Welcome Portlanders
to the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival!

The Ballard Jazz Festival is proud to welcome jazz fans throughout the Northwest.
For those traveling from Portland, OR, we've created a special page to make your planning easier.

GETTING TO SEATTLE

Go By Train!
  • Take Amtrak from PDX to SEA
  • Take the #40 bus from 4th and Jackson to Ballard (get off at Ballard Ave NW and NW Market)
  • or, take a taxi
Fly Horizon Air
  • Alaska Air / Horizon Air offers flights every hour from Portland to Seattle
  • From Sea-Tac airport, take the Link Light Rail to International Station
  • Take the #40 bus from 4th and Jackson to Ballard (get off at Ballard Ave NW and NW Market)

Other options:

Driving to Seattle
  • Drive yourself to Seattle and stay at Hotel Ballard right in the middle of historic downtown Ballard
  • Use the Ballard Jazz Festival booking code to receive a special discounted rate

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 - 8:00PM | 21+

Four drummers lead their own groups at Conor Byrne Pub on the opening night of the festival.

THURSDAY, MAY 7 - 8:00PM | 21+

Guitarists take the stage on night two of the festival as we showcase some of the finest six-string talent from the Northwest and beyond.

FRIDAY, MAY 8 - TWO EVENTS / ONE PRICE | ALL AGES

New for this year is a special FRIDAY EVENING CONCERT at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Featuring New York guitarist Peter Bernstein’s Trio and legendary bassist David Friesen with his Circle 3 Trio, the evening is hosted by PRI Jazz After Hours broadcaster, Jeff Hanley.

Jazz takes over downtown Ballard as we present 15 groups in 9 venues all for a single ticket price. The most recognizable event of the festival brings together all styles of jazz and a New Orleans atmosphere with listeners pouring from club-to-club making this a truly one-of-a-kind event.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 - A FULL DAY OF JAZZ | ALL AGES

On Saturday, we kick off a full day of events at 11:00am with the Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch and a classic Volvo and Saab car show.

The crown jewel of the festival, we welcome international jazz artists to Ballard at our Mainstage Concert at the Nordic Heritage Museum at 7:30pm.

WHERE TO STAY

HOTEL NEXUS
2140 N. Northgate Way
Seattle, WA, 98133
Reservations: 206-365-0700
800-435-0754 (Toll Free)

WHERE TO EAT

THE HI-LIFE
5425 Russell Ave NW {map it}
Phone:(206) 784-7272

KICKIN' BOOT
5309 22nd Ave NW {map it}
Phone: (206) 783-2668

BALLARD ANNEX OYSTER HOUSE
5410 Ballard Ave NW {map it}
(206) 783-5410

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