It's your last weekend to drive the Viaduct (and other weekend things to do around the Sound)

We're getting ready to say goodbye to the old gray Viaduct, which closes to cars on January 11, so this is the weekend for one last drive

January 4, 2019
Seattle waterfront

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As I'm writing this on Friday morning, we're a week and 14 hours away from the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct along Seattle's waterfront. Sure, it's ugly, and it's going to come crumbling down in a major quake, but you can't beat the views when you're driving on it. So maybe, while you still can, you'd like to take one more drive up and down that thing before it closes next Friday night at 10pm. Meanwhile, this weekend, a couple of ramps near the stadiums will close starting Friday night at 10 so crews can begin realigning 99 so it leads right into the tunnel. This means the northbound onramp from Royal Brougham Way onto the viaduct, and the southbound offramp to Atlantic will close this weekend.

Here are a few other things to do around here this weekend after you take that final cruise on the Viaduct:

  • Nearly Dan playing the music of Steely Dan Friday 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
  • Los Lobos Friday, 8pm, the Triple Door.
  • Seattle Symphony with Storm Large (of Pink Martini) Friday 8pm, Benaroya Hall.
  • Puyallup Home & Garden Show  Friday – Sunday. Get help for your home and garden at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
  • Worst Day of the Year Run Saturday. This Winter run is a 5K/10K winter run with a costume contest and an indoor finish line party with food and a beer garden at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell.
  • The Sound of Music sing along Saturday & Sunday. Watch the classic film starring Julie Andrews with subtitles on screen so you can sing along. Enjoy the bag of props provided at the door and an entertaining costume contest at The 5th Avenue Theatre, for age 7+.
  • Matilda the Musical Saturday through February 3. This Award-winning musical is about a girl who dreams of a better life and dares to take a stand. Everett Performing Arts Center.

Have fun! Let's meet again on Monday morning!