Halloween has come and past, leaves are falling off trees and all those carved pumpkins are withering away. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to celebrate! After the fall comes winter, and luckily, Bellevue has you covered when it comes to things to do to celebrate the upcoming winter season.
From beautiful festive lights and live performances, get ready to be transformed into a festive, holiday mood!
1. Snowflake Lane
Photo Credit: George White Location Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection
Feel the magic of the holidays on the streets of downtown Bellevue during the 10th Anniversary of Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, an amazing evening performance taking place every night, starting Friday November 28. Snowflake Lane features more than 200 live toy soldier drummers, costumed characters, lively music, falling snow and glittering lights. Plus, don’t miss special performances by the Jingle Belles.
2. Garden d’Lights
Photo Courtesy of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society
Everything shines a little brighter when you’re at the Garden d’Lights festival, held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Using over a half million lights to transform the garden into a beautiful winter oasis, this light festival is sure to please even the most dedicated of Scrooges!
3. Holiday Performances at Meydenbauer
Photo Credit: Rex Tranter, Courtesy of International Ballet Theatre
Feeling a little too cold outside? Then bundle up at the Theatre at Meydenbauer and check out some special holiday performances, running through December 2014. These include A Celtic Yuletide by Magical Strings, The Nutcracker by the International Ballet Theatre, A Winter’s Tail performed by the Bellevue Girlchoir and many others.
4. Magic Season Ice arena
Photo Credit: Merrill Images
Santa may be busy delivering presents outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Bring your friends and family, stay warm and come on down to the Magic Season Ice Arena, the region’s only open-air holiday ice skating experience. Be on the lookout for special events and other activities at the arena that will no doubt leave you dancing and grooving all winter long!
5. Gingerbread Lane
Photo Courtesy of KidsQuest Children’s Museum
We all know the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” But can you have your gingerbread and eat it too? Find out during Gingerbread Lane! Gather the family or some friends and come decorate a gingerbread house at KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Family Gingerbread House Workshops, held November 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. We dare you not to eat it on your way home!
6. Christmas Ship Festival
Photo Credit: Merrill Images
Some cities do door-to-door carolers, but here in the Pacific Northwest we won’t settle for anything less than waterfront choruses. Join in a Seattle area holiday tradition during the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. The Christmas Ship will anchor in several waterfront locations in and around Bellevue throughout December including Newcastle Beach Park and Meydenbauer Bay. Choirs on-board sing 20-minute performances as thousands of people gather on shore or join in the festival aboard the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow to help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!
7. Celebration Lane
Photo Credit: Bill Brooks Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection
We like to think glittering lights and New Years go hand-in-hand. That’s why we have Celebration Lane at The Bellevue Collection, a nightly celebration honoring the New Year, beginning December 26 and running through New Years Eve. Come ready to enjoy the thrill of lights, laughter and music of the holidays.
To discover more ways to celebrate the holiday season in Bellevue and the surrounding region, visit our holiday events page. And be sure to share your holiday adventures in Bellevue with us on social media using #MyBelleVue!
Thanksgiving is only a week away, but why not take some time this weekend to relax before the big feast? From music to markets, there’s a lot to do to help you get into the season. Take a peek at the Weekly Round-Up to see what is going on in Bellevue, WA this weekend!
1.) BELLEVUE YOUTH THEATRE’S BABES IN TOYLAND
Come enjoy a family-friendly holiday treat and journey to the magical Toyland! You only have one weekend to catch Bellevue Youth Theatre’s production of Babes in Toyland. Singing, dancing, action and adventure await, as all of your favorite Mother Goose characters come together to stop an evil plot. Click here for more information or call (425)-452-7155 to purchase tickets. Matinees begin at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, with evening performances at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances are at the Bellevue Youth Theatre-Ivanhoe, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue.
