MEXICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 14 — AT HERITAGE UNIVERSITY Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a cultural fiesta. Kids’ crafts and games, pinatas, food and beverages, traditional dancers, mariachi band and banda music. For more information call 509-865-0411.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON STATE FAIR - SEPTEMBER 20 — 29 AT STATE FAIR PARK Concerts, livestock shows and demos, baking, sewing, art shows, carnival rides and so much more! This year’s entertainers include Josh Turner, Nelly, The Temptations, Night Ranger and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, just to name a few. Pre-Fair discount admission: $11 Adults and $8 Youth. Pre-Fair discount carnival wristbands: $28. See for more info.

APPLE FESTIVAL AT BILL’S BERRY FARM - APPLE FEST — SEPTEMBER 7, 14, & 21 Enjoy squeezing and making your own apple cider or hunting for a pumpkin in the patch. Hay rides, barnyard train ride, giant farmland playground, U-pick apples and fresh hot donuts. 3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview; 509-882-3200. For a full list of events go to

5TH ANNUAL CHALK ART FEST - OCTOBER 12 — 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. A great day of art, fun, and chalk as local artists create wonderful sidewalk art. First, second, and third place awards will be given by judges. Free chalk provided for children and families to create their own art. Enjoy live music and food at this free event, open to the entire community. On North 3rd Street between Yakima Ave and Sgt. Pendleton Way in Yakima. Presented by the Downtown Association of Yakima. For more information, visit

THOMPSON’S FARM PUMPKIN PATCH - SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER, 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. If you haven’t been to this harvest event, you’re missing out. It’s huge! It features a pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannons fired on the hour, pig races, corn maze, hay rides, homemade donuts and other goodies. Admission is free, but there are charges for some other activities. Thompson’s Farm, 9535 Old Naches Highway, Naches; 509-949-3450.

UNION GAP CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH - OCTOBER 5-31 Haunted Maze is open Wednesday — Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Also features a pumpkin patch, apple chucker, straw slide, concessions, fire pits and picnic tables. Friday Night Fright showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Check Facebook for more info. Cost: $10 for ages 3 and older. 3213 Tacoma St., Union Gap. Go to for more info or call 509-453-3200.

SUNCADIA HARVEST FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 5-6 AND 12-14 Two weekends packed full of family fun, including a hay maze and pyramid, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin archery, face painting, food trucks and live music powered by Chinook Entertainment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to or call 509-649-6400.

MADD HATTER’S HAUNT - OCTOBER 11-31 The Yakima Valley’s premier indoor haunted house. Opening day October 11. Haunted House Kids’ Day is October 27, featuring a behind-the-scenes tour from 2-4:30 p.m. where kids can explore the haunted house with the lights on. Plus, there’s face painting, a scavenger hunt and a mini petting farm. Parents are free. Check for more info. Location: 208 Ahtanum Road in Union Gap.

YAKIMA HAUNT NIGHT - OCTOBER 18, 5:30 P.M. For boys and girls in middle school and older. Start with pizza at Public Works before heading out in search of a great scare at the Madd Hatters Haunt and the corn maze. Space is limited so register early. Cost: $15 to $18. Drop-off and 9 p.m. pickup are at the Public Works Office, 2301 Fruitvale Blvd., Yakima. For more information call Yakima Parks & Rec at 509-575-6020.

AGRI-COPIA - OCTOBER 12-13 Agri-copia, formerly known as the Plowing Bee and Horse Spectacular, features horses and unique tractor events like tractor soccer and blindfolded obstacle driving. The horses will plow, give wagon rides and take part in harness and hitching demonstrations. Mule and horse packing demonstrations will also be featured. Some events are Saturday only, so check the website. Visit the Central Washington Ag Musuem at 4508 Main St., Union Gap or go to for more info.

HALLOWEEN EGG HUNT - OCTOBER 27, AT 5:30 P.M. FOR TODDLERS UP TO 3 YEARS OLD. AT 6:15 P.M. FOR 4- TO 10-YEAR-OLDS Get your kids a flashlight and costume and have them join this spooky, fun-filled Halloween egg hunt. Spooktacular fun in a safe environment with bouncy houses, games and treats! Location: Yakima Fieldhouse, 1015 E. Lincoln Ave., Ste. 105, Yakima. Cost: $5 to $8. Space is limited. For more information call Yakima Parks & Rec at 509-575-6020.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR OF MADD HATTER’S HAUNT (With lights on) - OCTOBER 27, AT 2-4:30 P.M. Scavenger hunt, face painting, petting zoo — and kids receive a free ticket for the scary haunted house at night — if they dare! Cost: $5 with a can of food. Adults are free. 208 Ahtanum Road in Union Gap. Check for more info.