Many cultural traditions and agricultural heritage are incorporated into the Yakima Valley’s historical roots. You can celebrate traditions from all around the world in Yakima! From museums to iconic representative events, explore Yakima history and celebrate around the Valley throughout the year. From Native American traditions to Latin festivities to Filipino American influences, the Valley enjoys a beautiful mix of cultures and people. Experience the rich traditions, music, flavors, and cultural events Yakima Valley offers. In addition to the cultural festivals, Yakima Valley celebrates its agricultural roots with a wine grape, hop farming with craft beverages harvest festivals.
- Yakima Taco Fest: This annual event is hosted by The Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce every April and takes place in an open space. It offers tacos (obviously), drinks, music, and other Mexican snacks.
- Cinco de Mayo: This is the most significant cultural event in Yakima Valley. It celebrates Latin culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are planned throughout the Yakima Valley, and it features live entertainment with excellent authentic Mexican food, carnivals, and dancing horses.
- Roots and Vines Festivals: This 6-hour summer festival will make you shake the dust off and celebrate with nationally acclaimed bands. This festival features Yakima Valley’s well-known Craft Beverages and fine local food vendors.
- Chinook Fest: This festival is passionate about music and nature, and its primary goal is to give every attendee the most memorable experience. Besides music, this festival offers recreational areas for fishing, rafting, camping, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, and many more.
- Ales for Als: Started in 2013 by Loftus Ranches, this is a national fundraising campaign seeking to raise funds and awareness for ALS research. Every summer, Yakima Chief Hops and Loftus Ranches donate a unique blend of experimental hops to breweries around the United States in exchange for contributing to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
- Prosser Ballon Rally: Hot Air Balloons take to the sky at sunrise from the Prosser Washington Airport. This rally weekend also offers a small harvest festival, night glow, a farmers market, and the Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival.
- Fresh Hop Ale Festival: This non-profit organization’s primary goal is to present one of America’s top 10 beer festivals, support Yakima county-based arts and science organizations, and celebrate Yakima Valley’s hops.
- Dia de Los Muertos: This event celebrates the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead, and it implies the ‘return’ of the souls of the deceased, who return home to visit their family and loved ones and to be nourished by the essence of the food that’s placed on their altars to honor them.
- Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade: Celebrate the Christmas season with one of the most iconic lighted parades in the Northwest! This lights festival is a beautiful Yakima Valley celebration and agricultural heritage. It features dozens of tractors and antique farm equipment decorated with thousands of lights.