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
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
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
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
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
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.
Other Upcoming Bellevue Events
Click on the events below for more information:
- 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)
- Suite Halloween Bash Official Fireball Halloween Party (Oct. 31)
- Mall-O-Ween at Crossroads Bellevue (Oct. 31)
- Trick or Treat Event and Costume Contest at Whole Foods Market (Oct. 31)
- Little Book Worms (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays)
- ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar and Dining (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: On the River, Down the Road (Oct. 3-March 1); Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft (Oct. 10-Feb. 1); and Quality Is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (Oct. 10-Feb. 1)
- Hall Spassov Gallery Current Exhibit: Alicia Tormey: “Indomitus: Untamed” (Through Oct. 31)
- Bellevue Farmers Market: Saturday Market (Through Nov. 22)
- 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)
(Photos via Kelsey Creek Farm Facebook page; IBTBellevue.org; TheBravern.com; BlueMartiniLounge.com; Pearl Bar and Dining Facebook page; BakesPlaceBellevue.com; BellevueArts.org; ParlorLive.com; LWSO.org)