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2017 Free Seattle Outdoor Concerts @ Ballard Locks | Schedule, May-September

Ballard Locks Free Concerts

The 28th 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 28! Concerts are every Saturday & Sunday all summer!


From website:
ballard locksFree Seattle Concerts @ Ballard Locks
May 28-September 16, 2017
2PM Every Saturday & Sunday
Free | More info:

Between May 28 and Sept. 16, 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 4.

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. 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.

2017 Concert Calendar

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

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


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