A heartfelt thank you to our 2020 sponsors who are helping us weather the storm this year and prepare for 2021!

An important message for our festival friends and fans:
Ballard SeafoodFest began in 1974 as a salmon barbecue celebrating our neighborhood’s deep ties to the maritime community. Over the years, we’ve created a festival that spans three days drawing more than 75,000 visitors to celebrate the best of Ballard: seafood, live music and craft beer and cocktails.

It is with heavy hearts and a little sea spray in our eyes that we made the decision to cancel our planned July 10 – 12, 2020 event.

The Ballard SeafoodFest team explored every option to reschedule. Unfortunately, ensuring the health and well-being of our neighbors and visitors while providing an exceptional festival experience that our community has come to know and love is not possible in 2020.

And while we cannot direct the wind, we can adjust our sails. The SeafoodFest team has taken a new tack with our sights set on 2021.

We will use this time to ensure a 2021 festival will be a safe and stellar experience for all and look forward to providing more details in the coming months.

In the meantime, stay tuned. It is our intention to create a small-scale community celebration – virtual or otherwise – to keep the spirit of SeafoodFest alive and honor all the businesses and neighbors who have supported us over the years. We look forward to sharing more details on that very soon.


Your Friends in Fish & Fun – Ballard SeafoodFest Team


SeafoodFest n. (ˈsēˌfo͞odˌfĕst)
1. a Ballard tradition since 1974
2. yearly celebration of all things Ballard + seafood the weekend following the 4th of July (except the years the 4th of July falls on a Thursday or Friday)
See also:  eclectic | most iconic | FREE summer festival in Seattle, Washington | Seattle’s best neighborhood SeafoodFest began in 1974 as a community celebration of Ballard’s historic connection to the fishing industry and the neighborhood’s Nordic roots. Today, this free three-day festival attracts over 75,000 people who come to enjoy the traditional salmon barbecue and much more: local music, arts and crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skateboarding event, and yes – lots of  seafood!

Oh wait. Did we tell you the event is FREE?  Well, it is. We think you should spend your hard-earned cash on seafood…like salmon and crab.

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