Weekend Events Worth Mentioning: History, Smoked Meat, Waterfalls, Bikes, Overnight Cancer Walk

We’ve endured a mostly gray June and then right on schedule, summer weather emerged from hibernation right in time for the 4th of July fireworks.

If you are looking for some fun things to do this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather, here are a few events happening around the valley.


The Snoqualmie Valley YMCA is hosting rare and FREE history talk at 10:00AM today, July 7th, with local historian Dave Battey.  You can learn the history of the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company Mill and the missing mill town of Snoqualmie Falls, WA in a Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society video narrated by Dave Battey with music by Harley Brumbaugh. Some silent film from the 1920s and 1930s will also be shown.  Dave Battey is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history of Snoqualmie Valley.

Panorama of 1920’s Railroad Ave at the town of Snoqualmie Falls


The 11th Annual Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life kicks off today, July 7th, at 2PM.  The overnight event starts with a cancer survivor/caregiver lap, followed by a lunch, then lots of walking to support cancer, its victims, survivors and caregivers.  Lots of activities and fundraisers happen all day including face painting, coin tosses, bouncy houses, specialty foods.  A beautiful Luminaria Ceremony happens and 10PM in which candle bags are lit to honor cancer victims and survivors – and will then light Centennial Field all night as participants walk overnight.  Join 25 local Relay for Life teams at Centennial Fields.  Help the fight against cancer and honor all those whose lives have been touched and  changed by the disease.


If you are looking to get outside and see a beautiful local waterfall, the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA is also hosting a Family Hike to Franklin Falls on Sunday, July 8th . Grab your hiking shoes. Bring your lunch and adequate water. The hike is about 3 miles and the falls are beautiful.  Meet at the trailhead at 10AM.  From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Left off the freeway. Right at T in road for .4 miles. Left on FSR 58 for 2.5 miles to FSR 5830. Turn left and park before bridge, trailhead is just before bridge on the right.


The Snoqualmie Y is also inviting mountain bike lovers out to Duthie Hill Park for an evening of biking fun on Monday, July 9th at 6PM.  Duthie Hill Park is 120 acres of dense evergreen forest located on the Sammamish Plateau. It is connected to more than 2,000 acres of public open space that includes Grand Ridge Park, Mitchell Hill Forest and Preston Ridge Park. From I-90 east, take Exit 18, East Sunset Way – Highlands Drive. Stay left on Highlands Drive and follow for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Issaquah-Fall City Road and follow for 2 miles. At Endeavor Elementary School, the road becomes Duthie Hill Road. Follow it for one mile and turn right into the park. There is a small parking lot next to the maintenance shop.


If you are hungry today and don’t feel like cooking tonight, the Ridge IGA will have a mobile trailer smoker back in the parking lot smoking fresh whole chickens, baby back ribs and brisket.  Today, July 7th, is the last day of the three day “Hometown Smoke Event.”  Follow your nose to the big silver smoker located near the front entrance to the store.  Hours for the final day are 12PM-5PM.  We tried it last night and it was amazing!

Enjoy the weekend Snoqualmie!  If you have a weekend event to add, please leave a comment.  And remember, you can always email your events to info@livingsnoqualmie.com to have them listing on the Community Events page.





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