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Downtown Issaquah becomes a pedestrian playground on late-summer weekends

Dining, art, entertainment, games: Lots to do on Saturdays and Sundays.

Downtown Issaquah is inviting families to come down and play over the last two weekends of August and first two of September. The city is opening a free, family-friendly pedestrian playground with food, art, music and special events on closed Front Street.

Here’s what’s going on in downtown Issaquah:

7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (through Sept. 12): Front Street will be open to pedestrians and cyclists (similar to last summer’s Streatery program)

Restaurant tables will spill out into the closed area, and games will be set up along with entertainment.

Existing retail stores will be open, and some popups are planned.

In addition, there are some special events:

Confluence Music Festival, 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, featuring the Rae Gordon Band and Savanna Woods, who appeared on “The Voice” Season 20.

ArtWalk & Music Stroll, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4: Visual and musical art will line Front Street, including Kaleidescope School of Music and the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet.

Artisan Market, 4-8 p.m. each Saturday. Also, some local shops will have art displays, and many have window art.

Pedestrian Playground dates are (Aug. 21-Sept. 12). Full event schedule and details here.

The Downtown Issaquah Association wants to help the community safely come back together and support local businesses after the financial damage from the pandemic.

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.