Festivals/Annual Events

Ed. Note: Jerry Robinson is the publisher of the Ballard News-Tribune, as well as the Highline Times, West Seattle Herald, and FederalWayNews.net.

When we had to replace our flagpole, I tried to order a new one topped with a shiny brass eagle, but they were all out. So, I had to settle  for a brass ball.

The brass ball turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed a live bald eagle to land on it as I was taking this picture.

Ballard Big Picture is a column of scenes from around the neighborhood. If you would like to submit a photo for use on this site and in the Ballard News-Tribune, please send it to Michael Harthorne at michaelh@robinsonnews.com. Be sure to include your name and information about your photo.

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Jerry Robinson

A live bald eagle lands on Ballard News-Tribune publisher Jerry Robinson's flagpole.

Republished from June 30.

For most people, Fourth of July means barbecues, flags and fireworks. For members of the medical community, it can also mean burns, facial injuries and amputations.

"I can share war stories because these are war-like injuries," said Dr. Raymond Jarris Jr., an emergency medical physician at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard.

He said fireworks that are not handled properly and with care can result in destroyed hands and faces, amputated tissue, injuries from flying debris, burns, loss of an eye, loss of hearing and tattooing, which occurs when powder or chemicals from fireworks get underneath the skin and cause discoloration.

Jarris said Ballard is fortunate in that it is a very responsible community, and Swedish/Ballard does not typically see a lot of injuries from fireworks, though they do occur.

Residents should focus on prevention and safety and let the medical community be there to cover the mishaps, Jarris said.

First, Fourth of July celebrators should stick to "safe and sane" fireworks, he said. Illegal fireworks particularly cause hand injuries that may require amputation.

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Michael Harthorne

Despite the gloomy weather, June 19 really was the summer solstice, and Seattleites came out in droves, braving the clouds and the rain, to strut their stuff or watch others do the strutting in the annual Fremont Summer Solstice Parade.

From the traditional naked cyclists to floats celebrating the Beatles and decrying wasted phone books, the parade had something for everyone, exemplifying Fremont's unofficial motto – “Delibertus Quirkus," or the freedom to be peculiar.

The Fremont Fair, of which the parade is a part, continues though 6 p.m. tonight.

The fair features:

  • More than 300 shopping booths featuring colorful world imports and novel handmade creations, plus boutique shopping throughout the streets.
  • Artistic street and stage performers showcasing a wide-range of talents, including featured act Cabiri Troupe who will perform throughout June 20 on Daedalus, a fully freestanding aerial dance stage.
  • Mouthwatering food vendors and visits to beloved Fremont dining spots.
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Michael Harthorne

The 2010 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade brought some color to an otherwise gray Seattle weekend June 19. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS (Warning: Contains some nudity).

Now in its 28th year; Runs July 9 - 11

The 28th Annual West Seattle Summer Fest is coming at you again July 9-11, hosted by the West Seattle Junction Association.
Giving the event a powerful kickoff Friday night is the AC/DC female tribute band Hells Belles.

Summer Fest is host to dozens of bands (see the lineup below), hundreds of merchants and artists, and over 30,000 attendees. This year people attending will enjoy a food court, beer gardens and plenty of family activities.

Live music on two stages, a skateboard exhibition, and a large kid friendly family activity area are all part of the show this year. The Saturday Night Street Dance will be on two stages.

Closing out the show on Sunday July 11 are The School Of Rock All Stars (performing Live Aid Remade, with songs by David Bowie, Queen, Judas Priest, U2 and more).

The West Seattle Summer Fest started as the West Seattle Sidewalk Sale in 1983. Over time more and more activities were added, and more people began attending until it grew into what is now the West Seattle Summer Fest, voted “favorite annual event” by West Seattle Herald readers and attracting visitors from the entire Puget Sound region.

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Lance Mercer ©2009 Hells Belles

Hells Belles will rock the junction Friday night, July 9 with their amazing tribute to AC/DC during the West Seattle Summer Fest.

Every July, SeafoodFest, Ballard's biggest event of the year, needs approximately 150 volunteers to keep it running smoothly. In 2010, with the addition of the KidsZone, an additional 100 helpers are being recruited.

The SeafoodFest Committee is looking for help with set-up and tear-down, selling raffle tickets, being part of the “green team” for recycling and trash, ice wrangling, music stage volunteers and working with children in the KidsZone.

With expanded hours, there will also be a need for a couple new “Team Shifts” for the Information Booth and Salmon BBQ.

Individuals, organizations and businesses are welcome to volunteer or provide four or eight volunteers for the available shifts.

Groups are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing T-shirts or other items promoting their individual organizations.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email seafoodfestvolunteer@hotmail.com or visit www.seafoodfest.org/volunteers and fill out the volunteer questionnaire.


The Fremont Fair released the music and entertainment lineup for the June 19 and June 20 festival. According to the June 2 announcement, the fair will include nearly 30 local bands as well as dance performances, street activities and artsy spectacles.

