Park Activation Events

Park Activation

The Park Activation program supports positive programming in parks, works to build a strong sense of safety among community members, and creates space for increased social and community connections. The program was established in 2007 and includes daily activation by Park Concierge, annual special events series like Center City Cinema and Dancing Til Dusk, and many other classes and activities. All events are FREE and open to all!

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Park Concierges

In partnership with Associated Recreation Council (ARC), Park Concierges are in parks almost every day of the year, rain or shine. Park Concierges help make parks an inviting and welcoming place for all. Each day they set up and put away bistro furniture, signage and games, as well as provide support for park programming and events. Park Concierges can also provide information about upcoming park events, resources in the neighborhood, and even their favorite local spots! 

Stop by and say hello to the Park Concierges the next time you see them.Park Concierge Kelly in front of a Park Information Kiosk at Ballard Commons Park

The following parks are staffed by Park Concierge from 10:00am - 6:30pm

Ballard Commons Park: Daily 

City Hall Park: Monday – Friday

Denny Park: Tuesday – Saturday

Freeway Park: Monday – Friday (10:30am - 5:00pm)

Hing Hay Park: Daily

Pioneer Square Park: Daily

*Park Concierge presence is subject to change due to staffing and weather conditions

Interested in becoming a Park Concierge? We are hiring! Click here for more information about the position.

Center City Cinema

Join us this summer for FREE movies in the park at 12 locations across the city. Many locations will have food trucks onsite, see detailed event information below.

Center City Cinema night at Freeway Park with Movie Screen shining bright

Center City Cinema

Albert Davis Park (12526 27th Ave NE) at 8:00pm

• Thur., July 18 - Wall-E
• Thur., July 25 - The Lorax

Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) at 7:30pm
*Food Trucks on site

• Thur., August 1 - Soul
• Thur., August 8 - The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
• Thur., August 15 - Wonka
• Thur., August 22 - Cars

Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave) at 8:30pm
*Food Trucks on site

• Fri., June 28 - To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar
• Fri., July 5 - Chicago
• Fri., July 12 - Mamma Mia
• Fri., July 26 - Rocky Horror Show

Cascade Playground (333 Pontius Ave N) at 8:30pm

• Fri., July 19 - Labyrinth

City Hall Park (450 3rd Ave) at 12:00pm

• Wed., July 3 - Legally Blonde
• Wed., July 31 - The Pelican Brief
• Wed., August 14 - The Firm

Denny Park (100 Dexter Ave N) at 8:30pm
*Food Trucks on site

• Wed., June 26 - The Goonies
• Wed., July 10 - The Breakfast Club
• Wed., July 17 - The Color Purple (1984)
• Wed., August 7 - Dirty Dancing

Freeway Park (700 Seneca St) at 8:00PM

• Fri., August 2 - The Fifth Element
• FrI., August 9 - Reality Bites
• Fri., August 16 - Twister
• Fri, August 23 - 10 Things I Hate About You
• Fri., August 30 - Jurassic Park (1993)

Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave S) at 7:00PM

• Sat., August 3 - Polite Society
• Sat., August 10 - Raya and the Last Dragon
• Sat., August 17 - The Donut King
• Sat., August 24 - Lilo & Stitch

Lake City Mini Park (12363 Lake City Way NE) at 8:00pm

• Sat., September 7 - Barbie
• Sat., September 14 - Strange World

Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N)

• Sat., July 6 at 3:00pm - A Bug’s Life
• Thur., August 29 at 8:30pm - Jaws (non-motorized Boats and Floats welcome!)

Occidental Square (117 S Washington St) at 5:00pm

• Sat., July 20 - Kung Foo Panda 4
• Sat., July 27 - The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes

Westlake Park (401 Pine St) at 5:00pm

• Tue., August 27 - The Little Mermaid (2023)
• Sat., August 31 - Wonka

Native Indigenous Presentations at City Hall Park

Head to City Hall Park (450 3rd Ave.) in Downtown Seattle for a series of Native Indigenous Presentations organized in partnership with Windz of Change Alliance.

Powwow at City Hall Park with many people in attendance wearing traditional hats and cloaks

All events are from noon-1pm

July 9 | Paul Chiyokten Wagner

Saanich Nation
Traditional Coash Salish Storyteller and flutist

July 11 | Richard Swil Kanim Marshall

Lummi Nation
Violin Story Teller

July 16 | Tony Bluehorse

Dakota Sioux
Powwow Style with Rockin Horse Drum Songs & Dances

July 23 | Blue Heron Canoe Family

Coast Salish Canoe Family Songs and Dances

August 13 | Blue Heron Canoe Family

Coast Salish Canoe Family Songs and Dances

August 15 | Tony Bluehorse

Dakota Sioux
Powwow Style with Rockin Horse Drum Songs & Dances

August 29 | Richard Swil Kanim Marshall

Lummi Nation
Violin Story Teller

September 5 | Micah McCarty

Coastal Art and Ceremony - Makah songs with visual and carving art forms

Date TBD | Ty Juvenil

Ceremonial Canoe Paddle Art Exhibit (More information coming soon)

Dancing Til Dusk

17 summer evenings of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Seattle parks! 1st hour is a free beginning dance lesson, no partner necessary as we change partners in the lesson. If you prefer not to change partners, bring one along!

