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From Alpacas, to Berries and Fireworks: Summertime Happenings in Yakima Valley

Blueberry Festival-WashingtonIf you’re looking for some family activities this summer in the Washington state area, Yakima Valley has quite a variety. From food, to festivals and wine pairing celebrations, there’s much to do in and around Yakima. Besides, who can say no to those ridiculously cute and furry alpacas?

Yakima’s Fourth of July Celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Fourth of July celebration at State Fair Park will take place from noon until 11 p.m. Activities for kids will take place from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. featuring water fun, carnival attractions and vendors. Stage entertainment is provided from 1:30 p.m. -10 p.m. with a fireworks show beginning at 10 p.m.  All events take place at Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S Fair Avenue, Yakima. For more information, visit http://www.yakima4thofjuly.org/.

Zillah’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013

Take the family to Zillah’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July for food, games, contests, barbeques and fireworks. It’s a tradition the older will appreciate and the younger will enjoy. All events take place in Stewart Park in Zillah. For more information, visit www.visityakimavalley.org or call (509) 790-7451.

Blueberry Daze Festival, Friday, July 5 – Saturday, July 6, 2013

Break out your red, white and blue for an enjoyable day on the farm!  This free event invites guests to ride a wagon out to the field to pick fresh blueberries and sweet cherries. Freshly picked berries will also be available for purchase. After picking, cool down in the shade of the big trees while listening to live Bluegrass music. Entertainment for children includes rides on the Barnyard Train as well as farm animals and pony rides. The event is free and open to the public. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will take place at 3674 N. County Line Rd., Grandview, Wash. For more information and a map to the farm, visit www.billsberryfarm.com or email info@billsberryfarm.com.

Cherry Festival at Washington Fruit Place & Gift Shop at Barrett Orchards, July 6, 2013

This cherry festival will include hayrides and events for the whole family. Try your luck at pit spitting and pie eating contests, and sample fresh chocolate dipped cherries and samples of all 12 cherry varieties in season.  For more information email us at treeripened@aol.com or call 509-966-1275.

La Maison hosts Chef Magana’s third annual Paella Party on the Patio paired with wines from ANC, Friday, July 12, 2013

Join Chef Frank Magana on the patio at La Maison for an interactive cooking demonstration featuring Tapas and the Chef’s signature paella.  Alexandria Nicole Cellars will be providing its fine wine for the event, taking place on Friday, July 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  Enjoy good food, great company and stunning views of the Yakima Valley from the patio at La Maison. Cost is $80 per person. Visit www.lamaisonchef.com for tickets and more information.

Tenth Annual Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala, Saturday, July 20, 2013

The historic streets of downtown Prosser will host more than 35 Northwest artists, 20 Prosser wineries, a handful of specialty food caterers, two microbreweries, and live jazz to create a great summer evening. Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online at www.tourprosser.com beginning May 1.  Must be 21 to attend and tickets are limited to the first 600 sold.  For information, call 509-786-3177.

32nd Annual Prosser Wine & Food Fair, Saturday, August 10, 2013

Nearly 2,000 wine enthusiasts gather for an afternoon of fine wine and local food specialties. Local bands will entertain all day as guests sample wine from 30 Washington wineries, food from 20 local food vendors, and beer from two local breweries. Tickets are available starting May 1, priced at $20 for presale and $25 the day of the event. Hours: 2-8 p.m.  Minors (under 21) and pets are not allowed on the grounds. For information, call the Prosser Chamber office at 509-786-4545 or 800-408-1517. Tickets will be available at www.tourprosser.com.

Summer Dinner and a Movie Series – Two Mountain Winery, Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ever eaten a home cooked BBQ meal under the pink and blue sunset in Zillah? Now’s your chance! Curl up under a blanket and watch a movie in the crisp orchard air. Winemaker Matt Rawn will be fire up the charcoal and serve a BBQ dinner with locally grown salads and greens, and a sweet dessert. After dinner, watch a classic movie under the starry sky.  Tickets are $25 per adult, $10 per kid or $20 per wine club member, and include one glass of wine, dinner, and a movie. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., bring your own lawn chair, a blanket or warm jacket, and come hungry.  For more information call 509-829-3900.

Case of the Blues and All that Jazz in Yakima Valley, Saturday, August 17, 2013

This festival features blues and jazz music, award-winning local wines and microbrews and a delicious array of foods and desserts. Benefiting the community through the Yakima Greenway Foundation and Junior League of Yakima, this event takes place from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. The event will take place at Sarg Hubbard Park, 111 South 18th Street, Yakima. For more information, please visit www.yakimagreenway.org.

Alpaca Farm Washington‘Pacas and Peaches at Silbury Hill Alpacas, August 31 – September 1, 2013

Come pick your own peaches and meet our alpacas from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the new babies and watch spinning and weaving demonstrations.  If you wish to visit our farm another day, please call for an appointment at 509-837-8012, or contact us at www.silburyhillalpacas.com.

About Yakima Valley, Wash.

Located in south central Washington, the Yakima Valley is the oldest, largest and most diverse wine growing region in Washington State, producing nearly half of the state’s wine grapes. With more than 70 wineries, in addition to acres of rolling vineyardsorchards and hop fields the valley is considered to be the epicenter of Washington’s wine and agricultural regions.  This regional abundance invites visitors to indulge in farm fresh meals paired with local wines and to sample one-of-a-kind delicacies like Chukar Cherries, locally grown dried cherries and Aprés Vin, grape seed oils made from wine pomace. Located two to three hours from Seattle, Spokane or Portland, the sun-soaked valley is also rich in cultural heritage and outdoor recreation including fly-fishing, river-rafting, hiking and biking.  For more information, visit www.visityakimavalley.org.

Photos: Bill’s Berry Farm, Visit Yakima

Juli Crompe

As a Seattle-based expert event planner with a passion for wine, Juli enjoys a good happy hour, travel and all things dessert. Follow Juli on Twitter at @JKCEvents. If you'd like your brand, event, or business considered for an editorial or upcoming features, contact us

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