Featured bands on the fair's two stages include School of Rock, To the Sea, The Phenomenants, Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme, Panda Conspiracy, Winston Wolf, The Starlings, Marmalade, Olympic Sound Collective and many more.

The Fremont Fair will also include, for the 22nd time, the ever-popular Fremont Solstice Parade, which starts at noon on June 19 at North 36th Street and Leary Way and ends at Gasworks Park.

Other fair attractions include the Seattle Art Car Blowout, more than 75 decorated cars on display; the Cabiri Performance Troupe putting on a show on an aerial dance stage; selected scenes from some of Shakespeare's most famous plays performed on the Fremont Troll; and an all-ages art experience at the Fremont Abbey.

The Fremont Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 19 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 20. Admission is free.

Complete music schedule

June 19, Redhook Stage:

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Courtesy of Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme

Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme will perform at 2:30 p.m. on June 19 as part of the 2010 Fremont Fair, which will feature arts, entertainment and more than 25 local bands on June 19 and June 20.

Memorial Day 2010

The Memorial Day Service at Forest Lawn began under cloudy and intermittently rainy skies but as it got underway, the sun broke through
and the 40 to 50 people in attendance were able to hear Seattle Opera Mezzo-Soprano Melissa Plagemann sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and American Legion Post #160 Commander Chris Shea speak.


Shea talked about his own service in the Navy as a submariner, about America, and about the meaning of service.

As the service took place, many people came to the cemetary to honor loved ones, some who never served in the military, some who did.
Adjutant Commander of Post #160 Walton E. Delong said, "I'm a retired Navy man, and my father was in the First World War, my brother was in the Second World War another brother served too," and he emphasized his family had indeed served their country. Leroy Bernard, also of Post #160 said, "This is a great day for all of us."

Pam Thompson was there to honor her father, Howard Bell, It also happened to be his birthday. She said, "He was in both the Army and the Navy, he did both services," fighting in World War II and Korea.

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Patrick Robinson

Walton E. Delong and Leroy Bernard of American Legion Post #160 take the colors up the hill during the service on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Saturday, June 12 the 5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival will take place offering live music, crafts, vendors and lots of food since Bite of Morgan is back. The event will run from 11am to 7pm at 6415 California Avenue S.W.

People will crowd into Morgan Park & the parking lots of Beveridge Place Pub and Zeeks/Feedback Lounge for the event.

There is limited parking for the festival. If you plan to go it is recommended that you take a bike or bus. The location is served by Metro routes 22, 54, 128 and Sound Transit Express 560.

The Bubbleman will make an appearance from 5:15 to 5:45 and music will be provided by the following bands:
Kenny Mandell Jazzworks
Hal Merrill
Moe Prevencher Project
Sweet Secrets
Bill Wolford's Head
Burley Mountain Band

Event schedule:

10:30 am Kenny Mandell Jazzworks, Middle School Student Band , Jazz

11:20 am Kenny Mandell Jazzworks, Adult Student Band, Jazz

12:00 Noon Hal Merrill, Jazz on Pedal Steel Guitar

12:30 pm Moe Provencher Project, Americana/roots

1:15 pm Najma, Belly Dancer

1:45 pm Sweet Secrets, All Ages Rock

2:30 pm Chalk Contest, Drawing contest on sidewalk art frames


The Westwood Village Street Fair was blessed by a sunny day and a big turnout on Saturday May 22. The crowds came to take part in the dog show, hear music, tour business booths and see the treasured northwest legend J.P. Patches.


The event featured inflatable carnival rides, face painting, a magician, a fashion show, plus live performances from the Red Hot Blues Girls and The Memphis Radio Kings.

They held a free hourly raffle with prizes ranging from gift cards for Westwood Village Stores including a diamond pendant from Wyatt’s Jewelers.

The event began at 11AM with the 1st Annual Westwood Village Dog Show with great prizes such as Puppy Vacations, Doggy Spas, grooming certificates, and gift cards.

Entry to the event, rides, and participation was FREE.

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Patrick Robinson

J.P. Patches made an appearance at the Westwood Village Street Fair on Saturday, May 22, announcing for the dog contest and keeping everyone happy.

Westwood Village is holding their 2nd Annual Westwood Village Street Fair Saturday, May 22, 2010. The event will feature inflatable carnival rides, face painting, a magician, a meet and greet with famous northwest clown JP Patches, a fashion show, plus live performances from the Red Hot Blues Girls and The Memphis Radio Kings.

A free hourly raffle with prizes ranging from gift cards to your favorite Westwood Village Stores to a diamond pendant from Wyatt’s Jewelers.

The event begins at 11AM with the 1st Annual Westwood Village Dog Show with great prizes such as Puppy Vacations, Doggy Spas, grooming certificates, and gift cards.

Entry to the event, rides, and participation is FREE.

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Patrick Robinson

Inflatable carnival rides like this one plus live music, plus hourly raffle with prizes ranging from gift cards to your favorite Westwood Village Stores to a diamond pendant from Wyatt’s Jewelers are all part of the Westwood Village Street Fair this Saturday May 22.

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