July 2018


It can be difficult to decide what to update and remodel if your thinking of selling.  While kitchens and bathrooms have typically been prioritized for their return on investment, the style in which you revamp your home can have a huge effect on its salability.  One factor you may not have considered can have more of an impact than you think, and that's paint color.

Which paint colors will get you the most bank for your buck?  Analyst examined over 135,000 photos from homes sold across the U. S. to see how sale prices compared for homes with color versus homes with white walls.  The results varied depending on room type.

Homes that feature charcoal gray or back doors typically sell for $6271 more than expected.  Low on the list for exterior paint colors? Yellow.  Homes in this color reportedly sell for $3,408 less than expected.

Houses with kitchens that have a different color for the upper and lower cabinets, known as tuxedo cabinets, sell at a $1547 premium.  The most popular color combination?  Dark, Navy Blue or Black kitchen islands with white cabinets.  In dining rooms, however,  homes that feature oat brown to medium sandy brown walls and with yellow undertones, typically sell for $1684 less than expected.

As for bathroms. .. . .light blue or periwinkle blue paint, specifically with a gray-blue tint, increases the average selling price of a home by $2,786.

For a seller, painting a front door is one of the least expensive home prep prospects, but also one that can have a powerful impact on a home's sale price.

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4th of July-parade and fireworks

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 and a picnic.  The evening finishes off with a fantastic fireworks display over Marina Park with viewing from most waterfront areas.

Kirkland uncorked
July 13- 15th - Times Vary - Costs Vary - Marina Park

Savor the best of local food, wine and art.    Located on the shores of Lake Washington  At Marina Park July 13th thru the 15th  2018 - live music, etc.

Enjoy this regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington, Kirkland Uncorked feature artist showrooms, boat show, dog modeling contest on the Promenade, tasting garden with grilling demonstrations, live music and of course wine tasting.  A boat show and food trucks feast inside.

August 10th  - 12th- Various Times/ Various Locations -

Kirkland Summerfest is the city's premier summer Festival of Art, Music, Food and Family fun on the waterfront.  Kirkland's largest festival features 3 days of visual and performing arts, over 50 performances, spectator sports, family rides and entertainment.  Bring the family for the day and then dance the night away at the beer garden stage.

Summer Concert Series at Marina Park
40th Annual Kirkland Summer Concern Series

Children's Concert July 10th -August 21st  10 am Juanita Beach Park  10-11:00am

Evening Concert Series - July 5th - August 16th  7:30-8:30 pm  Marina Park

Celebrating 40 years with its 2017 season, the Kirkland Summer Concert Series brings 14 incredible concerts to Kirkland.

Classic Car show cruise in and dance
July 29th   Downtown Kirkland - FREE

Join in the fun at the Annual Kirkland Classic Car show, one of the largest car show events on the Eastside.  More than 300 hot rods and classic cars willbe parked along Marina Park and downtown Kirkland.

Outdoor movie nights
July 7th & 21st -   Carillon Point Plaza - 425-822-1700

On July 7th see " Despicable Me" and on July 21st " the Wedding Singer" - movies begin at Dusk; the plaza will be open one hour prior for seating.  Recommended donation $5 to Hopelink.  Popcorn, beverages and cabdy wull be available for purchase.
What's more fun than watching movies outdoors on a beautiful evening? Once again, Carillon Point hosts Outdoor Movie Nights benefiting Hopelink.  Come early, set up your chair, unfurl your blanket then relax and enjoy a late ight movie on a screen overlooking Lake Washington.  The movie begins at dusk; the plaza opens one hour before dusk for seating.

2nd Friday downtown Kirkland Art Walk
July 13th - 5-8 pm Downtown Kirkland

Join Kirkland's vibrant art experience with an evening of art, music, wine and coffee in downtown Kirkland.  Visit over 20 locations that showcase the creative talents of local artists.

