Day Out With Thomas, the very popular family event that brings Thomas the Tank Engine up close with young rail fans, chugs into Snoqualmie on two weekends, July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. The day features a 25-minute train ride with Thomas to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Families can meet Sir Topham Hat, enjoy live music, operating model trains, food, games, storytelling, a puppet show, motor car rides, a clown, and explore the historic depot.
Two “Explore the Greenway” trips bring hikers and bicyclists outdoors to explore some of the scenic and wonderful places in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. In the Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride and BBQ, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, discover the 2-mile tunnel underneath Snoqualmie Pass, a remnant of railroad history. The biking trip will take riders through the tunnel’s cool darkness onto a 20-mile stretch in Iron Horse State Park, providing majestic views of the Cascades and a barbeque at Rattlesnake Lake.
Watermelon lovers, get ready for the return of the Fall City Days watermelon-eating contest. The annual speed-eating competition was on hiatus last year, without enough volunteer support to stage the event. But it’s back this year, as messy and juicy as ever, and possibly even more funny. “Young Life is kind of known for its goofiness,” says Sally Kraft, who is organizing the contest along with Renee and Sean Christensen, co-chairs of Snoqualmie Valley Young Life.
Come to Fall City on Saturday, June 15, for a full day of community events, live entertainment, eats and a parade. The full event schedule for Fall City Days is as follows: • 6:30 a.m., State Route 202 closure (324th to Preston-Fall City Road) • 7 a.m., Masons’ annual pancake breakfast at Masonic Hall • 8:45 a.m., first call to Fun Run start line at Quigley Park
Fall City Days gets in high gear once again Saturday, June 15, with a children's parade, followed by the main event. Right before the main parade, children are welcome to bring their animals—just about any animal—to show off in a kids and pet parade. Dogs aren’t the only beasts welcomed: “It could be a llama, a goat, a cow on a leash,” says volunteer Laurie Hauglie. The children’s parade begins at 11 a.m. The main parade follows at 11:15.
Throughout the Fall City Days street fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in downtown Fall City, be on the lookout for the Trash Apes. These garbage gorillas show everyone just how easy it is to throw away trash. They're not real apes, but Seattle-area human performance artists, and their project was conceived by Christian Swenson with help from King County's 4Culture organization as part of its Site-Specific Performance Series.
Be prepared to clap your hands and stomp your feet. The Fire Inside Celtic band is scheduled to perform the full spectrum in Celtic music—from foot-stomping jigs and reels and hilarious drinking songs to well-known sing-alongs. The band began in 2011 through the influence of Fall City resident and flute player, Carol Whitaker. Instruments played during the performance will include fiddle, uilleann pipes, guitar, bodhran, and mandolin playing. Fire Inside will play upbeat dancing music and encourages guests to come up to the stage and get into it.
Come be part of a community art project to paint wooden herons. Anyone at Fall City Days is welcome to splash some color on these 16-inch carved birds. There aren’t any instructions other than having fun. Painters will have 30 barrels of bright colors to choose from and their imaginations to direct them. In September the birds will appear at the Snoqualmie River Fish Festival.
Concerts are held under the new picnic shelter adjacent to the new Si View Park playground, every Thursday, except the 4th of July, through the summer. Shows start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The Snoqualmie Tribe invites the community to attend guided tours of the newly completed ‘Traditional Knowledge Trail’ and ‘Rain Garden Landscape’ located on Snoqualmie Tribe lands, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Saturday, June 8. See ‘Go outside’ for locations. The Traditional Knowledge Trail is a five-year restoration project on reservation land, recently completed with interpretive signs about important plants along a creek-side, forested trail.
Snoqualmie Library Book Sale is Wednesday through Saturday, June 5 to 8. This annual book sale and silent auction is sponsored by the Friends of the Snoqualmie Library. There’s a huge selection of books, with great deals. On Saturday, get a bag of books for $3.
North Bend Theatre hosts a film documentary on fly fishing, "Low and Clear," at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6. During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex "Xenie" Hall, learn they've have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend, believes there's more to fishing than catching fish.
Fans of quiz shows like "Jeopardy," take note: Mount Si High School's Knowledge Bowl team takes part Thursday, May 30, in the "Battle of the Ages." The student team goes up against three Advanced Placement teachers and an Honors teacher at 2:30 p.m. at the high school; tickets are $2.