The Holidays in Central Washington! November Events.
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, October 29, 2018

The holiday season is quickly approaching and people all around Central Washington are looking for the best holiday bazaars, upcoming holiday events, and general holiday cheer. Never fear, we have gathered all of the holiday events happening this holiday season!


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Sunset Hike

November 1st

This event, hosted by the Central Washington University Outdoor Pursuits and Rental, takes students ad guests on a hike into the sunset. The price for non-students is $10 and the event is occurring from 4pm through 7pm. For more information about this event, please contact the CWU OPR.

Hometown Holidays Events

November 1st - 30th

The Ellensburg Downtown Association has put together a calendar of events for November. These events include the annual Veterans Day Parade and lunch, a indoor Holiday Market, and the Ellensburg Floral holiday sip and shop. There are events going on throughout Kittitas County. For more information about these events, please see the Ellensburg Downtown Association website.

Iron Horse Brewery Tour

November 17th

Come visit the famous Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg. For only $10, guests get a tour of the brewery, a custom glass, a beer sampler coupon for the pub, and a sample of beer. For more information about this event, see the Iron Horse Brewery website.

Plaid Friday

November 23rd

The national event celebrated every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving is a way to encourage shoppers to support their local businesses. Many of the shops in Downtown Ellensburg are participating in this event. Customers are encouraged to wear plaid to celebrate the creativity and diversity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is a small town alternative to the Black Friday of big box stores. Exclusive deals or discounts can be found at participating businesses.

Cookie Scavenger Hunt

November 23rd

This fun family-friendly event is held on the same day as Plaid Friday where children and families can explore downtown Ellensburg while collecting a variety of candies and decorations to create their own, individual, holiday cookie. The scavenger hunt begins at 2pm at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of 4th Avenue and Pearl Street. For more information about this event, visit the Ellensburg Downtown Association website.

Snowball Drop

November 24th

This unique and quirky event is hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association and The second annual snowball drop is a man-made blizzard that includes discounts, gifts, and give-aways. The snow is actually ping pong balls that each has a special from a local store. This free family event takes place at noon on Saturday, November 26th outside the rotary pavision on North Pearl Street in Downtown Ellensburg. For more information about this event, visit

CWU Ware Fair

November 29th - December 1st

The 43rd annual ware fair is held in the Central Washington University SURC. This arts and crafts festival brings vendors from all across the Pacific Northwest for three days of shopping, music, samples, and more. For more information about this event, email or find this event on Facebook.


Suncadia's Winterfest brings a winter wonderland to Cle Elum with special events and activities going on until Christmas. Here are some of our favorite Winterfest events happening in November and December. For more information about any of these events, visit the Suncadia website.

Running of the Elk 5K Walk/ Run

November 23rd

Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to begin the race. Runners will have an opportunity to complete their outfit throughout the run with a red nose and a bell. Upon completion, each participant will receive a warm beverage. Check-in begins at 9am. The race starts at 10am. The price for this race if you register online is $30 per person. If you register the day of the race, it's $35 per person.

Tree Lighting Celebration

November 23rd

The community tree in Dawson Park will be lit at 6pm. Guests can enjoy live holiday music, Christmas carols, holiday cookies, and... shhhh! We heard that Santa is supposed to make an appearance.

Holiday Bazaar

November 23rd through 24th

Guests can get their holiday shopping done early at the Holiday Bazaar in the Rialto and Owens Ballroom.

Gingerbread House Making

Every Weekend until Christmas, starting November 24th

Children and adults alike can decorate their perfect gingerbread houses! Suncadia will provide a pre-formed gingerbread house, decorations, and inspiration. Houses are $39 each and additional decorating kits are $8 each.

Winter Crafts

December 26th through 30th

Guests can make a dream catcher, snowflake, or holiday cookies. There are so many crafts available for guests to enjoy while having warm conversation with other guests. Also, there's a bottomless cocoa bar!

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Christmas in Cle Elum

December 1st

Gather with locals and visitors alike in downtown Cle Elum for tea with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, a parade of lights, and so much more!

