Several events to impact Eastlake traffic this weekend

It’s going to be a busy weekend with several events scheduled that will impact traffic in Eastlake and the University District:

University District Street Fair: The Ave will be closed for the 42nd time for the annual street fair that is expected to attract 25,000 people. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Street closures will be from 2:30 a.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Monday. Closed streets are: University Way from NE 50th to Campus Parkway, and NE 47th, NE 43rd, NE 42nd and NE 41st streets between 15th NE and Brooklyn NE. More information is available at the Street Fair’s website at

Seattle’s Best 15K: This foot race starts at Gas Works at 7 a.m. on Saturday and goes counter-clockwise around Lake Union. In Eastlake, runners will follow Fairview Ave. N and Fairview Ave. E., then go up Edgar to Yale Terrace, then up Hamlin and then back on to Eastlake. You can find a map here. More information can be found at the race’s website at

Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8K Run & Walk: They’re anticipating 11,500 runners at this event on Sunday. The goal is to get from Montlake Boulevard and NE Pacific St. to the University Bridge before it goes up about 8:50 a.m. When it goes up, it stays that way for about five minutes, so expect traffic delays. The event benefits diabetes research. More information can be found on the event’s website.