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Dancing
Family Fun events and play areas
Music and Concerts
Festivals and Celebrations
Outdoor Movies
Art and Crafts
ARTSparks
Gardening
Downtown Community Centers and Parks
Fitness, Games, and Other Activities
Seattle Parks and Recreation

DOWNTOWN/CENTER CITY PARKS 2014

 
General Parks Information: (206) 684-4075 | Contact Us

Special Announcements

Summer is here: make sure to check out all the happenings, and the FREE Family Fun in the Park guide to the right!



Explore Life Between Buildings

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.
Make sure to check out each section on the left!


Dancing

DANCING TIL DUSK
Live or DJ music and social dancing on a real dance floor.
Beginner lesson: 6-7pm Dancing 7- 9:30pm

Tues, July 22-August 19, Westlake Park
Thursdays, July 3-July 17, Occidental Park
Thursdays, July 24 – August 21, Freeway Park
Thursday, August 28, Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park

*In inclement weather, event will be cancelled except at SAM.
For more information please visit www.danceforjoy.biz or call 206-264-5646

SQUARE DANCING TO THE FOUNTAINS
Swing your partner! Live Band!
Friday, September 12, 5:30 -9:30 p.m.
Freeway Park.
For rainout, call after 1 p.m. 206-264-5646


Family Fun: events and play areas

A summer of fun activities and concerts for kids and the young at heart in Downtown Parks.

BELL STREET PARK SATURDAY FUN DAYS
Bell Street Park will be closed between Second and Third avenues and filled with, giant games, the imagination playground, chalk and other art activities and more. Enjoy the Seattle sunshine and spend some quality time with the little ones and/or explore your inner child.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Improvement District in partnership with The Downtown Seattle Association and Seattle Parks.
Saturday, June 7 through September 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN DAY  
Bring the kids to the 3rd annual Westlake Family Fun Day in Westlake Park. Event is FREE and features bounce houses, music, games and more! In partnership with Metropolitan Improvement District
Sunday, July 6, 2014 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

SUNDAY FUN DAYS AT WESTLAKE PARK
Come play in the park with your families on Sundays. You can enjoy playing with giant sized games like Connect Four, chess and checker, play with our imagination playground and be amused by our entertainers throughout the day. Presented by Friends of Waterfront Seattle.
Sunday, July 6 – August 24  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

THE NOT-IT’S AT WESTLAKE PARK
In partnership with The Seattle Public Library
Sunday, July 20, 11:00 a.m., Westlake Park

RECESS MONKEY AT WESTLAKE PARK
In partnership with The Seattle Public Library
Saturday, August 9, 11:00 a.m., Westlake Park.

PLAY SPACES
  • Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave. N (South Lake
      Union/Belltown)
  • Cascade Playground, 333 Pontius Ave N (South Lake
       Union)
  • International Children’s Park, 700 S Lane St.
      (Chinatown/International District)
  • Westlake Park, 4th Ave. and Pine St. (Downtown Seattle)

  • Music and Concerts

    OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS
    Here is a full list of artist and, performance dates and locations. Pack your lunch and we will see you this summer
    www.DowntownSeattle.com

    SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY SUMMER FESTIVAL
    Simulcast from Benaroya Hall on 98.1 Classical KING FM, starts at 8 pm
    Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, Volunteer Park
    Wednesday, July 30 Free Live Concert, Volunteer Park – 7PM
    Friday July 11, 18, 25, & August 1, Freeway Park
    Saturday August 2, Freeway Park
    www.seattlechambermusic.org or 206-283-8808

    BARBERSHOP CHORUS/QUARTETS
    Seattle Seachordsmen chorus/quartets perform four-part acapella harmony sung in the barbershop style.
    Sundays, July 6-August 24, 2:30–3:00 p.m., Westlake Park
    www.seachordsmen.org

    BUSKERS
    Street performers do their thing!
    Lunchtimes, June - September, Belltown Boulevard, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Pioneer Square, and Westlake Park

    RANDOM ACTS OF MUSIC
    Mini concert series with local neighborhood musicians
    Thursday, August 14 & 28
    Fridays, July 11-Sept 1
    5:30–8:30 p.m., Plymouth Pillars Park

     CONCERTS
    Lemolo presented by Projectline’s Mill St. Sessions.
    Friday, June 13, 12 p.m., Occidental Square
    http://artsparksseattle.org/

    CHAMBER MUSIC AT NOON, presented by KING-FM
    2nd and 4th Tuesdays, June – September, Occidental Square Park


    For our youth and family friendly concerts please check out the Family Fun - Events and Play Area section.


