By Monica Fischer
Meydenbauer Beach Park by Merrill Images

The Pacific Northwest is known for its active inhabitants, hearty enough to brave any weather condition with a little Gortex and a lot of determination. But when the long, light days of summer finally arrive, even we sometimes surprise ourselves with our zest for getting out there!

We’re all too aware that shorter days will arrive before we know it, so we take advantage of every last minute of daylight— jogging, boating, dancing, biking, eating, drinking, golfing and cheering our favorite teams!

Bellevue Strawberry FestivalWe don’t have nearly enough space to mention all of the wonderful things taking place this summer, so be sure to check our events calendar for more fun.

If you’re the festive type, mark your calendar for the Main Street Choc Walk (May 30), the Bellevue Strawberry Festival (June 27-28), the Bellevue Arts Fair (July 24-26) and the Taste of Main (August 22). Music lovers should take note of Bellevue’s Live at Lunch performances, as well as outdoor concert series at Chateau Ste. Michelle and Marymoor Park.

Sports fans will head to the pitch for Seattle Sounders FC and Seattle Reign soccer matches, the ballpark for Seattle Mariners baseball games or Key Arena for Seattle Storm basketball games. And as summer stretches into fall, football fans by the carload—and boatload—will flock to Century Link Field for Seahawks games and Husky Stadium for UW football games.

For those who would rather participate than spectate, Bellevue offers the Lake to Lake Bike Ride (June 13) and nearby Kirkland introduces the Sounders Rave Green Run, a 9K at Juanita Beach Park.

Bellevue Outdoor Movies - Credit Bellevue Parks & Community Services - Colin WalkerYou still have free time?! In that case, we suggest tours at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, a visit to the farmers market, Movies in the Park, or an unforgettable Independence Day celebration with your kids—and your dogs—at Bellevue Family 4th and Four on the 4th Dog Jog and Walk.

And last but not least, raise a toast to your fabulous Northwest summer while you sample Washington’s award-winning wines at one of Woodinville’s many wineries, at Kirkland Uncorked (July 17-19) or the Auction of Washington Wines (Aug. 13-15). And if your brain is still buzzing with wonderful memories after you leave Bellevue, take heart: There will be plenty of time to sleep in October.


 Photo Credits: Girl eating shortcake courtesy Bellevue Strawberry Festival; Bellevue Outdoor Movies in the Park courtesy Bellevue Parks & Community Services / Colin Walker