Fall has finally arrived, heralding the return of beautiful fall leaves and cooler weather. In Bellevue, WA, fall events and activities are beginning to pop up all over. Each week, our Weekly Round-Up shines a light on all the best events taking place in and around Bellevue over the next week so you can quickly and easily make plans for you and your family during your visit. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:
1.) Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection
Fall’s fashion trends from The Bellevue Collection are set to hit the Northwest once again. Now in its ninth year, this week-long experience goes day-to-night with runway shows benefiting local charities, chic parties, special appearances, stylish in-store events, happy hours and irresistible shopping. Join Vogue Magazine for the premier Front Row Fashion Show runway show, gather girlfriends for the fun Posh Party Trend Show or experience up-and-coming designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show. Click here for a more information.
2.) Dusty Strings Concert Series: Papa Josh
Crossroads Bellevue welcomes Papa Josh, a multi-instrumentalist and entertainer, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. His award-winning show is a live mix of sweet, soulful grooves that blend funk, jazz, R&B, hip hop and disco house into a highly addictive dance floor concoction he calls funk ‘n’ groove music. Winner of Roland’s 2011 Canadian National Loop competition, Papa Josh’s solo show is an amazingly unforgettable experience not to be missed! The Papa Josh performance is part of the Dusty Strings Concert Series, which presents free concerts at Crossroads’ Market Stage on the fourth Thursday of each month. Visit Crossroads’ event page for more information.
3.) Bellevue Arts Museum: Ink, Drop & Roll!
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum invites you to a day of exciting steamroller printing and hands-on activities in celebration of the exhibit Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. All ages are welcome to participate in this free event, which includes steamroller printmaking, local artists, printmaking activities and demos, food and fun, and free museum admission! Click here for more information.
4.) Annual Jazz Extravaganza 2014
This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., The Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue welcomes the Eastside Jazz Club’s Annual Jazz Extravaganza concert. Headlining this concert is three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto. Originally from Brazil, Jovino Santos Neto is a Seattle-based pianist, flutist and composer that continues to blur the boundaries between classical music, jazz and indigenous Brazilian music; the quinteto will feature vibes, bass, drums and percussion. Seattle’s own songstress Stephanie Porter and her group will open the Jazz Extravaganza with Stephanie on vocals, and others accompanying her on piano, bass and drums. A longtime figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Stephanie is an outstanding jazz vocalist with a clear, sultry tone and a bright and appealing stage presence. Also, enjoy pre-concert jazz in the foyer with The Ari Joshua Organ Trio featuring Ari on guitar and Delvon Lamarr on Hammond Organ. Click here for more information or visit the event page here.
5.) BabyFest Northwest: The NW’s Biggest Baby Shower
This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center hosts a special expo for new and expectant parents. This luxury event connects parents and parents-to-be to more than 80 vendors showcasing innovative baby products and services. Guests enjoy amazing speakers and educational workshops on topics ranging from baby-wearing to making your own baby food. The most anticipated portion of the event is The Big Shower, where valuable prizes will be given away. Register and learn more on the official BabyFest website.
6.) Apple Picking and Cider Making
From noon to 3 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Factoria hosts a fun apple picking and cider making event that’s free and open to the public. Have you ever noticed that a freshly picked apple or pressed cider from an orchard tastes so much better than store bought? If so, you’ll truly enjoy picking your own apples and making your own cider at this fun fall-themed event. Participants should bring their own jug for their cider and a suggested canned food donation for Hopelink. Click here for more information.
7.) James Beard Foundation’s Taste America
Attention all foodies and culinary aficionados! Sur La Table in Kirkland invites the community to an exciting day of free culinary events this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event includes a cooking demonstration by James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Murphy, cookbook signings, cheese and cracker tastings by La Panzanella, chocolate tastings by Theo Chocolate, cheese tastings by Mt. Townsend Creamery and fun for the whole family. Limited space is available; RSVP to reserve your space now at RSVP-Seattle@SurLaTable.com. Click here for more information.
8.) ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar & Dining
Every Thursday evening
Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through0 Dec. 18. Click here for more information.
9.) Live Comedy: Louie Anderson / Michael Yo
The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Louie Anderson back to Bellevue! Louie was recognized by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” and you will recognize him as the host of Family Feud and from his roles in the blockbuster films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Coming To America. He has also filmed several of his own comedy specials and is a frequent guest on late night talk shows. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.
On Sept. 27, Parlor Live welcomes Michael Yo back to the stage for a one-night-only special event! Michael is best known for his work on E!s Chelsea Lately, “OMG! Insider,” “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” and his own show, “Yo on E!” as well as CBS’s The Talk and The Arsenio Hall Show. You won’t want to miss this one-night laugh-fest with Michael and a surprise special guest! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.
Other Upcoming Bellevue Events
Click on the events below for more information.
- Art Exhibit: She Did It: Women’s Group Exhibit (Through Sept. 30)
- Sculpture Exhibition: Bellwether 2014: Connect. (Through Oct. 12)
- Riedel Wine Glass Seminar at Cast Iron Studios (Sept. 25)*
- College and Career Open House (Sept. 26-27)
- Night Hike (Sept. 26)
- Karate Open House and Grand Re-Opening (Sept. 27)
- Superheroes Training Academy (Sept. 27)
- Live Comedy: Gary Valentine Live (Oct. 2-4)
- All Night Happy Hour at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays); Thursday Night Football at Blue Martini Lounge (Recurs weekly on Thursdays); Ladies Night Out at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Fridays); Beauty and the Geek Trivia Night at Blue Martini (recurs weekly on Mondays); and Noches Azul (recurs weekly on Tuesdays)
- Natural Yard Care Classes at Bellevue Botanical Garden (Every Wednesday through Oct. 8)
- Little Book Worms (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 (Through Oct. 12); and Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation (Through Oct. 12)
- Bellevue Farmers Market: Thursday & Saturday Markets
- TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant / Lounge (Recurs Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays)
- Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours (Recurs weekly on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Mercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday Market
- Crossroads Bellevue Farmers Market: Tuesday Market
(Images via Bellevue Collection; Crossroads Bellevue; Bellevue Arts Museum; BabyFest Northwest; cider photo by Naito8 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; JBFTasteAmerica.org; Pearl Bar & Dining; and Parlor Live.)