Seafair hydroplanes, Blue Angels get ready to rumble

Seafair Weekend Air Show and Seafair Cup Hydroplane Races, Aug. 4-6, Seattle, and Jet Blast Bash, Aug. 5-6, Museum of Flight, Seattle.

It’s Seafair Weekend in Seattle, with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in the sky and colorful hydroplanes racing on the water, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6.

A favorite Northwest tradition since 1950, the weekend brings tens of thousands of fans to the shores of Lake Washington and Genesee Park with music, food vendors, beer gardens, exhibits and activities, along with Seafair Cup hydroplane racing and Air Show events, all three days.

Admission is free Friday. In a change from previous years, free advance tickets are available at HomeStreet Bank, Albert Lee Appliance and other locations for faster entry, avoiding the long lines expected.

Seafair Weekend

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4-6

Cost: free on Friday; $30/advance, $40/at the gate, $10/seniors and youth Saturday-Sunday; half-price for people arriving by bike; $60-$400 bleacher seating and other options available

Location: Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle

Transportation: Limited public parking available; shuttles from University of Washington parking lots E12 and E19, $15/Friday, $10/until noon Saturday, free after noon Saturday and all day Sunday; free shuttle from Columbia City Light Rail Station to Seafair Main Gate, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Metro route 50 with stops at Genesee Park and Columbia City Station at other times; Uber pickup and drop-off zone at 49th Avenue South and Lake Washington Boulevard South adjacent to South entry


Jet Blast Bash

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 5-6; museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $13-$23

Location: Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle

More info: 206-764-5700 or

Another new feature this year is free rides and inflatables in the Kids’ Zone, with visits with Princess Elsa and Spider-Man and other activities. There will also be a shaded seating area for parents.

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