Dancing Til Dusk Event on the pier at sunset hour

Dancing Til Dusk

Thursdays in Freeway Park from 6-9pm

July 11 — Called by Laura Mé Smith | English Country Dance 
July 18 — The Hot Tango Four | Tango
July 25 — Swingin' In the Rain with Dina Blade | Variety

Tuesdays in Hing Hay Park from 6-9pm

July 16 — Joel Astley and Friends | Blues
July 23 — The Weather Birds | Swing
July 30 — Lulu Swing French Cabaret | Swing

Thursdays in Cal Anderson Park from 6-9:30pm

August 1 — Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints | Americana Rock'n'Roll
August 8 — WCS DJ Battle with Sam, Lia & Rebecca | West Coast Swing
August 15 — Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” | Django Reinhart Swing

Tuesdays in Westlake Park from 6-9:30pm

Jul 9 — Jacqueline Tabor Jazz and Blues | Swing
Aug 6 — Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano | Salsa
Aug 20 — WCS DJ Battle with Za, Thomas & Rebecca | West Coast Swing

Fridays at Pier 62 with Friends of Waterfront Seattle from 6–8:30pm

Aug 2 — DJ Jim Chow | Salsa
Aug 16 — DJ Jim Chow | Salsa

Thursday in Lake City Mini Park from 6-9pm

Aug 22 — Buena Vibra | Salsa

Tuesdays in Ballard Commons Park from 6-9pm

Aug 13 — Louisiana Night with Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan | Zydeco and Cajun
Aug 27 — The Elnah Jordan Experience | Swing & Blues

FUNDRAISER • Wednesday, Aug 21 from 6-9pm at Golden Gardens Bathhouse

DJ Battle with Sean Donovan and Lilli Ann Carey | Variety
Suggested donation $25

For more information about Dancing Til Dusk visit: Dancing Til Dusk 2024 | Seattle Summer Dancing Schedule (

Fitness, Games & More

Parks are for recreation! From Zumba at Freeway Park to Tai Chi at Hing Hay Park, there are FREE classes that are open to all at Parks across the city.

Yoga class at Ballard Commons Park in the grass

Dance Performance by Slowburn at Cal Anderson Park

  • July 13 at noon, free performance of "Last Last Last" excerpt
  • Dancers: Elise Meiners, Shayley Timm, Madeline Morser, Meredith Pellon
  • Choreography: Choreographed by Meredith Pellon in collaboration with dancers
  • Work Description: Last Last Last is a reflection on the desire to dance forever. The work addresses an underlying wish for movement to outlive its makers, challenged both by the ephemeral nature of dance and the choreographer’s own mortality. How can our dances transcend beyond our lifetime when their physicality is fleeting? What movement lives when we die?
  • This performance is an excerpt of the full work, adapted to fit Cal Anderson Park! The full work is set to premier in September 2024.

Zumba at Freeway Park – Mondays at 5:30pm

  • July 8, 15, 22, 29
  • August 5, 12, 19, 26
  • September 2, 9, 16, 23

Yoga at Freeway Park – Tuesdays at noon

  • July 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 16, 20, 27

Bike Works Mobile at City Hall Park – Tuesdays from 1-4pm (unless otherwise noted)

Free or low cost bike mainenance and bikes!

  • July 2 and 16
  • August 6 and 20
  • September 3 and 17
  • October 1 and 15
  • November 5 (from 1-3pm)
  • December 3 (from 1-3pm)

Fitness at Ballard Commons Park

  • July 27 at 11am, Yoga class with The Six

Mahjong Mondays from 10am-12pm at Hing Hay Park

  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15
  • August 5 and 26

Exercise Class Tuesdays from 10-11am at Hing Hay Park

  • June 4,11,18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24

Chinese Dance Wednesdays from 10-11am at Hing Hay Park

  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17,24, 31
  • August 7, 21, 28
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25

Tai Chi Thursdays from 10-11am at Hing Hay Park

  • June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • July 11, 18, 25
  • August 1, 8, 29
  • Septemebr 5, 12, 19, 26

Ping Pong Fridays from 2-5pm at Hing Hay Park

  • July 5, 12 (tournament date), 26
  • August 2 (tournament date), 9, 30
  • Septemeber 6 (tournament date), 13, 20, 27

    Busker Series

    Enjoy lunchtime music and performances in the park! Bistro furniture is available at all listed locations for comfortable dining and relaxing.
    *subject to rain-out cancellation for most locations

    Busker at Hing Hay Park with Pagoda in the background

    Busker Series

    Ballard Commons Park: daily, 12-2pm (12-4pm on weekends!)

    Hing Hay Park: daily, 12-2pm

    Cal Anderson Park: daily, 12-2pm by the shelterhouse

    Pioneer Square Park: daily, 12-4pm

    City Hall Park: Monday-Friday, 12-6pm

    Freeway Park: Monday-Friday, 12-2pm in Seneca Plaza

    Denny Park: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-1pm

    Lake City Mini Park: Tuesdays, 12-2pm

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    Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
    Phone: (206) 684-4075
    Fax: (206) 615-1813

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