Street closures and sold out crowds at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party are expected to create hurdles for fans and area businesses.
Organizers predict up to 10,000 people will attend the three-day event.
“It took us 2 buses to get here,” said Shannon Evans, a fan at Friday’s performances.
While it may take longer, organizers recommend taking alternative transportation to the party .
“You should probably try taking a cab or an Uber or a Sidecar or bus or something like that. Parking in this neighborhood is hard in the first place,” said Eli Anderson.
Opportunistic parking lots are nearly tripling their rates to $35 this weekend.
“It’s a little bit ridiculous,” said Jordan Berg, who chose to park at a friend’s house nearby.
Businesses like Boom Noodle are hoping to capitalize on the captive festival crowd. Aside from its normal Asian food menu, the restaurant is also selling sandwiches, water and lemonade.
“It’s something we came up with to take advantage of the people coming through to maximize our sales,” said Michael Johnson, general manager.
According to organizers, nearly 45 businesses inside the festival’s gates are expected to have their busiest weekend of the year. Some are offering specials while others, like The Elliott Bay Book Company, are choosing to close early.
Business owners are being advertised to fans to make up for the inconvenience they may experience this weekend.
“We are sort of walling off their area so we have to make it worthwhile for them to have all these people here,” said Anderson.
Performance headliners this year include Girl Talk and The Flaming Lips.
Tickets are $45 at the gate.