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Toast summer with the 70th year of Seafair

By Mae Jacobson, Associate Editor

Seafair enters its 70th year this summer! To celebrate, the 10-week festival will feature more than 70 events. This classic season-long celebration encapsulates much of what’s special about summer in Seattle—including outdoor festivals, boat races, downtown parades, and so much more.

For most Seattleites, summer—and, by extension, Seafair—centers on spending time outside. As in years past, the WAC is a proud Seafair partner and a supporter of a few very important Seafair events.

Here’s a closer look at the best of Seafair this summer.

Blue Angels

You’ll hear them before you see them. Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to run into them around the WAC Clubhouse. The Inn at the WAC has served as the Seattle home of Blue Angels pilots, crew, and families since 2000. Look for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron around the Clubhouse July 28–August 6. Also watch for them at the Boeing Seafair Air Show on Friday–Sunday, August 2–4, over Lake Washington.

Seafair Triathlon

The WAC is once again the official athletic club of the Seafair Triathlon. Taking place on the shores—and in the waters—of Lake Washington on Sunday, July 21, the Seafair Triathlon offers sprint and super-sprint distance races for adults, and long and short courses for children. You can also choose to participate as a team. Need some last-minute training? The WAC Tri/Cycle Club’s coaches host swimming, biking, and running workouts throughout summer. Tri/Cycle members will also be participating in this year’s race and can help you find a relay team. Learn more at

Torchlight Run and Parade

Want to run through downtown Seattle without seeing a single car, motorcycle, bus, or bike? Well, you’re in luck. You will, however, be joined by thousands of your closest friends at the Seafair Torchlight Run on Saturday, July 27. With our great central location, the WAC is the perfect pre- and post-race pit stop for this classic Seattle run. The 5K and 8K courses both begin and end at Seattle Center. Afterward, cool down at the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade that features floats, dance crews, and participants from across Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape. The parade route uses Fifth Avenue, passing within a block of the Clubhouse.

Host A Sailor 

The WAC is happy to once again welcome a group of U.S. Navy sailors during Seafair Fleet Week. Meet these servicemen and servicewomen during a reception in the Johnson Lobby Lounge on Wednesday, July 31. Then show them the town with dinner at your favorite Seattle spots. Reserve with Leslie Wong at 206.839.4795 or

As published in the July/August 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted July 12, 2019

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