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Annual Art Events

In addition to the First Friday Art Walk, Ellensburg plays host to many annual arts events; drawing locals and tourists to the city year around.  The diversity of the events reflects the open culture of downtown Ellensburg.  Paintings of cowboys are found alongside contemporary works from artists around the country.

Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering’s Board of Directors invites you to join in the celebration of traditional cowboy music, poetry, and art in Ellensburg, Washington.


Ellensburg National Art Show & Auction
The National Art Show & Auction in Ellensburg is an annual event, taking place on the third full weekend in May. With over 80 artists in attendance and over 100 pieces of original fine art to be auctioned throughout the weekend this is a must-see event for western art lovers.
(509) 962-2934


Gallery One Confab
A 2-day event focused on financial sustainability, networking, and inspiration for artists and communities in Central Washington(CWA).
(509) 925-2670


Jazz in the Valley
Jazz in the Valley Festival is a celebration of jazz for our community and our guests in Historic Downtown Ellensburg.


Paint Ellensburg
Gallery One's Paint Ellensburg event takes place in September each year. Artists are invited from across the region to donate works to our annual auction and dinner.  Guests are invited to see all that Ellensburg has to offer for a weekend of art, complete with a walking tour.
(509) 925-2670

Buskers in the Burg
Sponsored by Ellensburg Downtown Association, vote for your favorite busker act and listen to the winners perform briefly on stage before kicking up your heels at an evening street dance.


Ellensburg Film Festival
The three-day festival is the first full weekend in October and is noted for its outstanding selection of critically acclaimed films, numerous screenings and venues, diverse cultural and artistic offerings, and a fun and relaxed atmosphere open to all.
(509) 962-6191

501 North Anderson Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 962-7204