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  • Your guide to Arts Fair Weekend in Downtown Bellevue

    by Paige Anderson | Jul 22, 2016

    Three renowned art fairs will take over the heart of Downtown Bellevue the last weekend of July, the 29th-31st: The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair, the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Artists have traveled from across the nation to showcase their original creations. All the fairs are sure to be feasts for the eyes!

    When and where:

    The BAM ARTSfair Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    The 6th Street Fair Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Cost Plus World Market parking lot (10300 Northeast Eighth St.)
    Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    What’s happening?

    The 6th Street Fair has over 100 artists coming to showcase their wares. The eclectic collection will include sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics, basket and beadwork, paintings, pottery, and more!

    The whole family is welcome to come and enjoy the weather and the creative atmosphere. Hands-on activities for kids will be available, as well as a variety of food offerings to satisfy your cravings.

    All three days of the fair live bands will be playing, making this event a sensation of sight, sound, and taste!

    How to get there:

    With the warm weather and so much activity, fair-goers may want to consider taking transit rather than driving. All fairs are located very close to the Bellevue Transit Center. Below are some tips to catching a ride on the bus:

    • Carry your exact bus fare in cash or your ORCA card loaded with either a pass or e-purse. Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper, coin currency, and/or transit pass equal to or of greater value than the required fare. For fare information along your route and desired travel time follow this link: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca.aspx
    • Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
    • All buses are wheelchair accessible, but make sure your stop is accessible too.
    • Plan your return trip: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules will be posted at each bay to assist you.

    Suggested Park and Ride Options for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31:

    The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. If you plan to utilize a park & ride lot on Friday you can expect more frequent service, an increased fare and fewer available parking spaces due to heavy commuter use. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

    Park and Ride

    Most Direct Route

    Departure Information

    Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center

    Additional route options


    South Bellevue
    2700 Bellevue Way SE

    Sound Transit 550

    Bay 1, departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays

    Bay 9

    Metro241*
    Metro249
    ST 555*
    ST 556*
    ST 560

     

    Eastgate
    14200 SE Eastgate Way

    Metro 271

    Bay 1, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays

    Bay 5

    Metro240
    Metro241*
    Metro246*
    ST 555*
    ST 556*

     

    Mercer Island
    8000 N. Mercer Way

    Sound Transit 550

    Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays

    Bay 1

    n/a

     

    South Kirkland
    10610 NE 38th Place

    Metro 234or 235

     

     

    Bay A, departs every15 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays

    Bay 10

    Metro249

     

     

    OverlakeParkand Ride
    2650 152nd Avenue NE & Overlake Transit Center
    15590 NE 36th Place

    MetroB-Line

    Bay 7, every 15 minutes during peak travel times

    Bay 3

    Metro249

     

    Kingsgate
    13001 116th Way NE

     

    Metro235

     

    Sound Transit 535**

    I-405 Totem Lake Southbound Freeway Station, departs every hour on Saturday



     


    *Weekday service only
    **No Sunday service

    BIKE

    Bike routes will change depending on where you are coming from. Please check this bike route map for routes in the Bellevue area or get in touch with us to plan a bike plan for you, email info@CYWB.org. Bike racks are available throughout downtown Bellevue, check out our Bike Rack Map to find one near Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend venues.

    DRIVE

    Those choosing to drive to the fair will have some construction projects to contend with; including the closure of 110th Ave NE (read about it here). Remember that the NE 6th direct access ramp is for vehicles with two or more occupants on weekends, therefore if single drivers exit at NE 6th they'll need to turn south on 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 4th or turn north on 110th or 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 8th to access the freeway.

    We’ll see you at the fair!

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  • Aegis Living of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk Photo Booth

    by Althea Achem | Jul 07, 2016
    Check out the photos from the Aegis Living of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk Photo Booth! Thanks to all of our sponsors and participants! We look forward to seeing you all next year! Click on the photo below to view all of the photos on Flicker. Photo © Team Photogenic

    Aegis Living of Bellevue Four on the 4th Photo Booth

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  • Spectacular fireworks, Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra set to amaze at Bellevue’s big 4th of July event!

    by Patrick Bannon | Jul 03, 2016
    The Eastside’s largest Independence Day celebration, The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR, returns for its 25th year in the Downtown Park with music, family entertainment, food trucks, and awe-inspiring fireworks set to a rousing performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

    Activities kick off in the early afternoon Monday, July 4, with the Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone and live music on the Republic Services Main Stage. Some 60,000 people will gather in and around the beautiful 20-acre park for the patriotic lineup of evening events, concert and fireworks. The evening celebration will feature the Presentation of Colors by the Bellevue Fire Honor Guard and the National Anthem performed by the Interlake High Jazz Choir.

