Fan-Run Twin Peaks Festival In Washington State Discontinued After 26-Year Run

“There will be one official Twin Peaks Festival operated by CBS,” the festival’s former organizers say

Photo by Richard Rhyme

Sad news for Twin Peaks fans who had this on their bucket list for a while, but the longest-running Twin Peaks fan event as we know it will not return in 2020, the show’s 30th anniversary year.

The Twin Peaks Festival’s former organizers, Rob and Deanne Lindley, broke the news on December 18th in a message on the event’s official Facebook page.

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Posted by Twin Peaks Festival on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

The festival originated from a weekend-long promotional event in and around North Bend, WA, in honor of the 1992 U.S. premiere of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. It was continued by the following fans, every subsequent year for 26 editions:

  • Pat and Don Shook from 1993 until 1997
  • Eric Thomas from 1998 until 2001
  • Susan and David Eisenstadt in 2002 and 2003
  • Kelly and Jordan Chambers, Amanda Hicks and Jared Lyon from 2004 until 2007
  • Amanda Hicks and Jared Lyon from 2008 until 2012
  • Rob and Deanne Lindley from 2013 until 2019

The Twin Peaks Festival’s proximity to many filming locations used in the old and new series as well as the film allowed for guided bus tours. Other recurring events included a David Lynch movie night, a costume contest, Tibetan rock throwing, and a celebrity banquet followed by a Q&A.

The surprising farewell statement comes hot on the heels of the announcement of Twin Peaks 30, an official fan celebration happening April 3 through 5, 2020, in Memphis, TN. It is unclear at the time of writing whether there will also be an official event in Washington state in 2020.

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Here’s an overview of all the celebrity guests (via twinpeaksfest.com):

1993: John Boylan, Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Johnathan Leppell, Frank Silva, and Al Strobel.

1994: Michael J. Anderson, Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Wendy Robie, and Al Strobel.

1995: Michael J. Anderson, Jan D’Arcy, and Jack Nance.

1996: Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Michael Horse, Kimmy Robertson, and Russ Tamblyn.

1997: Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, and Carel Struycken.

1998: Michael J. Anderson, Richard Beymer, Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Walter Olkewicz, and Grace Zabriskie.

1999: Michael J. Anderson, Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Chris Mulkey, Kimmy Robertson, and Charlotte Stewart.

2000: Michael J. Anderson, Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Everett McGill, Walter Olkewicz, and Kimmy Robertson.

2001: Michael J. Anderson, Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Andrea Hays, Chris Mulkey and Charlotte Stewart.

2002: Richard Beymer, Gary Bullock, Catherine Coulson, Julee Cruise, Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Richard Green, Andrea Hays, John Neff, Kimmy Robertson, Charlotte Stewart, Russ Tamblyn and Lenny Von Dohlen.

2003: Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Catherine Coulson, Don Davis, Rebekah Del Rio, Michael Horse, John Neff, Kimmy Robertson, Charlotte Stewart and Grace Zabriskie.

2004: Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Don Davis, Andrea Hays, Jen Lynch, James Marshall, and Charlotte Stewart.

2005: Phoebe Augustine, Jan D’Arcy, Sandy Kinder, Syd Klinge, Jen Lynch, and Charlotte Stewart.

2006: Phoebe Augustine, Jan D’Arcy, Kimmy Robertson, and Kenneth Welsh.

2007: Sandy Kinder, John Neff, Al Strobel, and Charlotte Stewart.

2008: Jan D’Arcy, Piper Laurie, John Neff, Kimmy Robertson, Paula K. Shimatsu-U, and Charlotte Stewart.

2009: Kimmy Robertson, Charlotte Stewart, and Carel Struycken.

2010: Jan D’Arcy, Sherilyn Fenn, Jen Lynch, and Kathleen Wilhoite.

2011: Phoebe Augustine, Jan D’Arcy, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Lenny von Dohlen, and Ray Wise.

2012: Phoebe Augustine, Jill Engels, Robert Engels, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, and Charlotte Stewart.

2013: Catherine Coulson, Jen Lynch, James Marshall, John Neff, Kimmy Robertson, Charlotte Stewart, and Kathleen Wilhoite.

2014: Sherilyn Fenn, Chris Mulkey, Kimmy Robertson, Wendy Robie, Charlotte Stewart, and Connie Woods.

2015: Phoebe Augustine, Ian Buchanan, Catherine Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Gary Hershberger, Jonny Leppell, Kimmy Robertson. and Charlotte Stewart.

2016: Bonnie Aarons, Madchen Amick, Gary Bullock, Julee Cruise, Jan D’Arcy, Laura Harring, Jonny Leppell, John Neff, Kimmy Robertson, Wendy Robie, Charlotte Stewart, Russ Tamblyn, and Connie Woods.

2017: Chrysta Bell, Jan D’Arcy, Sherilyn Fenn, James Grixoni, Andrea Hays, Jeremy Lindholm, James Marshall, John Pirruccello, Kimmy Robertson, Wendy Robie, Amy Shiels, Charlotte Stewart, Al Strobel, and Sabrina Sutherland.

2018: Melissa Jo Bailey, Chrysta Bell, Robert Broski, Christian Calloway, Lisa Coronado, Jan D’Arcy, Harry Goaz, George Griffith, James Grixoni, Michael Horse, Zoe McLane, Nicole LaLiberte, Anthony Marcacci, John Neff, John Paulsen, John Pirrucello, Adele Rene, Kimmy Robertson, Amy Shiels, Stewart Strauss, Al Strobel, Carel Struycken, Sabrina Sutherland, Jake Wardle, and Christophe Zajac-Denek.

2019: Eric Da Re, Jan D’Arcy, Rebekah Del Rio, Sherilyn Fenn, James Giordano, Andrea Hays, Gary Hershberger, Anthony Marcacci, Zoe McLane, John Neff, John Paulsen, Adele Rene, and Russ Tamblyn.

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. Too bad. I was looking forward to going in 2020. The new official Twin Peaks gathering at Graceland tickets are expensive. I read they run from 399-599 per day. Showtime/CBS is once again exercising its ownership rights and monopoly power.

  2. A very sad day for Twin Peaks fans.
    This festival had such humble beginnings, around a hundred of us fans, meeting at a holiday inn in Issaquah.
    I’ll never forget sitting with Jack Nance talking about salmon fishing here in the NW!
    And all the years when the celebrity dinner was out at the Kiana lodge, sitting with Catherine Coulson and even log-sitting the log for a few minutes!!
    I have so many memories that will last forever!
    Most of all, I will really miss all of my fellow fans and all of the friends I made at the festival over the years.
    It’s a damn shame.

  3. So grateful CBS has stepped in. I attended a few years ago and it was too clicky. New attendees were not welcome. This is what we call JUSTICE. You’re welcome!

    • Dodo that is interesting about it being cliquey. I’ve never been able to go but that doesn’t surprise me. I’m trying to go to Memphis.

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