Ballard Seafood Fest

8 - 9 Jul 2017
NW Market Street, Seattle

Seattle salutes its Scandinavian roots and maritime heritage by filling up on salmon, crab, lobster and geo-duck.

  • When? 8 - 9 July 2017
  • Where? NW Market Street, Seattle
  • Price: Free (yes, really!)

Fitting this sea faring festival into your visit to Seattle is a killer catch.

In 1971, Seattle's fishing community arranged a small-time salmon barbecue as a short-term solution to raise some much needed cash for the city. Seafood Fest now draws in around 60,000 people and the grilled salmon fillets are still the signature dish. Not everything has stayed the same though, crab boat tours and fishing industry photo exhibitions have been phased out as things took a more main stream approach with festival-esque activities taking centre stage in more recent times. 

Doors open at 11 a.m. so start the morning by grabbing a traditional barbecued salmon brunch on 22nd Avenue NW then trawl the arts and craft stalls on NW Market Street. Keep a lookout for the salvaged jewellery of the West Coast Sea Glass stall and the custom furniture of Fisher Woodworking which is made from reclaimed lumber. Head to the beer garden down on Ballard Avenue NW or to the ice rink towards the north in Common's Park, before the live music kicks off.

There's even a 'kid's deck' so all the family can get involved. Keep the little ones occupied with boat building, putt putt golf and the infamous big purple slide. If you're a skate-fan then you should head to Festi-Bowl, an all-age skate competition with special divisions for young skaters and women. 

We'll 'sea' you there.

  • Get there: Head north of the city centre to NW Market St - there are plenty of subway stops.
  • Stay: You'll be able to access the festival easily by taking the subway, but if you want to stay nearby then pick a hotel in Phinney Ridge or Ballard.
  • Visit the Ballard SeafoodFest website for more information.

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