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Calling All Musicians

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 – 2014
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Issaquah is making music on Saturday, June 21 in celebration of International Music Day (Fete de la Musique).  International Music Day is the one day a year people around the world celebrate the importance of music in our lives through free, open and accessible events throughout the U.S. and the world.  International Music Day is celebrated in over 450 cities and 100 countries when musicians take to the streets, sidewalks, and parks to play. Entire communities come out to listen, dance, and join in making music. Each community organizes its own events, and each celebration has a distinct expression.

In Issaquah, musicians are taking to the streets in Downtown and Gilman Village.  In addition to the several live music venues that host live music on every Saturday night, we are asking merchants to bring live music into their venues for the night.  There will also be several outdoor spots with bands playing.  We have designated several outdoor locations for bands that need power and several locations for solo or acoustic musicians.   

We are inviting everyone who plays an instrument – school bands, symphonies, individual bands and solo musicians to come and play.  Musicians are not paid but can ask for tips and sell merchandise – t-shirts, cd’s, etc.  

Musicians must sign up for a time slot dependent on availability and music must be approved for family friendly lyric content.   Venues assignments will be confirmed after May 1.   

Submission Deadline – May 1, 2014
Please submit the following information to
Description on style of music
A sample of your music via website or other link
Bio/press kit if available 

Join in the fun and make music!   


Registration now open for Fenders on Front Street


9th Annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show

 Downtown Issaquah Father’s Day Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association would like to invite you and your club members to join us at the free 9th Annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show – Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014.  The show begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. 

This will be another great year attracting car owners from across the state to show off their classic cars.  There will be live music by Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with MC Lance Lambert.   Vinyl Radio will be broadcasting your favorite tunes all day long with Jeff Shade, the host of syndicated show Talk About Cars airing Sunday mornings.  The afternoon will culminate with an afternoon cruise to Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

Registration is now open.  Print your placard for the show and enter for a chance to win a $200 gift card from Griot’s Garage.  Trophies (or Shelly’s as we like to call them) will be awarded in several categories including Best of Show and Favorite Original, Classic, 50’s, 1950-1969, Post 1970, Foreign Truck, Most Unique, Cuz it’s Cool categories and a few surprises.

Front Street closes at 6:30 a.m. for the hundreds of fantastic automobiles to start parking.  Please enter from the north (Gilman) and point south on Front Street. The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In will be hosting cars also.  The Eagles are serving their annual breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to noon and judging starts at 11:00 a.m.  Coffee and donuts will be served at the Triple XXX and the historic Shell Station. 

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
   Donations help support the Downtown Issaquah Association
Thank you to our sponsors including
Darigold, Vinyl Radio, Triple XXX Rootbeer and Watts Properties.

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Flower Basket Program


Mother's Day Flower Baskets

Last year, with your help, the Downtown Issaquah Association was able to bring back flower baskets to our downtown.  Your donation directly affects how many baskets we can purchase.  These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years and make a great Mother’s Day gift.  Our goal for this year is $10,000 to fund 40 baskets.  This cannot happen without your support. Donate Now!

Following are three ways you can participate:

  • $1000 Donation – Receive a banner placard 24”x 16” with your logo on it to hang on Front Street.   You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.  We’ll  send a mother of your choice a Mother’s Day card. 
  • $250 Donation – This covers the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months.  You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.   This level gets mom a card too.   
  • $50 Donation -   DIA will send your mother a Mother’s Day card saying a contribution was made in their honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah.

Donate via Paypal (see sidebar). Remember to include mom’s name and address under special instruction when paying.

The deadline for this year’s baskets is May 1 to  ensure we get cards out in time for Mother’s Day, May 11.  Contributions made after this date will go into a general beautification fund.  Help keep Issaquah beautiful.

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Saturday, April 19

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Saturday, October 25

Thursday, November 20

Saturday, November 22

Saturday, November 29

Thursday, December 18

Merchant and DIA Board Meeting
Monday, January 27 – 2:00-3:30

Historic Shell Station – 232 Front Street North

The 2014 board and merchant meetings for 2014 will be held the 4th Monday of the month from 2:00-3:30. Please join us in 2014. We will open each meeting with merchant issues/ questions, guest speakers then conduct DIA board business from 2:30-3:30. All are welcome to bring ideas and suggestions for downtown.

KCLS will be presenting results from an online and merchant survey we have been conducting during the 4th quarter. We will also be discussing progress with the Main Street program and the 2014 schedule of events.


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Holiday Lights are Up in Downtown

Thank you to the adults and to all the students from Skyline, Issaquah High and Liberty High who showed up on Saturday to make our downtown look festive. The weather was great and fun was had by all. Thank you to Flying Pie for providing pizza for the troops.

Operation Thanksgiving Dinner

Sat Nov 23 – Save the date! Help hang lights downtown

Downtown Issaquah – Volunteer to hang Holiday Lighs
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 9:00am-1:00pm

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit downtown Issaquah.  Join us putting up lights along Front Street businesses to make our downtown festive during the holiday season.

 This is perfect for students looking for some community service hours or for anyone interested in making our downtown sparkle.  Please consider spending a couple of hours making a difference to our historic downtown.

We will be gathering at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell Station) at232 Front Street at 9:00 to get assignments for the morning.  We’ll put up lights until noon then break for free pizza and refreshments generously donated by Flying Pie Pizza.



Zombies take over Downtown!


If you happened to be in downtown Issaquah on Saturday, October 26th, you were in for a spectacle! Zombies, young and old alike, took over downtown as they creeped down Front Street freaking out traffic and spectators. The zombies were in full effect taking on the characteristics of the Un-dead, some even dining on ‘brains’ and other parts of the anatomy. The 4th Annual Zombie Walk was hugely successful attracting even more zombies and spectators than 2012. Talk about a fun day!!


Filmed by Tim Smith, check out the City of Issaquah’s footage of the zombie apocalypse here:  Zombie Video Footage

See full slideshow below!

The day started with zombies gathering at the Historic Shell station for make-up and Thriller dance practice with Blue Dog Dance of Renton. Adults, kids and even babies were zombie-fied preparing for the 30 minute crawl through town. Vinyl Radio piped music down Front Street in various locations creating even more effect. Issaquah Brewery sponsored the beer garden providing a ample supply of Dead Guy Ale (how fitting!)

Thriller Dance Practice


Spectators followed zombies through town and crowded around the library in anticipation of the Thriller dance. Thank you Michael Jackson for your brilliant musical contributions to the world! Thriller is that unmistakable, catchy and creepy song that is so fitting for an event like this.

Zombie Invasion

If you missed the 2013 Zombie take over, you won’t want to miss it next year because it will no doubt be even bigger! Whether you like them or not… I think it’s fair to say the zombies are here to stay!

Light Up the Night





Light the night in downtown Issaquah.   The Downtown Issaquah Association will be putting on the lights in celebration of the holidays and to make our downtown bright and merry.  Layers of light help make our downtown feel safe, look festive and inviting.  Please consider donating to this fund.  The more lights we have the more beautiful and lit up downtown will look.   

As a contributor to the Downtown Issaquah Association for lights, you will be able to deduct 75% of your donation from your state B&O tax.  Other tax benefits may apply.  It’s easy to register.   

$1000 Donation – Receive a $750 Washington State B&O tax credit in 2014
 $500 Donation – Receive a $375 Washington State B&O tax credit in 2014
 $100 Donation – Receive a $75 Washington State B&O tax credit in 2014

Please let us know your committment by Friday, November 15 so we can purchase enough lights.  Payment will need to made by December 31 to take a 2014 deduction.   


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