With Yakima’s thriving hops, wine and agricultural industry, the city is growing fast with events and Seattle-style businesses setting up shop.
Sports and Entertainment
Special events include the ever-popular Gap2Gap Relay, the acclaimed Yakima Symphony, a huge Fourth of July celebration, the Central Washington State Fair, musical and drama productions at the Capitol Theatre, the Vintiques car show and the Yakima Valley Folklife Festival.
Yakima also is home to semi-professional sports clubs, including the Yakima Valley Pippins West Coast League baseball team and Yakima United men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Fans of live action can catch roller derbies, drag racing, rodeo events at the SunDome and much more.
A plethora of dining opportunities in Yakima are available to please any palate. The past few years have been especially kind to the city, with the introduction of more high-end eateries than ever before.
A full range of ethnic choices, including Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Greek are also available. Plus, you’ll find barbecue, seafood, pizza and hamburger options, as well as delis, bakeries and mobile eateries.
Parks and Recreation
One of the best kept secrets of Yakima is its many large parks, which offer rolling greens, beautiful large shade trees, swimming and spray pools, nature trails, playground equipment, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, picnic tables, softball fields and off-leash pet areas.
The Greenway features a miles-long walking and cycling path, while Randall and Kissel parks have half-mile paved loops for visitors to take a stroll with their dogs. Those who want to take a hike can head over to Cowiche Canyon or take a short drive to White Pass on U.S. Highway 12. Yakima is just a drive away from camping, rock climbing and water sports.
The Central Washington
The annual Central Washington State Fair attracts 300,000 people or more every year for food, music and fun for all ages in late September.
More than 100 commercial vendors participate each year, with some setting up tents around the park. Others fill the Yakima Valley SunDome with booths selling outdoor supplies, furniture, hot tubs, handmade candies and crafts.
Entertainment is a main draw, as the fair attracts local and regional acts at several different venues and stages throughout the park. Every night, the fair features a big-name singer, comedian or musical group. The fair also features an action-packed carnival. Thrill-seekers of all ages enjoy 10 acres of midway attractions, including hair-raising rides and challenging games.
For more information on this year’s fair entertainment lineup and to learn about year-round activities at State Fair Park, visit fairfun.com.
The state fair is the most well-known attraction each year at State Fair Park, but the park is also home to the SunDome, a large domed facility that hosts various events and gatherings, including concerts, trade shows, sporting events, rodeos and more. For more information and an events calendar, visit yakimasundome.com.
Many visitors will want to check out the roadside fresh fruit and produce stands in Yakima, Union Gap, Selah, Naches and the Lower Valley.
Hire a limousine, book a tour or choose a designated driver to tour the Valley’s wineries, which are among the nation’s best. Tasting rooms offer samples of their award-winning wines and most have gift shops.
The outstanding, award-winning Yakima Valley Appellation wineries are on the same latitude as the fine wine-growing regions of France.
416 S 3rd Street
Yakima, WA 98901