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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Click on the events below for more information.
- Book Lovers Happy Hour (Oct. 16)
- Barrio Pop-Up at Cast Iron Studios (Oct. 17)
- Shift Paradigm Film Screening at Bellevue Downtown Library (Oct. 16)
- Lewis Creek to Lakemont Community Park Hike (Oct. 18)
- Calvary Chapel Eastside: Fruitful Hill Art & Craft Fair (Oct. 18)
- Growing Up Wild: Frontier Friends (Children’s Movie) (Oct. 19)
- Crossroads Shopping Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration (Oct. 22)
- Kelsey Creek Farm: Animal Enrichment Program for Kids—Pig Piñata (Oct. 22)
- Bellevue SpookFest Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 25)
- All Night Happy Hour at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays); Thursday Night Football at Blue Martini Lounge (Recurs weekly on Thursdays); Ladies Night Out at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Fridays); Beauty and the Geek Trivia Night at Blue Martini (recurs weekly on Mondays); and Noches Azul (recurs weekly on Tuesdays)
- Little Book Worms (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road (Through March 1); Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft (Through Feb. 1); Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (through Feb. 1)
- Hall Spassov Gallery: Alicia Tormey: Indomitus: Untamed (Through Oct. 31)
- Bellevue Farmers Market: Thursday Market (Through Oct. 16) & Saturday Market (Through Nov. 22)
- TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant / Lounge (Recurs Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays)
- Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours (Recurs weekly on Saturdays and Sundays)
(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)