    Festivals and Celebrations

    WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
    July 4–6  South Lake Union
    www.cwb.org 206-382-2628

    DRAGON FESTIVAL in the Chinatown-International District
    July 12 and 13 
    Hing Hay Park
    www.seattlechinatownid.com or 206-382-1197

    SEATTLE’S NIGHT MARKET & AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL in the Chinatown-International District
    In September: date TBD
    King Street and Hing Hay Park
    www.seattlechinatownid.com or 206-382-1197

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
    Join more than 37 million neighbors across 15,000 communities in celebration of the 31st annual national night out to promote crime prevention, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
    Tuesday, August 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Cascade Playground, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park and Occidental Square

    SALMON-CHANTED EVENINGS HOSTED BY TOM DOUGLAS RESTAURANTS

    Celebrate the 5th annual Salmon Chanted Evenings, hosted by Tom Douglas: grilled salmon, a stunning view over Elliott Bay, live music, friendly community, and Pike Place Market. This picnic dinner is entirely donated by generous sponsors, volunteers and Tom Douglas employees. All proceeds go to the continuing effort of making Victor Steinbrueck Park one for all to enjoy.
    Come join us for this year’s only Salmon Chanted Evening! DETAILS AND TICKETS: tomdouglas.com


    Sunday, August 31, 12 – 6 p.m.


    Outdoor Movies

    OUTDOOR MOVIES - FREE
    Pre-movie activities 6:00 p.m.- sunset
    *For rainouts, call after 1 p.m. (206) 684 - 3181.

    CENTER CITY CINEMA 
    Fridays at dusk in Cascade Playground
    August 15, "The Lego Movie"
    September 5," Man of Steel"
    September 19, "Frozen"

    SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL SUMMER SERIES
    Saturdays at dusk in Hing Hay Park
    August 9,  "Linsanity"
    August 16,  "Haumana"
    August 23,  "Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story"


    Arts and Crafts

    SEATTLE WATERFRONT ART MARKET
    Unique, handcrafted gifts of enduring beauty from local artists.
    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Waterfront Park
    June 6 - September 14

    artSPARKS
     
    Artists’ works mix it up with the public realm in downtown parks. June-September

    Like ARTSparks Seattle on Facebook! Facebook Icon


    Gardening

    SEATTLE TITLTH URBAN GARDENING CLASSES
    Learn how to grow an urban garden from Seattle Tilth in partnership with Freeway Park Association
    Thursdays June 19 & 26,  5:00 – 6:30 pm
    Freeway Park


    Parks, Off Leash Areas & Community Centers

    DOWNTOWN PARKS

    OFF-LEASH AREAS
    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 COMMUNITY CENTERS
    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)


    Fintess, games, and OTHER ACTIVITIES

    FREE FITNESS CLASSES IN FREEWAY PARK
    Hosted by the Washington Athletic Club
    Monday Zumba Classes – July 21, Aug. 4, 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Yoga Classes – July 30, Aug 13, 27 12 – 1 p.m.

    DROP-IN BOCCE
    Daily, Occidental Square, Information Kiosk

    DROP-IN CHESS
    Daily, Bell Street Park Hing Hay, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks

    COMMUNITY KITE PAINTING PARTIES IN THE PARK
    Thursdays 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. June 5 – July 31, Freeway Park

    USED BOOK SALES FORM SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
    Monday-Friday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. June 2 – October 31, Freeway Park

    ....and much, much more!!

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    Updated July 10, 2014

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