The Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade is always the Saturday night one week before Seafair Weekend (usually the last Saturday in July, but every few years it’s the first Saturday in August).
It’s FREE to watch the parade from the sidewalk along the parade route. Reserved seating is also available for purchase.
About the Torchlight Parade in SeattleSeattle’s jewel for over 60 years, the Seafair Torchlight Parade is the Northwest’s largest nighttime parade, stretching two-and-a-half miles through the Emerald City.
The highly anticipated event has generations of spectators lining the parade route year after year. Hours before the 7:30 pm start, families make their way downtown to stake out curbside seats on Fourth Avenue.
The parade features over 100 units, including precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, the comical Seafair clowns, the swashbuckling Seafair pirates, and more all in one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate with family-friendly summer fun.
Torchlight Parade is free to watch from the sidewalks along the route.
Reserved seating at the Westlake Park Grandstands and designated seats along the route are also available for purchase.
Seattle Torchlight parade route
The Seattle Torchlight parade route begins at Seattle Center and follows 4th Avenue through Downtown to Pioneer Square, from Broad Street to Washington Street.
The parade begins at 7:30 PM and ends around 10:00 PM.
Tip: To get a good spot, people start claiming a spot along the route 4-12 hours earlier (7:00 AM – 3:00 PM).
Torchlight Fanfest at Seattle Center
Torchlight FanFest at Seattle Center happens the same day, before the Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade.
You can visit FanFest on Saturday afternoon beginning at noon. At FanFest, you can see various parade units and floats lining up along Mercer Street. There will also be exhibit booths and food vendors. It’s your chance to get up close and personal to parade activity.
FanFest is a great event to attend, especially if you don’t care to brave the crowds for the actual parade. You can pick up some of parade vibe and then head home and watch the entire show from the comfort of your living room.