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Seattle Seafair 2009 events schedule and neighborhood festivals


The runners crossed the finish line of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on June 27 in the kick-off event for Seafair, the city-wide, month long festival which culminates with the hydroplane races and the air show featuring the Blue Angels. Of course, festival loving Seattle offers many celebrations during the month of July and into August connected to Seafair, and it can be hard to keep track. It can also be hard to choose your fun when many events happen simultaneously. We can help. The Seafair website lists all of the city-wide events going on, but it takes a lot of time and clicking to sift through them. We’ve got them here on one page with all the information you need to decide what to do and where to go. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Enjoy!

July 4 – 5
Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
1010 Valley Street; 10 am – 6 pm daily
Suggested Donation: $5/person; $10/family
The traditional festival at the Center for Wooden Boats on south Lake Union features “visiting vessels, public rides, activities for kids, demonstrations, a quick and daring race, and family boat building!”

July 4
Admiral Junction Neighborhood Parade
44th Ave SW & Sunset Ave SW; 10 am

July 11
Seafair Pirate Landing & 60th Celebration Kickoff
Alki Beach; All day
The Seafair Pirates land and take over Seattle at around 11:30 am. The festival starts at 9:30 am.

July 11
Allstate Milk Carton Derby at Seafair
Green Lake; 10am-4pm
Boats made of milk cartons compete for prizes and laughs.

July 11
Pioneer Square Fire Festival
Occidental Square Park; 11 am – 5 pm
Antique fire trucks from the Last Resort Fire Department will be on display in Occidental Park,” and check out the Seattle Fire Department Museum. Talk with members of the Last Resort Fire Department.

July 11
The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run, Walk & Children’s Parade
Run/Walk begins at 5th Ave. W. and Halladay St. and finishes at the Lutheran Church 2400 8th Ave. West; 8 am
Crown of Queen Anne Children’s Parade, 10:45 am
Admission: Run/Walk-$30 (includes t-shirt)
3.3 mile fun run/walk and children’s parade where everyone is welcome.

July 11
Wallingford Seafair Kiddie Parade & Street Fair
Street Fair: Wallingford Ave. between 43rd and 45th St.; 10 am – 5 pm
Parade: 45th St. between Corliss and Woodlawn Ave.; 11 am
The 60th Annual Wallingford Kiddie Parade is an event designed for children young or old. All children are invited to march in the parade! Dressing in costume is encouraged, but not required. Join with drill teams, clowns, bands and others for a fun parade, then stop by the street fair for more fun, food and rides.”

July 11-12
McDonald’s Seattle’s Chinatown-International District Festival 2009
Hing Hay Park, 411 Maynard Ave. S; July 11, 11 am – 8 pm; July 12, 11 am – 6 pm
“…the largest Pan-Asian American street festival in the Pacific Northwest! …family activities, main stage entertainment, food booths and Asian-inspired arts & crafts. The festival also features a Karaoke Idol competition, Eco-Village, Children’s Corner, Sports Corner and over 130 vendor booths.”

July 17-19
24th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park
July 17, 7 pm – 11 pm; July 18, 1 pm – 10 pm; July 19, 1 pm – 8 pm
Admission: Friday $1, Saturday & Sunday $5, Children 12 and under are free
Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow is an annual event featuring competitive dancing and singing, a salmon bake, food, arts and crafts booths and other special entertainment.”

July 18
Roosevelt Bull Moose Festival
6801 Roosevelt Way NE, parking lot of Calvary Christian Assembly; 8 am – midnight
Part of Seattle’s Annual Seafair, the Bull Moose Festival will feature a pancake breakfast from 9 – 11 am, followed by live music, a “show and shine” car show, food, classic bike show, games for kids… A three on three basketball tournament will also take place… A jazz combo from the award-winning Roosevelt High School Jazz band will take the stage at 1 pm.”

July 18
West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade
California Ave. SW, Lander St. to Edmunds St.; 11 am Rotary Kiddies Parade, 10:30 am

July 18-19
Seattle Bon Odori
Seattle Buddhist Church, 1427 S Main Street; July 18, 4 – 10 pm; July 19, 3 – 8 pm
Bon Odori celebrates Japanese Buddhism, culture and food. Come experience this summertime festival with colorful kimono, traditional folk dancing, classic Ikebana flower arrangements, ever-popular Taiko demonstrations and lots of other sights, sounds and tastes.”

