Weekly Round-Up: Bellevue Halloween Events & More!

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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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 30

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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 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

Bellevue halloween eventsOctober 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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 31

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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 31

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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 31

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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 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

Bellevue Halloween eventsOctober 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”

Bellevue Halloween eventsNovember 2

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

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(Photos via Kelsey Creek Farm Facebook page; IBTBellevue.org; TheBravern.com; BlueMartiniLounge.com; Pearl Bar and Dining Facebook pageBakesPlaceBellevue.comBellevueArts.org; ParlorLive.com; LWSO.org)

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Experience a World of Culture in One Place at the 2014 Cultural Crossroads Festival

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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 -2013 WEBIMG_1431 Credit Jal Schrof 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.

To discover other things to do, events to attend, and places to see while you are in Bellevue, visit our website at www.visitbellevuewashington.com.

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 Photos by Jal Schrof, Courtesy of Crossroads Bellevue

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Celebrate your favorite holidays with performances at the Theatre at Meydenbauer

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Weekly Round-Up: Top 10 Fall Events in Bellevue This Week

Halloween is coming soon to Bellevue, WA, which means spooktacular events are in the making! If you’re looking for fun things to do during your upcoming visit to Bellevue, you’ve come to the right place. Our Weekly Round-Up highlights all the top events coming up 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.)  SpookFest Zip Tour

SpookFest Zip TourOctober 24-31

Starting this weekend, 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.  The SpookFest runs Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 and again Halloween night Friday, Oct. 31. 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.

2.)  SpookFest Pumpkin Festival

SpookFest Pumpkin FestivalOctober 25

This Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out to the South Bellevue Community Center for an all-new, family-friendly Halloween event. This event is part of SBCC’s SpookFest weekend and will feature carnival games, arts and crafts to make and buy, treats and a marketplace to buy Halloween goodies! Loads of Halloween fun for all ages! Admission is free, but costs will vary for some activities. Pre-registration is not required.

Fourth Annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race

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From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the SBCC will host the Great SBCC Pumpkin Race, a SpookFest event the whole family can enjoy. Those who registered to compete in the pumpkin race will bring their decorated pumpkins complete with wheels to compete in the Fourth Annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race, a part of the City of Bellevue’s SpookFest events line-up. Upon registration, you’ll receive basic directions to prepare your pumpkin for race day. The city encourages individuals, families and groups to register! An $18 fee for supplies is required if you need wheels. To register, visit www.MyParksandRecreation.com or call (425)-452-4240, using the activity code 87027.

3.)  The 17th Annual Black Cat Ball

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Attention all cat lovers! This Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Meydenbauer Center welcomes Purrfect Pals for their 17th Annual Gala Dinner and Auction, a festive Halloween-themed event supporting the Puget Sound’s first no-kill cat shelter dedicated to placing homeless cats in loving homes. The evening will feature more than 500 items for sale in a silent and live auction, a champagne reception, and a delicious, gourmet, three-course vegetarian or vegan dinner including wine. This year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet, with more space, more auction items and of course, more cat lovers. Visit the event page for tickets and more information.

 

4.)  Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week 2014October 19-23 & 26-30

Numerous Bellevue restaurants participate each year in Seattle Restaurant Week, a 10-day dining celebration running Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-30 where local restaurants offer three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15. Participating Bellevue restaurants include Firenze Ristorante, Lot No. 3, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant-Bellevue, Melting Pot Bellevue, Purple Café and Wine Bar, and more. Chefs will prepare seasonal favorites with fall ingredients like pumpkin, apples, squash and foraged mushrooms. Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants in Seattle and throughout King County.

5.)  Nightmare at Beaver Lake

Nightmare at Beaver LakeOctober 17-31

Looking for a creepy good time? Come out to Beaver Lake Park in nearby Sammamish, WA, now through the end of October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to enjoy a haunted park experience staffed by a group of volunteers. Fear follows you as you wind through a mile-long trail of terror ending in a spooky haunted house. The family-friendly hour runs from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., while adults can enjoy the full fright experience from 8 p.m. to close. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

6.)  Bellevue Youth Theatre Presents: The Phantom Tollbooth

Bellevue Youth Theatre Phantom TollboothOctober 24-26 & November 1-2

This weekend and next weekend, Bellevue Youth Theatre presents multiple performances of the Phantom Tollbooth, a family-friendly production featuring local children. Laugh at the clever puns brought to you by Norton Juster’s wonderful characters as they try to restore Right and Reason to the land. This show is suitable for people of all ages who enjoy a simple message hidden in a silly story. To buy tickets, call (425)-452-7155. Click here for more information or visit the City of Bellevue’s Recreation and Events page.

7.)  Thrill the World: Michael Jackson Tribute at Crossroads

Thrill the World CrossroadsOctober 25

This Saturday at 2 p.m., put on your best zombie costume and head out to Crossroads Bellevue’s Market Stage for the 9th Annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Thriller as a global tribute to Michael Jackson. $20 signup fee includes event participation, dance workshops, a free day pass at Crunch Fitness (including tanning and hydro-massage), zombie makeup by Bellevue Youth Theatre and an event t-shirt. The event will also feature the vocal band Restless performing live Michael Jackson medleys and covers. All proceeds for this event benefit the Bellevue Youth Theatre. Click here for more information or visit the event’s Facebook page.

  8.) Live Comedy: Aida Rodriguez & Karlous Miller

Aida Rodriguez and Karlous Miller Parlor LiveOctober 23-25

The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedians Aida Rodriguez and Karlous Miller on their Double Trouble Tour. You will recognize them as finalists on the 2014 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Karlous has also been seen on Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out and Comic View. Aida appeared on Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam tour this year in Seattle and was a crowd favorite. This will be three nights of non-stop laughing you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

9.)  Arthur Murray Halloween Bash

Arthur Murray Halloween Dance PartyOctober 28

This coming Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., come out to Bellevue’s Arthur Murray Dance School for a spooktacular night of salsa, swing, tango, cha-cha and more! The evening includes appetizers, dancing, games and giveaways. Participants are welcome to come in costume or as they are. Show up and earn a free lesson on the dance of your choice! Even is for guests 21+. Click here for more information or visit the Bellevue Arthur Murray Dance Studio Facebook page for updates.

10.) Best of the Northwest Fall Art & Fine Craft Show

Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft ShowOctober 24-26 & November 14-16

This weekend in Seattle, the Best of the Northwest Fall Art & Fine Craft Show takes places at Magnuson Park. This event is produced by the Northwest Art Alliance and features more than 200 of the region’s most talented artists. This is a great place to get your hands on some great local art for a truly unique holiday gift for family or friends. Event will also feature tasty local food, a free children’s art table and artist demonstrations.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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(Images from top to bottom by BellevueZipTour.com; by James Barker via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; BellevueWA.gov; PurrfectPals.org; OpenTable.comGetMyPerks.com; Thrill The World Facebook page; ParlorLive.com; ArthurMurray.com and NWArtAlliance.com)

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Get Your Crop on at Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention

ComeScrap - Seattle4Creating Keepsakes Events is here to bring you an inside-look at what you can expect to see, learn, and create at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention coming to the Seattle/Bellevue area at Meydenbauer Center, November 7-8. This year, the event will feature your favorite vendors, new education classes, fun prizes to win at the crops, contests galore, a “prize egg hunt”, swag bags FULL of goodies from the best brands, and SO MUCH MORE!

Here’s what you can expect:

Shopping

IMAG3087editOHHHH, the shopping! With a Vendor Faire packed with booths from brands including BEE Creative, Heartfelt Creations, Queen & CO, SEI, Quick Quotes, Paper Wizard, and so many others – it’s no wonder the lobby is packed with excited shoppers long before the doors actually open. Many attendees opt to purchase an Early Bird Entry ticket so they can shop an hour BEFORE the rest of the crowd!

Learning

IMG_0008Taught by industry experts, classes educate attendees on the newest techniques, allow the opportunity to play with the latest products and tools, and the best part – in most cases, provide a completed project at the end of class! Whether you’re creating a mini album, greeting cards, 10 new layouts, a fancy new home décor item, or learning how to tell your story through photos … you’ll be so glad you signed up for these can’t-miss lessons!

Click HERE for the complete class schedule!

Cropping

ckcimage4Without a doubt, most scrapbookers & paper crafters have unfinished projects on their “to-do” list. Our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday crops are the PERFECT opportunity to gather your girlfriends, your tools, and your photos to complete those projects while having a great time! Crops are full of socializing, creativity, fun games, contests, prizes, and inspiration. All in all, a chance to celebrate the craft you love and surround yourself with people who love it just as much as you do!

Now that you have a good sense of the fun, check out the Creating Keepsakes website at www.ckscrapbookevents.com/seattle to learn more about the event. You won’t regret spending the weekend scrapping, especially if you gather your best friends to enjoy it with you. See you there!

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Weekly Round-Up: 10 Fun Fall Events in Bellevue This Week

Fun fall activities abound this month in Bellevue, WA, and as Halloween approaches, spooktacular events are also in the making! If you’re looking for fun activities during your upcoming visit, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we highlight all the best events coming up 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.)  Bellevue World Taiko Festival 2014

Bellevue World Taiko FestivalOctober 18-19

This Saturday at 6:30 p.m., bring the whole family out to the Bellevue Performing Arts Center to enjoy a captivating presentation of taiko (Japanese drumming). This is the first taiko festival held by Japan Creative Arts, LLC, and will include workshops and a concert series featuring performances by professional taiko players from Japan. Saturday’s main concert features world-renowned taiko player Yu Imafuku and his ensemble performing drums, song and dance. Saturday’s performance will also feature Chikiri, a newly-formed, professional-level group led by Ringtaro Tateishi. Sunday’s performance at 1 p.m. will be a Kids Family Concert at the Bellevue Highland Community Center. Click here for more information or visit the event website to purchase tickets.

2.)  Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride

Zombie PaintballThrough November 1

In the spirit of Halloween, Thomas Family Farm in nearby Snohomish, WA, is hosting a zombie paintball event (ages 8+), featuring a hayride, explosions, and of course zombies to blast with paintballs (wearing protective gear, of course!) on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting at 6 p.m. Join the fight by manning your own paintball guns and putting the zombies back in their graves. The paintballs glow in the dark, so there’s no mistaking when a paintball hits its zombie target. Click here for tickets or more information.

3.)  Nightmare at Beaver Lake

Nightmare at Beaver LakeOctober 17-31

Looking for a creepy good time? Come out to Beaver Lake Park in nearby Sammamish, WA, now through the end of October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to enjoy a haunted park experience staffed by a group of volunteers. Fear follows you as you wind through a mile-long trail of terror ending in a spooky haunted house. The family-friendly hour runs from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., while adults can enjoy the full fright experience from 8 p.m. to close. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

4.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival in Carnation

Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

Now through Oct. 26, Remlinger Farms in nearby Carnation, WA, invites you to bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun during their month-long harvest fest. For this event, the traditional theme park and farm turn orange and are covered with pumpkins, scarecrows, cornstalks and other festive fall decorations. Rides and activities built for all ages and designed to thrill the 12 and under kids include their steam train (a Remlinger fun park northwest exclusive), hand-led trail pony rides, and multiple mini-fair rides, including mini flying pumpkins. Kids and grownups can enjoy the 4-H farm petting zoo, fall corn mazes, and a u-pick pumpkin field. The festival is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

5.)  Eats & Beats Concert: Eric Ode’s Batty Halloween Show

KidsQuest Childrens MuseumOctober 18

This Saturday, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue welcomes the hilarious Eric Ode for a night of eerie interactive music and stories! The winner of five Parents’ Choice Awards, Eric Ode will have the whole family dancing to scary (but not too scary) songs! Sing along to silly tunes about bats, owls, pirates and other Halloween creatures! Pre-registration recommended (required for food). Pre-registration will close at 5 p.m. the day of the event. All ages welcome. Click here for more information or register here.

6.)  Blue Martini’s Annual Pink Party

Blue Martini Pink PartyOctober 18

Come on out to Blue Martini Lounge in Bellevue this Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for their Annual Pink Party, a fabulous party benefitting Susan G. Komen Puget Sound. The event will also feature drink specials, prizes and live entertainment all night. Wearing pink attire to this event is encouraged. Purchase their Sunburst Martini in October and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Brides against Breast Cancer. Click here or view event listings on Blue Martini’s website for more information.

 

 

7.)  Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Free Public Concert

Ladies Musical Club of SeattleOctober 17

This Friday, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., come out to Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center to enjoy a free public concert by the historic Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. This concert will feature performances on vocals, piano and flute, and is part on ongoing free public concert series designed to enrich music lovers of all ages. Better yet? The artists are available post-concert for questions and conversation. No pre-registration required. Click here for more information, view the event flyer for a complete program, or learn more about the Ladies Musical Club here.

8.)  Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents Wild, Wild West

Wild Wild WestOctober 17

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra as they present Wild, Wild West, their first concert of the season. The evening’s program will feature Master Steinway Pianist Mark Salman with a dazzling performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

9.)  Bone Poets Orchestra Concert

Bone Poets OrchestraOctober 18

On Saturday at 8 p.m., Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Bone Poets Orchestra, a concert band that includes eight players performing one-of-a-kind, psychedelic chamber rock. Bone Poets Orchestra explores wildly different musical textures and is known for its “no stylistic borders” policy — all enhanced by 40 years of immersion in just about every musical style. Learn more about their unique musical style on the Bone Poets Orchestra website or purchase tickets here.

10.) Live Comedy: Charlie Murphy Live

Charlie Murphy Parlor LiveOctober 16-18

The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Charlie Murphy for three evenings of laughs! Charlie Murphy is best known for his roles on Chappelle’s Show, TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Adult Swim’s The Boondocks and Black Jesus. He has also starred in several films, including Floyd the Dog in Norbit, I’m Rick James and Night at the Museum, and has appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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(Photos via JapanTaiko.com; ThomasFamilyFarm.com; GetMyPerks.com; RemlingerFarms.com; BlueMartiniLounge.com; piano keys photo by Arvind Balaraman via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; SammamishSymphony.org; BonePoets.com; and ParlorLive.com)

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Illuminate the Night this Halloween with Bellevue’s SpookFest Zip Tour

Zip_Tour_SBCC_011-Credit Bellevue Parks & Community Services, Colin WalkerThere is zip lining, and then there is spooky zip lining. In anticipation of Halloween, Bellevue Zip Tour is offering a new zip tour illuminated only by glow sticks. Each tour lasts 75 minutes, and is sure to send a shiver down the most adventurous of spines! Tours are ideal for ages 16 and up.

The SpookFest runs Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26 and again Halloween night Friday, October 31.Print

And an insider tip, be sure to schedule your SpookFest Zip Tour soon because some of the sessions are already full. For more information, go to www.bellevueziptour.com.

To browse other Halloween events and fun things to do this Fall in Bellevue, visit our event calendar at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events.

 

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Weekly Round-Up: 10 Fun Fall Events in Bellevue This Week

There’s nothing quite like the fall season in Bellevue, WA—it’s packed full of fun fall activities, and as Halloween draws closer, spooktacular Halloween events for the whole family begin taking place all over. If you’re looking for fun events and activities in Bellevue during your upcoming visit, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we’ve hand-selected all the best events coming up in and around Bellevue in the next week so you can make plans for you and your family during your stay in our city. Don’t miss out on these fun events this weekend and into next week:

1.)  Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

kelsey creek farm fairOctober 11

This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue invites you to bring your family to the farm and enjoy a variety of old-time activities: live entertainment, heritage demonstrations, kids’ crafts, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides and barnyard animals. No pets, please. This is a family event; all ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission; cost varies by activity. Note that no ATM will be on site, and the farm cannot accept credit cards. Pre-registration is not required. Click here for more information or visit the events page on the Kelsey Creek Farm website.

2.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms

VBW_Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

Now through Oct. 26, Remlinger Farms in nearby Carnation, WA, invites you to bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun during their month-long harvest fest. For this event, the traditional theme park and farm turn orange and are covered with pumpkins, scarecrows, cornstalks and other festive fall decorations. Rides and activities built for all ages and designed to thrill the 12 and under kids include their steam train (a Remlinger fun park northwest exclusive), hand-led trail pony rides, and multiple mini-fair rides, including mini flying pumpkins. Let the little ones cruise in the mini canoe adventure while the bigger kids race around  the track on pedal go-carts. Kids and grownups can enjoy the 4-H farm petting zoo, fall corn mazes, and a u-pick pumpkin field. The festival is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

3.)  Seeing Is Believing: Underground Paranormal Experience

Underground Paranormal ExperienceOctober 11

Looking for some paranormal, pre-Halloween fun? This Saturday evening from 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m., head over to neighboring Seattle to enjoy the Underground Paranormal Experience brought to you by Bill Speidel Enterprises, the company that brings you Seattle’s famous Underground Tour. During this mysterious and magical evening, skeptics and believers alike will slink through the underground with paranormal equipment in pursuit of unexplainable phenomena. Then you can return to the land of the living with Nate Jester’s award-winning show, Ace of Illusions! His mind-bending performance, as seen on America’s Got Talent, will astound you! Get tickets and more information from the official Underground Tour website.

4.)  Pre-Halloween Dance & Halloween Swing Dance

VBW_Swing dance

Pre-Halloween Dance

October 11

This Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., come out to the North Bellevue Community Center to enjoy a performance by the Bellevue Sound of Swing Big Band and get some dancing in. All ages are welcome; cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple, payable at the door. For more information, contact Darrion Spratley at dspratley@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-7681. Click here for more information.

Halloween Swing Dance

October 14

The band will be back the following Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for another round of great swing dance. Cost is $3 per person, payable at the door.

5.)  Bellevue Arts Museum: Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass From a Master of Australian Craft

Half Round Fruit Composition: A Still Life / Nick Mount

Half Round Fruit Composition: A Still Life / Nick Mount

October 10-Feb. 1

This Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum welcomes a new exhibit from studio glass artist Nick Mount titled The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft. Mount has been a leading figure in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s. His new series of glass tableaux comprises glass objects representing a wide range of techniques—including blowing, carving, and polishing, as well as mixed media involving wood or metal components. The series fuses a respect for traditional glassmaking techniques with a wry wit. Click here for more information about this outstanding exhibit.

 

6.)  Second Saturday Family Night

Second Saturday Family Night Crossroads BellevueOctober 11

On the second Saturday of every month, Crossroads Bellevue invites the community to join them for Family Game Time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chess4Life coaches kids on a jumbo chess set and free board games are provided by Uncle’s Games for families to play in the game area. At 6:30 p.m., kids’ entertainment takes place on their performance stage—something different every time. This fun event also features a balloon performer, free popcorn, treats, and discounted entry to WiggleWorks from 5-9 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page.

7.)  Opening Celebration: Bridle Trails New Public Artwork

October 11

Bridle Trails ArtThis Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join Bellevue’s Bridle Trails community, the artist and mayor in celebrating the official opening of is new public artwork titled Homage by artist Bruce Myers. The mayor will share a few words, a ribbon-cutting will be held, and cake and refreshments will be enjoyed by all. Everyone is welcome to this fun and lighthearted event. Artist Bruce Myers drew inspiration from the natural and equestrian character of the Bridle Trails neighborhood in creating this special artwork, which has been thoughtfully integrated into three different locations throughout the neighborhood. Click here for more information about the event or click here to learn more about the art.

8.)  Live Comedy: Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein Parlor LiveOctober 9-11

This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Rachel Feinstein! Rachel Feinstein was a finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing and was featured on Inside Amy Schumer, Russell Simmon’s Presents, Live at the El Ray, TBS’s Just For Laughs series and MTV’s Money From Strangers. She has her own half hour special, Comedy Central Presents Rachel Feinstein and has voiced various characters on Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers and the Grand Theft Auto V video game. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

9.)  How to Build a Pumpkin Racer Workshop

VBW_pumpkin racerOctober 15

Looking for a fun, fall activity for the kiddos? Come to the South Bellevue Community Center next Wednesday at 7 p.m. and learn how to build a pumpkin racer. This free workshop teaches tips and tricks to building a fast pumpkin racer as well as creative decoration ideas. A resource handout will be provided at the end of the workshop and pumpkin racer kits will be available after the workshop. This workshop helps prepare the community for the The Great Pumpkin Race event at the SBCC on Oct. 25 (check out the event flyer here). For more information click here, email sbcc@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-4240.

10.)  ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar & Dining

Seahawks WeeklyEvery 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 through Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

OTHER UPCOMING BELLEVUE EVENTS

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(Photos via BellevueWA.govRemlingerFarms.com; Underground Paranormal Experience Facebook page; swing dance photo by photostock via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; BellevueArts.org; CrossroadsBellevue.com; www.ci.bellevue.wa.us; and BellevueWA.gov)

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Weekly Round-Up: 8 Fun Fall Activities in Bellevue This Week

October has arrived in Bellevue, WA, and that means lots of fun fall activities and spooktacular Halloween events coming down the pike! If you’re looking for things to do in Bellevue during your upcoming visit, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we highlight all the best events coming up 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.)  The Annual Great Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch

glass pumpkin patch BellevueOctober 4

This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest Arts Center in Bellevue invites you to wander through a pumpkin patch of 2,000 hand-blown, one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins made by the talented artists of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. At this free event, you can pick your favorite to bring home, or just come and see the beautiful handcrafted art! Event will proceed rain or shine. This is an all-ages event, but children must be supervised by an adult. Prices vary for pumpkins, ranging from $35 to $200. Pre-registration is not required. Click here for more information.