    Full event schedule, parking and more details.

    Join us Monday morning for the Aegis of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk! The non-competitive 4K dog jog & walk starts and finishes near Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue (adjacent to the Bellevue Library) and benefits Seattle Humane in Bellevue.

    Full event schedule and details.

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  • Dive into Summer with Downtown Bellevue Events

    by Paige Anderson | Jun 03, 2016

    Summer is officially here and the Bellevue Downtown Association is inviting you to its events starting in July. Everyone is welcome!

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    Áegis of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk –  9 a.m. July 4, 2016
    The Àegis of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, a non-competitive 4K, will begin at 9 a.m. on the morning of 4th of July at Ashwood Park. The jog & walk will also end at Ashwood Park where refreshments, activities and a costume contest will take place. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the 4th. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! Hundreds of dogs will be in attendance, so we do not recommend bringing other types of pets. Please, do not bring dogs in heat and make sure your leash is no longer than 6 feet.

    For more info about picking up race packets, weather, parking, event features, attire, the beneficiary, and how to volunteer click here.

    Bellevue Family 4th

    The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR 2 p.m. July 4, 2016

    The Bellevue Downtown Association, City of Bellevue and our sponsors invite you to join us in the Downtown Park to celebrate America’s Independence Day for Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR. The largest 4th of July celebration on the Eastside will take place in Bellevue Downtown Park where families and friends can enjoy food, games, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show.

    For more info on parking and our sponsors click here.




    Live at LunchLive at Lunch- July 5- September 8, 2016

    Downtown Bellevue's outdoor summer concert series will entertain audiences with a top-notch lineup of talented local and regional acts every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m., from July 5 through September 8. The Bellevue Downtown Association will present 30 free concerts in the 10-week series. Every Thursday concert will be held near the pedestrian corridor in the plaza at Bellevue Connection.

    For more info and the full schedule of amazing musicians click here.

    6th Street Fair

    6th Street Fair- July 29 & 30 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and July 31 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2016

    Make Downtown Bellevue your family’s destination the last weekend of July for the 2016 6th Street Fair. You’ll experience the original work of 120 artists in an open-air showcase of sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics and more. Peruse an eclectic mix of outstanding arts and crafts and discover the perfect treasure from baskets and beadwork to paintings and pottery. There will be hands-on activities for kids and a variety of food offerings to satisfy your cravings.

    The fair features a street-side layout next to the Bellevue Connection with quick access to nearby freeways, the transit center and parking.

    See more information here.

    A fun-filled summer awaits you in Downtown! Make sure to capture your summer moments in Downtown Bellevue on social media and tag @BellevueDT on Twitter and use the hashtag #bdowntown.

     

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  • Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival takes over the weekend starting June 1

    by Geri Massengale | Jun 02, 2016
    From June 1 to 5, 50 live performances of top regional and national jazz and blues artists and bands will play across several Downtown Bellevue dining and entertainment venues. 

    Featured artists, American blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland and jazz recording artist, trumpeter and educator Etienne Charles, will perform at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Local funk and jazz band McTuff kicks off the festival at Bake’s Place on Wednesday, June 1, with Lee Oskar & Special Guests on Thursday, June 2. Tickets for headlining shows at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com or via phone at 1-800-838-3006. Reservations are now being accepted at BakesPlaceBellevue.com or 425-454-2776 for performances at Bake’s Place.

    Established in 2008, the festival is a cultural and community event that attracts national artists, showcases regional talent and draws diverse audiences. Headlining artists were selected in collaboration with John Gilbreath, executive director of Earshot Jazz. Past featured artists include Branford Marsalis, Booker T. Jones, Poncho Sanchez, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Hubert Laws, Mingus Big Band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The event was renamed the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015. 