July 19
Chinatown Seafair Parade
Parade runs between S Jackson & S King St.; 7 pm
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade: July 19, 7 p.m. Admission:Free
A traditional community parade and multi-cultural event featuring the colorful Chinese girls drill team, fabulous 100-foot Chinese Dragon twisting and waving through the street,” and much more.

July 22
59th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade
Greenwood Avenue from N 95th St. to N 85th St., turns right (west) at 85th and continues to 6th Ave. NW; 6 pm

July 25
Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade at Seafair
Downtown Seattle, Fourth Avenue; 7:30pm

July 25-26
Alki Art Fair
Alki Beach Promenade; July 25, 10 am – 7 pm, July 26, 10 am – 5 pm

July 25-26
Ballard SeafoodFest
Eight block area centered at 20th Avenue NW & NW Market Street
July 25 11 am – 8 pm; July 26 11 am – 7 pm
Delicious seafood, music, arts & crafts, wine & beer, kids’ activities, and plenty of Ballard flavor.

July 26
Hispanic Seafair Festival
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater, 11 am – 8 pm
The day-long festival will feature live music & entertainment, various food, craft and information booths, art exhibits and children’s activities all reflecting the diverse Hispanic community in the Seattle area.”

July 26
Pista Sa Nayon
Seward Park Amphitheater, 9 am – 8 pm
Pista sa Nayon is a one-day festival with food, information and arts & crafts booths, live entertainment, basketball tournament and children’s games. Showcasing the very best of being Filipino, Pista sa Nayon offers activities for people of all ages.”

July 29 – August 2
Seafair Fleet Week presented by Boeing
Seattle Waterfront, Pier 30
Ship tour times vary. Check website.

July 31 – August 2
Chevrolet Cup at Seafair
Lake Washington, Genesee Park & Stay Sayers Pits
Weekend Times Vary – check website
Admission: See Hydroplane Race Tickets

July 31 – August 2
KeyBank Air Show at Seafair presented by Boeing
Lake Washington, Genesee Park
Weekend Times Vary – check website
Admission: See Air Show Tickets

July 31 – August 1
Magnolia Summer Festival
Smith St. between 32nd & 34th, 33rd between Smith & Wheeler adjacent playfield and Magnolia playfield
July 31, 11 am – 7 pm, August 1, 10 am – 6 pm
Parade: August 1, 10:30 am
A two-day event featuring craft, art and information booths, juried art show with prizes, inflatables, train rides, pony rides and stage entertainment, food, beer garden, Saturday night outdoor movie and a large Children’s and Grand Parade.”

July 31 – August 2
Umoja Fest African Heritage
Judkins Park, 10 am – 10 pm
Three-day festival featuring a parade, live music, community speakers, over 50 vendors and much, much more.”

August 1
Lake City Summer Festival Celebrating Pioneer Days
Parade: Lake City Way between NE 145th and NE 123rd Street 7 pm
Fair & Festival: NE 125th Street from Lake City Way to 27th Ave. NE 10 am – 7 pm
The 67th annual Lake City Summer Festival celebrating Pioneer Days is the second oldest on-going festival in Seattle.”

August 22
Central Area Community Festival & Parade
2323 E Cherry Street, 11 am – 9 pm
The Central Area Community Festival celebrates community pride, integrity and spirituality by promoting cultural diversity throughout the Central Area. This one-day event features art and cultural exhibits, games, crafts, merchandise, food, entertainment and much more.”

And of course, there are festivals, celebrations, parades, fairs and more going on in communities all over the Puget Sound region. Check this page of the Seafair website for events in Kent, Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland, Covington, Des Moines, Renton, Snohomish and more.

Lastly, as you may well know, the I-90 floating bridge closes when the Blue Angels are practicing for or performing during the Air Show. Here are the closure times:
Thursday, July 30 – 9:45 am – 12:00 pm, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Friday, July 31 – 12:45 pm – 2:40 pm
Saturday, August 1 – 12:45 – 2:40 pm
Sunday, August 2 – 12:45 pm – 2:40 pm

Check this page of the website for ramp closures and complete details.