will also be closed in favor of the new consolidated stop.)

Construction on the project should be completed by early June.

 

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114