The 2016 Bellevue Strawberry Festival

A MINI-MUSEUM (Next to the Info Booth)
Eastside Heritage Center brings history to you! Step back in time and explore the Eastside’s rich agricultural history; discover the origins of Bellevue’s first Strawberry Festivals in the 1920s-30s; and learn about how the Lowering of Lake Washington (1916) affected the Eastside. The opening of the Hiram Chittenden Locks on July 4, 1917 connected the freshwaters of Lake Washington to the Pacific Ocean, drastically impacting those who lived and worked around Lake Washington.

Grind corn the way early Eastsiders did and try your hand at pumping water. Create a personal time capsule by using a traditional canning machine to seal a can of your memories and "artifacts" for years to come. Bring items from home or find something special at the Festival. There will also be "my favorite things" forms available for you to fill out and include in your time capsule. Children can also have a dairy farm experience, trying their hand at milking a cow.

When did you or your ancestors move to the Eastside? From where did you come? Add your family's story to our interactive Eastside Timeline.

Ever wonder what kind of equipment was used on Eastside farms and in Eastside households in the 1920s and 1930s? Now is your chance to find out! Artifact demonstrations will include a Splitting Wood with Fro and Mallet, a Grinding Stone, a Washing Machine and a Ringer.

Filled with fun FREE activities around the Strawberry Festival! Activities include hands-on history, games, and more. Pick up a Passport at the Information Booth or at one of the Passport Stations. Complete the passport for a chance to win a Ken Griffey, Jr. jersey and four 2016 season tickets to a home Mariners game from BECU! Completed passports must be turned into the BECU booth at the Strawberry Festival. Thank you to BECU for sponsoring the Passport.

Each year we feature vintage & exceptional cars on display as part of the Festival. Learn more about our GEICO-sponsored Sunday AUTO SHOW on this page.


The Strawberry Festival features non-stop entertainment all weekend long! The BECU Main Stage will be rockin' with a variety of performances, ranging from big band music, to Bollywood Dance, children's entertainment, classic rock and more. There are also roaming performers interacting with visitors, especially in the Family Fun Area.

Republic Services Family Family Fun Area

• Carnival Games and Prizes!
• Inflatable Bouncers
   Games and Bouncers provided by Fun Rent
• Children’s Entertainment: clowns, music, balloons and more!
• Face Painting and Airbrush Tattoos
• Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
• Big Purple Slide
• Mini-Mountain Rock Climbing
• Pony Rides
• Power Jump
• Train Ride
• PedalHeads Bicycle Course
• Mini-Golf
• Zorb Ball Races
• Toy Boat Building with Center for Wooden Boats

Game participation tickets are sold on-site ($1), with charges for each game ranging from one to five tickets. There is no charge for the contests.

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Meet the participants you can visit while attending the vendor booths at this year's Strawberry Festival! Our vendors include homemade crafts, toys, home improvement, produce, jewelry and clothing.

What would a Strawberry Festival be without Strawberry Shortcake? Come enjoy our fresh, DELICIOUS strawberry treat!

Visitors can get up close and touch construction equipment such as a Dozer, Excavator and Dump Truck used for projects here on the Eastside, provided from Northwest Construction and GLY Construction. Featured also will be the Republic Services Recycle Truck, a Fire Engine from the Bellevue Fire Department and a restored historic fire engine! Held in conjunction with the Around the Sound Annual Jeep Show, that will be celebrating 75 years of Jeeps and showcasing everything from Modern Models to Old Willy’s.

Complete details, including vehicle registration, are available at THIS LINK.

There is no charge to enter the festival, or for viewing the auto show,
entrance to the Festival grounds, viewing or participating in any of the heritage events,
viewing entertainment, or browsing any of the booths.


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