2.) MOLLY BAUCKMAN – CELTIC HARPIST
Molly is a Celtic harpist and singer who will be bringing her beautiful music to the Crossroads Market Stage at 6:30pm. Come listen as she plays a variety of traditional music as well as classic and contemporary pieces. For more information click here and to learn more about Molly, plus get a sample of her music, visit her website.
3.) LIVE COMEDY: HARLAND WILLIAMS
This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Harland Williams! He’s been seen on hit films including “Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Half Baked,” “Employee of the Month,” “Superstar,” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” Harland was a favorite on “Conan” and has appeared on shows such as “Tosh.O,” “Late Night,” “The Late Late Show,” “Last Call” and “The Tonight Show.” He recently performed in the new film “Back in the Day” with Nick Swardson and his podcast, “The Harland Highway” is available on iTunes. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
4.) FAMILY SING-ALONG WITH LORRAINE BURDICK
This is a perfect free event for the whole family! Come join Lorraine Burdick at the Crossroads Market stage at 10am this Saturday in a sing-along. There will be classic favorites and you’ll learn some great new songs to add to the family repertoire. Music and singing is a great way to help a child build a sense of rhythm, recognize patterns and can even help in problem-solving later on. Click here for more information.
5.) HALL SPASSOV GALLERY: ENCAUSTIC GROUP EXHIBIT
“Crossings” by Alicia Tormey
Only 2 weeks left to see this beautiful exhibit! Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery is featuring a group exhibit of all the gallery’s artists working in one of history’s oldest, most durable mediums — encaustic. This melding of wax, resin and pigment offers a depth in art nearly impossible to duplicate. Visitors are sure to enjoy the mesmerizing colors and textures of these works of art. Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information.
6.) LAST WEEKEND OF THE FARMER’S MARKET
It’s the last farmers market of the season and a great chance to check off the items on your Thanksgiving ingredients list! Support your local farmers and come get fresh cranberries from the Bloom Creek Farm, winter squash and pie pumpkin from Boldbrook Farm or artisan bread and stuffing mix at the Tall Grass Bakery. Be sure to grab hot cider from the Martins Family Orchard that you can sip and enjoy while being serenaded by The Haggis Brothers. For more information, click here.
7.) THANKSGIVING EVE PARTY
Celebrate Thanksgiving a day early at the Thanksgiving Eve Celebration hosted at Bellevue’s Blue Martini . Don’t miss drink specials and live entertainment to help you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast and extra-long weekend!
“In the 1970s, downtown Bellevue was an asphalt expanse. Then a group of businesspeople, led by a dedicated city planner, stepped in to change the city’s course.” – 425 Business
Over the last 40 years, downtown Bellevue has grown up from a few modest office buildings to a vibrant and bustling city center. The recent article published in 425 Business titled “The Roots of Downtown” tells part of the story of Bellevue’s history and some of the key individuals involved in the development of the downtown area. Click here to read the full article.
Fall is in full swing, but before your calendar fills up with holiday engagements, make time for some indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. From hiking to Hercules, jazz to gingerbread houses, these action-packed activities won’t leave anyone bored. As chilly temperatures descend, participate in fun Bellevue indoor events that let you enjoy the season and stay comfortable at the same time
1.) VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS (CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY)
This crafting event is specially formatted for 2-5 year-olds. Young children, with a parent or adult along to join the fun, will create mini gingerbread houses and enjoy delicious treats and songs. You and your child will get into the spirit of the season with this craft. Children are encouraged to dress up in festive attire for this event at the Northwest Arts Center. Cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. The activity goes from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register by calling 425-452-4106 and referencing course #85524. For additional questions, contact the Northwest Arts Center.
