Regular City Meetings
City Council meetings – 1st and 3rd Monday, unless Monday is a holiday and then it is Tuesday.
Planning Commission meetings – 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Cemetery Board meetings – 2nd Wednesday at 9:00 am
2017 Events Calendar
If you’d like us to add your community event to the 2017 Events Calendar, please contact us.
|March 5||56th Annual Sukiyaki Dinner
Yakima Valley Buddhist Church
Held on the 1st Sunday in March from 11:00 to 5:00
Read coverage of a past event in the Yakima Herald Republic
|March 18||Spring Fling Tolo Dance
Wapato Youth Center
No Host Bar: Beer, Wine and Margaritas
Music by DJ Baby Jay
|March 25||“Barrio Fiesta” Annual Filipino Fiesta
Celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Filipino Community
Modern Living Building at the Yakima County Fairgrounds
Roast pig, spiced adobo chicken, lumpia, garlic bokchoy crisp vegetables. Desserts include cassava cake, coconut pudding, steamed rice flower cakes and sweet rice.
|March 30||24th Annual Cultural Unity Fair
Wapato Middle School, 4:30-7:00pm
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the middle school office, 1309 Kateri Lane, from 7:30am to 1:30pm, Monday through Friday.
The cultural unity fair was started in 1982 in response to a growing belief that gangs and violence were becoming a major part of Wapato. Members of several cultural groups in the community prepare foods and perform ethnic dances for the public.
|April TBA||Spring Cleanup – Free Trash Dump Day!
9:00am – 4:00pm
The City of Wapato will place dumpsters by the railroad tracks at Donald Road.
Drop off your yard waste and old furniture and other excess garbage.
FREE for all Wapato residents: Must bring a utility bill to prove you are a resident of Wapato.
If you need assistance, for disabled or elderly, call 961-4003 and we’ll schedule pickup of your trash.
Sponsored by Basin Disposal, Inc. and the City of Wapato.
|May 27-29||4th annual Wapato Community Days and Celebration of Life
Memorial Day – In Honor of our Loved onesLions Park
1000 South Camas Ave., Wapato
9:00am – 4:00pmView photos from last year’s eventPlease join us for a day of fun – entertainment, food vendors, Jumpers & Face Painting, Tee Pee setup, live music, and car show.Car Show – 12:00 noon Roll-In
Celebrate of Life Festivities – 2:00pm
Live Music by Jared Stewart, Drezus, Vision Seeker and The Cody Blackbird Band
Carnival: Friday through SundaySponsored by the Lions Club. For more information contact:
Main Contact: Marshall Lee (509) 941-3410
Car Show: Stephen Diaz (509) 307-9098 – $20 entry fee
Vendors: Stephanie Wendt (509) 594-8339
|June TBA||Celebrate Wapato
Wapato Liberty Event Center
Organized by the Greater Wapato Area Chamber of Commerce
|June TBA||Annual Fire Department Pancake Feed
7:00am – 11:00am
The Fire Department will also be providing Smoke Detectors and FREE Blood Pressure checks
$6 per person
Organized by the Wapato Fire Department Association
|June TBA||Bike Rodeo
The Wapato Police Department and Wapato Community
Time: 11 a.m.
You must register at the Wapato Police Department
Space is limited to the first 100 Children to Sign up!
City Staff would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Yakama Nation Legends Casino for all of their support of this Bike Rodeo. Wapato could not have had such a successful rodeo without YOU!
|June TBA||2nd Annual #TeamYvelis Memorial Softball Tournament
Wapato Athletic Complex
Entry $250 per team
Deadline for entry is June 10th
Co-ed and Women’s Teams OnlyFor more information, contact Jason Mokuiki at TeamYvelisMemorial@outlook.comAll proceeds will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital
|June – July||USDA Free Summer Meals Program for Kids
Children ages 1 – 18 needing a nutritious meal this summer can find a free breakfast and lunch at Camas Elementary School and Wapato High School. The Wapato School District is again hosting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meals Program. The program starts June 27, 2016 and runs through July 28, 2016, Monday – Thursday, Breakfast is from 7:15 A.M. – 8:15 A.M. Lunch is from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. The lunch program will be closed on July 4, 2016.
For more information, contact the Wapato School District website
|August TBA||15th Annual Wapato Night Out
Lions Park, Wapato
The Wapato Police Department organizes this FREE annual community event, open to all.
Interact with City of Wapato Police Officers and Fire Fighters
We will also be collecting food for a local Food Bank. Please bring a food donation! Drop off your non perishable food items and receive a ticket for the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet! (you will receive one ticket for every 3 cans of food you bring.) Drawing is open to Wapato residents ages 5-18 only. Drop the food donations off at the Wapato Police Department, 205 S. Simcoe Ave., Wapato.
