The Alley Art and Wine Walk
2nd Thursdays | Monthly | 3 p.m.–9 p.m. | “The Alley”— 11909 124th Avenue NE
Visit “The Alley” in Totem Lake the second Thursday of each month for a lively art and wine walk. Neighboring Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, Waving Tree Winery, ryan james fine arts and Red Reiter Gallery all have a different artist in their space, with music, bites and wine!
Downtown Kirkland Art Walk
2nd Fridays | Monthly | 5 p.m.–8 p.m. | Downtown Kirkland
Discover Kirkland's vibrant art experience with the Downtown Kirkland 2nd Friday Art Walk. Stroll through galleries and other participating businesses in Downtown Kirkland for an exploration of art, music, wine, and coffee.
Juanita Friday Market
June–September | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Juanita Beach Park
Located at the spacious Juanita Beach Park, the Kirkland Friday Market offers delicious locally grown fruits, fresh produce, beautiful flowers and handmade crafts. Special guests are featured in the community booth and there is live music all summer long.
Kirkland Wednesday Market
June–September | 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Marina Park
This vibrant weekly market brings local farmers and artisans to Marina Park on Lake Washington. The Market features an array of ready-to-eat food, produce, flowers, berries, fruit, jewelry, fish, meats, cheeses, honey, and handmade goods.
Kirkland Summer Concert Series
Tuesday Children’s Concerts | July–August | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Juanita Beach Park
Thursday Evening Concerts | July—August | 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Marina Park
The Children’s Concerts series on Tuesday mornings is one of the only child-themed concert series in the area and the 2014 series features Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkeys and We are the Not It’s. On Thursday evenings, watch the sun set over Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains while enjoying a picnic in the park complemented by toe-tapping music at the Evening Concerts. Suggested $2 donation.
Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights
2nd and 4th Saturdays | July–September | Dusk | Carillon Point Plaza
Watch the sun set over Lake Washington followed by an Outdoor Movie at Carillon Point Plaza. Come early, set up a chair, unfurl your blanket, then relax and enjoy the entertainment. Suggested $5.00 donation to Hopelink. Full schedule.
Kirkland Shamrock Run 5K Race & Family Fun Run
Run or Walk your way through beautiful Kirkland in celebration of St. Patrick's Day at the Annual Kirkland Shamrock Run! The course starts at Marina Park and runs through Kirkland with vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Lake Washington. Dress up to join the sea of green and find a pot of gold at the finish line!
Kirkland Artist Studio Tours
Mother’s Day Weekend | Local Galleries and Studios
Held every Mother’s Day weekend, the self-guided Kirkland Artist Studio Tour (KAST) features a variety of art mediums including jewelry, glass art, paintings, ceramics, photography, metalwork, pottery, and printmaking. Artists will be hard at work at studios and galleries around town. Pick up your free map at Kirkland Arts Center (620 Market St.) or KAC Store (336 Parkplace Center). Free.
Mother’s Day ½ Marathon and 5K
Mother’s Day | Juanita Beach Park
The Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K is a Kirkland Mother's Day tradition. Runners and walkers of all skill levels participate in this scenic and supportive running and walking event. Both the half marathon and the 5K courses incorporate a challenging and rewarding route that includes picturesque views along the shores of Lake Washington.
7 Hills of Kirkland Cycling Event
Memorial Day | Marina Park
Enjoy riding in one of the Northwest's premier cycling events! Whether you choose the traditional 40-mile 7 Hill Route, the popular Metric Century Route or the challenging Century Route, you'll enjoy the great scenery and support KITH (Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing).
Seattle International Film Festival
May/June | Kirkland Performance Center
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America the Seattle International Film Festival brings the world’s greatest films to the Kirkland Performance Center.
Juanita Beach Park
A showcase of music and art for local teens. Local bands perform during the event and there is a gallery of art in the KTUB.
Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks
4th of July | Various times and locations
Join in the fun at Kirkland’s annual Fourth of July celebration featuring a “decorate to celebrate” event for kids at Marina Park Pavilion, followed by a parade, live music, Rotary Duck Dash and a picnic. The evening finishes off with a fantastic fireworks display over Marina Park with viewing from Kirkland’s bountiful waterfront parks.
Enjoy this regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. The festival features wines from world-class Washington wineries, bite-sized feasts from notable Eastside restaurants, and appearances from the Northwest’s most prestigious celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.
Kirkland Classic Car Show
The 12th Annual Kirkland Classic Car show, presented by Kirkland Downtown Association and hosted by Legends Car Club is one of the largest car show events on the Eastside. More than 600 hot rods and classic cars will be parked along Marina Park and downtown Kirkland. Free.
Marina Park and Downtown Kirkland
Kirkland Summerfest transforms Kirkland’s Marina Park and downtown core into a lively arts destination with music, dancing, street performances, and family entertainment. Food trucks and a beverage garden round out the attractions. See website for times and locations of activities. Food and beverage available for purchase; admission is free.
Junior Softball World Series
Held annually in Kirkland—teams from around the world will compete this August in the weeklong Junior League Softball World Series Championship. Opening Day begins Sunday, Aug. 10. Championship playoffs will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, broadcast by ESPN. Free.
Park to Park Open Water Swim
Swim ends at O.O. Denny Park
The Park to Park swim is a fun, non-competitive 1.42-mile swim across Lake Washington from Matthews Beach, Seattle, to O.O. Denny Park, Kirkland. Proceeds from the swim benefit the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Ever wanted to know what is was like to sail on the high seas? Ask the crew while you tour the majestic tall ships when they dock at Carillon Point this summer. Public Tours and sailings offered throughout the weekend.
Splash Pedal n’ Dash Kirkland Kids’ Triathlon
Juanita Beach Park
Kids ages 3–12 can swim/splash, bike and run in this triathlon that is just for them! The triathlon includes a 50-yard swim/splash in Lake Washington, a half-mile bike ride, and a 400-yard run. All segments will be in the park, so kids feel safe and spectators can catch all the fun.
Juanita Beach Park
Grab your sneakers, bikes and swim goggles and head on out to the TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon. There’s a race class for everyone, from a sprint triathlon, duathlon and aquabike to Try A Tri and Tri, all starting at the beautiful Juanita Beach Park.
All Porsche Grand Display
This display of all things Porsche includes sports cars, Panamera sedans, Cayenne SUVs, Tractor diesel models, clothing, sporting equipment, drivers’ collection, memorabilia, and more.
Kirkland Oktoberfest is the Eastside's fall tradition on the waterfront—a three-day celebration of the harvest season with plenty of beer, bratwurst, music, games, contests, costumes and more.
Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Walk
Partake in a festive run benefiting Hopelink.
Kirkland Tree Lighting and Winterfest
Celebrate the Kirkland Winterfest Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival with an afternoon of performances, carols, kids’ activities, games, Santa arrival, refreshments, food, and the annual tree lighting ceremony marking the beginning of the Winter Celebration.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Depart/Return Kirkland Marina City Dock
Set sail on the Argosy Christmas Ship™ and a Parade Boat with onboard choirs, sparking lights and a liberal dose of holiday cheer.
12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run and 5K
Join in Puget Sound's premier longer distance holiday themed running and walking event.