Weekend fun for July 9-10; Ballard SeafoodFest and the Mercer Island Summer Celebration.
Ballard SeafoodFest celebrates the neighborhood’s Nordic roots and historic connection to the fishing industry with seafood, local music, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10.
There’s only room for 10 contestants at the SeafoodFest’s International Lutefisk Eating Contest on Saturday, so it’s probably too late to sign up — but then again, maybe not.
The traditional Nordic dish is made of dried whitefish and lye, and its name literally means “lye fish”; delicious, perhaps, but an acquired taste. On the other hand, the salmon barbecue, a 42-year SeafoodFest tradition at 22nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street, draws a line of fans every year.
Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 9-10.
Location: Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave. N.W. and surrounding neighborhood, Seattle.
Mercer Island Summer Celebration
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9-10; Swedish pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Location: Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island
Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, 78th Avenue from South 27th Street to Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island.
Luther Burbank Park events: 6 to 10:15 p.m. Saturday, 2040 84th Ave. N.E., Mercer Island.
More info: mercergov.org/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=61
Forty food vendors from Afghan Delicious to Zieglers Bratwurst Haus offer tastes of every sort, and the Ballard BeerFest adjacent to the Main Stage has 25 beers and a few wines and spirits to quench your thirst.
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SeafoodFest entertainment includes Mudhoney, Helio Sequence, Smokey Brights, Wild Powwers and more, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and Polyrhythmics, Polecat, School of Rock and more, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Other attractions include Saturday’s Festi-Bowl skate competitions, clinics and lessons for skaters and fans of all ages, and bouncy houses and art projects for kids Saturday and Sunday.
Mercer Island Summer Celebration’s theme is “Symphony of Summer” Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10. Both days feature arts and crafts vendors, a food fair, kids’ rides, and musical entertainment at Mercerdale Park, with a parade Saturday and car show Sunday.
Along with music on two stages including the 85th Street Big Band, Recess Monkey and LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends, all ages can play at the Instrument Petting Zoo, make music and sing with a variety of activities at the Symphony of Summer Music Zone both days. Some street parking is available in the area, about a half-mile walk from the Mercer Island Park & Ride at 8000 N. Mercer Way.
Summer Celebration festivities move to Luther Burbank Park on Saturday evening with a performance by the Beatniks, kids’ rides, food trucks and a fireworks show. On-site parking is limited; shuttles offer free rides Saturday evening between Mercer Island City Hall and Luther Burbank Park.