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Kickin' off Festival Season!

Kickin' off Festival Season!

Plan to visit during one of the many festivals in the Yakima Valley. Celebrate the local brews, wines and cuisine, while enjoying Americana, Blues, Folk and more. Below is a listing of the festivals celebrating live music and craft beverages in the Yakima Valley, for a full listing of all the music events click here.

May Festivals

This weekend, the Roots & Vines Festival will kick off Festival Season in the Yakima Valley. May 16, 2-10p.m. on Historic N. Front Street, Americana, Roots & Bluegrass music will be celebrated, featuring craft beverages made in Yakima. Enjoy Fruition Polecat, Sleepy Man, Hillstomp. Polecat a high-energy show with a unique take on roots music, Fruition, a string-infused Portland quintet embodies the sound of Americana, Hillstomp, a Portland duo that blends north Mississippi trance blues, punkabilly, and other musical forms, and Sleepy Man, a trio of young brothers (17, 16, and 13 years old) with over 20 million views on YouTube, and have been on David Letterman Show and The Today Show. Blake Noble Band, Lil’Smokies, Vaudeville Etiquette, The Common Deer, and John Dunnigan will also be performing. For full schedule, click here. The Sportscenter Restaurant & Sports Bar will host the festival Kickoff Party on May 15TH. The Warren G. Hardings will play an all ages show from 7p.m -9:45p.m.

Rock the Gap Enjoy a VIP Dinner, adult beverage, silent auction and dessert auction, plus a live open-air concert with 2 bands. Must be 21 and over to attend. 5:30p.m.: Social hour with local wines and beer. 6:30p.m.: Gourmet Salmon Dinner, Silent and Dessert Auction. 7:00p.m.: Opening Act – Short Bus Bobby 8:00p.m.: Rock out to Robert John & The Wreck.   Held at Sarg Hubbard Park on the Yakima Greenway, under the big tent, after the Gap2Gap Relay.

June Festivals

June 13, 2015 2p.m. - 10p.m. The Blues & Brews Festival is back. FREE Friday night kickoff at the Sportscenter. Saturday’s festival by the numbers; 2 stages, 8 hours of non-stop Blues. 8 Brewers, 3 wineries, Unlimited FUN! Enjoy non-stop blues throughout the festival. The Main Stage will showcase Too Slim and the Taildraggers at 3:45 p.m., Curtis Salgado at 6:00 p.m., and Nathan & Zydeco Cha Chas at 8:30 p.m. The Opera House Stage will feature Brian Lee and the Orbiters at 2:45 p.m., Shoot Jake at 5:00 p.m., and Seattle-based The Wired! Blues Band at 7:15 p.m. 8 craft breweries: Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Yakima Craft Brewing Company, Icicle Brewing Company, Iron Horse Brewery, Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, Snipes Mountain Brewery, Berchman's Brewing Company, and Hop Nation Brewing. 3 Yakima wineries; Lookout Point Winery, Gilbert Cellars, and Antolin Cellars will serve their varietals. 21+ Event. 1st 1,000 receive a glass.

Yakima Uncorked - Wine & Food Fest. Saturday, June 27, 5-10 p.m., at the Millennium Plaza in front of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Yakima, WA. Highlighting premium northwest wines grown in the valley and exquisite food. LIVE MUSIC BY: Heart By Heart plus a Jimi Hendrix tribute by Randy Hansen. Enjoy a unique shopping experience at the local Arts & Crafts Vendor booths. General Admission- $15 (entrance only) UNCORKED Admission- $30 (*includes commemorative wine or beer glass & scripts for sampling.) *This is a 21+ Over event. Purchase tickets.

July Festivals

Yakima Folklife Festival July 10-12, 2015 in Franklin Park. Free Admission starts with the Friday Night Concert in the Park 6:30p - 9:00p. Then Friday & Saturday Downtown Yakima Venues: 5 North Metro Kitchen and Lounge, Gilbert Cellars, Kana Winery, Northtown Coffeehouse, Santiago's and the SportsCenter. Saturday Festival at Franklin Park runs from 11:00a - 7:00p with music starting at noon! There will be arts and crafts, live music, and food vendors, free admission to the museum and a Beer and Wine Garden at this free, family friendly festival. Sunday Festival hours 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. Full Schedule.

