Arts fairs make summer return downtown July 29-31

The return of Bellevue’s annual combined arts and crafts fairs – one of the largest collections of art for sale in the Pacific Northwest and a highlight on Bellevue’s calendar – will bring fun, food and fine art downtown Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31.

This year, visitors can shop from over 300 vendor booths. Other attractions will include children’s art activities, live music and food trucks. Thousands of attendees are expected over the three-day run. 

BAM Arts Fair

Celebrating its 76th year, the Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair offers handmade arts and crafts from more than 300 artists. The fair will be at Bellevue Square mall Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and at the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bellevue Downtown Arts Market

Previously known as the 6th Street Arts Fair, the Bellevue Downtown Arts Market will be at Northeast Sixth Street and 106th Avenue Northeast. The Bellevue Downtown Association event includes original work by more than 100 artists, with sculpture, jewelry, fabrics, home décor, wood and glasswork, and more. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown Street Closures

Before, during and after the arts fairs, some downtown streets will be closed or partially closed to vehicles, but downtown businesses will remain open and accessible. The following streets will be closed.

  • 100th Avenue Northeast northbound between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets (Thursday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.);
  • 100th Avenue Northeast southbound between Northeast 10th and Eighth streets (Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.);
  • Northeast Sixth Street both directions between Bellevue Way NE and 105th Avenue Northeast (from 6 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Sunday);
  • Northeast Sixth Street both directions between 105th and 106th avenues Northeast (from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday); and
  • 106th Avenue Northeast both directions between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets (from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday).

Want to avoid parking hassles? To find out about alternatives to driving, check Choose Your Way Bellevue, Metro Transit and Sound Transit. Prices vary by location. 

Source: City News