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Salmon Days

In the heart of beautiful, downtown Issaquah lies the only urban salmon hatchery in the state of Washington.

Each autumn, the salmon return to spawn, bringing with them over 150,000 people who gather to welcome the salmon home during the annual Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.

Since its creation almost 50 years ago, Salmon Days has grown from a small-town event to a world class festival.

With over 450 colorful artisan booths, five music stages, a grand parade, Salmon BBQ, 5K run, carnival, Dock Dogs competitions, the Field of Fun, which is full of free games for young and old alike, and food from around the world, festival-goers celebrate not only the return of the salmon but much, much more.

Come for the fish, stay for the festivities. See why the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the people of Issaquah are so proud of our Salmon celebration!

Calendar of Events

Hops In Shops – (February) Enjoy live music, beer, cider, and wine tasting while meandering through the shops at Historic Gilman Village.

Wine Walk – (February through June) Enjoy the opportunity to sip a variety of wines and mingle with fellow wine lovers the first Friday of every month from February through June in downtown Issaquah

Issaquah Farmers Market – (May through September) There will be an abundance of food and craft vendors, organic vegetables, fresh cut flowers, children’s activities and much more every Saturday.

Historic Pub Crawl – (May and October) Take a walk through Issaquah and revisit some of the town’s wildest historic tales. Cocktails and appetizers will be served at each stop.

Pours In Stores – (June) Enjoy live music, beer, spirits, cider and wine tasting while meandering through the shops at the Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands.

Fenders on Front Street – (Father’s Day) Vintage cars from all over the state will be parked along Front Street. There will also be live music and family activities.

Down Home 4th of July – The festive day kicks-off with a parade followed by games and entertainment at the Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Highlands Day – (August) Enjoy an afternoon of arts and crafts, food trucks and kid-friendly fun!

Salmon Days Festival – (First Full Weekend in October) Celebrate the return of the Issaquah salmon with the largest two-day festival in the state.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo – (December) Take pictures with Santa, feed his reindeer and other animal friends, plus many more fun-filled Christmas activities.

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