House rattle a little more than usual yesterday? That wasn’t an earthquake — the Blue Angels arrived in town, signaling the beginning of the big Seafair Weekend Festival.
This is the first time in two years that the Seafair has graced South Seattle (which may have been a blessing for those of you in the “splash zone” of those planes), so let’s take a quick tour of what to expect during the festivities.
Boeing Air Show
The Navy’s Blue Angels are definitely the most talked about demonstration, but the show also includes performances by the Air Force, the US Army’s Golden Knights, US Coast Guard, aerobatic teams + a select number of Boeing planes.
Demonstrations happen all three days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
HomeStreet Bank Cup
These hydroplane races are fast + furious — the vehicles all have the capabilities to travel 220 mph on the water.
The first race begins Fri., Aug. 5 at 9:15 a.m. with the final scheduled for 4:25 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 7.
Each day of the fair, tons of boats link together to create one giant party — all tuned into Log Boom Radio, or Mercer Island High School’s 88.9 FM radio station. Registration is still open for the log boom, with prices starting at $625 per boat under 23’ long.
Boats begin lining up Fri., Aug. 5 at 6 a.m.
Since parking can often be a nightmare, public transit will likely be your best friend.
- Get off at Columbia City Station — the walk to Genesee Park is ~20 minutes.
King County Metro
- Route 7: Disembark at Rainier Ave. S. + S. Genesee St. for ~10-minute walk
- Route 50: Route 50 starts off at Alki Beach before snaking its way directly to Genesee Park — just be aware of any potential detours.
Pro Tip: You can also download the Transit app to plan your trips. The app uses real-time info, shows where your bus is on the map, and notifies you when it’s time to pull the all-intimidating bus cord.
While the Blue Angels are certainly a spectacle, they’re not always best friends to young children, pets, and those with other noise sensitivities. If you’re looking to retreat completely, here are some options.
- Arrivals: The first batch of planes arrived Tuesday, but round two should land around 1:30 p.m. today — Wed., Aug. 3.
- Practice: The team takes to the sky for some practice rounds on Thurs., Aug. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (ish).
- Performances: While demonstrations will be happening on + off the whole weekend, the Blue Angels show off their stuff everyday Fri.-Sun. from 3-4 p.m.