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Learn about salmon migrating the Locks and from other agencies and organizations about fisheries and salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Post-swing Big Band

Cars of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s

Street Dance Performance Tradition

Traditional Pipe and Drum Music

Latin, Funk, Jazz-Rock fusion & Cont. Jazz

Classical and Pop Music

Celebration of U.S. Military, Veterans and First Responders

An ad-hoc collection of saxophone players.

30’s, 40’s and 50’s Swing Favorites.

An afternoon of live music from Northwest favorites Pearl Django (1-2 p.m.), Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints (2:30-3:30 p.m.) and Industrial Revelation (4-5 p.m.) on the beautiful grounds of the Ballard Locks, celebrating 100 years!  (No alcohol is permitted.)  The Locks will provide around 200 chairs and people can bring their own chairs and blankets.

 

 

 

Come dance with the salmon during peak spawning season and help commemorate the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks 100th anniversary. The event is free and dancing music being performed by Sunga Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators. So, bring a picnic lunch or dinner, enjoy the beautiful gardens, the sunset and the dance. Century Ballroom is sponsoring a dance demonstration and there will be food vendors and a raffle to support the Discover Your Northwest and The Corps Foundation’s fish ladder project.

Official Centennial Ceremony

Rousing Selection of Patriotic Music

Patriotic Marches and Pop Music

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Video

Who was Hiram Chittenden and what does the Army have to do with the locks? In this video you can learn about the history of the Locks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ role building them. Also, you will learn about Chittenden and meet his great-grandchildren. 

 

If you've ever come to the Chittenden Locks in Ballard, you've probably visited our fish ladder, and you may have seen salmon in our viewing windows. Did you know salmon have been coming through our fish ladder for a hundred years now?

 

This video tells the story of how Native American Tribes in the Seattle area were affected by the building of the Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1917.

 

Nearly 50,000 vessels lock through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, with many of the Alaskan fishing fleet docking at Fishermen’s Terminal.  This episode is about the terminal and the fleet's boats that come through the locks all year long. 

 

At the Chittenden Locks, locally known as the Ballard Locks, we see many boats and ships coming through every day.  Many are visiting one of the shipyards along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, where they get re-fitted and repaired. As part of our centennial, we teamed up with a local film teacher and his students to tell stories about our history and impact on Seattle.

Welcome to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Centennial Page!

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard officially opened July 4, 1917. The 100-year-old Locks are the busiest in the nation, locking through about 50,000 vessels annually. Below you will find information and videos about the history and the economic impact to the Seattle area.

The 28th Annual Free Summer Concerts and Events series will help commemorate this year’s Centennial Anniversary. Please check the events schedule below for more information.

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Hours, Directions and Tours

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3015 NW 54th St

Seattle, WA  98107

The north parking lot adjacent to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is city-owned. Pay stations ensure adequate parking turnover of the limited spaces and minimize all-day parking by non-locks visitors. 

Parking is $2.00/hour for a maximum of three hours. Pay stations accept debit and credit cards, and coins. Payment is required for parking Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

For information about parking pay stations in Seattle, visit the Department of Transportion website at www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/paystation.htm. For questions about using a parking pay station, please call the Seattle Department of Transportation at (206) 684-ROAD. To report a problem, please call (206) 684-5260.

  • Take Denny Way westbound, continue onto Western Ave W and continue onto Elliott Ave W.
  • If you are on Hwy 99 (Alaskan Way Viaduct), exit onto Western Ave W. Follow Western until it merges with Elliott Ave W.
  • Once on Elliott, follow it northbound and merge onto 15th Ave W.
  • Turn left onto NW Market Street, .
  • Follow NW Market westbound through the Ballard business district.
  • At Taco Time bear left onto NW 54th Street.
  • Turn left immediately after the Lockspot Cafe
  • Follow Interstate 5 southbound taking Exit 172.
  • Merge onto N 85th Street heading westbound.
  • Continue on N 85th Street to end (32nd Ave NW).
  • Turn left onto 32nd Ave NW and follow it southbound to end (NW 54th St). A 7-11 Store is on your right and Totem House Restaurant is on your left.
  • Turn left on NW 54th Street, then turn right before the Lockspot Cafe.
  • Take Interstate 5 northbound and get off at Exit 169
  • At stop light, turn left onto NE 45th Street going westbound.
  • Follow 45th Street through intersection.
  • Take a slight right onto N Midvale Place, then continue onto N 46th Street. Stay in right lane and go under the Aurora overpass.
  • Continue West on 46th, which curves into NW Market Street.
  • Follow NW Market westbound across 15th Ave NW and through the Ballard business district.
  • At Taco Time bear left onto NW 54th Street.
  • Turn left immediately after the Lockspot Cafe.
  • Take Interstate 90 or Highway 520 (toll) westbound, to Interstate 5.
  • Take Interstate 5 northbound taking Exit 169
  • At stop light, turn left onto NE 45th Street going westbound.
  • Follow 45th Street through intersection.
  • Take a slight right onto N Midvale Place, then continue onto N 46th Street. Stay in right lane and go under the Aurora overpass.
  • Continue West on 46th, which curves into NW Market Street.
  • Follow NW Market westbound across 15th Ave NW and through the Ballard business district.
  • At Taco Time bear left onto NW 54th Street.
  • Turn left immediately after the Lockspot Cafe.
May-September: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. open daily
October-April: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Vessel Traffic: 24/7

Grounds: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fish Ladder Viewing Room Hours: 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Tours last approximately one hour.

Free guided tours are given March 1 through November 30. Visit the Calendar or call the visitor center (206) 783-7059 for times.

For school or organization free guided tours of the locks, fish ladder or botanical garden, contact the visitor center staff at (206) 783-7059