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What is the Salmon Festival?

“Salmon Friend and Foe”

Celebrating the Return of the Salmon

Salmon in the Wenatchee River The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is held each year to celebrate the return of the salmon to our northwest rivers. The rivers that are home to the salmon also provide sustenance for birds, frogs, salamanders, foxes, deer, bugs, bears and countless trees, bushes, and flowers.

We depend on these same waters to provide electricity for our homes, irrigation for our crops, livelihoods for our fishermen, and a place for our families to play, picnic, camp and hike.

A Two-Day Natural Resource Education Event

Fish Hatchery Sign The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a two-day natural resource education event held this fall to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, located at the mouth of the scenic Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Washington.

Our theme this year is “Salmon Friend and Foe”. An exciting menu of hands-on activities and “edutainment” gives students 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.

People, Natural Resources, Education, Entertainment and Science

A visit from the schools. Since its 1991 inception, the Festival has remained true to its natural resource education mission while updating and augmenting activities to keep the messages fresh, timely and engaging. In response, the event has become nationally recognized for its educational excellence. Click here for list of awards.