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2013 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival | Free, 150,000 People, Art, Food, Parade, 5 Music Stages & More!


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44th Annual Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
October 5-6, 2013
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Free | All Ages
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Downtown Issaquah
Front and Sunset Way

Join us October 5th – 6th for Issaquah’s family oriented festival celebrating the return of the spawning salmon to our lakes, creeks and historic downtown hatchery. Rain or shine, come enjoy Foods of the World, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, inflatables, pony rides, an extreme air show demonstration, human hamster balls, and lots of live music. Last year, we went back to our Western roots with Thrills & Gills, in 2013 we’re looking to the future with Streaming Live.

The Salmon Days Festival is an internationally recognized and award winning event which draws more than 150,000 people annually to our great town. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Start off with the Grande Parade (an Issaquah tradition) at 10:00am on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, including marching bands, fanciful floats and other community icons. Stroll the streets of Front and Sunset Way, in the historic heart of Issaquah, and check out hundreds of artists as well as dozens of hometown Issaquah businesses. Head on over to the Field of Fun for many free family activities, including the kids’ inflatables, interactive games, art projects and the Puget Sound Dock Dogs…they are sure to provide a thrill for all ages!

Stroll on over to the famous downtown Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Washington’s only urban fish hatchery, and the heart of the Salmon Days Festival. The Hatchery offers an up-close glimpse of the thousands of spawning salmon completing their multi-year, round-trip journey home…a journey starting and ending in Issaquah, but extending throughout the region’s watershed and well into the Pacific Ocean. The dozens of “Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery” (F.I.S.H) docents will be happy to answer your questions and share more about the amazing life cycle of these iconic northwest creatures.

Next, catch a favorite band at one of the many festival stages, offering a wide range of music genres sure to suit any taste.
Salmon Days features 5 fabulous entertainment stages:

  • Front Street Stage – Local, new & upcoming talent of every genre!
  • Go Fish! Stage – A fast-moving river of sounds, talent and worldly entertainment!
  • Hatchery Stage – Where salmon swing and bluegrass is king!
  • Rainier Blvd Stage – Hot rock, rhythm & blues, pop, dance and headliner hits!
  • Kids’ Stage – Everything kids love, music, puppeteers, magicians, jugglers

And speaking of taste, come hungry – because the Festival’s Foods of the World and Go Fish! venues offer festival eats and treats for all of your family’s festival streamers!

The Salmon Days Festival, in addition to streaming live to over 150,000 attendees, is also a key element of Issaquah’s economic vitality and non-profit organization support. The Festival provides valuable visibility for the community and local businesses and directly supports over 70 local non-profit, service and charitable organizations. Salmon Days is also one of the nation’s most environmentally-friendly festivals, an important value and point of pride for Issaquah.


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