A Day on Foot in Kirkland

As the summer continues to heat up, there will be plenty of fun going on in Kirkland. Of course the best way to enjoy a summer day is on foot and by the water… luckily for us, there is no better place to be a pedestrian than in Kirkland. Here is the guide to having the perfect day on foot in Kirkland.

shutterstock_1036276612.jpgStart your day. Located near the water on Central Way, is an inviting café, perfect for an easy start to the morning. Zoka has a great collection of small batch coffees and teas. Enjoy a London fog and a blueberry muffin while reading a captivating book and cuddling up in the outdoor seating area as you watch the sun make its way up high into the sky.

Get active in the late morning. Peter Kirk Community Center offers many different classes and activities to enjoy throughout the day. During select dates throughout the summer they will be offering Stand Up Paddle Boarding Yoga classes. This class offers shutterstock_570358483.jpga beautiful setting with a fun and relaxing unique experience. Additionally, yoga offers so many benefits to your body including improvements to your energy and increasing muscle strength.

Tasty lunch: Self-described as a neighborhood eatery, DERUmarket is placed out of the city center and off in the quiet neighborhood streets of Kirkland. DERU is an attraction to many, both from within Kirkland and from neighboring cities. Everything is made in-house and can be eaten in their Instagram-worthy seating areas or can just as easily be carried out and enjoyed elsewhere. The menu ranges from wood-fired pizza to meatloaf to salads… though their real claim to fame is their cake selection. Delicious and moist cakes that are made daily and vary day to day are a magnet to most of their diners. Some of their featured flavors are delicious coconut cakes or try their rich peanut butter chocolate cake. DERU is open for every meal and will not fail to satisfy, especially on a warm summer afternoon.

Take an afternoon walk. Stroll through the waterfront at Marina Park while perusing the Kirkland Wednesday Market. Kirkland’s farmers market is a great place for the members of the community to interact. Kids splash through the water and vendors sell beautiful items like fruits and jewelry. It is easy to navigate through the market because it lines the sidewalk along the beach. In the late day, it is a wonderful place to feel the pleasant breeze and give an opportunity to walk off the delectable cake you just ate.

shutterstock_591762800.jpgFinish your day with dinner and drinks. Located on Park Lane, Cactus is sure to be the solution to your hunger. Cactus serves an array of delicious Southwest, Spanish, and Mexican cuisine. Cactus has six different locations around the Seattle area due to their large success. Their first location opened in Madison park in 1990 and was actually home to the first Tapas bar in Seattle. Since then, Cactus has drawn many hungry customers who are sure to leave with a smile. Thanks to the beautiful summers that Seattle has to offer, there is wonderful outdoor seating at every location to soak up the rays. Park Lane offers a great venue because it is removed from the noisy street and very pedestrian friendly.

Kirkland has so many different adventures to embark on at this time of year. When the sun comes out, that is when the city thrives. Don’t miss out on the fun!


Students are back at school and the air is getting a bit more frigid than we are used to… thanks to our hot July and comfortable August! There are still plenty of things going on around the neighborhood. The Kirkland- Seattle area thrives during these next few months. Flannels, boots, and sweaters can finally start to be brought out from the back of your closet and will be here to stay! Yay! Here are some events to attend in order to serve your PNW looks.

Paint your Pet September 9th: Northwest Cellars is hosting Paint your Pet night. The event is this Sunday and is from 1-3 pm. Uncork a bottle of wine with your friends and break out your inner artist. Pets are obviously encouraged for this event and the wine will be flowing!


Bouquet and Brunch September 15th: The Heathman Hotel in Downtown Kirkland is putting on this awesome event from 10 am- noon. With your ticket you will learn how to arrange your florals, sip on mimosas and get sent home with some goodies as well. (“Goodies”,  include dining credit to “Trellis” and you will be sent home with a beautiful Glassybaby votive)!!

Kirkland Artwalk September 14th : On the second Friday of every month, enjoy this display located on Park Lane. The artwalk runs from 5- 8 pm and features plenty of outstanding local artists displaying their artwork for all to enjoy. There are over 40 artists featured in these artwalks.

