Doggie’s Day Out in Bellevue

It’s another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, the skies are blue, and you can’t wait to head outside to enjoy the day. But, your canine companion is also itching to get out of the house and you’re stuck wondering to yourself, “Where can I go with Fido in tow?”

Luckily for you, Bellevue has plenty to offer for a fun and relaxing getaway for both you and your furry friend! From outdoor dining and shopping options to green spaces perfect for puppy playtime, there are many things to do when you and the pup visit Bellevue.

To help you plan your “doggie’s day out” in Bellevue, we’ve put together a  dog-friendly itinerary of some of our favorite places to head with Fido around town. Take a look at the slideshow below and get started planning your canine adventure in Bellevue! For more ideas of dog-friendly activities in Bellevue, check out the article “Bellevue or Bust” featured in the Summer 2014 Issue of CityDog Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Round-Up: Things to Do in Bellevue in the Next Week

Will you be visiting Bellevue, WA, soon? We want to help you maximize your time in our city and surrounding locales by keeping you in the loop on local events and activities including live music, stand-up comedy, theatre, annual festivals and more. Each week, our Weekly Round-Up features the top events for the upcoming week so you can easily plan activities during your visit for you and your family. Take a look some of the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.) Live Comedy: Brad Williams (Aug. 21-23)

Brad Williams Parlor Live Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Brad Williams. You will recognize Brad from appearances on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as the new FX series, Legit. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

 

2.) Crossroads Movies in the Park. (Aug. 21 & 28)

Crossroads Movies in the ParkEvery Thursday evening in August, Crossroads Bellevue offers free movies in the park. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and the whole family for a family-friendly movie under the stars. Free pre-movie activities, games and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. The upcoming movie line-up is as follows: Aug. 21-Monsters University; and Aug. 28-Frozen. Click here or call 425-452-4240 for more information.

 

3.) Live Music at the Winery: Gipsy King’s 25th Anniversary Tour (Aug. 22)

Gipsy Kings WoodinvilleChateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes the Grammy Award winning Gipsy Kings for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo. Opening the night is Ole’ Noys, the sons of Gipsy Kings’ Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 7 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

4.) Outdoor Family Movie Night at Highland Community Park: The Incredibles (Aug. 22)

Bellevue Outdoor MoviesThe Bellevue Family YMCA and Highland Community Center are hosting the second annual Outdoor Family Movie Night. In a larger-than-life experience, visitors will watch The Incredibles on the outdoor big screen. Meet local fire and police heroes, and join in  games and activities for Superheroes of every kind! Remember to bring chairs and blankets. Family fun takes place from 6-8 p.m., the pre-movie game is from 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information or pre-register for this event here.

5.) Live Music at the Winery: Earth, Wind &  Fire (Aug. 23)

Earth Wind and Fire WoodinvilleChateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Grammy Award-winning music legends Earth, Wind & Fire for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 7 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

 

6.) Live at Lunch Concert Series. (Recurs weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Walmsley Bellevue Summer ConcertThe 2014 Live at Lunch free summer concert series features musicians across a variety of genres performing from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through September 11.  This coming week’s bands include Rockaraoke at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 21; Witherow at the Bellevue Square Fountain Court on Aug. 26; the Brian Butler Blues Band at City Center Plaza on Aug. 27; and Emerald City Throwdown at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 28. For a full concert schedule and locations, click here.

7.) Live Music at the Winery: Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Featuring Buddy Guy. (Aug. 24)

Peter Frampton WoodinvilleChateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Peter Framptons Guitar Circus Featuring Buddy Guy for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre with special guest Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles). Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 7 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

 

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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From Ferns to Foraging, Perrenials to Photography: Bellevue Botanical Garden Presents their Garden Education Series

botanical garden and houseFind your green thumb at the Bellevue Botanical Garden this season, through the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s Garden Education Series.  The series features lectures and classes from leading local horticulturalists to teach aspiring gardeners about everything from ferns to foraging and perennials to photography. The majority of the series will be held at the Botanical Garden’s new Education Center, which was built as a part of the garden’s recently completed 13-month renovation, and is sure to inspire your garden to greater heights.

