The Scandinavian fishermen and mill workers who founded this historic neighborhood in the late 1800’s would feel right at home in the Nordic Heritage Museum or at annual events like the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade each May or Ballard Seafoodfest in July. While their influence on Ballard remains, much has changed as old buildings are restored, new condos, apartments and other exciting projects blend historic charm with an energetic vibe. Unique shops, trendy boutiques, great restaurants, a cinema, and other businesses line downtown streets. Ballard’s lively night life draws music fans to establishments like the Tractor Tavern and the Conor Byrne Pub, The Ballard Artwalk, on the second Saturday of each month, showcases local artisans. A Sunday Farmers Market on Ballard Avenue runs year round. Ballard is also home to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and beautiful Carl S. English Botanical Garden and Visitor Center.