Seafair Weekend: I-90 Closures, Hydroplane Races, and the Blue Angels Air Show

Seafair is this upcoming weekend, and I’m sure you’ve already heard the Blue Angels soar over the I-90 Bridge. A tradition since 1950, Seattle’s Seafair Weekend is host to a “kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes, and action.” Boats race over Lake Washington, to the beat of live musical entertainment and delicious foods on the western shores of Lake Washington.

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Genesee Park plays host and offers spectacular, front seat views to the entire weekends’ air shows. While much of the water and land events center around the various hydroplane races, you can also check out the exhibitions, demonstrations, and various tests waterside. Saturday offers other experiences, including the Navy Band Northwest, Beach Water Polo Tournament, and BMX stunt show.

Expect parking to be chaotic, but they offer tips on their website, including where to park, closed and no-parking areas, rideshare opportunities. Biking is also an option, as the area is bicyclist-friendly and you can save 50% off admission and store your bike at their bicycle pavilion upon arrival. Discounts are also available for public transportation utilizers. All details are noted here.

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During practices and shows, all you have to do is glance towards the sky to see the Blue Angels show. Their show takes them over Beacon and Graham Hills in Seattle, Mercer Island’s northern district, and the bustling waters of Lake Washington below.

Weekend weather is scheduled to be in the low-90s, high-80 with an excessive heat warning for the entire region. Ensure to keep water close by and steadily sip throughout the day.

If you’re planning on heading across the water, the aircraft schedule is below. I-90 closures are expected to cause delays across the region and other regional expressways. Check out their schedule below:


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