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Sweet Summer Events

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Written by Errin Williams

Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies • July–August

Bellevue outdoor movie nights are back. The movies are free, rated PG or G, and begin at dusk. Pre-movie activities and popcorn will be provided. Grab your family members and lawn chairs and enjoy some free entertainment. For more information, visit

Stand-up Paddle Boarding • July–September

Enatai Beach Park encourages fun in the sun while canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The park includes a picnic area, spacious patio and a semiprivate area overlooking Lake Washington. Make a day out of enjoying a great view on the water. For more information, visit

Bellevue Family Fourth • July 4

The Eastside’s largest Independence Day celebration takes place in Bellevue Downtown Park. Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone and live entertainment gather some 60,000 people to the 20-acre park before the outstanding fireworks show. Features include the Placement of the Colors Presentation by the Bellevue Fire Honor Guard and the national anthem performed by the Sammamish High School Choir. For more information, visit

Four on the 4th Dog Jog and Walk • July 4

Fourth of July can be a stressful time for dogs. Ease them into the holiday with this annual noncompetitive 4K event that starts and finishes near Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue. The profits go to the Seattle Humane Society. For more information, visit

Bellevue 6th Street Fair • July 27–29

Enjoy the tail end of July with Bellevue’s signature arts festival weekend. The festival features the original work of more than 120 artists with an outdoor showcase of jewelry, home décor, wood, glasswork, fabrics and more next to Bellevue Connection. The event is free of charge and open to all ages, so grab your family and friends to enjoy a weekend of art. For more information, visit

Renton River Days • July 27–29

Come to this annual family festival, which celebrates this Eastside community by joining local residents, businesses, organizations and tourists. The festival hosts a variety of events for kids such as arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables and much more. There are many food vendors, and general admission is free of charge. Live entertainment will be featured at Liberty Park and Cedar River Park.

For more information, visit

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