This week at Ballard Commons

Art installations and classes, buskers, fitness classes, and a free concert are all coming up this week at the Ballard Commons Park.

New in the park next week will be a pilot program of the Park Concierge, in which Seattle Parks staff will be on hand everyday to offer activities and information about Parks programming.

Also new at the Commons is “Park Your Thoughts”, an interactive public art installation near the fountain. The installation includes a black monolith with words attached by velcro, intended for the public to create poetry.

Here’s the full schedule for the upcoming week of events:

Friday August 9:

  • Park in the Heart Kids Art Booth 11 am – 5 pm. Drop by and make fun creative projects with local artist Blanca Santander.
  • Busker in the park: musician from noon – 2 pm.

Saturday August 10:

  • Fitness in the Park 9 am – 10 am. Join local gym All ability levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat if you can, and water.
  • Yoga for Every Body 10 am – 11 am. Join Ballard Health Club for weekly yoga in the park. Bring a yoga mat if you can, and water.
  • Busker in the park: musician from noon – 2 pm.

Sunday August 11:

  • Busker in the park: musician from noon – 2 pm.

Monday August 12:

  • Start of daily Park Concierge staffing from 11 am – 8 pm, and of daily buskers (street musicians) from noon – 2 pm.

Tuesday August 13:

  • Concerts at the Commons 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Come bounce to the dynamic rhythms of Gansango Music and Dance as they bring to the park traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. Some seating provided. Bring your own lawn chair if you can.

Thursday August 15:

  • Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters (original version). Join in with the Ballard Alliance and Auntie’s Family Kitchen food truck (serving Asian fusion meals) for the third of this 5-week movie series. BYO blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

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Pork Pie
Pork Pie

I am personally committing to at least one activity in the park per week. That African dance concert sounds pretty good!


According to KOMO this park was once again “cleared out” Sunday 8/11 to begin the cities latest attempts to rid this area of the lazy drug fueled folks and give it back to the people paying for it. Is the city going to crack down on heroin use too? This is NOT a biblical story of Mary + Jesus here, rather drug use and a church intervening.