About

Kirkland Uncorked is Washington’s summer wine festival. Taking place July 15-17, 2016 in scenic Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr), the festival, a weekend long celebration of world-class Washington wineries, is a benefit for the Homeward Pet Adoption.

The festival is split into two parts, a 21+ Tasting Garden and an all ages Street Fair. The Tasting Garden features wine tasting, live music, a Friday Burger Brawl and a Saturday Grill-Off. The Street features a Boat Show, the Uncorked Market, the CityDog Dog Modeling Contest, and a Sunday Food Truck Feast.

About Our Beneficiary

Kirkland Uncorked is a benefit for Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Homeward Pet Adoption Center is one of Washington State’s leading non-profit, no-kill animal shelters. Located in Woodinville and serving the greater Seattle area, we help homeless animals from all over the state find new loving, caring homes.  Since our founding in 1990, more than 25,000 animals have been given a second chance through our rescue, shelter and adoption programs. Homeward Pet relies on the hard work of our over 350 volunteers, and the generous support of our donors, to help over 1,600 dogs and cats find their forever homes each year.

Event Hours

Kirkland Uncorked Tasting Garden Hours*:
Friday, July 15: 5pm-10pm
Saturday, July 16: 12pm-10pm
Sunday, July 17: 12pm-6pm

*Must be 21+ with valid ID

Kirkland Uncorked All-Ages Street Fair Hours:
Friday, July 15: 2pm-8pm
Saturday, July 16: 11am-8pm
Sunday, July 17: 11am-6pm

Event Location

25 Lake Shore Plaza Dr., Kirkland, WA 98033

We know you still have questions…

Where is it held? (Map)
When is Kirkland Uncorked 2016?
Where can I find parking?
What public transportation is available?
Where can I stay overnight?
How much does it cost?
Who does the event benefit?
Can I buy advance tickets?
What is the appropriate ID to get in?
What is Kirkland Uncorked’s Guest Conduct Policy?
Is there re-entry at Kirkland Uncorked?
Does Kirkland Uncorked accept credit cards or checks?
Can I bring my child?
Can I bring my dog?
What is the deal with glasses and tokens?
When do admission and extra token sales end?
When does the wine tasting end?
Is there any food on site?
Is smoking allowed?
What about designated drivers?
If the person I’m with doesn’t drink, do they have to pay $30?
Is Kirkland Uncorked an environmentally sustainable event?

Where is Kirkland Uncorked held?

Kirkland Uncorked is held downtown Kirkland inside Marina Park at 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland, Washington. The event is close to a large selection of hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping. Map

When is Kirkland Uncorked 2016?

 2016 Tasting Garden Dates & Hours 

Admission required. Must be 21+.

Friday, July 15: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, July 16: 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday, July 17: 12 pm – 6 pm

2016 Street Fair Dates & Hours

Free and open to all ages.

Friday, July 15: 2pm – 8 pm
Saturday, July 16:  11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, July 17: 11 am – 6 pm

Where can I find parking?

For full parking details visit City of Kirkland Transportation Website.

Free Parking

2 Hour Parking 
– On-street 

3 Hour Parking in lots from 9AM-5PM 
– Lake Street
– Lakeshore Plaza

4 Hour Parking 
– Peter Kirk Municipal Parking Garage located under the Kirkland Library. Entrances are on 3rd Street or Kirkland Avenue.
– 1st Street and 3rd Avenue
– 2nd Avenue South and State Street

Pay Parking Stations

Up to 4-Hour Parking from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat
– Lake Street
– Lakeshore Plaza
– $1.00 per hour (credit/debit or coin only accepted)

All Day Parking (9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat)
– Park & Main Lot ($1 per hour, credit/debit or coin only accepted)

Pay Parking Garage

All Day Parking starting at 8:30 a.m.
– Library Parking Garage
– $5.00 flat fee (attended will be there on Sunday only)

What public transportation is available?

The bus:

To find a route nearest you, visit King County Metro Online.

Take a Taxi:

Yellow Cab: 206-622-6500
Gray Top Cab: 206-282-8222
Orange Cab: 206-552-8800
Redtop Cab: 206-789-4949

Where can I stay overnight?

Kirkland has a number of brand-name and premier hotels with easy access to all points on the Eastside, as well as downtown Seattle.  To find a hotel visit our Where to Stay Page or Explore Kirkland.

How much does it cost?

The Kirkland Uncorked Street Fair is free and open to the public. View all Uncorked Market Vendors.

Tasting Garden General Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets include entrance to the Tasting Garden, a commemorative tasting glass and 10 wine tasting tokens. One ounce wine tastes are 1-2 tasting tokens depending on each wine’s value.

*Commemorative festival glasses available while supplies last. You must be 21 or older and have a valid ID to enter the Tasting Garden. Advance tickets are non-refundable; the event will be held rain or shine.

Designated Driver Admission is $15 in advance and at the door.

Who does the event benefit?

Kirkland Uncorked is a benefit for Homeward Pet Adoption Center. $1 – $1.75 will be directly contributed to Homeward Pet Adoption Center for every tasting garden ticket sold. In addition, we ask our guests to pledge an additional contribution when purchasing their advance tickets.