Kirkland Oktoberfest September 21st to 23rd: With one ticket, you get 3 days of beer-guzzling fun! The festival is located at Marina Park Pavillion. The festival has proclaimed that they celebrate the festival in an authentic manner, and because of this, they do not do “tastings or mini-mugs.” What you can expect is a 16 oz mug of beer for every 2 tickets you present. The festival asks that for the first 2 days you leave your pets at home- but with these restrictions they give you the free pass of getting your dog into the festival on Sunday the 23rd! There will be a wiener dog race and parade for all ages as well! Even dogs that wish they were wiener dogs can join in on the fun!shutterstock_1031156875

Fremont Oktoberfest September 21st to 23rd:  If you decide you want to split your Oktoberfest time between Kirkland and Seattle, Fremont is the place to do it. Fremont Oktoberfest is Seattle’s largest beer festival AND this celebration for Oktoberfest is said to be ranked within the top 10 places worldwide to celebrate! There will be live music, activities and plenty of beer! Like Kirkland’s Oktoberfest, dogs will be encouraged to be brought along on Sunday the 23rd. Bring your dog. Bring a friend’s dog. Borrow your ex’s dog. Get a dog… or just enjoy the company of other people’s dogs!

Kirkland Wednesday Market: Make sure you stop by this local market throughout the last month of its season! Stock up on your favorite local produce and knick-knacks. The market goes from 2-7 pm so there is plenty of time to find a window of time to go visit the market. The local vendors love meeting fellow Kirklandian people or seeing some familiar faces pop in. Make sure you stop by before the tents are put away for the winter!



November 3rd Lake Washington Half Marathon and 5k: If you are interested in this half- marathon or 5k, mark your calendar and register! The half marathon starts at 8 am and will give you the rest of the day to relax and recover! Think of how much extra Thanksgiving feast you could put down later on in the month thanks to a half marathon!

Kirkland is poppin’ as fall begins to roll in. There is plenty of fun to be had all around town!  Throw on your favorite sweater and boots and get out to these great community events in ~style~ and take in the last few rays of sunshine that you can before it is gone!


Seattle is getting ready to switch gears from this sunny Seattle summer we have had, to its vibrant fall. Before this happens, it still has some tricks up its sleeve. Make sure to check out these upcoming events to get the most out of your summer! Here is our eventround up.

Friday August 31st Rooftop movie at the Motif Seattle Hotel- This fun event features Napoleon Dynamite with alongside some creative cocktails themed off the movie. This hotel located in downtown Seattle is challenging the common misconception that outdoor movies have to be located in parks; bringing them to a higher ground. They have been running these Friday night movies since late June and hopefully do it again next summer! Their movie selection is an exciting round up of comedy and drama; movies that anyone would enjoy!

shutterstock_366361793.jpgSaturday September 8th– The amazing musician Sam Smith is coming to Key Arena. His breathtaking voice is sensational and will truly light up the arena. Smith has produced what seems like hit after hit, making for an incredible opportunity to see him here in Seattle on his international tour.

Saturday September 15th: The Artisan Cheesemaker’s Festival is a fun event held at the Seattle Design Center. Not only do you get to taste wonderful cheese crafted in our home state, but they also have gone ahead to pair these cheeses with drinks so you can dissect the best flavor from it.

shutterstock_1031156875.jpgSeptember 21-23 Fremont Oktoberfest: Get a taste of the infamous Oktoberfest right here in Seattle. It is claimed to be in the top 10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest worldwide, which must mean it is awesome, given that so many cities around the world try to recreate this German event. There will be food trucks, beer tasting, music and so much more! Although it is a nontraditional Oktoberfest- it is bound to be a great time with some added Seattle flair.

Seahawks- The much-anticipated season is just around the corner! Bust out your blue and green and get ready for some “blue thunder!” No matter how they turn out this year- game day is always a blast whether watching from the comfort of your couch or up close in the bleachers at the stadium. Cheering on our hometown heroes makes for a spectacular time. Go to  https://www.seahawks.com/schedule/ for the full season’s schedule. Go Hawks!

Fremont Sunday Market- Head on over to Fremont any Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the year to check out the outstanding market. The market has been running for 27 years and is filled with so many great items from up to 200 vendors. Streetfood, art, antiques and so much more. The location makes it perfect to pop in to the market and then head over to some great restaurants or cafes if you please. Find them at this address: 3401 Evanston Ave North Seattle

Sunday Public Sail- For the past 25 years, the Center for Wooden Boats has upheld a tradition of taking out the public on voyages for free, thanks to their volunteer crew! This is a fun outing for any Sunday. They do this year-round rain or shine with the exception of days where it is just too windy to take on. This is a great way to get out and explore the city from a new perspective!

