Events and Activities
In addition to the annual series of Downtown Historic Walking Tours, below are activities to learn more about Redmond's heritage and to challenge your knowledge.

Archaeology Day 2016

October 14, 2016:  This event has been postponed due to weather.  New event date to be scheduled.

The City hosts 2016 Archaeology Day, part of an annual global exploration of archeology.

Bear Creek project director Dr. Robert Kopperl will be presenting at the new overlook of the Lower Bear Creek habitat restoration area across form 164th Ave. NE along the Bear Creek recreational trail. Participants will have the opportunity to find out more about the Bear Creek study, new knowledge gleaned from the site, and the broader picture of the past as seen in our archaeological heritage.

The Bear Creek site, located in the heart of the City of Redmond, is the oldest excavated archaeological site with stone tools in Western Washington. It was first identified in 2008 during a routine environmental survey for a City habitat restoration project, and since then it has generated a wealth of information about Native American life from over 10,000 years ago near the outlet of Lake Sammamish.

Dr. Kopperl will be on-hand to informally provide information about the Bear Creek site and to answer questions about the project and Washington state’s shared archaeological heritage.

Directions to the event.

Haunted History Walking Tour with Tom Hitzroth

Leary Way 1905Save the date for Saturday, October 22, 4:00 to 5:30 pm for the 2016 Haunted History Walking Tour.  This is an opportunity to learn about other historic facts and about mysterious happenings at local historic sites. 

Meet for this special walking tour in Half Price Books.  Tour guide, Tom Hitzroth will kickoff this tour with a brief introduction.

Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  The tour includes walking and periods of standing on the sidewalk.

Free parking available at the Redmond Central Connector Parking Lot, located at the corner of Leary Way and Bear Creek Parkway. 

Avoid parking in the Half Price Book lot to reserve space for their customers. 

Use this map to locate additional parking opportunities in the Downtown:

Downtown Parking Stations

Specially Requested Walking Tours - Information and Requirements

Leary Way 2003Specially requested walking tours of Redmond's historic Downtown with narration and storytelling by Tom Hitzroth are available by request.  The following considerations and requirements should be addressed in advance:

  • Tours are available during April through September
  • Rain cancels tours - back up dates are suggested
  • Tours include a significant amount of walking and standing on hard surfaces.  Appropriate shoes are strongly recommended.
  • To help ensure participants’ safety, youth organizations such as Scouts must have a ratio of at least:

    One parent/teacher to every two children under age of 12
    One parent/teacher to every six youth between 12 and 18

    This ratio is the minimum acceptable for participation in a tour and is not a guarantee of participants’ safety. Organizations are encouraged to consider their own safety needs and to provide additional parent or teacher supervision where the organization deems appropriate. 
  • Special activities may be arranged for schools and other youth organizations.  Please contact staff at least one month in advance to discuss opportunities.

Contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415 for additional information and to schedule your special walking tour of historic Downtown.

Redmond Walking Tour Phone App

Supplementing the Downtown Historic Walking Tours, this audio series includes the colorful history and architectural details for the City's historic landmark properties.  In addition, Redmond's Mayor Marchione helps set the context with information regarding Redmond's first school house bell, the current City Hall, and the Old (Teen Center) Fire House.

Redmond Walking Tour Phone App

To find the application, search for "Redmond Walking Tour" in the app stores for Windows phone, Android, and Mac.  Also, contact the Redmond Historical Society at or 425-885-2919 for additional information.

A Redmond History Challenge

Redmond History Challenge imageThis fact-finding and knowledge-testing activity was primarily designed for local Scout troops' interest in the City's 1912-2012 Centennial.  Many resources were used to create this challenge and may help you determine the answers:

Check your answers with Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415.

Monthly Meetings and Presentations with Redmond Historical Society

Norman's Saloon on Gilman StreetJoin the Redmond Historical Society at their eight general meetings during the year, (January-May, and then September-November). The meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.  Every meeting includes a presentation regarding an aspect of Redmond or Eastside history.  Additional information is provided at and by calling 425-885-2919.

Columbia by Washington State Historical Society

Washington State History Society and MuseumLearn more about Washington History as well as activities for you and your family at

Kimberly S. Dietz
Senior Planner,
Neighborhoods and
Historic Preservation
Department of Planning
and Community
City of Redmond
(425) 556-2415