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FAQ

Where is it held?

The event is held in downtown Kirkland's 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 2014?

 2014 Tasting Garden Dates & Hours 

Admission required. Must be 21+.

  • Friday, July 18 ~ 5p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 19 ~12p.m.  10 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 20 ~  12p.m. - 6 p.m.
2014 Promenade Dates & Hours

Free and open to all ages.

  • Friday, July 18 ~ 2p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 19 ~ 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 20 ~ 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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 Promenade is free and open to the public. View all Uncorked Market Vendors. 

Tasting Garden admission is $25 in advance or $30 the weekend of the event. 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.

Non-tasting admission is available for $20. 

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 June 2014 or at select Advanced Ticket Outlets

Purchase your tickets early! Tickets go off sale online on Friday, July 20 2014 at 12:00 noon. Tickets will be available for purchase on site when gates open.

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 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 Promenade 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 ($20) 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 ($20) 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