Numerous wineries, restaurants, theatres, arts, shopping, plus music events have made downtown Yakima a lively destination. In just 7 blocks along Yakima Avenue and a few blocks to either side, you have your choice of wine, beer, cuisine, arts, music and entertainment. Come visit the heart of the city of Yakima, take a walk, enjoy an evening out with friends and get acquainted with the new vitality of Downtown Yakima.
Check out Downtown Yakima by the numbers;
9 Hotels - Hilton Garden Inn plus 1 boutique hotel opening in September, Hotel Maison. Walk a few more blocks and there are 7 more hotels; Red Lion Yakima Center, Holiday Inn Downtown Yakima Convention Center, Howard Johnsons Hotel Yakima, Guest House International, Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Ledgestone Hotel.
12 Restaurants: Russillo’s Pizza & Gelato, Northtown Coffee House, Carousel Restaurant & Bistro, Second Street Grill, 5 North Metropolitan Kitchen, Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Icehouse Bar, Casa Vittrore Cafe & Bistro, Yakima Sports Center, 8th St. Bistro, Olive Garden, Golden Wheel, Mickey’s Pub, Garden Grille and Bar plus a dozen more around the central core of the city. Choices to please any palate.
4 Wiineries: Antolin Cellars, Lookout Point Winery, Kana Winery, Gilbert Cellars.
3 Breweries/Beer Shop: Yakima Craft Tap Room and Hop Nation Brewery. A few more blocks west and you will find the Beer Shoppe, Central Washington's one and only, original specialty bottle shop, featuring 22 rotating drafts and 2 authentic cask ales.
5 Theaters/Performance Halls/Convention Center: Historic Capital Theatre , 4th Street Theatre,
Orion Theater Movie Theater and The Seasons Performance Hall. Yakima Convention Center location of conventions, business meetings, weddings, events such as Yakima Herald Indulge, Annual Yakima Valley Tourism Annual Holiday Reception(2014 info.), Sports Awards Luncheon and many more.
9 large Art installations/ Opportunities. Sculptures: “Transcendence,” a 9 foot diameter sphere which was placed in front of the iconic Larson Building “Abundance,” a hand-cast glass, steel, basalt and bronze sculpture,.“Convolution,” was created by sculpture Will Robinson, on Front Street in front of the historic Depot building. Sculpture of Jose Maria Morelos in downtown Yakima on 3rd Street north of Yakima Ave. Installed by Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association. 111 year old statue of Coronel J.J. Wiesenberger Naches & Yakima Ave. Stargazer, sculpture on Naches Ave. Millennium Plaza “Water of Life” – 3rd Street south of Yakima Ave. The installation was the inspiration of internationally renowned artist, Wen-ti Tsen. Yakima Maker Space offering opportunities to learn a craft or art technique or classes for specific project. Windows Alive artists works in window display on Yakima Avenue.
Numerous historic buildings and architecture. Take a Walking tour of these historic downtown buildings. Map.
6 Downtown specialty shops such as Garden Dance a women’s specialty gift shop, Kameo Flower Shop, Ummelina Spa Retreat, Urban Elegance Spa Garden Girl a garden & gift shop. Stems a wine and gift shop,
Live music events: Too many to count but here are a few, check the Yakima Valley Live website for more. LunchTime Live every Friday at lunchtime. Downtown Summer Nights every Thursday evening during summer. Once a month Major concert events 1st weekend in May Cinci de Mayo, Mid – May Roots & Vines Fest. Mid- June Yakima Blues & Local Brews, June 27 Yakima Uncorked, July 12-14 Folklife Festival, October Fresh Hop Ale Festival, to mention a few. First Friday of the month live music in Downtown Yakima restaurants and wineries.
Other Activities: 4 Cruise the Ave Friday Nights events during the summer. View the muscle cars, hot rods, corvettes and more driving up and down Yakima Avenue on a warm summer evening. Sunday Farmers Market 9am -2 pm.
Downtown Yakima is a destination offering events, restaurants, wineries, breweries all within walking distance of hotels. Book early to be sure you can get a room if you are planning on attending one of the popular major downtown events. For more information on Downtown Yakima Check this website and be sure to stop at the Visitor Information Center when you come to town.