Welcome to Ellensburg!
Eat, Stay, Play, Meet!
Looking for fun away from the urban sprawl? Historic Ellensburg offers the laid-back atmosphere of a small town, but with a variety of things to do and see. Come visit Downtown Ellensburg with its unique shops, restaurants, bars, museums all within walking distance. More of an adventure person? Experience the outdoors camping, fishing, rafting, biking, hiking, or even golfing in Ellensburg and its surrounding areas.
January 18th, 2014 (12pm to 5pm)
Beer fans should not miss this event! With 2014 marking its 10th year, this festival has taken off with folks coming from across the Northwest to taste the best of the region. Breweries know a good thing when they see it and have returned each year to offer samples, information and items to visitors. This year’s brewers included 21 NW breweries.
Spirit of the West
February 14th – 17th, 2014
Relive the sights and sounds of the old west atThe Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering. Cowboys stroll the streets of downtown Ellensburg mingling with the locals and city folk. Singers and poets are heard at free downtown venues, main stage concerts, or at open mic sessions.
Central Washington Quilt Show
April 25th, 2014
Kittitas County is the first in Washington State to have Barn Quilts and the beginning of a Barn Quilt Trail. The Barn Quilts will be a beautiful way to honor Kittitas County's agriculture industry and the farm and ranch families that settled in the area. This will also be a unique and exquisite way to promote the community and local sponsors, through the creative skills and talents of its community members.
WAA National Art Show
May 16th, 17th, 18th, 2014 (Fri-Sun)
Visit the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg, WA and get FREE admission to the exhibit halls with 14,000 sq/ft, displaying the artwork of nearly 70 artists. Live Auctions of Original Fine Art, depicting the American West, its people, heritage, wildlife, and landscapes...
Dachshunds on Parade
Downtown Ellensburg, June 21st, 2014
Now in its 12th year, this event started out small and quickly grew in popularity. Events include a Short Parade, Dachshund Races, Stupid Pet Tricks, and Costume Contest. Come early and enjoy Breakfast with the Dogs Pancake Feed sponsored by the Rodeo City Kiwanis club. www.dachshundsonparade.com
Jazz in the Valley
July 25th,26th & 27th 2014
Music lovers come from across the Northwest, the United States and from Europe to check out the groovy tunes of 20-plus musicians. An eclectic list of performers will be on hand, including musicians specializing in multiple forms of jazz, blues, gospel and salsa. Past performers included the Bill Anschell Trio, Cambalache Salsa, the Duffy Bishop Band and more...
Labor Day Weekend 2014
Founded in 1923, the Ellensburg Rodeo, aired on ESPN, brings in more than 25,000 fans over a four-day period. Rodeo professionals from across the country make sure they don’t miss our rodeo, with its purse in excess of $250,000.
Kittitas County Fair
Aug 28th – Sept 1st, 2014
The Kittitas County Fair, first organized in 1885, is held every Labor Day weekend, and coincides with the Ellensburg Rodeo. It’s a traditional fair, with lots of emphasis on agriculture, livestock, homemade goods, entertainment and rides. Labor Day Weekend, August 28th – September 1st, 2014
Buskers in the Burg
September 26th & 27th, 2014
Entertain the kids with inflatable bounce rides, face painting, balloon animals, and children’s crafts. Stroll the local shops and galleries while enjoying the entertainment of numerous busker acts at street locations throughout the downtown. Friday, September 26th, 2014 & Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Ellensburg Film Festival
October 3rd – 5th, 2014
Organizers say this year will only be better. Film genres vary greatly, as do the filmmakers. The festival receives hundreds of submissions and picks the best, from veterans to budding filmmakers. It gives awards at the end of the festival and offers several other features, such as workshops and Q&A time with directors.
Manastash Metric Ride
October 4th, 2014
The 18th Annual Manastash Metric Bike Ride will be held on October 4, 2014. Our routes for October 4th will be similar to 2013 with a few fun changes along the way. We look forward to seeing past participates as well as new riders who want to experience our beautiful Kittitas County. Carol Findley, Ride Director, http://www.drier-ride.org/
November - December
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and this year, the Ellensburg Downtown Association has several events guaranteed to add cheer to your season and a smile to your face. See what the bright lights of the holidays have to offer you and your family!