Ballard will reel in the 45th annual SeafoodFest from July 12-14. Expect musical performances, seafood vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts, the Festi-bowl skateboarding competition, and a lutefisk-eating competition. 

This year’s musical lineup is presented by KEXP, a SeafoodFest partner for the past five years, according to Aandrea Dohring, marketing and membership manager for the Ballard Alliance. A few bands in the lineup are They Joy Formidable, The Moondoggies and School of Rock. 

The Ballard Alliance — formerly the Ballard Chamber of Commerce — puts on SeafoodFest, which is free to attend.

SeafoodFest began as a a two-hour barbecue fundraiser for the Ballard Alliance when it began in 1971, but the festival’s official start was in 1974.  

“All the money that we raise through seafood and the beer and cocktail garden, that goes back into the community,” Dohring said. 

The festival will kick off with a beer garden, five food trucks, and a performance by cover band Nite Wave on Friday evening, July 12. SeafoodFest’s big catch begins on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. when the festival fully opens.

The Festi-bowl stated in 2014 and is this region’s largest skateboarding competition, according to Dohring. Festi-bowl will also have a few clinics, teaching kids how to skateboard safely. 

This year the SeafoodFest did not partner up with the Nordic Museum. In years past, the two partnered up to teach the community about Scandinavian history. Dohring said the museum will host a separate event in August. 

SeafoodFest looks into the sustainability of the seafood sold by vendors during the festival, pointing to Trident Seafoods. 

“In the same way they take care of the people who work for them to the sustainable and innovate ways they fish in the North Pacific,” Dohring wrote in an email to Queen Anne News.

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