The Heart of Ballard: Amazing Community Organizations

Experience Ballard on a Deeper Level!


Each year, Ballardites come out for a number of Polar Bear Plunges that take place in the frigid winter waters of Puget Sound at Golden Gardens Beach Park and Ballard Elks on the waterfront.

Ballard's spirit of giving runs deep. We stand out because of traditions supported by the neighborhood's many active community organizations, like the Nordic Heritage Museum, Sustainable Ballard, Ballard Elks,  Friends of the Ballard LocksLeif Erikson Lodge, Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Ballard Historical Society, Ballard Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Swedish Medical Center, the churches of Ballard and many more, which you can explore below.  With so many annual events, performances and places to explore, it’s no wonder Ballard is one of Seattle’s favorite destinations. .

This Community section is here help you connect with local nonprofits and social groups so you can get involved, have fun, and do good while getting to know Ballard on a deeper level. If you’ve always called Ballard home or are a newcomer, there is something here for you. All of these groups are welcoming and provide opportunities to get involved, to get help or information and to make new friends.