2.) LAUREN POTTER: LIVING A GLEE-FUL LIFE
Glee fans will rejoice! Actress Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on the hit show Glee, will be speaking this Saturday at Bellevue College. Hosted by ParentMap, this is a special event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their achievements. Recommended for all ages, there’s even a special family ticket option: $20 for 2 adults and up to 2 kids attending. Individual tickets are $10. Lauren Potter has an important message to share. As ParentMap notes, “When professionals told Lauren that she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t’, she worked harder. Barriers put before her became a personal challenge to let people know what she was capable of.” Don’t miss Lauren Potter’s speech and Q & A! You’ll get to hear from other speakers as well, Steve Ferreira, founder of the non-profit Beyond Disabilities, and Ben Wahl, founder of Ryther’s Aspiring Youth Program. The event lasts from 2-5 p.m. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
3.) MACY’S HOLIDAY FRAGRANCE GALA
Need a break? Macy’s Holiday Fragrance Gala creates the perfect girls’ night of luxury. This VIP event costs just $10, which also goes towards any fragrances you shop for that night. Guests will be treated to live music and sample Indian cuisine from Moksha Restaurant, hailed as one of the Top Restaurants for 2013 by a Seattle Times critic. Shop for fragrances on this special day and you’ll be rewarded with extra surprises from vendors. A swag bag is included, with gift cards and vouchers for local businesses totaling over $20. The gala is an all-ages event that will quickly get you in the shopping spirit! The event takes place from 8-10 p.m. Call 425-688-6340 or email to reserve space for you and friend, or find more details here.
4.) LOWERING OF LAKE WASHINGTON PROGRAM
Immerse yourself in local history during this program from the Eastside Heritage Center and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. You’ll hear how a change in water elevation affected local businesses and individuals after the historic Lake Washington Ship Canal was built in 1934. This free event takes place from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Invite friends and family to learn about a piece of local history and how it shaped the cities that exist today. Click here for more event details.
5.) THE MIKE ALLEN QUARTET
Relax to the smooth sounds of jazz saxophonist Mike Allen as he performs with other WWU faculty in The Mike Allen Quartet. Eastside Jazz Club will host the performance on November 18 from 7:30-9:30pm at Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue. Praise for Mike Allen comes from The Jazz Report’s Andy Hurlbut, who declares “Mike Allen’s world is well worth a visit.” Come hear the artist The Jazz Journal International calls “An accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital.” Stop by early to enjoy Happy Hour until 7 p.m. Learn more about Mike Allen and listen to his music here. Tickets at door for $13 for adults, youth aged 18 and under for $8. Find additional event details here.
6.) NIGHT HIKE AT LEWIS CREEK PARK
Change up your hiking routine with a trek through the park at night! Experience Bellevue’s Lewis Creek Park after dark on a Ranger-led hike. From 7:30-9 p.m., hikers will explore the park and find out what creatures come out at night—a great opportunity for kids and families to have a first-hand experience in nature. Kids as young as 5 are able to join the walk, and the cost is only $2 per resident and $3 per non-resident. If you want to participate in this adventure, dress for the weather and ensure you have hiking boots or shoes suited for the outdoors. Call 425-452-6885 and reference course #86696 to register.
7.) HERCULES MUSICAL
Variety Plus presents an original family musical, Hercules, written and directed by Bob Gribas. This exciting performance at the Meydenbauer Center will appeal to families of all ages. The musical’s cast is 95 Seattle-area youth and adults, with music and choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas. What to expect? Variety Plus boasts, “Catchy tunes, comical characters, innovative masks and whimsical choreography make this high energy production a highly entertaining experience for the whole family!” General admission seats are $14, available online, or at the door by cash or check. Attend one of the four performances: November 22 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and November 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
“Crouching Dog” by Elaine Hanowell, part of the 2014 BAM Biennial exhibition. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Wood meets art in Bellevue Arts Museum’s 2014 BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. This year’s exhibition, Knock on Wood, focuses on pieces incorporating wood, including sculptural, design and functional pieces. The exhibition is open now and will run until March 29, 2015.
“Table Top (almost fully open)” by Seth Rolland. Photo: Myron Gauger
From First Nations’ art to the logging industry, along with present concerns for creative sustainability, this year’s BAM Biennial provides an excellent opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill, while showcasing the beauty of wood and its prevalent connection to the Pacific Northwest.
