Every year during last weekend of July, the immense, fun, and fascinating Bellevue Art Festival takes place in and around Bellevue Square. It’s actually 3-fairs-in-1: BAM ARTSfair, Festival of the Arts, and 6th Street Fair.
Bring the entire family and plan for a weekend of fun in the heart of downtown Bellevue. More information about each fair and festival is detailed below, with maps and links to information about all the festival activities, what to see and do, where to park, and more.
2018 Bellevue Arts Festival, July 27 – 29
BAM ARTSFair has been the annual gathering place for the Bellevue community since 1947. Its’s a great way to connect to the world of art, craft, & design in the Northwest. Shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art. This marketplace represents modern, traditional, and emerging work.
Hosted by Bellevue Arts Museum, BAM ARTSfair offers FREE programming including, FREE admission to BAM Exhibitions, KIDSfair at the museum (ages 3-10), and two states of entertainment in Bellevue Square. Plenty of food trucks on hand, too.
The BAM ARTSFair marketplace is located on the west side of Bellevue Square, along 100th Avenue NE.
Hours for BAM ARTSFair: Friday-Saturday 9:30am – 9:30pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm.
More info: www.bellevuearts.org/fair.
Bellevue Festival of the Arts
Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a juried arts and crafts fair, organized by artists and produced by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest. The festival features 175 of the most talented and popular artisans, musicians and craftspeople from the Northwest and beyond. Proceeds from the festival supports a variety of non-profits. The festival includes a food court and live entertainment to keep you fueled and refreshed. It’s a fun-filled weekend of amazing artwork, local music, delicious food, and family-friendly fun including a children’s art activity tent, Aubrey’s Art Corner.
Attendees get to meet the artists and craftspeople in person, often developing long-standing relationships and ever-expanding collections. Founded by artists in 1984, the events supports a variety of non-profits with proceeds from the festival.
Festival of the Arts is located just north of Bellevue Square, along NE 8th at Bellevue Way and in the parking lot at Cost Plus World Market, 10300 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Hours for the festival are Friday-Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-6.
More info: www.bellevuefest.org.
Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair
Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair is a showcase for the original work of more than 100 artists 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.
6th Street Fair is located next to the Bellevue Connection along NE 6th Street and 106th Avenue NE.
Hours: Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.