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The City of Kirkland

City of Kirkland

Kirkland is the prettiest little jewel on the eastside of Lake Washington. The stunning backdrop of the Olympic Mountains outlines Seattle’s Emerald City across the lake and defines a sense of the Pacific Northwest. Then, pulling out of that long shot takes you out of the metropolis, pans across the water and lands in this little City on the shore. It is a quintessential small town complete with a variety of shops, art galleries, sidewalk restaurants, a downtown library, ballpark and lots of coffee shops. It’s a town perfectly situated to tell a story.

Scenic footpaths meander along the waterfront taking you to the town marina and boat launch or just past there is the historic Heritage Hall that elicits memories of times past. Forty-five City parks include public beaches and woodsy trails. The 5.75 mile Cross Kirkland Corridor traverses the entire City. Walking or riding bikes on its crushed gravel trail connects a traveler to most of the City’s fourteen distinctive neighborhoods, high tech businesses (including a Google Campus) and people of every ethnic and cultural background.

Kirkland is that special kind of place that is distinctive, photogenic and timeless.

City of Kirkland Weather

Kirkland,Washington, “Centennial Fountain” Public Art in Marina Park – Merrill Images

Kirkland enjoys a mild climate year-round where temperature extremes are moderated by the proximity to Lake Washington.

Average Temperature:
January – High 46.0 F, Low 35.0 F

July – High 75.0 F, Low 55.0 F

January Rainfall – 4.49 inches

July Rainfall – 0.97 inches

Sources: Intellicast

Projects Filmed in Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington, Park Lane – Merrill Images

Live Broadcast

Junior Softball World Series finals, ESPN (annual)


The Whole Truth

Television Series 

Celebrity Wife Swap

Extreme Home Makeover

Murder She Solved: True Crime

Sale of Two Cities

The Bachelor

The Great Christmas Light Fight

Tiny House Hunting

What Not To Wear




Still Shoots


Web Content/Other

Alex Ivy Music Video

Burgers & Books



Soundmark Wealth

The Wallet


Key Locations of Interest

Kirkland, Washington, Public Art at Carillon Point Office Park and Marina – Merrill Images

Big Finn Hill County Park (features trail hiking and mountain biking)

Bridle Trails State Park (features hiking and horse trails)

Jasper’s Off-leash Dog Park

Juanita Bay Park (features urban wildlife habitat, bird viewing, and boardwalks)

Juanita Beach Park (features boardwalks, Juanita Creek, wetlands/marshes, beachfront promenade, open-air amphitheater, stand up paddle board rental, and views)

Marina Park (features public marina, art, stand up paddle board rentals, and views)

McAuliffe Park (features two windmills and Americana memorabilia)

Waterfront Parks (13 waterfront parks varied in size and features)

Closest Large Cities Adjacent

  • Tacoma is approximately 42 miles from Kirkland
  • Everett is approximately 25 miles from Kirkland
  • Seattle is approximately 12 miles from Kirkland

Distance to Closest Large Airport

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 22 miles from Kirkland

Relevant Contact Names & Information

Kirkland, Washington, Outdoor Sculpture Galler on Park Lane – Merrill Images

Local Film Liaison

Sudie Elkayssi, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland

425-587-3347, selkayssi@kirklandwa.gov 

Agency that issues permits and costs

Sudie Elkayssi, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland

425-587-3347, selkayssi@kirklandwa.gov

Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control

Sudie Elkayssi, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland

425-587-3347, selkayssi@kirklandwa.gov


Kirkland, Washington, Woodmark Hotel – Merrill Images

A list of accommodations are below:

1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle,WA 98101
(206) 264-0667

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