Photo by  Jim Kullmann _Ballard Vox_

News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
JULY 26th, 2018 
     My Ballard 
Upcoming Events

JUL 26
JUL 27 Lanford Black @ Sunset Tavern
JUL 28
Hale's Ales 35th Anniversary Party @ Hale's Ales
JUL 28-29 Fridaze Linen Trunk Show @ Atlas Travel Wear
JUL 29 Yoga and Beer @ Bad Jimmy's Brewing
JUL 30 KBFG-LP 107.3FM Summer Fundraiser
JUL 30
Drop in Monday SUP Races @ Ballard Elk Beach
Movies at the Marina: Overboard @ Shilshole Bay Marina
Sahti Finnish Beer Brewing @ Nordic Museum
AUG 9-12
Ballard Sidewalk Sale @ throughout Ballard neighborhood
AUG 10
The Best 80's Party Ever w/NITE WAVE @ Tractor Tavern
AUG 11
Ballard ArtWalk @ Ballard
AUG 16
Movies in the Park: E.T. @ Ballard Commons Park
AUG 16
Ballard Historical Society 30th Anniversary Party @ Hattie's Hat
Our Ballard
It began on a perfect summer evening, droves of residents and visitors flocked to the heart of Ballard to enjoy the neighborhood in a way that only happens once a year. The heart of the neighborhood was thumping and alive with the Nite Wave beat and dancing feet. At the epicenter of the Ballard SeafoodFest Friday night kickoff party was the Beer and Cocktail Garden. Thirsty Ballardites filled the garden, which took over the entire northern footprint of Ballard Avenue, and enjoyed local craft brews and beverages. 

The fun continued with the festival in full swing on Saturday, where more than one hundred food and arts & crafts vendors shared their creations. There were crab legs cracking at the Crab Shack Lounge, Trident Seafoods salmon smoking, Ballard brews flowing, cocktails clanking, lutefisk loving, shredding in the Festi-bowl, babies bouncing, bubbles blowing and sing-your-heart-out good times on the Gravity Payments MainStage all Ballard SeafoodFest weekend long.

While describing this year's event, Max Genereaux, Ballard Alliance Board Member, Beer Garden Producer and owner of Hattie's Hat and Sunset Tavern, said: "It was incredible to see so many people everywhere enjoying themselves with great music, drinks and food. That is why we do it every year so people can come together in the neighborhood and have an awesome experience. We really appreciate the support from our sponsors, who really step up and make this event better each year." 

How did we pull off another spectacular event? Through the generous contributions from our fabulous sponsors and dedicated volunteers. People always ask us how to get more involved in the Ballard community and this event is a great way to meet a lot of people, have fun and become a part of a special 44 year old tradition in our neighborhood. 

On behalf of the Ballard Alliance staff, Board of Directors and the entire neighborhood, THANK YOU to all our 2018 sponsors and volunteers. It is because of you that the Ballard Alliance is able to continue to create and maintain projects and programs that create a better Ballard all year round!

Now let's have a round of applause for all these great folks who supported this event through sponsorship: Trident Seafoods, Gravity Payments, Heritage Distilling Company, Ballard Market, Patagonia, Homestreet Bank, UW Medicine, Columbia Bank, Expedia Group, People's Bank, Swedish Ballard, Illumination Learning Studio, BECU, Market Street Shoes, Union Bank, New Seasons Market, Sugar Plum, James Bay Distilling, Lasik Vision Group, Renewal By Andersen-Seattle, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, ReachNow, KEXP, Hubert's Lemonade, Fit36 Ballard, Umpqua Bank, Nordic Museum. the Stranger, Carter Subaru, American Music, Ballard Outdoor, Ballard Health Club, Verity Credit Union, City Living Seattle, Banner Bank, Skagit Bank, Ballard Industrial, American Seafoods Company, Stoll Petteys PLLC, O'hara Corporation, Malone Law Group, Seafair, SpatialDev, Ballard Oil, Mountain Pacific Bank, Occidental Lodge #72, Alaska Airlines, Axiom Design Build, Ocean Peace, Secret Aardvark Trading Company, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Savage Color, Stimson Marina, Ballard Inn, Hotel Ballard, Mud Bay Ballard, Larsen's Bakery, Seattle Divorce Services, Ballard Natural Gas Service, Truly Med - Blue Elephant, Redfin, Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle, Office Depot/Office Max, Bop Street Records, Annie's Art and Frame, Camelion Design, Commons at Ballard, Smile Ballard, Secret Garden Books, Camco Electric, Annie's Nannies, Dawson & Gerbic LLP, Greenwood Ohlund & Co., Hattie's Hat, Washington Federal Credit Union.
Keep your hands together for these amazing partners in our Beer + Cocktail Garden (Hipp Hipp Hurra for Ballard Beverages!!)

Heritage Distilling Co., Fremont Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Bad Jimmy's Brewing, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Reuben's Brews, Lagunita's Brewing Company, Peddler Brewing Company, Obec Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Hale's Ales, Seattle Cider, Wilridge Winery, Rambling Route Cider, Portland Cider Company, Aalborg Akvavit, Linie Aquavit.