This should be a fun September for Seattleites!

Bellevue- August 2018

Bellevue is a charming place to be in the summer. From street fairs to viewing Lego architecture; it has plenty to do throughout. Here are some upcoming events going on around the city this month.

Lego Americana Roadshow– This free display at the Bellevue Collection features the most incredible Lego buildings you could even imagine. This display is up from August 4th to the 19th, and is totally free! Marvel at the crazy architectural feats made entirely of plastic bricks by Lego’s master builders. It is quite the sight to see, you will be blown away by what these people can do with these simple toys.

shutterstock_778661710.jpgFood Truck Rock and Roll Show August 10th– Featured at Ashwood Park, this event has 8 local food trucks stationed at the park, plus a Journey tribute cover band. Get your food, picnic on the lawn, and jam out with neighbors! Vegetarian and Vegan options are included in the lineup, alongside the classic hearty grub you would likely imagine to come from a food truck. The event runs from 4-8 pm so there is plenty of time all afternoon to stop in and get some good food!

Washington State Fair August 31st- September 23rd- The annual Puyallup Fair, is plenty of fun for all! You can easily spend an entire day here with friends or family. See exhibits, attend concerts, watch a rodeo, play games, go on rides, and so much more. The fair has been running for many years and has plenty of rich history behind it! Help celebrate our state and have some fun by attending the fair.

Live at Lunch- The Virginia Mason Medical Center is putting on live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from noon to 1:30 pm at various open spaces and plazas through downtown Bellevue. This is a very fun experience with an array of performers and don’t miss the “Rockaraoke” competition in which you compete and perform with a live band! Prizes are provided by Lunchbox Laboratory. A prior sign up is mandatory for this competition, but feel free to enjoy the tunes at  your pleasure.

Outdoor Movies at Bellevue Park- These movies in the park are located at the Downtown Bellevue Park and are completely free! Each week, a different non-profit organization is featured which the audience is given the opportunity to donate to. With this, there is entertainment prior to the movie, popcorn, and fun to be had while relaxing and enjoying a movie on the big screen. This is a lovely gathering put on by the community for pure enjoyment of members of the community. Movies start at dusk (approximately 9 pm) and run every Tuesday night until August 28th.


Bellevue Farmer’s Market- Stationed in the parking lot of the First  Presbyterian Church, right off of Bellevue Way, is this phenomenal market . It follows a season from May to October, every Thursday, 3-7 pm rain or shine. This is an outstanding local market that features amazing wood fired pizza, crepes, cheese, bread, flowers, honey, and plenty of more fresh selections that will not disappoint.

There is a lot going on around the city through August, and it is a great time for everyone to get involved. Aside from these events, there is always a beach to relax at, or shops to stop into. Be sure to check out our guide to restaurants and other activities located on our main page (www.waddellpropertiesinc.com) located under the “Property Portfolio” tab.

Kirkland- August 2018

Summer is in full swing here in Kirkland! Kirkland Uncorked and the big 4th of July Celebration are behind us, though the summer events keep chugging along. August is filled with plenty of more things and activities to get involved with following our action-packed July. Here are just a few lively events to keep you busy.

seafairSeafair August 3rd-5th: This is one of the biggest events around the Seattle/ Kirkland area during the summer time thanks to the huge crowds it attracts. Whether on land or sea, it is a blast to be a part of. There are plenty of different sights to check out throughout the weekend, including the Boeing Airshow which includes (the crowd favorite): The Blue Angels. There will also be Hydroplane races, wake-boarding, stunt bikes and more. It is quite the event and there is really nothing that compares to the energy and amount of community that shines through during this weekend.  Be sure to check out the fun and keep an eye on the sky and the water for the brilliant shows.


Exotics at Redmond Town Center: Saturdays at Redmond Town Center are for all of the car junkies out there. Each weekend the largest weekly car gathering North of Los Angeles is held in Redmond Town Center and it really is quite spectacular. People come from all around to get together and share their common love for cars. It is a free event and is entirely for the pleasure of those who attend. Additionally, the Redmond Market goes on at the same time, so it is easy to make it a fun morning outing!


KWM-logo-2016Kirkland Wednesday Market: Located at Marina Park from 2-7pm, the Wednesday Market is a summer staple of the Kirkland community. Vendors sell top notch produce and items including: Kombucha, honey, donuts, handmade jewelry and so much more! It is a city favorite and keeps the afternoon life around Kirkland thriving. Located on the water front, it also makes for some epic views of the low hanging sun.

