Washington State News & Events

April 5, 2018

Spring 2018 Events in King County

There is never a shortage of fun ways to enjoy King County. Here are a few of the most highly anticipated events happening around King County this Spring.

Emerald City Ride

Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Pyramid Alehouse (1201 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134)

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Want to experience Seattle like never before? You must make time for the Cascade Bicycle Club's Emerald City Ride. This year, the route includes the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Aurora Bridge, giving riders the chance to bike through the Viaduct before it's demolished next year. Riders can choose between the 3-mile Viaduct-only experience, or the full 12-mile loop (which travels north on Aurora to Fremont and Gas Works Park before returning south on I-5 Express).

The 12-mile route also includes a rest stop across from Ivar's in Fremont, and will feature baked good from Essential Bakery, Clif products, and other snacks. Riders will also receive a commemorative souvenir, and t-shirts will also be available to purchase.

What You Need to Know About the Emerald City Ride

  • Riders on the 12-mile route will start between 7:00 AM and 8:45 AM, whereas those biking the 3-mile option will start at 9:15 AM.
  • There will be an official after-party for the event at the Pyramid Alehouse between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM.
  • Learn more and register for the Emerald City Ride by clicking here.

Kirkland Wine Walk

Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM (early bird admission) & 6:00 PM (general admission)
Location: Heathman Hotel (220 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, WA 98033)

Kirkland Wine Walk

Walking and wine: a match made in heaven. Mark your calendar for the Kirkland Wine Walk, which promises to be a decadent and delightful evening. You will be able to sample a variety of different local wines at different locations in downtown Kirkland, and perhaps find a new and unexpected favorite while mingling with the merchants.

What You Need to Know About the Kirkland Wine Walk

  • This is a 21+ only event. Organizers also strongly recommend that attendees do not bring their dogs or non-ticket holders with them on the walk, as space is limited.
  • Each ticket holder will receive a complimentary tasting glass, 14 tasting tickets, and a map listing the wines offered at each location.
  • Not able to make it this April? The Kirkland Wine Walk is being held multiple times this year due to popular demand, so you can also attend this event in June, October, or November.
  • Learn more and buy tickets for the Kirkland Wine Walk by clicking here.

North Bend Jazz Walk

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - Midnight
Location: Downtown North Bend, WA 98045

Earlier this week, we let you know about the Bainbridge Island International Jazz Day Concert that is happening on Friday, April 27th. Kickstart your jazz appreciation before then by attending the North Bend Jazz Walk. At this event, attendees can enjoy live jazz music at various locations in downtown North Bend, while also supporting local businesses. The Jazz Walk also uniquely features local award-winning high school jazz ensembles in addition to professional artists. 

What You Need to Know About the North Bend Jazz Walk

  • This is a family-friendly event! Bring your little ones with you to enjoy live music and food at Pioneer Cafe, Georgia's Bakery, the famous Twede's Cafe from "Twin Peaks," and more.
  • The North Bend Jazz Walk is in its seventh year and is courtesy of JazzClubsNW, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz music performances and educational opportunities across the Pacific Northwest.
  • Learn more and buy tickets for the North Bend Jazz Walk by clicking here.

Thinking of Moving to King County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much more comfortable and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be genuinely confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That's where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in King County

April 3, 2018

Spring 2018 Events in Pierce County

Pierce County is nothing if not an active place to live. Every season there are new and thrilling ways to experience the local businesses, arts, and scenery that make Pierce County such a fantastic place to call home. Here are some of the best events planned for Pierce County this Spring.

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

Catch Me If You Can the Musical

Date: Friday, April 6th - Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM (on Saturdays & Sundays) and 7:30 PM (on Fridays & Saturdays)
Location: Tacoma Musical Playhouse (7116 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406)

Everyone saw the smash-hit movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now you can experience Catch Me If You Can live, in the musical version! Like the film, this "high-flying musical comedy" is based on the true story of a man who cons his way to fame and fortune. If you are looking for a good laugh and a fun night on the town, this is a show you can't miss!

Some performance dates are already sold out, so order your tickets before it's too late by clicking here.


Ling Cod Fishing Derby

Point Defiance Marina by Taomeister
Photo taken by Taomeister (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Time: 5:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Point Defiance Marina (5912 N Waterfront Dr., Tacoma, WA 98407)

A fun event for fishers and foodies alike, the 10th annual Ling Cod Fishing Derby is a great way to kick off the region's bottom fishing season. Anglers who catch this tasty fish will also have the chance to win cash or other prizes.

Learn more about the Ling Cod Fishing Derby (including rules and registration) and other upcoming events at the Point Defiance Marina by clicking here.


