It’s time for the Lake City Pioneer Days Festival again! Look for many favorites, as well as a few exciting changes too.
Salmon Bake, Lake City Community Center, Aug 2&3 12:00-6:00pm
This traditional feast of alder-smoked salmon is back! For just $10 for adults and $5 for kids, you get a complete meal of salmon, fruit compote, rice or baked potato, ice cream and a beverage. Stop by Friday between 4:00-6:00pm to enjoy International Dancing.
This year’s festival brings a new and exciting footprint that wraps around the Lake City Library & neighboring Albert Davis Park. (Think Farmer’s Market, only bigger!) Booths will be set-up along NE 125th. Food vendors will be set up along 28th Ave NE. The park will offer live entertainment, family seating, and a Beer Garden which opens at noon. Pony rides, arts & crafts, and the Seattle Gymnastics Academy tumbling area will all be back.
Whether young or old, car afficianados will love this long-standing tradition. Vintage cars of all kinds will be on display in the center’s parking lot from 10:00am-4:00pm. Come chat with the owners, check out the engines and enjoy a little nostalgia.
Rotary Kid’s Parade, Saturday, Aug. 3, 6:00 p.m.
It wouldn’t be Pioneer Days without the Kiddie Parade! Wear a costume & meet-up at the Wells Fargo at 135th & Lake City Way at 5 p.m. Kids and families parade south along Lake City Way at 6:00pm. Don’t forget to slow down near the bandstand so the judges can admire your clever costumes.
Grand Performance Parade, Saturday, Aug 3, 7 p.m.
The Kid’s Parade starts us off, but be sure to stick around for the grand finale. Look for bands, drill teams, the Seafair Pirates and much more. Parade route travels south along Lake City Way from 130th to 123rd.
Pioneer Days would not be possible without our fabulous community. There are many simple ways to help. Contact Diane Haugen at (206) 363-3287 if you’d like to volunteer.
History of Pioneer Days
“Pioneer Days is a more rustic form started decades before Seafair. The original residents – the true pioneers of Lake City- held local summer gatherings where neighbors sold their quilts, jams and preserves on the sidewalk. Games were staged for the kids. Members of the Duwamish Tribe would paddle across the water to the “the city by the lake,” bringing smoked salmon to the settlers. And so the tradition of having a dog-days, summertime shindig began.” – from the Lake City Pioneer Days Festival website.