Check out the exhibition for yourself at the Bellevue Arts Museum or click here for more information. (We promise, it won’t give you splinters!)
Sun glowing through yellow leaves and moss covered branches brightened our hike.
If you go check out the Washington Trails Association website for great tips.
Fungi add color and interest to the trail.
Fashion Week at Bellevue Collection
The runway and crowd Fall Fashion Preview by Vogue
Fall Fashions at the Independent Designer Fashion Show
There's nothing like a cold local brew and bowling with friends on a Friday night!
This Lucky Strike Bar is part of the private party area our group enjoyed
Gutter ball, spare, STRIKE! Finally!
Posted by: Sharon Linton
I was that 8 year old girl who wore shorts under my dress so I could climb a tree or do a cartwheel during recess. I grew up to be a woman who is comfortable both on the trail or out for a glamorous night on the town and will gladly do both of those things in a single day.
If you can relate to this lifestyle then you might want to make a visit to Bellevue, Washington. It is the perfect place for people who like to go from urban exploration to outdoor adventures and back again.
Friday Night : Bowling and Beers
Let me tell you about how I spent a recent weekend in Bellevue and beyond to give you an idea. Friday nights are all about winding down after a workweek. This weekend I met up with some friends at Lucky Strike Lanes at Lincoln Square in downtown Bellevue for some friendly competition on the lanes. We enjoyed tasty bites (like mini pigs-in-a-blanket and shrimp skewers) from Lucky Strike’s menu and stayed hydrated with pitchers of some of our favorite Northwest brews.
Fresh produce at the Farmers Market
Saturday : Outdoor Adventures Nearby
After lounging around with the newspaper and a cup of coffee Saturday morning I was off to the Bellevue Farmers Market to pick up a selection of favorite fruits and vegetables, a bag of locally produced granola and a bright bouquet of flowers. I was almost finished when the line in front of the Aura Bakery booth caught my eye. Self control went out the window and next thing you know I had a chocolate-almond croissant in hand. It was the size of a dessert plate, warm with soft chocolate inside and covered with a sprinkling of almonds and powdered sugar. One bite and I knew that this would make the perfect energy boost for my next adventure – a hike.
We embarked on our trip toward the Cascade Mountains about 1pm; our destination; the Taylor River Trail near the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. To get there we drove east on I-90 about 30 minutes to North Bend then north another 12 miles to the trailhead. Within an hour of leaving downtown Bellevue we were in second-growth forest at the trailhead. (Check before you go for info about planned construction on this section of road.)
After consulting the map at the trailhead we decided to head toward Otter Falls, a little over four miles up the trail. We came across a few other hikers along the way, but for the most part it was just me, my husband, and the sound of the river rushing along. We made good time other than numerous pauses to photograph the river, the jagged top of the Cascade’s Treen Peak, moss laden old growth cedar trees, golden leaves and orange, brown and white mushrooms bursting from the earth.
Huge boulders in the middle of a burbling creek provided a perch while we enjoyed some trail mix and water before heading back down the trail. There is nothing like an early fall day in the Pacific Northwest for beautiful scenery and solitude. All told, we covered nine miles in about three hours and returned to our car for the short drive back to Bellevue.
Later Saturday: Happy Hour and High Heels
The bar at El Gaucho
Now was time to shower down, dress up and head out for a quick bite to eat and a cocktail before the rest of the evening’s events. We decided to check out the always popular happy hour at El Gaucho which offers a tantalizing array of happy hour food and beverages. I ordered up the Crispy Prosciutto and Fig Flatbread along with a glass of Columbia Valley red wine.
Of course, Saturday nights are all about nightlife, and on this night it was time for the annual Front Row Fashion Runway Show presented by Vogue. The show caps off TheBellevue Collection’s Fashion Week. I loved the insights into fall fashion trends and inspiring ideas for how I might wear them myself. Smart scheduling by The Bellevue Collection left a couple of hours for shopping after the show.
