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Free Fishy Fun at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

If you’re looking for a fun event to welcome Fall, check out the Salmon Days Festival in Issaquah on October 6 and 7 from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free, and there are loads of family friendly activities to enjoy.

The event begins with a parade on Saturday at 10am. It runs from Front Street at NW Dogwood, down Gilman Boulevard to 12th Ave and along 12th Ave to the Sports Authority parking lot

For you next stop, try the Field of Fun. This is playtime central, with all sorts of carnival-style games for kids, from bouncy houses to giant hamster balls. Kids may enjoy watching the DockDogs, a canine diving competition that also takes place on the field. There’s a playground as well, but it can get pretty crazy during the festival.

A free mini train that winds around the lot next to the playground is always popular. Don’t let the long line turn you away, there’s lots of room on that little train, and the wait isn’t too bad.

One of the services at the festival that I really enjoyed as a new mom is the nursing tent next to the Field of Fun. Here you can sit in a comfy padded rocker and nurse your baby away from the crowds. There are also changing tables, free diapers and wipes, and even snacks and water.

Of course, the main attraction is the salmon, and they are a remarkable sight. Enormous fish struggle their way up Issaquah Creek and the hatchery has even more Coho and Chinook salmon on display. There are also lots of exhibits and docents on hand to expand your fishy education.

Other attractions include several rows of food and craft vendors and live music at various spots throughout the fairgrounds.

I think this festival is a fantastic way to enjoy the crisp autumn weather, and I look forward to it every year. Are there any Fall festivals you enjoy?

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

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