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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.

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Street performers do their thing!
For more information and a schedule of performances visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation Buskers Facebook Page.


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.

Salsa in the Street
Fridays, July 31 and August 14 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell 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.


Family Fun Days
2nd and 4th Saturdays, June 13 – August 22, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street
Imagination Playground’s big foam shapes and other games; kid-friendly concerts and entertainers, special activities.

Outdoor Movies
Pre-movie activities 6:00pm to sunset, Movie at Sunset *
For rain-outs call after 1:00 pm: 206-684-7710

Fridays at Dusk - Cascade Playground, 333 Pontius Ave N
Big Hero 6 August 21
Paddington August 28
Grease September 4
Annie September 11

Saturdays at Dusk - Bell Street Park , 3rd and Bell Street
Into the Woods  August  8
101 Dalmatians  August 15

Freeway Park Fountain Festival
Saturday, May 30, 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca
Celebrate the summer season! Bring a picnic and enjoy free treats, music, and activities for the family!

Sunday Fun Days
Imagination Playground’s big foam shapes and other games; kid-friendly concerts and entertainers, special activities.
Sundays, July 12 – August 23, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Westlake Park , 4th and Pine Street


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

Seattle Chamber Music Society 2015 Summer Festival
“Music Under The Stars”

  • Mondays July 6, 13, 20, 27, Columbia Park (Columbia City)
  • Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22. Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)
  • Fridays July 10, 17, 24, 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1, (Freeway Park)

*For rainouts, call after 1 pm: 206-684-7710
Audio-simulcast from Benaroya Hall on Classical KING FM 98.1, 8 PM.

Concert at the Columns: Random Acts of Music
Fridays, July 10 – Sept 18, 5:30-8:30pm.
Plymouth Pillars Park, Boren Ave & Pike St
Mini concerts with talented local musicians

Free Blues and Cool Jazz in Freeway Park
Sundays, July 12 through August 16, 2015, 2 p.m. – 4p.m.
Freeway Park, 6th and Seneca
Listen to the raw sounds of electric blues or sway to some smooth jazz in a hidden oasis of fountains, trees and blooms!

Belltown Beats
Fridays June 5 through August 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street
Evening performances by local musicians


Wooden Boat Festival
July 3 - 5, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Lake Union Park
Find races, boat rides, demonstrations, live music, and food vendors at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free

Dragon Festival
July 12 Time and 13, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hing Hay Park
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 $2 Asian cuisine in the International District. Free

Summer Night Market
Seattle's Night Market returns for its 8th year, bigger and better than ever.  This outdoor international marketplace blends the best of ethnic street food with handmade crafts under the stars in the heart of Chinatown.  Outdoor performances include breakdancing competitions, Japanese beer garden, dancing and DJ's. Saturday, July 11th - 6:00 PM to Midnight
Hing Hay Park, Chinatown-ID, Union Station

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival
Night Market returns this fall to 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 night market and all-ages dance party.
Saturday, September 12 - 6:00 PM to Midnight
Hing Hay Park, Chinatown-ID, Union Station


Art in the Park @ South Lake Union
May 7, June 4 and Thursdays, July 9 - October 1, 10am - Dusk
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N.
Unique and fun handcrafts by local artists and craftspeople

Community Kite Painting
Thursday’s June 4 – July 30, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p. m.
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca
For rain-outs call after 10:00am: 206-623-0340
Paint a kite to be included in Freeway Park’s 3rd annual (and beautiful!) art-kite installation.

Children’s Summer Arts Program
Friday, July 17 – August 21, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
International Children’s Park, 700 S Lane St.
Join community center staff at the park every Friday to create some fantastic art. Youth (ages 12 and younger) can explore their creative genius and even may build a sand castle or two.


Seattle Tilth Urban Gardening Classes
Learn how to grow salads, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios. Free! To register, please visit or call 206-633-0451 ext. 128.


Dog Days in the Park
1st and 3rd Saturdays, June 6 through August 15, 2015 12noon – 3 p.m.
Bell Street Park, 3rd and Bell Street
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 Street next to the Regrade Off Leash Area to play and participate in dog-centric activities; dog agility courses, licensing, dog training demonstrations and more. FREE!

Fitness, games, and books

Free Fitness Classes in Freeway Park, hosted by the Washington Athletic Club
All levels welcome!
Monday Zumba Classes - July 20, July 27 and Aug. 3, 5:30-6:30pm.
Wednesday Yoga Classes - July 22, July 29 and Aug 5., 12:00-1:00pm
Freeway Park, 7th and Seneca

Drop-in Bocce: Daily, Occidental Square Park.Borrow balls atinformation kiosk.
Drop-in Chess: Daily, Bell Street, Hing Hay, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks
Drop-in Ping Pong: Daily, Hing Hay, Pier 62/63, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks
Used Books Sales from the Seattle Public Library: Mon-Fri, June 1 – Sept 30, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Freeway Park

Center City Chess Tournaments
Saturdays, July 25th and August 15th
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: 9 – 10:15 a.m. Tournaments begins: 10:30 a.m.
Occidental Square, S Main St & Occidental Ave S


Belltown Community Center is excited to offer several summer activity camps for children ages 3-12, including outdoor camps at Cascade Playground Park. Registration is open now! You can reserve a spot now with a $15 deposit and pay the balance of tuition two weeks before camp starts. For more information and to register in advance by phone at 206-684-7245, in person or at through our online registration site.

Ages 7-12  
#132699 M-F
6/22 - 6/26
9:45-11:45 am $105

Ages 4-6  
# 133671 M-F
7/20 – 7/24
10am-noon  $85
# 133672 M-F 8/3 – 8/7 10am-noon  $85

Ages 7-12  
Location: Cascade Playground at 333 Pontius Ave N.
#133503 M-F
7/20 - 7/24
9:30 am-12:30pm $85
#133504 M-F 8/3 – 8/7 1-4pm $85


Ages 3-5 *Children must be potty trained.

Location: Cascade Playground at 333 Pontius Ave N.
#133497 M-Th
6/29 - 7/2
9 am-Noon $132
#133498 M-F
7/27 - 7/31
9 am-Noon $165

Ages 5-8
Location: Cascade Playground at 333 Pontius Ave N.
#133499  M-Th 6/29 - 7/2 1-4 pm $132
#133501 M-F 7/27 - 7/31 1-4 pm $165



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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