Get Your Crop on at Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention

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

Here’s what you can expect:

Shopping

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

Learning

IMAG3077Taught by industry experts, classes educate attendees on the newest techniques, allow the opportunity to play with the latest products and tools, and the best part – in most cases, provide a completed project at the end of class! Whether you’re creating a mini album, greeting cards, 10 new layouts, a fancy new home décor item, or learning how to tell your story through photos … you’ll be so glad you signed up for these can’t-miss lessons!

Click HERE for the complete class schedule!

Cropping

IMAG3090editWithout a doubt, most scrapbookers & paper crafters have unfinished projects on their “to-do” list. Our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday crops are the PERFECT opportunity to gather your girlfriends, your tools, and your photos to complete those projects while having a great time! Crops are full of socializing, creativity, fun games, contests, prizes, and inspiration. All in all, a chance to celebrate the craft you love and surround yourself with people who love it just as much as you do!

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

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

Fun fall activities abound this month in Bellevue, WA, and as Halloween approaches, spooktacular events are also in the making! If you’re looking for fun activities during your upcoming visit, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we highlight all the best events coming up in and around Bellevue over the next week so you can quickly and easily make plans for you and your family during your visit. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.)  Bellevue World Taiko Festival 2014

Bellevue World Taiko FestivalOctober 18-19

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

2.)  Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride

Zombie PaintballThrough November 1

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

3.)  Nightmare at Beaver Lake

Nightmare at Beaver LakeOctober 17-31

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

4.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival in Carnation

Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

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

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

KidsQuest Childrens MuseumOctober 18

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

6.)  Blue Martini’s Annual Pink Party

Blue Martini Pink PartyOctober 18

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

 

 

7.)  Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Free Public Concert

Ladies Musical Club of SeattleOctober 17

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

8.)  Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents Wild, Wild West

Wild Wild WestOctober 17

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

9.)  Bone Poets Orchestra Concert

Bone Poets OrchestraOctober 18

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

10.) Live Comedy: Charlie Murphy Live

Charlie Murphy Parlor LiveOctober 16-18

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

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

1.)  Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

kelsey creek farm fairOctober 11

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

2.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms

VBW_Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

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

3.)  Seeing Is Believing: Underground Paranormal Experience

Underground Paranormal ExperienceOctober 11

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

4.)  Pre-Halloween Dance & Halloween Swing Dance

VBW_Swing dance

Pre-Halloween Dance

October 11

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

Halloween Swing Dance

October 14

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

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

Half Round Fruit Composition: A Still Life / Nick Mount

Half Round Fruit Composition: A Still Life / Nick Mount

October 10-Feb. 1

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

 

6.)  Second Saturday Family Night

Second Saturday Family Night Crossroads BellevueOctober 11

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

7.)  Opening Celebration: Bridle Trails New Public Artwork

October 11

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

8.)  Live Comedy: Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein Parlor LiveOctober 9-11

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

9.)  How to Build a Pumpkin Racer Workshop

VBW_pumpkin racerOctober 15

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

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

Seahawks WeeklyEvery Thursday evening

Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

OTHER UPCOMING BELLEVUE EVENTS

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

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

October has arrived in Bellevue, WA, and that means lots of fun fall activities and spooktacular Halloween events coming down the pike! If you’re looking for things to do in Bellevue during your upcoming visit, look no further than our Weekly Round-Up, where we highlight all the best events coming up in and around Bellevue over the next week so you can quickly and easily make plans for you and your family during your visit. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.)  The Annual Great Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch

glass pumpkin patch BellevueOctober 4

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

2.)  Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms

VBW_Remlinger FarmsThrough October 26

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

3.)  Mad Monster Party: Shadow Over Seattle

Mad Monster SeattleOctober 3-5

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

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

Photo: David Scherrer Photography

Photo credit: David Scherrer Photography

October 3-March 1

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

 

