What's Happening: Prairie Days, Mushball, Movies in the Park


Saturday, June 15

Yelm’s first “Color Fun Run”

The City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation Department and YARD seek to kick the summer off by hosting an inaugural Color Fun Run, which starts at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at Yelm City Park. Every participant will receive a white T-shirt to wear while the run is happening along with some “fun swag.” Registration costs $40. To register, go to https://bit.ly/4avmFMV

Yelm Farmers Market 

The 2024 Yelm Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at 206 McKenzie Ave., near City Park. The event will feature 20 or more vendors offering farmers, artisans, bakers, beekeepers, leatherworkers and more, plus a children’s program and special events. The market will take place Saturdays through Saturday, Sept. 28. Visit http://yelmfarmersmarket.com/yfm/ for more information. 

Rainier Saturday Market 

The Rainier Saturday Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 206 Binghampton St. SE, near Wilkowski Park, Saturdays until September. Among the items featured are custom blankets, vintage clothing, items for horses, paintings and other artwork, bird houses, planters, doll clothes, soil testing, seedlings and more. 

Tuesday, June 18

Bloodworks Northwest Blood Drive

Bloodworks Northwest is conducting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19, at the Yelm Community Center large event room, 301 Second St., Yelm. People must be 16 or older to donate blood and should eat a substantial meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Appointments are required. Register at bloodworksnw.org/giveblood. Type O blood is particularly needed.

Saturday, June 22

Prairie Days Parade

Beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22, near Prairie Park Street Southeast in Yelm, the annual Prairie Days Parade will kick off and march downtown toward Yelm City Park. This year’s parade is dubbed “Party Like It’s 1924” in celebration of Yelm’s centennial celebration. The event, hosted by Yelm Chamber of Commerce, kicks off a full weekend of fun activities throughout Yelm. 

Prairie Days “Touch a Truck”

The second annual Prairie Days Touch a Truck event returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Yelm City Park as the City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation Department welcomes visitors of Prairie Days to explore “big trucks and other vehicles.” The event is free, and children must be accompanied by an adult at the event. 

Party on the Prairie: Centennial Celebration Concert

The City of Yelm Parks and Recreation Department will host its free “Party on the Prairie: Centennial Celebration Concert” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Yelm City Park, 108 SE McKenzie Ave. The event will feature country music artist and songwriter Adam Craig as the headliner. The Hogue and Moore Band will open for Craig at the free concert. People are invited to indulge in food and beverages from a selection of vendors or bring their own refreshments. A beer garden will also be available at the event. 

Sunday, June 23

Fourth annual charity mushball tournament

The City of Yelm Parks and Recreation Department will host the fourth annual charity mushball tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Longmire Park, 16820 Canal Road SE. Registration for the event is open. Each team must have at least four women and four men on its roster. 

Saturday, June 29

Movies in the Park

The annual Movies in the Park series at Longmire Park in Yelm returns on Saturday, June 29, with activities beginning at the location at 5 p.m. The movie, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” will begin at 9:30 p.m. The movie is rated PG-13. There will be a concession stand opened at the park for sales of snacks at the event. 

Sunday, June 30

Rainier’s All-American Jubilee

Celebrate the Fourth of July in advance from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The family friendly event is hosted by “We Love Rainier WA” and will feature a variety of vendors, different food trucks, games and activities for all ages, and a car show.

Saturday, July 13

Equine Trails Sports Obstacle Course

Equine Trail Sports will present its Frontier Park Obstacle Course on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, at Frontier Park, 21718 Meridian Ave E., Graham. The Saturday event will feature a mounted obstacle course, while the Sunday activity will feature both in-hand and mounted obstacle courses. Participants can choose the challenge level that suits them and their horse at each obstacle. Event registration is half price for all students, and membership is free to all students ages 7 to 22. For more information about the event, visit www.equinetrailsports.com.

Saturday, July 27

Fifth annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally

The fifth annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Yelm City Park. The yearly event is one of Yelm’s most popular attractions, drawing crowds of thousands each year to the park. Entertainment this year includes live bands and performances, along with a youth and adult pie-eating contest. The amateur barbecue competition will return; a beer, cider and wine garden will be included; and there will be activities for kids. 

Friday, Aug. 2

Seventh annual Jazz in the Park

Enjoy a family-friendly night of “cozy ambiance” from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Yelm City Park, Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, as the seventh annual Jazz in the Park event returns to Yelm. Admission to the event is free and allows spectators to enjoy live jazz bands. There will be a beer and wine garden featured, along with different food vendors. 

Saturday, Aug. 31

Roy September Rodeo

The Roy Pioneer Rodeo returns on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, to provide Labor Day weekend entertainment to those in attendance. Those interested can look forward to drill team competitions, roping events, bulls, broncs, cow milking and more. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the gate. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.