LOTS on at Seattle Center July 27

Saturday, July 27 presents a myriad of arts, sports, entertainment and family activities at Seattle Center. The events will generate street, garage and grounds congestion as well as lane and street closures. Please plan ahead, map out available arrival and departure routes and expect heavier than usual traffic in and around the Center.

Seafair Torchlight Spectacular takes place, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds. The Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run, 6:30 p.m., closes streets along the run route beginning at 5:30 p.m. The run starts and ends at 2nd Ave. N. and Thomas St. The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, 7:30 p.m., stages parade floats along Mercer St., closing the south two lanes to traffic, and along southbound 5th Ave. N. The parade route begins on Broad St. at the Space Needle turn-around and proceeds to 4th Ave. towards the downtown area. You’ll find more information about the Run and Parade routes at:  www.seafair.com.

Several additional events are planned in venues at Seattle Center. The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at KeyArena. Expected attendance is 9,000. Seattle Opera will conduct an orchestra dress rehearsal for Rheingold, part of The Ring Cycle, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and 2,000 are expected. A production of The Gondoliers takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bagley Wright Theatre. Intiman Theatre presents Trouble in Mind at 2 p.m. and Stu for Silverton at 8 p.m. at the Cornish Playhouse. The annual Seattle Center Movies at the Mural series opens at 9 p.m. (dusk) at Mural Amphitheatre with a screening of The Princess Bride.

All Seattle Center parking garages are open and accessible on Saturday, and Seattle Center Monorail will operate throughout the day and evening. Visit King County Metro for bus and link rail routes.  Visitors interested in avoiding periods of street congestion will find lots to do on the grounds. All visitor attractions, including Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center and Seattle Children’s Museum, will maintain their regular Saturday hours. Visitors may also take advantage of Center amenities including the many fresh food offerings in Seattle Center Armory, and International Fountain will remain in service as one of the City’s many cooling centers.

For more information on Seattle Center events, visit Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.