Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair

BAM Arts Fair
Celebrating 77 Years!

July 28, 29 & 30, 2023
Bellevue Square & Bellevue Arts Museum


Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the largest award-winning arts & crafts festival in the Northwest. We are committed to handmade excellence and supporting national designers, artists, and craftspeople. Shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art. This marketplace represents modern, traditional, and emerging work. In addition to this unique shopping experience, BAM Arts Fair offers free programming including BAM exhibitions, online marketplace, Kids Fair, food trucks, and much more. Since 1947, BAM Arts Fair has been the annual gathering place for our community and a wonderful way to connect to the world of art, craft & design!


Arts Fair Hours


Friday - Saturday | 10:00am - 9:00pm

Sunday | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Museum Hours


Friday - Saturday | 11:00 am - 8:00pm

Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



2023 Winners

 2D MIXED MEDIA – Anna Choi

3D MIXED MEDIA – Yingari Guan

CERAMICS Brendan Fuller


FIBER – Kimerley Morris

FURNITURE Samuel Strain

GLASS –Lynn Read

JEWELRY – Carole Grisham

METAL  Laura Baring-Gould

PAINTING   Taman van Scoy


PRINTMAKING – Candice Rodriquez-Adam

SCULPTURE – Thomas Haddy

WEARABLES – Laura Kavanaug

WOOD – Melissa Metzler





Bellevue Square, Main Fair Site

Friday - Saturday, 10am - 9pm

Sunday, 11am - 7pm

Shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art at Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair.  

View our 2023 Exhibitors and ARTSfair categories!


Current exhibitors can find more information on our Participant Info page



Map & Directions

Directions to Bellevue Square

Take the NE 4th Street (Exit 13A) west exit. From NE 4th Street, continue straight (west) cross Bellevue Way & turn right around Bellevue Square for easiest parking into the garages.

I-90 E
Take the Bellevue Way exit heading north. Take a left (west) on NE 4th Street and turn right around Bellevue Square for easiest parking into the garages.

520 E
Take the Bellevue Way exit heading south. Take a right (west) on NE 4th Street and turn right around Bellevue Square for easiest parking into the garages.

Parking is plentiful and free (or free with validation) at the Bellevue Collection.

Find complete driving and parking directions to the Bellevue Collection here

Valet service available at:
Bellevue Square: Northeast & Northwest Parking Garages on Level 1
Bellevue Place: Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Lincoln Square: Westin Bellevue

Permit parking only in the Bellevue Arts Museum parking garage.

Public Transportation
Bellevue Arts Museum Fair is easily reachable by bus. Visit, Metro Transit or Sound Transit to plan your trip today!



Kids Fair

PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

Bellevue Arts Museum

July 28-30, 2023

Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm


BAM Fair isn’t just for grownups! Kids and their families are invited to join us at the Museum for a fun weekend of hands-on art projects, games, and gallery activities. All are welcome, but most stations are best-suited for ages 3-10. FREE!

BAMboozle Stage

Enjoy live performances throughout the fair at the BAMboozle Stage, located in the Macy's Fountain Area - directly across the street from the Museum.

Bellevue Square & The Bellevue Collection

Inside The Bellevue Collection there will be a pinwheel making craft station and community weaving board.


At the Museum

Chalk Mural

Nalisha Estrellas is a self-taught, fine-line illustrator and muralist. As an avid nature-wanderer, their work spotlights a reverence for plants, flowers, moon phases and sacred geometry. They work primarily with Micron pens illustrating textures found in nature and expand upon them with a psychedelic, fibonacci lens. Nalisha is also a contemporary ballet dancer and instructor so their work is heavily influenced by the liberating energy they feel from the flow-state of dance. There’s intentional meditative movement in all of Nalisha's compositions.

Nalisha's Instagram

Mural title: Arrested Antidote

PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

The Mobile Learning Adventure is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children.

This activity will be open in the BAM Forum throughout the weekend. Here is a sneak peek of activities:

  • Passport booklet and activity registration
  • Match Board (to explore occupations and tools)
  • Making Choices Disc Run (learning about "wants" vs "needs")
  • Craft Area & Hat Decoration
  • Spinners (matching jumbled images)
  • Costume Wall
  • When I Grow Up Photo Station
  • Story Telling Tree (answering the prompt "when I grow up, I want to be_________ because________.")
  • Giveaway Table
Storytime with KCLS (Saturday)

On Saturday, July 29th, KCLS will be hosting a story time at 11:30, 12:30, 2:00, and 3:00.

Imagination Station

Several crafting activities will be open throughout the weekend:

  • Papercraft Plant Sculptures (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Loom Activity (Friday)
  • Crayon Rubbings
  • Puppet Making
Relaxation Space

In the auditorium we will have a relaxation space, featuring age appropriate movies (and air conditioning).

Puppet Theater (Sunday)

BAM docent and former Sesame Street employee Erik Strommen will host an interactive puppet theater, getting families engaged in making and performing with puppets. He will host this activity twice on July 30, 12PM and 2PM.


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Free Admission

Bellevue Arts Museum

Friday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm

Sunday, 11am - 5pm


Bellevue Arts Museum Fair starts at BAM. One of a few museums in the nation dedicated to the exploration of art, craft, and design, BAM offers an exciting mix of art created in the Northwest and around the world. Take a break from the heat (we hope!) and be swept away by the dynamic exhibitions. Free.



BAMboozle Stage

Bellevue Square, Fountain Court

Friday – Sunday

Calling kids of all ages! Come check out this awesome stage featuring local music and dance for kids. Enjoy our exciting performances ranging from jazzy Blues to colorful fusion of music and movement of contemporary dance from West Africa.

Located in the Macy's Fountain Area directly across the street from the Museum. Free.


2023 BAMboozle Stage Program




BAMboozle Stage Sponsored by


Join The Bellevue Arts Museum for our biggest event of the year, the 2023 BAM ARTSfair! 

Get involved with one of the largest, most prestigious art festivals in the Pacific Northwest, where you can see performance art, live music, artist demonstrations, unique handmade crafts, and assist children in making their own art!

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a love of art who want to get involved in their community. Volunteers will assist in a variety of capacities, and once you are registered, you can pick the opportunities that best fit your interests and availability.

Learn more »


All volunteer positions have been filled for this year! Please check back for updates about our ARTSfair 2024 openings!


2022 Winners

Michelle  Aitken,  Michelle Aitken Ceramics, WA

Julia Bernadsky,  Untamed Hearts, NJ

Constantin Hapaianu,  WA

Matthew Hatala, Woodturner Inc., GA

Katzie Hughes,  Scott Templin, Hughes & Templin, MT

Kathy Edelman Hutchinson,  Hutchinson Handwoven, WA

Mark Lewanski , MI

Mychal Mitchell,  Iona Handcrafted Books, WA

Fortune Sitole, Fortune's Gallery, CA

Jay Younger, Younger Woodworks, OR