The following lecture requires no pre-registration:

  • October 22, 2014Collecting Seed and Plants in the Mountains of Northern Vietnam by Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones, of Crug Farm Plants

Lecture admission is $5 for Bellevue Botanical Garden members and $15 for non-members and is payable at the door. Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

The series’ classes, which have limited space and therefore require pre-registration, are:

  • August 20, 2014Goin’ Batty by Barbara Ogaard of the Sarvey Wildlife Center
  • August 23, 2014 Photography Class by Lesli Cohan of Images Through the Door Photography
  • September 18, 2014For Best Results, Plant your Spring Vegetable Garden Now! in conjunction with Seattle Tilth
  • September 25, 2014Ferns For All Seasons by Sue Olsen of Foliage Gardens
  • October 4, 2014Edible Perennials by Jessi Blooms
  • October 11, 2014Edible Perennials, held off-site at 21 Acres Kitchen, in Woodinville
  • October 25, 2014How to Create a Self-Maintained Garden Based on Natural Ecosystems! in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.

Prices for classes range from $25 to $55, depending on the class and member versus non-member status and must be paid in advance through registration.  For more information and to sign up for classes, visit www.bellevuebotanical.org/classes. Admission to the Bellevue Botanical Garden is free and open daily from dawn to dusk.

To see what else is going on in and around Bellevue this summer, browse through our event calendar at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events.

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Get Hoppy! It’s IPA Week at Tap House Grill

IPA Week Tap HouseBeer lovers rejoice; it’s officially IPA Week at Tap House Grill in Bellevue! From Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 24, Tap House Grill will have the largest selection of draft IPA’s in the Northwest. All week long, Tap House Grill will be pouring a minimum of 40 IPA’s and will have a total of 160 beers on tap.

But wait, there’s more! Stop by on Tuesday, August 19th to fill your Tap House Growler with your favorite IPA (or any of the beers on tap) for HALF OFF! Proceeds from each IPA sale will be donated to Seattle’s Farestart helping homeless and disadvantaged individuals with culinary job training.

Below is a list of some of the IPAs that Tap House Grill will be pouring during IPA Week. For more information, visit taphousegrill.com.

10 Barrel Apocalypse Bend, OR Diamond Knot Industrial Mukilteo, WA
21st Amendment Back in Black San Francisco, CA Dogfish Head 60 Minute Milton, DE
7 Seas Rude Parrot Gig Harbor, WA Elysian “The Immortal” Seattle, WA
American Breakaway Edmonds, WA Elysian Day Glow Seattle, WA
American India Session Edmonds, WA Evil Twin Yang Denmark
Ballast Point Sculpin San Diego, CA Georgetown Lucille Seattle, WA
Bear Republic Café Racer 15 Healdsburg, CA Great Divide Showdown Rye Denver, CO
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Healdsburg, CA Green Flash West Coast San Diego, CA
Beer Valley HPFM Triple Ontario, OR Hales Ales Supergoose Seattle, WA
Beer Valley Leafer Madness Ontario, OR Lagunitas Petaluma, CA
Big Al Brett Seattle, WA Lagunitas Fusion 22 Petaluma, CA
Black Diamond Rampage Concord, CA Maritime Imperial Seattle, WA
Black Raven Beak Tweaker Redmond, WA Ninkasi Tricerahops Eugene, OR
Boneyard Hop Venom Bend, OR North Coast Acme Fort Bragg, CA
Boneyard RPM Bend, OR Oskar Blues Gubna Lyons, CO
Boulevard Double Wide Kansas City, MO Oskar Blues White Buffalo Lyons, CO
Boundary Bay Bellingham, WA Pike Seattle, WA
Brew Dog Punk England Snoqualmie Falls Wildcat Snoqualmie, WA
Brewhouse IPA Anchorage, AK Stone RuinTen Escondido, CA
Captain Munson’s Edmonds, WA Stone Unapologetic Escondido, CA
Coronado Sock Knocker Coronado, CA Victory Dirtwolf Downington, PA
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Taste Your Way Down Main Street at Bellevue’s 2014 Taste of Main

Get your passports ready, food passports that is, because on August 16, Old Bellevue’s Main Street will become a culinary delight.  Presented by the Old Bellevue Merchants Association, the 6th annual Taste of Main event on Bellevue’s celebrated historic Main Street features specially-selected wineries, breweries and distilleries, gourmet food, snacks and desserts, free giveaways and live entertainment, as well as a silent auction featuring Main Street retailers’ products and services.

Taste of Main Collage

Hosted from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Old Bellevue’s Taste of Main provides all the food and fun for a well-spent summer day. The $40 event passport offers attendees a fixed-price sampling of the participating restaurants’ critically-acclaimed cuisine, dessert and wine. Wine passports are also available, if you’d like to try wine and not food, 10 tastes are $15. In addition, Main Street shops will offer special sales, wine tastings, gourmet snacks and services like massages, pedicures and makeovers. Visit the wine tent to pick up your new favorite to bring home. Admission to this family-friendly event is free for children aged fourteen and under, and proceeds from Taste of Main will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue.

