Discover Ellensburg's Must-Attend Annual Events - 🌟 Experience Local Traditions

Ellensburg, Washington is a vibrant city that hosts a variety of popular annual events. These events are a major part of the Ellensburg attractions that draw in locals and tourists alike. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Saddle Up for the Thrilling Ellensburg Rodeo 🐎

One of the city's most anticipated events is the Ellensburg Rodeo. This event, held every Labor Day weekend since 1923, is one of the top professional rodeos in the country. It features a thrilling lineup of bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, and more. The rodeo also includes a parade and a fair, making it a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. Learn more about it here.

To give you a better idea of what to expect, here's a vlog that captures the excitement and energy of the Ellensburg Rodeo:

That was quite a ride! Now, let's move on to another event that is sure to bring a smile to your face - the Dachshunds on Parade.

Get Ready to Smile at Dachshunds on Parade 🐕

Another event that brings smiles to faces is the Dachshunds on Parade event. This charming event takes place every June and sees a procession of these adorable dogs and their owners parading down the streets of Ellensburg. The event also includes races and a costume contest.

Dachshunds in costumes parading on the streets of Ellensburg

Feel the Rhythm at Jazz in the Valley 🎷

Jazz in the Valley is a popular annual music festival in Ellensburg. The three-day event, held every July, showcases a range of jazz styles from local and national artists. Along with great music, festival-goers can enjoy local food and beverages.

To give you a taste of the kind of music you can expect at Jazz in the Valley, here's a Spotify playlist featuring artists who have performed at the festival.

After immersing yourself in the soulful tunes of Jazz in the Valley, prepare to switch gears as we move on to the Winterhop Brewfest, a paradise for beer enthusiasts.

Cheers to the Winterhop Brewfest 🍻

For beer enthusiasts, the Winterhop Brewfest is a must-visit. This January event offers visitors the chance to sample craft beers from over 30 microbreweries in the unique setting of downtown Ellensburg's historic buildings. More details are available on our Ellensburg guide.

Participating Breweries and Their Offerings at Winterhop Brewfest

Here is a list of some of the breweries that participated in the latest Winterhop Brewfest, along with the craft beers they offered to the visitors:

BreweryCraft BeerBeer Style
Iron Horse BreweryIrish DeathDark Ale
Yakima Craft Brewing1982 AmberAmber Ale
Icicle Brewing CompanyBootjack IPAIndia Pale Ale
Bale Breaker Brewing CompanyTopcutter IPAIndia Pale Ale
Two Beers Brewing Co.Trailhead ISAIndia Session Ale
Roslyn Brewing CompanyRoslyn BeerGerman Lager
Badger Mountain BrewingNSA HoneyOrganic Ale
Whipsaw BrewingStumpblower IPAIndia Pale Ale
Wander BrewingGlobal MuttBaltic Porter
Fremont BrewingLush IPAIndia Pale Ale

After enjoying the Winterhop Brewfest, don't forget to check out the Kittitas County Farmers Market. It's a great place to find fresh local produce and unique handmade items.

Savor Local Delights at Kittitas County Farmers Market 🍓

Finally, while not a single event, the Kittitas County Farmers Market is a beloved weekly event running from May through October. The market offers a variety of local produce, handmade crafts, and gourmet foods, making it a great place to experience the local culture and cuisine.

From fresh fruits and vegetables to artisanal products, the market is a feast for the senses.

The market opens every May and becomes a weekly local tradition, providing a taste of Ellensburg's vibrant community.

These are just a few of the many Ellensburg annual events that make the city a lively and exciting place to visit. Whether you're a fan of rodeos, a lover of jazz, or a craft beer aficionado, there's something for everyone in Ellensburg.

Which Ellensburg event are you most interested in attending?

Choose the event that you are most excited about!

For more information on what to expect during your visit, check out our comprehensive 10-day weather guide and our detailed guide on activities to engage in during your visit.

Christopher Johnson
Weather, Environment, Outdoor activities

Christopher Johnson is an experienced meteorologist who provides accurate and timely weather forecasts for Ellensburg. His reports help locals plan their day effectively.