With three major arts events, including two outdoors, coming to Bellevue the weekend of July 28-30, several downtown streets will be closed. To ensure that visitors can enjoy the art without parking and driving hassles, free shuttles will ferry people from area park-and-rides to the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair, the Downtown Sixth Street Fair and the Festival of the Arts.
Now in its 60th year, the Arts and Crafts Fair is a regionally recognized celebration of crafts and design. More than 325,000 people attended the event last year, and artists sold more than $1.66 million worth of their works. The Arts and Crafts Fair, at the Bellevue Square Mall, off of Northeast 8th Street or Northeast 4th Street, will feature works from 325 top artists this year. Kidsfair, presented by The Seattle Times, is located at the Bellevue Arts Museum (510 Bellevue Way NE).
With the nearby 6th Street Fair, the art spills outside. Presented by Bank of America, the fair features 120 artists from around the country in a showcase of original artwork, jewelry, home décor, paintings, woodworking and sculpture. Exotic food and live music, including jazz, R & B and pop acts, will be on hand at the street fair.
If these events weren't enough to draw art lovers to Bellevue, the Festival of Arts offers a superb array of finely crafted items, including jewelry, photography, textiles, glass, fine art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics and pottery. Produced by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest and located at the Cost Plus World Market parking lot at 10300 NE 8th St., the Festival of Arts is in its 22nd year.
To make the way safe for the flood of visitors, several downtown streets will be closed through much of the weekend. The shuttle service, offered by the City of Bellevue, the Bellevue Downtown Association, Bellevue Arts Museum and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, will run on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Riders can catch a shuttle every 15 minutes from any of three Metro Transit Park & Ride locations:
- South Bellevue (Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast)
- South Kirkland (108th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 38th Place)
- Houghton (I-405 and Northeast 70th Place)
To allow for event preparations, 100th Avenue Northeast, between 8th and 10th streets, will be closed on Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Also closed on Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be westbound Northeast 2nd Street, between 108th and 110th avenues, and westbound Northeast 10th Street, between 106th and 108th avenues.
From Thursday evening, 6 p.m., to Sunday at 10 p.m., 106th Avenue Northeast, between 4th and 8th streets, and Northeast 6th Street, between Bellevue Way and 106th Avenue, will be closed. 102nd Avenue Northeast, between 8th and 10th streets, will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m., Sunday.
For those who choose to drive to the fairs, Equity Office and the Bellevue Downtown Association will be providing $1 parking Saturday and Sunday in the garages on 108th Avenue Northeast, between 4th and 8th streets.
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