News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
APRIL 12th, 2018 
     My Ballard 
Upcoming Events

APR 2-19
APR 9-22
APR 14
Ballard ArtWalk @ Participating Ballard Venues
APR 14
Starlore: The Behenian Fixed Stars Workshop @ Arcadia Seattle
APR 15
Super Projection @ Sunset Tavern
APR 15
Peddler Brewing Company: Ballard Bridge Sidewalk Cleanup @ Brewery and Ballard Bridge
APR 16-MAY11
Ballard Beer Awards @ Ray's Boathouse & Cafe
APR 16
420 Deals @ Herbs House
APR 20
Ballard Historical Society presents: Film Screening of "Twice in a Lifetime" @ Sunset Hill Comm. Assc.
APR 25
Ballard Alliance Luncheon @ Ray's Boathouse & Cafe - NW Room
APR 26
Alliance After Hours Hosted By Scout & Molly's @ Scout & Molly's Boutique - Ballard
Get Plugged Into Ballard @ Obec Brewing
Nordic Museum's Grand Opening @ New Nordic Museum
Seattle's Opening Day of Boating Season @ The Waters Surrounding Ballard
MAY 12
Ballard Art Walk @ Ballard
MAY 13
Mother's Day @ Ray's Boathouse and Cafe
MAY 17
Syttende Mai @ Ballard
Our Ballard
What started as a good ole neighborhood summer barbecue has evolved into the biggest summer block party this side of I-5. There are so many things to celebrate about Ballard and Ballard SeafoodFest is the perfect opportunity to share all the things we love about the neighborhood with the rest of the world. The Alder-smoked salmon barbecue will remain the staple of the weekend's program but the entertainment options grow year after year. This year we are really excited to share our MainStage music lineup with you. Some are local and some are international sensations and all are going to bring the funky fun to the heart of Ballard on July 13-15th!

The festival will kick off on Friday, July 13th with the opening of the Ballard Beer Garden at 5 p.m., followed by the crowd pleasing local favorites, #All4Doras and Nite Wave.

On Saturday, July 14th we start the day of fish and fun with Lanford Black, Acid Tongue, Smokey Brights, The Grizzled Mighty. New this year are TWO headlining acts and we are excited to welcome, All Them Witches and Blitzen Trapper to rock the MainStage this year.

That is not all, because Sunday's lineup is incredible too. Don't worry, this is a free festival so you can come all THREE days if you like. On July 15th, work up an appetite with some morning Zumba hosted by Ballard Health Club followed by musical talents: School of Rock, Whitney Monge and Gypsy Temple. Purple Mane (Seattle's Prince cover band) will set the tone for an incredible evening featuring The Dead South

We are pleased to also announce that KEXP is a co-presenter again this year.  
If you are curious about some of the MainStage acts, KEXP has organized some video links in their blog.  Or if you want to learn more about these bands there are links on our website at

This community festival is made possible each year through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and our generous sponsors.  

Is your business or organization interested in partnering with us for the 2018 festival? There are still opportunities to become a sponsor at any level ( sponsor levels start at $100) and with a music lineup like this year's your company/organization is sure to get some serious attention. If you would like to join us in fish and fun as a sponsor please contact Mike Stewart at 206-784-9705 extension 1. We look forward to sharing more festival additions in store this year and will reveal them soon. 
2017 Ballard Beer Awards Winner Lucky Envelope Brewing
The fresh Washington halibut and sablefish season is upon us and Ray's Boathouse & Cafe is celebrating with special preparations available from Monday, April 9 through April 22nd.
Ray's has partnered with Northwest fisheries to bring locals an abundance of halibut and sablefish from Washington's coast and served in the following new preparations:

  • Crispy Smoked Sablefish and Pork Belly braised greens, miso glaze
  • Halibut Fish and Chips cilantro-red onion coleslaw, batter dipped fries
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad
  • Halibut Bouillabaisse Alaskan king crab, mussels, tomato-saffron sauce, grilled bread

  • Sablefish Two Ways seared with sesame crust and hot smoked with shoyu glaze, jasmine rice, pickles
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad
  • Pan Seared Halibut king oyster mushroom, pomme puree, pea vines, currant beurre blanc
For more information go to And what is a celebration without Ballard craft beer?
The third annual Ballard Beer Awards returns to  Ray's Café  from  Monday, April 16  to  Friday, May 11 ! This friendly neighborhood competition will feature one beer on tap from each of the following Ballard breweries throughout the four-week contest:  Stoup Brewing,   Reuben's Brews Lucky Envelope Brewing  and  Maritime Pacific Brewing . Each purchase of one of these beers (any size on Ray's Café menu) counts as one vote for that brewery. 

