Toppenish Rodeo July 6-7, Toppenish Rodeo grounds. More than 150 contestants compete in rodeo events from saddle bronc riding to bull riding and steer wrestling. Parade and traditional Native American foods, arts and crafts. Check visittoppenish.com for more info.
Lavender Harvest Days July 12-14 at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm, 330 Rankin Road, Selah. Come celebrate the beauty, benefits and aroma of lavender, surrounded by lovely country views. U-cut lavender, great local artisans, cool vintage items, lavender oil distilling demonstrations, music and Lavender Labyrinth. Free admission. For more into, visit Facebook.
Outdoor Summer Cinema Series Watch a movie with family and friends outside under the stars — and it’s free! Chesterley Park at 40th Avenue and River Road, Yakima. Movies start atsunset on Sundays (around 8:30 p.m.) Call 509-575-6020 or visit yakimaparks.com for more information.
July 14: Incredibles II
July 21: Beethoven
July 28: Kung Fu Panda
Aug. 4: Finding Nemo
Aug. 11: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Aug. 18: Shazam
Summer Concert Series at Franklin Park Bring your picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chair, relax and listen to the music in this beautiful park. Call 509-575-6020 or visit yakimaparks.com for more information.
July 12: Joe Brooks Quartet — Jazz
July 19: Camille Bloom — Folk pop
July 26: Snaccs — Funk fusion
Aug. 2: Ian McFeron Band — Folk rock
Aug. 9: Cosmos’s Dream — Bluegrass
Aug. 16 Bart Roderick & Friends — Adult contemporary
Nile Valley Community Days July 20-21. Jim Sprick Community Park, 13680 State Route 410, Naches. Vendors with hand-crafted items, kids’ games, live entertainment, horseshoe tournaments, and gold prospecting demonstrations. A highlight of the day is the amateur wood events including the spike drive, cross-cut sawing, wood-splitting, and ax throw. Food options include corn on the cob and fresh baked pies. The action starts at 7 a.m. both days with a mountain breakfast. See uppervalleybb.com for a more detailed schedule.
Lego Tournament July 27 at Harman Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme for this year is “Space.” Call 509-575-6166 or stop by Harman Center at 101 N. 56th Ave, Yakima to register. Prizes for winners in three age groups, plus kids’ activities like temporary tattoo station, coloring station, face-painting station and Story Time. Go to yakimaparks.com to learn more.
Moxee Hop Festival Aug. 1-3 at Moxee City Park. Tons of fair food, rides, and vendor booths as well as live music and dozens of farm and hop-related displays. Beer garden for grownups. See evcea.org/hopfestival for more.
10x10x10 Tieton Exhibition Aug. 10-Oct. 6. 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton. Celebrate the small with this art exhibition featuring works no larger than 10-inches by 10-inches by 10-inches. Enjoy local food and drink at the opening reception: Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. After that, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. See mightytieton.com for more information.
Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet Aug. 17-18. Central Washington Ag Museum, Fullbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap. See the farm equipment of yesteryear while learning about blacksmithing and a turn-of-the-century sawmill. Vintage trucks, equipment parade, live music, kids’ arts and crafts, train rides, great food and more. $5 per person, children under 12 are free. Visit centralwaagmuseum.org for more information.
Yakima Valley Trolleys Open now until Sept. 29 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Powerhouse and Carbarn museums plus vintage trolley excursions to Selah boarding at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. For more info visit yakimavalleytrolleys.org or call 509-249-5962.
Paws in the Pool Aug. 25. On the last day of operation, Franklin Park will open for a day of doggie fun. All breeds and sizes are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved and not aggressive. Dogs must be leashed until they’re inside the pool area and must have current vaccinations. 2-4 p.m. Dogs swim free but owners must pay general admission fee. Visit yakimaparks.org for more information.