    Full Bellevue Jazz & Blues Schedule
    Performances are free unless marked


     Artists  Time  Venue
    Wednesday, June 1st
    Eugenie Jones 4:00pm - 6:00pm The Bellettini
    Deems Tsutakawa 4:30pm - 6:30pm Bellevue Place - 2nd Floor
    Overton Berry Duo 4:30pm - 6:30pm Lincoln Square - 1st Floor
    EM3 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
    Gotz Lowe Duo 6:00pm - ​8:30pm Bake's Place
    Paul Richardson 6:00pm - 10:00pm El Gaucho Bellevue
    Billy Brandt 7:00pm - 10:00pm Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
    McTuff 9:00pm - 10:45pm Bake's Place ($15)
    Thursday, June 2nd
    Deems Tsutakawa 4:30pm - 6:30pm Bellevue Place - 2nd floor
    Murl Allen Sanders Duo 4:30pm - 6:30pm Lincoln Square - 1st Floor
    Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons 5:30pm - 7:00pm Seattle Marriott Bellevue
    Collaborative Works Jazz Trio 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
    Javier Anderson 6:00pm - 8:30pm Bake's Place
    Paul Richardson 6:00pm - 10:00pm El Gaucho Bellevue
    Eli Meisner Trio 7:00pm - 8:30pm Palomino Bellevue
    CJQ 7:00pm - 10:00pm Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
    Jacqueline Tabor 7:30pm - 9:30pm Resonance at SOMA Towers ($20)
    Lee Oskar & Special Guests 9:0pm - 10:45pm Bake's Place ($25)
    Friday, June 3rd
    Deems Tsutakawa 4:30pm - 6:30pm Bellevue Place ​- 2nd floor
    Karin Kajita Duo 4:30pm - 6:30pm Lincoln Square - 1st Floor
    Stapleton and Wilhelm 6:00pm - 8:30pm Bake's Place
    Tom Kellock 6:00pm - 10:00pm El Gaucho Bellevue
    Joe Cook Blues Band 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bellevue Brewing Company ($10; proceeds donated to LifeWire)
    Etienne Charles & Creole Soul 7:30pm - 9:00pm The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center ($25/$10)
    Gail Pettis 9:00pm - 11:00pm Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
    Paul Green and Straight Shot 9:00pm - 11:30pm Bake's Place ($15)
    Saturday, June 4th
    Juanita High School Jazz Combo 11:00am - 11:45am Bellevue Arts Museum
    Tyee Middle School Jazz Combo 12:00pm - 12:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    The Go Project 12:00pm - 2:00pm Barnes & Noble - Downtown Bellevue
    Evergreen Middle School Jazz Combo 1:00pm - 1:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Sammamish High School Jazz Combo
    2:00pm - 2:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Mercer ​Island High School Jazz Combo 3:00pm - 3:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Moe Weisner Trio (Cornish College of the Arts) 3:00pm - 5:30pm Seattle Marriott Bellevue
    Newport High School Jazz Combo 4:00pm - 4:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Pearl Django 5:00pm - 6:30pm Bellevue Club ($20)
    Collaborative Works Jazz Trio 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
    Frank S. Holman 6:00pm - 10:00pm El Gaucho Bellevue
    Shemekia Copeland 7:00pm - 8:15pm The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center ($30/$15)
    Joe Cook Blues Band 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bellevue Brewing Company ($10; proceeds go to LifeWire)
    Mark DuFresne Band 8:00pm - 11:30pm Bake's Place ($15)
    Shemekia Copeland 9:30pm - 10:45pm The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center ($30/$15)
    Sunday, June 5th
    Todd Beamer High School Jazz Combo 11:00am - 11:45am Bellevue Arts Museum
    Music Works NW Honors Jazz Ensemble 12:00pm - 12:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Woodinville High School Jazz Combo 1:00pm - 1:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Ingraham High School Jazz Combo 2:00pm - 2:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Combo 3:00pm - 3:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Bellevue High School Jazz Combo 4:00pm - 4:45pm Bellevue Arts Museum
    Collaborative Works Jazz Trio 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
    Sandra Locklear 6:00pm - 10:00pm El Gaucho Bellevue
    Kelly Ash Band 7:00pm - 9:15pm Bake's Place ($15)

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