Visitors at Pier 62 enjoy a cloudless summer day at Pier 62 as they sit and watch a performance by Cuban Son group, SuperSones.

Supersones performance at Spotlight on the Waterfront 2023. Photo by Jo Cosme.

Open Call: Seeking New Program Ideas

Be a part of something extraordinary! Whether you’re a performer drawn to the spotlight and stage, someone who values health and wellness in your community, or a person who thrives on recreation and play, your journey at Waterfront Park starts here. Apply today and be part of making history!

Seeking applicants for 2025 Grand Opening Season! We’re longer accepting applications for 2024 programming. If you’d like to be considered for future opportunities, please follow the link below.

About the Process

Friends is inviting individuals and groups that are interested in becoming a program partner or event host on Waterfront Park to submit an open call application. Applications will be continuously reviewed for inclusion in a dynamic roster offering opportunities spanning throughout 2025 and beyond.

This application expands upon the Open Call pilot process launched in early 2024.

Our open call process aims to create a more accessible pipeline for prospective partners, performing artists, and more to utilize Waterfront Park to showcase their mission, talents, music, and rich cultural heritage with a diverse audience.

Who Can Apply?

  • Our goal is to continually cultivate inclusive spaces where all people—specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as underserved communities—are invited to contribute and be a part of programs, events, and Waterfront Park. We welcome any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding our application.
  • Prioritization for Puget Sound and Greater Seattle-based artists and organizations

Performing artists may include, but is not limited to:

  • Musicians/bands
  • Dance groups/individuals
  • Storytellers.

Recreation activities may include, but is not limited to:

  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Dance
  • Meditation
  • Classic sports
  • E-sports
  • Outdoor play and games

Is Your Idea a Good Fit?

  • Is your talent all-ages appropriate for families with young children?
  • Does your event engage diverse audiences and promote inclusivity?
  • Is your idea open and accessible to the general public?
  • Does your proposal comply with the safety regulations and guidelines of the park? These rules are intended to provide, preserve, and protect Waterfront Park as a public space for the safe enjoyment of all that Seattle’s Central Waterfront has to offer.
  • Can the implementation of your idea be conducted outdoors?

If you answered yes to these questions, we’d love to hear from you!

DANDY performs at Spotlight on the Waterfront in 2023.

DANDY performs at Spotlight on the Waterfront in 2023.

Submit Your Application

Submissions for the 2025 programming season will be accepted until August 15th 2024 at 5pm PDT.

  • If you need technical assistance, any accommodation requests, or questions, please reach out to [email protected].
  • Please include your name and phone number if you would like us to call you. If you are interested in renting an area of Waterfront Park for a public or private event, click here.

We’re excited to announce that on August 6th from 3:30-4:30 pm, we’ll be holding office hours. If you require assistance with your application or have any questions, our programming staff will be available to provide guidance during this session. Please note that space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot early by RSVP’ing HERE.

An online info session will be hosted on 6/25 from 10-11am on ZOOM. Please register below to hear more about the open call, ask questions, and share your ideas before applying!

6/25/24 – 10-11am PST: Register HERE


Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are open until August 15th at midnight. Finalists are notified by early October the 2025 calendar will be set by early 2025. The majority of programming will be held from June-September.

The selection process is broken into two phases, the internal review and committee selection.

  • Step 1 – Internal Review: The Friends team will reach out to applicants to address any questions or concerns. The team will assess applications, verifying their alignment with essential and mandatory criteria.
  • Step 2 – Committee Selection: Friends’ community advisory committees will assess the finalists’ applications. Subsequently, these committees will make the final decisions on the program partners for 2025.

There are several parking garages along Alaskan Way and Western Avenue. Street parking is free on Sundays. Friends of Waterfront may or may not be able to provide 1 parking pass to the Pike Place Market Garage per each Spotlight and Movement, Wellness, and play partners depending on the terms your agreement contract.

Yes, financial support will be provided and can range from a couple hundred dollars (for workshop instructors, for example) to a couple thousand dollars (for the Spotlight series) depending on the terms of your agreement contract including production needs and length of performance.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle will help to support your program with production and marketing depending on the terms of your agreement contract.

It depends on the location. If the event is hosted on Pier 62 there is a 16 x 16 ft stage that you are welcome to use, but you are also more than welcome to utilize the concrete pier if you’d prefer.

Yes, you are welcome to submit multiple years in a row if your program has changed or altered. Otherwise, applications fold into a rolling roster and are continuously reviewed for opportunities.

Yes, in 2024, the Spotlight series is hosted on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm (for example), but other programs are flexible to various days and times of the year.

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