5.)  Hall Spassov Gallery: Alicia Tormey Exhibition

VBW_Hall Spassov exhibitOctober 1-31

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

 

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

African Childrens Chair Neighborhood Church BellevueOctober 5

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

7.)  Live Comedy: Gary Valentine

Gary Valentine Parlor LiveOctober 2-4

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

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

Seahawks Weekly

Every Thursday evening

Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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

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

Fall has finally arrived, heralding the return of beautiful fall leaves and cooler weather. In Bellevue, WA, fall events and activities are beginning to pop up all over. Each week, our Weekly Round-Up shines a light on all the best events taking place in and around Bellevue over the next week so you can quickly and easily make plans for you and your family during your visit. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.) Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection

Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection

September 24-28

Fall’s fashion trends from The Bellevue Collection are set to hit the Northwest once again. Now in its ninth year, this week-long experience goes day-to-night with runway shows benefiting local charities, chic parties, special appearances, stylish in-store events, happy hours and irresistible shopping. Join Vogue Magazine for the premier Front Row Fashion Show runway show, gather girlfriends for the fun Posh Party Trend Show or experience up-and-coming designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show. Click here for a more information.

2.) Dusty Strings Concert Series: Papa Josh

Papa Josh at Crossroads Bellevue

September 25

Crossroads Bellevue welcomes Papa Josh, a multi-instrumentalist and entertainer, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. His award-winning show is a live mix of sweet, soulful grooves that blend funk, jazz, R&B, hip hop and disco house into a highly addictive dance floor concoction he calls funk ‘n’ groove music. Winner of Roland’s 2011 Canadian National Loop competition, Papa Josh’s solo show is an amazingly unforgettable experience not to be missed! The Papa Josh performance is part of the Dusty Strings Concert Series, which presents free concerts at Crossroads’ Market Stage on the fourth Thursday of each month. Visit Crossroads’ event page for more information.

3.) Bellevue Arts Museum: Ink, Drop & Roll!

Ink Drop and Roll

September 27

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum invites you to a day of exciting steamroller printing and hands-on activities in celebration of the exhibit Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. All ages are welcome to participate in this free event, which includes steamroller printmaking, local artists, printmaking activities and demos, food and fun, and free museum admission! Click here for more information.

4.) Annual Jazz Extravaganza 2014

Jazz Extravaganza Bellevue

September 27

This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., The Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue welcomes the Eastside Jazz Club’s Annual Jazz Extravaganza concert. Headlining this concert is three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto. Originally from Brazil, Jovino Santos Neto is a Seattle-based pianist, flutist and composer that continues to blur the boundaries between classical music, jazz and indigenous Brazilian music; the quinteto will feature vibes, bass, drums and percussion. Seattle’s own songstress Stephanie Porter and her group will open the Jazz Extravaganza with Stephanie on vocals, and others accompanying her on piano, bass and drums. A longtime figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Stephanie is an outstanding jazz vocalist with a clear, sultry tone and a bright and appealing stage presence. Also, enjoy pre-concert jazz in the foyer with The Ari Joshua Organ Trio featuring Ari on guitar and Delvon Lamarr on Hammond Organ. Click here for more information or visit the event page here.

5.) BabyFest Northwest: The NW’s Biggest Baby Shower

BabyFest Northwest Bellevue

September 27

This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center hosts a special expo for new and expectant parents. This luxury event connects parents and parents-to-be to more than 80 vendors showcasing innovative baby products and services. Guests enjoy amazing speakers and educational workshops on topics ranging from baby-wearing to making your own baby food. The most anticipated portion of the event is The Big Shower, where valuable prizes will be given away. Register and learn more on the official BabyFest website.

 

6.) Apple Picking and Cider Making

apple picking cider making

September 27

From noon to 3 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Factoria hosts a fun apple picking and cider making event that’s free and open to the public. Have you ever noticed that a freshly picked apple or pressed cider from an orchard tastes so much better than store bought? If so, you’ll truly enjoy picking your own apples and making your own cider at this fun fall-themed event. Participants should bring their own jug for their cider and a suggested canned food donation for Hopelink. Click here for more information.

