Snoqualmie Railroad Days will run Aug. 17-19. File photo

Snoqualmie Railroad Days will run Aug. 17-19. File photo

Snoqualmie Rail Road Days: 80 years of trains, timber, tradition

Community festival runs Aug. 17-19.

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:30pm
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The Northwest Railway Museum and the city of Snoqualmie will host thousands of visitors for the annual Snoqualmie Railroad Days on Aug. 17-19.

The festival, which was originally organized by volunteer firefighters in 1939, gives visitors the opportunity to experience Snoqualmie’s strong connection to its past while visiting the Historic Downtown Commercial Landmark District, Snoqualmie Falls, and the Northwest Railway Museum whose passenger rail program operates on the same rail line that brought the first regional tourists to the Falls on July, 4 1889.

From 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, attendees will enjoy main stage and art stage entertainment, as well as Vendor Row.

Festival hours continue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.


Art Stage Music Friday: Friday 4–10 p.m., Saturday 2-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Railroad Park Music from local and regional artists presented by Snoqualmie Arts Commission. Sigillo Cellar Wine sales benefit the Northwest Railway Museum and Snoqualmie Railroad Days.

Artists in Action: Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Railroad Park. The large art display in the pavilion belongs to a variety of Valley artists who will demonstrate their art as folks enjoy watching them in their creative element working in a variety of mediums and art forms.

Community Drum Circle: Saturday 12–1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Railroad Park Community. Drum Circle is an engaging, educational and empowering experience for people of all ages, culture, experiences, and abilities. Groups work as a team as they are guided through fun intuitive musical exercises using handmade instruments creating magical sounds. Two free classes are available to all ages in Art in the Park.

Grand Parade: Saturday 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Railroad Ave. Grand Marshal, Snoqualmie City Clerk Jodie Warren helps kick of Railroad Days weekend. The parade starts at Riverview Park and heads down Railroad Ave/Highway 202 to Fir Street.

History Comes Alive: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–p.m., Railroad Park. See demonstrations and try your hand at skills central to life in Snoqualmie in the 1890s. Snap a selfie at the history selfie booth.

Kiddie Bike Parade: Saturday 11 a.m., Railroad Ave. All are welcome at the Snoqualmie Railroad Days Kiddie Bike Parade. The parade starts at Riverview Park and heads down Railroad Ave/Highway 202 to Fir Street.

Kids Arts Junction: Saturday from 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 12-3 p.m., Railroad Park.

Kids Field of Fun: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Snoqualmie Depot. Bouncy Houses and more.

Legends Car Club: Sunday 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Railroad Avenue. Stroll Railroad Avenue to meet classic car owners, rebuilders, and enthusiasts.

Main Stage Music: Friday 4–10 p.m., Saturday 12–10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Falls Ave. at King St. Local and regional artists take the main stage at the corner of Falls Ave and King St. Beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages available at the Bindlestick Café and Snoqualmie Brewery.

Plein Air Paint Out: Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Railroad Park. Plein Air, or “in the open air,” is the tradition of painting outdoors, usually with loose brush strokes and compositions. Each year, adult artists of all skill levels, working in all mediums, gather to try their hand in this free competition, producing complete art works in just six hours or less.

Snoqualmie Firefighter Association’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, Raffle and Silent Auction: Saturday 7–11 a.m., Snoqualmie Fire Station (36700 SE Snoqualmie Parkway).

Somewhere in Time History Fashion Show: Saturday 12–12:45 p.m., Snoqualmie Depot.

TimberSports: Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., Sandy Cove Park. Meet world-class athletes and see demonstrations by TimberSport champions.

Train Rides, Exhibits, and more: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Snoqualmie Depot. Train Rides and Speeder Car rides, exhibits, Bedrock Prospectors Club, Brickable Design’s Lego model, and children’s train-themed activities and more.

United Northwest Model Railroad Club: Saturday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., American Legion Hall (38625 SE River St.)

Wagon Rides and More: Saturday 12—3 p.m., begins at Carmichael’s True Value. Join Carmichaels True Value for free wagon rides drawn by a team of beautiful Belgian Draft horses, bluegrass music, kids activities and more.

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