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Award-winning natural resources education and activities.


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Learn about the important connections between humans and the environment.


Outdoor Recreation

Ranging from archery, to a climbing wall, to disc golf, and more.

Next Event: September 2022

Celebrating 30 Years of Salmon Fest!

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a three-day natural resource education event held in the fall at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River.  An exciting menu of hands-on activities and “edutainment” provides attendees from throughout North Central Washington a unique opportunity to discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the northwest. 

With the cancelation of the 2020 & 2021 events due to Covid-19, we look forward to celebrating our 30th event in 2022!

Exciting Activities & Exhibits

Salmon Maze Reptile Man Native American Village Sardis Raptor Center Gyotaku Giant Fish Aquarium Wildfire Education

Check out these fun hands-on activities and exhibits that have been a part of 
the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. 

Want to help with Salmon Fest?  

New online resources

Salmon "On-Line"

A Virtual Supplement to the "Reel" Deal

The best Natural Resources Event in the Northwest

Awards

Summit Award for Best Environmental Education & Best Children's Program Award

Washington Festivals and Events Association

National Environmental Leadership Award & "Sense of Wonder" Award

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Pinnacle Award — International award for “Best Environmental Education”

International Festivals and Events Association

Conservationist of the Year

Trout Unlimited

Volunteer Organization of the Year

American Fisheries Society

Outstanding Conservation Education

Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW)

Carl L. Sullivan Award — “Most Outstanding Conservation Education Event in the United States”

American Fisheries Society International Convention, Hartford, Connecticut

Summit Award for Environmental Education

Washington Festivals and Events Association

News

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Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Canceled for 2021, Salmon On-Line Expands

The 2021 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (Salmon Fest) is alive and well, as it welcomes North Central Washington teachers, students, and the general public to engage in the exciting new 2021 Virtual Salmon Fest. Salmon Fest Team members are thrilled to re-introduce the heavily expanded, “Salmon On-Line”, a virtual supplement to the live festival event,…

Salmon Fest Launches New Website!

Welcome to the new and improved Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website! 2020 sounds like “the future,” so we finally took the plunge and spent much of this crazy year building out this new website to better convey the scope, popularity, and critical role that this festival plays in the lives of so many from all…

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Canceled for 2020

Leavenworth, Washington: Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting all of us in many ways, the much-beloved award- winning Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (Salmon Fest) has been cancelled in 2020. This year’s event was scheduled to be held at the beautiful Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery on the days of September 17th – 19th. The…

This event has been made possible thanks to generous support from the following organizations.
Check out the Sponsorship page for details on how your organization can join the event. 

Festival Hosts

Fun Fish Facts !

  • Salmon returning to the Wenatchee River travel 500 miles and over 7 dams from the Pacific Ocean to get to their place of birth.
  • The oldest salmon fossil found is 50 million years old.
  • The intricacies of a salmon’s genetic code insist that the salmon always faces upstream into the current. This means that when it navigates to the sea it swims tail first.
  • You can count the rings on a fish scale to determine its age, much like counting the rings on a tree.

Get in touch

Festival office

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
12790 Hatchery Rd.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
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Contact Us

Phone : (509) 548-6662 ext. 226

Additional contacts

Education Coordinator –  education@salmonfest.org

Vendor Coordinator –  vendors@salmonfest.org