7.)  James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Marc Murphy

September 27

Attention all foodies and culinary aficionados! Sur La Table in Kirkland invites the community to an exciting day of free culinary events this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event includes a cooking demonstration by James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Murphy, cookbook signings, cheese and cracker tastings by La Panzanella, chocolate tastings by Theo Chocolate, cheese tastings by Mt. Townsend Creamery and fun for the whole family. Limited space is available; RSVP to reserve your space now at RSVP-Seattle@SurLaTable.com. Click here for more information.

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

Seahawks Weekly

Every Thursday evening

Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through0 Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

9.)  Live Comedy: Louie Anderson / Michael Yo

Louis Anderson Parlor Live

September 25-26

The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Louie Anderson back to Bellevue! Louie was recognized by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” and you will recognize him as the host of Family Feud and from his roles in the blockbuster films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Coming To America. He has also filmed several of his own comedy specials and is a frequent guest on late night talk shows. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Michael Yo Parlor Live

September 27

On Sept. 27, Parlor Live welcomes Michael Yo back to the stage for a one-night-only special event! Michael is best known for his work on E!s Chelsea Lately, “OMG! Insider,” “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” and his own show, “Yo on E!” as well as CBS’s The Talk and The Arsenio Hall Show. You won’t want to miss this one-night laugh-fest with Michael and a surprise special guest! Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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(Images via Bellevue Collection; Crossroads Bellevue; Bellevue Arts Museum; BabyFest Northwest; cider photo by Naito8 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; JBFTasteAmerica.org; Pearl Bar & Dining; and Parlor Live.)

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Ring in the Fall with Family Fun at Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

Kelsey-Creek-Farm-FairTemperatures are dropping, leaves are changing colors and a new season is upon us! To celebrate, Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue invites you to join them at their annual Farm Fair for a day of Fall-themed family fun on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include live entertainment, heritage demonstrations, kids’ crafts, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides and barnyard animals.

Girl holding pumpkinIf that doesn’t keep you busy enough, feel free to pick a fresh pumpkin from the farm’s pasture and decorate it to your heart’s desire.

Entry to the fair is free and costs vary for food and activities. Complimentary shuttles will run from Wilburton Park and Ride and Bannerwood Sports Park.  For more information, please email kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov or call the Farm at (425) 452-7688.

If you’re not able to make the Farm Fair, make sure to bring the family by the farm another day to view the animals out in their pastures. Farm animals can be viewed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are not needed to visit the farm and there are no entrance fees.

To browse other events coming up this Fall in Bellevue, take a look at our online calendar of events at www.visitbellevuewashington.com/events.

 
Photos Courtesy of Bellevue Parks & Community Services
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Weekly Round-Up: 8 Fun Bellevue Events This Week

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Fashion Week returns for the ninth year to The Bellevue Collection featuring a lineup of runway shows and fashion focused events.

It’s the last full week of summer in Bellevue, WA, and that means summer events will soon be making way for fall events and activities. Each week, our Weekly Round-Up puts a spotlight on all the top events in Bellevue over the next week so you can quickly and easily make plans for you and your family during your visit. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1.)  Fall Fashion Showcase at The Shops at the Bravern

Fall Fashion Showcase The BravernSeptember 18

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue invites you to celebrate The Bravern’s 5th anniversary at the Fall Fashion Showcase. Discover live mannequins, two live runway shows produced by Neiman Marcus, a DJ and live band, sketch artists, a photo booth, food and beverages, and exclusive in-store experiences and specials. Click here for more information.

