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Facility Details
Accommodations / Capacity

Capacity: 400 people


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Room Size
Capacity
Heat Status
Common Room Uses
Hay Barn Hay Barn 3060 sq. ft.
45’ x 68.5’
  • Ceremony on wood and concrete: 350
  • Ceremony on wood floor only:252
  • Full reception with room for seating, dancing, bar and food lines: 160
No heating
Wedding ceremonies, business presentations, small receptions / celebrations, silent auctions and kid play area.
Dairy Barn Dairy Barn 6342 sq. ft.
42.5’ x 151’
  • Full reception with room for seating, dancing, bar and buffet: 400
  • Conference / Auction Seating: 400
  • Half ceremony and half reception: 300
Heated
Large wedding receptions, ceremony and reception combos, celebrations / parties, live auctions, banquets, trade shows, etc.
Courtyard Courtyard 16’ x 16’ Gazebo
103’ Aisle
  • Ceremony seating on grass: 350
  • Mingling / outdoor reception: 350
No heating
Large wedding receptions, ceremony and reception combos, celebrations / parties, live auctions, banquets, trade shows, etc.
Lobby Lobby 448 sq. ft.
16’ x 28’
30 people

Seating bench and activity center and table
No heating
Barn’s main entry, sign-in tables, greeting area, gift tables and point of sale.
Creamery Creamery 432 sq. ft.
16’ x 27’
8 – 12 people

(2) full commercial refrigerators, (1) 20 cubic feet chest freezer, (3) 6ft tables, microwave, hand-washing sink, 3 basin rinsing sink, black curtain to close off the space from the Dairy Barn view, small outdoor barbecue space right outside creamery but barbecue must be self-provided by renter or caterer.
Heated
Catering prep space
Jersey Room Jersey
Room
408 sq. ft.
17’ x 24’
25 people

(3) 6ft tables, 1 large conference table eight chairs, private dressing area and 2 large wall mirrors and clothing rack.

Note: Room exits directly into Hay Barn / directly to parking lot near North end of Hay Barn
Heated
Men’s dressing room, coat / purse room, childcare, volunteer space and storage.
Holstein Room Holstein Room
408 sq. ft.
17’ x 24’
25 people

1 small conference table, 4 chairs, 2 stools, large well-lit countertop with mirrors for make-up and hair and clothing rack.

Note: Room exits directly into Hay Barn / directly into Courtyard near lobby entrance
Heated
Women’s dressing room, coat / purse room, childcare, volunteer space and storage.

Note: Restrooms are located in the Hay Barn and they are heated.

Farmers Market
The Issaquah Farmers Market is held inside and outside the Pickering Barn every Saturday from May through September.

All Saturday rentals on these market Saturdays have rental access from 3:30 pm - 12:30 am. There is no option for earlier access or set-up on a market Saturday; including no use of the dressing rooms to get ready, or access for decorating or dropping off supplies. There is also no option to come in the day before the market begin decorating, unless you also rent out the barn for a full day on Friday. 

We begin market set-up at 6 a.m., run the market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and clean up from 2-3:30 p.m.

Market Dates: Saturdays, May to September

If you are renting on one of these Saturdays you do not have the option to get into the facility any earlier than 3:30 p.m. the day of your event; no exceptions.

If you are booking your event on a Saturday during the market season, your available access will be limited to nine hours, from 3:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 

We recommend a wedding ceremony scheduled no earlier than 6 p.m. with guests arriving at about 5:30 p.m. This gives a solid two hours for our staff to set up, your crew to decorate and for photographs to be taken.

Because of the tight timeframe, many choose to rent on a Friday or Sunday instead of the traditional Saturday, when earlier access to the facility is available. A full ceiling decoration is nearly impossible on market Saturdays.

Upon arrival to the barn for your event on a market Saturday, all incoming vehicles will need to check in with the market staff managing traffic at the driveway's entrance. You will be escorted to the waiting lot until your 3:30 p.m. access begins. 

Touring During the Market
The farmers market is a great time to visit the facility for a self-guided tour or to some planning with family, friends and vendors.  No appointment is necessary during this time. All of the visits will be self-guided however.  Our rental office is not open on the weekends. Feel free to shop and enjoy the market, too!

