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BalMar
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Ballard Coffee Works
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Pacific Fishermen Shipyard
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Swedish/Ballard Campus
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Railroad Bridge at the Locks
Photo used courtesy of Mark Dunford

Ballard Bridge
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Bastille Cafe and Bar
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Ballard Maritime
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Ballard Avenue
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Welcome to Ballard
Ballard is one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Seattle, complete with a colorful history, and significant ties to the economic vitality of Seattle. Once known as the ‘Shingle Capital of the World’, Ballard today is a sophisticated urban neighborhood that no longer boasts a shingle mill, but is still home to significant industrial and maritime businesses, as it was 100 years ago. From fishing to manufacturing, these businesses large and small continue to provide living wage jobs, and are among the important economic drivers of our neighborhood.
Every day, new residents, new businesses, and visitors come to Ballard and feel the energy of a neighborhood on the rise. In fact, when current residential construction projects are completed, housing inventory will have quadrupled since 2008.
Historic charm and popular attractions
In Ballard, you will find the historic charm and natural beauty that reflects the best of what Seattle is all about. Bounded by Puget Sound to the west, and the Ship Canal to the south, Ballard is defined by its proximity to water. It’s a place where you can watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains, fish for salmon, peer into tide pools, paddle board, kayak, or polar bear swim on New Year’s Day, if you’re brave enough.Ballard is the home to a Historic Landmark District, as well as a number of Seattle’s most popular attractions, including Fishermen’s Terminal, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Nordic Heritage Museum, Shilshole Marina, and Golden Gardens Park. Ballard’s Scandinavian roots are celebrated at the annual Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) parade in May. Summertime brings the iconic Ballard SeafoodFest, now in its 41st year. Needless to say, Danish kringle and strong coffee (a Seattle and Scandinavian staple) are never far away.Eclectic, authentic, and relaxed, Ballard is full of urbane surprises, too: world-class dining, specialty retail, a luxury hotel, legendary music venues, a weekly farmer’s market and a monthly ArtWalk – not to mention the city’s largest concentration of breweries. Word of mouth and national press have brought visitors to Ballard from all over the region, and the country.
Stewardship and Ballard’s future
The growth and popularity of Ballard as a place to live, work, and play over the last decade has been unprecedented. To keep pace with change, and to stay ahead of the needs of a quickly evolving community, local business and community leaders have formed an organization, the Ballard Partnership, that is working to build a framework for the future.
Learn more about the Partnership and the vision for Ballard’s future.



Support a Ballard that sparkles: holiday lights need you!

The holiday lighting that we have all come to love can only happen with merchant and community donations. This year, we need to raise $12,000. 

We are asking that all neighborhood merchants and businesses contribute $200 each for professional installation, maintenance and removal of lights in the following areas:

* Market Street (from 20th Ave to 24th Ave)
* Ballard Avenue (from Market to 20th)
* 22nd Avenue (from Market to Ballard Ave)
* Trees in Bergen Place and Marvin's Garden

The Chamber is the fiscal agent for this effort, so please make your check payable to the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and drop it by the Chamber office (2208 NW Market). 

You can also pay by credit card by visiting http://tinyurl.com/holidays-in-ballard.



Welcome to Ballard

Ballard is one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Seattle, complete with a colorful history, and significant ties to the economic vitality of the city. Once known as the ‘Shingle Capital of the World’, Ballard today is both a sophisticated urban neighborhood and home to numerous industrial and maritime businesses. From fishing to manufacturing, these businesses continue to provide living wage jobs, and help define the character of our neighborhood, as they did 100 years ago.

Every day, new residents, new businesses, and visitors come to Ballard and feel the energy of a neighborhood on the rise. In fact, when current residential construction projects are completed, housing inventory will have quadrupled since 2008.


Historic charm and popular attractions

In Ballard, you will find the historic charm and natural beauty that reflects the best of what Seattle is all about. Bounded by Puget Sound to the west, and Salmon Bay to the south, Ballard is defined by its proximity to water. It’s a place where you can watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains, fish for salmon, peer into tide pools, paddle board, kayak, or even polar bear swim on New Year’s Day, if you’re brave enough. Ballard is the home to a Historic Landmark District, as well as a number of Seattle’s most popular attractions, including Fishermen’s Terminal, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Nordic Heritage Museum, Shilshole Marina, and Golden Gardens Park.

Ballard’s Scandinavian roots are celebrated at the annual Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) parade in May. Summertime brings the iconic Ballard SeafoodFest, now in its 41st year. Needless to say, Danish kringle and strong coffee (a Seattle and Scandinavian staple) are never far away.

Eclectic, authentic, and relaxed, Ballard is full of urbane surprises, too: world-class dining, specialty retail, a luxury hotel, legendary music venues, a weekly farmer’s market and a monthly ArtWalk – not to mention the city’s largest concentration of breweries. Word of mouth and national press have brought visitors to Ballard from all over the region, and the country.

Stewardship and Ballard’s future

The growth and popularity of Ballard as a place to live, work, and play over the last decade has been unprecedented. To keep pace with change, and to stay ahead of the needs of a quickly evolving community, local business and community leaders have formed an organization, the Ballard Partnership, that is working to build a framework for the future.

Learn more about the Partnership and the vision for Ballard’s future.





Trident Seafoods
5303 Shilshole Ave. N.W.
206-783-3818
www.tridentseafoods.com


Hotel Ballard
5216 Ballard Avenue NW
206-789-5012
www.hotelballardseattle.com




Upcoming Events
Ballard Gives Black Friday
Fri November 28
Downtown Ballard
9:00am - 9:00pm
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Ballard Holiday Festival
Sat November 29
Marvin's Garden
12:00pm - 6:00pm
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