2.)  Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection

Fashion Week at the Bellevue CollectionSeptember 24-28

Fall’s fashion trends from The Bellevue Collection are set to hit the Northwest once again. Now in its ninth year, this week-long experience goes day-to-night with runway shows benefiting local charities, chic parties, special appearances, stylish in-store events, happy hours and irresistible shopping. Join Vogue Magazine for the premier Front Row Fashion Show runway show, gather girlfriends for the fun Posh Party Trend Show or experience up-and-coming designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show. Click here for a more information.

3.)  Hollywood Hill Block Party in Woodinville Wine Country

Hollywood Hill Block PartySeptember 19

Woodinville, a beautiful city just a short jaunt north of Bellevue, is renowned for its wine country. Take a trip up to Woodinville to enjoy the Hollywood Hill Block Party, a community event showcasing the thriving local food and wine industry. This event will include wine tasting from the area’s superb wineries, with each tasting room creating a unique and interactive experience behind their doors. Your ticket grants you access to the block party, tasting tickets, a wine glass, wine discounts and entrance to the After Hours Party at the Hollywood Schoolhouse, featuring X Factor finalist LeRoy Bell from 8 p.m.- 10 p.m. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

4.)  EZ Rocks Skate for the Cure

4.)	EZ Rocks Skate for the Cure September 19-21

This weekend, Bellevue Skate Park hosts EZ Rocks Skate for the Cure, the first ever PRO-AM skateboarding event in the Seattle area. This is a fundraising event for the Zakes Foundation, which is raising money to find a cure for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD is a childhood neurological disease that kills almost 100% of all kids that have it. This event will draw some of the world’s best skaters, who will be competing for a $50,000 purse. Watch some fantatic skating while also enjoying live music, carnival games, food, pro demos, free skate clinics, giveaways and more. Visit the event website for more information and tickets.

5.)  Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day for a Cure

Susan G Komen 3 DaySeptember 19-21

Come take part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day fundraising event and do your part to help fight breast cancer. The event begins Friday with the Opening Ceremony at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, after which participants are sent off on a 60-mile journey in true 3-Day style, which of course includes singing, dancing, colorful costumes and community cheering stations along the way, which includes passing through Bellevue and other Eastside cities like Redmond, Kirkland and Mercer Island. Participants generally walk about 20 miles each day over a 3-day period, ending their journey at a Closing Ceremony Sunday afternoon. While online registration for the 2014 Seattle 3-Day has closed, you can still register by calling 800-996-3DAY. Get spectator information here or learn more on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day website.

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

Seahawks Weekly Every Thursday evening

Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through0 Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

7.)  Live Comedy: Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson Parlor Live September 18-20

The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedian Tom Wilson for three laugh-filled nights. Tom is a successful actor, writer and comedian with more than fifty television shows, comedy specials and movies to his credit, including The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. He is best known as “Biff” from the now classic film trilogy Back to the Future and has appeared on The Tonight Show. As a comedian, Tom brings to the stage a high level of enthusiasm and charisma that is enjoyed by audiences of any age. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

8.)  Public Opera Dinner at Basil’s Kitchen

Public Opera September 21

There’s nothing like the gift of song to elevate any dining experience. Enjoy a romantic Italian escape at Basil’s Kitchen at Hilton Bellevue, which is hosting a special Public Opera Dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Let the voices of four opera singers serenade you as you enjoy a three-course Italian meal. For reservations, call 425-455-1300 or click here. Free validated parking is included with dinner. Learn more about the talented Public Opera singers here.

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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(Images via TheBravern.com; BellevueCollection.com; WoodinvilleWineCountry.comEZRocks.org; The3day.org; ParlorLive.com; and the Public Opera Facebook page.)

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Cheer on the Legion of Boom in Bellevue: Where to Drink, Dine & Cheer

Looking for places to watch the big game… then Bellevue is your place! Whether you want a big screen, brunch, happy hour or the sound cranked up, the Legion of Boom is celebrated in Bellevue.

There is no shortage of spirit in Bellevue with places to watch the Seahawks game and many venues offering game day specials. Browse through the slider below to see which venue is meant to be your Hawk home base.