Oh and we would also like to thank everyone who showed up, ate, drank, shopped and played at Ballard SeafoodFest 2018! We had so much fun, we've decided to do it all over again next year. Planning and preparation for an event this big takes time and we start back in on it again in December. If you are interested in getting more involved with our 45th annual event, please contact us at 

photo by Olga Aguilar
photo by Jim Kullmann
Photos by Olivia Kolkana, Jim Kullmann, Anthony Goins, Kris Reintegrado, Melissa Wax, Collene McCarter of Ballard VOX and Olga Aguilar
ReStyle Shop for Ryther has an amazing sale the entire month of July - 50% OFF everything  (except jewelry) , in the store!  Conveniently located on Ballard Avenue between the Sunset Tavern and Ballard Smoke Shop, ReStyle offers a wide variety of awesome second-hand/gently-used items with all the proceeds going toward a great cause. Each purchase supports the programs that help the children at Ryther. Getting a great deal never felt so good. Tell your friends and neighbors about RyStyle for Ryther - one of the many unique shops in the Ballard neighborhood

The ReStyle for Ryther shop is located at 5435 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107. Let their friendly volunteer staff know that the Ballard Alliance sent you!
Let's take advantage of summer and come together as a community in Ballard Commons Park this August! We hope you enjoyed our Fitness in the Park outdoor workout series and we are excited about our next phase of park programming with some classic family-friendly movies under the stars and in the grass. Movies begin at 8:15 p.m. but arrive early and enjoy offerings from The Fork & Fin and Off the Rez food trucks (on their respective movie nights - see below) starting at 7 p.m. 

This Summer Movies in the Park series is presented by the Ballard Alliance and made possible in part through a grant from the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development.
Sweet Mickey's will be handing out treats to moviegoers and their shop is conveniently located next to the park. They have ice cream and additional treats available for purchase. Please arrive early with a blanket or chair to reserve a spot on the lawn and enjoy this fun community event. 
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 - THE GOONIES (The Fork & Fin food truck)
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 - E.T. (The Fork & Fin food truck)
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 - FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (Off the Rez food truck)
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Off the Rez food truck)

That is not a typo in the title of this segment. Hale's Ales has been around since the dawn of the Ballard brewerverse! Celebrate this huge milestone with them this Saturday, July 28th at their Anniversary Party from 1 - 6 p.m. There will be live music, vintage and rare beer samplings, raffles, food, and $1 per pint sold benefiting Seattle nonprofit City Fruit. 

Stop by and show your support of this longstanding business in our community and say CHEERS to Hale's Ales!

Art is on display every day in these two featured Ballard ArtWalk participating businesses: Venue and Tides & Pines.  

Venue at its core breathes art onto the streets of Ballard every day. Owner Diane Macrae is passionate about creating a space that not only showcases one-of-a-kind local artists but supports the artist community in Seattle. Artists can rent a work space inside the shop or office spaces with flexible options. 

Macrae's place is an inspiration and one of the best spots to find gifts and quality mementos from Seattle/Pacific Northwest. It is a great place to relax and explore with out of town guests or sneak away on a long lunch break. Venue also has an online store that is stocked with some very cute and unique items. 

Another one-of-a-kind option awaits you next door at Tides & Pines. The entire store is a neat work of art. Each display and  color is thoughtfully put in its place - its clean organization and generous array of organic materials provide an earthy eye candy. No matter where you stand in their store, it i s as though you could take a perfectly composed shot through a camera lens. Which makes sense,  since one of the owners, Jordan Voth is a professional photographer. 

Tides & Pines also offers an online store with great clothing and products for men, women, and the home. 

We are lucky to have these  great shops in our neighborhood and for their partic ipation in the Ballard ArtWalk. We have another great Ballard ArtWalk in the works for you on August 11th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

VENUE |  5408 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

TIDES & PINES | 5410 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

(Photo by of Olivia Kolkana of @ballardvox)
What have you be doing to stay cool this week? Here are a few ideas: hide under the shade of a tree in the beautiful Chittenden Locks gardens, take a stroll along the waterfront at Shilshole Bay Marina and end with a swim at Golden Gardens beach, or keep the mini-Ballardites refreshed with a splish/splash through the fountains at Ballard Commons Park. 

As always, there are a plethora of cold treats offered at our dessert, ice cream and gelato shops and award-winning cold craft brews and beverages throughout the neighborhood! 

How are you staying cool in Ballard? Share your photo with us @visitballard and tag a local business or place.
The Ballard Historical Society turns the big three-oh this year and you have been invited to help them celebrate! 

AUGUST 16th, 2018 
6 P.M. - 10 P.M.
5231 Ballard Ave NW | Seattle | WA | 98107

The evening features Ballard-themed art by Matt Bazemore (to view and to buy!). Also, a photo exhibition from the archives will be on display.

Have a Hattie's dinner, try a Historical SocieTINI and enjoy live music by Low Bar Ramblers at this fun celebration in support of an important organization. Hattie's Hat is generously donating a portion of all the proceeds to the Ballard Historical Society.

When you arrive at the restaurant tell them at the front that you're with Ballard Historical Society, and then head to the back room at Hattie's.

Congratulations on 30 years BHS!