Ballard Bike Street Party Today

The weekend really came quick this short work week, and you may still be wondering what to do in Ballard this weekend. Today from 3:30-8pm, there will be a Ballard Street Bike Party, with live music,a biker’s fashion show, and of course tons of great bike related information for all. There will also be free giveaways, so swing by Bergen Place Park for a fun-filled afternoon. bike

The streets will be closed off at NW Market Street and Ballard Ave NW for festivities between 11 am and 8pm. This event is part of the “Summer Streets” programs, and is made possible by the Cascade Bicycle club, and KEXP. If you’re interested in volunteering for one of these summer events, contact for future opportunities.

Free Concerts at the Ballard Locks Starting This Weekend

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Carl S. English Botanical Gardens, Ballard Locks

This weekend marks the beginning of the 24th Annual free concert series at the Ballard Locks! One Thursday May 30th, the first concert will be the Seattle Civic Band beginning at 7pm, so come on down after work and enjoy some live music. The live Concert series will take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the months of June through September in the  in the Locks, as well as a few special performances on July and Labor Day.

These concerts are free, but seating is limited, so  if you’re planning on going down on a nice sunny afternoon, be sure to get there early to snag a good seat. Find a calendar of the scheduled performances here, including the Cascadia Jazz Band, and the Highline Community Symphonic Band.

Goodbye Viking Tavern, hello more condos

Tuesday was the last day that locals could enjoy a beer at the Ballard ScaVikingndinavian Viking Bar. The bar opened in 1950 and closed yesterday to make way for a new development project…..more condos. Many are sad to see the local hangout go and are trying to decide which local bar will be their new hangout to enjoy a beer.

It was bittersweet for owners Tim and Peggy Cannon. They had been the owners of Viking Tavern for the past 23 years. The bar was filled with regulars, customers who have become family to Peggy. Peggy left early while Tim stayed to see out the Viking’s last closing. Although no decision has been made, the Cannons have been talking with Bill Parks, managing partner of the Ballard Lofts, in regards to possibly resurrecting the Viking. Parks has plans for new development which would provide space for retail or a new bar.