Bellevue is a city of culture as well as commerce. While its office towers, restaurants and high-end stores downtown are daily draws, the Bellevue Arts Museum offers a compelling cultural option. Wintergrass, an indoor bluegrass festival in February, and an annual arts and crafts fair are major events for the region. The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival features top national performers.
Quality community-based performing groups entertain, often at the modern Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. The Bellevue Youth Theatre, which offers a showcase for seniors too, stages regular productions.
The KidsQuest Children's Museum gives young people a hands-on way to experience art, science and technology in world-class exhibits with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. Music Works Northwest and the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra offer a full range of music instruction for any age.
There are more than 120 works of privately and publicly-owned art downtown. The city has a diverse public art collection of sculptures placed throughout the community. The public art, along with the often daring Bellwether, a biennial sculpture exhibition, are visible signs of continuing efforts by the city's Arts Commission to nurture the arts here. Bellevue's Arts Program provides funding to a variety of arts groups working in Bellevue.