Entertainment & Attractions

Look for a variety of events and local attractions — including music and theatre, car shows, rodeos, gaming, museums and more.

Casinos, Bingo & Bowling

Gaming has become an important part of the Yakima Valley tourism landscape, offering various casinos and card rooms. Some of the casinos also offer bowling (or bowling alleys offer gaming). You will also find bingo, which is one of the least expensive methods of gambling, making it attractive to those who don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Music, Movies & Theatre

Live music and professional theatre can be enjoyed at the Capitol Theatre, and you can take in intimate performances of all genres of music at The Seasons Performance Hall. Or visit Franklin Park for the free Outdoor Summer Sunset Concert Series, on Fridays in July and August. There are also plenty of music festivals downtown and around the Valley.

Festivals around the Valley include community celebrations and events showcasing the best food and drink the Valley has to offer.

State Fair Park offers a 4th of July celebration, the Central Washington State Fair, and holiday events. The Fair attracts around 300,000 people every year for food, music and fun for all ages in late September. Entertainment is a main draw with local, regional and national acts at several different venues and stages throughout the park. The Fair also features more than 100 commercial vendors around the park and in the SunDome, as well as an action-packed carnival midway.

Live community theatre and movies round out the indoor entertainment available.


Rodeo is one of the long-standing activities that truly commemorates our Valley’s farming and ranching history. You need to attend at least one in your lifetime!

Car Shows & Racing

From drag racing events just south of Union Gap in Wapato to vintique car shows, Yakima is a great place to catch a classic vehicle (or several) gracing the roads around the Valley.

Museums & Galleries

Interested in history? From Yakima to Grandview, several museums highlight the cultural, artistic, and technological progression of life in the Valley. Find working examples of local history at the Yakima Valley Trolleys, Central Washington Agricultural Museum in Union Gap, and the Yakima Valley Rail & Steam Museum in Toppenish.

There is also a varied arts scene—see this section of the Visitor Guide for information on local galleries.

You can meet local artists and see their creative process by taking the Labor Day Weekend Artist’s Studio Tour, held the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. This tour is offered for a small fee and will give you direct access to the studios of approximately 40 local artists. For tour details and how to get tickets, visit ArteBellaGallery.com.



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