Seattle's waterfront at Pike Place may be better known, but Ballard's seagoing heritage is every bit as interesting, and it remains vital today. This festival combines practical knowledge-sharing (maritime safety skills, flares and emergency signals) with free canal rides, ship tours, science lectures by the NOAA, children's activities, water displays, and even sea-themed poetry. Most of the activities take place at the Seattle Maritime Academy on Saturday, aka "Family Fun Day," but the poetry slam is on Thursday night, and you can tour the Fishermen's Terminal on Friday. Finally, on May 19, join Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib for the Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award and the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year Award over breakfast.
around Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107