Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What You'll Miss If You Skip Seafair 2018

(Photo: Sterling Yun)


The Seattle Seafair Weekend Festival has been in operation since 1950. This year, it promises to be just as much fun (if not more) than it was 69 years ago. Sure, some of the sights and sounds have changed, but the spirit of the festival continues to impress and entertain every year. This year’s festival will take place on August 3-5, 2018 at Genesee Park (4316 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118) with festivities happening in the air as well as on the water each day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Boeing Air Show Featuring the Blue Angels
The Boeing Seafair Air Show features those men in blue performing acrobatic stunts and demonstrations with twists, turns, flips (and hopefully not flops) by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, A10 Jet, A-10 Thunderbolt Warthog, P-51 Mustang Warbird, Mike Wiskus Aerobatic Stunt Plane, Brad Wuersten Aerobatic Stunt Plane, PBY Catalina also known as the American flying boat, the Port Angeles US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a bunch more.

Albert Lee Appliance Cup Featuring H1 Hydroplane Racing
The Albert Lee Appliance Cup is the third oldest unlimited race site. Hydroplanes sort of “fly” above the water by a principle of fluid dynamics known as “planing." Only a small part of these ship’s hull actually touches the water during the race! Definitely a must see event.

Other Events
Other events happening this year at the 2018 Seafair Weekend include the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup, the Hyperlite World Class Wakeboarding competition, Monster Energy's BMX Stunt Bikes, the Kids Zone with inflatables and game and more!

Dates, Times, Tickets and All That Jazz
This year’s festival happens August 3-5, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Single day admission ticket are $30 if purchased before August 2, 2018. Ticket prices increase to $40 at the gate. The 3-Day Festival Championship Admission is $75. Youth (ages 6-12) and Seniors (age 62 and up) are just $10 each.

Grandstand Seating on Friday is $30 and $60 on Saturday and Sunday (each day). Friday’s Captain’s Club Seating is $125 and the Captain’s Club Seating for Saturday and Sunday is $150 (each day). Pit Passes are $10.

Active duty, reserve, & retired military may enter Seafair Weekend Festival for free by presenting their Military ID badge at the special Boeing & Military entry gate at Genesee Park. Active duty, reserve, & retired military may also purchase additional reduced price general admission tickets at the gate for $20 per ticket, per day.

Log Boom Tickets
Arguably the best view of the hydroplanes races and the Blue Angels is from what is known as the Seafair Log Boom. Space is limited and tickets are pricey, but if you’re in the mood to splurge (and a lot of people do) here’s your chance.