The Eastside is expanding at a rapid pace. New buildings, new restaurants, new activities. Here is a list of things you can look forward to this Sprint Season.
Mother’s Day Adventures
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017
Every mom deserves to feel special, and the Eastside is here to help: check it out!
— Bellevue Botanical Garden: Treat mom to a delightful afternoon at the Bellevue Botanical Garden Mother’s Day Social. Enjoy light refreshments, music and strolls through the beautiful gardens between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.bellevuebotanical.org/events.html or call 425-452-2750.
— Fran’s Chocolates: Give mom something sweet this Mother’s Day with Fran’s Chocolates! From smoked salt caramels to award-winning dark hot chocolate, each assortment is sure to bring a smile to her face. For more information, please visit www.franschocolates.com/gifts/mother-s-day-gifts/mother-s-day-gift-boxes or call 425-453-1698.
— Half Marathon and 5K: In this Kirkland Mother’s Day tradition, runners and walkers of all skill levels participate in a scenic and supportive event, all while taking in the view from the shores of Lake Washington. For more information, please visit www.halfmarathons.net.
— Woodland Park Zoo: Celebrate Mother’s Day with the 27th annual Mom & Me on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At this event, families can enjoy wild animal encounters, participate in lots of fun activities in the North Meadow and listen to zookeeper talks focused on the zoo’s moms and babies that can be seen this spring. For more information, please visit www.zoo.org/momandme or call 206-548-2500.
— Recoop Spa: This Mother’s Day, give mom the gift of relaxation at Recoop Spa in Bellevue. The “Mamma’s Hideout” package includes a 60-minute Swaddle Me Please Massage, a Dewy Goodness Facial, and a pedicure and manicure. For more information, please visit www.recoopspa.com/treatments-packages.html or call 425-429-3323.
Bellevue Farmers Market
Thursdays, May 18 – October 12, 2017
Enjoy live music while you take in the flavors, sights and sounds of Washington at the Bellevue Farmers Market. Open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., you will find high-quality produce, organic meats and poultry, cage-free eggs, locally made baked goods, freshly picked flower bouquets
and ready-to-enjoy foods from some of the finest street food vendors in town. For more information, please visit www.bellevuefarmersmarket.org or call 425-454-8474.
New Italian Brunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy
Maggiano’s Little Italy at Lincoln Square is starting a new brunch inspired by nonna’s traditional Italian recipes. Immerse yourself in the full-bodied flavors found inside the lemon ricotta pancakes, the meatball Benedicts and many more delicious dishes. Brunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with choices from a limited brunch menu) and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please visit www.maggianos.com or call 425-519-6476.
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday, May 31 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Since 2008, the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival has been a local tradition. From May 31 through June 4, attendees will be treated to free shows produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, including performances by The Rumba Kings, Catherine Russell, Radio Raheem and more! For more information, please visit www.bellevuedowntown.com or call 425-453-3110.
Eastside Heritage Center’s Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017
Kick off summer with an old Bellevue tradition dating back to when strawberries were one of the region’s most notable crops. Get ready for live entertainment, food, fresh strawberry shortcake, crafts and gift stands, games, face painting and much more! For more information, please visit www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org or call 425-450-1049.
Grand Opening of W Bellevue
Thursday, June 15, 2017
W Bellevue is opening its doors on June 15, becoming one of the newest lodging on the Eastside. Playing on Bellevue’s heritage, W Bellevue will reinterpret the idea of a classic Pacific Northwest lake house in a “new-age modern style,” with 220 rooms, 25 suites, 10,000 square feet of meeting space and three beverage and food outlets. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels or call 425-709-9000.
Live Music at Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
A chic gathering place for business travelers and locals alike, Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar pairs premium Northwest wines with savory fare. At this home to live jazz music, craft cocktails and over 50 local Northwest wines sold by the glass, you can listen to blues melodies wafting through the Westin Bellevue lobby as a variety of local artists perform weekly. For a full list of events, please visit www.westinbellevuehotel.com/calendar or call 425-638-1000.
Team Building with Serial Mysteries
Take your colleagues or friends to Serial Mysteries, part of a hot trend of escape rooms meant to bring groups together to use the clues and physical environment of this 4,000-square-foot room to solve Serial’s puzzle with your 2-to-15-person team. Whether you are looking for family bonding or corporate team building, get ready to be challenged to the max. Recommended for those 12 and older. For more information, please visit www.serialmysteries.com or call 425-233-8053.