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Ballard is Bustling This Week

The Ballard neighborhood is a hub of exciting cultural events and entertainment through the weekend—from celebrating all things Norwegian to jazz music and Dutch pancakes, we've got your to do list.

Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day during this popular parade

17th of May Festival


There is so much happening in the Ballard neighborhood this weekend, that we had to let everyone else in on the fun. If you're looking for something different than your usual weekend fare, you'll find it here. Opportunities to broaden your kids' horizons abound throughout the weekend and they are guaranteed fun for the whole family—from music and biking to celebrating all things Norwegian, get thee to Ballard before the weekend is over.


17th of May Festival (Syttende Mai) — Thursday


Syttende Mai is one of the most popular yearly events in Ballard. Thousands of people line the streets for the parade celebrating Norway's Constitution Day with marching bands, drill teams, classic cars and more. Make sure to get there early to save your spot. The holiday also means free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museummusic and dancing at Bergen Place (corner of Market and Leary), Nordic music presentations, and more. Head to the Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for kids events like the ever-popular Fjord Horses, Nordic Express and other activities.


Bike Month Party — Friday


May is Bike Everywhere Month, and what better way to celebrate than by riding your bike to a local all-ages brewery? Peddler Brewing Company will be hosting the Bike Month Party on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. with beer, bike related vendors, a food truck and a raffle with awesome prizes. All ages are welcome!


Ballard Jazz Festival — Friday and Saturday


Did you know Seattle was home to a bevvy of world-class jazz musicians? Take in the sweet sounds of international jazz on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at multiple events and venues throughout the neighborhood. The Mainstage Concert happens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the brand new Nordic Heritage Museum, with musicians from across the globe. Saturday the Jazz Picnic at Peddler Brewing Company runs form 3 to 6 p.m. and features the music of Stan Getz. Finally, on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m., the Ballard Jazz Walk, the highlight of the festival, with 23 groups and ten different venues, takes over downtown Ballard. At this event, you'll have the chance to hear all different styles of jazz music. Kids will love shaking it to the live music and parents will love that its not nursery rhymes for the millionth time this week. Tickets for the Picnic and Walk are $35, check the website for more details on venues and times. 


Miri's Seattle — Wednesday through Sunday


This hotly-anticipated beach cafe just opened at Golden Gardens and as long as the sun is up, they are open. Serving street food from all over the world, its a great chance to get the kids to try something new in a beautiful setting. Poffertjes are the big draw here - they are mini Dutch pancakes, but you will also find kebab with homemade flatbread and grilled meats and acai bowls with local and seasonal toppings. 

​Grab the kids and go experience something new and exciting this week, in Ballard—be it Norwegian or Dutch, jazz music or biking. 


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