Call for Participants – 16th Annual Festival!

This homegrown, hands-on, human-powered annual festival is a key community asset! We love creating this energized place for neighbors to gather, share and learn together together about living more lightly on the earth, and build community right in our own Ballard backyard, Ballard Commons Park. This year’s theme is GREEN STEPS.  Read on to learn how you can participate.  The Festival will happen on Saturday, September 28th, 11am to 4pm in Ballard Commons Park.

Planning Committee:

2008kidsAs always we’ll be relying on our neighbors to identify and help produce quality educational workshops, displays and programming that reflect the variety of sustainability practices that can be adopted by individuals and people working together in our neighborhood. If you’d like to be part of the planning team, please contact Jenny.


festcpw2012Sustainable Ballard depends on the generosity of local environmental organizations and green businesses in order to stage the festival every year. By educating the public about developing sustainable lifestyles and communities, your organization or business is placed in a relevant context. Please continue your support for Sustainable Ballard by becoming an event sponsor. In addition to our sponsorship categories, we also welcome in-kind donations of services and advertising.  Sponsorships range from $165 to $3300, with increasing exposure; a limited number of sponsorships for small and local non-profit organizations are available for $50.  Sponsors of every level are invited to set up an exhibit space during the day of the festival.  All sponsors receive recognition on our website and publicity in our festival guide, promotional materials and at the festival itself.  Visit our festival sponsor page for more details.

Presenters and Artists:

2006music audienceThe Sustainable Ballard Festival always features many educational, hands-on and interactive sessions.  Topics range from cheese-making to bike repair, how-to install a solar hot water heater to how-to get started in socially-responsible investing.  Plus, great music, skits, and activities for kids.  We would love for you to join us with your music, sustainability presentation, workshop, discussion, demonstration, etc.  If you have a topic to share, or an idea you would like someone else to teach, please let us know!  Please email us with your ideas or proposals.



It feels great to volunteer!  Plus, volunteers get great perks:

  • a free t-shirt
  • access to hospitality lounge at the festival
  • sneak previews of the weekend’s activities
  • volunteer appreciation party

Learn more here!  If you are interested in offering your help at a pre-festival work party, please email: