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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Weekly Round-Up: Bellevue Arts Fair, Breathtaking Ballet, a Classic Car Show & More

Art is everywhere in Bellevue, WA, this weekend as our city welcomes the Bellevue Arts Fair, which includes the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, the Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair, and Bellevue’s annual 6th Street Fair. Great summer concerts are also in store through the Live at Lunch Concert Series and at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s winery amphitheatre in Woodinville. You also don’t want to miss out on all the great comedy, farmers markets and children’s activities taking place throughout the summer. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, July 25

Bellevue 6th Street Fair

Photo via The Bellevue Scene

Bellevue Arts Fair. On July 25-27, bring the whole family to Downtown Bellevue and experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most celebrated festivals of its kind — The Bellevue Arts Fair.

Taking place the last weekend of July each year, this summertime celebration offers three separate fairs including the Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair, Bellevue Festival of the Arts, and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair sponsored by the Bellevue Downtown Association. Click here for more information or check out our recent blog post on the event.

Greg Fitzsimmons Parlor Live

Comedy: Greg Fitzsimmons Live. On July 24-26, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes stand-up comedian and TV writer/producer Greg Fitzsimmons. He is perhaps best known as a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show and The Joe Rogan Experience. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair. Greg hosts a radio show on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM channel and his own podcast, Fitzdog Radio. As a writer, he won four Daytime Emmy awards on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

"Wrist Watch" by Jérôme Poirier

“Wrist Watch” by Jérôme Poirier

Hall Spassov Gallery: Group Exhibit. Through July 31, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will feature Group Exhibit, featuring works of art from all over the world. Featured artists include sculptor Gérard Cambon a self-taught artist living and working in Paris; Montreal-based painter, sculptor and set designer Jérome Poirier; and Chinese Peruvian artist Aileen Chong. Learn more about this exhibit on the gallery’s website.

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 origami exhibit

Robert J. Lang, Emperor Scorpion HP, opus 593, 2011

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.

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. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

Dine to Win. During the month of July, the Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to dine at popular Downtown Bellevue restaurants for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Participants that spend at least $10 at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant will earn a chance to win a trip courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 26

Ballet Bellevue GiselleBallet Bellevue Presents Giselle. On July 26-27, Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Ballet Bellevue premiere performance of Giselle, set to the classic music of Adolphe Adam, conducted by Music Director Philip Tschopp. Guest Director Emily Lubinski gives dance a starring role with her stage direction and choreography for this most-loved ballet of the Romantic era. Click here for more information, contact the Ballet Bellevue Office at 425-455-1345, or email info@balletbellevue.org.

Bellevue 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.

Bellevue Arts FairBellevue Arts Fair. On July 25-27, bring the whole family to Downtown Bellevue and experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most celebrated festivals of its kind — The Bellevue Arts Fair. Taking place the last weekend of July each year, this summertime celebration offers three separate fairs including the Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair, Bellevue Festival of the Arts, and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair sponsored by the Bellevue Downtown Association. Click here for more information or check out our recent blog post on the event.

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.

Woodinville Taste and Tunes

Woodinville Wine Country’s Taste and Tunes. On July 19 from 1-5 p.m., come out to Woodinville’s Warehouse Winery District, which has more wineries per square foot than any wine region in the world, and enjoy live music while sampling a wide variety of local wines. Taste & Tunes will feature more than 20 participating wineries and four talented musical arts. Ticket price of $35 includes wine glass, wine bag and 20 tasting tickets. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Festival of JazzLive Music at the Winery: Festival of Jazz: Manhattan Transfer, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, and Jessy J. On July 26, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes multiple jazz musicians for a live concert at the winery’s amphitheatre. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 2 p.m. Click here for more information or visit the event page on the winery website.

Comedy: Greg Fitzsimmons Live. On July 24-26, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes stand-up comedian and TV writer/producer Greg Fitzsimmons. He is perhaps best known as a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show and The Joe Rogan Experience. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair. Greg hosts a radio show on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM channel and his own podcast, Fitzdog Radio. As a writer, he won four Daytime Emmy awards on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Vitamix Recipe Workshop. On July 26, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from noon-2 p.m. where staff will blend some fun recipes that you can take home. These recipes include coffee milkshakes, fondue and their personal favorite: The Kona Bar milkshake! RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Seattle Aerial ArtsAerial 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, July 27

Kirkland Classic Car ShowKirkland Classic Car Show. On July 27, at Kirkland’s Marina Park, stop by and enjoy one of the biggest, and most anticipated car show events on the Eastside. This show regularly draws in about 400 amazing cars and motorcycles, filling the streets of Kirkland’s downtown core. Fun awards, fantastic raffle prizes, and 21 different trophy categories make this an event to remember. Click here for more information or visit the event page.

Chris Isaak Chateau Ste. MichelleLive Music at the Winery: Chris Isaak. On July 27, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Chris Isaak 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 for tickets.

Ballet Bellevue Presents Giselle. On July 26-27, Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Ballet Bellevue premiere performance of Giselle, set to the classic music of Adolphe Adam, conducted by Music Director Philip Tschopp. Guest Director Emily Lubinski gives dance a starring role with her stage direction and choreography for this most-loved ballet of the Romantic era. Click here for more information, contact the Ballet Bellevue Office at 425-455-1345, or email info@balletbellevue.org.

Bellevue Arts Fair. On July 25-27, bring the whole family to Downtown Bellevue and experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most celebrated festivals of its kind — The Bellevue Arts Fair. Taking place the last weekend of July each year, this summertime celebration offers three separate fairs including the Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair, Bellevue Festival of the Arts, and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair sponsored by the Bellevue Downtown Association. Click here for more information or check out our recent blog post on the event.

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.

Semi-Automatic and Grinder Maintenance Workshop. On July 27, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from 10 a.m.-noon explaining how to care for and maintain your espresso machine. This hands-on workshop will provide some great tips to extend the life of your machine. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 29

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 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.

VBW_lego_movieBellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: The Lego Movie. 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, July 30

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.

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.

Thursday, July 31

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.

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.

VBW-grand cru wine shopTNT: 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.

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Weekend at the Bellevue Arts Fair

2014 Bellevue Arts Fair: Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27

Ornaments_H-editThe Bellevue Arts Fair is around the corner. The summertime celebration takes place July 25-27 and is comprised of three separate fairs including the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSFair and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair. Showcasing the work of more than 600 artists from the Northwest and beyond, the Bellevue Arts Fair celebrates the connection between the community and the world of arts and crafts. In addition to the art itself, there will be hands-on activities for kids, live musical entertainment and a variety of tasty food from around the world.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts

Festival of the ArtsNow in its 30th year, the Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a weekend affair for the whole family to enjoy. Located by Cost Plus World Market, just north of Bellevue Square, the Festival will have 200 talented artists on display as well as a wide array of food for purchase.

6th Street Fair

street view 2_H-cropAt the 6th Street Fair you’ll experience the original work of 130 artists in a showcase of jewelry, sculpture, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics and more. The fair is a beautiful eclectic mix of arts and crafts.

kids_V-cropMuch like the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, the 6th Street Fair will have hands-on activities for kids and a variety of food offerings to satisfy your cravings, including gyros, German bratwurst, crepes, Asian-fusion cuisine and much more.

BAM ARTSfair

BAM ARTSfair (1)The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair has been celebrating the connection between community and art, craft and design for more than 60 years. The ARTSfair will host over 300 artist exhibits featuring thousands of original words, including painting, sculpture, fashion and jewelry. This is a great opportunity to acquire art directly from the artists. In addition to the artworks, there will also be live music, artist demonstrations, community art projects and the KIDSfair. The KIDSfair is a creative, messy and fun fair dedicated for kids that includes free exhibits, origami pinwheels, carp kites and more.

kidsfair-02For more information about the Bellevue Arts Fair, visit each of the fairs’ websites at www.bellevuearts.org/fair, www.bellevuedowntown.com/events and www.bellevuefest.org.

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Weekly Round-Up: Food & Wine Events, Summer Concerts & More!

Bellevue, WA, and surrounding cities are just brimming with fun activities, including food and wine events like Kirkland Uncorked and Bite of Seattle. Great summer concerts are also in store through Marymoor Park Concerts and the Live at Lunch Concert Series. You also don’t want to miss out on all the great local art, comedy, farmers markets and children’s activities taking place throughout the summer. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, July 18

Bite of SeattleBite of Seattle. On July 18-20, come out to Seattle Center to nosh on good eats in the shadow of the Space Needle. This event features more than 30 restaurant booths, more than 20 sidewalk vendors, plus food trucks and 15 ore restaurants represented in The Alley, where you can get a full, multi-course “taste” meal for $10. To cater to health-conscious Seattle, each restaurant offers at least one vegetarian, low-fat or reduced-calorie item. The event also features live music on five stages. One of the best ways to experience Bite of Seattle is to book your stay in Bellevue now! Just 15 minutes away from Seattle, Bellevue offers an ultimate place to relax and recuperate after a full day in Seattle. Visit the event website for more information.

Kirkland UncorkedKirkland Uncorked. On July 18-20, come on out to Kirkland’s Marina Park for Kirkland Uncorked, a regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, Kirkland Uncorked features artist showrooms, a boat show, and dog modeling contest in the Promenade and a Tasting Garden with grilling demonstrations, Washington wine tasting and live music. Click here for more information.

Lyle LovettLive Music at the Winery: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. On July 18, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Lyle Lovett & His Large Band 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 for tickets.

Music at the Market Stage: Ranger & the Re-Arrangers. On July 18, at Crossroads Bellevue, come out and enjoy free live music from Seattle gypsy jazz band Ranger and the Re-Arrangers. This lively band evokes the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a gypsy campsite with their unique twist on gypsy jazz. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional gypsy melodies, the music of Django & Grappelli, and Ranger’s unique originals. (Free live music performances take place at the Market Stage every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Click here for a full calendar of events)

"La Creacion de Purpura" by Aileen Chong

“La Creacion de Purpura” by Aileen Chong

Hall Spassov Gallery: Group Exhibit. Through July 31, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will feature Group Exhibit, featuring works of art from all over the world. Featured artists include sculptor Gérard Cambon a self-taught artist living and working in Paris; Montreal-based painter, sculptor and set designer Jérome Poirier; and Chinese Peruvian artist Aileen Chong. Learn more about this exhibit on the gallery’s website.

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.

Rove McManus Parlor LiveComedy: Rove McManus: “Riot” “@Midnight.” On July 17-19, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes one of their favorite Aussies, Rove McManus. He was recently announced as the host of Steve Carell’s new celebrity competition show, Riot. Rove is a three-time Gold Logie Award winner and has appeared on shows such as E!’s Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s @Midnight presented by Chris Hardwick. Catch this dag for an ace weekend at Parlor Live Bellevue! 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.

Bellevue origami exhibit

Robert J. Lang, Emperor Scorpion HP, opus 593, 2011

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.

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. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

Dine to Win. During the month of July, the Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to dine at popular Downtown Bellevue restaurants for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Participants that spend at least $10 at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant will earn a chance to win a trip courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 19

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.

Cheech and Chong and WarCheech & Chong and War at Marymoor Park. On July 19, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to see iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong and War.

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

Live Music at the Winery: Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with Plain white T’s. On July 19, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with special guest Plain White T’s 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.

Comedy: Rove McManus: “Riot” “@Midnight.” On July 17-19, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes one of their favorite Aussies, Rove McManus. He was recently announced as the host of Steve Carell’s new celebrity competition show, Riot. Rove is a three-time Gold Logie Award winner and has appeared on shows such as E!’s Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s @Midnight presented by Chris Hardwick. Catch this dag for an ace weekend at Parlor Live Bellevue! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Bite of Seattle. On July 18-20, come out to Seattle Center to nosh on good eats in the shadow of the Space Needle. This event features more than 30 restaurant booths, more than 20 sidewalk vendors, plus food trucks and 15 ore restaurants represented in The Alley, where you can get a full, multicourse “taste” meal for $10. To cater to health-conscious Seattle, each restaurant offers at least one vegetarian, low-fat or reduced-calorie item. The event also features live music on five stages. One of the best ways to experience Bite of Seattle is to book your stay in Bellevue now! Just 15 minutes away from Seattle, Bellevue offers an ultimate place to relax and recuperate after a full day in Seattle.  Visit the event website for more information.

Kirkland Uncorked. On July 18-20, come on out to Kirkland’s Marina Park for Kirkland Uncorked, a regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, Kirkland Uncorked features artist showrooms, a boat show, and dog modeling contest in the Promenade and a Tasting Garden with grilling demonstrations, Washington wine tasting and live music. Click here for more information.

Melody InstituteCultural Dance Series by Northwest Folklife. On the third Saturday of every month, Crossroads Bellevue welcomes Northwest Folklife for their Cultural Dance Series, an open evening of music, dance and merriment. Experience different types of folk music, learn a few dances steps, and then spend the evening dancing with your family and friends! This week’s cultural dance will be Chinese dance with Melody Institute. All ages and abilities are welcome. Click here for more information or view Crossroads’ full events calendar here.

Coffee Tasting: Caffe Umbria. On July 19, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free coffee tasting from noon-2 p.m. featuring Caffe Umbria, a family-owned coffee roasting company that began in the 1940s in Italy, but eventually migrated to Seattle. Try some of their blends prepared over a French press. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Blue Martini’s Little Black Dress Party. On July 19, from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Bellevue’s Blue Martini hosts its Annual Little Black Dress Party, featuring designer giveaways for ladies wearing black dresses, champagne specials and live entertainment by Ashley Red. Click here for more information.

Seattle Aerial ArtsAerial 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, July 20

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.

Bite of Seattle. On July 18-20, come out to Seattle Center to nosh on good eats in the shadow of the Space Needle. This event features more than 30 restaurant booths, more than 20 sidewalk vendors, plus food trucks and 15 ore restaurants represented in The Alley, where you can get a full, multicourse “taste” meal for $10. To cater to health-conscious Seattle, each restaurant offers at least one vegetarian, low-fat or reduced-calorie item. The event also features live music on five stages. One of the best ways to experience Bite of Seattle is to book your stay in Bellevue now! Just 15 minutes away from Seattle, Bellevue offers an ultimate place to relax and recuperate after a full day in Seattle.  Visit the event website for more information.

Kirkland Uncorked. On July 18-20, come on out to Kirkland’s Marina Park for Kirkland Uncorked, a regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, Kirkland Uncorked features artist showrooms, a boat show, and dog modeling contest in the Promenade and a Tasting Garden with grilling demonstrations, Washington wine tasting and live music. Click here for more information.

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.

VBW_Coffee artLatte Art Workshop. On July 20, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from 10 a.m.-noon explaining the techniques needed to create popular latte art designs with a home espresso machine. Only those who have previously completed their Mastering Milk Frothing workshop are eligible to attend this class. A RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 22

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 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.

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: Mr. Peabody & Sherman. 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, July 23

VBW_UpMovies at the Museum: Up. The big screen is coming to Bellevue’s KidsQuest Children’s Museum on July 23! Enjoy pizza, lemonade, complimentary popcorn, and play (including a themed activity) from 6-6:30 p.m., then get cozy for a night at the movies!

Go on an adventure with the world’s most unlikely duo—a retired balloon salesman and an eight year old Wilderness Explorer—as they reach new heights and meet fantastic friends in the wilds of South America! Special activity: Create your own adventure book. Click here for more information or register on the museum’s event page.

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.

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.

Kids Activity: Little Wing Music Time. Every two weeks on Wednesday, bring the kids out to KidsQuest Children’s Museum and join Little Wing for an early childhood music education program with a rock and roll twist! This drop-in experience lets families explore the science of sound, various rhythm patterns, and song structure. Get a hands-on introduction to rock and roll through electric guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals! Presented by Little Wing, a School of Rock program. 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.

Thursday, July 24

Greg Fitzsimmons Parlor LiveComedy: Greg Fitzsimmons Live. On July 24-26, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes stand-up comedian and TV writer/producer Greg Fitzsimmons. He is perhaps best known as a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show and The Joe Rogan Experience. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair. Greg hosts a radio show on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM channel and his own podcast, Fitzdog Radio. As a writer, he won four Daytime Emmy awards on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 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.

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.

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Weekly Round-Up: Summer Concerts, Comedy, Kids Activities & More!

As the summer sunshine ramps up, Bellevue, WA, is bursting at the seams with fun events, including art, comedy, live music, farmers markets and children’s activities. Summer outdoor movies, the Live at Lunch Concert Series, and the Marymoor Park Concert Series continue all summer long, giving you plenty of great entertainment to keep you busy all season long. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, July 11

"La Creacion de Purpura" by Aileen Chong

“La Creacion de Purpura” by Aileen Chong

Hall Spassov Gallery: Group Exhibit. Through July 31, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will feature Group Exhibit, featuring works of art from all over the world.

Featured artists include sculptor Gérard Cambon, a self-taught artist living and working in Paris; Montreal-based painter, sculptor and set designer Jérome Poirier; and Chinese-Peruvian artist Aileen Chong.

Learn more about this exhibit on the gallery’s website.

Alonzo Bodden at Parlor LiveComedy: Alonzo Bodden Live. On July 10-12, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Alonzo Bodden. Bodden was the winner of Season 3 of Last Comic Standing and went on to become a judge on Season 5. His feature film credits include Scary Movie 4, Bringing Down The House and The Girl Next Door, amongst many others. He has been a regular field correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is one of the Parlor Live Comedy Club’s most requested guests. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Bellwether sculpture exhibit BellevueSculpture 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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

Bellevue origami exhibit

Robert J. Lang, Emperor Scorpion HP, opus 593, 2011

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.

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. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

Dine to Win. During the month of July, the Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to dine at popular Downtown Bellevue restaurants for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Participants that spend at least $10 at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant will earn a chance to win a trip courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 12

Second Saturday Crossroads Bellevue2nd Saturday Family Night. Crossroads Bellevue hosts a free Family Game Night every second Saturday of the month from 5-9 p.m. Chess4Life coaches kids on a jumbo chess set, free board games are provided by Uncle’s Games for families to play in the game area.

At 6:30 p.m., enjoy kids’ entertainment on the performance stage—something different every time. Also enjoy a balloon performer, free popcorn, treats, and discounted entry to WiggleWorks from 5-9 p.m. Click here for more information.

Bellevue 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.

Ice Cold Brew Methods. On July 12, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from noon-2 p.m. exploring the best way to brew cold drinks on your Chemex, French press and pour over. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Seattle Aerial ArtsAerial 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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

Comedy: Alonzo Bodden Live. On July 10-12, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Alonzo Bodden. Bodden was the winner of Season 3 of Last Comic Standing and went on to become a judge on Season 5. His feature film credits include Scary Movie 4, Bringing Down The House and The Girl Next Door, amongst many others. He has been a regular field correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is one of the Parlor Live Comedy Club’s most requested guests. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Sunday, July 13

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.

Mastering Milk Frothing Workshop. On July 13, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from 10 a.m.-noon explaining the techniques needed to create that perfect microfoam for your cappuccino or latte. A RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Children’s Movie: Really Wild Animals: Totally Tropical Rainforest. On July 13 from 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m., meet at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center in Bellevue to enjoy a free, fun and educational children’s movie. Take a totally tropical trip to the rainforest and meet jaguars, poison-arrow frogs, sloths, monkeys and more! Running time is 40 minutes. No pre-registration required. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 15

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 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.

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Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: Epic. 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.

 

Eastside Jazz ClubEastside Jazz Club Monthly Concert Series: Dmitri Matheny. On July 15, come out to the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue from 7:30-9:30 p.m. to enjoy live music by renowned flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny in a salute to The Great American Songbook.

The concert, part of a 100-city tour of the U.S., will showcase favorite Broadway and Hollywood hits of the 1920s through the ‘60s, including works by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and more. The Dmitri Matheny Group features flugelhornist Matheny, pianist Nick Manson, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, July 16

Ringo Starr Marymoor ConcertsLive Music at the Winery: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band. On July 16, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes the legendary Ringo Starr for a live show 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.

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.

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.

Kids Activity: Play & Paint. On July 16 from 2-3 p.m., KidsQuest Children’s Museum hosts a fun painting activity for children. Bring your budding Picasso to explore all things painty! Splatter, roll and stamp together in open-ended paint exploration. Click here for more information.

Thursday, July 17

Replay AmericaLive Music at the Winery: Replay America: The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew & Naked Eyes Featuring Pete Byrne. On July 17, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Replay America 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.

VBW_tedeschi trucks bandConcert: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Marymoor Park. On July 17, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear the Tedeschi Trucks Band with the Wood Brothers. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. 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.

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.

Brain Science Basics with I-Labs. On July 17 from 5-8 p.m., KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue welcomes the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences from the University of Washington for fun and interactive demonstrations and  activities. Explore the latest research on how your brain works, how children learn language, and more! Click here for more information.

WithinReach Connections. On July 17 from 5-8 p.m., at KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue, join Help Me Grow to learn more about early learning and developmental benchmarks. Get your questions answered by resource experts! WithinReach is a statewide nonprofit organization that makes the connections Washington families need to be healthy. Help Me Grow is a parent-led child development program that helps connect families to early learning support. Click here for more information.

Rove McManus Parlor LiveComedy: Rove McManus: “Riot” “@Midnight.” On July 17-19, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes one of their favorite Aussies, Rove McManus. He was recently announced as the host of Steve Carell’s new celebrity competition show, Riot. Rove is a three-time Gold Logie Award winner and has appeared on shows such as E!’s Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s @Midnight presented by Chris Hardwick. Catch this dag for an ace weekend at Parlor Live Bellevue! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

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Spend the Evening under the Stars at Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies

Summer Outdoor Movies 2013 - Courtesy of City of BellevueBundle up the whole family, grab blankets and lawn chairs and head to Bellevue Downtown Park, where the Parks & Community Services Department presents Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies, free movies with popcorn every Tuesday from July 1 through August 19. Sponsored by inome, films including Despicable Me 2, Gravity and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be shown under the stars on a 40-foot inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.

Each week is dedicated to a local nonprofit such as Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue, Treehouse and Young Women Empowered. Audience members are encouraged to donate items highly requested by each organization, including backpacks, school supplies, personal hygiene products and more.

The Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies schedule is as follows:

  • July 8: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; benefiting Treehouse
  • July 15: Epic; benefiting Young Women Empowered
  • July 22: Nut Job; benefiting Jubilee Reach
  • July 29: The Lego Movie; benefiting Bellevue Lifespring
  • August 6: Gravity; benefiting Sophia Way
  • August 12: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; benefiting Youthcare
  • August 19: 42; benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue

Making its debut this year is the Nissan of the Eastside “Classic Experience”, offering VIP ticketholders the virtual sense of being at an old-fashion drive-in theater complete with drive-in speaker props. All VIP ticket proceeds benefit the nonprofit recognized that week. Interested parties should contact Brad Bennett directly at bbennett@bellevuewa.gov.

Also, you won’t want to miss pre-movie activities like the Pagliacci Pizza Toss, inome Space Dance, Jamba Juice Banana Races, Whole Foods Name the Right Price, Pro DJ’s Karaoke and more. Players have the chance to win awesome prizes donated by local merchants. The family friendly activites begin at 8 p.m. and movies begin at dusk around 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.inome.com/summermovies.

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: Fourth of July Fun, Live at Lunch Mid-Week Concerts & More!

The Fourth of July is this Friday, and Bellevue, WA, has lots of fun events in store to make our country’s birthday a memorable occasion. Summer outdoor movies at Bellevue Downtown Park continue all summer long on Tuesday evenings, and the Live at Lunch Concert Series kicks off next week, giving you plenty of great entertainment mid-week. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, July 4 (Independence Day)

VBW_Four on the 4thAcura of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk. Bellevue’s Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk will take place in Ashwood Park at 9 a.m. on July 4. This non-competitive dog jog & walk is the first 4th of July athletic event for Bellevue and one that includes furry friends. The 4K race benefits the King County Humane Society. Early registration through July 2 is $25 per person, or registration on July 4 is $30 per person. To register and for more information visit BellevueDowntown.com or click here for more information.

Bellevue Family FourthSymetra Bellevue Family 4th of July. Starting at 2 p.m., bring the whole family down to Bellevue Downtown Park for the annual Bellevue Family 4th of July celebration. This free event will feature children’s activities, live music, a climbing wall, and more than 20 food booths. The celebration culminates with the Eastside’s largest fireworks display set to a live performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more information.

4th of July Singles Dinner & Fireworks Social. On July 4, mingle with new singles from 7-10 p.m. at Pearl Bar & Dining in Bellevue, where you can enjoy appetizers and fun icebreaker games while meeting local singles. Afterward, the group will walk two blocks down to Bellevue Downtown Park for the fireworks show at 10 p.m. Parking is free at Lincoln Square and Free Valet at the Westin Hotel for eating at Pearl. Please bring your valet ticket for Pearl Restaurant to validate. Event is hosted by certified matchmaker Renessa Rios of Match Date Love. Click here for more information.

VBW_Red white blue and wineRed, White, Blue & Wine. On July 4, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville hosts an art and wine event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grab your sunglasses and enjoy some amazing wines, live music and over 20 artists on the property showcasing their work.

Click here for event information.

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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

"La Creacion de Purpura" by Aileen Chong

“La Creacion de Purpura” by Aileen Chong

Hall Spassov Gallery: Group Exhibit. Through July 31, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will feature Group Exhibit, featuring works of art from all over the world.

Featured artists include sculptor Gérard Cambon a self-taught artist living and working in Paris; Montreal-based painter, sculptor and set designer Jérome Poirier; and Chinese Peruvian artist Aileen Chong.

Learn more about this exhibit on the gallery’s website.

 

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.

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. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

Dine to Win. During the month of July, the Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to dine at popular Downtown Bellevue restaurants for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Participants that spend at least $10 at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant will earn a chance to win a trip courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 5

VBW_ Jimmy Shubert at Parlor LiveComedy: Jimmy Shubert Live. On July 3-5, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Jimmy Shubert. Shubert is known for his observational, short-story form of stand-up comedy and typically focuses on poking fun at pop culture. He has an hour-long stand-up comedy special, “Alive N’ Kickin” and is well known for his recurring role as Jimmy on King of Queens and several appearances on Entourage. He is on the upcoming season of NBC’s hit show, Last Comic Standing. Jimmy performs at A-List comedy clubs all over the nation and Parlor Live is excited to welcome him back to Bellevue! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Steely Dan at Marymoor ParkConcert: Steely Dan at Marymoor Park. On July 5-6, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear Steely Dan on his 2014 Jamalot Ever After tour with Bobby Broom.

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

Bellevue 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.

On The Go Coffee Brew Methods. On July 5, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from noon-2 p.m. exploring the best way to brew your cup of Joe on the go. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Seattle Aerial ArtsAerial 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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

Sunday, July 6

Concert: Steely Dan at Marymoor Park. On July 5-6, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear Steely Dan on his 2014 Jamalot Ever After tour with Bobby Broom. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

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.

How to Pull the Perfect Espresso Shot. On July 6, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from 10 a.m.-noon exploring the best way pull a perfect espresso shot. A variety of machines will be available so you can learn on a machine similar to what you have at home. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 8

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 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.

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. 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, July 9

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.

Little Wing Music Time. On July 9 from 2-3 p.m., join Little Wing at KidsQuest Children’s Museum for an early childhood music education program with a rock and roll twist! This drop-in experience lets families explore the science of sound, various rhythm patterns, and song structure. Get a hands-on introduction to rock and roll through electric guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals! Presented by Little Wing, a School of Rock program. This activity recurs the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 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.

Thursday, July 10

Alonzo Bodden at Parlor LiveComedy: Alonzo Bodden Live. On July 10-12, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Alonzo Bodden. Bodden was the winner of Season 3 of Last Comic Standing and went on to become a judge on Season 5. His feature film credits include Scary Movie 4, Bringing Down The House and The Girl Next Door, amongst many others. He has been a regular field correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is one of the Parlor Live Comedy Club’s most requested guests. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Slightly Stoopid at Marymoor ParkConcert: Slightly Stoopid at Marymoor Park. On July 10, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear Slightly Stoopid with Stephen “RAGGA Marley and G. Love & Special Sauce. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets 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.

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.

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.

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Celebrate 4th of July in Bellevue with Fireworks, Family and Four-legged Friends

4th of July collageSpend Independence Day in Bellevue this year and celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, family and your four-legged friends.

Kick off this year’s celebration with hundreds of dog lovers and their furry friends in tow at the second annual Acura of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk. This “4 the dogs” 4k non-competitive race begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4 in Ashwood Park and ends with a post‐race celebration that includes contests, vendor booths and music. A portion of each registration fee benefits the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue.

After the race, participants can tucker out their panting pals while enjoying all the bustling city has to offer at their fingertips (or paws!). Bellevue offers plenty of pet-friendly post-run activities such as local dog parks, outdoor seating at restaurants for lunch and nearby hiking trails for those looking to go the extra mile.

For those who want to keep the party going, join more than 60,000 attendees at the 23rd annual Bellevue Family Fourth for an entire day of family-friendly fun activities at Bellevue Downtown Park.  Presented by The Bellevue Collection, PACCAR and Puget Sound Energy, free festivities and entertainment kicks off at 2 p.m. and includes children’s activities in the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone, live music by popular Northwest bands, a climbing wall and more than 20 food vendors.

The evening ends with a bang as the Eastside’s largest firework display bursts into the sky set to a live musical performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. It’s a spectacle that can’t be missed!

For more information on the Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, visit www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/4-on-the-4th. For more information on Bellevue Family Fourth, visit www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th.

Photos courtesy of the Bellevue Downtown Association and Colin Walker / Bellevue Parks & Community Services.
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Weekly Round-Up: The Bellevue Strawberry Festival, Summer Outdoor Movies & More!

Summer is in full swing in Bellevue, Washington, and that means all kinds of outdoor activities are in store. This weekend, we welcome back the annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival, which includes a Classic Car Show that’s always a good time. This Tuesday also kicks off the first of summer outdoor movies at Bellevue Downtown Park. Any time of the year, there’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in Bellevue, including comedy, art, live music, nightlife and kid-friendly fun. Check out all the fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week!

Friday, June 27

Soulshine Tour Marymoor ParkConcert: The Soulshine Tour at Marymoor Park. On June 27, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear The Soulshine Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. The pre-show yoga event is a separate event and ticket purchase from the concert. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Bellwether sculpture exhibit BellevueOpening Celebration: Bellwether 2014: Connect Sculpture Exhibition. On June 27, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy the free Opening Celebration of Bellwether 2014: Connect, the 12th edition of Bellevue’s annual sculpture exhibition. The opening celebration will take place at Bellevue City Hall and will feature live music. This sculpture display will be on exhibit from June 27-Oct. 12, 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.

Rex Navarrete Parlor LiveComedy: Rex Navarrete Live. On June 26-28, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Filipino comedian Rex Navarrete. Get ready to laugh until your face hurts! Rex performs nationwide at sold out shows and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Rex has released five DVD specials, including the smash hit Badass Madapaka. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Live Music: Little Bill and the Blue Notes. On June 27, Bake’s Place in Bellevue welcomes blues musicians Little Bill and the Blue Notes. “Little Bill” Englehart has been a fixture on the Northwest music scene since he first started playing in the mid-‘50s and is a consummate professional, believing that he owes each and every one of his audiences, no matter how large or how small, the absolute best performance that he can give. No cover. Click here for more information.

