See The BAM ARTSfair
July 26, 2019
While you're hard at work looking for a new place for rent in Bellevue, don't forget that one of the city's most amazing cultural events is fast approaching: The annual Bellevue Arts Fair. Once a trio of three events, the fair has recently been cut down to just the BAM ARTSfair and the 6th Street Fair, now that the Bellevue Festival of the Arts has come to close (due to the fact that their usual showgrounds, the Cost Plus lot, is now being developed for other purposes):
"We are saddened to tell you that we will not be able to continue the Bellevue Festival of the Arts this July 2019. Development is finally coming to the former Cost Plus lot, which is in the center of our footprint and construction is slated to begin as early as March 2019. We were excited to explore other options with hopes to create a smaller show in our space or nearby, but unfortunately none of these options panned out."
The show must go on, though, and the Bellevue Arts Fair still has plenty to offer, if you're interested in checking out either the BAM ARTSfair or the 6th Street Fair. Both of these are celebrated festivals that have been part of the fabric of Bellevue for years. Today, we're going to be taking a look at them both, and what you can expect when you head on down, looking for a great time in late July.
The BAM ARTSfair
Organized by the Bellevue Arts Museum, the BAM ARTSfair touts itself as the “largest, award-winning arts & crafts festival in the Northwest.” It’ll be taking place July 26th, 27th, and 28th, at Bellevue Square and the Bellevue Arts Museum, and will have plenty for festival goers to enjoy. Most notably, the selection of arts and crafts to view and purchase will be quite numerous:
“We are committed to handmade excellence and supporting national designers, artists, and craftspeople. Shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art. This marketplace represents modern, traditional, and emerging work.”
That’s a long list of exhibitors, and will include representation from 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Illustration, Furniture, Glasswork, Jewelry, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearables and Wood. Be sure to look over that list of artists in detail, as there may be some names you know, and work on display that catches your eye. And remember that the artisans will only be part of the show at the BAM ARTSfair, as they have plenty of additional programming planned:
“In addition to this unique shopping experience, BAM ARTSfair offers FREE programming including: BAM Exhibitions, KIDSfair, the Sound & Movement Stage, food trucks, and much more. Since 1947, BAM ARTSfair has been the annual gathering place for our community and a great way to connect to the world of art, craft, & design!”
At the KIDSfair, for example, there will be hands-on arts projects, games, and gallery activities designed to get their creative juices flowing and introduce them to the wild world of art. Then on the Bamboozle and the Sound & Music stages, there will be plenty of live performances that the whole family can enjoy, including the NW Tap Connection, Rhythms of India Dance troupe, Choroloco, From Within, and many others. What’s more, with the fair going on, you’ll be able to gain free admission to the museum for select times on that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can “take a break from the heat,” they say, and “be swept away by the dynamic exhibitions,” for free.
The 6th Street Fair
Don’t let the magic of the BAM ARTSfair overshadow the awesomeness that will be the 6th Street Arts Fair. Taking place July 26th through July 28th, it will also be featuring its fair share of art, live music, and fantastic food for you to enjoy:
“More than 100 artists will display their work in an open-air showcase of sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics and more. The fair features a street-side layout next to the Bellevue Connection with quick access to nearby freeways, transit center and parking.”
The musical lineup is going to be a big part of the draw here, and they have acts performing every day of the fair. The schedule, at present, is as follows:
Friday, July 26th
- 12 - 1:30 pm / Andre Feriante/ Flamenco Fusion and Beyond
- 2 - 3:30 pm / Brenda Xu / Singer/Songwriter
- 4 - 5:30 pm / New Age Flamenco / Flamenco Soul
- 6 - 7:30 pm / Tekla Waterfield / Indie Folk
Saturday, July 27th
- 12 - 1:30 pm / J.R. Rhodes / Singer/Composer
- 2 - 3:30 pm / George Sadak / Egyptian Music
- 4 - 5:30 pm / The Lonely Coast / Folk Music
- 6 - 7:30 pm / Adrian Xavier / World Reggae
Sunday, July 28th
- 12 - 1:30 pm / Arden Fujiwara / Ukulele Artist
- 2 - 3:30 pm / Mario Amaya / Flamenco Guitar
- 4 - 5:30 pm / Gretchen Yanover / Electric Cello
And don’t forget all the fine food that will be there for you to sample. The 6th Street Arts Fair has teamed up with 6 quality food vendors to bring all manner of tasty treats for the festival: The Lemongrass, Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus, Burger Brawler, Frelard Tamales, Afghan Delicious, and Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn. All-in-all, this should be a fun summer event with everything you need to have a great time.
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