There’s a lot happening in Yakima any season you choose to visit. From snow sports to red wine and chocolate indulgences to Hoptown USA experiences and live music the way only Yakima wine country can deliver, choose your getaway to the Yakima Valley!
Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2019 events. Get a jump on your travel planning, whether it’s for just a weekend or longer there is always something fun to do!
Eastern Washington is a winter playground, from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and miles of snowmobiling trails – all under sunny skies! The high point of the snow season is the White Pass Winter Carnival March 2 and 3, 2019. The whole family will enjoy snow sculptures, a snow castle with a fantastic tube slide, obstacle course, carnival games, kids’ ski races, fireworks, a torchlight parade, skiing and more.
After a quiet winter, wineries open with the first of the big wine events in the valley. Check out Red Wine & Chocolate on Presidents Day weekend to savor the fine red wines of the valley paired with delectable chocolates.
The biggest of the winery event during the year is Spring Barrel Wine Tasting weekend, April 26 to 29, 2019. Plan an itinerary of your favorite Washington wineries and soak up the passion of the craft from winemakers themselves! The wineries roll out the barrels for tastings drawn straight from them and add food parings, educational opportunities, talks with the winemakers, dinners and live music.
Cinco de Mayo May 3 through May 5 in Downtown Yakima and Sunnyside, WA is the largest Latino cultural celebration. Celebrate with live music, authentic Mexican foods, a parade, dancing horses, a car show and more.
Later that month, on May 18, the Roots and Vines Festival features nationally touring Americana, Folk and Bluegrass Bands on Historic Front Street in downtown Yakima. There is food for purchase, a beer and wine garden and dancing in the streets!
During summer months make the most of live music in Downtown Yakima every weekend and every Thursday with Downtown Summer Nights. Every Thursday beginning in June, Yakima kicks off the weekend to come with a celebration of craft beverages, local food vendors and live music – and it’s a FREE event open to all ages!
Yakima is also home to a number of special festivals, such as the Yakima Folklife Festival, the Rhythm & Brews Festival and live music on the First Friday music of the month year round. The wineries of the valley, J Bell Cellars bring in Jazz musicians every other Saturday evening.
The Music in The Vines concert series from Gilbert Cellars is one of the Yakima Valley’s signature music experiences! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and savor live music, wine and food overlooking Yakima vineyards and orchards.
WineMakers Loft in Prosser, WA offers their Lounging in The Loft summer music series in a picturesque Mediterranean-style courtyard setting. Kana Winery features weekend live music. Check out live music offerings from other wineries, such as Silver Lake Winery, Treveri Cellars, and Vanarman Winery, on select dates.
You certainly can’t forget about The Fresh Hop Ale Festival the end of September in downtown Yakima. As the premier hop producing region in the U.S., Yakima hosts an annual festival drawing more than 5,000 beer lovers from around the world. Fresh hop ales can only be produced with hops harvested within 24 hours of harvest and this festival is the place to try them!
Looking ahead to later in 2019: There are many family-friendly fall events in the Yakima Valley, including the Central WA State Fair which offers 10 days of free nightly entertainment with admission, numerous Farm Fresh Fruit Festivals, Union Gap Old Town Days, The Great Prosser Balloon Rally, and so much more.
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