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You’ll find Taste of Main between 100th and Bellevue Way on Main Street, Old Bellevue’s street with small-town charm in our thriving commercial city. While there’s free parking nearby, Uber is offering a special discount to Taste of Main passport holders on their way home from the event, making it an excellent option for a safe ride home.

For more information, a full listing of participating stores and restaurants and to purchase an event passport, visit www.tasteofmainbellevue.com.

To see what else is going on in and around Bellevue this summer, browse through our event calendar at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events.

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Weekly Round-Up: Top 10 Things to Do in Bellevue This Week

Planning a visit to Bellevue soon? Our vibrant city is packed to the brim with fun summer events and activities that run the gamut from foodie festivals, 5K/10K races, fashion, live music, stand-up comedy, theatre and more. Our Weekly Round-Up makes it easy to skim the top events for the upcoming week so you can plan activities during your visit for you and your family. Take a look at some of the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.) ChowDown(town) Bellevue Food Truck Round-Up. (Aug. 14)

ChowDown(town) BellevueThe food truck trend that’s sweeping the nation is coming to Bellevue! From 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., enjoy 12 local food trucks at Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue offering many tasty menu choices from Asian and Middle Eastern to burgers and hot donuts.

The food truck event will also include live entertainment with local bluegrass band Dysfunction Junction from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Parking for the event is at the Bellevue Main Library, and the event is sponsored by the City of Bellevue and the King County Library. Click here for more information or learn more on the City of Bellevue website.

2.) Taste of Main 2014 (Aug. 16)

Taste of Main BellevueAttention all foodies! This Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., taste your way down Old Bellevue’s Main Street and enjoy gourmet food from acclaimed restaurants, wine and beer tasting, live music, shopping, sales, and more.

Proceeds benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. Click here for more information or visit the event website for tickets.

3.) Live Comedy: Chris Franjola (Aug. 14-16)

VBW_Chris FranjolaThe Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Chris Franjola. Chris is a regular performer on Chelsea Lately and has a lead role in the sequel comedy, After Lately. He is also the host of Anarchy Afterword, the after show for the wildly popular FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Previously, Chris was a writer for Family Guy, MTV Video Music Awards and the original Chelsea Handler Show. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

4.) Emerge – Fashion Show & Official Launch Party (Aug. 15)

Emerge fashion show BellevueJoin Seneca & Spruce at David Barton Gym in Bellevue as they showcase Seattle’s emerging designers in their first-ever fashion show and official launch party.

Sip on decadent cocktails provided by Blue Martini and indulge in mouthwatering hors d-oeuvres while taking in the latest fashions from local designers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; fashion show starts at 8 p.m.

Seneca & Spruce is an online magazine and Seattle-based retailer that is passionate about the emerging designer movement. Click here for more information and for a list of featured designers.

5.) Crossroads Movies in the Park. (Aug. 14, 21 & 28)

Crossroads Movies in the ParkEvery Thursday evening in the month of August, Crossroads Bellevue offers free movies in the park. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and the whole family for a family-friendly movie under the stars. Free pre-movie activities, games and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. The upcoming movie line-up is as follows: Aug. 14- Jack The Giant Slayer; Aug. 21-Monsters University; and Aug. 28-Frozen. Click here or call 425-452-4240 for more information.

6.) Theatre: Pippi Longstocking and the Wayward Pirates (Aug. 15-17)

Pippi Longstocking MeydenbauerThis weekend, Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue welcomes the Bellevue Youth Theatre summer production of Pippi Longstocking and the Wayward Pirates, a family-friendly play featuring the popular red-headed, pig-tailed children’s book character. Show times are Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5; show length is approximately 2 hours. Click here for more information.

7.) Celebrate Woodinville: Woodinville Festival & 2014 Basset Bash (Aug. 16)

Celebrate WoodinvilleThis year’s Celebrate Woodinville Festival will take place at Wilmot Gateway Park and will include a farmer’s market, concerts in the park, wine and beer garden, arts and crafts fair, exhibitors, local restaurants and children’s activities. Festival is preceded by the 36th annual community parade, the Bassett Bash and a pancake breakfast. A charming event all its own, the Basset Bash is a Basset Hound-only contest at Woodin Creek Park with prizes awarded for attributes such as best waddle, best howl and longest ears. The Basset Bash will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at the Celebrate Woodinville event page.

