New Year's Resolutions to Savor Ellensburg

As one year draws to a close and another begins, we often find ourselves making resolutions. Why not make 2024 the year you explore the vibrant and diverse culture of Ellensburg, Washington? This charming town nestled in Central Washington has so much to offer, from captivating art galleries and delectable cuisine to local breweries and exciting annual events. Explore New Year’s resolutions that revolve around experiencing the art, food, breweries, and cultural festivities that make Ellensburg a unique and eclectic destination off the beaten path.

1. Explore Local Art Galleries

Resolution: Make 2024 the year of artistic discovery by exploring Ellensburg’s local art scene.

Ellensburg’s art galleries are windows into the town’s creative soul. The Clymer Museum and Gallery One Visual Arts Center are two must-visit venues that exhibit a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. From traditional and contemporary pieces to sculptures, you’ll find a diverse array of artworks that celebrate local artists and their diverse visions. Even the quirky art enthusiast can be fascinated with art displays such as Dick and Jane’s Spot. A collection of sculptures, traffic and automotive reflectors, and other roadside treasure that make up the live-in art installation. Click here for more Art Galleries and Museums.

2. Savor Culinary Delights

Resolution: Make a commitment to delight your taste buds with Ellensburg’s diverse culinary offerings.

Ellensburg’s dining scene is an experience in itself. The town is home to an array of restaurants, cafes, and eateries that serve up a wide range of cuisines, from farm-to-table to international fare. Start your culinary journey with local delicacies like the Ellensburg Rodeo Burger, and then explore the thriving food truck scene that offers delicious and diverse flavors.


Local favorites include Fiesta En Jalisco, Pop Pot Bowl for Hot Pot Favorites, The Red Pickle for a casual dining experience or try Ellensburg Brewing’s German-inspired menu. No matter your craving, Ellensburg has just the thing your appetite needs. Click here for more local restaurants!

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3. Discover Local Breweries

Resolution: Make 2024 the year you explore Ellensburg’s craft beer scene.

Ellensburg boasts several outstanding breweries, and if you’re a fan of craft beer, this is a perfect resolution. From Iron Horse Brewery to Whipsaw Brewing and the newly named Rock and Reef Brewing, you can explore the local craft beer culture and taste a variety of brews. Try their signature beers, participate in brewery tours, and attend taproom events.

What’s more, many breweries in Ellensburg offer rotating, seasonal brews, meaning there is always something new on tap. Whether you prefer a bold IPA, a rich stout, or a crisp lager, Ellensburg’s breweries offer something to satisfy every palate. Click here to learn more about Ellensburg Breweries!

4. Embrace Annual Events and Festivals

Resolution: Dive into Ellensburg’s annual events and festivals to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.

Ellensburg comes alive with a variety of annual events and festivals throughout the year. Consider planning your visit around some of these vibrant gatherings, such as the famous Ellensburg Rodeo, Kittitas County Fair, Deschauds on Display, or the Ellensburg Music Festival. These events provide a chance to witness the town’s traditions and experience its community spirit.

For art enthusiasts, the First Friday Art Walk and Buskers in the Burg offer an array of entertainment options that showcase the town’s appreciation for the arts. From local businesses that showcase local artists to street performances, there’s always something intriguing happening in Ellensburg. Click here to view upcoming Ellensburg events!


5. Support Local Artists and Artisans

Resolution: Make a purchase to support local artists and artisans by attending one of Ellensburg unique shopping experiences!

Ellensburg is a hub of artistic talent, and you can be a part of nurturing this creative community by buying local art and handcrafted goods. Visit the historic downtown to discover unique, locally made items. You’ll find everything from pottery and jewelry to paintings and textiles. Whether you’re shopping at Gallery One, the Ellensburg Farmers Market, Christmas Night Market, or during our monthly First Friday Art Walk, be sure to support local artists and vendors and their unique products.

Additionally, exploring the town’s antique shops and vintage stores is a great way to uncover hidden treasures and support local businesses. Your purchases not only enhance your living space but also contribute to the local economy and creative spirit. Click here to view upcoming events! Click here to learn more about Ellensburg’s unique shopping experiences!

6. Join in on the fun!

Resolution: Participate in community events and hone your artistic expression.

Joining local community art projects, such as one of our Make Music events, Farmers Markets, Buskers in the Burg, or art workshops, is a great way to connect with our town’s artistic soul. Many of these projects are open to volunteers and enthusiasts of all skill levels.


Ellensburg, Washington, is a town brimming with artistic expression, culinary delights, local breweries, and annual cultural events. Making these New Year’s resolutions to immerse yourself in Ellensburg’s vibrant culture is an excellent way to experience the richness of our unique destination. So, in 2024, make it your mission to savor every moment and artful encounter that Ellensburg has to offer. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a foodie, or a craft beer enthusiast, Ellensburg is sure to leave an indelible mark on your 2024 memories. Click here to plan your 2024 Ellenburg Experience!