This annual event is sponsored by the Wapato Police Department and local businesses.
|July – August||Mexico in Wapato
9:45 am to 2:45 pm
Community Center, 1009 S Camas Ave, Wapato View videos from the early weeks in 2016.For children aged 4-14
|August TBA||Filipino Classic Golf Tournament
Noon to 5:00pm
The golf tournament is being held to raise money for scholarships for Wapato High School seniors.
|September 1-4||71st Annual Wapato Harvest Festival
honoring diversity and local agriculture!Monday, Labor DayHarvest Festival Parade:
8:00 am – Parade Registration at the high school
9:00 am – Parade Judging
9:30 am – Kiddie Parade*
10:00am – Harvest Festival Parade*Parade starts at Wapato High School, 1103 S. Wasco Avenue, proceeds down Wapato Avenue and ends on First Street.Performances in the Park:
Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team
Mexico in Wapato Dancers
Yakama Nation Swan DancersFood Vendors throughout the festival include traditional barbecue chicken, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chili cheese fries and pie.Vendor space available !Organized by the Wapato Lion’s Club
|September TBA||National Dragster Challenge – Renegade Raceway, Wapato, WA|
|October TBA||14th Annual Tamale Festival
A Free Family event!Washington Victory Plaza – Downtown Wapato
corner of 2nd Street and South Wapato Avenue
10:00am-4:00pmTamale Cookoff Judging – noon
Entertainment starts at noon
Lighted Parade – 6:00pmApplications:
Food Vendor Application
Non-Food Vendor Application
Tamale Cookoff ApplicationTamale Cookoff – noon, Lighted Parade – 6pm, Cultural Dancing, Live Music, Pumpkin Decorating, Kids games, Fun Run, Wapato High School Band, Food and Craft Vendors.150 custom and vintage cars from the Brown Crowd Car Club!Crowning of Little Miss Wapato at noon.Kids get free Halloween bags and glow-sticks!This event is sponsored by the Greater Wapato Chamber of Commerce and the Brown Crowd Car Club (509) 930-3874.To become a vendor, call (509) 584-0127For more information on competing in the cook-off, call Debbie Manjarrez at (509) 877-4262.
|October TBA||Healthy Choices Community Fair
Wapato High School Commons
Child Care provided. Sponsored by Wapato School District Counselors
|October TBA||Corn Maze for Yakama Youth
Yakima Nation Youth Activities invites enrolled youth to come to Curfman’s Massive Corn Maze off Highway SR 22
Free to enrolled youth only.
5:00-7:00pm, all ages
Any questions, contact Joshua Jim or Will Spoonhunter (509) 865-5121 x 4451
|October TBA||65th Annual Filipino Community Harvest Dinner
Filipino Community Hall
211 W. Second Street, Wapato
Noon – 4:00pm
$15/adults, $12/Seniors, $10 for children 7 through 12, children 6 and under Free.Traditional Filipino pig roast buffet dinner and Silent Auction.Presentation about the role of Filipino scouts in World War II. Interviews with Filipino- American veterans from the Valley who served in Vietnam. Artifacts, including photos, handcrafted items and traditional clothing depicting Filipino history in the Yakima Valley will also be displayed.Hosted by the Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley. For more information, contact (509) 877-4809.
|October TBA||Halloween Carnival for Yakama Youth
Toppenish Community Center, 4:00-7:00pm
Enrolled youth are invited to come join in the fun and games! Prizes will be given out!
Programs are welcome to set up and plan activities as well as participate in Trunk or Treat. This is a non-profit event.
To reserve space of help set up, contact YNYA (509) 865–5121 x 4450 & 4451
|November TBA||FACYV Holiday Bazaar
Filipino Hall Auditorium
20+ vendors with a large selection of holiday gifts for everyone.
Filipino lunch served at 11:00am – $4/person
For more information, contact Marcie Noble at 829-6950
Organized by the Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley
|December TBA||3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lots of craft items, Christmas decorations, baked goods. Good time for community groups to get a booth to do fundraising!
Organized by the Wapato Lions Club. For more information, contact Kiona at (509) 584-0127
|December TBA||Simbang Gabi Mass
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
The Filipino Community will celebrate Simbang Gabi Mass on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Past Events in 2017
|January 20||60th Annual Wapato Bean Feed
Tickets: $5/adults and $3 for youth and students.
In addition to the traditional “cowboy” bean meal, chili will also be served.
The Bean Feed Fundraiser is held on a game night which is designated “Alumni Night”. Wapato will host East Valley in a basketball game that evening.
Started in 1957, when the Beean Feed was set up to raise funds for a student battling cancer. This tradition has continued each year since with proceeds going to help fight cancer. This year the monies raised will be donated to North Star Lodge Cancer Center in Yakima. The event benefits cancer research.