Queen Victoria's Birthday

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Photo taken by opticalreflex (CC BY 2.0)

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407)

Step back into Victorian times by reliving a festive celebration from the 19th century. At Fort Nisqually, which was originally a British outpost, Queen Victoria's birthday will be celebrated with bagpipes, a musket volley, cannon fire, and more. Living historians will re-enact the past, complete with fashion from the 1850s, while guests enjoy historical performances and games of croquet. This will be a fun way to get the kids out of the house to absorb a little culture and history at the same time.

Learn more about Queen Victoria's Birthday celebration and other upcoming events at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum by clicking here.


Thinking of Moving to Pierce County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much easier and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be truly confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That’s where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in Pierce County

April 1, 2018

Spring 2018 Events in Kitsap County

On the hunt for some fun ways to get out and make the most of this Spring around Kitsap County? We’ve got you covered!

Here are some of the most anticipated events coming to Kitsap County this Spring.

Bainbridge Island First Friday Art Walks

Taken by Mark Levisay
Photo taken by Mark Levisay (CC BY 2.0)

Date: First Friday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Head to Downtown Winslow for an evening of art, food, and friends! The First Friday Art Walks are a recurring event featuring businesses that are either hosting an art exhibit or offering small bites from their menus. Since the art walks take place every month, they're a fabulous way to kick off a weekend and add a little more art into your life, no matter the time of year.


Lumberjack Endurance Runs

Date: Saturday, April 14th - Sunday, April 15th 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Port Gamble, WA 98370

Fitness enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the Lumberjack Endurance Runs! Featuring 100-mile, 100K, and 50-mile options, the run takes place in Port Gamble, and consists of a 12.5-mile loop of single track trails and dirt roads. The trails, in particular, run through the town's 4300-acre tree farm, which is home to many animals such as deer, owls, and more. For those seeking a beautiful run through nature, this event is sure to please.

To learn more and register for Lumberjack Endurance Runs, click here.


International Jazz Day Concert

Date: Friday, April 27th, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110)

Join the worldwide celebration! Recognized in cities around the globe, International Jazz Day honors the genre of jazz and its profound impact on the music industry. The concert at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will be featuring a number of jazz superstars such as award-winning singer/songwriter Eugenie Jones, Seattle's own Overton Berry, internationally-renowned saxophonist/flutist Mark Lewis, and more. If you love jazz, you absolutely must attend this concert.

To learn more about the International Jazz Day Concert and purchase tickets, click here.


Thinking of Moving to Kitsap County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much more comfortable and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be genuinely confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That's where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in Kitsap County

March 25, 2018

Fun Farmers Markets in Kitsap County

Nobody loves to run errands; dry cleaning, gas, grocery shopping. These tasks can take away from your free time that you should be spending having fun and bonding with your family. All except for one; grocery shopping.

Gathering everything you need for a week’s worth of healthy eating can be acquired from one of our fun local farmers markets. Ditch the grocery store, and grab your friends and family to shop with amazing vendors, views, and entertainment at these fun Kitsap County farmers markets.

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Dates: Every Saturday (March 31st - December 15th, 2018)
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 280 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Photo taken by Mark Levisay (CC BY 2.0)

Every Saturday from March through December, you can shop and enjoy one of the most beautiful markets in Kitsap County, the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. The market is just steps away from the ferry, which makes it convenient for lugging back all of your fabulous local finds that you purchase from the market. Dance, eat, shop, and dine with some of the most popular vendors in the entire county every week, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.


Port Orchard Farmers Market

Dates: Every Saturday (April 14th - October 13th, 2018)
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Port Orchard Waterfront Boardwalk (933 Bay St., Port Orchard, WA 98366)

Farmers Market

Every Saturday from April to October, you can bring the whole family out to enjoy the Port Orchard Farmers Market. The Port Orchard Farmers Market was the first open-air market in Kitsap County. Their locally sourced vendors provide local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flowers, plants, crafts, prepared foods, and services. Best of all, the market is on the waterfront so you can take in the sights and sounds of the coast while you shop.


Bremerton Farmers Market

Dates: Every Thursday (May 3rd - October 11th, 2018)
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Evergreen Park (1400 Park Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337)

Farmers Market

The Bremerton Farmers Market is a warm, welcoming, and bustling market tucked among the trees and beside the sea at Evergreen Park. Each Thursday from May to October, the Bremerton Farmers Market is bursting with great vendors, music, educational opportunities, kids’ activities, and more. The market is responsibly managed with an eye to offer innovative programs and initiatives for our community.


Thinking of Moving to Kitsap County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much more comfortable and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be genuinely confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That's where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in Kitsap County

March 18, 2018

3 Favorite Farmers Markets in Pierce County

If you are like most people living here in beloved Pierce County, you get a lot of enjoyment out of being able to support our local small businesses. One of the best ways to do this is to gather your weekly groceries from one of our many sensational farmers markets.

