What’s Happening NOW in the Yakima Valley
YKM509 ARCHIVES Open/Close

January 2019

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!

This annual celebration of Mexican culture, cuisine, dance and music brings together people from all over the state, which draws over 25,000 visitors throughout the two day event.  The streets of Downtown Yakima and Sunnyside are filled with Mexican food vendors, live mariachi music and festively dressed dancers. This is a unique cultural experience that has grown from a commemoration of the smaller Mexican Army's victory over the much larger, well trained French forces at the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862), to a total celebration of Mexican culture. After a presidential proclamation in 2005, people in the USA now observe Cinco de Mayo, schools around the country educate students about the historical significance, and cultural celebrations are planned throughout the country. Come join the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the Yakima Valley this weekend!



Friday, May 5

  • Pachanga Alert! at The Seasons - From 9:00 pm – 2:00 am, Pachenga Alert! will be performing a festive and lively blend of music from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina & Colombia. Drawing on cumbia, salsa, vallenato, polka and nueva cancion, the ensemble uses lush harmonies and infectious rhythms to bring a fun, modern flair to the rich traditions of Latin American music. Get tickets here.


Saturday, May 6

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande! – Featuring a diverse line up of dance troupes, a huge variety of live music, including internationally recognized groups performing live on stage, street soccer, a basketball tournament, talent show,  mouthwatering Mexican and other food vendors, craft booths,  Information booths, and more fun for the entire family!


Sunday, May 7

  • Cinco de Mayo Charro Parade – Beginning at noon, the parade will begin at 5th Avenue head east down Yakima Avenue. Featuring prancing horses, Cinco de Mayo royalty and a full mariachi band, along with plenty of dance groups and community members dressed in traditional attire.
  • 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo Custom Car Show – from noon to 5:00pm, enjoy gazing at a huge variety of custom cars, including low-riders, hotrods, muscle cars, imports, domestic and low-rider bikes, highlighting the best custom cars and low-rider bikes in the Northwest.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande! – The fun continues for one more day! There will be more Aztec dancers and a diverse line up of dance troupes, not to mention all the live music, events and food, food, food!

For a full schedule of the Downtown Yakima Events click here!



Friday, May 5

  • Buddy Night at the Carnival - Bring the whole family for carnival rides during Buddy Night at the Carnival: buy one bracelet and your buddy gets one for free!

Saturday, May 6

  • Cinco de Mayo - One of the Largest Hispanic Celebrations in the Pacific Northwest. With over 100 vendors, dancing horses, live entertainment, traditional music and the most incredible food you’ve ever tasted, you don’t want to miss it! There will also be:
  • Battle on the Mat Wrestling Tournament from 9:00am – 3:00pm at Central Park
  • Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant from 9:00am – 1:00pm at Centennial Square
  • Best Taco Contest

Sunday, May 7

  • Cinco de Mayo Parade – Starting at 12:00 pm in Central Park, enjoy a huge celebratory parade, followed by a Charro Horse Contest and live music.


Feliz Cinco de Mayo todo el mundo!