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Big Diry Run 2018. Mud, Run, Fun!
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Friday, October 19, 2018

The Big Dirty Run in Suncadia was back and bigger and dirtier than ever! Participants ran, jogged, or walk through muddy trails, a mud pit, and through an obsticle course to get to the finish line. Here's everything you need to know about the Big Dirty Run to be prepared for next year!

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Check-in is at Nelson Farm in Suncadia Resort. It is recommended that you check-in at least half-an-hour before the race begins to avoid the lines. Participants who registered online get checked off a list, are given a complementary Big Dirty Run T-Shirt, and a number to pin onto their shirt. Participants that need to get registered pay $30 to get signed up. Any participants wishing to get a beer at the end of the race are required to show their ID and get a wristband to confirm they are over 21.

The Trail

Vacation Rental 365_ Suncadia Resort_ Big Dirty RunThe run is about as long as a 5k. Once the race began, participants ran through a downpour of water from a fire hose, through a mud pit and over a balance beam. Once they crossed the beam they went through a second mud pit, army-crawled under an obstacle, hopped over two hurtles, and over a wall. Then participants raced through the beautiful Suncadia trails, eventually looping back around to the obstacle course again to cross the finish line. Participants are not required to participate in any of the obstacles if they don't want to.

After the Race

Once participants finish the race they are given a Kind Bar, a beer from Dru Brew (if you're over 21. If you are under 21 you get root beer), and a commemorative mug. Then participants can choose to enjoy the Harvest Festival, happening right next door!

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Helpful Tips

  • Wear disposable clothes! You will get extremely muddy.
  • Stay warm! Running through water and mud in October can get a bit chilly. Make sure you bring whatever you need to stay warm during the run.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. The trail is fairly hilly.


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Halloween Events in Central Washington
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Haloween is right around the corner and that means pumpking picking, hauntings, and costumes. Thankfully we have compiled all of the Haloween-style events happening in Central Washington in 2018. Enjoy!


Huffman Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

October 1st through 31st

This event is held every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am to 4pm. At the Huffman Farm in Ellensburg, guests can choose their own perfect carving pumpkin straight from the vine.

Also guests can enjoy the other activities Huffman Farms has to offer. Guests can make their way through a corn maze, enjoy a petting zoo, and enjoy farm-fresh food from the Farm Kitchen Cafe.

Located at 6181 Wilson Creek Road in Ellensburg.

Haunted Forest and Corn Maze

October 12th through 27th

Enter the haunted forest if you dare! This event is designed to scare you. Guests will enter the haunted forest where they will be met with jump scares, scary images, carnage, and more! This event is recommended for people 10 years old and older. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight to get from the parking lot to the Silo Cafe where they will buy their tickets.

Tickets will be sold until 9:45pm for $10 for children aged 12 years old and younger. Anyone over 12 years old can purchase a ticket for $12.

You will then be handed a lantern and enter the forest. Once you exit the forest, if you don't have to change your pants, you can hang out with the other survivors by our fire pit and make s'mores.

Located at 6181 Wilson Creek Road in Ellensburg.

"Flocktober" and "Mill-o-ween"

October 21st

This event is fun for the whole family and is held from 10am through 2pm. There is a pet costume contest happening at noon where the best dressed pets and owners will be awarded a prize for first and second place. Guests can also enjoy getting their face painted, painting a paper plate pumpkin, and decorate their very own cookie.

There is also a variety of food available for guests to snack on during the event.

Located at the Old Mill Country Store at 500 W 3rd Ave in Ellensburg. For more information about this event check out the Facebok page.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

October 31st

Kids can walk through downtown Ellensburg to go from store to store to collect candy. The CWU Army and Air Force ROTC will be there to provide pedestrian safety at crosswalks. This event begins at 3pm and goes on until 6pm.

Located in downtown Ellensburg, you can find more information about this event at

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Spooky Suncadia

October 27th and 28th

This family friendly event includes a costume contest, trick-or-treat, and a Pumpkin Party! Kids can create a dream catcher, carve and decorate their own pumpkin, and build a Halloween bear. Adults can have fun at Beary-Scary Bingo on Saturday from 7 to 9pm for only $10 per person.