There are tons of markets throughout the county for you to check out and try, but here are a few of our favorites.

Proctor Farmers Market

Dates: Every Saturday (March 24th - December 15th, 2018)
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: N 27th & Proctor St., Tacoma, WA 98407

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Photo taken by Nostepinne (CC BY 2.0)

It should come as no surprise that the Proctor Farmers Market made our list of the best markets here in Pierce County. Everything about the Proctor Farmers Market, from the produce to the entertainment, and everything in between, makes it a favorite among locals.

The Proctor Farmers Market works hard to keep fees low for farmers to make it one of the most accessible markets for local vendors to share and sell their produce. Unlike many other local markets that have a strong emphasis on arts and crafts, the Proctor Farmers Market focuses mainly on fresh, local food.


Puyallup Farmers Market

Dates: Every Saturday (April 21st - October 13th, 2018)
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Pioneer Park Pavilion (330 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371)

The Puyallup Farmers Market opens for the season on April 21st. At the Puyallup Market, you will discover all of your favorite farmers bringing their best hanging baskets, veggie and fruit starts, flowers and more – all grown right here in Washington.

Add in a variety of artisan crafters, specialty food vendors, unique and respected non-profits, plus top-notch entertainment, and you'll see why the Puyallup Farmers Market is a premier regional experience you don't want to miss whether you live here or are just visiting.


Tacoma Farmers Markets

Broadway Market, Tacoma by SounderBruce
Photo taken by SounderBruce (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Dates, times, and locations: Multiple. Click here for more details on each market.

The Tacoma farmers markets have been serving Washington for nearly 30 years. Their mission is to preserve the Pierce County farmlands and help local farms to grow and thrive. They feature multiple locations including Broadway, Point Ruston, Eastside and South Tacoma.

These markets are open-air, European style marketplaces showcasing locally produced foodstuffs and artisan items with local performers setting the live entertainment ambiance. As community gathering places, they offer education about living a healthy life through various means associated with fresh, slow foods.


Thinking of Moving to Pierce County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much more comfortable and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be genuinely confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That's where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in Pierce County

March 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Events in Snohomish County

Here in Snohomish County, there is always something exciting going on! With Spring comes a fun lineup of events that are perfect for a date, hanging with your friends, or bonding as a family. Here's what you can look forward to this Spring in Snohomish County.

The Swamp Lantern Festival

Date: Thursday, March 15th - Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 (Thursdays through Sundays only)
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Northwest Stream Center (600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208)

Western Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), also known as the Swamp Lantern.
The Western Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), also known as the Swamp Lantern, is native to the Pacific Northwest region.

Spring has sprung, and the first wildflowers of the Northwest are beginning to bloom! Celebrate the beautiful blossoms at the Swamp Lantern Festival, which is hosted by the Adopt A Stream Foundation. The festival will be held at the Northwest Stream Center, located on the south side of McCollum Park.

What You Need to Know About the Swamp Lantern Festival

  • Reservations must be made in advance by calling 425-316-8592.
  • Unlike many outdoor events, the Swamp Lantern Festival will limit the number of attendees to a small group every half-hour, ensuring a relaxed and un-crowded experience for everyone.
  • Visitors will enjoy a beautiful stroll through nature on an elevated boardwalk. The entire route is baby carriage and wheelchair accessible, and there are plenty of rest stops along the way.
  • Learn more about the Swamp Lantern Festival by clicking here.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra Ensemble Concert

Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Edmonds United Methodist Church (828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020)

Classical orchestra in rehearsal or performance.

For an entertaining and exhilarating afternoon of music, you must attend this special concert held by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. Taking place at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, Cascade Symphony musicians will be performing in solo acts as well as in small chamber ensembles. Whether you are already a fan of classical music or have never thought of yourself as one, this afternoon promises to enchant you.

What You Need to Know About the Ensemble Concert

  • Most Cascade Symphony performances are held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, making this concert a unique occasion because of its location.
  • Tickets can be purchased by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595.
  • Learn more about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra by clicking here.

Snohomish on the Rocks

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Location: Thomas Family Farm (9010 Marsh Rd., Snohomish, WA 98296)

Group of people toasting drinks together.

Come out and meet local distillers from our area, sample their products, and learn about the art of creating spirits such as Bourbon, gin, whiskey, vodka, and more! This promises to be a fun and educational event where you will get to mingle with some of the forward-thinking creators of the region.

What You Need to Know About Snohomish on the Rocks

  • This is a 21+ event, so you must have your IDs with you. Children and anyone else under 21 will not be allowed.
  • Snohomish on the Rocks is split into one VIP session and two general sessions. VIP attendees get more perks, such as extra tasting tickets and a "10% off" coupon for 1 bottle at the event!
  • All proceeds from Snohomish on the Rocks benefit GroWashington, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in Washington State.
  • Learn more about Snohomish on the Rocks and buy tickets by clicking here.

