Guide to Seattle Art Walks

If you like interesting art, visiting with artists, wandering through neighborhoods, museums and cafés, an Art Walk is a great activity, no matter what time of year.

These Art Walks offer a free and easy opportunity to enjoy the arts in neighborhoods across the city, and by bringing the community together, they support both Seattle’s talented artists and small businesses. Interesting Fact: the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square (started in 1981) was in fact the first in the nation, and set the stage for over a dozen Art Walks now held regularly throughout the city – and nationwide!


Ballard (2nd Saturdays)

Belltown (2nd Fridays)

Capitol Hill (2nd Thursdays)

Columbia City (Summer only)

Fremont (1st Fridays)

Georgetown (2nd Saturdays)

Phinney/Greenwood (2nd Fridays)

Seattle Farmers Markets Guide

Farmers markets have traditionally been a gathering of the tribe as much as a collection of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.  In recent years the culture and excitement behind farmers markets has expanded to become kind of a low-key celebration of urban community and country food. It’s a place to eat, drink, enjoy music and network with neighbors. So grab your tote bags and head out to one or more of Seattle’s fantastic markets!


OPEN: Sundays, year round
10am – 3pm
22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street


OPEN: Sundays, year round
11am – 3pm
Broadway Ave E and E Pine St


OPEN: Wednesdays, May 4th to October 12th
3pm – 7pm
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118


OPEN: Thursdays, June 9th to Sept 29th
3pm – 7pm
NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way, 98125


OPEN: Fridays, Mid-May through the end of September
3pm – 7pm
in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E. Union Street


OPEN: Saturdays, June 4th to Oct 8th
HOURS: 10am – 2pm
LOCATION: 33rd Ave W & W McGraw St in the Magnolia Village


OPEN: Sundays, June 5th through Nov 20th
HOURS: 10am to 3pm
LOCATION: 1/2 mile south of I-90 on SE 32nd St at Mercerdale Park (between 77th and 78th Ave SE)


OPEN: Fridays, June 3rd to Sept 30th
HOURS: 3:30pm – 7:30pm
N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Cntr, 98103


OPEN: Saturdays, year round
HOURS: 2pm to 6 pm
LOCATION: University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd, 98105


OPEN: Thursdays, June 2nd through Oct 13th
3pm – 7:30pm
West Crockett Street at Queen Anne Avenue North (between Bartell’s and Menchies)


OPEN: Wednesdays, from late May through late September
3:30pm – 7pm
located in Meridian Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue N and N 50th Street


OPEN: Sundays, year round
10am – 2pm
California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, 98116

Ballard Pioneer Home Goes Italian

UntitledOne of the historic Pioneer Houses (dating back to the mid-1800s) was moved from the International District to Ballard years ago and has now become a rustic, modern Italian restaurant called San Fermo.

Although Ballard is chalk full of fabulous restaurants, they were missing somewhere to get classic, authentic Italian food. San Fermo isn’t about reinventing the wheel; it’s about “straightforward, well done Italian.” Sounds good to us!

Their fresh pasta allows them to change recipes weekly or even daily and their patio is the perfect al fresco summer dining spot.

Lunch counter open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dinner served Monday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday Market Supper (coming soon) from noon to 9 p.m.

Find out more on Seattle Eater.

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean!

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We think it’s safe to say a solid amount of Seattleites have enjoyed time at this beach this summer, but not everyone keeps it in tip top shape. We want to fix that! On September 12, from 10am till noon, the Windermere Ballard office is putting on a “Beach Clean Up Day” event at Golden Gardens, and everyone is invited! Partnering with, they are able to track the debris everyone collects. Take a couple of hours during your weekend to give back to your community and the parks you frequent. After all, September is beach clean-up month!

Look for the Windermere Ballard banners where our team will be handing out t-shirts and supplies to those who pitch in to help.  We hope to see you on the 12th!

New Opening: Shingletown in Ballard

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Shingletown Northwest Pub & Eatery just opened in all its deviled egg glory. As in different deviled eggs are rotated daily, and if that’s not enough to get you out of bed and to Ballard, then maybe their Oyster Po Boy or Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding are more your speed. Their full menu leans heavier on the seafood side, but there are plenty of other options that will more than suffice, as well. The vibe is part vintage, part contemporary; feelin’ like a Shingletown in the early 1900s complete with authentic cedar shingles and antique saws throughout the decor. Yeah, we’d say that strikes our fancy.


Tuesday – Thursday: 3pm – 12am
Friday: 3pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am
Monday: Closed

Happy Hour:
Tuesday – Friday: 3pm – 6pm, 10pm – close
Sunday: 4 – close


Ballard’s Getting Even Greener


Remember those new pristine town homes we told you about back in January? We have some info that will sweeten the deal: The City of Seattle is building a brand new park on the same intersection: 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and NW 61st Streets. Seattle Parks and Recreation says, “This section of Ballard is one of the areas of the city without enough parks and green spaces. The park will make 14th Avenue NW a safer and more pleasant place to walk, cycle, or drive.”  They approved the design and funding back in December and they start construction Late-summer or fall of this year, with a completion date in early 2016.

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Seattle’s Very Own “Up”

Anyone who watched Disney Pixar’s “Up” surely got hit in the feels by the storyline. What if we told you Seattle had its very own version? Edith Macefield refused to sell her modest, 1000-square-foot Ballard home to developers, even after they offered her $1 million for it in 2008, so they built the Ballard Blocks retail/office building around it. Disney even tied balloons to Macefield’s home to promote their movie. Since she passed, the ownership has changed hands a couple of times, and now the house is scheduled to go to foreclosure auction on March 13. There’s a possibility that the owner of Ballard Blocks will buy it and complete the original building plan; however, we’re not-so-secretly hoping that Edith’s “Up” home will be restored to its formal glory. Read more details at Seattle PI.

Ballard’s Getting Green


Granger Family Homes is building four new pristine town homes on the corner of 14th & NW 61st ST in Ballard. They are about 120 days out, looking at a completion date around mid-March, 2015. These are 4 Star Built Green Townhomes that are priced in the low $600’s.

What does “Built Green” mean? Granger Family Homes says, “It’s more than just using energy-efficient appliances. Green building means making environmentally sound and sustainable decisions throughout the building process—from the building site, to the landscaping, to using sustainable materials and rapidly renewable resources. It involves optimizing water use, air quality and planning an energy-efficient design.”

Given the already quick market, we think know these lovely things won’t be on the market long, so come March you better grab one quick!

Visit for more info.