For the first time in weeks, nobody's warning us about 100-plus degree days around the Yakima Valley -- which means we can enjoy some just-right events in some just-right weather this weekend.

And just in time, we've got 10 ideas for how to enjoy these last days of summer.

If you're like us, you're already thinking weekend by Thursday night. So that's where we'll start ...



  • 1

    Downtown Summer Nights

    5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, North Front Street

    Enjoy Massey Ferguson + the Dusty 45s as Yakima's favorite free street party closes out the 2017 season. A beer and wine garden, food vendors and children's activities make this family-friendly gathering a family favorite.

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  • 2

    Highland Community Days

    Friday-Sunday, Tieton City Park

    Food, floats, classic cars, dancing horses -- you name it, it's part of one of the area's most beloved small-town celebrations. As usual, the parade starts Saturday at 10 a.m. sharp, so don't be late!

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  • 3

    Music in the Vines

    7 p.m. Friday at the Hackett Ranch, 2620 Draper Road

    Seattle alt-Americana band Vaudeville Etiquette returns to Yakima with more dynamic roots/classic rock sounds. Doors open at 5, show starts at 7 pm. Get tickets here.

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  • 4

    Sangria Weekend

    Friday-Sunday, Silver Lake Winery 1500 Vintage Road, Zillah
    Sample the tastes of Spain -- sangria! -- this weekend in Zillah. Squeeze Inn tacos and live music from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.


  • 5

    Yakima Blues and Brews Bash

    3:30-10 p.m. Saturday, North Front Street
    Top-flight musicians and the best beer-makers in town bring you hours of local brews and blues. Details here.
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  • 6

    Wine Divas Summer White Party

    6-10 p.m., 4th Street Theater, 14 S. Fourth St.

    You and your girlfriends deserve a little "me" time -- and somebody needs to raise a glass to a Michael Jackson tribute show. Why not all those things (PLUS shopping, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes) in one night? Admission is $30 in advance -- click here for details.

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    The Art of Beadwork & Cornhusk Weaving

    1-4 p.m. Saturday, Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive

    Six Yakama and Nez Perce artists offer free demonstrations of how they approach their crafts. No reservations necessary.

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  • 8

    Viva La Musica

    5 p.m. Sunday, Miller Park, 502 N. Fourth St.

    Chikos de La Banda entertains at this week's free neighborhood concert.

  • 9

    Take a hike!

    Whenever you're ready -- Cowiche Canyon

    Enjoy one of the Yakima Valley's purest gems -- with the weather cooling, hike Cowiche Canyon's trail system and rejuvenate your mind and body. Click here for directions and routes.

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  • 10

    Take in a Hawks Game!

    7 p.m. Friday -- Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field, Seattle

    Yeah, yeah -- it's only preseason, but it's still been a LONG TIME since we've gotten to watch ANY football around here. If you can't get to the game, listen in for live broadcasts on our sister station, 94.5 KATS-FM, all season long.

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