Ray's will announce the winner on May 14th. The winning brewery receives a dedicated tap in the Café for one year! So "vote" for your favorite(s) today!  Each Wednesday, throughout the duration of the contest, a  different brewery will host a   happy hour  from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Café where guests can chat with the brewers and learn more about their favorite Ballard beers.  Full details about the contest are available  here .

The city of Seattle is trying out ways to tackle the litter issues that affect many Seattle neighborhoods. They recently partnered with the Ballard Alliance looking for key areas to focus on in Ballard. Their first round of cleanups were in West Woodland focusing on our Ballard Brewery District.
According to the City of Seattle, the "Litter Abatement Pilot Program p rovides enhanced services to address litter and its impacts on a community in partnership with community groups and Business Improvement Associations. Levels of service are determined by the amount of litter in the neighborhoods and input from community partners."
The enhanced services include:

Increased area and frequency of litter clean-up, including sweeping of streets and sidewalks, removing accumulations of litter from the tops of litter cans, and sharps collection.
  • Increased Illegal dumping pick-up from the neighborhood core and sidewalk area.
  • Increased pressure washing of the sidewalks.
  • Clean-up of targeted alleys, including pressure washing and increased grease tank servicing.
  • Outreach and education to retail and food service businesses, and multifamily on food waste, recycling, composting and garbage services.
This program is separate from the Ballard Alliance's Clean Sidewalks program through the Ballard Business Improvement District .
We are getting the band back together! Well, there will be some familiar faces and some missing in this year's Ballard SeafoodFest Band at the 17th of May Parade. Last year the floating concert won 1st place for Novelty at the parade. 

On electric guitar - Eric Stoll and Devin Reynolds
On the drums - Legh Burns
On bass guitar - Mike Stewart
Lead Vocals - Tom "Muddy" O 'Connell

We hope you will come out and enjoy this very special Ballard tradition on May 17th, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. More festivities are planned throughout the entire day.  We will keep you up to date with the 17th of May festivities around the neighborhood. 
Grab a friend or five and stroll through Ballard this Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This month's event has a lot of great talent and venues to explore. To learn more about this month's lineup go to

The Ballard ArtWalk was founded in 1997 and takes place every second Saturday in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. The Ballard ArtWalk, hosted by the Ballard Alliance, celebrates both fine and performing arts, and promotes our vibrant community's businesses.
Here is a sneak peek of what is in store:

Annie's Art & Frame 
art by Erin Fox

The Commons at Ballard
art by TamisonArt
Le Merde
art by Kirk Yamahira
B Line Dot @ Ballard Alki Odd Fellows Lodgelive music and painting by various artists
Couch Seattle
art by Tara Flores ART & Macramazing
MADE Co-Working Space
art by Alyson Ann Art
art by Audrey Bucciarelli
GenCare Lifestyle - Ballard Landmark
live music by The Done Goners and art by Gwendolyn Worthy
Market Street Shoes
art by Laci Ann
Bauhaus Strong Coffee
art by CEBridges
The Grumpy Old Man's Comics, Art & Collectibles art by AlanLaMont - Art and more
Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts
comic art by Amy Camber, Jose Alaniz, Kelly Froh, and many more
Caffè Umbria
live music by Hannah Abrams & Mark Brainard
His Word Found Here
art by Catherine McMillan
live music by funk trio Doctor Doctor and art by Judy Rayl
Camelion Design
nature-inspired home goods by Fiddlehead Creations
Jax Joon
art by Whitney L. Anderson
art by Sierra Graves & Julieta Renteria
Classic Consignment
live music by Thee Sgt. Major III and art by Nancy Bishop Harvey)
art By Hailey Coral
Salt & Straw Ice Cream
art by Yvonne Chan Art
Clover Toys
art by Anna McCoy of The Most
Kula Movement
art by Svetlana Peters
Secret Garden Books
meet the author, Paige Embry
Tides & Pines
Live painting with Bridge Marie Art
photography by JTN Imagery