Ballard’s Art in the Garden Festival is Coming

It’s here! the 12th annual Art in the Garden Festival is coming to Ballard in August, located at the Ballard P-Patch at 8527 25th Ave NW. Bring your family and friends down on August 4th from 10am-6pm for a fun-filled free afternoon with live music, food and beverages, and local artwork!

Proceeds from the event will go towards future garden projects, such as creating gravel paths in between garden beds, and filling container beds with greenery. The Ballard P-Patch has over 90 plots, and 4 of the largest plots are specifically grown and donated to the Ballard food bank. For more information on the Ballard P-Patch and Art Festival, visit their website.

Ballard Safeway Assault and Robbery

This past weekend saw tragedies across the nation, with the devastating shooting at the Batman premiere in Aurora, CO, and it’s safe to say everyone was a little more at edge, and aware of their surroundings this weekend. Just before midnight on Saturday night, Ballard had a bitter taste of crime as well. A man stabbed a security guard at the Ballard Safeway on NW Market Street after shoplifting that night, and resisting the guard’s attempt to keep the man in the store, and stabbed him in the ear with a knife before fleeing the scene. 

Thankfully the man was caught four blocks down the street, by officers responding to the incident, and the Seattle Fire Department treated the security guard’s injuries. For those of you late night grocery shoppers, be aware of your surroundings.

Bastille Day and Seafoodfest… Busy Weekend in Ballard!

Not only will Ballard be bustling with seafood crazed locals this weekend, it will also host patrons celebrating the French National Independence Day, Bastille Day! Where do you think will be the happening venue in town to host such festivities? Bastille of course, will have a variety of specials, including $5 wine and cocktails, oysters and baguette sandwiches, as well as entertainment on their outdoor patio, beginning at 2pm.

Bastille will also host a pétanque tournament, a traditional french game similar to croquet, $5 per person, bragging rights free of charge. Bastille is just blocks away from where the Annual SeafoodFest will be serving up all kinds of Northwest seafood fare, general rules state that every vendor must serve at least one seafood item on their menu. Vendors and stages will line up along 22nd Ave NW, come on down and hangout with the neighbors this weekend!

Seafoodfest Is Here This Weekend!

The much anticipated Ballard Seafoodfest is finally here this weekend, and Ballardites are getting things started with a neighborhood BBQ kickoff this Friday, to benefit the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial at the Ballard Elks. The BBQ will have live music from a local band playing Johnny Cash, food from Smokin Pete’s BBQ, and of course, beer from local favorite Maritime Pacific Brewery

Saturday events begin from 11am-9pm, and Sunday festivities run from 11am-7pm, and feature beer gardens, a lukefish eating contest, hearty salmon BBQ, and even doggie stations from local businesses to host your furry friends for a dip in a kiddie pool, and free treats. There will also be live entertainment at several stages throughout the day, with performances by local and visiting accordion musicians on the main stage, and storytelling and juggling on the kids stage. Come on down to Ballard this weekend, and checkout the Seafood weekend festivities!

Man Injured In Ballard After Parking Pay Station Explodes

Early Sunday morning, a man was injured walking with a friend in Ballard, after the two had walked past a parking pay station where an explosive device had reportedly gone off. According to Kiro 7‘s report of the incident, the police said the 911 center received a call half past midnight from the emergency room at Swedish Medical Hospital in Ballard, of a report from a nurse that a man had come in, claiming to be injured in an explosion.

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The man had reported to the police that he and his friend had walked past NW 54th and 32nd ave NW when they heard the explosion occur, and the man noticed that he had been hit by something, and his arm was bleeding. The man was treated at Swedish, and did not have life threatening injuries. CSI and the Seattle Police Department’s Arson unit surveyed the scene and their findings indicated that the cause was probably an act of vandalism. For the full scoop, visit Kiro 7 News.

New Ballard Residential Planning to Replace the Old Viking

Design plans are currently in the works for a six story residential tower where the Viking has been for the past 50+ years, at 6404 24th ave NW. Applicants for the Ballard residential project have applied for a design review, and a meeting will be held at Ballard High School, open to the public to discuss the design, and the design review board will also be present for questioning.

copyright the Viking

The residential plan includes 6 stories of 60 units, and 5,000sf of retail space, as well as 60 parking spaces for tenants. If you’re interested in obtaining more information on the project, contact the Land Use Planner.

Kickin Boot Whiskey Bar Comes to Ballard

There a new hole in the wall bar in Ballard, soon to open this month called the Kickin Boot Whiskey Kitchen. It’s going into the historic Henry Whyte Building, right on the corner of 22nd Ave NW and Shilshoe Ave NW, and serves up Southern comfort food like house smoked BBQ and fried chicken. According to their website, Kickin Boot is scheduled to open sometime in mid July. 

The bar will be on the second floor of the building, and will hold up to around 75 guests; 50 in the dining room, and 50 more on their open air patio. Along with the southern meal, guests cal choose from a hand selected list of whiskeys, cocktails, and local beer and wine! Stay connected through their Facebook page to find out the exact opening day.