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Held in early October each year, Issaquah Salmon Days celebrates the return of this iconic fish, revered by Native American tribes and modern day Americans alike, to their spawning grounds in the many rivers and creeks of the north Cascades. The town closes down Front Street for a weekend and celebrates with all manner of special events and activities for all ages. The historic Issaquah Fish Hatchery is ‘the’ spot to see the returning fish up close and personal.

There’s an old fashioned heritage parade down Main Street, while the local Kiwanis club barbecues salmon over an open barbecue pit. Top notch cover bands from across the state perform free, live concerts throughout the weekend, and there’s even a midway with carnival rides for the kids. If the weather forecast is good, Salmon Days gets pretty crowded, so consider parking off site and taking one of the free shuttles.