Thinking of Moving to Snohomish County?

If you are like most people, you want to live in a place where you can work, play, and lead a happy, healthy life. Unlike most regions, Western Washington offers you the ability to have it all!

Buying and selling real estate is a very serious endeavor, but it should still be an enjoyable and lucrative one. That experience is so much more comfortable and stress-free when you have the help of people you trust on your side to handle all of the details, paperwork, and legal complications that can arise.

To be genuinely confident when buying a new home for you and your family, you should always rely on the guidance of a local expert that understands the area on a deeper level. That's where we come in.

RSVP Real Estate is a locally owned and sourced firm with an emphasis on family. Our team of elite local brokers knows the area like the back of their hands.

Find Your Dream Home in Snohomish County

March 4, 2018

Behold Bright Blooms On Bellevue Property

Bellevue property shines bright with vibrant flowers. The Bellevue Botanical Garden showcases a variety of flora and fauna across their grounds. Guided tours are available and led by expert volunteers. Docents share insight about the plants that thrive near Bellevue homes.

Trails lead to themed settings and individual gardens. Conservation efforts are highlighted in the Waterwise Garden. In the spring and early summer, more than 50 rhododendrons and hydrangeas bloom brilliantly in the Rhododendron Glen. Pink blasts of color burst forward in the Fuchsia Garden. Japanese traditions fill the Yao Garden where elegant Japanese lanterns blend with plants and flowers. Shades of green surround all in the Fern Collection. The Lost Meadow Trail begs for a stroll. Here a looped pathway takes guests through meadows, wetlands, and woodlands.

Gardens Grow Near Bellevue Homes

Area youngsters benefit with the Learning in the Garden program. Broken down by grade level, children learn all about gardening, biology, and the environment. Adults blessed with green thumbs enjoy informative lectures and workshops as well.

Memberships provide great opportunities for frequent visits. Perks include member only events and special discounts. Gardeners living in a Bellevue property can volunteer at the Bellevue Botanic Garden. Call 425.452.2750 for more information or to schedule a tour.

 

Feb. 25, 2018

Treats Await Residents Living In Bellevue

Residents living in Bellevue treat themselves at Belle Pastry. A one of a kind, French influenced bakery, the shop is located at 10373 Main Street. The counters are stocked with tasty goodies ranging from cookies to quiches.

When the morning sun rises in the Washington sky early birds head to the pastry shop. Breakfast never tasted so good. Robust cups of coffee are paired with blueberry and cherry danish rolls. Flaky croissants match every taste bud. Top picks include Pain Au Chocolat, almond, ham and cheese, and raspberry cream cheese. Tasty tarts and tartlets fill buttery shells with flavorful fruits. Cookies line the shelves making it hard to pick just one. Temptations include madeleines, tea cookies, shortbreads, and palmiers.

Special Occasions Are Extra Sweet In Bellevue Homes

Residents living in Bellevue turn to Belle Pastry for special events. Hand crafted custom cakes create lots of smiles. A favorite party dessert is the Macaron Tower. A rainbow of cookies piled high delights all. Possible flavors to choose from are raspberry, orange, lemon, pistachio and lavender.

Belle Pastry is open seven days a week so it’s always the right time to stop in for a treat. Doors are open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Orders placed ahead online are conveniently ready to bring back to Bellevue homes.

 

Feb. 18, 2018

Fly Through The Sky On Bellevue Real Estate

Adventurers fly through the air over Bellevue real estate. The SBCC Challenge Course combines aerial trails, zip lines, and obstacle courses. Located in Eastgate Park above the South Bellevue Community Center an energetic challenge awaits.

Four zones are setup for high quality play about the Bellevue property. The low course is close to the ground but stimulating all the same. In the high course obstacles are raised to new heights. In the vertical playpen a series of rope courses are expertly laid out. Zip line up and across the sky. Seven ziplines intermixed with suspension bridges provide the ultimate bucket list adventure. Brave participants burst through the treetops of Douglas Firs, broad-leaf maples, and cedars. While in the air birdseye views of Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak sneak through the leaves of the trees.

Bellevue Property Is Fitted For Fun

Each October the course transforms into Zip Scare. Zooming through the night sky with glow stick lighting highlighting the path adds to the excitement. Challenge camps take place during the summer, and are designed especially to motivate young people.

The SBCC Challenge Course is conveniently located off of both the I-405 and I-90. This hidden Bellevue real estate gem combines a great time with stunning scenery. With children as young as nine years old able to participate, families love to spend time out on the course. Reservations can be made online or by calling 425.452.4240.