8.) Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk. (Aug. 16)

Columbia Winery Charity RunAttention all runners and walkers! Columbia Winery in Woodinville is hosting a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash through the beautiful Washington wine country of Woodinville to raise money for a great cause — Seattle Children’s Hospital.

More than 1,400 participants are expected for this event, which will feature great prizes and a scenic course.

Click here for more information or register here on the event website.

 

9.) Live at Lunch Concert Series. (Recurs weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Live at Lunch BellevueThe 2014 Live at Lunch concert series began July 8 and will continue through September 11. Musicians across a variety of genres will perform at noon to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 10 weeks.  This coming week’s bands include NoRey at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 14; Spoonshine at the Bellevue Square Fountain Court on Aug. 19; Jonathan Kingham at the Ten20 Tower on Aug. 20; and Rockaraoke at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 21. This free summer concert series features Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For a full concert schedule and locations, click here.

10.) Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park. (Aug. 19)

Bellevue outdoor movies in the parkEnjoy free family-friendly Bellevue outdoor movie nights every Tuesday evening through Aug. 19 at Bellevue Downtown Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn and pre-movie activities planned before each movie.

Movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.) and are shown under the stars on a huge, 40-foot inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. This Tuesday’s movie is 42, the Jackie Robinson story. Click here for a full list of upcoming movies.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

(Click on the events below for more information.)

  • Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: At Your Service (Through Sept. 21); Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (Through Sept. 21); 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)
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Weekly Round-Up: Top 10 Things to Do in Bellevue This Next Week

With all the fun events and activities going on in the Bellevue area this summer, it can be a challenge for visitors to keep track of it all. Our Weekly Round-Up pulls together the top events for the upcoming week to make it easy to plan activities during your visit. Take a look some of the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.) Project LiveWire: Test Drive the First Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle. (Aug. 7-9)

Harley-Davidson LiveWireMotorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss out on Project LiveWire, an amazing opportunity to test drive Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle and give constructive feedback before this innovative bike goes on the market. This unique free event is traveling in a 30-city tour across the country and will stop by Eastside Harley-Davidson in Bellevue for three days only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors who don’t ride motorcycles can enjoy a simulated riding experience called Jumpstart. Pre-registration is required to test drive. Click here for more information or visit the Project LiveWire website.

2.) Live Comedy: Dat Phan (Aug. 7-9)

Dat Phan Parlor LiveThe Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Dat Phan, the original winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Dat Phan is a headlining comedian touring live across the U.S. Through his insightful comedy and portrayal of ridiculous stereotypes, he shares his experience as a regular American guy with a Vietnamese heritage. He has made numerous TV and film appearances including The Tonight Show, The Family Guy, and The Tyra Banks Show. He was included in The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition of “The Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese-American Individuals” and recently finished a role in the upcoming movie, 108 Stitches. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

3.) Kirkland Summerfest (Aug. 8-10)

Kirkland SummerfestLocated right next door to Bellevue, Kirkland Summerfest is an exhilarating celebration of art, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit at Kirkland’s Marina Park and downtown.

A boutique music and arts festival, the three-day gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Now in its third season, Kirkland Summerfest is Kirkland’s largest annual festival. Click here for more information.

 

4.) Crossroads Movies in the Park. (Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28)

Crossroads Movies in the ParkEvery Thursday evening in the month of August, Crossroads Bellevue offers free movies in the park. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and the whole family for a family-friendly movie under the stars.

Free pre-movie activities, games and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie line-up is as follows: Aug. 7- Walking With Dinosaurs; Aug. 14- Jack The Giant Slayer; Aug. 21-Monsters University; and Aug. 28-Frozen. Click here or call 425-452-4240 for more information.

 

 

 

5.) Live at Lunch Concert Series. (Recurs weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

The 2014 Live at Lunch concert series began July 8 and will continue through September 11. Musicians across a variety of genres will perform at noon to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 10 weeks.  This coming week’s bands include Smokey Brights at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 7; The Local Strangers at the Bellevue Square Fountain Court on Aug. 12; The WIRED! Blues Band at The Summit on Aug. 13; and NoRey at the Bellevue Galleria on Aug. 14. This free summer concert series features Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For a full concert schedule and locations, click here.

