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2016 Free Seattle Outdoor Concerts @ Ballard Locks | Schedule, May-September

Ballard Locks Free Concerts

The 27th Annual Free Summer Concerts and Events series at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard kicks off with the Boeing Employees Concert Band 2 p.m. May 29! Concerts are every Saturday & Sunday all summer!


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From website:
ballard locksFree Seattle Concerts @ Ballard Locks
May 29-September 17, 2016
2PM Every Saturday & Sunday
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Between May 29 and Sept. 17, visitors can enjoy the free concerts beginning at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday while admiring the beautiful Carl S. English Botanical Gardens, the only U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-run botanical garden. A special performance is also scheduled for Labor Day, September 5.

All concerts and events are open to the public. Limited concert seating is available on a first-come basis, but blankets or lawn chairs are welcome with plenty of space on the grounds.

For a full schedule and times or to download a schedule, go to the Locks online calendar at For up-to-date information or weather cancellations call (206) 783-7059 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and

About Ballard Locks: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 and often nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks’ water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage.

Another popular spot is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch the fish as they swim through the ladder. Just north of the locks are the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden, perfect for a relaxing stroll all year round, and the Visitor Center, which features displays on the history and operations of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

2016 Concert Calendar

Every summer there are weekly free concerts on the lawn at the Locks.  Concerts begin at 2pm.

2:00 p.m.
Concert start. unless posted *
Group Name & Music Type
Sunday May 29 Boeing Employees Concert
Band- lively marches to show tunes and classics
Saturday June 04 Highline Community
Symphonic Band-variety of classical concert music
Sunday June 05
Big Band-Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
June 10 @ 12:00
Show Choir- 60’sBeatles,
Big River, Broadway and 90’s rock Medleys
Saturday June 11 Mood Swings- Big Band,
Jazz ,Blues music
Sunday, June 12 Barneleikarringen
-Children’s Scandinavian dance
Saturday June 18 “Musica Molida”.
– Street Organ music- A fun concert with a twist
Sunday June 19/Father’s day Elliott Bay Pipe Band –
Traditional pipe and drum music
Sunday June 19/Father’s day A Classic Car Show-Classic
Cars of the 20s,30s and 40s*
Saturday June 25 Eastside Modern Jazz
Orchestra – A mix of Latin, funk, jazz, rock fusion, contemporary
Sunday June 26 Kirkland Civic Orchestra-
Great classical and pop music
Wednesday June 29 @
The Jazz cats -Pending
Saturday July 02 The Tempos- Lively Big
band music moved here
Sunday July 03 85th Street Big Band-Swing
favorites from the 30s, 40s, and 50s
4th of July *
Seattle Civic Band
-Marching music – Happy 99th Birthday Ballard Locks!
Saturday July 9 Greenwood Concert Band-
Marches and music written or arranged for bands
Sunday July 10 Puget Sound Symphony
Chamber Players- Classic wind instrumentals
Sunday July 10 Puget Sound Daylily Club
Flower Show
Saturday July 16 Greenwood Concert Band-
Marches and music written or arranged for bands
Sunday July 17 West Seattle Big Band
Saturday July 23 Cherie Blues – Blues
infused vocal jazz, oldies and R&B
Sunday July 24 The Jazz pearls—Lively
Saturday July 30 Letter Carriers Band &
Fraternal Order of Eagles-Contemporary Big band
Sunday July 30 Free Fuchsia Flower Show
hosted by the Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society
Saturday August 06 Batucada – Brazilian
Samba- Chorus, and Forro”
Sunday August 07 Ballard Sedentary Sousa
Band – Greatest hits of marching band music-
Saturday August 13 Pacific Cascade Big Band
–Jazz music from the Swing Era from the early 1930s -1950s
Saturday August 13 *Horseless Carriage car
show-Pre 1950’s cars*
Sunday August 14 Mach One Jazz Orchestra-
Jazz musicor
Saturday August 20 Microsoft Jump in Jive
Orchestra-Jazz music
Sunday August 21 Altaeus Woodwind Quintet-
Performing music from all periods of classic music
Saturday August 27 Lynnwood Community Band-
Big band music
Sunday August 28
Professor Gadget Sax Quartet
Saturday September 3 Seattle’s Totally Relaxed
Ukulele Group
Sunday September 4 Around the Sound
Band-Famous marches, movies and show tunes
*Monday September 5* Michael Clune & Sleep
till Noon Band- Contemporary blues & rock.
September 17
Ballard Civic Orchestra
-“Celebrating Hispanic Cultural Heritage.”

* indicates a different start time or day* Please check Friends of Ballard Locks web page for performance changes or updates


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