Be Kind to Everyone Day: Kirkland has specially set aside August 28th as a day to practice kindness to anyone and everyone. This cute idea is a way to bring people’s focus back to having a neighborly attitude to those around them throughout the community. It is such an adorable thought and hopefully it will turn into an annual tradition in Kirkland.

Concerts at Marymoor: Keep an eye out for these awesome upcoming shows. Marymoor Park is a great outdoor venue for these summer concerts and has such a fun, welcoming, and energetic atmosphere. Upcoming performances include Willie Nelson, Sublime, as well as Summer Camp- which is a great 2 day music festival featuring various artists and is hosted by 107.7 The End radio station.

This is a great time of year around the Northwest. Make the most of whats left this summer and get up, get out, and get moving!kirkland-general-jill-may-23rd-2017-web-size-270.jpg

Kirkland- July 2018

Kickoff summer in Kirkland the right way with these fun upcoming events and activities! Weekdays are packed with recurring activities throughout the upcoming months. There are plenty of things to do to keep you and your whole family busy the whole summer!
          4th of July: The fourth of July in Kirkland is a very big celebration; the whole community comes together to enjoy the day. The morning kicks off at Marina Park with fun decorating and activities for all ages. At 11:30am, the Children’s parade starts and runs right through the heart of Kirkland and the Hometown Heroes parade follows right behind! Continuing the fun, there is a picnic and gathering in the park for all to join lasting until 10:30pm, (don’t forget about the Wednesday market)! During this, there will be live music and then it will be proceeded by the Kirkland Fireworks Show at 10:15pm. It really is a cool experience to see the entire community come together to celebrate this special day.
           Saturday July 14th: The 14th is the second Saturday of the month which means… The Second Saturday Contra Dance! Go with a partner, a group of friends, or go stag! All are welcome to join. Beginners are encouraged to come along and are provided basic instruction beginning at 7:30pm. The dance begins at 8pm with live folk music and a dance-caller. The dance is located at the Juanita Community Club. More info available at http://www.folkhorizons.org/.
          July 13th- 15th: Drink with a purpose! Join the community in celebrating Kirkland Uncorked! The city puts on a community festival for free in addition to the big wine tasting event. Get your ticket for $25 to spend your time in a fun social atmosphere. No worries if you are the designated driver! Designated drivers, and those not drinking have a special discount of $10 which includes tickets for non-alcoholic beverages. Kirkland Uncorked helps benefit Homeward Pet Adoption Center. http://www.kirklanduncorked.com.
          Tuesdays: Get your kids rocking and rolling this summer at Kirkland’s Kid’s Concerts every Tuesday starting July 10th, continuing up until August 22nd. These concerts are a great way to start the day with the kids. Performers include Recess Monkey, Captain Awesome Sauce and Mister G (just to name a few). Concerts are located at Juanita Beach Park, Tuesdays from 10-11am. Get more details at http://kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com/
          Wednesdays: Stop by the Kirkland Wednesday Market! The market is open every Wednesday from 2-7pm at Marina Park. Pick up an array of locally produced foods alongside arts and crafts. The market runs every Wednesday of summer until September 27, 2018. This summer there will be a different theme each Wednesday at the market including the “Iron Chef Cook Off” from local foodies and restaurants. There’s no better way to spend the evening than picking up some wood fired pizza and fresh berries to munch on while watching the sunset. Find out more at http://www.kirklandmarket.org.
          Thursdays: Each week, Kirkland puts on a concert. These concerts continue every Thursday from 7- 8:30pm until August 17th at Marina Park. For those who are free spirits, don’t miss out on the July 26th concert that gets the title “Rear View Mirror 60’s and 70’s”. These concerts have a very enjoyable atmosphere that still is able to get you in bed by a reasonable hour!
          Fridays: Friday Family Fun Night! July 6th, 20th and August 10th, families are invited to the Peter Kirk Pool to engage in fun games, crafts and music during a themed public swim. The event lasts from 5:30- 8:30pm and is fun for all ages. http://www.kirklandparks.net/.
          Kirkland is the place to be during the summer, thanks to all of the fun that this city has to offer. The community has had an incredibly strong impact putting together many events for all to enjoy. Don’t be afraid to get out there and get a taste of it for yourself.