6.) Live Music at the Winery: ZZ Top & Jeff Beck (Aug. 9)

Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes ZZ Top and Jeff Beck for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 6 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

7.) 2014 Spirit of Bellevue 12K/5K (Aug. 10)

2014 Spirit of Bellevue 12K Come on out for the 2014 Spirit of Bellevue 12K and 5K and help support a great cause. The 12K is a scenic 7.46-mile route, while the 5K offers a shorter, 3.1-mile run/walk route for the whole family as well as a kid’s fun run. The race course starts and ends at Bellevue Downtown Park, and a Health & Wellness Fair follows the race. The race supports college scholarships and student dreams of starting a business. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

8.) Concert: Counting Crows at Marymoor Park. (Aug. 12)

Counting Crows Marymoor ParkMarymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket and Daniel and the Lion.

Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concert starts at 6 p.m. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

9.) Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park.

Enjoy free family-friendly Bellevue outdoor movie nights every Tuesday evening through Aug. 19 at Bellevue Downtown Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn and pre-movie activities planned before each movie. Movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.) and are shown under the stars on a huge, 40-foot inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. This Tuesday’s movie is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Click here for a full list of upcoming movies.

10.) Concert: Ray LaMontagne at Marymoor Park (Aug. 13)

Ray LaMontagne Marymoor ParkMarymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear Grammy-award-winning musician Ray LaMontagne with the Belle Brigade.

Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concert starts at 6:45 p.m. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

 

 

 

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

  • Second Saturday Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue (Aug. 9)

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  • Movies at the Museum: Cars (Aug. 13)

Click here for more information.

  • ChowDown(town) Bellevue Food Truck Round-Up (Aug. 14)

Click here for more information.

  • Live Comedy: Chris Franjola (Aug. 14-16)

Click here for more information.

  • Kirkland Farmers Market: Wednesday Market

Click here for more information.

  • Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: At Your Service (Through Sept. 21); Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (Through Sept. 21); 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)

Click here for more information.

  • Sculpture Exhibition: Bellwether 2014: Connect. (Through Oct. 12)

Click here for more information.

  • Bellevue Farmers Market: Thursday & Saturday Markets.

Click here for more information.

  • TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)

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  • Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant / Lounge (Recurs Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays)

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  • Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours (Recurs weekly on Saturdays and Sundays)

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  • Mercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday Market.

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  • Crossroads Bellevue Farmers Market: Tuesday Market.

Click here for more information.

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Summer Camp, Step Aside… Bellevue’s Got Beer Camp

Beer camp imageGenerally speaking, summer camp is just for kids, which is almost enough to make you a little jealous of them. Taking the week off to play with all their pals – what could be better? Beer camp, that’s what! And, for a few lucky campers, Bellevue Brewing Company is offering just that, with Beer Camp 2014.

Bellevue Brewing 425 Pale AleFrom August 18th to 22nd, Bellevue Brewing Company will be holding a beer camp to teach all the basics of commercial brewing: recipe formulation, ingredient selection, wort transfer, chemical safety, cellar management, bottling and packaging. Plus, just like at summer camp, participants will receive a t-shirt and daily lunch. Unlike summer camp, though, they’ll also receive a Bellevue Brewing Co. tasting glass and beer sensory training. Who’s jealous now, summer campers?

But, there is a small catch. Only six campers will get to participate in Beer Camp 2014, and they’ll be selected from a pool of applicants. To apply, send a resume and a 60-second video about why you’re the perfect candidate to contact@bellevuebrewing.com by August 11th. The camp fee is $200 per camper, which includes all learning materials, meals and beer, plus Bellevue Brewing Co. tasting glass and t-shirt. Sounds like a pretty great way to spend some vacation days!

For more information about the Bellevue Brewing Company, visit http://www.bellevuebrewing.com/

To see what else is going on in and around Bellevue this summer, browse through our event calendar at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events or connect with us on social media.

 
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Weekly Round-Up: Seafair Weekend, Summer Concerts, Comedy & More

August is right around the corner in Bellevue, WA, and all the sunny weather will make for some memorable outdoor events, including Seattle’s celebrated Seafair Weekend, featuring the famous Blue Angels. You also don’t want to miss out on all the great live outdoor concerts and movies taking place in and around Bellevue throughout the summer. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, August 1

Nickel CreekLive Music at the Winery: Nickel Creek. On Aug. 1, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Nickel Creek for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 7 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

Concert: Foreigner and Styx at Marymoor Park. On Aug. 1, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear classic rock acts Foreigner and Styx. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Seafair WeekendSeafair Weekend – Hydroplane Races and Air Show. On Aug. 1-3, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet team is back at Lake Washington, giving the unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington some stiff competition for the wow factor. It’s a weekend of roostertails and rushes as jets scream overhead and Seafair’s famed thunderboats thrill crowds on shore and in boats along the log boom. At Genesee Park, beer gardens, food vendors, Kids Zone, waterslide and grandstand seating onshore make this event fun for the whole family. Plan your stay in Bellevue now to experience the greatest of Seattle’s Seafair Festival! Click here for more information or visit the event page for a complete festival overview and schedule.

