Ballard SeafoodFest is one of our favorite Seattle summer events.
Ballard SeafoodFest is finally back this July! This free event is a highly-anticipated three-day extravaganza of fresh seafood, craft beer, live music, and more. Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, this festival is one of those iconic PNW events that you don’t want to miss out on this summer.
Read on for all the yummy details about Ballard SeafoodFest!
Let’s start with the star of the show: the food! The headliner is the festival’s famous Trident Seafoods Alder-Smoked Salmon Dinner. For only $15, you get a classic Seattle dinner of smoked salmon with garlic bread and cole slaw. You can get this on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds go to towards non-profit the Ballard Alliance!
There will also be tons of food vendors lining the streets of Ballard (note: they are only there on Saturday and Sunday, not Friday!). Not all of them are seafood so if you’re looking forward to the festival but fish isn’t your favorite thing, you won’t go hungry. Some popular eateries that will be there include Big Island Poke, Seoul Bowl, Where Ya At Matt, The Cheese Pit, Paella House, and Puffle Up.
There will also be a beer garden for ages 21 and up. You can enjoy your pick of fantastic local craft beers, as well as wine, Ballard-inspired cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.
A huge part of Ballard SeafoodFest is the live music. There will be bands performing every day of the festival, and they’re all free for the whole family to enjoy! You may discover a new local favorite.
If you’re bringing the kids, take them to the Kid’s Deck! There they can enjoy free activities such as games, crafts, and story time. There will also be free face painting for children.
If you’re hoping to bring your fur baby, the festival is dog-friendly. There will be free nail trims and cooling doggie splash pads for dogs.
Also, if your favorite activity is shopping, there will be plenty of opportunity for that as well. The festival will have local artisans and crafters selling unique goods on Saturday and Sunday, so you can find something special for yourself or a loved one.
Ready to treat yourself to some delicious local seafood? We’ll see you there!
Get more info on the event’s website.
Ballard SeafoodFest 2023
When: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16
Cost: Free! (Vendor prices vary)