From Farmers Market to Fashionista, from Hiking Boots to High Heels it was just the kind of weekend this Bellevue gal loves!
November has arrived in Bellevue, WA, bringing with it cooler temperatures and even cooler things to do with the whole family in and around the city. If you’re looking for fun events in Bellevue during your upcoming visit, take a look at our Weekly Round-Up, where we’ve selected the top events and activities in the Bellevue area in the next week so you can make plans for you and your family while you’re here. Don’t miss out on these fun Bellevue events this weekend and into next week:
1.) Bellevue Youth Theatre’s Peter Rabbit & Friends—the Tales of Beatrix Potter
November 7-9 & November 14-16
This weekend, don’t miss out on one of three Bellevue Youth Theatre performances of Peter Rabbit & Friends—The Tales of Beatrix Potter. This family-friendly production chronicles the beloved adventures (and misadventures!) of the mischievous Peter Rabbit and his friends who try to keep him out of trouble. If you can’t make it to one of this weekend’s performances, never fear—three more performances are slated for the following weekend. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances are at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s performances start at 2 p.m. Click here or here for more information or call (425)-452-7155 to purchase tickets.
2.) Cultural Crossroads Festival
This weekend, come out to Crossroads Bellevue for a three-day multicultural celebration the whole family will love! The Cultural Crossroads Festival will feature performances from more than 35 ethnic music and dance groups and an international bazaar filled with handmade crafts and world cuisines. This free event is produced by the Ethnic Heritage Council and sponsored by Crossroads Bellevue. Click here for more information and a full performance schedule.
3.) Tickled Pink, Comedy for a Cure
This Sunday, come out to Bellevue’s Blue Martini Lounge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy some great local comedy and join the fight against breast cancer. Tickled Pink, Comedy for a Cure is an interactive comedy show that raises awareness of breast cancer through laughter and jokes. The headline comedian for the evening is Seattle’s own Gabriel Rutledge, and the evening will also feature Drew Barth and Kelsey Cook. Advance online price for tickets are $25 (general admission) / $35 (VIP). However, tickets sold at the door will be $30/$40. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show begins promptly at 7 p.m.; be aware that no tickets will be sold after show begins. A portion of the proceeds benefit Puget Sound Susan G. Komen. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.
4.) Live Comedy: Mark Curry
This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Mark Curry for three laugh-filled nights! Mark Curry’s first major role was on the wildly popular television series, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, where he played the lead role of Mark Cooper, an NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach. Since then, Curry has appeared on The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the live-action series, See Dad Run. You have also seen him in the hit films Switchback and Armageddon. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
5.) BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood
Humaira Abid, “Self Portrait” (detail), 2014 / Photo: Adeel Ahmed
October 31-March 29
Now through March 29, the Bellevue Arts Museum presents the BAM Biennial 2014, a juried art exhibition that takes place every two years and highlights the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. The Biennial began in 2010 and is now entering its third edition. For each edition of the Biennial, the Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. This year’s Biennial, titled Knock on Wood, will focus on the versatile and challenging medium of wood. Artists will explore the long standing connection of wood to the Pacific Northwest, from Native American art to the logging industry, along with present concerns for creative sustainability. Click here for a list of participating artists and to learn more about this exhibit.
6.) Hall Spassov Gallery: Encaustic Group Exhibit
“Adrift” by James Key
All this month, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery is featuring a group exhibit of all the gallery’s artists working in one of history’s oldest, most durable mediums — encaustic. This melding of wax, resin and pigment offers a depth in art nearly impossible to duplicate. Visitors are sure to enjoy the mesmerizing colors and textures of these works of art. Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information.
International Ballet Theatre presents Dracula at the Theatre at Meydenbauer over Halloween weekend. Photo by Rex Tranter.