Shrek: The MusicalShrek: the Musical. On Aug. 1-2, the Kirkland Performance Center welcomes the Studio East presentation of Shrek: the Musical for their 17th Annual Summer Teen Musical.

Shrek: the Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land.

Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

 

Comedy: Chris Distefano & Damien Lemon Live. On July 31-Aug. 2, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Chris Distefano and Damien Lemon, who are bringing their Code Tour to Bellevue for three nights of stand-up mayhem! Chris stars in MTV’s hit shows Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court and has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. Damien Lemon also stars on MTV’s Guy Code and Guy Court and has made appearances on VH1’s Charlemagne and Friends, Hip Hop Squares and Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons: The Ruckus. Look out for both them on their own upcoming specials for Comedy Central! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Sculpture Exhibition: Bellwether 2014: Connect. Through Oct. 12, the Bellwether 2014: Connect sculpture display will be on exhibit, so you’ll have plenty of chances to put on your sneakers and navigate 30+ sculptures and art installations with a traditional map, STQRY app and serendipity. Artworks are displayed within a short three-quarter mile walking route, connecting City Hall with Downtown Park. Click here for more information.

Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant/Lounge. Bellevue’s award-winning Suite Restaurant / Lounge hosts choreographed aerial performances by Seattle Aerial Arts for dining guests. Experienced and talented aerialists perform on weekend nights starting at 8:30 p.m. showcasing their strength, agility, flexibility and grace while you enjoy culinary cuisine from their chef-created menu. Recurs weekly on Friday and Saturday evenings. Click here for more information or make reservations here.

Bellevue Arts Museum: Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. Through Sept 21, the Bellevue Arts Museum hosts a groundbreaking origami exhibit exploring the history and evolution of paper folding. More than 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world will be featured. Read more about the exhibit on the BAM website or click here for more information.

Art of Gaman Bellevue Arts MuseumBellevue Arts Museum: The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946. Through Oct. 12, the Bellevue Arts Museum hosts The Art of Gaman exhibit, which showcases more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans while incarcerated in camps during World War II. Read more about the exhibit on the BAM website.

Bellevue Arts Museum: Under Pressure. Through Oct. 12, the Bellevue Arts Museum hosts Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. This exhibition traces printmaking’s rise to prominence in postwar American art through works by renowned artists such as Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Read more about the exhibit on the BAM website.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “At Your Service.” Through Sept. 21, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the “At Your Service” exhibit, which captures the theme that everyday objects can become intimately important and indispensable to people. “At Your Service” explores one such object: the seemingly ordinary domestic plate. Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke, the exhibition brings together 10 unique artists who share a passion for this widely used, yet rarely examined, household item. Click here for more information.

Saturday, August 2

VBW_the-voice-tourConcert: The Voice Tour. On Aug. 2, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to the Voice Tour, featuring Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton, Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington, Jake Barker, Josh Kaufman and Kristen Merlin.

Fans of the hit NBC show, The Voice, can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Seafair Weekend – Hydroplane Races and Air Show. On Aug. 1-3, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet team is back at Lake Washington, giving the unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington some stiff competition for the wow factor. It’s a weekend of roostertails and rushes as jets scream overhead and Seafair’s famed thunderboats thrill crowds on shore and in boats along the log boom. At Genesee Park, beer gardens, food vendors, Kids Zone, waterslide and grandstand seating onshore make this event fun for the whole family. Plan your stay in Bellevue now to experience the greatest of Seattle’s Seafair Festival! Click here for more information or visit the event page for a complete festival overview and schedule.

Shrek: the Musical. On Aug. 1-2, the Kirkland Performance Center welcomes the Studio East presentation of Shrek: the Musical for their 17th Annual Summer Teen Musical. Shrek: the Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Bellevue Farmers MarketBellevue Farmers Market: Saturday Market. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, come to Bellevue’s Compass Plaza next to Barnes & Noble for locally-grown produce and meats from small family farms, fresh flowers and other items. Visit the Bellevue Farmers Market website for information about vendors and events or click here for more information. The Saturday market runs from June 7 to Nov. 22.

Free Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours. Enjoy docent-led tours of the garden on Saturdays and Sundays, recurring weekly. Visitors will meet at Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Tours begin at 2 p.m. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. You can get more information here.