Parklane Gallery in Kirkland Presents
July 13th  5:00 pm Parklane Gallery

In coordination with the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, King County Engineering for kids, the Kirkland Arts Center presents a commnity exhibit that featuares a collection of six, colorful outdoor works by Ed Mc Carthy displayed along the Park Lane Avenue to enhnce the cultural Vibrancy of Kirkland.


Friday Nights Family fun nights
Celebrate Friday Night Family Fun Nights at the Peter Kirk Pool.  Enjoy pool games, arts and crafts and music during a themed public swim - space is limited to the first 270 people.

Downtown Sidewalk Sale
July 7th/8th, 14th/15th, 21st/22nd      Downtown Kirkland

Kirkland is home to an amazing collection of boutique shops. Come and browse the Downtown area, chat with the merchants who wlll be displaying their wares outside their stores on Saturdays throughout July.

Sprinkler Park
Thursday July 12th - August 23rd  12-3:00 opm Lee Johnson Field in Downtown Kirkland - Free

This summer at Lee Johnson field, Kirkland parks will host Sprinkler Park Thursdays. A variety of sprinklers, suitable for all ages, will be set up for everyone to enjoy and cool off from the summer heat.  All ages welcome.  Children 10 and under must be supervised by an adult.  Note: Temperaatures must be above 70 degrees for sprinkler parks to be open.


July 28, 29th  and August 4th and 5th - times vary Kirkland Performance Center

Studio East is excited to bring the hit musical " Footloose" to the stage this summer as its  annual teen musical !

Junior Softball World Series
July 29th  August 4th - GamesTimes Vary - Everest Park

Come out and cheer for a super group of talented Youngsters !  Teams from around the world will compete this August in the week-long Little League Junior Softball World Series Championship.


Park to Park open water swim

August 26th  7:30 am - OO Denny Park

The Park to Park swim is a fun, non competitive 1.42 mile swim across Lake Washington from Matthews Beach in Seattle to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland.  Proceeds from the swim benefit the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund at Seattle Children's Hospital.  See website for more information. 

Farmer's Markets Top of Page

Juanita Farmers Market
Every Friday starting June 1st thru September  28th 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM  Juanita Beach Park  -  

Friday Market offers delicious locally grown fruits, fresh produce and beautiful flowers.  Special guests are featured in the community booth and there is live music all summer long.  FREE

Downtown Kirkland Farmers Market
Every Wednesday starting June 6th - 2017 to September 26th 2018 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM  Marina Park. 

Vibrant, Lively and Luscious, the Kirkland Wednesday Market features locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, jams, breads and pastries along with the arts and crafts.

LIttle Brothers Farmers Market
Every Saturday  10 am to 3 pm  450 Central Way - opens June 2nd thru Sept. 15th 2018

Stop by the new farmer-focused and chef-curated Saturday Market in Kirkland.  The Market features the farmers who supply DERU market and Little Brothers restaurant.  The market takes place in the Arete Courtyard.

Kirkland Continous Events Top of Page

Kirkland Heritage Society
Meets every last Wednesday  of the month at 7:00 PM at the Heritage building on Market street.

Life Open studio
Drop in drawing, painting or sculping sessions.  Open to the community; registration not required.  $8 .00 fee.  Sundays 1-4:00pm - 3rd floor - Kirkland Arts Center

Wine Tasting, Tours,, Libations and More
Drop in to Sip and Savor ( check websites for tasting info and details)

         Bin on the lake: 
         Enjoy Fine varietals at a value locally( check websites for details)


          Brix Wine Cafe: 

         Grand Reve Winters: 
         The Grape Choice: 
         Northwest Cellars:  
         Pondera Winery:  


Cooks Delight
Local Area cooking classes ( check websites for full schedules)

          Sur La Table:           Details:


Last Friday of each month 6:30 pm/Kirkland Arts Center- come share a meal and discuss current art issues, includes short presentation and creative exercise.

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