Join Historic Seattle and the Ballard Historical Society for “Digging Deeper”


Historic Seattle’s acclaimed multi-session program Digging Deeper continues on May 7th with a behind-the-scenes look at the archival collections of the Ballard Historical Society. Along with a conversation about the material housed at the Ballard Historical Society and how to access it, Anne Frantilla, Deputy City Archivist, Seattle Archives and Records Management Program, Seattle Municipal Archives, will also discuss the Ballard records housed at the Seattle Municipal Archives.  Also attending will be John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian for Seattle Public Library (SPL), and Hannah Parker with the Ballard Branch of SPL.

Ballard was chosen as a Digging Deeper site after a 2015 Historic Seattle survey revealed strong public interest in the history of the neighborhood. The town of Ballard was settled in 1887 and remained an independent entity until 1907 when it was annexed by the city of Seattle. May 7th’s Digging Deeper program will expand upon the early history of Ballard and audience members will learn how Ballard got its name, when/why the railroad came through Ballard, and many more fun facts about this unmistakable Scandinavian community in Seattle.


Date: May 7th

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location:  Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle
Series of eight sessions: $65 general public / $50 members
Individual sessions: $10 general public / $8 members

Ballard Historical Society

Sign Up Early For Seattle Turkey Day Trot

With Halloween behind us, and only a few weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s almost time for the annual Turkey Trot around Ballard! The 5k fun run was created by three people who wanted to get in some exercise on Thanksgiving morning to counteract all of the eating that takes place later on in the day, and 30 of their friends showed up to join them that first year; the next year 200 people showed up, and 5 years later, it’s one of the most popular 5k fun runs around Seattle.

The run starts at 9am on Thanksgiving, (November 22 this year) and starts at NW 85th & 32nd Ave NW, traveling down 34th and looping along Seaview to end at Golden Gardens. All proceeds for the run are donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Early registration is $25, and ends November 13th. Late and day-of registration is $30, (day-of sign up is cash or check only). To sign up for some pre-turkey calorie burning fun, or to learn more about the race, visit the Turkey Trot website today.

Seattle Ranks High on Best Cities to Trick or Treat; Which Ballard shops are Handing out Treats?

How does one rank trick-or-treatiness? The statistic gurus over at Zillow are at it again, this time measuring which cities across the country are the best for this year’s trick-or-treaters! Seattle ranked fourth overall, behind, Honolulu, Boston, and San Francisco, and they measured the rankings according to who is likely to provide the most candy, with the shortest walking distance, in the safest neighborhoods.  According to their findings, the top neighborhoods around the city include Loyal Heights, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Madison Park and the Roosevelt area.

Halloween is just around the corner, and  it falls on a Wednesday. If you’re taking the little ones trick or treating this year, be sure to check out the list of which Ballard shops are handing out candy from 4-6pm on October 31st. Happy Halloween!

Reverb Music Festival in Ballard This Weekend

Living in Seattle, we’re spoiled with the talent from local musicians, and the Reverb Festival, presented by Seattle Weekly in Ballard this Saturday is the perfect place to fall in love with a new favorite. If you’re on a budget, but would love to explore the local realm, this is a great opportunity to check out what Seattle is all about.

The Reverb Festival is a single day chalked full of more than 50 bands spread across eight venues in Ballard. For just $10 you get a pass allowing access to all venues throughout the day featuring artists in hip hop, country, rock, and punk rock. The festival begins at 4:00PM and runs until around 1:00am or the bars close, so round up your friends and head over to Ballard tomorrow for a great night out, on the cheap!

Police Chase Hit and Run Driver in Ballard

A Ballard policeman pursued a driver of a Ford pick up truck in Ballard around 10:17pm on Saturday evening after the driver was seen driving erratic on NW 62nd street. According to the SPD Blotter, as police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver tried to back his car up away from police, and ended up hitting the police car, (minor damages were done to the vehicle, the policeman remained uninjured) as well as 3 other parked unoccupied cars as he sped away.

The driver then got out of the truck, which was disabled after damages from the multiple accidents, and fled the scene on foot. Officers followed the man, and caught him on the 1400 block of of NW 63rd Street. The 22 year old man has been detained at King County Jail and awaits investigation of felony as well as investigation for two counts of hit and run. For more information on this incident, visit Seattle Crime News.

Free Yoga at Golden Gardens Sunday

Have you ever wanted to try yoga outside? What better way to start your morning than yoga at Golden Gardens?! This Sunday the Ballard Health Clubwill be hosting yet another free yoga session in the grass at Golden Gardens, starting at 9:00 am- 10:15am. The last yoga in the park session was a huge success, so bring your own mat and come on down! MJ will be leading free flow yoga, chanting and meditation, and it’s a good idea to show up a few minutes early to stake out a good spot, and get situated before class begins.

Photo Courtesy of Ballard Health Club

Yogis will meet at the North end of the park before class, and it looks like Sunday will be a nice sunny morning for some outdoor exercise. For more information about the free yoga session, or other exercise classes please visit Ballard Health Club.

Ballard Bridge Lane Closures

Construction will continue on the Ballard bridge this week, and the SDOT indicates there will be lane closures throughout the majority of this week, as new light poles are put in place. The far right Northbound lane has been closing throughout the week, from early morning to mid afternoon as a precautionary while poles go up on the East side of the bridge.

During construction it’s advised to take alternative routes, especially during the end of the summer when there is higher boat traffic, as backups can occur frequently. Visit the SDOT for further updates.

Desserts in Jars Author Comes to Ballard For Tasting and Book Signing

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It’s no surprise Seattle has recently become obsessed with putting just about anything in a mason jar, from pickling veggies, to beer, to flowers in a haphazard vase. But desserts created in jars is a new concept to me, and author Shaina Olmanson has an entire book dedicated to the delectable art. Tomorrow afternoon she will be joining the folks over at Hot Cakes, who also have a love for serving desserts in jars, to promote Olmanson’s book, “Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine.”

The book signing will take place at Hotcakes in Ballard at 1:00pm, and attendees will get to sample some of the desserts from the book, as well as some of Hot Cakes favored sweet treats. The event is $20 per person, and everyone will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information on the event visit Hot Cakes.

Full Tilt is Offering Free Scoops on Monday!

The weather in Seattle is FINALLY heating up as we’re nearing August, and the folks over at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Ballard will be offering free kid scoops this upcoming Monday August 6th, to show their appreciation for the neighborhood. The Ballard’s store opening has by far seen the most success, and to show their appreciation for the locals in the area, they’re offering up a free scoop day to express their gratitude from noon until they run out. The announced the free scoop day via Facebook yesterday, so if you’re in the area next week, stop on by and get your free sweet tooth on! Full Tilt also has other locations (who will not be participating in free scoop Monday) in White Center, Columbia City,

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.