Its that time of year again, when downtown Bellevue hosts the Bellevue Arts Museum BAM ARTSfair. This year marks the 69th anniversary of the event which will welcome over 300 artists to the largest juried arts and crafts festival in the Northwest. Over 300,000 people will attend this free event.
I love this time of year. Streets close for the queue of artists who start checking in Thursday afternoon, exhibit tents start popping up, hotels are full, restaurants are lively and people fill the streets and parks enjoying the historically great weather, the event and the downtown activity. As a long time resident, its one of the summer highlight events I look forward to every year.
Take time to also visit the Bellevue Festival of the Arts (at the Cost Plus parking lot) where you’ll find 200+ artists, craftspeople and musicians and a great menu of food and entertainment. The 6th Street Fair, at the Bellevue Galleria’s Compass Plaza, hosts another 140+ artists.