Seattle Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Events
SeafairIs in July and early August. Neighborhood events such as parades and street fairs run throughout the festival, with the downtown Torchlight Parade in late July. Seafair culminates in early August when hydroplane races and the Blue Angels bring loud, fast boats and planes to Lake Washington.
BumbershootA music and arts festival, held on Labor Day weekend (beginning of September) in the Seattle Center, featuring dozens of local and world-class musical acts.
Northwest Folklife FestivalA more low-key and global version of Bumbershoot, held in the Seattle Center on Memorial Day weekend (end of May). Even more important - it's free ($10 donation per person per day requested at the entries - but not required).
Bite of SeattlePart of Seafair festivities. Held in mid/late-July in the Seattle Center. Eat till you explode.
HempfestA two-day cannabis festival in mid-August. Held at Myrtle Edwards park on the Seattle waterfront, it's the largest marijuana rally in the world and the biggest annual political event in Washington. Features political speakers, vendors, food, several stages with many bands, and lots of open pot smoking (especially at 4:20)! It is a demonstration for the political reform and the legalization of marijuana. Possession is now legal in the state of Washington; its sale and public use are still illegal, although police look the other way during Hempfest, and use is now a civil infraction subject to ticketing, not arrest.
Capitol Hill Block PartyYearly live music event held on Capitol Hill over a weekend in mid-summer (usually the end of July). Consists of primarily local independent bands of various styles, coupled with some bigger name independent label acts.
Fremont FairHome of the Solstice Parade (including the nude bike ride) is a really fun drunken time all over Fremont. Vendors, bad live music and eclectic crowds at the bars makes for an interesting time. Friends who live in Fremont become especially valuable for a place to crash.
Cycling
Mountain biking. The best riding in Seattle is underneath I-5 between Eastlake and Capitol Hill at the Colonnade.
Burke Gilman Trail. 26-mi (42 km) paved path dedicated to non-motorized travel. Goes from Golden Gardens park, on Puget Sound near the Locks, to Bothell Landing where it connects to Sammamish River Trail, which goes to Marymoor Park (in Redmond).
Trail to the Eastside A marked bicycle trail runs from Seattle across Mercer Island to Downtown Bellevue and on to Issaquah.

Seattle is one of the best cycling cities in the United States. All trails are mapped in Google Maps.

Boating
Center For Wooden Boats1010 Valley St (south end of Lake Union)Phone: +1 206 382-2628Visit and poke around boats in various stages of restoration, from big broken hulks to gorgeous polished speedsters. Rent an antique boat and go for a row or a sail. They as well offer free sailboat rides on Lake Union. Call ahead to check the schedule.
Northwest Outdoor Center(west side of Lake Union)Kayak rentals.
Agua Verdeon Portage Bay between Lake Union and Lake WashingtonKayak rentals.
Waterfront Activities Center(University of Washington, a quarter mile south of Husky Stadium)Phone: +1 206 543-9433Price: Open to the public ($7.50/hr) and students ($4/hr)Canoe rentals. Parking sucks except after noon on Saturdays. Paddle across the Lake Washington Ship Canal into the Arboretum and watch ducks, geese, swans, random migratory birds, and lots of other boats. If you're an experienced sailor, you can also rent a sailboat after a checkout with their staff.
Lake Union Crewon Lake UnionPhone: +1 206 860-4199Learn to row! Classes are held year round and occur over a 4 week period with 3 classes per week. There are evening and morning sessions to fit any schedule. The classes teach you the basics of sweep rowing (one oar per rower) and sculling (two oars). The facilities are beautiful and located right on Lake Union just south of the University Bridge.
Elliott Bay Cruiseson Lake ElliottPhone: +1 206 623-4252Cruises as short as one hour around Elliott Bay are available from Argosy Cruises, departing from Pier 55.
Sports
Seattle MarinersMember of Major League Baseball's (MLB) American League Western Division, plays at Safeco Field from April to October.
Seattle SeahawksMember of the National Football League's (NFL) National Football Conference's Western Division, play at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) from August (Regular Season begins in September) until January.
Seattle Sounders FCMember of Major League Soccer's (MLS) Western Conference. The third different Seattle soccer team to bear the "Sounders" name, plays at CenturyLink Field from March-November. Possibly the toughest ticket in townthe Sounders have sold out every home game since joining MLS in 2009but for hardcore soccer (football) fans, the atmosphere is unmatched in the US. David Beckham, the iconic English star who has played in MLS since 2007, has called CenturyLink Field the only place in the league where he has seen an atmosphere that compares to that found in Europe.
Seattle StormSeattle's WNBA Western Conference team plays at KeyArena from May till September.
Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL US Division junior hockey team plays at the ShoWare Center in nearby Kent, WA from September till March.
Washington HuskiesThe sports teams representing the University of Washington, competing in the Pacific-12 Conference. Virtually all venues are on campus, with the best-known being Husky Stadium (football) and Hec Edmundson Pavilion (many indoor sports, most notably basketball). Husky Stadium in particular is notable as the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest and for its scenic setting next to Lake Washington; a significant number of fans arrive at the stadium by boat. Note, however, that Husky Stadium has now closed for major renovations, with reopening set for 2013. Huskies football will play at CenturyLink Field in 2012. Tickets can be difficult to come by for football and men's basketball games.

source: Wikivoyage

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