Floating Art Races at Green Lake July 14, for Seafair Milk Carton Derby

This Saturday, July 14, Green Lake visitors are in for a treat as creativity, science and boatmanship join forces at the Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby. Dozens of floating milk carton contraptions of all sizes and shapes, helmed by their makers, will compete for prizes and a winning title. A popular tradition since 1972, the event attracts watercraft built by kids, adults, families, schools and businesses, and is always an exciting salute to summer in Seattle. This year’s prizes include $3000 in prizes from Altitude Trampoline Park, Ivar’s, Sand Point Sailing, A la Mode Pies, Ezell’s Famous Chicken, and others.

Registration for boaters opens at 9 a.m., and the races begin at 10:30 a.m. Admission for non-participants is free. Vendor booths offering food, drinks and exhibits will be available near the racing site, which is staged this year so attendees can have better views from Green Lake Aqua Theatre. The Seafair Milk Carton Derby is presented by Safeway and Albertsons.

For more details, please visit the Seafair Milk Carton Derby website.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SEAFAIR WEEKEND

The Blue Angels photo by Seafair

Seafair Weekend is one of Seattle’s most anticipated events. But with so much good stuff packed into three days, it can be tough to navigate. Here’s your go-to guide for a safe and happy Seafair.

Seafair Weekend Main Gate
4316 South Genesee Street, Seattle, WA

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2

It’s important to note that Seafair sponsors the various events taking place July 31-Aug. 2. If you have questions, complaints or concerns regarding Seafair events, please contact Seafair directly by clicking HERE.

Where are the best places to experience SeaFair?
Seafair Weekend events and activities are scheduled throughout North Beach ParkStan Sayres Memorial Park and Genesee Park. For a full listing of activities and locations, click HERE.

The Blue Angels photo by Seafair

For information on air show performers, click HERE.

Hydroplanes on Lake Washington photo by Seafair

For information on the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup (hydroplance races), click HERE.

Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience photo by Seafair

For information on the Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience, click HERE.

Crowds at Lake Washington photo by Seafair

Where can I buy tickets?
Seafair offers a variety of events from floating parties to private lunches that require tickets. To review the offers and purchase tickets, click HERE.

Where can I see the Blue Angels?
Genesee Park, East Portal Viewpoint

Where can I see the hydroplanes?
Genessee Park, Lake Washington, Stan Sayres Memorial Park

What are the park rules I have to follow inside the main gate?
– No alcoholic beverages will be allowed through the entrance gate. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.
– Lawn chairs are permitted inside the park.
– No pets are allowed through the entrance gate with the exception of aid-dogs.
– Shoes are required in certain areas (closed toe shoes are required in pits).
– Bicycles not allowed in the park. A bike coral is located at the Main Admissions Gate.
– No firearms allowed.
– Portable BBQs are permitted in the park.

What’s the best way to get there?
Public transportation is encouraged! Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to public transit.

Parking is limited at the event site. Parking passes can purchased online. Parking typically sells out early. Seafair Weekend Public Parking Lot address: 4501 42nd Avenue South, Seattle WA, 98118 (must have a pass). There will be a limited number of disabled parking spaces due to space restrictions.

What you MUST know before you go:

During Seafair Weekend and leading up to the event, there will be park and facility closures for safety measures and practices.

– Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center will close from July 28 through Aug. 3.
– Stan Sayres Boat Launch will close from July 27 through Aug. 4.
– Fishing piers between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park will be closed July 28- Aug. 3.
-Seward Park will be closed each day July 29-Aug. 2 about 45-60 minutes prior to the Blue Angels taking off from Boeing Field. On days that there are two practice flights, the Seattle Police Department will keep the park closed for that entire period of time.  For details on when the Blue Angels will be practicing and performing, please contact Seafair.

Seafair tips, tricks and reminders from Southeast Crew Chiefs
– Expect DELAYS traveling to and from Seafair
– Traffic enforcement will be in full force, do not block driveways, park in community center lots, etc.
– Do NOT leave pets in your car. Pets are not allowed inside the Seafair main gate; leave them at home.
-You cannot use a portable barbecue unless you are inside the Seafair main gate. Seattle Parks does not allow them to be used in parks.
– Wear sunscreen!
– Do NOT drink and drive!
– You may not sell items at Seafair unless you have been properly permitted.
– Come early! People start getting in line at the main gate at 7 a.m.

