Snoqualmie Railroad Days and Taste of Edmonds, Aug. 14-16, 2015.
Step up to the original ticket window at Snoqualmie Depot built in 1890 for tickets to ride vintage train cars pulled by a1909 steam locomotive at Snoqualmie Railroad Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 to 16.
Railroad Days, a local tradition since 1938, celebrates Snoqualmie’s railroad and logging history and the heritage of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe with entertainment, Art in the Park artists in action and art sale, historic displays, Children’s Field of Fun, parade and car show.
Festival entertainment, wine and beer gardens and Arts in the Park open at 5 p.m. Friday and continue through the weekend. Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast and grand parade. Saturday and Sunday events include children’s activities, free wagon rides, a model-train show and timber sports shows, and Sunday features the Legends Classic Car Show, History Comes Alive and celebration of the Depot’s 125th birthday at 10:45 a.m. with cake and lemonade.
Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14-16; parade, 11 a.m. Saturday
Location: downtown Snoqualmie
Steam Train Rides: 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday; $20/adults, $18/ages 62 and older; $12/ages 2-12.
More info: 425-888-3030 or railroaddays.com
MEHVA buses to Snoqualmie: 11 a.m. Sunday, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, no ORCA, Metro tickets and passes accepted (206-684-1816 or mehva.org)
A Taste of Edmonds
Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14-16.
Cost: $4, age 12 and younger free; $2 Beer Garden cover charge after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Location: Edmonds Civic Center Playfield, 230 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds.
More info: 425-776-6711 or atasteofedmonds.com
Steam-train rides depart starting at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the depot that’s home to Northwest Railway Museum, open year round with history displays and train-excursion weekends through October. The train travels to North Bend Depot, with a stop at a Snoqualmie Falls overlook on the way back to Snoqualmie.
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For more living history, Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) offers a 4-hour trip to Railroad Days on historic Metro buses, departing at 11 a.m. Sunday from downtown Seattle.
The Cascade foothills isn’t the only scenic setting for festival fun this weekend. The Taste of Edmonds invites all to “savor the flavor” in charming Edmonds, overlooking Puget Sound. There’s something for every taste from 35 food vendors with a covered eating area, arts and crafts vendors and entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Children’s Area has pony rides, a giant slide, model hydroplane racing, craft activities and entertainment on the Kids Stage. Main Stage entertainment includes Heart by Heart and Beatles tribute band British Export, and on the Beer Garden Stage, The Beatniks, The Afrodisiacs, Van Halen tribute band The Atomic Punks and Hell’s Belles all-female AC/DC tribute band, among continuous music all three days. There’s free parking and shuttles from Edmonds Woodway High School every 15 minutes starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday for handy festival access.