The North Bend Depot and the Snoqualmie Depot seem to exist outside of time. To the unmistakable tune of a steam whistle, historic locomotives run passengers along the five-mile line between these stations. It's a treat for modern audiences that the Northwest Railway Museum helps preserve, in addition to the other train-based exhibits and activities it hosts.
The annual Gigantic Bicycle Festival
celebrates cycling culture by kicking off the festivities in the most straightforward way possible: a group road ride for attendees. Departing from Seattle's Magnuson Park in the early morning, the road ride dead ends at the festival grounds in Centennial Fields park in Snoqualmie. There, riders can hop off their bikes, pick up their reward jersey, and start checking out the attractions. Local filmmakers show off their silver-screen creations, experts show off hand-built bicycles, and live musicians fill the area with their songs. The line-up of musicians includes Hey Marseilles, Menomena, Telekinesis, and many more. The festival continues through August 24th, offering attendees overnight field camping with a lovely view of Mt. Si and an incomplete view of the sky, since it's being blocked by a mountain.
John Thomas has spent more than two decades fishing the Snohomish River system, and under the name Rotten Chum Guide Service, he lets others in on his expertise and tricks. Using a 20-foot Alumaweld fishing boat, Thomas gives guided fishing trips on the Snohomish River and Lake Stevens that range from 4 to 10 hours, which is just the right amount of time to compose an epic sea ballad. Each leisurely outing is designed to put guests in touch with nature as they ply the waters for kokanee?landlocked sockeye salmon?as well as steelhead and chinook, depending on the season. Rods and reels by Lamiglas or Okuma, Gamakatsu hooks, and Power Pro lines provide professional-grade assistance for hauling in the catches.
Tailgating parties usually happen on game day. The 5K TAILGATE gleefully bucks this tradition, however, channeling the energy and revelry normally reserved for football outings to host a 5K color run and, of course, a rousing tailgate party. Once suited up in white t-shirts or their local team's football jerseys, participants jog their way through the verdant Mountain Meadows Farm as volunteers lob colored powder at them along the way.
At the end of the run, prismatic participants can chow down on BBQ goodies and rehydrate with cold beers. All the while, live DJs and musicians regale eardrums with pulse-pounding tunes, and photo booths help preserve memories and spot-on Marty Feldman impersonations.
Since its founding in 1941, the North Bend Theatre has delighted locals with daily showings of independent films as well as big-name blockbusters. The towering art-deco sign sends a neon beacon out to movie-lovers of all ages, inviting visitors to take in family-friendly cartoons, edge-of-the-seat action movies, and artsy film fests, shown on high-tech projection gear and DTS sound systems. Ticketholders feast on traditional snacks of soda and popcorn, or sip freshly brewed lattes from the concession areas.
Run Snoqualmie's staff celebrates Snoqualmie Valley's scenery and local businesses by organizing runs throughout the region each year. These events range from family-minded runs such as the St. Paddy's Day and Turkey Trot 5Ks to more intense jaunts including a 5-mile venture through wooded trails. The icing on the cake, however, is the Fall City half marathon, which challenges runners to race 13.1 miles without stopping for ice cream.