Event Parking
The Pickering Barn parking lot south of the barn has a combined 145 parking stalls. Handicapped and carpool stalls are provided. Parking is complimentary.

Overflow parking is available (only from Friday after 6 p.m. through Sunday) on the first and second levels of the Costco employee parking garage located behind the barn. Parking during any other time and on any other levels is prohibited unless approval is granted by Costco. 

Overnight parking in either lot is not permitted, including RV parking. There are two RV parks nearby who can assist you with this service. 

Barn Staff Assistance
Barn office staff are available to assist you with the booking of the Pickering Barn and to answer your facility-related questions throughout the planning process.

We do not, however, offer event planning services to assist you with the extended planning details of your event, such as catering, decorating, event logistics, purchasing, budgeting and creative detailing. There are several event planners in the area that can assist you with these services. Wedding planning websites such as Wedding Wire and The Knot list providers in your area. We also have a few experienced at our sites listed on our Vendors Services page.

We will always have a barn representative on-site during your event, from start to finish. The size of your event will determine the number of staff needed. Think of our staff as custodial security. They will be on-site during the duration of your event to set-up facility equipment, monitor event activity, maintain the building, tear down facility equipment, sweep and mop. Our staff does not decorate for you, greet your guests, cater or bartend, babysit unattended children, etc.

Rental Equipment / Storage Information
Overnight, pre- and post-storage at the facility is unavailable unless requested and approved by the Pickering Barn.

Renters are responsible for all rental items brought into the facility or its grounds for the duration of the rental items stay. Renters are responsible for the set-up and take-down of all their rental items.

Unless approved and arranged, all items brought into the facility must exit the facility at the close of your contracted rental period. All items brought in for a rental event must be marked for identification purposes to ensure return. All rental equipment must arrive at the beginning of your rental for set-up and exit the facility at the end of your rental. During your event, supplies can be stored in either classroom, Jersey or Holstein.

Internet and Phone Access
The barn does offer wireless and wired Internet and phone line access. No access codes are needed. If you plan to plug-in to our Internet or phone connections with credit card machines, we suggest testing your technology with our system in advance.

Hay Barn Heating
Find details on Page 2 of Vendors Services.

Sign Code Ordinance
Sign permits are required. This is enforced by the City's code compliance officer. IMC Section 18.11.460 states:

  • A total of four off premise signs are allowed under the provisions of a signed Pickering Barn Use Agreement. Signs used both off-premise and on City property must meet the same requirements. 
  • Signs must be A-frames. 
  • Signs are not provided by the City. 
  • No signs with stakes can be pounded into the ground. 
  • A-frames must be no more than 6 feet square per face and 4 feet in height and non-illuminated. 
  • Appearance of A-frame signs shall be maintained in an aesthetically good condition. Professional lettering and graphics in common typefaces on plywood are allowed. Handwritten A-frames, on cardboard or with irregular lettering, are prohibited. 
  • No sign shall be placed on or above the public rights-of-way (this includes sidewalks and bicycle lanes) nor shall signs be allowed in the planting areas of traffic islands. 
  • Approved locations for A-frames are as follows: I-90 off ramps, the corner of Northwest Sammamish Road and Southeast 56th Street, and the intersection of Southeast 56th Street and State Rate 900. 
  • No signage can be placed on traffic islands. 
  • A-frames shall not be located on sidewalks. 
  • A-frames shall be located on private property; provided, however, where private property does not exist A-frames may be displayed on public rights of way upon receipt of a special use permit and payment of a special use permit fee(s). 
  • A-frames are permitted on City property, including the grounds of Pickering Barn, provided that they shall not create a hazard to either pedestrians or motorists by blocking vision or movement of people or vehicles. 
  • Signs are permitted during day of the event only and must be taken down immediately at the close of the event. For multi-day events, your signage must be removed at the close of each day and reset the next morning. 
  • One banner may be attached to the entryway fence one day prior to your event (if it's closed to the public) or one week prior (if it's open to the public); however approval by facility coordinator must be received, as overlapping advertising cannot take place. No banners may be erected on any other part of the property including on entryway signage or attached to trees or the barn itself. 

For signage outside of the above provisions, contact the City of Issaquah Permit Center at 425-837-3100.