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Weekly Round-Up: 7 Can’t-Miss Bellevue Events This Week

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The Huayin Performing Arts Group brings Chinese culture and arts to Bellevue this week at The Theatre at Meydenbauer. Photo courtesy of Huayin Performing Arts Group.

We’re currently savoring the last precious days of summer in Bellevue, WA, and we want to make sure you savor each moment while you visit our city and surrounding areas. Each week, our Weekly Round-Up clues you in to all the top events coming up soon in Bellevue so you can plan fun activities for you and your family while you’re in town. Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in Bellevue this weekend and into next week:

1. Chinese Dance: The Huayin Performing Arts Group

Huayin Performing Arts Group 1-downsizedSeptember 17-18

Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Huayin Performing Arts Group, a local and national Chinese culture nonprofit organization, for two evenings of dance at 7:30 p.m. The group will invite China’s top performing artists from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, to present a top qualified program to celebrate 2014 Moon Festival and China National Day. Click here for more information.

2. Fall Fashion Showcase at The Shops at The Bravern

Fall Fashion Showcase The BravernSeptember 18

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue invites you to celebrate The Bravern’s 5th anniversary at the Fall Fashion Showcase. Discover live mannequins, two live runway shows produced by Neiman Marcus, a DJ and live band, sketch artists, a photo booth, food and beverages, and exclusive in-store experiences and specials. Click here for more information.

 

3. 7th Annual Cycle the WAVE All Women’s Bike Ride

Cycle the WAVESeptember 14

This Sunday, female cyclists of all stripes will meet at Bellevue College to participate in a special, all-woman cycling event in Bellevue that raises funds for the WAVE Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic abuse and raising funds to benefit victims of abuse. This non-competitive event is designed for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie and support WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere). Act fast if you haven’t registered; online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12. Click here to register or get more information.

4. ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar & Dining

Seahawks weeklyEvery Thursday Evening

Attention Seahawks fans! From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each Thursday, Bellevue’s Pearl Bar & Dining welcomes hosts from ESPN radio for Seahawks Weekly, a live show that discusses the previous game and the upcoming weekend’s games. Seahawks and other athletes will be the guests so you never know who you might have a chance to see! You can stop in to see the live broadcast from Sept. 11 through Dec. 18. Click here for more information.

 

 5. Live Comedy: Jamie Lee & Andrew Schulz Live

Jamie Lee and Andrw SchulzSeptember 11-13

The Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue welcomes comedians Jamie Lee & Andrew Schulz live. Jamie Lee is a cast member on the new MTV series Girl Code, appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately and TruTV’s World’s Dumbest and is a writer for Rob Dyrdek’s MTV series, Ridiculousness. Her Girl Code co-star, Andrew Schulz, headlines with Jamie for a fantastic weekend of stand-up! You have seen Andrew on MTV’s Guy Court, The Hook Up and Guy Code and he has made appearances on MTV2’s Hip Hop Squares, Epic Fails, Wild N Out and Charlamagne and Friends.

6. Second Saturday Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue

Second Saturday Family Night BellevueSeptember 13

Attention parents! 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 and 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. Also enjoy a balloon performer, free popcorn, treats, and discounted entry to WiggleWorks. Click here for more information or visit the event page to see who will be on stage.

7. Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

2Through September 21 (Closed Mondays)

Make sure to check out the amazing paper works of art on display at Bellevue Arts Museum in Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilites of Origami before the exhibition comes to a close on Sept. 21.  You’ll see over 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world that showcase the power of origami and its modern-day application in the field of engineering, design, fashion, and the global peace movement.  Considered a children’s craft for many centuries, Folding Paper pays tribute to the many artists and activists who have elevated origami to a recognized art form as sophisticated and meaningful as any other. For more information, visit the exhibit page.

 

Other Upcoming Bellevue Events

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