Seattle is jam-packed with a tremendous music scene. The Ballard neighborhood is a hot spot for musicians and concertgoers to play and enjoy live music in intimate venues.Local bands and international acts stop through Ballard on a nightly basis, giving Seattleites and visitors plenty of shows to choose from at any time of year. Here are some of the best places to catch a live band this season in Ballard, all within a short walk from Hotel Ballard!

Local venues:

The brick Ballard Avenue NW is the heart of the neighborhood, offering a plethora of nightlife options including great music venues. For a show any night of the week, check out The Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW), Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW), and Egan's Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St.).

Blues Night in Ballard: Thursdays 8:00 pm

Each Thursday is Blues Night at the Salmon Bay social club! For more than 25 years, club members have hosted weekly blues music nights open to the public at the clubhouse, Salmon Bay Eagles Aerie 2141 at 5216 20th Ave NW. Drop in to check it out or stick around ‘til late!

Ballard Farmers Market: Sundays year-round 10am-3pm

Take a stroll through the Ballard Farmers Market every Sunday and you’re likely to hear some live tunes by local musicians serenading shoppers.

Macfield Music Festival: October 2nd - 4th

Put on through collaborative efforts within the Ballard community, the annual Macfield Music Festival features a solid lineup of local bands for a weekend of tunes. The bands will play at Conor Byrne Pub, Tractor Tavern, and Sunset Tavern from Friday through Sunday.

On any given night, bars and restaurants in the area may have live music that you’ll stumble upon. That’s the wonderful part about Ballard—always something to discover!