Plan your trip and mark your calendar for summer events
Events are back on the calendar all around the Yakima Valley. Have you been missing them as much as we have? From craft beer, live music and wine to fantastic food, we’re thrilled to find many of our favorites happening once again! Here are just a few.
Weinfest at Treveri Cellars
Join the makers at Treveri Cellars July 10 and 11 as they celebrate their German heritage! Grab your tickets for Weinfest and enjoy German eats and treats, chilled bubbles, German wines and traditional music. Please be aware, visiting the winery this weekend requires a Weinfest ticket, which can be purchased at the door or ahead of time for $10.
Selah Ridge Lavender Festival
The Selah Ridge Lavender Festival is back on this year from July 9 to 11! Shop artisan goods from vendors, as well as Selah Ridge Lavender Farm’s soaps, lotion, oils, scrubs and our wonderful lavender face care line. All products handmade with care at the farm. You’ll find fresh and dried bouquets, lavender oil distilling demonstration, make your own beautiful, fresh lavender wreath to take home.
While you’re there, cut your own lavender bouquet and take home plants for your garden. Breathe in lavender’s heavenly aroma and listen to the sound of the big, fat, humming bees busy at work.
Lavender Daze at J. Bell Cellars
J.Bell Cellars is more than a winery. It’s surrounded by a lush, fragrant lavender field that helps create the soaps, salts, lotions, candles and essential oils folks have come to love. Join them July 7 to 11 to celebrate all things lavender during Lavender Daze. This family friendly weekend includes artisan vendors, u-pick and precut lavender, lavender cooking demos with Il Grasso restaurant, lavender goodies and self care, kids games and activities.
Fresh Hop Ale Festival
Yakima is home to the signature, can’t miss, Fresh Hop Ale Festival the first weekend in October. What exactly makes Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival different from other beer festivals? Well, we grow your beer right here in the Yakima Valley, harvesting 75% of the nation’s hops in what is one of the most important hop growing regions in the world. Every single hop cone in the Valley gets harvested and processed over the span of 30 crazy days every September. It all culminates with Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival, one of the “Top 10 Beer Festivals in The Nation!” You’ll find more than 60 brewers from around the U.S. competing with fresh hop ales crafted specifically for the festival using only freshly harvested hops. Come on down for great beer, live music, food and fun! Don’t miss all the new fresh hop release parties on the Yakima Valley Craft Beer Trail and brewery events during Fresh Hop Beer Week.
It’s hard to think of a more beautiful location for a festival than you’ll find at Chinook Fest September 10 to 12. The lovely riverside mountain setting is where fantastic music, craft beverages and food meet the great outdoors! Unplug for a weekend of music, camping, local craft beer, wine, food and artisans. Enjoy some of the best national and regional Americana, Roots Rock and Outlaw Country artists in our little riverside oasis in the PNW each year at Jim Sprick Community Park, just 30 miles West of Yakima, WA on scenic Chinook Pass!
Yakima Taco Fest
What goes better with Yakima Valley craft beers than tacos? Yakima Taco Fest is a taco lover’s dream. Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month on September 12, the delicious festival brings people together to taste fusion and traditional tacos from a variety of vendors, sip local craft beverages and dance to the sweet rhythm of Latin music.
Of course, there’s more to hop country than festivals! Yakima Valley breweries keep full calendar of special events for craft beer lovers. Find live music, local food vendors, bingo, trivia, movie and game nights and even ax throwing and yoga at local breweries throughout the Valley.
Summer Concert Series
The Apple Tree Summer Concert Series is already underway! Mark your calendar for American Honey in July and Stompin’ Ground in August. Enjoy the stunning orchard views with food and beverages available to order. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Of course Season’s Performance hall has an outstanding concert lineup this summer. Here’s just one! Check out their social channels for more.
Stop by J Bell Cellars Fridays on the Field for a round-up of live music, wine and food on the expansive lawn. You can order tickets in advance. The fantastic team from Il Grasso wood fired kitchen provides a delicious evening.
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery and Distillery Summer Concert Series is back again this year! With the perfect vineyard setting, there’s plenty of room for dancing while you take in the view. Mark your calendar and purchase tickets on their website for the Classic Rock Tribute Concert July 10, Winestock – a WoodStock Tribute on August 14 and Celebrating Classic Rock Bands on September 4. Bring a lawn chair, sip great wine and savor foods from local vendors. Wilridge also hosts their Sunday Serenade series throughout the summer from 1 to 4 pm and Wine Down Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30.
Freehand Cellars hosts a Freehand Summer Concert Series free of charge every third Sunday. Take in a concert, and enjoy great wine and food under the lights with expansive mountain views. Their patio and lawn are magical in the evening.
In addition to concert series, find food, music, art and special occasion events at Yakima Valley wineries. Make your wine country adventure even more fun with winery cooking classes, special tastings, yoga on the lawn, and much more. Our wine country events listings page is the place to find them. Be sure to take a look at all the live music events happening when you plan your road trip to the Yakima Valley.
Right now, tasty cherries and delicious, sweet berries are in full season ready for picking. Apricots are ready now too! Visit our road trips page for information about u-pick experiences and farm festivals.
New Event – A Wild Run and Craft Beverages!
Check out the last event in the brand new SOZO Summer Racing Series, Mud, Sweat & Beers! Get down and dirty as you weave your way through 10 to 12 muddy obstacles at the Mud, Sweat and Beers run. Kids have their own race with the Muddy Buddies Youth Division or the Mud, Sweat and Tears Young Adult Division.
Choose one, two or all three! Reward yourself with post-race parties complete with delicious bites, beverages and music. All adult participants will receive a shirt, finisher medal and a complimentary beverage of their choice. Youth participants will receive a finisher medal and complimentary beverage. Register and plan your summer race trips. SOZO’s expansive fields offer the perfect wide open spaces for safe racing.
Go to SozoRacingSeries.com to learn more. This series is presented by the Yakima Valley Sports Commission in partnership with SOZO sports.