Annual Events in Downtown Issaquah

Downtown Issaquah’s admirers say she’s acting young for her age. Now well over 100 years old, Issaquah is what Seattle once was, in bite-sized pieces. Issaquah values the patina of the well-worn and finds no conflict between the two.

Issaquah’s annual events, like the history, toss aside pretense and place importance for discovery of new combinations. Discover the meaning of entrepreneurial spirit and find limitless, fresh possibilities through entertainment. But watch out, Issaquah events splash everything with rhythm, color and flavor. Come by soon, listen to some music, socialize and get splashed!

2014 Schedule of Annual Events

Holiday DeLights - Light Hanging Work Party
Saturday, November 22nd (10am – 12pm)
An annual work party is organized to hang lights on all the buildings on Front Street from Sunset to Dogwood to get downtown ready for the holidays. Meet at the Hailstone Feed Store.
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Gilman Village Wine Walk
Thursday, November 20 (6pm-9pm)
Start your holiday shopping early at the boutique retail shops at Gilman Village and enjoy local fine wines while you’re shopping.  Check in at the Farm House School.
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Saturday, November 29
Shop local in downtown Issaquah.  DIA is partnering with Gilman Village and Issaquah Highlands.  Support your community on Small Business Saturday and shop local.  A FREE trolley will be running from 12:00-8:00 to make your shopping easier.
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Thursday, December 18 - 6:00-7:00
Join in caroling at the historic Train Depot. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  This is an event that is fun for the whole family.

2015 Schedule of Annual Events

Wine Walk
February 6, March6, April 3, May 1 - 6:00pm-9:00 pm

Issaquah Wine Walk is a First Friday evening event during the winter in Downtown Issaquah that is fun and supports the community.  Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Front Street.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA) and valued non-profit partners.
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Spring Clean up
Saturday, April 25, 9:00-12:00

Help beautify downtown Issaquah with this annual volunteer party.  Held 9:00-2-00.  Meet at the Historic Shell Station - 232 Front Street North for your assignment.
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Art Walk
June 5, July 3, August 4, September 4 – 6:00-9:00
Held in downtown Issaquah the first Friday evening of every month from June through September, ArtWalk events feature all types of art, including visual, lyrical, musical and performance. The free events include live music around every corner, hands-on art projects and some special surprises.

 Downtown Issaquah’s flagship event, ArtWalk enters its 12th year in 20123 Every first Friday of the month from May through September, ArtWalk transforms downtown businesses into artists’ galleries for the night. From the time ArtWalk started in 2002, the crowd has increased twelve-fold to about 2,000 people per event. The number of artists who participated has tripled.   ast year, an estimated 10,000 people came into downtown Issquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and show support for our historic downtown.
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Fenders on Front Street  Cruise and Car Show
Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 – 8:00-3:00
The Downtown Issaquah Association proudly presents the 8th annual Fenders on Front Street Father’s Day Free Car Show and Cruise.  Upon arriving in Issaquah, there will be plenty of activities Saturday and Sunday for the family to enjoy.

On Sunday, the free car show begins at 8:00 am and runs utnil 3:00.  Visitors from all over stroll down Front Street in downtown Issaquah and admire hundreds of vintage and classic cars.  It will be a fun filled Father’s Day event with participants coming from across the state to show their classic cars.  There will be live music, family activities, a trophy and award ceremony and an afternoon cruise to Triple-X.  Learn More

Issaquah Make Music Day
Sunday, June 21 – 4:00-9:00

Issaquah is making music on Friday, June 21 in celebration of National Music Day.  NMD 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.  Music Day is celebrated in over 450 cities and 100 countries.  On Fete de la Musique (International Music Day) 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.  Learn More

Down Home 4th of July/Heritage Day

Sponsored by the City of Issaquah and presented by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July celebration kicks off with an Independence Day Kids and Pets Parade. From Labradors to llamas, favorite pets accompany costumed children on decorated floats and bikes down Front Street and to Memorial Field, where families spend the day with old-fashioned games, music, food, the Sky High Rummage Sale, and the Annual Slug Beauty Pageant and Speed Contest.
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Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz
Late July

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event takes place in July. Always-popular, this event features a variety of foods from several different local restaurants as well as wines, beer, and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.
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Concerts on the Green
July and August
On Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 pm, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation hosts this popular free concert series at the Community Center. Come early for picnicking or enjoy concessions available by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. The event is sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission and many of our generous local businesses.
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Salmon Days
October 3-4
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is the annual celebration of returning salmon to the lakes, streams and downtown hatchery with a weekend of non-stop FREE activities. Attracting more than 180,000 visitors in two days, the Festival includes a Grande Parade, a marketplace of more than 250 artists, Foods of the World, the Field of Fun and five stages of live entertainment. The hatchery offers exhibits with knowledgeable docents along with many more fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy!

For the past 42 years, the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival has been the annual community celebration.
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Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 24 – 2:30-5:30
Closing Front Street to a dead crawl these hoards of un-dead are known to tap on car, shop and restaurant windows frightening the occupants – but the zombies of Issaquah mean no harm! Follow or join in as these spectacular un-dead of all shapes and sizes make their way down Front Street to their Flash Mob dance to Thriller! at the Issaquah Public Library
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Holiday DeLights - Light Hanging Work Party
Saturday, November 21st (10am – 12pm)
An annual work party is organized to hang lights on all the buildings on Front Street from Sunset to Dogwood to get downtown ready for the holidays. Meet at the Hailstone Feed Store.
More info

Gilman Village Wine Walk
Thursday, November 19th (6pm-9pm)
Start your holiday shopping early at the boutique retail shops at Gilman Village and enjoy local fine wines while you’re shopping.  Check in at the Farm House School.
More info

Saturday, November 28
Shop local in downtown Issaquah.  DIA is partnering with Gilman Village and Issaquah Highlands.  Support your community on Small Business Saturday and shop local.  Two FREE trolleys will be running from 12:00-8:00 to make your shopping easier.
more info

Thursday, December 17th - 6:00-7:00
Join in caroling at the historic Train Depot. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  This is an event that is fun for the whole family.