Celebrating the arrival of the town’s first Fire Truck in 1939, Railroad Days celebrates all things Trains, Timber, and Tradition. It was originally organized by volunteer firefighters. However, now it’s all for those that have an appreciation, fascination, or want an education of the Pacific Northwest Railway. 2021 is the 82nd anniversary of the Railroad Days celebration in Snoqualmie.
Railroad Days retains the strong connection that the residents have to their history. Therefore, it encourages the visiting the Historic Downtown Commercial Landmark District, Snoqualmie Falls, and the Northwest Railway Museum. Railway museum passenger trains operate on the same rail line that brought the first regional tourists to the Falls on July, 4 1889. As tradition, the festival usually takes place on the third weekend of August.
Railroad Days Events
During typical non-pandemic years, Snoqualmie Railroad Days hosts two live music stages along with a grand parade. Snoqualmie Railroad Days committee selects a community member to serve as Grand Marshal to head the annual Grand Parade. Grand Marshals are selected in recognition of their dedicated service to the community of Snoqualmie.
Friday night is live music in Downtown Snoqualmie. Saturday is the kiddie and Grand Parades. These are followed by a firefighter’s competition and a Big Band Dance in the evening. There is a Legends Car Show on Sunday. All weekend long there are Arts in the Park, kids activities, music, beer and wine garden, and train and speeder car rides.
The main parking area is at the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King St in Snoqualmie. There is diagonal parking on Railroad Avenue and parallel parking on side streets. There is an additional railroad parking lot off of Fir Street, one block north of the Depot.