Bellevue’s annual arts and crafts showcase is back — albeit in a scaled-down way — after being canceled last year due to COVID-19

The Bellevue Downtown Arts Market — located at 106th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Sixth Street — will run Saturday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

The market will feature work by more than 100 artists displaying jewelry, home décor, wood and glass objects, fabrics, and other local artwork. The event also will include food trucks and live music, according to a news release from the City of Bellevue. 

Two downtown streets will be closed or partially closed to vehicles, but downtown businesses will remain open. Street closures run from 4:30 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Monday and affect 106th Avenue Northeast, which will be closed in both directions from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street; and Northeast Sixth Street will be closed from 105th Avenue Northeast to 106th Avenue Northeast, the City said, adding that attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, take the bus, or carpool to the event.

The arts market is produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association and supported by Amazon and the City.

In the past, the Bellevue Downtown Arts Market was known as the 6th Street Arts Fair and occurred in July with other arts fairs. The Bellevue Arts Museum held a virtual arts fair in July and August this year instead of hosting an in-person event. A third fair, the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, ended its 34-year run in 2019 due to the redevelopment of its location north of Northeast Eighth Street, the release said.

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