SDOT releases Ballard Bridge informational video

SDOT operates and maintains over 149 bridges throughout Seattle, including ours here in Ballard.

Have you ever wondered how and why the Ballard (and Fremont) Bridges open for marine traffic? SDOT released the below video blog to provide locals with more information:

The city is required to open the bridges to marine traffic when requested, but is allowed to restrict boat and marine traffic openings during the morning (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.) and afternoon (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.) commutes on weekdays (except national holidays).

The openings average about four minutes, from stopping traffic to letting traffic resume. SDOT appreciates the public’s patience during the openings as marine traffic passes through.

Click here to learn more on SDOT’s blog.

Full salmon ladder attracts guests to Ballard Locks

The Salmon Ladder at Ballard Locks has been quite busy over the past few weeks and has attracted visitors of all kinds.

This sea lion was caught admiring the salmon run while perching on the Ballard Locks Spillway on September 22.


Do you have some great recent photos of the Ballard Locks? Email them to

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, September 30

  • Live Music
    • Macefield Music Festival from 7 p.m. at the KEXP Main Stage, Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne and Hotel Albatross. Tickets start at $35.
    • Houston Psych: Khruangbin with Amy Viking and Tom Eddy Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
    • Chris King and the Gutterballs, Julia Massey and The Five Finger DiscountGhost Town Whistlers at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – The Wiretappers – cover $5
      • 9 p.m. – Elnah Jordan – cover TBD

SATURDAY, October 1

    • Salmon Bay Eagles Annual Oktoberfest at the club (5216 20th Ave NW) from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $17, with the event benefiting Teen Feed.
    • Live Music
      • Macefield Music Festival from 2:30 p.m. at the KEXP Main Stage, Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne and Hotel Albatross. Tickets start at $35. Tickets start at $35.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
        • 7 p.m. – Market St. Dixieland Jazz Band – cover $10
        • 9 p.m. – Sirens of Swing – cover $15 ($10 minimum food and drink order per person)

SUNDAY, October 2

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) present Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio.
    • Live Music
      • Macefield Music Festival from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Hotel Albatross (2319 NW Market St).
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Underwood Stables Presents Nikki Lane with Denver, Jaime Wyatt, Jenny Don’t & The at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.
      • Carsie Blanton, Chris Kasper and La Fonda at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $10.

Nearby News: Man stabbed in Woodland Park, suspect turns himself in

A 55- year-old man is recovering in hospital this evening after he was stabbed by another man while in Woodland Park. Read the full details below from the SPD North Precinct Blotter:

On Thursday, September 29th, at about 9:30 p.m, North Precinct officers responded to a disturbance inside Woodland Park. The initial 911 call stated that a man had been stabbed inside the park, but the caller had difficulty relaying the exact location to 911 operators.

A number of officers responded to the park and began searching. Officers located the victim with a stab wound to his abdomen and Seattle Fire treated and later transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center.

Friends of the victim were able to describe the suspect to officers and pointed out a car in the parking lot as belonging to the suspect. Officers searched the park along with a K9 team, but did not locate the suspect.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect had been assaulting a female inside a tent earlier and that the victim tried to intervene when he was stabbed. After the victim was stabbed, the suspect fled the area and the witness was able to call 911.

Evidence was collected at the scene and the suspect’s car was impounded pending a search warrant.

At approximately 1:40 a.m. police were notified by King County Jail staff that the suspect was at the jail wanting to turn himself in. Officers responded to KCJ and took the 42-year-old suspect into custody and booked him into jail.

Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.

Development Update September 29: Design Review Meeting

There is only one update in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting:

5512 17th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 7-story structure containing 80 small efficiency dwelling units, 9 apartment units with two live-work units and retail at ground level. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

A Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments through October 17. Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which they believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to or

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Macefield Music Festival set for this weekend


The music festival created in honor of Edith Macefield is back again for its fourth year this weekend from September 30 – October 2.

