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Experience Redmond, Washington
Experience Redmond, Washington

Geeking Out on New Experiences

2020 is here — Get ready to Geek Out on a whole new decade of incredible experiences. This is the year to challenge yourself to try something new. The wonderful thing about Redmond is our vast array of unique activities and events for you to experience a brand new discovery.

Have you ever combined Beer with Yoga? Yeah, neither have we, but now you can at Postdoc Brewing! Or, you can marry your love of beer with your useless knowledge as you visit Palmers East for Trivia each Wednesday night.

Are you looking to get fit and spend more time with nature? Hit the ground running, and get your feet wet with a memorable outdoor activity. The Rain Run is a unique event that brings shining smiles to your Pacific Northwest winter. Or, strap up your helmet for a Stinky Bike Ride, which combines bikes, beer, and poker for a fun and unforgettable day in the Redmond outdoors.

Whatever you Geek Out on most, we invite you to explore a new experience and create memories that’ll last well into the next decade.

Happy New Year,  Happy New Decade, and Happy New Experiences, from all of us at 

Holidays in “Geek City USA” are filled with magical memory making experiences. Kicking off the season, our signature event, Redmond Lights presents a truly special weekend with something for everyone. Experience diverse winter cultures, food, festivities, and a series of incredible artist-designed light displays. Redmond Lights is a head-turning extravaganza that reminds you why we all Geek Out on our amazing city.

As the temperatures cool, we rub our hands together to stay warm. We invite you to come indoors and continue rubbing your hands as you work a collection of colorful clay in a creative way. Experience Grass Lawn Park’s all ages Art Studio, and create a clay creation that expresses your unique sense of seasonal style. 

After your sizzling hot clay creation pops out of the oven, warm to the idea of joining other adults at Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames Coloring Club for Adults. This time of the year is all about colors, so color your way to a peace-of-mind by bringing home your work of art. Not the biggest fan of your hand-colored craft? Good thing it’s the season of giving…

Then it’s time for the annual tradition that brings joy to the whole family: Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center. Shop, dine and be merry to a myriad magical activities and events. Enjoy spirited rides on the polar express train and horse carousel, or twist and twirl on the synthetic skating rink. You can also visit Santa’s workshop, shop ’til you drop, or spread holiday happiness at more than 125 premier stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Guests enjoy free parking at Redmond Town Center all season.

Happy Holidays from all of us at

Break out your sweaters, boots and pumpkin recipes. October is a month that has almost everyone Geeking Out, celebrating all the wonderful things the fall season brings to Redmond, Washington. As the temperatures changes, we cover up in cozier clothing, and pumpkin spice finds its way into all kinds of foods. October is chock full of premium picks for the whole family! 

If you’re Geeking Out on pumpkins, we encourage you to embrace your obsession by visiting Redmond’s own local pumpkin patch. Strap on your mud boots, and step foot onto Redmond’s Serres Farm. This is a truly special family farm, boasting a wide variety of beautiful and unique pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors. There’s an endless array of activities for the whole family — Get lost in the corn maze, start mooooving on the animal train rideor quack some laughs at the popular duck races. Serres Farm is perfect play area for the pumpkin geek in all of us. Admission is free! Hours of operation:  

  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 6pm 
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 3pm to 6pm 

What would the month of October be without the omnipresent fall infused flavors of pumpkin spice? We are all Geeking Out over the Pumpkin Latte at River Trail Roasters. While you’re there, don’t be spooked by the idea of pairing your delicious drink with their Pumpkin Macaroons or Ginger Pumpkin Scones. Yum!

For the true pumpkin Geeks, Paint Away! features a seasonal selection of ceramic pumpkins to paint. Or, if you’re especially brave, you can color a spider web plate, a monster mug, or a zombie splatter platter. Yikes! Redmond’s ceramics painting & glass fusing studio welcomes walk-ins looking to get artsy & crafty. This all-ages activity provides all of the tools and materials you need for your next peek-a-boo paint project. Once you paint it, they glaze and fire it, then you have your own unique piece of creative art to Geek Out over. 

Winter in Redmond. The time of the year where community and visitors come together to make magical memories in so many ways. I had the pleasure to experience my first Redmond Lights adventure just last year, and let me tell you, it was wonderful. Being a Washington native I have been around the State to experience everything in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to the Holiday Season, but Redmond Lights stood out as one of the most exciting and eventful holiday celebrations I have ever seen.

I began my journey early in the morning pulling into Redmond on a brisk and sunny Saturday. There was this vibe around the town that really got me excited to be there. Maybe it was the quaintly decorated shops, the bustling streets of morning walkers, or more than likely the festive reminders around town that Redmond Lights was finally here. My destination of choice was the Marriott at Redmond Town Center, and I soon realized how fantastic of a choice that was. Sitting amongst the mall, adjacent to the iPic theater I have heard so much about, was the Marriott. I have stayed in hotels all over the country and world and I truly felt this particular Marriott was a step above the standard. The ground level restaurant, Sear, caught my nose as I entered the large lobby fit with huge flat screens and comfy chairs. The massive right wing included an entire business center called “M SPACE” where companies can host large gatherings and sessions. They allowed me to actually choose my room from the available options, so i decided the balcony room would suffice. My decision was more than valid as I entered my room to discover how nice it was. At this point I was getting anxious to go exploring, so i drop my bags and head out.

The Mall was full of people getting an early start to avoid any crowd issues as the time approached closer to 5:30 (Tree Lighting time.) The shops all had fabulous deals and the Winter Market was in full force. I decided to take my time and catch a flick at iPic to see what the fuss was all about. WOW. I have never been to such a theater with reclining leather chairs, pillows, and blankets – be careful not to fall asleep when watching your showing of choice. The itinerary called for Tree Lighting at City Hall so I hopped on one of the convenient greyhound shuttles from the Redmond Town Center. Made it in time to check out all the fun crafts in the Senior Center, cookie decorating, bon fires, and bands performing on the City Steps. The air was full of festivities and wonder.

The time came for everything to begin, the tree in the middle of City Hall lit up as the massive crowd counted down. With cameras flashing and music blasting the community had a moment of joy – celebrating with hugs and kisses. It was then time to head down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk back to Redmond Town Center. Along the way were an unbelievable amount of entertainment, activities, and even refreshments! From carolers to fire dancers, to hot air balloons and hot chocolate stations, the trail was hopping! Reaching my destination I was surprised to see a whole new crowd of people headed in my opposite direction to City Hall from the Redmond Town Center, choosing their own experience. The mall was absolutely CRAZY in how festive it was at this point. Everyone was having a blast riding the Holiday Carrousel, making crafts, shopping, skating in the rink, and taking pictures. I found a seat in the center circle and watched the hustle and bustle, what a spectacle!

As the night began to wind down, I decided to try a few of the many restaurants in the mall to grab some delicious drinks and appetizers. Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar was my favorite, with a fantastic happy hour that landed me “Diablo Prawns” with fresh baked bread. I was in heaven. I ended my night in the outdoor hot tub at the Marriott and enjoyed my wonderful room as the crowds funneled out of the mall. What a treat it was to stay while everyone rushed out to avoid the inevitable traffic. I highly recommend doing the same this year! All-in-all what a fantastic experience, I cannot WAIT to experience yet another Redmond Lights adventure this Saturday.