For additional information about activities and locations, contact the concierge at (509) 649-6461.


October 31st

There will be a kids Halloween parade starting at 5pm in Downtown Cle Elum. Afterwards kids can enjoy going trick-or-treating from store to store.


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Suncadia Harvest Festival 2018. Fun For All!
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, October 8, 2018

Last weekend was the start of the annual Suncadia Harvest Festival and what a wonderful weekend it was! The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the harvest festival was in full swing.

Events and Activities

For Children

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  • There is fun available for the entire family, although most of the activities are for children. To the right of the enterence there was a hay maze and pyramid where kids could climb to the top of the hay pyramid, slide down to enter the maze, and run around until they found the exit. Parents or guardians could keep a watchful eye from the sidelines all the while and signs were posted encouraging children to not climb on top of the maze.
  • Beyond the maze there was pumpkin picking where children could look for their perfect pumpkin. Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors were strewn about so that the children were not limited on choices.
  • To the left of the enterence there were carriage rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Guests could get up close and personal with goats, sheep, and other farm animals. They could also take a small stroll on a pony or explore the beautiful Suncadia Resort property with a carriage ride. However, if you bring your dog, you will be asked to stay at least twenty feet away from the farm animals so that they will not get spooked.

For Everyone

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  • An activity that is fun for children and adults alike is Pumpkin Archery. Participants are given a brief safety lesson on how to use a bow and arrow and when to retrieve arrows and when NOT to retrieve arrows. A worker nearby is watching and ready to help if the kids need more guidance. Bows differ in pull strength so that anyone can have fun with this activity. 
  • In the middle of the festival there is live music provided by Chinook Entertainment from 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, and 3:30-5pm. When live music is not playing there is a dance instructor teaching basic dance moves to the guests.

For Adults

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  • For the adults, there are tastings from 2-4pm. This year they had beverages from Dru Bru Brewing Co., Bad Grany Cider, Heritage Distilling Co., and Browne Family Vinyards. Adults can choose to buy 4 tastings for $8 or 10 tastings for $15.

Food Available

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Behind the pumpkin picking there are a row of food stands available.

  • There is a tamales stand that must have been amazing because they were sold out by the time I got there at 1pm.
  • There was a hot dog and chips stand where guests could purchase good-sized hot dogs for $5 and a bag of chips for $1.
  • There was a snow cone stand to get beautiful rainbow ice delights for $5.
  • There was also a coffee stand where you could warm up with a cup o' joe or re-energize with a Red Bull drink.
  • Suncadia Dining was also available by the live entertainment where you could get a variety of other options like burgers, salads, and fries.
  • For dessert you can get your classic cotton candy, or you can get some homemade mini doughnuts and decorate them with a variety of syrups and sprinkles.

Shopping Booths

Vacation Rental 365_ Suncadia Harvest Festival_ ShoppingTo the right of the enterence there are a row of shopping booths. These booths sell:

  • lavender soap
  • homemade Christmas ornaments
  • knitted and croquet accessories
  • home furnishings made out of wine barrels

In front of the enterence to the live music there is a booth where children can create their own headband unicorn horns. This was adorable; there were little unicorns running around everywhere.

There are more shopping booths to the left of the live music. These booths have:

  • a face painting stand
  • henna tattoo stand
  • home furnishings
  • bath and shower soaps
  • art from local artists, and more!

Final Thoughts

Vacation Rental 365_ Suncadia Harvest Festival_ DogHere are a few of my final thoughts after attending the 2018 Suncadia Harvest Festival.

  • If you are not familiar with the Suncadia Resort, look up directions to the Harvest Festival. My husband and I assumed that there would be clear signs leading us to the Harvest Festival and there were small signs with unclear arrows pointing forward. We could not tell when we were supposed to turn and ended up pulling into a parking lot to look up directions.
  • You are able to bring dogs as long as they are leashed at all times. I would recommend bringing a water dish and food dish if you plan on spending a couple hours there since there were no water dishes available for pets.
  • Most of the activities are for children so if you have kids, they will have a ball at this festival!
  • More information about the Suncadia Harvest Festival is available here and here.

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