Seattle Aerial ArtsAerial 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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

Antonyms by Amy Spassov

“The Decoy”

Hall Spassov Gallery: Antonyms by Amy Spassov. Through June 30, Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery will exhibit the work of local mixed-media artist Amy Spassov featuring her most recent series, Antonyms. This series is in line with past exhibitions in that it is not in line at all. The impulsiveness and spontaneity are still present, but an ominous contrast has emerged. Spassov uses symbolism, subtle and pointed, to tell the story of our dissimilar nature. Her mixed-media work is both orderly and chaotic, painted with the additive and reductive process that has come to define her work. Click here for more information or learn more about the artist on the gallery’s website.

 

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.

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. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. Click here for more information or visit the event website to register.

Saturday, June 28

2014 World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 1002014 World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 100. On June 28, Marymoor Park will welcome the World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 100, a stunning charity ride starting at Marymoor Park in Redmond and ending at Boundary Bay Brewery in Downtown Bellingham. The ride benefits the global work of World Bicycle Relief and the local work of Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. Enjoy 104 miles of low-traveled back roads and trails along the scenic Pacific Northwest coast. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Strawberry FestivalBellevue Strawberry Festival. On June 28-29, come out to Crossroads Park for the annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival, featuring family-friendly fun with a taste of history. Join the Eastside Heritage Center in celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage, as well as its diverse cultural past, present and future.  Featuring live entertainment, delicious food, fresh strawberry shortcake, more than 70 craft & merchandise vendors, hands-on history experiences, a classic auto show, and tons of family fun with games, face painting, pony rides, rock climbing, trains, inflatable bouncers, and more! Visit the event website for more information.

Music: AllGoRhythms. On June 28, at the Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center, CRYSeattle presents AllGoRhythms, a Seattle based band who have been entertaining music lovers in Seattle for the last 10+ years. The houseful shows are popular not just for amazing foot tapping numbers, but also for high quality music rendition and singing! This year, the show will also feature dances by Lasya. Click here for more information.

John LegendLive Music at the Winery: John Legend. On June 28, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes singer John Legend for a live show 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.

Bellevue 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.

VBW_coffeeCaffe Lusso: Traditional Coffee Cupping. On June 28, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free coffee tasting event from noon-2 p.m. Enjoy a traditional coffee cupping with Caffe Lusso and try their delicious blends. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Comedy: Rex Navarrete Live. On June 26-28, the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes Filipino comedian Rex Navarrete. Get ready to laugh until your face hurts! Rex performs nationwide at sold out shows and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Rex has released five DVD specials, including the smash hit Badass Madapaka. 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.

Live Music at Koral Bar & Kitchen. Koral Bar & Kitchen hosts live music in their lounge every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Music varies week to week with everything from a ‘90s cover band to a jazz trio and even some reggae. Enjoy late night happy hour too from 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. All ages. Click here for more information or check out Koral’s Events page.

Sunday, June 29

Steve Winwood LiveLive Music at the Winery: Steve Winwood. On June 29, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville welcomes Steve Winwood for a live show at the winery’s amphitheatre. Gates will open approximately 2 hours before scheduled start at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here through ticketmaster.com, any Ticketmaster outlet or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Visit the event page on the winery’s website for more information.

Bellevue Strawberry Festival. On June 28-29, come out to Crossroads Park for the annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival, featuring family-friendly fun with a taste of history. Join the Eastside Heritage Center in celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage, as well as its diverse cultural past, present and future.  Featuring live entertainment, delicious food, fresh strawberry shortcake, more than 70 craft & merchandise vendors, hands-on history experiences, a classic auto show, and tons of family fun with games, face painting, pony rides, rock climbing, trains, inflatable bouncers, and more! Visit the event website for more information.

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.

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine Maintenance Workshop. On June 29, Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon to teaching people how to take good care of their semi-automatic espresso machine. Participants will learn everyday maintenance tricks to keep their machine brewing delicious espresso for years to come. Bring your very own machine in to learn the specifics of maintaining it for better tasting coffee! RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 1

Guest Illustrator Storytime. On July 1 at 11 a.m., KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue welcomes local illustrator Sheleen Lepar for a special activity and storytime featuring her book, Happy Bus. Enjoy this heartwarming story about an aging school bus and learn what it takes to be an illustrator! Sheleen will be available after the event for book signings. Click here for more information. Storytime at the museum recurs weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Heart at Marymoor ParkMarymoor Park Concerts: Heart. On July 1, Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond invites you to hear American rock band Heart with guest Michael Grimm. Concert parking is $5 per car, cash only. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

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.

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the ParkBellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park: Despicable Me 2. 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.

Dine to Win. During the month of July, the Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to dine at popular Downtown Bellevue restaurants for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Participants that spend at least $10 at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant will earn a chance to win a trip courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, July 2

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.

Thursday, July 3

Bellevue Farmer's Market_2014Bellevue 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.

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.

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