It might not seem like it just yet, but it won't be long until we'll all be chilling on another one of those Downtown Summer Nights that help make Yakima such a great place to be.

And this year, the annual summerlong event will be even better -- it's moving to Front Street!

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Don't worry, though. We're still counting on a few hours -- from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday, starting June 16 -- of music, food and cool beverages each week. Welcome back to Downtown Summer Nights, presented by event sponsor Stewart Subaru!

Other than the venue, it'll be the same drill: We'll close down Front Street off Yakima Avenue to make room for all kinds of vendors (including a variety of local foods), a beverage garden, picnic tables and plenty of spaces to kick off your shoes and kick up your heels. And thanks to Yakima Neighborhood Health, kids can play, too: They're providing a free space with hands-on activities just for youngsters.

Lots of other people help make Downtown Summer Nights happen, too. In addition to the city of Yakima, there's Legends Casino (which sponsors the stage), the Memorial Foundation (which provides a cooling station) and US Cellular (which supplies a cellphone charging station).


Oh, and speaking of the music -- here's this year's lineup:

  • June 16 -- Vaudeville Etiquette

    With special guests The Common Deer
  • June 23 -- Olson Bros Band

    With special guest Yakima's own Sophia Tilley
  • June 30 -- Blake Noble

    With special guests Yakima's Indigo Kidd
  • July 7 -- Polyrhythmics

    With special guests Dave & Mandy
  • July 14 -- Robbie Walden

    With special guests Slings and Arrows
  • July 21 -- Too Slim and the Taildraggers

    With special guest Courtney Biggs
  • July 28 -- Polecat

    With special guests Crow and the Canyon
  • August 4 -- Snug Harbor

    With special guest Camille Bloom
  • August 11 - Rafael Tranquilino

    With special guests Avion from Yakima
  • August 18 -- Yakima's own Zach Hinson

    With special guests Redwood Son