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Where can I see the salmon?
The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (125 W. Sunset Way) is the most popular spot. For a change of scenery, you can also walk to nearby alternate viewing areas at:

  • Newport Bridge on Newport Way SW by Front St S

  • Bridge on W Sunset Way

  • NW Dogwood St west of Rainier Blvd N

  • Confluence Park Bridge


Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking spots can be found near the festival at:

  • Dollar Tree

  • Community Center

  • Issaquah Library

  • Bank of America

  • Confluence Park

Festival Parking
Pay Parking Lots are operated by local Issaquah non-profit organizations

Supporting *Boy Scout Troop 636*
80 Front St. S.


Supporting *Issaquah Middle School PTSA*
600 2nd Ave SE and 700 2nd AVE SE


Supporting *Boy Scout Troop 636*
100 NE Gilman Boulevard


Supporting *Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA*

555 NW Holly Street

Supporting *Living Hope Bible Church*
205 Mountain Park Boulevard

Supporting *Boy Scout Troop 676*
745 Front Street S.


Lost and Found
Found items can be brought to any of the three Salmon Days Information Booth or to Festival HQ at the Senior Center.

Lost Children & Information for Parents
Stay with the lost person. If you are close to an Info Booth, go there and they will know what to do. And/or contact Festival Headquarters at the Senior Center (next to the Field of Fun) immediately to report the incident. 

First Aid
For this year, First Aid booths are located in or right next to the Information Booths.


Where can I find an ATM?

  • Dogwood Street

  • Chicago Pastrami

  • Alder Street

  • Foods of the World North

  • Pedestrian Park

  • Foods of the World South

  • Issaquah Library

  • W Sunset Way

  • Community Center


More about the history of the Salmon Days Festival

  • In 1970, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented the first Salmon Days.

  • The event grew out of the desire to replace the once popular Labor Day celebration, as well as a need to celebrate one of Issaquah’s greatest treasures – the annual return of the salmon.

  • In the beginning, the festival attractions included the Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, salmon hatchery displays, an art show, children’s parade led by the late J.P. Patches, Little League football games at Veterans Memorial Field, fire crew competitions and more.

  • In 1980 the Salmon Days festival and Grande Parade underwent two major changes that have been credited with altering the course of the festival: Salmon Days became a Seafair-sanctioned event and a festival float was created again.

  • To aid the growth process, merchandise was introduced, the first paid festival director was hired and large ohfishal spawnsors came onboard in the 80’s.

  • In 1990, the festival introduced the Salmon Days Limited Print, a signed and numbered run of 450 prints featuring original artwork. The festival retired the collection at the end of 2003 and the majority of the past prints have sold out.

Today, Salmon Days is still presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce with the goal of providing a community celebration focused on honoring the miraculous return of the salmon, almost two tons each year.

Robin Kelley, Executive Director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH), explains the importance of salmon to our ecosystem

Did you know that more than 137 species of fish and wildlife - from orcas, bears, river otters, to caddisflies – they all depend on the Northwest salmon for their survival?  It is more important than ever to do what we can, to ensure that the salmon survive in our local lakes and streams and we can continue to celebrate their return!

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