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Now in its fifth year, Friends has initiated the transformation of the waterfront into an arts and culture hub with diverse events, where programming can connect new audiences to the waterfront. Since 2015, Friends of Waterfront Seattle has been activating the existing waterfront with the Hot Spot, presenting events that focus on local organizations and artists working within the realms of culture, recreation, and education. Hosted at Pier 58, an iconic location that features views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, the Port of Seattle, and the Seattle skyline. Hot Spot events are all free, family friendly, and open to the public.

To enliven our urban shoreline with programs that celebrate all communities and cultures, Friends has partnered with more than 100 community organizations and local artists, including KEXP public radio, local contemporary choreographers, youth hip-hop collectives, the Seattle Sounders’ FC RAVE Foundation, musicians, and visual artists. Programming is designed to attract neighboring communities and visitors, and to include many locals; we have seen a correlation between the diversity of partners and the diversity of event audiences.

Every weekend from July to September during the last five years, Friends presented dynamic live music and performances with more than 40,000 people joining the fun. Click a photo to explore events.