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Annual arts & cultural events


Aki Matsuri

A two-day Japanese cultural and arts festival located at Bellevue College, main campus: 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue. G (Gymnasium), Carlson Theatre, C, D, E, L, and R-Building. Performing arts, martial arts and tea ceremony demonstrations, a Japanese flea market, food, more than 80 exhibit booths, workshops on bonsai, taiko, and Japanese gardening and the 20th Annual Koi Show by the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society.


Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

The Eastside’s only contemporary dance festival. Each February, the festival offers original talents of Seattle and Eastside artists in two special performances. Past participants have included Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Wade Madsen, Mark Haim, The Stone Dance Collective, Olivier Wevers, The Phffft! Dance Theatre Company, and Coriolis Dance Collecitve.

“Best Dance Festival Ever: Chop Shop: Bodies of Work puts sensuality and sense into modern dance.”
- CityArts Magazine


Arts fair weekend July 29-31.

Summertime is about barbecues, baseball games and sunshine but in Bellevue – summer is also the season for art. Each July, the city hosts a trio of three different arts fairs from Friday July 29 until Sunday July 31. More than 600 talented craftspeople and artists, plus one-of-a-kind items to buy and to look at in every medium from sculpture to jewelry will fill downtown’s streets. Hands-on activities for all ages, community programs, live music and food vendors will add to the festive atmosphere. All fairs are free and open to the public.


Bellevue Jazz Festival

Celebrating community and the creative power of music. You are invited to explore and share your passion for live jazz at the Eastside’s premier showcase for top national and regional artists. Past artists have included Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Regina Carter, Chris Potter, Tierney Sutton, Michael Formanek, Luis Perdomo and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

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