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 I'm not usually a 'cut and paster', but today I am.  Helloooo holiday weekend. These are in chronological order, and may be refreshing without my snarky comments woven in.. 


Kirkland Wednesday Market Returns to Marina Park: 6/1

The Kirkland Wednesday Market is continuing its 15 year tradition by bringing over 50 vendors to downtown Kirkland starting June 1 and running through September 28th from 2pm to 7pm. This year promises to be better than ever with the addition of more food vendors, local wineries and entertainment. Although the focus is still on local farmers and locally produced items that feature Washington sourced and crafted food and artisanal goods, there will more varied vendors than ever before.

With new market managers, Rochelle Haberl and Storey Hahn, there are many new features to the market this year. Sponsors such as MyICON, the naming sponsor, have provided funding to allow additional program support such as the POP program. POP is the Power of Produce, an educational program for youth to learn about healthy options for food choices at farmer’s markets.

Opening day has two featured bands: KiMS Jazz Band and Marilyn and the G-Strings. There will also be reusable shopping bag giveaways and more surprises. Visitors are encouraged to walk, carpool, bus, boat or use the public parking lot at the Library to access the market since parking is often full at the marina. After 5pm the City Hall lot is also available. Join us this summer because dinner on Wednesday is FRESH in Kirkland., 425-298-6437, Rochelle Nelson and Storey Hahn, market managers


Kirkland Summer Sailing Series starts : Fri 6/3

  • Interested in racing your sailboat? Or interested in participating as a committee member? Email Gary Clouse:

Memorial Tour: Saturday 6/4

Matt McCauley, local historian, will give a tour of the Kirkland Cemetery from 10-12:00.  The graves of service men and women will still have their flags and crosses on them from the Memorial Day observance.   Meet at the fountain.  No charge, but donations will be accepted. You will enjoy great stories from Matt.




Trellis Restaurant's Front Porch Opening Celebration:  June 9-10
Enjoy Open-Air Dining & Handcrafted Cocktails at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

In honor of the warm weather seasonal opening of Trellis Restaurant’s Front Porch (Kirkland’s largest Front Porch), the restaurant is encouraging guests to celebrate sun, family, and friends on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. This extended celebration will feature live music from guitarist/composer Enrique Henao, farm inspired craft cocktails by well-known bartender Viktor Kustov and fresh seasonal bites from Chef Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre Woodinville farm.

Chef Brian Scheehser will debut his current farm collection at the upcoming Trellis Front Porch party. The 2016 assemblage includes assorted lettuces and greens, edible flowers, beets, carrots, brassicas, endives, beans, favas, celery root, anise hyssop, lovage, and kohlrabi. As the current growing season progresses, Chef Brian Scheehser will bring varieties of sweet corn, squash, and an unparalleled assortment of heirloom tomatoes.

“I am very excited to share the farm’s upcoming harvest with our valued guests and neighbors — this is our season,” states Chef Brian Scheehser. “This time of year is so exciting, as we are able to see the rewards from the past winter’s hard work getting the land ready for the next growing season.”

Menu prices will vary. For reservations or information, call 425-284-5900.


Kirkland Art Walk: Fri 6/10

The Kirkland Art Walk takes place the second Friday of every month from 5-8pm. Learn more about this ongoing event and the artists here.


National Marina Day at Carillon Point: Sat 6/11

  • Free on-site Boater Education Class conducted by the King County Marine Sheriff’s (8am–4pm) for all those folks still needing their Washington State Boater Education Card
  • Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.
  • Those who successfully complete the course are qualified to apply and receive a Washington State Boater Education Card ($10) from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • This class is limited to 25 students, so email to register now.
  • 12 yrs and older


  • Free Vessel Safety Checks conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary (9am to 3pm)
  • Email to register as appointment times are limited.
  • Vessel Safety Checks are performed free of charge and without any legal obligations or penalties.  If a potential problem or violation is discovered, the Examiner will give the boater options and information for correcting it. The estimated time is approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size of boat.  The Vessel Safety Check is a great way to expand general safe boating awareness and knowledge.


Kirkland Wine Walk: 6/17

This 21+ event on Friday, June 17, 2016, will bring you on a wine adventure of local wineries at downtown Kirkland businesses. This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now.

General Admission ticket holders’ may purchase their tickets online for $25:00.  The General Admission wine adventure commences at 6 pm at the Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033. Early Bird ticket holders may purchase their tickets online for $35:00.  The Early Bird Wine Walk begins at 5:00 pm from the Heathman Hotel.

Ticket holders will pick up their event map and list of each local wine being tasted at 14 downtown locations. Each ticket holder will also receive a complimentary tasting Govino glass, and 14 tasting tickets.  There will be special offers on wine during the event.

For more information about this event phone: 425 822-7066 up to midday on the day of the event. We love your visits to our merchants but we don’t recommend you bring non-ticket holders with you.  Some of our merchants do not have the space to facilitate a huge number of people. This is a 21+ event so reserve a baby sitter. We love our puppies too but ask you keep your puppy happy at home as puppies can get frightened amongst a large group of people.



"It's a Small World": Kirkland's 4th of July Celebration

In honor of 50 years since the installation of the Disneyland exhibition "It's a Small World" and the 50th anniversary of the death of Walt Disney, who brought such joy and imagination to children and adults all over the world has inspired the theme of the Kirkland 4th of July 2016. We are looking for volunteers & sponsors!  Please contact Here is a sign up genius for volunteer jobs.


Kirkland Summerfest 8/12-13

Summerfest is full of family fun, art, food, music, activities and entertainment on the streets and waterfront of downtown Kirkland.  It takes a lot of people to make this event happen.  Sign up to volunteer here. Funny the "Beer Garden" shifts seem to be going first. ;-)


It's Spring: Sponsor a Flower Pot Downtown

 If you could make a huge visible difference in Kirkland, would you do it? If you could honor someone you love with a beautiful year-long gift, would you do it? If you could advertise your business 365 days a year to pedestrians in Kirkland, would you do it? Do you want to show you really care about your community? Then do this! It will take 5 minutes of your time and last all year long! The Kirkland Downtown Association (a 501c3 non-profit) is responsible for these pots through the generous giving of our community. Sponsor a flower pot for $250. This amount pays for 3 plantings a year, and upkeep and watering. You will receive a personalized metal plaque on your specific flower pot. Be sure to include what you want written on your plaque in your details! Ideas: Combine multiple names or businesses to come up with $250, honor your family members, give as a gift for the person who has everything, or promote your business.



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