Ballard Edible Garden Tour

This Saturday June 29th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm there will be a walking garden tour of local Ballard gardens.  If you are in need of creative ideas for your own home gardens or just want to view various Ballard ones, this tour will be a great opportunity. They will also have on hand different local gardening experts who will be able to answer any of your questions as well as provide tips for your own personal gardens. 

The tour will start at the parking lot West of Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Avenue NW) and from there you will walk to various gardens throughout the Ballard neighborhood. Tickets for this event are $10 each (children are free) and that includes a raffle ticket to win various garden themed prizes.

For more information you can check out the Ballard Chamber of Commerce site.


Ballard’s Copper Gate Bar is Closing

This week is your last chance to grab a beer at the Copper Gate Bar in Ballard as they are set to close their doors at the end of this month for the final time. The Copper Gate is known for their classic Viking ship bar top, quality food, and live music performances.

A brief message can be found on the Copper Gate Facebook page that reads, “We enjoyed serving people for seven years. It’s been a good run,” says the owners of Copper Gate. “We would like to thank our loyal customers, our staff, the musicians who performed at our space, and Ballard for having us. We had a great time having the place and we wish the new owners the best.”

Also on their Facebook page they state that a celebration of the Copper Gate will be held on Sunday June 30th starting at 5pm. So head on down for one final drink and celebrate the many years of tradition that the Copper Gate has provided Ballard.

Ballard’s Busy Intersection Makes the List

According to a recent story by the Seattle PI, the intersection of NW Market Street and 15th have NW is one of the most dangerous crossings for pedestrians in Seattle. The list (that you can find here) stated that over the past three years there has been four reported accidents at this one intersection. The collisions were recorded by the Department of Transportation and based off of the location descriptions given by the responding police officers.  While a reason as to why this Ballard intersection has more accidents than most was not provided, the high volume of traffic and large number of lanes to cross surely plays  a role.


Light Rail to Ballard?

This Thursday June 27th the city of Seattle and Sound Transit will hold an open house to discuss the possibility of an extension of the light rail system to Ballard. So far they have narrowed down the list from over two hundred suggested routes in March to now just eight. Sound Transit will provide detailed maps and other information on these routes but are also looking to hear what the public has to say.     

Because Ballard has become one of the more popular neighborhoods in Seattle, providing a reliable transit system that connects it to downtown is essential. If you are interested in learning more about this event you can visit the Sound Transit website at

Open House details:
Thursday, June 27, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ballard High School Commons
1418 NW 65th St, Seattle

Ballard Residents Buying Up Air Rights

The latest trend in the Seattle real estate market may not be the buying or selling of the house on your property but rather the air rights above it. According to this story, people around the Seattle area including Ballard are buying their neighbors air rights in order to protect their priceless views. Whether it be a panoramic view of downtown Seattle or a clear look at Puget Sound, people are spending money to protect their views as the trend to build higher continues to grow.

One of the main reasons for this trend is that the population density in neighborhoods like Ballard have grown so fast that people can no longer build out to increase their houses square footage, leaving the only other option which is to build up. According to the article air rights are selling for anywhere between $50,000 to $250,000 which some neighbors are happy to pay if it means their views remain the same. 

So the next time that you see your neighbors house for sale, one thing that you may want to consider is if the new owners were to build up, would they block my priceless view?

New Ballard Burger Restaurant

This week Li’l Woody’s Burgers & Shakes opened up next to the The Bay movie theater (2040 NW Market St). With their previous success on Capitol Hill, they decided to try their luck in the heart of Ballard. Offering Molly Moons milk shakes, hand cut  french fries, and countless burger combinations Li’l Woody’s is a perfect option for one of our perfect Ballard summer nights.  

For a complete menu check out their website at

Ballard Classic Home Tour

This Sunday June 23rd will be the 6th triennial Ballard Classic Home Tour where you will be able to walk through some of Ballard’s most historic properties. This is the  Ballard Historical Society’s largest fundraiser and it allows the non-profit organization the ability to provide various free lectures throughout the year as well as participate in other Ballard community events. The BHS was founded in 1988 to celebrate and preserve the Ballard culture. 

The house tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th St in Ballard and runs from 10am to 4pm. The cost is $20 per person and you can buy your tickets at the Ballard Classic Home Tour website.

For more information please visit their website at

Time to Register your Classic Car Ballard

It is once again time for the annual Greenwood Car Show on Saturday June 29th located just east of Ballard along Greenwood Ave N between 67th and 90th St. You can lock in your hot rods spot by per-registering ($25 for cars/trucks and $15 for motorcycles) at

Just one of the many cars that you will see!

One of the many cars that you will see!

For over 20 years people from all over the state of Washington have entered their classic cars into the show for a chance to be recognized as owning the top collector car. This family friendly event is free to the public & great for all ages. There will also be a food drive to support the Greenwood Food Bank. Be sure you mark your calendars and bring your canned goods to this Seafair sanctioned event to witness one of the largest classic car shows around.

Seafoodfest Needs Your Help!

With summertime comes the annual much anticipated Ballard Seafoodfest, and this year the organizers need your help to make it happen! In it’s 39th year, in celebration of all the Nordic and fishy traditions in the neighborhood, organizers are in search of volunteers willing to work 2-3 hour shifts on Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th. seafoodfest

Volunteers will be working the information booth at the event, selling raffle tickets, manning the donation booth, and setting up and tearing down the event. If you’re interested in volunteering for Seafoodfest, please contact Karen, SeafoodFest Volunteer Coordinator at or at 206-291-5500.