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Another great season lies ahead for Center City Parks with arts, concerts, festivals and random acts of urban fun. Our park concierges have information to help you plan your visit and games so that you can play in the park.


Dancing til Dusk
Big Band Swing, Salsa, Zydeco, Blues, Gypsy Swing, West Coast Swing, Tango, Country Western and Waltz. 14 magical evenings of Free live music and social dancing, starting with a beginner lesson at 6 p.m. Visit or call 206-264-5646 for schedule and more information.

Fabulous Studio Band
Live Big Band Performance and Swing Dancing.
Thursday, June 16, 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Salsa in the Street
With its Latin and Afro-Cuban roots and variety of patterns heat up the dance floor with sauciness! Learn basic foot patterns and turns of this sensual, steamy and easy-to-learn dance.
Fridays, July 22 and August 12 7 p.m. –10 p.m.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street

Good Ol' Square Dance in the Park
Swing your partner! Celebrate the end of summer with a live country band.
Thursday, August 25, 6-9:30 p.m.
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca
*For rain-out, call after 1pm: 206-264-5646

Family Fun

Marbles the Brain Store Game Demos
Wednesdays June 30 - September 1, 4:00 p.m. -6 p.m.
Westlake Park, 4th and Pine Street

Magic Mouse Toys Game Demos
Fun demos by one of Seattle's favorite toy stores.
Wednesdays, June 29 -August 31, 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Occidental Square Park

Family Fun Days
Imagination Playground's big foam shapes and other games; kid-friendly concerts and entertainers, special activities.
Saturday, July 30, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street
Sundays, July 17 and August 14, Westlake Park, 4th and Pine Street 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sundays, July 24 and August 28, Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Fun Evenings
Intergeneration play time in the park with music, entertainers and special activities.
Fridays, July 1 – August 26, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
International Children's Park, 700 S Lane St

Center City Cinema
Pre-movie activities 6:00pm to sunset, Movie at Dusk *
Fridays and Saturdays August and September
For rain-outs call after 1:00pm: 206-684-7710

Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell St.
Saturday, July 30 - JAWS
Saturday, August 20 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Cascade Playground, 333 Pontius Ave. N
Friday, August 19 - PAN
Friday, August 26 - Night at the Museum Secret Tomb
Freeway Park, 6th and Seneca
Saturday, September 10 - Art Operations Experimental Videos
Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S
Friday, July 29 - Top Spin
Friday, August 5 - Shaolin Soccer (Cantonese with Subtitles)
Friday, August 19 - How to Fight in Six Inch Heels
Friday, August 27 - Jyun Jyun Show and Enter the Dragon

Movies in the Park
Fridays starting at dusk.

Westlake Park, 4th and Pine St.
July 15 - Inside Out
August 5 - Jurassic World

Occidental Square Park, 117 S Washington St.
August 12 - The Good Dinosaur
August 26 - Labyrinth
September 2 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Music and Concerts

US Bank presents' Belltown Beats
Evening performances by local musicians
Fridays June 10 through August 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street

Concert at the Columns: Random Acts of Music
Mini concerts with talented local musicians
Fridays, July 8 – Sept 16, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, Latin Night 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Plymouth Pillars Park, Boren Ave & Pike St

US Bank Present's Free Blues and Cool Jazz in Freeway Park
Listen to the raw sounds of electric blues or sway to some smooth jazz in a hidden oasis of fountains, trees and blooms!
Sundays, July 3 through August 28, 2016, 2 p.m. – 4p.m.
Freeway Park, 6th and Seneca

Make Music Seattle
A worldwide celebration of music celebrating the Summer Solstice.
Tuesday, June 21st, multiple locations throughout Seattle including Westlake and Occidental Parks

Seattle Chamber Music Society 2016 Summer Festival
7:15 PM - Live Performance by an outstanding student ensemble
8:00 PM - KING FM's live broadcast of a Seattle Chamber Music Society Festival concert, direct from Benaroya Hall
Fridays July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Saturday, July 30,
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca
*For rainouts, call after 1 pm: 206-684-7710

Out To Lunch Concerts
Pack your lunch and enjoy the show! Noontime concerts on Thursday and Friday's in parks and around downtown.