Chris Distefano Damien Lemon Parlor LiveComedy: Chris Distefano & Damien Lemon Live. On July 31-Aug. 2, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Chris Distefano and Damien Lemon, who are bringing their Code Tour to Bellevue for three nights of stand-up mayhem! Chris stars in MTV’s hit shows Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court and has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. Damien Lemon also stars on MTV’s Guy Code and Guy Court and has made appearances on VH1’s Charlemagne and Friends, Hip Hop Squares and Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons: The Ruckus. Look out for both them on their own upcoming specials for Comedy Central! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant/Lounge. Bellevue’s award-winning Suite Restaurant / Lounge hosts choreographed aerial performances by Seattle Aerial Arts for dining guests. Experienced and talented aerialists perform on weekend nights starting at 8:30 p.m. showcasing their strength, agility, flexibility and grace while you enjoy culinary cuisine from their chef-created menu. Recurs weekly on Friday and Saturday evenings. Click here for more information or make reservations here.

Sunday, August 3

Seafair WeekendSeafair Weekend – Hydroplane Races and Air Show. On Aug. 1-3, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet team is back at Lake Washington, giving the unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington some stiff competition for the wow factor. It’s a weekend of roostertails and rushes as jets scream overhead and Seafair’s famed thunderboats thrill crowds on shore and in boats along the log boom. At Genesee Park, beer gardens, food vendors, Kids Zone, waterslide and grandstand seating onshore make this event fun for the whole family. Plan your stay in Bellevue now to experience the greatest of Seattle’s Seafair Festival! Click here for more information or visit the event page for a complete festival overview and schedule.

CRY 5K/10K Run/Walk 2014. CRY Seattle is back with the 5K/10K Walk/Run. You can participate for a good cause and burn some good calories as well during this great weekend activity for the whole family. Click here for more information or register for the run on the event page.

Mercent Island Farmers MarketMercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday Market. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday, come out to Mercer Island to shop for locally grown food fresh from the farm, field or sea, artisan produced and/or ready to eat. MIFM was organized in 2008 by community members passionate about healthy food and local agriculture. The market is located next to Mercerdale Park in the Mercer Island city center and operates from the 2nd Sunday in June to the 2nd Sunday in October and the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Check out the MIFM website for more information about events and vendors.

Free Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours. Enjoy docent-led tours of the garden on Saturdays and Sundays, recurring weekly. Visitors will meet at Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Tours begin at 2 p.m. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. You can get more information here.

Monday, August 4

VBW_austin-mahoneConcert: Austin Mahone. On Aug. 4, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear pop singer Austin Mahone on The Secret Tour with The Vamps, Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes.

Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 5

Storytime at the MuseumStorytime at the Museum. Storytime at KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue recurs weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Circle up with the KidsQuest staff as your kids learn through songs, books, rhymes, and giggles! Kids will read, sing and wiggle as they explore a new adventure each week! This informal storytime is great for families with children of all ages. Click here for more information.

Crossroads Bellevue Farmers Market: Tuesday Market. From noon to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, come to Crossroads Bellevue to shop for fresh Washington produce, flowers, food and fun. Live music fills the air and a local nonprofit community organization is featured every market day. You can also enjoy special contests, recipes and other surprises all season long The Tuesday market will run through Oct. 7 at the East Parking Lot. Check out the event page for more information on vendors and the live music lineup.

Live at Lunch. The 2014 Live at Lunch concert series begins July 8 and continues through Sept. 11. Musicians across a variety of genres will perform at noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 10 weeks at multiple downtown Bellevue locations. This free summer concert series features Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For a full concert schedule and locations click here.

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: Gravity. Free Bellevue outdoor movie nights are back! Every Tuesday evening from July 1-Aug. 9, enjoy a different family-friendly (G or PG) movie at Bellevue Downtown Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn and pre-movie activities planned before each movie. Movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.) and are shown under the stars on a huge, 40-foot inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Click here for a full list of upcoming movies.

Wednesday, August 6

Live at Lunch BellevueLive at Lunch. The 2014 Live at Lunch concert series begins July 8 and continues through Sept. 11. Musicians across a variety of genres will perform at noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 10 weeks at multiple downtown Bellevue locations. This free summer concert series features Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For a full concert schedule and locations click here.

Little Book Worms. Enjoy stories, songs, and snacks for young children every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – noon at The Shops at The Bravern. This group meets by the fireplace on the second level of Building Two. This weekly event is offered in partnership with the Seattle Nanny Network. Free parking validation (no purchase necessary). Click here for more information.

