Pianos in the Parks is back! With free, live performances!
Thirteen artist-decorated pianos moved into Seattle’s parks this month, open to everyone. You can play these pianos for free August 1–18 during daylight hours. Each one was decorated by a local artist from the neighborhood—it doesn’t get more local than that.
Even better, and new this year, Pianos in the Parks is hosting 19 free concerts at these pianos. Again, it’s all free! Here’s the schedule.
This musical experience is a collaboration between One Reel, Seattle Neighborhoods, and Classical Pianos. One Reel recruited community “hosts” for each piano, ranging from a Boy Scout troop to a chamber of commerce to an arts group. Each one is local. Each one takes pride in their community.
Here’s where you can find the pianos:
- Bellevue’s Soma Towers Apartments
- Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park
- Central District’s Jimi Hendrix Park
- International District’s Hing Hay Park
- Lake City’s Mini Park
- Lower Queen Anne’s Seattle Center
- Magnolia’s Ella Bailey Park
- Phinney Ridge’s Heart of Phinney Park
- Pioneer Square’s Occidental Square
- Ravenna’s Dahl Playfield
- Redmond’s The Commons
- University District’s University Heights Playground
- West Seattle’s Junction Plaza Park
We’ve been fans of Pianos in the Parks since it debuted in 2014. It’s a fun, artistic way to get people outside and build neighborhood pride. As they say on their website: “Pianos in the Parks presented a rare opportunity to empower neighborhood camaraderie while strengthening civic pride in the communities that serve as piano destinations.”