City of Yakima parks re-launches outdoor concerts and movies for summer

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YAKIMA, Wash. — After COVID-19 restrictions forced the City of Yakima to withhold summer events,  three different series of movies and concerts at City parks will return this July.

According to an announcement by the City of Yakima, three series are being launched: The Summer Sunset Concert Series at Franklin Park, Viva La Musica, and The Outdoor Summer Cinema Serie. Yakima Parks & Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson is looking forward to welcoming the community back to parks for public events again this summer.

“The idea is to encourage families to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts and films outdoors,” Wilkinson said. “The community is invited to relax and listen to great music or watch family films in a beautiful park.”

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The Summer Sunset Concert Series will be held exclusively at Franklin Park (2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays. The schedule and performers are as follows:

  • July 9: DieBruder (classic rock)
  • July 16: Star Anna (alt-country)
  • July 23: Jayleigh Ann & The Lost Boys (acoustic, alternative rock, pop, folk, R&B blend)
  • July 30: Talbott Brothers (folk rock)
  • Aug. 6: Bodies on the Beach (indie rock)
  • Aug. 13: Massy Ferguson (Americana)

Viva La Musica will begin on Sunday, July 11 at Miller Park (513 N 3rd St, Yakima, WA 98901) for three consecutive Sundays before moving to Martin Luther King Jr. Park (S 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901) for the following three weeks. The schedule and performers are as follows:

  • July 11: Cruzados Musical
  • July 18: Los de Alla
  • July 25: Destinados
  • Aug. 1: Los Nuevos Sierreños
  • Aug. 8: Banda Reyna de Sur
  • Aug.15: Los Nuevos Principes de al Banda

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The concert series will conclude on Sunday, September 12 at Miller Park. From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., three bands will perform: Mariachi Barajas, Rafaga de Tierra Caliente and Mariachi Barajas.

Meanwhile, the Outdoor Summer Cinema Series will return to Chesterley Park (40th Ave and River Road, Yakima, WA 98902) for six weeks this summer. Movies will begin at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.) on Sunday nights. The schedule and films are as follows:

  • July 11: Matilda
  • July 18: Coco
  • July 25: Dolittle
  • Aug. 1: Playing with Fire
  • Aug. 8: Avengers Endgame
  • Aug. 16: Frozen

Brace yourself for a summer full of fun and excitement with pandemic-related restrictions lifted across Washington state!


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