Arts & Activities
Nestled in the prairie just beyond the foothills of Mount Rainier, the greater Yelm community is enriched by thriving Arts and Activities for all ages and interests. Yelm’s perfect climate and location are ideal for a host of activities. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, have a passion for golf, fishing, gardening, casinos, looking for interactive community events, or just want to idle in a beautiful countryside, this is the place to be. The exceptional recreational venues and attractions make this a great area to live or as a perfect getaway for the day or weekend. The emerging art community has developed an increasingly vibrant art scene among local art studios, arts and crafts shops, community theaters, and schools. The Timberland Regional Library in Yelm regularly hosts many programs for public participation. In addition, area restaurants are showcasing local artists, karaoke nights, and classes, all of which are contributing to a vibrant and sustainable art scene, now established as a core value of the community.
202 E Yelm Ave E.
Yelm, WA 98597
Red Wind Casino
12819 Yelm Highway Southeast
Olympia, WA 98513
Yelm Farmers Market
Sundays from end of May through October, 10am – 3pm
Nisqually Springs Farm, 17835 SR 507 (adjacent to Stewarts Meats), Yelm
Festivals and Events
March — Rainier Dollars for Scholars Auction
March — Yelm Dollars for Scholars Auction
April — Arbor Day celebration, last Friday in April
April — Nisqually Valley Home, Garden Trade Show, last weekend in April
May — Harmonic Riding’s Health & Wellness Fair for Pets and People
May — Bike month in Yelm
May – October — Yelm Farmers Market
June — Roy Rodeo, Roy
June — Prairie Days Parade, sponsored by the Yelm Chamber
June — Prairie Days Carnival, sponsored by the Yelm Lions Club
June — Prairie Days Golf Tournament, sponsored by Chamber Foundation
June/July — Access Consciousness®
July — Rotary Club of Yelm, Prairie Stampede 5K
August — American Cancer Society Relay for Life
August — Prairie Street Rod Association Car Show
August — Fallen Heroes Golf Tournament
August — The Rainier Roundup, Rainier
September — Roy Rodeo, Roy
December — Christmas in the Park Parade & Celebration, Yelm City Park
Located in the Bald Hills, lakeside residential community nestled in 900 forested acres.
50-mile-long river empties into Puget Sound, popular for summer tubing.
Spring-fed residential and fishing lake and a tributary of the Dechutes River.
A 78-mile link between the summit of Mt. Rainier to the delta at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Puget Sound.
201 Prairie Park St., Yelm
Since 2000, 8-screen cineplex offering first-run features & independent films.
Yelm Historical Museum
Corner of 3rd &: McKenzie Streets, Yelm
Close ties to Mt. Rainier highlight this history-filled repository.
Yelm City Park and Splash Park
Donated by Chuck and Wilma Demich in 1950, this park hosts annual, special events.
Yelm teens in the early-1990’s raised funds for this then-landmark facility.
Cochrane Memorial Park
Land donated in 1983 by Lou and Mae E. Cochrane, recognized for unique reclaimed wastewater reuse.
Longmire Community Park
3 baseball fields, modern concesison/toilet building, walking trails, & playground.
A 14.5 mile pedistrian/non-motorized bike trail connecting the communities of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino, intersecting the 22-mile Chehalis Western Trail linking to Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, and Woodard Bay Puget Sound.
Other Area Attractions
Mount Rainier National Park
Standing 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A. and spawns 6 major rivers. The park’s entrance is 45 miles from Yelm.
Millersylvania State Park
Created in 1935, an 842-acre camping park with gorgeous shoreline on Deep Lake.
210 Prairie Park St SE, Yelm, WA, 98597
In-Genius! Local Artisan Gallery & Boutique — Art for Everyone in the Heart of Yelm
207 1st St. NE, Yelm, WA, 98597
When you “shop small” at InGenius!, you’re supporting not only a locally owned brick and mortar art gallery and gift shop but also the small businesses of 24 local artisans and counting, from fine artists to musicians to makers of honey and soaps. There truly is something InGenius! for everyone. Classes to learn and be inspired; events to celebrate the arts; and a gallery and gift boutique to support those in our own community who make their passion for art pay their way in life, for the enjoyment of all.