Kirkland Farmers Market: Wednesday Market. Every Wednesday from 2-7 p.m., visit our neighbor Kirkland’s Farmers Market at Marina Park in Downtown Kirkland. Local vendors sell fruits, flowers, vegetables, and more. The market runs from June 4-Sept. 24. Click here for information on vendors and more.

Hall Spassov Gallery: Opening Reception for artist Nick Kosciuk. On Aug. 6, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will host an Opening Reception for its new art exhibit featuring the art of Nick Kosciuk. Kosciuk draws inspiration for his art from the children of Belarus and has been an advocate for forgotten and abandoned children in the land-locked Eastern European republic since 2001. Nick Kosciuk’s paintings are in many public and private collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan, including the private collection of Bill and Melinda Gates. This exhibit will run Aug. 6-31 Click here for more information.

Thursday, August 7

Dat Phan Parlor LiveComedy: Dat Phan. On Aug. 7-9, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Dat Phan, the original winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Dat Phan is a headlining comedian touring live across the U.S. Through his insightful comedy and portrayal of ridiculous stereotypes, he shares his experience as a regular American guy with a Vietnamese heritage. He has made numerous TV and film appearances including The Tonight Show, The Family Guy, and The Tyra Banks Show. He was included in The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition of “The Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese-American Individuals” and recently finished a role in the upcoming movie, 108 Stitches. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Storytime at the Museum. Storytime at KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue recurs weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Circle up with the KidsQuest staff as your kids learn through songs, books, rhymes, and giggles! Kids will read, sing and wiggle as they explore a new adventure each week! This informal storytime is great for families with children of all ages. Click here for more information.

Live at Lunch. The 2014 Live at Lunch concert series begins July 8 and continues through Sept. 11. Musicians across a variety of genres will perform at noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 10 weeks at multiple downtown Bellevue locations. This free summer concert series features Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For a full concert schedule and locations click here.

Bellevue Farmers Market: Thursday Market. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday, shop for fresh, locally sourced ingredients while exploring the bounty from small family farms at the Bellevue Farmers Market. The Thursday market takes place through October 9 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE (Just 9 blocks north of Bellevue Square). Click here for more information.

Crossroads Movies in the Park: Walking With Dinosaurs. Come to Crossroads Park in Bellevue for a free outdoor family movie series on Thursday nights in August. Free family activities start at 7:30 p.m., and the feature film Walking With Dinosaurs begins at dusk. Click here for more information or visit the event page for a listing of all movies playing in August.

TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop. Join other wine aficionados for a mid-week wine tasting at the wine shop from 5-7 p.m.!  Every week is a different theme so keep coming back to experience something new! You can get more information here.

Nick Kosciuk Hall Spassov GalleryHall Spassov Gallery: Nick Kosciuk. On Aug. 6-31, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery hosts an exhibit by self-taught artist and UW  painting graduate Nick Kosciuk.

Kosciuk draws inspiration for his art from the children of Belarus and has been an advocate for forgotten and abandoned children in the land-locked Eastern European republic since 2001.

Kosciuk’s paintings are in many public and private collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan, including the private collection of Bill and Melinda Gates. Click here for more information.

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Kick back and Relax with Tunes and Fresh Air at Bellevue’s “Live at Lunch” Summer Concert Series

Walmsley Bellevue Summer Concert (2) Make the best of the summer sunshine by joining us outside at the Live at Lunch Summer Concert Series. Downtown Bellevue’s most popular summertime concert series, Live at Lunch presents 30 free, live concerts over 10 weeks from several outdoor venues including City Center Plaza, The Bravern, Bellevue Galleria and more. The concerts, presented by the Bellevue Downtown Association, feature local musicians from a variety of genres including folk, pop, R&B, country, blues, rock and more, so there’s something for everyone.

Live at Lunch takes place from noon to 1:30pm, making it a perfect lunch break event for downtown Bellevue’s residents, working professionals and visitors. The series runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until September 11.

Live at Lunch 2014 Galleria - Credit Kaitlyn BrajcichWant to show off your own singing chops? Sign-up for the 11th Annual Rockaraoke Challenge, a karaoke competition on Thursday, August 21 featuring a live back-up band. Singing not your thing? Stop by and see which of your coworkers might be moonlighting in a Journey cover band or which local band will become your new favorite. Either way, Live at Lunch offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy live music, sunshine and lunch.

Live at Lunch Crowd 2014 - Credit Kaitlyn BrajcichFor more information, full concert and venue line-up, visit www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/live-at-lunch.

To see what else is going on in and around Bellevue this summer, browse through our event calendar at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events.

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