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SEATTLE -- How does staying at home this weekend and doing yardwork sound instead of going, well, pretty much anywhere?

It's mid-August and besides just the first Seahawks pre-season home game at CenturyLink Field, there are a handful of fun events expected to draw huge crowds and unfortunately -- traffic troubles.

Hempfest will draw almost the same number of people as the Seahawks game for three days straight. That starts Friday at Myrtle Edwards Park.

Oh, and throw in all southbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct from the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge will be closed starting at 11:00 p.m. Friday night throughMonday at 5:00 a.m.

Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged, as SDOT says, including Metro, Link Light Rail, and the Sounder commuter train. If you have to drive, check KING 5's traffic maps before leaving the house.

Here's the complete LENGTHY list of events (and links), provided by SDOT:

Friday, August 19

Sunset Supper at the Market: 7:30 - 11 p.m. - Pike Place Market

  • 1,275 attending
  • Streets closed 3 - 11:59 p.m.: Pike Place between Pine and Virginia streets, and Stewart Street between Pike Place and First Avenue

Seattle Hempfest: 12 Noon - 8 p.m. - Myrtle Edwards Park

  • 40,000 expected
  • Plan on major congestion near the Park


Saturday, August 20

Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Myrtle Edwards Park

  • 80,000 expected
  • Plan on major congestion on the streets near the park

Magnolia Car Show: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Magnolia Village

  • 850 expected
  • Streets closed 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM W McGraw Street between 32nd and 34th Avenue W, and on 33rd Avenue W between W Lynn and W Wheeler Street

Central Area Community Festival: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Garfield Community Playfield (2223 E Cherry Street)

  • 480 Expected
  • No streets closed, but plan on congestion in the surrounding area

Summer Streets and Rainier Heritage Parade: Parade - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Summer Streets - 3 p.m.
Columbia City area

  • 2,500
  • 9 - 11 a.m.: Parade staging on 42nd Avenue S between Rainier Avenue S and S Ferdinand Street
  • Parade route - starts at 42nd and Rainier Avenue S; moves north on Rainier to S Alaska Street; disperses on S Alaska Street east of Rainier
  • Summer Streets follows with celebration taking place on Rainier between S Orcas Street and S Alaska Street. Rainier will be closed from 10:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Seattle Police SW Precinct Picnic: 1 - 4 p.m. - 2300 SW Webster Street

  • 450 attending
  • Street closed 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: SW Webster SW Webster Street between 24th Avenue SW and Delridge Way SW.

Honoring Mother of La Vang: 5:55 - 7 p.m. - Vietnamese Martyrs Parish (1230 E Fir Street)

  • 1,530 participants
  • Religious procession on streets around the parish. Seattle Police will escort

South Park Espectaculo: 4 - 8 p.m. - South Park - Mexican-style wrestling event

  • 1,000 attending
  • Streets closed 12 noon - 10 p.m. : 14th Avenue S between S Cloverdale Street and S Dallas Street

Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings (pre-season game): 7 - 10 p.m. - CenturyLink Field

  • 55,000 attending
  • Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Sunday, August 21

Seattle Hempfest: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Myrtle Edwards Park

  • 50,000 expected
  • Plan on major congestion on the streets near the park.

Lake Union 10K: 7:30 a.m. - Westlake Avenue N and Aloha Street - parking area gathering point

  • 1,000 participants
  • Race leaves the Westlake Avenue N and Aloha Street parking area moving clockwise around Lake Union staying on sidewalks, bike trails and streets returning to original parking area
  • No street closures associated with this race
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