The Macefield Music Festival will feature over 20 bands playing in the heart of Ballard in several local music venues and on an outdoor stage.

The shows start on Friday at 7 p.m. on the outdoor KEXP MainStage (at 20th and Ballard Ave) and at the Tractor Tavern.

On Saturday, the music will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will go till late, spread between Sunset, Tractor, Conor Byrne, Sonic Boom, Hotel Albatross, and the outdoor KEXP mainstage at 20th and Ballard Ave. On Sunday, all shows will be Hotel Albatross. Click here for the complete schedule.

Tickets for the event are $55 for a weekend pass; or $35 for a single Friday ticket and $45 for a single Saturday ticket. Buy tickets here.

Salmon Bay Eagles to host 3rd annual Oktoberfest


The Salmon Bay Eagles are hosting their Third Annual Oktoberfest in Ballard this Saturday, October 1, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Aerie Social Room at the Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW).

Tickets are $17, with the event benefiting Teen Feed, an organization that works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets.

This year’s festival will include burlesque dancers, more breweries, and even some cider thrown in the mix.

The admission prices includes full access to the main stage burlesque performances and live music throughout the event, plus three drink tokens, good for one 5-oz. taste each. They’ll be selling more tokens for $2 each at the event (cash preferred).

“Last year we raised just about $3,000 for our charity and we hope to do the same for 2016,” says Salmon Bay Eagles Co-Chair Katie Stephens.

The event is 21+ only.

Academy nominates Ballard Film Students for National Awards

Ballard High School students are among those nominated by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their National Student Production Awards.

The nominees were selected from winners at regional Emmy Awards ceremonies across the country. Four productions by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program won top prizes in the five-state Northwest Region last June. Three of these productions have now been nominated at the national level.

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented High School Awards of Excellence for years to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  This year the Academy added a national level to the competition.

Check out the BHS nominees below:

  •  The Dragon’s Lair by PJ Hase, Jonny Cechony & Ellie Clarrissimeaux is nominated for Best Short Film.
  • Today by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson is nominated for best Music Video
  • Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero and Sho Schrock are nominated for best Editor for their work on Hologram

All of the nominated productions can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

The awards presentation will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC, at 12:30 p.m. (EST) on October 4.  The event will be streamed live online.

Nearby News: Meridian Avenue N repaving set for this week

SDOT is advising motorists that Meridian Ave N between N 112th and N 103rd streets will be repaved during the day this Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30.

The work is weather-dependent and subject to change. Weather cancellations will be rescheduled for a later date.

Travelers can expect the following:

  • Paving work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section on Meridian Avenue N throughout the paving process, with flaggers directing traffic. North Northgate Way will not be impacted by this work.
  • On Thursday, September 29, the east side of Meridian Avenue North will be repaved, starting at North Northgate Way and moving south to North 103rd Street.

On Friday, September 30, the following areas will be repaved:

  • The east side of Meridian Avenue North, between North 112th Street and North Northgate Way
  • The west side of Meridian Avenue North, starting at North Northgate Way and moving south to North 103rd Street
  • The west side of Meridian Avenue North, between North 112th Street and North Northgate Way
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • There will be temporary side street closures to let the newly laid asphalt to cool.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.
  • King County Metro bus stops will be temporarily shifted around work zones.

Click here to find out more information on this project.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at or leave a message at (206) 727-3669.

Councilmember O’Brien to host Health and Public Safety Forum at Nordic Heritage Museum

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) will host a community forum this Thursday evening, September 29, at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Councilmember O’Brien will reconvene neighbors and community members to discuss how the City can move forward to implement solutions to public health and safety concerns in District 6 during the City Council’s budget process.

Attendees will be provided with an overview of the proposed solutions and their budget implications. Attendees will then convene in small work groups and provide feedback and input on the proposals and provide additional ideas.

Many of the solutions were proposed by community at the July 29 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum in Ballard.

All are welcome to attend the event.