Yakima County’s second-largest city has continued to grow in recent years, attracting more businesses with its effort to redevelop its downtown port area.
About the Community
Sunnyside is well known for its big dairies. It also has wine tasting, parks, a museum, brew pubs, restaurants, lakes and the Yakima River to offer tourists plenty of reasons to spend a few hours or days.
The Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant has a regional reputation as one of the best, while Varietal Brewing Co. opened to wide acclaim in 2018.
A growing number of wineries — Cote Bonneville, Tucker Cellars and Co Dinn Cellars — have also made Sunnyside a popular destination for wine lovers.
Sunnyside is home to a number of annual events, including the famous Lighted Farm Implement Parade in December, Sunshine Days in September and the Sunnyside Summer Ale Festival, which will be held June 20 this year.
As a kick off to the holiday season, Sunnyside hosts one of the nation’s best lighted parades, the Lighted Farm Implement Parade. Farm combines, boom trucks, sprayers, grape pickers and a variety of tractors are decorated with colorful lights for a procession of 70 or more entries for a crowd of thousands. The A&E network once named the event one of the Top 10 such parades in the United States. The festive occasion was the first of its kind in the area, starting in 1989.
Fans of motorsports can check out the Northwest Nitro Nationals Pro Hillclimb, which is scheduled to be held in early May at the intersections of highways 241 and 24. The event typically draws 400-500 competitors and 3,000-plus spectators.
Learn more about Sunnyside’s many activities at cometothesun.com.
Every September, Sunnyside holds its annual Sunshine Days, a weekend full of events suited for people of all ages. The community celebration includes a 5K run and walk, a firefighters pancake feed, vendors and bouncy houses, flea markets, a quilt show and other attractions.
Sun & Shine Car Show hosts a parade that draws cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Get a taste of the local history and culture at the Sunnyside Historical Museum, located downtown at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue. The museum, which is open Thursday through Sunday starting in May, offers a unique look at local history, including one of the largest barbed-wire collections in the nation.
Exhibits include woodcarvings, storyboard historic photos and a display of military uniforms and memorabilia from both world wars.