Can I buy advanced tickets?

Yes! Advanced tickets can be purchased online in now or at select Advanced Ticket Outlets.

What is the appropriate ID to get in?

The Washington State Liquor Control Board requires everyone entering the Tasting Garden to present valid ID.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board states that any of the following is acceptable:

a driver’s license with a photo from any state
a current passport
a DMV identification card*
a military card*

*The DMV identification card and the military card must have a picture of the person, the person’s name, address, date of birth, a physical description and the signature of the person.

What is Kirkland Uncorked’s Guest Conduct Policy?

The festival has a strict alcohol policy that is designed to protect the guests and the public from alcohol related incidents. All festival guests are expected to maintain responsible and appropriate behavior at all times. Any behavior defying the guest conduct policy as determined by event management can result in ejection and possible arrest.

Event management has the right to refuse entry to any guest deemed intoxicated upon arrival to the Festival.  Additionally, the festival has the right to remove any guest from the premises who is intoxicated or causing a disturbance or is potentially dangerous to himself/herself or other guests.

Ejected guests will not receive a refund for their tickets or be compensated in any way.

Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:

Drunk and disorderly conduct
Fighting or challenging others to fight
Bringing weapons of any kind in to festival
Interference with the event, or participants of the event in any way
Throwing, tossing, or discharging any object
Standing on chairs/seats
Taunting or using offensive language
Disturbing other guests enjoyment of the event
Failure to comply with festival personnel
Violating festival rules, regulations, and policies
Violating any local, state, or federal laws
Alcohol brought from outside the festival
Attempting to enter the festival with a fraudulent ID

The festival reserves the right to deny entry or eject from the facility guests displaying inappropriate behavior, as determined by event management.

Is there re-entry at Kirkland Uncorked?

The Kirkland Uncorked Tasting Garden has same day re-entry. Please have your hand stamped before you leave in order to re-enter. You many only use your ticket for one day.

Does Kirkland Uncorked accept credit cards or checks?

We accept VISA and Mastercard as well as cash for payment of admission. We do not accept checks.

Can I bring my child?

Yes, but children are not allowed in the Tasting Garden. All Tasting Garden ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are allowed both in the Craft Market and the Tasting Garden throughout the entire event weekend.

What is the deal with glasses and tokens?

In order to taste wine at the festival you must have the official event glass. Servers will not pour wine into anything else. Admission includes a glass and 10 tasting tokens. Wine servers do not accept cash. Tasting tokens for wine are purchased from the Wine Shop or the Beer Garden inside the Tasting Garden. Wine tasting tokens are $2.00 each. Wine tastes are 1-2 tasting tokens depending on each wine’s value. Tasting tokens are non-refundable.

When do admission and extra token sales end?

On Friday and Saturday, admission and token sales will stop at 9 p.m., precisely one-half hour before the taps are closed and bottles are corked at 9:30 p.m. Be aware of this when scheduling your visit to the festival. We want you to be happy, so arrive early and allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the festival. On Sunday, admission and token sales will stop at 5 p.m. and bottles will be corked at 5:30pm.

When does wine tasting end?

On Saturday, the event will announce last call at 9:15 p.m. No wine will be served after 9:30 p.m. The festival closes at 10 p.m. On Sunday, last call will be at 5:15 p.m. and the festival will close at 6 p.m. and no wine will be served after 5:30pm.

Is there any food on site?

Yes! We will have food trucks all weekend in the Kirkland Uncorked Promenade. Guests with tickets in the Tasting Garden may enter and exit as they wish and bring food in with them. Just remember to get your hand stamped at the exit gate. For bites inside of the Tasting Garden, check out our Friday Burger Brawl and Restaurant Sampling. Please note that Restaurant Sampling and the Friday Burger Brawl bites are while supplies last.

Downtown Kirkland also has many wonderful restaurants, so you can sit down and enjoy a meal. For a complete list of Kirkland restaurants, visit Explore Kirkland.

Is smoking allowed?

Kirkland Uncorked is an outdoor event and smoking is permitted. We ask that you do not litter, use the trash receptacles and be respectful of other guests.

What about designated drivers?

If you are part of a group and plan to drink, assign a designated driver. Designated drivers may enter the Tasting Garden with a Non-Tasting Admission ($15) and a valid ID. Non-Tasting Admission can be purchased in advance online or at the entrance.

If the person I’m with doesn’t drink, do they have to pay $30?

Guests who are not drinking may enter the Tasting Garden with a Non-Tasting Admission ($15) with valid ID. Non-Tasting Admission can be purchased in advance online or at the entrance.

Is Kirkland Uncorked an environmentally sustainable event?

Kirkland Uncorked works to minimize the environmental impact of our event. Our efforts include:

Recycling all empty wine bottles
Donating empty wine bottles to local artists to be recreated into works of art
Sanitizing and recycling any wine glasses left behind by guests
Composting food used in the Grill Off and Grilling Demonstrations
Providing composting stations in our food court and restaurant sampling areas
Using only Cedar-Grove approved compostable serving dishes and cutlery in our food court and restaurant sampling areas
Providing recycling stations throughout the event
Using recyclable glasses in the beer garden
Providing bike valet service for patrons cycling to the event