2018 Events Calendar


Packwood Mountain Festival

Packwood Mountain Festival

May 4-6
Packwood, Washington

This annual event is a celebration of mountain culture, heritage, crafts and customs, including Native American heritage. Packwood and surrounding history will be featured. The event is presented by the White Pass Country Historical Society and Museum. For information, call 360-494-4007.

Naches Run, Walk, Bike, Brew

Naches Run, Walk, Bike, Brew

May 12
Naches Train Depot Park

Join the fun during the 1st Annual Naches Run, Walk, Bike, and Brew presented by Stewart Subaru & Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co.  Take part in the Camo 5K - grab your favorite camouflage gear, your kids, strollers, bikes and dogs for a morning and afternoon of fun, walking, strolling, or running the 3.1 mile, non-timed course through the beautiful city of Naches, WA.  Relay participants 21 and older will get a beer token for the Bron Yr Aur Beer Festival at Depot Park.  Come out for a morning and afternoon of family activities, live music, local artists and vendors, local food and Bron Yr Aur beer!

Packwood Flea Market

Packwood Flea Market

May 25-28
Packwood, Washington

This bi-annual event turns the town of Packwood into a huge flea market, one of the largest in the Western US. Hundreds of vendors sell antiques, novelties, clothing, and all kinds of household and decorative items. Tools, toys, and extraordinary finds abound. Come join the fun!

Highland Community Days

Highland Community Days

June 1-2
Tieton, Washington

Held annually in August each year, Highland Community Days is packed with activities and fun-filled events. Enjoy the parade, a talent contest, food and vendor booths, arts and crafts, a Dancing Horses event, a free pancake feed on Sunday morning and much more! It’s fun for the whole family! Visit the Highland Community Days website for more information.

Saturday Night Fireside Events

Saturday Night Fireside Events

Saturdays, June 2 – August 18
Lake Scanewa

Destination Packwood presents Saturday Night Fireside Events, June 2 – August 18.  Along with talented local artists, there will be regional artists this year sharing their music. Enjoy free s’mores and snacks, water and soda are available to purchase, along with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.  Come out and enjoy a s’more and great music this summer!

Kid's Fishing Derby at Lake Scanewa

Kids' Fishing Derby at Lake Scanewa

June 9
Lake Scanewa

Each morning of the derby hundreds of eager youngsters flip a line into the water in hopes of catching "the big one." Throughout the day hundreds of fish are caught with the biggest trout weighing in at about 8 pounds. There are various activities throughout the day for kids to participate in. They can have their faces painted, learn how to clean fish, and participate in a number of mini-games around the area. Every Spring for the last 20+ years Lewis PUD and a host of community volunteers have hosted a local Kids Fishing Derby on Lake Scanewa located in East Lewis County.

Tieton Grand Prix

Tieton Grand Prix III Cycle Kart Races

June 16
Various locations around Tieton

Make way for hand-crafted cyclekarts racing and parading around Tieton. The races go from 10am - 4pm and are best viewed from the Tieton City Park. Parking is available at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse at 608 Wisconsin Ave.  The driving teams come from as far away as New Zealand to participate in the annual event. The cars must be handmade using Honda GX200 engines and draw clear design inspiration from the open wheel race cars from the early 1900s. Participants work on their cars all year, excitedly awaiting the largest gathering of cyclekarts in the world. No two cars are alike, with designs often taking on the personality of its builder. Each one is about 8’ long, weighing between 250 to 300 pounds, with steel chassis and wood or aluminum bodies. 

Jim Sprick Community Park

Nile Valley Community Days

July 21-22
Jim Sprick Community Park near Cliffdell, Hwy 410

This weekend is packed with fun family activities: Many vendors with hand-crafted items, food booths, displays, kid’s games, egg-toss, live entertainment, Lions’ Bingo, black-powder demonstrations, horseshoe tournaments, rescue demonstrations by Central WA Mountain Rescue, and amateur wood events including the spike drive, cross-cut saw, wood-splitting, and axe throw. When available, we also have archery demonstrations, pony rides for the kids, alpacas on display, and other events. Each year we try to include a new family-oriented activity.