Festivals and Celebrations

Autumn Moon Festival
This fall celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Street Food, DJ's, Asian-craft vendors and local businesses take to the streets of Chinatown for the region's largest outdoor market and all-ages dance party.
Saturday, September TBD, 6:00 p.m. to Midnight
Hing Hay Park, Chinatown ID, Union Station

Freeway Park Fountain Festival
Celebrate the summer season! Bring a picnic and enjoy free treats, music, and activities for the family! Saturday, July 3, 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca

Seattle Fire Festival
Antique fire engines, police cars, bagpipes, and kids' activities.
Saturday, June 4th, 12noon – 4 p.m. Bell Street Park, 5th and Bell Street
Info: 206-799-8695

Wooden Boat Festival
Find races, boat rides, demonstrations, live music, and food vendors at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free
Saturday July 2 through Monday July 4, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N

Dragon Fest
The largest Pan-Asian American street fair in the Pacific Northwest! The Chinatown International District Dragon Fest is a street fair of Japanese drumming, Chinese martial arts, Filipino and Indian dancing, American jazz, and $3 Asian cuisine in the International District. Free
Saturday July 16 and Sunday 17, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S

Dragon Boat Festival
Thrilling competition of 12 –meter spectacular long boats, flamboyantly decorated to feature the head and tail of the dragon, battling it out on beautiful South Lake Union.
Saturday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N

World Wide Thriller Dance
Saturday, October, 29, 3:00 p.m.
Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St


Artist Workshops in the Park
Interact and question artists while observing them create their art or join the art making table
Fridays June 10 through August 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street

First Thursdays Evening Art Market
Urban Craft Uprising presents Art Market every First Thursday during Pioneer Square's Art Walk
Every First Thursday of the month, 5:00 -9:00 p.m., Occidental Square Park

Community Kite Painting
Paint a kite to be included in Freeway Park's 3rd annual (and beautiful!) art-kite installation.
Thursday's June 2 - July 28, 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca
For rain-outs call after 10:00am: 206-623-0340

Children's Summer Arts Program
Join community center staff at the park every Tuesday to create some fantastic art. Youth (ages 12 and younger) can explore their creative genius and even may build a sand castle or two.
Tuesdays, July 5 – August 23, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
International Children's Park, 700 S Lane St

2nd Friday Belltown Artwalk
Fridays June 10 through August 26, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street


Free Seattle Tilth Urban Gardening Classes
Learn how to grow salads, herbs and vegetables in containers on your patio, backyard or p-patch. To register, please visit or call 206-633-0451 ext. 128.

Doggy Days in the Park
Do you want to really spoil your dog, or just meet other dog owners who are as crazy about their pets as you? There is no better place to bring Fido to 3rd and Bell St. next to the Regrade Off-Leash Area to play and participate in dog-centric activities; dog agility courses, licensing, dog training demonstrations and more. Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23, 3 - 6 p.m. Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell St.

Seattle Humane Society’s Maxmobile
Mobile pet adoption truck 11am-2pm every first Wednesday in Occidental Square Park and second Wednesday in Westlake Park.

Fitness, games, and books

Free Fitness Classes in Freeway Park, hosted by the Washington Athletic Club
All levels welcome!
Monday Zumba Classes - July 18, July 25 and August 1, August 8, 5:30-6:30pm.
Wednesday Yoga Classes - July 20, July 27 and August 3, August 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Freeway Park, Main Plaza at 6th and Seneca

Movin’ Modays
Free high energy fitness classes every Monday 5:30-6:30pm in Westlake Park and Occidental Square Park June 6th-August 29th. for more information

Daily, free reading materials for kids and adults available in Westlake Park and Occidental Square Park

Used Books Sales from the Seattle Public Library
Mon-Fri, June 6 – Sept 30, 12:00 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.
Freeway Park, Main Plaza at 6th and Seneca

Books a la Cart
Free mobile reading room/book exchange to kids of all ages in the Park
Daily, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street

Drop-in Bocce: Daily, Occidental Square Park.Borrow balls atinformation kiosk.
Drop-in Chess: Daily, Hing Hay, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks
Drop-in Ping Pong: Daily, Hing Hay, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks
Drop In Corn Hole, Badminton, Horseshoes and Foosball
Daily, free games available in Westlake Park and Occidental Square Park

Parks, Off Leash Areas & Community Centers


Seattle Parks and Recreation welcomes your dogs to explore and enjoy most parks (on a leash), and we offer 14 exciting Off-Leash exceptions with 4 in the Downtown area!

At these designated off-leash areas, dogs are free to run, roll over, meet new friends, work out, play with their owners and socialize with their canine friends.

Denny Park
Kinnear Park
Plymouth Pillars Park
Regrade Park

Downtown Seattle has two beautiful community centers for you to explore which offer classes, programs, drop-in activities and special events for people of all ages. Or rent a space for your own event.

Belltown Community Center
Community Center Information: 206-684-7245
Address: 415 Bell St, 98121 (Map It)

International District/Chinatown Community Center
Information: 206-233-0042 | TTY 206-233-7061
Address: 719 8th Ave S, 98104 (Map It)

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