With apologies to Julie Andrews, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the Parks are Alive, With the Sound of Music!

Or at least they WILL be during Yakima's summer entertainment series that starts next week.

Parks & Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson says, "The idea is to encourage families to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts and films outdoors.”

The City's press release posts the following dates and acts for a summer of fun.

The Summer Sunset Concert Series at Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Drive, will kick things off on Friday, July 13th with the Americana/Alt-Country band Little Spirits.  Other performances – all are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – include Massy Ferguson on July 20th, Pat Moss on July 27th, The Mongrels & Co. on August 3rd, the Rod Giles Band on August 10th and the Joe Brooks Quartet on August 17th.

The Viva La Musica Concert Series also returns and this year will be held at two City parks.

Viva La Musica begins Sunday, July 15th at Miller Park, on the corner of North 4th Street and East E Street, with Los Arroyo de Jungapeo Michoacán. Miller Park will also host Grupo Adrenalina on July 22nd, and Hermanos Gonzales on July 29th.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, on the corner of South 8th Street and East Beech Street, will feature Viva La Musica concerts by Sinceridad De La Sierra on August 5th, Los Piebes De Tierra Caliente on August 12th, and Avion on August 19th. All concerts are from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Viva La Musica’s finale for this summer will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on September 16th at Miller Park. The September 16th finale will feature entertainment magic for children by Payaso Cacharro at 4:00 pm, followed by concerts performed by Faraones Del Norte USA at 5:00 pm and La Tropa Chicana at 6:00 pm.

As for the movies, the Outdoor Summer Cinema Series returns Sunday, July 15th to the City’s Chesterley Park, on the corner of 40th Avenue and River Road. The movies will each begin at sunset, about 8:30 pm, on six consecutive Sundays.

The film series begins with “Cars” on July 15th, “Justice League” on July 22nd, “Holes” on July 29th, “Field of Dreams” on August 5th, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 12th, and “The Lion King” on August 19th.

For more information, call 575-6020 or see Page 9 of the City of Yakima Parks and Recreation 2018 Summer Program Guide. The guide is available at https://yakimaparks.com/assets/2018-summer-program-guide.pdf