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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