Summer is behind us, but fall is off to a more-beautiful-than-usual start. Hopefully, the clear skies and warmer temps will last later this year than they usually do to make all of the festivals and activities coming up in Bellevue all the more enjoyable. Regardless of the weather over the next few months, here are several area events you can look forward to between now and the new year.
Nightmare at Beaver Lake
One of the freakiest haunted houses on the east side, Nightmare at Beaver Lake is open for those who like to get scared October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-31. A walk through the family-friendly version costs 2, whereas the full scare (after 8pm) costs 8 a pop. Purchase tickets online if you are interested. The event venue is a 25-minute drive from AMLI at Bellevue Park.
The 10th Annual Sammamish Arts Fair takes place this upcoming weekend (October 8 and 9) at Sammamish City Hall. Appreciate the visual art on display and watch performance art. You can even learn how to craft origami sculptures, if it strikes your fancy. The family-friendly event also hosts activities for children. Food from local vendors will be on offer, and live jazz and choir music will fill the plaza’s air.
On October 29, Redhook Brewery in Woodinville is hosting a 21+ event that mixes the best Halloween traditions with some of the best beer brewed east of Seattle. Dress up to give the costume contest a crack, take photos in the freaky photo booth, and enjoy two floors of spooky Halloween decor while sipping on your favorite Redhook creations. The brewery is a 20-minute drive from AMLI at Bellevue Park. Drink responsibly, and be sure to have a designated driver or take an Uber home.
If you’re hoping to get new gear for the snow sports you indulge in this winter, put the Newport Snowsports Swap on your calendar. New and used jackets, pants, boots, hats, goggles, and equipment for sports enthusiasts of all ages and sizes will be featured at this consignment sale, now in its 31st year. Browse and purchase gear at Bellevue’s Newport High School from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 11 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 12.
Bellevue Beat the Bird Fun Run
Six turkey trots are scheduled to take place in the Seattle area this Thanksgiving, November 24. Bellevue’s, playfully called Beat the Bird, kicks off at Lake Hills Teen Club, at 9am. Proceeds from the fun run go to Greatest Goals Ministries, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting disabled and under-served populations in Sierra Leone.
Snowflake Lane Bellevue Street Show
The Bellevue Collection is gearing up to transform Bellevue Way into Snowflake Lane once again. Nightly between November 25 and December 24, a magical 20-minute show commences. Show highlights include bright lights, falling snow, drummers performing, and community youngsters showing off their dance skills. The show is free, and the action takes place just east of AMLI’s Bellevue apartments on Bellevue Way. Attend to get in the holiday spirt.
Garden d’Lights returns on November 26, and runs through New Year’s Eve. More than 500,000 lights will adorn the plants and landscaping features at Bellevue Botanical Garden to make the place shine bright. Tickets cost five dollars and children under 10 get in free, but there are also eight nights this season on which visitors of all ages get in free. If you go on a free night, arrive early and expect to wait in line.
Celebrated Celtic performance troupe Magical Strings will present its annual Celtic Yuletide show at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on December 14. Get a ticket for the 7pm show in advance to ensure you get to enjoy the Irish music, dance, storytelling, and juggling that make up this festive show.
Cornerstone Studio puts on an annual production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. The low-budget production features a young cast that impresses the audience with acrobatics, breakdancing, and more. This year’s shows will take place December 17 and 18 at Bellevue High School, a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park.
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