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 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.