EASTSIDE: Bellevue Swings Into Summer Style – Concerts, Art, Fashion, and Fun!

Over 30 bands perform every Tuesday-Thursday in downtown Bellevue as part of the Live at Lunch concert series; crowds gather to peruse arts and crafts at the Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair; famous brands takes front stage at The Bellevue Collection for the annual Fashion Week.

WHO: The Bellevue Collection, Bellevue Downtown Association, The Bellevue Arts Museum, and Visit Bellevue Washington, Bellevue’s official destination marketing organization (DMO)
WHAT: A variety of seasonal events taking place in Bellevue this summer.
WHEN: July 2013- September 2013
WHERE: Various locations throughout downtown Bellevue.
DETAILS: Event details are listed below. For lodging and destination information visit: www.visitbellevuewashington.com.

Bellevue Family 4th – Thursday, July 4, 2013This celebrated tradition includes activities for the family throughout the day culminating with a spectacular fireworks display. Activities include the Bellevue Parks Fun Zone, Community Spotlight Pavilion, various food and beverage vendors, face painting, inflatable bounce house, a bungee trampoline, and much more. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Downtown Park. For more information, please visit www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth.

The Inaugural Bellevue’s Four on the 4th 4k- July 4, 2013The 4th of July may be packed with fireworks, flags and fun, but what about Fido? The inaugural Bellevue 4k run and walk for dog lovers and their furry friends begins the morning of the 4th of July in Ashwood Park and benefits the King County Humane Society. Participants can tucker out their panting pals while enjoy all the bustling city has to offer at their fingers (or paws!) when they’re done. Bellevue offers plenty of pet-friendly post-run activities such as local dog parks, outdoor seating at restaurants for lunch, and nearby hiking trails for those looking to go the extra mile. Free parking is available at Bellevue Library parking structure. For more information and to register please visit www.bellevuedowntown.org/bellevue4thrun.

Live at Lunch – Tuesday July 9 – Thursday, September 12, 2013Enjoy live concerts at various downtown locations during lunch. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday over ten weeks, thirty bands perform at Live at Lunch, downtown Bellevue’s most popular summertime concert series. The concerts take place from noon-1:30 p.m. Targeted to appeal to downtown Bellevue’s residents, visitors and workforce; the concerts feature some of the Puget Sound’s most popular bands. For more information, please visit www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/liveatlunch/.

Bellevue Arts Fair – Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28, 2013Get three arts fairs in one; The Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair, 6th Street Fair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of artists working in mediums of all kinds will sell and demonstrate their work at the three free festivals along with live music, food vendors and interactive activities. For more information on each festival, please visit www.bellevuearts.org/fair, www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/sixth_street, or www.bellevuefest.org.

Fashion Week – Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, September 29, 2013
Fall’s fashion trends are set to hit the Northwest once again during Bellevue Fashion Week, now in its eighth year, at the Bellevue Collection in partnership with Vogue. This week-long experience goes day-to-night with runway shows, chic parties, special appearances, stylish in-store events, happy hours and irresistible shopping opportunities. Of particular interest, The Independent Designer Runway Show will showcase eleven local fashion designers on Wednesday, September 25th. One of the designers, Erin Roby, is launching her first one-piece line in September – right in line with the runway show timing. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a month-long display at Bellevue Square, and a sustainable start to a really chic career. Fashionistas looking to stay and play can take advantage of a variety of hotel packages offering gift certificates, dining and more. For more information, please visit www.bellevuecollection.com/FashionWeek.

About Visit Bellevue WashingtonVisit Bellevue Washington (VBW) is Bellevue’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) representing the city’s hotels, Meydenbauer Convention Center and the entire Bellevue hospitality community. Safe, walkable and easily accessible, Bellevue provides a vibrant fusion of welcoming hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, lively culture, outdoor recreation and world-class shopping. Surrounded by pristine natural beauty with big-city amenities, Bellevue offers a wide variety of entertainment experiences, and is home to innovative global corporations. www.visitbellevuewashington.com

Written by Charles

Charles Koh founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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