Mossyrock Blueberry Festival

Mossyrock Blueberry Festival

August 3-5
Mossyrock, Washington

"Put Your Blue On" and get ready to celebrate Blueberries!  Take in the festivities with live music on two stages, craft and food vendors, a blueberry pancake breakfast, quilt show and raffle, a 5K tailrace, art contest, and parade, blueberry pie eating contest, dog show and races, car show, talent show and treasure hunts for all ages. This is good, hometown neighborly fun for all!

Logger's Jubilee

Morton Loggers Jubilee

August 9-12
Morton, Washington

The 76th Annual Loggers' Jubilee has become "the Granddaddy of all Logging Shows" and a celebration for people of all ages. From the Main Street Parades to the Lawnmower Races, the world famous Logging shows to the Jubilee Queen Coronation, Morton's Loggers' Jubilee promises a good time for all. 

Farm to Table

Farm to Table

August 25
Packwood, Washington

Come to the mountains for an authentic farm-to-table experience.  Local, organic resources will be used wherever possible including beer, free range chicken, produce, flowers, wild mushrooms, and more! The Yakima Valley College Enology program will have wine available. There will be signature aprons and glassware available to take home as a memento of what promises to be a celebration of our bountiful local resources.  Interact with the local suppliers during the social hour and learn more about their offering through table top displays. For additional information email PackwoodFarmToTable@gmail.com.

Packwood Flea Market

Packwood Flea Market

August 31 - September 3
Packwood, Washington

This bi-annual event turns the town of Packwood into a huge flea market, one of the largest in the Western US. Hundreds of vendors sell antiques, novelties, clothing, and all kinds of household and decorative items. Tools, toys, and extraordinary finds abound. Come join the fun!

Sportsman's Days

Sportsmans Days

September 7-8
Naches, Washington

Join us for the annual Sportsman’s Days in Naches -- one of the longest running community events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with a midway, rides, food booths, game booths, flea market, silent auction, button drawings, free shows and much more!

Chinook Music Festival

Chinook Fest

September 7-9
Jim Sprick Community Park near Naches

It’s all about the music at Chinook Fest! Chinook Fest is an event featuring art,- food vendors, camping, and (most importantly) over 30 of the finest Roots-Rock, Blues, Americana, and Folk artists around. This year’s festival will be held September 8-10 at Jim Sprick Community Park; a rustic retreat on the banks of the Naches River, nestled in the scenic Central Washington Cascades. Note that Friday and Saturday are for ages 21+. All ages welcome on Sunday - family friendly! Purchase festival tickets online.

Fee-Free Entrance Day at Mt. Rainier National Park

Free Entrance Days in Mt. Rainier National Park

September 22
Mount Rainier National Park

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Mount Rainier National Park. Entrance fees will be waived all day. Entrance fees to National Parks are waived on these days in 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan 15), First Day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

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Oktoberfest

September 28-29
Packwood, WA

Come join us for Octoberfest! Packwood has planned an event packed with games, entertainment, food, and even a sanctioned Corn Hole tournament!

36th Annual Rimrock Grand Prix Motorcycle Race

38th Annual Rimrock Grand Prix Motorcycle Race

October 7
Rimrock Lake, Washington

Fast fun on the west end of Rimrock Lake, a spectacular setting in the Cascade Mountains 35 miles west of Yakima along Highway 12.  The Rimrock Grand Prix is a day of motorcycle racing and fun for all ages.  Race classes include expert, amateur and a kidz race as well.  Top riders will receive a cash prize!

ONalaska Apple Harvest Festival

Apple Harvest Festival

October TBA
Downtown Onalaska

Celebrating harvest and the rural lifestyle of small community with a family-friendly event. The Onalaska Harvest Festival features the Apple Parade, vendors, canoe and kayak races, a 5K run and more! You can take part in pie eating contests and enjoy live entertainment.  Kick off the event with their not-to-be-missed pancake breakfast!

ELC Hospital Foundation Dinner Auction

ELC Hospital Foundation Dinner Auction

October TBA
Morton Lions Hall

The Eastern Lewis County Hospital Foundation’s annual dinner is an event filled with laughter and friendship and offers a wide variety of both silent and live auction items.  Your support of the Foundation provides scholarships for hospital employees and equipment for Morton General Hospital.

