Fall is in full swing, but before your calendar fills up with holiday engagements, make time for some indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. From hiking to Hercules, jazz to gingerbread houses, these action-packed activities won’t leave anyone bored. As chilly temperatures descend, participate in fun Bellevue indoor events that let you enjoy the season and stay comfortable at the same time.
1.) VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS (CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY)
This crafting event is specially formatted for 2-5 year-olds. Young children, with a parent or adult along to join the fun, will create mini gingerbread houses and enjoy delicious treats and songs. You and your child will get into the spirit of the season with this craft. Children are encouraged to dress up in festive attire for this event at the Northwest Arts Center. Cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. The activity goes from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register by calling 425-452-4106 and referencing course #85524. For additional questions, contact the Northwest Arts Center.
2.) LAUREN POTTER: LIVING A GLEE-FUL LIFE
Glee fans will rejoice! Actress Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on the hit show Glee, will be speaking this Saturday at Bellevue College. Hosted by ParentMap, this is a special event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their achievements. Recommended for all ages, there’s even a special family ticket option: $20 for 2 adults and up to 2 kids attending. Individual tickets are $10. Lauren Potter has an important message to share. As ParentMap notes, “When professionals told Lauren that she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t’, she worked harder. Barriers put before her became a personal challenge to let people know what she was capable of.” Don’t miss Lauren Potter’s speech and Q & A! You’ll get to hear from other speakers as well, Steve Ferreira, founder of the non-profit Beyond Disabilities, and Ben Wahl, founder of Ryther’s Aspiring Youth Program. The event lasts from 2-5 p.m. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
3.) MACY’S HOLIDAY FRAGRANCE GALA
Need a break? Macy’s Holiday Fragrance Gala creates the perfect girls’ night of luxury. This VIP event costs just $10, which also goes towards any fragrances you shop for that night. Guests will be treated to live music and sample Indian cuisine from Moksha Restaurant, hailed as one of the Top Restaurants for 2013 by a Seattle Times critic. Shop for fragrances on this special day and you’ll be rewarded with extra surprises from vendors. A swag bag is included, with gift cards and vouchers for local businesses totaling over $20. The gala is an all-ages event that will quickly get you in the shopping spirit! The event takes place from 8-10 p.m. Call 425-688-6340 or email to reserve space for you and friend, or find more details here.
4.) LOWERING OF LAKE WASHINGTON PROGRAM
Immerse yourself in local history during this program from the Eastside Heritage Center and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. You’ll hear how a change in water elevation affected local businesses and individuals after the historic Lake Washington Ship Canal was built in 1934. This free event takes place from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Invite friends and family to learn about a piece of local history and how it shaped the cities that exist today. Click here for more event details.
5.) THE MIKE ALLEN QUARTET
Relax to the smooth sounds of jazz saxophonist Mike Allen as he performs with other WWU faculty in The Mike Allen Quartet. Eastside Jazz Club will host the performance on November 18 from 7:30-9:30pm at Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue. Praise for Mike Allen comes from The Jazz Report’s Andy Hurlbut, who declares “Mike Allen’s world is well worth a visit.” Come hear the artist The Jazz Journal International calls “An accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital.” Stop by early to enjoy Happy Hour until 7 p.m. Learn more about Mike Allen and listen to his music here. Tickets at door for $13 for adults, youth aged 18 and under for $8. Find additional event details here.
6.) NIGHT HIKE AT LEWIS CREEK PARK
Change up your hiking routine with a trek through the park at night! Experience Bellevue’s Lewis Creek Park after dark on a Ranger-led hike. From 7:30-9 p.m., hikers will explore the park and find out what creatures come out at night—a great opportunity for kids and families to have a first-hand experience in nature. Kids as young as 5 are able to join the walk, and the cost is only $2 per resident and $3 per non-resident. If you want to participate in this adventure, dress for the weather and ensure you have hiking boots or shoes suited for the outdoors. Call 425-452-6885 and reference course #86696 to register.
7.) HERCULES MUSICAL
Variety Plus presents an original family musical, Hercules, written and directed by Bob Gribas. This exciting performance at the Meydenbauer Center will appeal to families of all ages. The musical’s cast is 95 Seattle-area youth and adults, with music and choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas. What to expect? Variety Plus boasts, “Catchy tunes, comical characters, innovative masks and whimsical choreography make this high energy production a highly entertaining experience for the whole family!” General admission seats are $14, available online, or at the door by cash or check. Attend one of the four performances: November 22 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and November 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
OTHER UPCOMING BELLEVUE EVENTS
Click on the events below for more information
- 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)
- ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar and Dining (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: On the River, Down the Road (Oct. 3-March 1); Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft (Oct. 10-Feb. 1); and Quality Is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (Oct. 10-Feb. 1)
- Bellevue Farmers Market: 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 from top to bottom by antpkr via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; @TheLaurenPotter; stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net; US Army Corps of Engineers; Western Washington University; MyParksandRecreation.com; and Variety Plus)