A 2 Line train runs through the BelRed neighborhood, with a colorful floral mural in the foreground
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A 2 Line train travels next to a mural by Barry Johnson.

Shop local in the downtown Bellevue, BelRed neighborhoods

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The Eastside is a great place to live, work, play and visit, with so many unique neighborhoods to enjoy!

With the 2 Line opening on April 27, there will be more connections between these communities than ever.

From the sprouting Spring District, to the urban core of downtown Bellevue, to the arts district in BelRed, here are a few places to explore:

Bellevue Downtown

Downtown Bellevue is the second largest city center in Washington. Known for its shopping, dining and culture, this neighborhood has something for everyone.

At the heart of it all is the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA).

Learn more about everything happening at Bellevue Downtown Station as part of the 2 Line opening.

Bellevue skyline from Lake Washington point of view
The skyline of Downtown Bellevue.
A Link train pulls into the Downtown Bellevue station at night.
Downtown Bellevue Station.

And after the 2 Line opens this month, you can unlock great deals as part of the BDA’s “Ride 2 Downtown” campaign.

Participating businesses include Fogo De Chao, Float Seattle, Paddy Coynes, Bellevue Pilates, Molly Moon's, Smith & Main, Vanity Pham Salon, Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery, City Sweats, Coffeeholics, Fran's Chocolate, Reality Break Escapes, Cafe Bollywood and Black Bottle.

The BDA’s mission is to strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of Downtown Bellevue.

Established in 1974, the BDA supports its members with advocacy, major community events, and strategic programs to help the Downtown area thrive. The BDA works to spotlight member successes and sustain the leadership and collaboration needed to shape Downtown's Bellevue's growth and progress.


In addition to being home to tech giants, innovation hubs, and major employment centers, the BelRed neighborhood has an eclectic mix of arts education and supportive creative economy businesses.

In fact, the BelRed Arts District has the highest concentration of arts and cultural organizations and artists in Bellevue.

A 2 Line train runs on the street level, near a sign promoting the BelRed Arts District
Photo courtesy of the BelRed Arts District Community Alliance.
An artist paints a mural as part of the public art program of the BelRed Arts District
A mural by Tori Shao.

Many of these arts organizations, big and small, are hidden within gritty, post-industrial warehouses, aging commercial spaces and older strip malls reminiscent of the 60s and 70s era.

Go see a performance, learn to dance, take a class, visit a gallery, create, rehearse, explore the growing public art and more!

And don't forget to check out the public art at the 2 Line stations!

Both the Bellevue Downtown Association and the BelRed Arts District are Sound Transit 2 Line Opening Event partners, and are sponsoring activities to celebrate opening day on April 27. 

Stay tuned for more details on the festivities!