It’s almost Halloween in Bellevue, WA, and plenty of spooky and fall-themed events for the whole family are coming up in and around the city. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Bellevue during your stay in our beautiful city, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we’ve hand-picked the best events and activities in the Bellevue area in the next week so you can make plans for you and your family while you’re here. Don’t miss out on these fun Bellevue events this weekend and into next week:
1.) Hands-on Halloween Slime Making
From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., come out to Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Farm and learn how to make slime from the book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids.
Kids will have a chance to decorate and play with their own Halloween slime (and get to take it home afterward!) at this free event. At the end of the event, a special visitor from Kelsey Creek Farm might hop on in. All ages welcome. Click here for more information.
2.) International Ballet Theatre Presents Dracula
October 31-November 2
On Halloween weekend, come out to Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer for one of four thrilling performances of Dracula presented by the International Ballet Theatre. This original production is a cult classic in the Puget Sound area, mesmerizing audiences with its elegant, yet dark and mystifying drama of love. Dracula is filled with diverse artistic offerings from classical ballet and Eastern European folk rhythms to magicians, jugglers, cloggers and tappers. Floating scenery and a bit of humor make this annual Halloween production a touching and unforgettable tradition. This show is fun and entertaining for audiences of all ages, including children. Click here for performance times and more information or visit the IBT website.
3.) Come Together: The Art of John Lennon
October 31-November 2
This weekend, come out to The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue to enjoy a pop-up exhibit of art by the legendary musician, humanitarian and activist John Lennon. The exhibit, titled Come Together, reflects the Lennon legacy of peace and love, and will be available for viewing in Suite 270 on the Third Level above Gucci. Few people know that John did not pick up a guitar for five of the last seven years of his life. During those years, he channeled his philosophy through his drawings. These works of art, along with earlier sketches and song lyrics, make up the nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings that will be on display at The Bravern’s exhibit. A suggested $3 donation and merchandise sales will go to Hopelink, a charity that serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities, to promote self-sufficiency and make lasting change. Click here for more information or visit The Bravern’s event page.
4.) Halloween Weekend Bash at Blue Martini
October 31-November 2
Celebrate Halloween in style all weekend at Blue Martini Lounge in Bellevue! On Halloween night, Blue Martini will have live entertainment by Harmonious Funk followed by special guest DJ Risk One to keep you dancing all night.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Blue Martini will start the night off with DJ Luigi followed by DJ Risk One. Both nights will have special-priced Halloween drinks, a psychic reader, $500 costume contests and much more! Click here for more information.
5.) Zombie Ball at Pearl Bar & Dining
On Halloween night, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining will host a no-cover Zombie Ball. The evening includes a costume contest, cash prizes, Bacardi cocktails, Bud Light specials, and DJ Mike Check keeping the tunes coming! Click here for more information.
6.) Halloween Party at Bake’s Place
Bake’s Place in Bellevue is hosting a spooktacular Halloween party and invites guests to come in costume! The event will feature music by Ventura Highway Revisited, who will be performing acoustic rock favorites from the ’70s so that guests can dance the night away. The event will also feature a costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place, in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50. Click here for more information for visit the event page on the Bake’s Place website.
7.) SpookFest Zip Tour
On Halloween night, come out to the South Bellevue Community Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to experience the SpookFest Zip Tour, which includes a suspension bridge and three zip lines in the dark! Imagine stepping off a platform and zipping to the other end that you cannot see. Riders and platforms will be brightened with glow sticks for this exhilarating experience. This experience is for ages 12 and older. One adult will need to accompany youth ages 12 and 13. One adult can accompany up to two youth. To register, visit www.MyParksandRecreation.com and enter “ZIP” in the SEARCH field or call (425)-452-4240. Zip tours leave every half hour. Click here for more information or visit the Bellevue Zip Tour website here.
