Seafair Weekend is the culmination of Seattle’s summer festival. It’s an exhilarating rite of summer, complete with thundering hydroplane boats on the water and an air show overhead.
One of Seattle’s favorite traditions at Genesee Park in south Seattle on Lake Washington, the day features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, hydroplane race competitions, and pro wake boarders performing incredible stunts.
Mix in food vendors, beer gardens, live music, and activities for the whole family, and you have one spectacular weekend.
2018 Seafair Weekend Information
Dates: Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Location: Main Gate, 4326 South Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98118.
Time: Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:20 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 4:40 p.m., Sun 9:0 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
Regular tickets, General Admission: $40 per person (ages 13-64) on Saturday or Sunday. Seniors (62+)/Youth (6-12): $10. Children 5 and younger are free. General Admission gets you into the fair; bring a blanket, chairs, etc. to sit along the grassy (hard, bumpy) shoreline. If you want to sit in the bleachers, you need a more expensive tickets. Grand stand seating and pit passes are extra. For ticket discounts, scroll down to Seafair Weekend Discounts.
Pit pass ticket $10: This is worth the 10 bucks. Get up close to the racing action and the boats and drivers that make it happen with access to the Hydroplane Race Pit area. Ticket is valid for single day entry to the Pits area during normal race operations. Ticket is not valid for entry to Genesee Park and Seafair Weekend Festival.
Grandstand Seating tickets are $30-$60, located directly on Lake Washington with prime views of the Albert Lee Appliance Cup and the Boeing Seafair Airshow. Grandstands are limited capacity, first-come, first-served seating.
CAPTAIN’S CLUB tickets are $125-$150. Enjoy complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages in a private space with the best views of the start/finish line for the Albert Lee Appliance Cup. Ticket reserves a single seat at the front of the club with shared hospitality space at the back of the club, and includes Pit access.
More info or tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/10942
Read below for ways to save on admission tickets for Seafair Weekend.
Seafair Weekend Discounts
General Admission gets you into the fair; bring a blanket, chairs, etc. to sit along the grassy (hard, bumpy) shoreline. If you want to sit in the bleachers, you need a more expensive tickets. Grand stand seating and pit passes are extra.
Discount advance purchase Single Day Festival Admission
- Discount Seafair Weekend tickets online through May 31, 2018: $25.
- Discount Seafair Weekend tickets online June 1 – August 2: $30.
- General Admission Seafair Weekend (August 3-5) online or at the gate: $40.
- 50% off Seafair ticket coupon with qualifying product purchase at participating Safeway or Albertsons. Receive your Seafair coupon at check out.
- FREE Friday General Admission tickets for Seafair are available at Tulalip Resort Casino, Quil Ceda Creek Casino, or participating Home Street Banks.
- $10 Friday General Admission tickets will be available at the gate with proceeds benefitting the Seafair Foundation.
- Seniors (62+)/Youth (6-12) always $10. Children 5 and younger are free.
- MILITARY GETS IN FREE. Active duty, reserve, & retired military may enter Seafair Weekend Festival for free by presenting their Military ID badge at the special Boeing & Military entry gate at Genesee Park. Active duty, reserve, & retired military may also purchase additional reduced price general admission tickets at the gate for $20 per ticket, per day.
- BOEING EMPLOYEES GET IN FREE with your employee badge
3-Day pass Festival Championship Admission: $75. Enjoy the entire weekend of heart-pounding non-stop action and entertainment at the Seafair Weekend Festival featuring the Albert Lee Appliance Cup and Boeing Seafair Air Show. Ticket is valid for one entry each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and includes full pit access each day.
Seafair Volunteer Opportunities
Seafair’s volunteer opportunities are endless, whether you want to volunteer for a few hours one day or for a whole weekend on the water with a front row seat to the Blue Angels. There are also group volunteer opportunities and leadership training.
It’s a memorable way to earn community service hours or become a leader in your community or simply join the behind the scenes fun and meet lots of people.
Seafair uses Shiftboard, an online scheduling software, for all volunteer registration, scheduling and messaging. In order to volunteer, first you must create a free account and register. It takes Seafair 48 hours to process your registration before you can then sign up for available jobs and shifts.
Find out more about volunteering at Seafair, visit: https://www.seafair.com/p/getinvolved/275
Seafair Parking and Transportation Information
Here is a summary of your parking and transportation options to Seafair at Genesee Park in south Seattle. Public transportation is recommended. More details are available here: https://www.seafair.com/p/other/344
Park at Seafair (not recommended). Traffic is very congested and slow in the neighborhoods surrounding the Seafair Weekend site. So, it’s generally recommended to avoid parking at the Seafair site because available parking is expensive, very limited, sells out early, and you’ll spend considerable time waiting in traffic as you approach the area. However, if you wish, it is $40 each day (Friday-Sunday) to park in the official Seafair parking lot. The Seafair Parking lot is located South of S. Genesee St. and is accessed from 42nd Ave. S. Limited paid ADA parking is available on-site on a first come, first served basis. A state-issued, accessible placard is required for access. Purchase parking in advance here: http://www.etix.com/ticket/v/10942.
There are several other transportation options, summarized below. Some of these may cost about the same as on-site parking. But you will spend more time at Seafair and less time sitting in traffic.
Link Light Rail + FREE shuttle service. In Seattle, park at any convenient Sound Transit Link Light Rail station (parking prices vary) and take Light Rail to Columbia City station (Adults $4.50-$5.50 round trip). In north Seattle, you can park at University of Washington E12 & E19 lots, just south of Husky Stadium ($0-$15). In south Seattle, park at the Sea-Tac Airport Garage ($4/hr; $30/day). Trains leave every ten minutes during Seafair event hours. From Columbia City station, take the FREE Event Shuttle to the Seafair Weekend Main Gate! 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Outside of these hours, take Metro Bus 50, which operates along on S Genessee St.
Metro Bus. Metro Route 50 will be operating a standard schedule with stops at Genesee Park & Columbia City Station. Use the Sound Transit trip planner to figure out your route: http://www.soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner.
Uber Rideshare: The official rideshare partner of Seafair Weekend Festival. Uber will have a pickup and dropoff zone on 49th Ave. S. and Lake Washington Blvd. S, immediately adjacent to the South entry.
Bicycles: There is no mention in the 2018 information about a bicycle locker or a group ride-in with Cascade Bicycle Club. You could lock up your ride in Columbia City or elsewhere along Rainier Avenue South or the Rainier Community Center (38th &Alaska) and walk-in, or take the bus (#50 along Alaska & Genesee or #7 along Rainier).
More details for any of these Seafair transportation options are available on the Seafair Parking & Transportation page.
Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98118