2.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms

VBW_Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

Now through Oct. 26, Remlinger Farms in nearby Carnation, WA, invites you to bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun during their month-long harvest fest. For this event, the traditional theme park and farm turn orange and are covered with pumpkins, scarecrows, cornstalks and other festive fall decorations. Rides and activities built for all ages and designed to thrill the 12 and under kids include their steam train (a Remlinger fun park northwest exclusive), hand-led trail pony rides, and multiple mini-fair rides, including mini flying pumpkins. Let the little ones cruise in the mini canoe adventure while the bigger kids race around  the track on pedal go-carts. Kids and grownups can enjoy the 4-H farm petting zoo, fall corn mazes, and a u-pick pumpkin field. The festival is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

3.)  Mad Monster Party: Shadow Over Seattle

Mad Monster SeattleOctober 3-5

Looking for some creeptactular, pre-Halloween fun? This weekend, Mad Monster creeps northwest to Washington with its newest horror and pop culture convention at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Meet celebrity guests like Peter Criss (legendary founding member of KISS); “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (wrestling legend and star of They Live); and Angus Scrimm (Phantasm’s “Tall Man”). This event will feature Chris Sarandon (from The Princess Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas ) as he joins his Fright Night co-stars for a reunion. You’ll also join Barry Bostwick, Little Nell and Patricia Quinn for The Rocky Horror Picture Show reunion. Unique vendors and artists will be selling all sorts of macabre monster memorabilia, movies and more. Special events include celebrity Q&A panels, costume contest and the Miss Mad Monster Pageant (each with a $500 cash grand prize), “scareaoke,” horror burlesque, and a special “Something Weird Video” movie marathon tribute! Get tickets and more information from the official website.

4.)  Bellevue Arts Museum: Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road

Photo: David Scherrer Photography

Photo credit: David Scherrer Photography

October 3-March 1

This Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum welcomes the new exhibit On the River, Down the Road, a site-specific installation created by Jason Walker. Walker is a Northwest artist widely celebrated for his ceramic sculpture. Treading a fine line between storytelling and social criticism, Walker’s work explores the human experience as reflected in nature. Walker will transform the gallery into an enveloping, fantasy-driven world that comments on the impact of humanity upon the natural landscape. Click here for more information about this outstanding exhibit.

 

5.)  Hall Spassov Gallery: Alicia Tormey Exhibition

VBW_Hall Spassov exhibitOctober 1-31

This week, Hall Spassov Gallery in Bellevue opens a new exhibit featuring the work of Alicia Tormey. Tormey’s work exists on a razor thin line between abstract and representation.  Coming upon the artist’s work, one is freely greeted by a serene setting that convincingly lures you closer.  Quickly the observer is ensnared in the immensely beautiful and meticulous abstraction.  Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information and a preview of the exhibit.

 

6.)  African Children’s Choir at The Neighborhood Church

African Childrens Chair Neighborhood Church BellevueOctober 5

This Sunday, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, the Neighborhood Church in Bellevue welcomes the community to hear the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Twenty children from Uganda will be performing an incredible concert featuring well-loved gospel songs as well as traditional African song and dance. Prepare to be amazed by their harmonies, dancing and beautiful smiles. Concerts are free and open to all. A freewill offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs in education and relief and development. Since 1984, the Choir’s concerts have been their main source of funding to support more than 52,000 students in seven African countries. Click here for more information.

7.)  Live Comedy: Gary Valentine

Gary Valentine Parlor LiveOctober 2-4

This weekend, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Gary Valentine! Gary Valentine plays Danny alongside Kevin James on the hit TV show The King of Queens. You will recognize him from his roles in the feature films Zookeeper, Stuck on You, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Paul Blart Mall Cop. He has his own Comedy Central Presents special and is a frequent guest comedian on E!’s Chelsea Lately. He recently starred as Deputy Knudsen in the FX hit Fargo and will be in the new Paul Blart Mall Cop 2. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

8.)  ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar & Dining

Seahawks Weekly

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 through Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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(Photos via Bellevue.com; RemlingerFarms.com; MadMonsterSeattle.com; BellevueArts.org; HallSpassov.com; the Neighborhood Church Facebook page; and ParlorLive.com)

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Weekly Round-Up: 9 Best Things to Do in Bellevue This Week

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

Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection

September 24-28

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

Papa Josh at Crossroads Bellevue

September 25

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!

Ink Drop and Roll

September 27

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

Jazz Extravaganza Bellevue

September 27

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

BabyFest Northwest Bellevue

September 27

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

apple picking cider making

September 27

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

Marc Murphy

September 27

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

Seahawks Weekly

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

Louis Anderson Parlor Live

September 25-26

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.

Michael Yo Parlor Live

September 27

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

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(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.)

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