Everything you need to know about Seafair Summer 4th

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gasworks Park, photo by Seafair

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Locations: Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, or Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N

Where can I find information about the fireworks displays?
The best resource for information regarding the Seafair Summer Fourth firework display is Seafair.com. Please note that neither the City of Seattle, nor Seattle Parks and Recreation pays for the firework display.

Where can I view the public firework display?
The best views of the public firework display are from Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park. Both locations are free to the public, but also feature reserved, ticketed seating. Reserved seating for both locations can be purchased here.

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gas Works Park, photo by Seafair

What takes place at the parks?

Gas Works Park: Noon – 11 p.m.
-All-American games presented by Smith Brothers Farms
-Festival-style food trucks and concessions
-Large beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Kids Zone
-Washington National Guard Display
-SkyDive Kapowsin Landing Zone
-DoubleDown interactive live music and entertainment stage – emceed by Warm 106.9 FM
-Open and reserved seating options

South Lake Union Park: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
-Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria live music and entertainment stage
-Food booths and concessions
-Beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Part of Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
-Open and reserved seating options

If I attend Seafair Summer Fourth events, what are the rules?
– No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the event unless they are purchased at the on-site beer garden
– No personal barbeques are permitted
– No marijuana is permitted
– No fireworks, explosives, incendiary materials or devices are permitted
– No pets other than service animals are permitted
– No weapons or firearms are permitted
– Tents are allowed, but must be collapsed at dusk
– No glass bottles are permitted
– No illegal drugs are permitted
– All bags and coolers are subject to search

What can I bring with me?
– Food and non-alcoholic beverages (coolers are subject to search)

What’s the best way to get there?
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the event. Public transportation is encouraged, but buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule (Plan your trip here). Parking will be limited due to street closure. People with disabilities will get parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists are welcome to use the express entrance, but there will be a limited number of bike racks inside the park.

Tips from Seattle Parks Crew Chiefs
– Slather on the sunscreen!
– Do not drink and drive!
– Parking enforcement will be out in full force, be careful to adhere to street signs and do not block driveways or park on private property (take public transit!)
– Pets are not allowed in the park during Seafair Summer Fourth – please leave them at home! A hot vehicle is no place for a pooch.


Seafair Princesses at Council Today, Addressing Gender Pay Gap


Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Sally J. Clark

Seafair Princesses at Council Today, Addressing Gender Pay Gap

SeattleCouncilmembers Jean Godden and Sally J. Clark welcomed the Seafair Princesses to City Council today to discuss gender pay disparity in Seattle and how the Seafair Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Women participants can help take action to address the problem.  Councilmembers engaged with the young women, who agreed to become "Gender Pay Ambassadors," bringing awareness of the pay disparity to their respective communities.  The young women then visited Full Council, where Councilmembers proclaimed July 21, "Seafair Foundation Day."

"These young women are our future leaders, and I’m thrilled to have them engage in the issues of equal pay and gender equity," said Councilmember Jean Godden. "I’m thankful for Seafair Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Women which provides more than $20,000 in scholarship assistance to young women seeking academic scholarships and leadership development."

Councilmembers discussed the recent study which found that, on average, women in the Puget Sound region are paid $0.73 relative to every dollar a man earned.  Among City employees, women were found to have earned $0.90 for every dollar a man earned and comprise only 1/3 of the City workforce.  Between 2013 and 2014, Councilmember Godden spearheaded an effort with former Mayor Mike McGinn and current Mayor Ed Murray to identify solutions to end the disparity.  Work to address the disparity is currently underway.

"The Scholarship Program for Women empowers young women to reach their personal and professional goals by showcasing their academic abilities, community service, and public speaking skills," said Beth Knox, Seafair President and CEO. "Visiting City Hall and meeting female civic leaders is an important addition to their experience with Seafair and the community."

With a mission to promote philanthropy, diversity and community involvement, participants/princesses represent Seafair at nearly 20 community events and parades. Participants are also paired with respected local female professionals in a Mentorship Program. This program provides the opportunity for participants to gain professional experience through networking and exposure to the business world.

The Seafair Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable partner of the Seafair Festival, was established to create and build opportunities for Seafair’s youth education, cultural and community engagement programs. Their mission is to empower our future leaders and connect Greater Puget Sound through unique experiences. The Seafair Foundation is passionate about celebrating the culture and unique assets of your community, which contributes to the quality of life for those who live, work and play here.

[View in Council Newsroom]