What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond

Here’s the list of what’s happening this weekend, including the Smokey Brights (above) rocking the Tractor on Saturday night. Have fun out there!

Friday, January 19

Saturday, January 20

  • SEATTLE WOMEN’S MARCH: Thousands of people will march in support of women’s rights from Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill to the Seattle Center, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • LOCUST CIDER: Ballard’s newest taproom is throwing its official grand opening party with special ciders, giveaways and more, 5-10 p.m., 5309 22nd Ave. NW
  • SECRET CRUSH: Reuben’s Brews is debuting its new IPA, Secret Crush, both on tap and in 4-packs of cans, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 5010 14th Ave NW
  • BATTLE OF THE BANDS: High school bands duel in a fundraiser for the Ballard High School mountain bike team, Ballard Elks Lodge, 7-10:30 p.m., 6411 Seaview Ave NW
  • OVERTON BERRY: Local jazz legend Overton Berry comes together with special surprise guests at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, two shows at 7 and 9 p.m., $15/$25
  • SMOKEY BRIGHTS: With “crackly and warm guitar-driven rock,” Smokey Brights, Sleeping Lessons and Tellers are playing the Tractor, 9 p.m., $8

Sunday, January 21

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What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond

Compared with all the holiday craziness, this weekend’s calendar is slooooow. But it’s a good bet that Saturday’s town hall will be hopping with lots of questions.

Saturday, January 6th

  • TOWN HALL: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton and State Rep. Noel Frame — who all represent the 36th District, which includes Ballard — will be holding a town hall meeting beginning at 2 p.m. at Coe Elementary School, 2424 7th Ave W.
  • DIAGON ALLEY CATS: Diagon Alley is closing on the 20th, so there are only two weekends left to visit. On Saturday, the Humane Society will be bringing cats to adopt from 3-6 p.m. Address: 7514 13th Ave NW
  • CONCERT AT YULETIDE END: The Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association is holding a fundraiser and gala extravaganza featuring “a fantastic array of musicians”, 3 p.m., Ballard Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th Street), $10-$60
  • Live music:

Sunday, January 7th

  • BALLARD FARMER’S MARKET: Same place in Old Ballard, same time at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • LIMERIDE: The folks from LimeBike are holding a LimeRide, starting at Peddler Brewing at noon, making a stop at Populuxe Brewing and ending the ride at Bad Jimmy’s.
  • DRUM CIRCLE: That’s right, join a hippie-ish, all-ages drum circle and use whatever percussion you have. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Golden Gardens.
  • Live music:

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Briefs: Fremont Bowl, town hall, Goodwill tips, Floodland Brewery, Stoup chili

A few brief stories from Ballard and Fremont…

FREMONT BOWL: Seattle’s most talked-about new restaurant isn’t here in Ballard, but it’s right next door in Fremont. The Seattle Times gives a glowing review to the always-packed Fremont Bowl restaurant on Fremont Ave. and 43rd.

TOWN HALL: Sen. Carlyle, Rep. Tarleton and Rep. Frame from the 36th district will be holding a town hall on Saturday, January 6th at 2 p.m. at Coe Elementary School, 2424 7th Ave. W.

GOODWILL TIPS: It’s that time of year, and Goodwill has put together some helpful tips to maximize your end-of-year donations.

FLOODLAND BEER: Our area’s newest brewery, Floodland in Fremont, will start offering “hard-to-get” small production runs early next year.

FREE CHILI: Stoup Brewing here in Ballard is throwing its 3rd annual free chili feed with football on New Years Day “while supplies last.”

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond

Perhaps you’re doing some last-minute shopping, seeing Macklemore at the Key on Friday or Saturday night or checking out the holiday displays at Olympic Manor (above). But other than that, here’s what’s happening around the neighborhood this holiday weekend. Have fun out there!

(Photo from @jenfro69 on Instagram. See more Olympic Manor photos.)

Friday, Dec. 22

Saturday, Dec. 23

Sunday, Dec. 24

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond

Star Wars The Last Jedi is in theaters — including our own Majestic Bay in Ballard — and the Seahawks are playing a BIG one on Sunday, but there’s a lot more going on around the neighborhood. Have fun out there!

Friday, Dec. 15

Saturday, Dec. 16

Sunday, Dec. 17

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

(Photo from @thestephaniepride on Instagram)

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


(Photo: Ray’s will be holding a Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Sunday)

If you’re bored this weekend, it’s not our fault. In fact, this may be the biggest weekend calendar we’ve ever assembled at My Ballard. Have fun out there!

Friday, Dec. 8

Saturday, Dec. 9

Sunday, Dec. 10

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


(Ballard HolidayFest from VisitBallard.com)

Now that you’re stuffed full of turkey, it’s time to get out there and walk and shop off some calories. There’s a lot going on this holiday weekend:

Friday, November 24th

Saturday, November 25th

Sunday, November 26th

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


The band My Goodness, which will be playing at the Freakout festival this weekend.

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and were starting to see quite a few holiday events submitted to our new Ballard calendar (you can submit your own Ballard-area events here). Here’s our list for the weekend — Old Ballard is going to rocking Friday and Saturday night:

Friday, November 17th

  • Theater For Young Children’s Filipino Hansel and Gretel tale, designed for kids ages 2-10, Loyal Heights Community Center at 11:15 a.m. The show is free (or $5 donation).
  • Swanson’s Holiday Party with shopping, food, drink, live music and more. A benefit for the Ballard Food Bank, 6-9 p.m., Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Avenue NW), $20
  • Live music:
    • The 5th Annual Freakout!, presented by Freakout Records, featuring Guantanamo Baywatch, Magic Sword, Porter Ray, Roadkill Ghost Choir, My Goodness, Smokey Brights and many more at the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne, Hattie’s Hat, Cafe Umbria and Filson (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets $25-60

Saturday, November 18th

  • Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5 adults, kids 12 and under are free.
  • Meet and greet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption and volunteer opportunities at Mud Bay Ballard’s new location (5314 15th Ave. NW), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Ballard Performing Arts Dinner and Auction, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N., this event appears to be sold out
  • Live music:
    • The 5th Annual Freakout!, presented by Freakout Records, featuring Guantanamo Baywatch, Magic Sword, Porter Ray, Roadkill Ghost Choir, My Goodness, Smokey Brights and many more at the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne, Hattie’s Hat, Cafe Umbria and Filson (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets $25-60

Sunday, November 19th

Have a Ballard area event? Submit it to us here.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


The annual Winter Beer Taste at the Phinney Center

There’s LOTS going on this Veterans Day weekend, so you have no excuses. Get out there and enjoy it! If you have an upcoming event, you can now submit it to our new Ballard events calendar.

Friday, November 10:

Saturday, November 11:

Sunday, November 12: