If you’re new to Seattle, you’re probably just learning about how much we love our salmon. If you’re a long-time Seattleite, HEADS UP: OUR BELOVED SALMON ARE COMING HOME! Being the festive city that we are, we celebrate the incredible and important salmon homecoming every year. The 25th annual homecoming is just a week away, and we at Cyrene are ecstatic that it’s all happening just a stone’s throw away from our Seattle Waterfront Apartments! So, in honor of our determined little fish friends, we’re digging into one of the Emerald City’s most treasured events.

What Is the Salmon Homecoming?

25th anniversary salmon homecoming celebration

*Image from the Salmon Homecoming’s website

Simply put – it’s all about creating and maintaining life. Every year, salmon migrate from the ocean to spawn. These salmon actually begin their lives in the Seattle area but take to the sea to mature. September brings them back to where they were born to begin a brand-new life cycle. The salmon homecoming results in the deaths of almost all the returning adult fish, but what is left behind are the essential nutrients that immensely support other forms of wildlife.

Why Does It Matter?

salmon swimming in water

*image from Wikipedia

The salmon are critical to our environment. Unfortunately, pollution and other factors can have a negative impact on their survival, which threatens critical ecosystems. Moreover, many Native American tribes have strong, long-standing traditions centered on being stewards of the salmon. This is what the homecoming celebration is all about: to educate citizens on both the marine protection of salmon and Native American cultures.

What Happens During the Salmon Homecoming?

From September 14 to 17, The Salmon Homecoming Alliance will be hosting a celebration at Seattle’s Waterfront Park. The experience includes traditional Native American gatherings, canoe events, pow wows, and vendors.

Also, the Homecoming includes the School Days on the Waterfront event. Throughout the celebration, hundreds of elementary school students descend upon the Seattle Waterfront to participate in educational activities. Located south of the Seattle Aquarium, School Days is completely free and includes cool exhibitors and interactive booths.

What is on the Schedule?

With three days of events, we can assume that you’re probably in need of a schedule detailing all things Salmon Homecoming.

Well, it just so happens we have the current information for you here:


  • 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m: School Days on the Waterfront Activities


  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m: Salmon Bake
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m: Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m: School Days on the Waterfront Activities
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m: TBA


  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m: Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Noon to 8 p.m: Salmon Bake
  • Noon to 9 p.m: Pow Wow
  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m: Coastal Dancing and Singing
  • The Welcoming of the Canoes: TBA

We at Cyrene Apartments truly care about what matters most to Seattleites. It’s not only why we talk about issues like the salmon homecoming, but it’s also why we wholeheartedly support the revitalization of Seattle’s waterfront. Moreover, it’s why our Waterfront apartment community has become a crown jewel of downtown Seattle. We help our residents strike a fantastic balance between the lifestyle they want to lead in the outside world and the lifestyle they lead at home.

In addition to incredibly spacious and stylish apartment homes, we also showcase amenities such as lounge areas, rooftop decks with seating and stunning views, rooftop clubhouse equipped with a chef’s kitchen and entertainment area, and a fitness center and yoga room. All of our features work together to encourage a seamless transition from a thriving and bustling neighborhood to a warm and inviting home.    

Does our neighborhood and community seem perfect for you? Find out more about Cyrene’s Seattle Waterfront Apartments!