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Yakima Arts & Entertainment

There are three stage theaters in Yakima, including the Capitol Theatre, which hosts approximately 300 performances a year, most notably their Broadway series, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, headliners and spectacular Christmas events; the Warehouse Theatre Company, a popular community-run theatre and musical company featuring Yakima’s finest thespian talent; and the Seasons Performing Hall featuring chamber music and jazz. With its glorious stained-glass dome and windows, perfect acoustics and architecture that might have been transplanted from the Italian Renaissance, it is a Yakima treasure that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Affiliated with the Warehouse Theatre Company is the Allied Arts Council. Allied Arts of Yakima Valley (established in 1962) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the coordination and promotion of arts events in the Valley. Allied Arts focuses on developing artistic and academic skills, community enhancement and economic growth through the arts. To get involved, visit the Yakima Allied Arts Web site.

Larson Gallery, located on the Yakima Valley Community College campus, offers free general admittance during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is home to juried shows and curator-selected shows. The largest juried show is the Central Washington Artists Exposition each fall. Artists from Central Washington are invited to submit various forms of artisan works, and 100 pieces are selected by a regional jury. Throughout the remainder of the year, director Cheryl H. Hahn selects a variety of shows from across the country and around the world. For more information, visit www.larsongallery.org.

There are multiple jazz festivals throughout the year, including art fairs, a weekly farmer’s market, a blues and jazz festival, a hop festival and many more. Every summer Yakima Valley residents and visitors gather together for a three-day Yakima Folklife Festival featuring performers, crafts and of course food at Franklin Park. For more information, visit the Yakima Valley Museum’s folk life Web site.

The Yakima community supports and encourages the arts in all their many forms—music, dance, theatre, symphony, visual arts and comedy—each one creating another layer of sustenance in a busy world. From Broadway shows to local productions, from touring extravaganzas to preschool recitals, the Yakima community loves to be entertained.