8.) BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood
October 31-March 29
Starting this Friday, the Bellevue Arts Museum presents the BAM Biennial 2014, a juried art exhibition that takes place every two years and highlights the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. The Biennial began in 2010 and is now entering its third edition. For each edition of the Biennial, the Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. This year’s Biennial, titled Knock on Wood, will focus on the versatile and challenging medium of wood. Artists will explore the long standing connection of wood to the Pacific Northwest, from Native American art to the logging industry, along with present concerns for creative sustainability. Click here for a list of participating artists and to learn more about this exhibit.
9.) Live Comedy: Rich Vos
October 30-November 1
This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Rich Vos! Best known from NBC’s hit reality show Last Comic Standing, Rich has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, NBC’s American Dreams and The View. He is also a regular on the Joy Behar show, made several appearances at the Apollo and on BET, was the first white comic to perform on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and was a regular guest on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.
10.) Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Planets”
Attention classical music lovers! This Sunday at 3 p.m., come out to Bellevue’s Westminster Chapel to enjoy a presentation of “The Planets” by the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and Director Michael Miropolsky. The program will feature Korean born Canadian cellist Eric Han. The program is slated to include Felix Mendelssohn Ruy Blas, Op. 95: Overture; Antonín Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104; and Gustav Holst “The Planets” with the Westminster Chapel Women’s Chorus and a visual presentation. Those who come early can enjoy a pre-concert chat led by KING-FM’s Dave Beck at 2 p.m. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.
Traditional dances from Indonesia, ancient Russian folk songs, Native American music and stories, and Hula from Hawaii.
Experience all this and more during Bellevue’s annual Cultural Crossroads Festival, a 3-day celebration taking place at Crossroads Bellevue from November 7-9, 2014. Gain a new worldly perspective - or simply expand your knowledge – at this multi-cultural event which features performances from more than 35 ethnic music and dance groups, dance lessons, an International bazaar featuring handmade crafts, entertainment and fun.
The festival offers a fun experience for the entire family. Children will love the event’s international LEGO display with models representing many cultures and nationalities as well as the “Dolls of the World” exhibit which showcases dolls in ethnic dress from around the world!
And if all that doesn’t whet your appetite, than take delight in one of the many scrumptious, world cuisines being offered during the festival. You won’t want to miss out on this celebration of our community’s cultural riches!
Admission to the Cultural Crossroads Festival is free. For more information about the festival and to see the full schedule of events, please visit the Ethnic Heritage Council’s website.
International Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker. Photo by Rex Tranter.
In need of a good scare this October, or perhaps some holiday cheer? Look no further than downtown Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer! Starting this month, the impressive performing arts venue will begin hosting a wide range of topical holiday performances sure to astound you and keep you entertained all season long.
International Ballet Theatre’s performance of Dracula. Photo by Rex Tranter.
Get spooked over Halloween weekend when you relive the horror, magic and drama of everybody’s favorite vampire during the International Ballet Theatre’s performance of Dracula, running October 31 – November 2. This thrilling production is fun and entertaining for audiences of all ages, including children.
This year, Dracula has decided to host a private party for those attending Saturday’s evening performance, which will consist of Act II of the production followed by “Dracula’s Masquerade” party on stage. Those in attendance are invited to come dressed in costume and join the cast for a night of Halloween festivities. For more information about International Ballet Theatre’s performance of Dracula, visit the ballet’s website here.
If Halloween isn’t your thing, then check out the Theatre at Meydenbauer’s other holiday music, dance, and theatrical performances, running through December 2014 as part of Bellevue Magic Season. This year’s holiday theatre lineup includes A Celtic Yuletide by Magical Strings, The Nutcracker by the International Ballet Theatre, A Winter’s Tail performed by the Bellevue Girlchoir and a number of other seasonal productions by regional and local performance groups. For more information, including performance dates and ticket prices, please visit the Theatre at Meydenbauer’s online calendar of events here.
Magical Strings Ensemble. Photo by Ally Davis.
Want to see some of the other things to do and events coming up in Bellevue this holiday season? Check out our holiday events page here and stay tuned for more blog posts throughout the season highlighting some of our favorite Bellevue holiday traditions!