Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is “Streaming Live,” ready to welcome the more than 150,000 people expected at the popular rain-or-shine event that celebrates salmon returning to spawn in local creeks, lakes and the downtown fish hatchery every autumn.
Events and attractions in downtown Issaquah Saturday and Sunday feature entertainment on five stages, 250 arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, hatchery tours and Foods of the World from 60 vendors.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday with Grande Parade floats, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, equestrians and mascots along Gilman Boulevard. Sunday’s special event is the Run WithThe Fishes 5K run/walk and Kids 1K Dash hosted by Issaquah Rotary Foundation.
Continuous entertainment both days includes rock and blues on the Front Street Stage, classic rock at the Rainier Blvd. Stage, bluegrass at the Hatchery Stage and Celtic music, ukuleles, Appalachian cloggers and more at the Go Fish! Stage. The Kids’ Stage “for the little salmon” includes puppet shows, Radio Disney singing and dancing activities and live reptile shows, part of Field of Fun art activities, pony rides, games, vendors and other attractions for kids of all ages.
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Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, spawning coho and chinook salmon since 1936, is the heart of the Salmon Days Festival, with docents, exhibits, displays, tours and a salmon barbecue Saturday and Sunday. The hatchery is open daily year round with exhibits and displays on salmon and their habitat, fish-ladder viewing windows and a native-plant garden and wetland.
Several pay-parking lots are available around the festival site in downtown Issaquah along West Sunset Way and Front Street North, though the large crowds at the popular event tend to make driving and parking in the area difficult.
For easy access, park free in off-site lots at Issaquah Transit Center, Costco and Issaquah Highlands and take a festival-shuttle bus, every 15 minutes 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $2/person round trip, free for kids ages 8 and younger.
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