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 Public Services in Bellevue. Prior to 1953, police and fire services were provided by King County, and the nearest hospital was still in Seattle! Upon incorporation, the city of Bellevue began localizing these and other services, which have grown into some of the best in the state.
HANDS-ON HISTORY 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.
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
When did you or your ancestors move to the Eastside? From where did you come? Leave your mark on a giant world map and share your story at the Stories Booth, located next to the Mini-Museum.
HISTORIC AGRICULTURAL EXHIBIT & DEMONSTRATIONS
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.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL PASSPORT Filled with fun FREE activities around the Strawberry Festival! Activities include hands-on history, an obstacle course and a bubble station. Pick up a Passport at the Information Booth or at one of the Passport Stations. Complete the passport for a special discount to either The Joint or Wiggleworks at Crossroads Shopping Center. A special thank you to BECU for sponsoring the Passport.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AUTO SHOW Each year we feature vintage & exceptional cars on display as part of the Festival. Learn more about our BECU-sponsored Sunday AUTO SHOW on this page.
The Strawberry Festival features a wide variety of entertainment. Our BECU Main Stage features a wide variety of music, interrupted with the occasional strawberry shortcake eating contest! We also have roving performers who interact with kids, especially in the Family Fun area.
Republic Services Family Family Fun Area
• Carnival Games and Prizes!
• Castle and Carousel Bouncers Games and Bouncers provided by Fun Rent
• Children’s Entertainment: clowns, music, balloons and more!
• Face Painting
• Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
• Dizzy's Tumble Bus
• Pony Rides
• Power Jump
• Our Large, Purple Family Slide
• Rock Climbing Wall
• Miniature Golf
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.
What would a Strawberry Festival be without Strawberry Shortcake? Come enjoy our fresh, DELICIOUS strawberry treat!
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.