Dog Lake Marathon & Half Marathon

Dog Lake Marathon & Half Marathon

October 13
Dog Lake Campground, Hwy 12

Few running race courses can offer the kind of scenery like that found at Washington state’s Dog Lake Marathon & Half Marathon, which unfolds along a fast downhill route that starts in the Cascade range of the Snoqualmie National Forest, about 2 1/2 hours from Seattle. With snow-capped mountain peaks all around, runners start the race near the stop sign at the Dog Creek Campground exit along Highway 12, just south of the lake known as Dog Lake.

Autumn Music Fest at the Roxy Theater

Autumn Music Fest at the Roxy Theater

October 14
Morton, Washington

Autumn Music Fest brings soloists and ensembles from area churches and choirs together for an inspirational musical program. Sponsored by DeVaul Publishing.

Fee-Free Entrance Day at Mt. Rainier National Park

Free Entrance Days in Mt. Rainier National Park

November 11
Mount Rainier National Park

Celebrate Veterans Day at Mount Rainier National Park. Entrance fees will be waived all day. Entrance fees to National Parks are waived on these days in 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan 15), First Day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum presents THE POLAR EXPRESS

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum presents THE POLAR EXPRESS

November - December
Elbe, Washington

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart for a trip to the North Pole.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, like the movie, is a 90 minute roundtrip immersive theatrical experience. Passengers will be entertained by Chefs, enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies, and listen to a reading of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and give each child the first gift of Christmas (a silver bell).   This event will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas!

Christmas Night in Naches

Christmas Night in Naches

December TBA
Naches, WA

Enjoy a ride in a lighted horsedrawn wagon, sing Christmas carols, enjoy cocoa & cookies around the campfire and watch the Coke Christmas Fleet parade through town. Raffle drawings from local merchants.

11th Annual Christmas in the Mountains

Christmas in the Mountains

December 8
Morton, Washington

Help us celebrate the holiday season at the Roxy Theater. Visit Santa in the Tiller, go on a hayride, visit the Living Nativity at the Roxy , and watch a holiday themed movie at the Roxy. What a great way to spend time with your friends in the community during the holiday season!

See the Holiday Lights in the Park at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton from December 8-23.

 

 

 

Past Events

 

Fee-Free Entrance Day at Mt. Rainier National Park
Free Entrance Days at Mt. Rainier National Park

January 15
Mount Rainier National Park

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Mount Rainier National Park. Entrance fees will be waived all day.  Entrance fees to National Parks are waived on these days in 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan 15), First Day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

March 3-4
White Pass Ski Area

Join us for the 31st Annual White Pass Winter Carnival. Celebrate the last weeks of winter with our spectacular interactive snow castle, carnival games and races, world-class snow sculptures, Fireworks, and live music. The Winter Carnival is routinely rated among the best winter events in the Pacific Northwest!

Hope on the Slopes

Hope on the Slopes at White Pass Ski Area

March 18
White Pass Ski Area

HOPE on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure is a vertical challenge and fundraising event for skiers and snowboarders benefiting American Cancer Society. Individuals and teams of all ages and skills engage in friendly competition for awards and prizes in two categories: Top Fundraisers and Vertical Feet. Make your mountain time more meaningful and join us in the fight against cancer. Together we will find a CURE! Together we will finish the FIGHT!

Easter Egg Hunt at White Pass Ski Area

Easter Egg Hunt at White Pass Ski Area

April 1
White Pass Ski Area

Keep your eyes open on Easter Sunday, April 1st!  The Bunny and her helpers will have eggs hidden all over the mountain.  You can also bring your own eggs to add to the hunt. We expect to see them out from 9 am - Noon or whenever the last egg is found!

6th Annual Rain Festival at the Roxy Theater

7th Annual Rain Festival at the Roxy Theater

April 14
Morton, Washington

Help us “celebrate the rain!”  Enjoy music,  rain fashion show, armchair aerobics, and surprises!  Participate in the Umbrella Parade.  Win door prizes!  Enjoy snacks and puddle punch!  

Fee-Free Entrance Day at Mt. Rainier National Park
Free Entrance Days at Mt. Rainier National Park

April 21
Mount Rainier National Park

Celebrate the first Day of National Park Week at Mount Rainier National Park. Entrance fees will be waived all day. Entrance fees to National Parks are waived on these days in 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan 15), First Day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

 


Past Year's Events

 

America's Byway - National Scenic Byway Program