12th Annual Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala Saturday 18 July 2015, 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. 6th Street in Historic Downtown Prosser. Features artists from all over the Pacific Northwest. 30 artists, 20 wineries, 2 microbreweries, 3 specialty food caterers, 1 GREAT evening in the "Birthplace of Washington Wine." Affordable specialty foods available for purchase. Must be 21, ID required. No Pets. FREE Downtown parking available. Tickets; $30/person Includes admission, all wine/beer tasting, event glass and program.

August Festivals

Moxee Hop Festival - Friday, August 7, 2015 and Saturday, August 8, 2015. Variety of food and entertainment. Free entertainment on the main stage and in the park both days. Friday and Saturday night Beer Garden with live music. Entertainment Schedule.

34th Annual Prosser Wine & Food Festival. Saturday 8 August 2015, 3:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. Taste and Explore over 50 wineries, artisan food vendors and food trucks. Enjoy special ticketed events on Saturday and Sunday. Grand Tasting Saturday, August 8th 3-9p.m. All-Inclusive Ticket* $50 in advance $60 at the gate-includes wine tasting, artisan samples and tasting at the Walter Clore Center. Food trucks not included.

Case of the Blues & all that Jazz. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima. 5p.m. Chad Bault & The Smokeless / 7p.m. Brent Johnson and the Call Up/ 9p.m. Headliner: Leroy Bell. Tickets on sale NOW at the Yakima Greenway, online, through Junior League of Yakima members and Yakima Greenway for $35.00 each $45 Day of! Presented by Solarity Credit Union.

Zillah Bluegrass Pickin' Days Mid-August. Zillah, WA.

September Festivals

Chinook Fest Central in its fourth year, September 11th – 13th, just outside Naches, Washington. Offering host camping, local artisans, activities, food, Washington State beer, wine and cider, but most importantly their own line-ups of quality, Modern Rock, Roots Rock, Funk, Folk and Americana. Tickets.

The Great Prosser Balloon Rally - Friday September 25 -27, 2015. Hot Air Balloons take to the sky. The balloons are scheduled to launch at sunrise from the Prosser Washington Airport on September 25-27, 2015. (weather permitting). Balloon Pilots from all over the Northwestern United States will converge on Prosser Washington to participate in the Great Prosser Balloon Rally. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early (about 6:15 a.m.) at the Prosser Airport to watch the pilots prepare the giant balloons. Some lucky spectators are even asked to assist the balloon pilots inflate, chase, and recover the Hot-Air-Balloons. Parking and Admission are Free. Come and join us for a weekend full of family activities. The weekend activities include Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Launches, Night Glow, Harvest Festival, Farmers Market, and last but not least Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival.

October Festivals

Fresh Hop Ale Festival Saturday, October 3rd 2015. 5p.m. Voted as one of the top ten beer festivals in the nation. Featuring 30+ breweries bringing you the very best annual fresh hop beer tasting experience. From the heart of hop country, where over 70% of U.S, hops are grown. Enjoy live music, over 15 food vendors, wine, hard cider, local mixed drinks and over 5,000 festival participants! Tickets.

Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival Saturday, October 10. 4-10pm, Live music, food, Rib Cook-off, Bacon Blitz, Specialty vendors, VIP cigar Lounge and more.General Admission: $15 Includes: Entrance & Logo Glass. VIP: $50 Limited to 300 tickets. Includes: Logo Glass, 20 tokens towards food and drink purchases & Access to Cigar Lounge. All Access: $75. Limited to 100 tickets. Includes: Logo Glass, 25 tokens towards food and drink purchases, Access to Cigar Lounge, Pre-Event Distillery Tour at Blue Flame Spirits & Welcome Bag. Must be 21, ID required. Tickets.