The weekend events calendar

It’s looking like we may get a soggy spring weekend. Here’s what’s going on around Ballard:

  • Saturday morning is the 5k Leif to Leif Fun Run/Walk. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. near the Leif Erikson bust at the lodge entrance (2245 NW 57th St), heads to the Leif Erikson statue at the Shilshole Bay Marina, then heads back to the lodge. Registration is $10 adults and $5 children ages 12 and under (registration forms are available at Leif Erikson Hall). Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sons of Norway Humanitarian Fund. For information, call 206-783-1274.
  • Following the 5k is the Tastes of Norway/Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day starting at 10 a.m. at the Leif Erikson Hall (2245 N.W. 57th St.) The free event features presentations and demonstrations of traditional Norwegian handicrafts, music, song and dance, featuring folk dance troupe Leikarringen. Crafts and food will be available throughout the day. And don’t forget the pickled herring taste-off. Let your taste buds judge who makes the best. Also, kids can have fun testing their skills at traditional Viking games still played today. Local genealogy researchers will be available to help answer questions about your Norwegian ancestors. There will be musical entertainment throughout the day. There will be a bunad parade at 2 p.m. where Norwegian folk costumes will be shown off. Heritage Day is also an opportunity to learn about Sons of Norway community programs, including our sports and cultural skills medal programs and scholarships.
  • Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) is hosting a free class on vegetable gardening in containers at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
  • The RE Store is hosting a free plumbing class on Saturday from 10 to noon. Big Jim, an old and antique plumbing specialist, will show you how to bring new life to salvaged bathroom fixtures. Bring your plumbing inquiries and quandries.
  • The Ballard Community Center’s 4-H Club will host a flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the center (6020 28th Ave. NW). The flea market will feature more than 25 tables offering gently used items at great prices, and a pot of Washington State University Cougar chili will be simmering on the stove to offer an inexpensive lunch.
  • Sunset Hill movie night is this Sunday. The film, “Made in China” is a documentary that will start at 7 p.m. film by John Helde. Helde will be there to answer questions about the film. Free admission at the Sunset Hill Community Club (3033 66th St NW) with a $2 donation for popcorn and drinks.
  • For live music, check out the calendars for Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Picolinos, Conor Byrne and Egan’s Ballard Jam House. As always, check out our events calendar. And if you have an event to add, just email us at

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    The founders of My Ballard

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