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Local Events & Activites

Whether you feel like dancing, singing, eating, or just having fun, there is plenty of things to do in Bellevue.  The Bellevue-Seattle area is your destination for a variety of great festivals and events year round.  Seattle hosts premier arts and cultural festivals year round, with the most popular of all being the grand celebration of Bumbershoot, the Labor Day weekend spectacular that features more than 2,500 visual and performing artists. Other area festival favorites include NW Folklife, SEAFAIR, and the University District Street Fair.

Browse the listings below for many great Bellevue events.

January

Seattle Boat Show

This is the West Coast’s largest boat show! The 10-day event at Century Link Field, features more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest innovations in accessories.  Plus visitors to the show will see 200 world-class boats in their natural habitat on South Lake Union.

February

Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Founded in 2005, Seattle Improvised Music (SIM) is dedicated to developing and strengthening Seattle's Improvised Music Community. The festival presents performances and workshops by musicians from Seattle and around the world, and facilitates other Improvised Music events and activities. Improvised Music is a unique art form that focuses performers and audience members alike on the creative process. Rather than producing a static commodity product, Improvised Music draws on the processes of listening and cooperation, in turn deepening participants' understanding and capacity for these practices.

March

Irish Festival Seattle

Irish tunes, step dancing and the Irish jig keep the energy flowing at the Irish Week Festival. Festival-goers can participate in Gaelic games, trace their own Irish history with the help of genealogists or take Irish language lessons. Meet Irish celebrities, view Irish movies, cultural exhibits and demonstrations and have a "great craic".  Presented by the Irish Heritage Club.

April

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Explore Seattle’s deep connections with Japan and celebrate the beauty of spring at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & the Japanese Cultural Festival. From the booms of Taiko drums to the silence of Ikebana flowers, the event is a feast for the senses. Delicious Japanese food, tea ceremony demonstrations and artwork, present both a modern and ancient view of this complex culture. The event commemorates Japan’s gift of 1,000 blossoming cherry trees to Seattle in 1976. The trees were planted along Lake Washington Boulevard, in Seward Park and other places around the city.

Bam Sound & Vision 

The Westerlies are a NYC based brass quartet including: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpets, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombones. When it comes to putting groove in your shoes and a spring in your step, Breaks & Swells has what it takes to keep you dancing all night long. Always in full form and ready to make a crowd swing and swoon over the smoky-sweet vocals of Marquetta Miller. Join us for an evening of exciting entertainment.

May

Bellevue Jazz Festival

Brought to you by the Bellevue Downtown Association, nationally and locally recognized artists come together for a weekend long concert of soulful tunes in Bellevue, WA.

June

Seattle Seafair Festival

The Seattle Seafair Festival has entertained local residents and visitors as the region's largest summertime celebration for over half a century. Events take place in various Puget Sound venues each weekend from late June to early August.

Concerts at Marymoor Park

Marymoor offers a 5,000-person concert venue tucked into the natural landscape of Washington state. Attracting some of the biggest names in music, concerts are scheduled from June through August.

Bellevue Strawberry Festival

One of the most delicious annual events in downtown Bellevue, the Bellevue Strawberry Festival occurs the 4th weekend in June and features entertainment, games and of course - lots of strawberries. Presented by the Eastside Heritage Center, you'll find some of the best Strawberry Shortcake in the Puget Sound at the Bellevue Strawberry Festival!  

Fremont Fair

This weekend long event includes a Friday night pre-party with live music, solstice parade, community yoga, a dog parade, plus much more. Brought to you by Bold Hat Productions, funds raised at the fair benefit local charities.

July

Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair

Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair is the original, longest-running fair in downtown Bellevue and is held in conjunction with the Bellevue Festival of the Arts and the 6th Street Fair. Shop from over 300 artists from across the continent and engage in a multitude of free, fun community programs designed to celebrate art and creative expression.

Outdoor Movies in Downtown Bellevue Park

For eight weeks each summer, Downtown Bellevue Park transforms into a movie theater. Every Tuesday join your neighbors for a relaxing evening with a blockbuster flick on a 40 foot screen--and enjoy free popcorn!

Seattle Center Movies at the Mural

Experience free movies by moonlight at Seattle Center each summer. Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a state-of-the-art giant screen, with the Space Needle standing sentry in the starry skies above you. Movies at the Mural is an outdoor cinema experience like no other!

August

Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival

Bumbershoot is an annual international music and arts festival held in Seattle. One of North America's largest such festivals, it takes place every Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center, which was built for the 1962 World's Fair.

September

Fremont Oktoberfest

Some 30,000 visitors each year visit the Fremont Oktoberfest, a fun-filled and charming event with attractions for the whole family. Among the festivities of this Oktoberfest is an urban carnival, a beer garden, live music, a street fair, a kids' area and the incredible spectacle of the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving. This is a fun event that's not to be missed.

Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection

The annual, week long event features runway shows sponsored by Vogue, in-store events, happy hours and parties all focused on fashion forward trends. All ticket proceeds benefit local charities.

October

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is the Pacific Northwest's most-beloved, family-friendly, award-winning and fishiest festival around! There are many great activities, arts and crafts, music, food, fun and excitement!

November

Best of the Northwest

This seasonal exposition showcases over 250 Northwestern artists presenting the best in American Crafts and Fine Art. Along with handcrafted artwork, the Best of the Northwest festival features live music and hosts a wine tasting highlighting local Washington wines.

December

Argosy Christmas Ship™ Festival

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From the flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather on shore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season. Each night of the festival, the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs on-board sing to these communities, all broadcasted via their state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.