Friday, October 5 kicks off a busy weekend in Yakima’s downtown, beginning with a public ceremony to recognize the 10-year anniversary of Millennium Plaza’s completion.

Designed by artist Wen-ti Tsen, Millennium Plaza was built with grant funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in 1999, through a special project called “Arts and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium.” Yakima was the only city in the state that received the special grant.

The ceremony is being organized by Allied Arts of

Yakima — the organization that oversaw the plaza’s construction. Michael Liddicoat, Allied Arts interim executive director, says key members of the project team will be recognized, and the ceremony is open to the public. “We want to recognize the people who helped get this project off the ground and the people who helped turn it into a real gathering point.”

The ceremony is the same day as downtown Yakima’s “First Friday” and is one day prior to Allied Arts’ Fresh Hop Ale Festival, making the first weekend in October one full of celebration.

Millennium Plaza 10-year celebration

Fri., Oct. 5, time TBA

7 S. Third St. • Yakima

Fresh Hop Ale Festival

Millennium Plaza

Sat., Oct. 6, 5-10 p.m.