Kirkland and Its Traditions

May 21, 2020

At any point throughout the year you can attend or will see Kirkland events that are deeply rooted here in our town. Although Kirkland is constantly growing as a hub of the tech industry in the Pacific Northwest, these traditions help keep Kirkland feeling like home sweet home. 

As proud members of the Kirkland community, we can testify that one of the main reasons we love it here so much is that everyone contributes to the community. Whether it is running events, upholding traditions, or simply attending these types of events - everyone here is a part of something much bigger. And that is why we are all Kirkland! 


Here are just a few of the Kirkland traditions and events we look forward to all year! 

Decorating The Cow and Coyote

Located in downtown Kirkland, Cow & Coyote pose as two objects that would most likely not be seen together. This technique is something you will see often in artist Brad Rule’s work. If you are lucky you will catch this famous Kirkland statue dressed up for different occasions and holidays throughout the year. Take a look at some of the fun looks and costumes this unique statue has gotten over the years.

4th of July Parade

For the past 20 years, Kirkland has hosted a 4th of July parade. Since it began, the parade has evolved into a morning parade with all the children and their bikes, and other activities involving the entire community throughout the day. The holiday concludes with an incredible fireworks display that can be best viewed from the waterfront. This annual event brings the entire community together and is a fond memory for everyone who has gotten the chance to enjoy it throughout the years.

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7 Hills of Kirkland

Supporting the most vulnerable in our community, Attain Housing is working to tackle homelessness on the Eastside. Each year, they put on a bike ride on Memorial Day that aims to raise money for their various housing programs that greatly impact the local community and their families. This annual ride has many great traditions, like a bagpiper who plays as riders race by, shortcake at the end of the ride (baked by our own Rob Scarber!), and many fun activities and events for everyone of all ages. Due to the current environment, the ride is now shifting gears. Although there will not be an official event on Memorial Day, riders can still participate and ride on their own all May long to raise money for this worthy cause, and businesses can still participate as sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about how to ride or to donate, click here:


Kirkland Uncorked

This annual wine festival brings in people from all over to taste and enjoy local Washington wines. Not only can people try world-class wines, but this event benefits Homeward Pet Adoptions, which is one of Washington’s leading, no-kill, pet adoption shelters. The weekend consists of two different sections, the all-ages street fest where people can browse different booths, see a dog modeling contest, visit the boat tour, and more! The 21+ tasting garden has live music and more! For more information visit:



Kirkland Tree lighting and Winterfest

A wintertime tradition we love is the tree lighting ceremony presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association. Each year people gather for an evening full of activities including kid’s activities, shopping, and more! Who knows, Santa might even pay a visit! This tradition always brings our community together and marks the beginning of the holiday season in such a perfect way. 

Our goal at Windermere Kirkland is to be a resource for the community. Aside from helping you buy or sell your home, our team is dedicated to adding value to our city. Every other Tuesday we will be posting a blog post highlighting different people, businesses, communities, and more throughout Kirkland. Stay tuned!