Things to Do: May 21-27, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 21-27, 2018:

  • Presentation: New Bird’s Eye Views of the Ice Age Floods – May 22
  • Bunco for Babies – May 24
  • Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 26
  • Dayton Days – May 26
  • PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero – May 26
  • Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Show – May 27
  • Summer Activity & Recreation Guides
  • REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Presentation: New Bird’s Eye Views of the Ice Age Floods – May 22

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

At the monthly meeting of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, Bruce Bjornstad will be giving a presentation on the New Bird’s Eye Views of the Ice Age Floods. Bjornstad, a geologist, will share videos from high-flying drones to give us a fresh perspective to the flood-shaped landscapes of Washington.

Bunco for Babies – May 24

Faith Assembly, 1800 North Rd. in Pasco
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Younglives Bunco for Babies is our annual fundraising event for Tri-Cities’ YoungLives. Younglives is a branch of Younglife that supports, empowers and mentors teen moms. Bunco for Babies will be a night of Bunco, desserts and a silent auction!
About Young Life:

Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 26

3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sweet, field ripened Strawberries…they’re the first taste of the summer’s sweet bounty! Come out on any Saturday during Strawberry Jamboree and enjoy the sweet fun of picking your own luscious berries.

After picking berries, relax in our shady park with BBQ and a cool lemonade. Top it off with our famous Strawberry Donuts straight from the fryer! Younger kids will enjoy our two farm Playgrounds, visiting our Animal Farm and a Barnyard Train ride.

Future dates: June 2 & 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Memorial Day, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dayton Days – May 26

Dayton, WA (about an hour drive from the Tri-Cities)
From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for an array of free events following the annual, historic downtown Main Street Dayton Days parade! Experience “Our Western Heritage” as we celebrate the pioneer roots that cultivated this town into the thriving community that it is today. After the parade learn pioneer skills at the local museums, meet local rodeo courts dressed in full regalia & stop by the Dayton restaurants & shops to experience specials & discounts throughout the day!
Info & Schedule:

PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero – May 26

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 4 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50

A live version of the popular kids TV show “J Masks” will be taking placeon May 26 at the Toyota Center.
It’s based on the hit Disney Junior animated series, which follows some young friends who transform into daring alter egos when they put on their PJ’s and activate amulets.

Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music and immersive interactivity.

Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Show – May 27

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
11:00 a.m. – Patriotic Opening Ceremony
11:15 a.m. – Spectators Pick Up Ballots
2:00 p.m. – Voting Closes
3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Admission: Free for spectators

The official show will be on Sunday at Columbia Point Marina Park. The show features Ford Mustangs, but is open to all makes and models of vehicles with 4 or more wheels. There are 38 classes for cars and trucks. Spectators are encouraged to pick up a ballot and vote on the “Best of Show.”

Also, check out the raffle and vendors, enjoy the music, have lunch, meet new people and “talk cars.”

Summer Activity & Recreation Guides

Summer activity & recreation guides for May through August have been published by the Parks & Recreation Departments for:
– Kennewick:
– Pasco:
– Richland:

REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2018 with geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad, Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht, or geologist George Last leading the geology related tours. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.

– Tri-Cities Geology Tour – June 2 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. $79.99
– Eastern Scablands – June 15 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– McBee Hill Hike – June 23 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $39.99
– Visit Small Town USA – July 12 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $134.99
– Dry Falls & Lower Grand Coulee – July 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Foodie Tour – August 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $139.99
– Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – August 11 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Vineyards and Winemaking – September 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $114.99
– Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls – September 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Hops to Bottle – September 15 From 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $119.99
– Cold War Bus Alphabet House Tour – September 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon $29.99

Payment is required in full the Monday prior to the tour. Full refunds will be given if cancelled two weeks before the tour date. 25% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after the two week deadline. Tours are subject to cancellation. All tours depart from The REACH (1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland) unless otherwise stated on the tour website page.
Tour info:

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Juried Student Art Show through June 8

2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
Exhibit is free and open to the public

The Student Art Show is a fantastic opportunity for the college campus, and larger community, to gather and celebrate the talent of CBC students and showcase the skills that have been developed through classroom curriculum. The selected student work will feature an impressive variety of media. Outstanding work will be selected in the categories of 2-D design, 3-D design, digital design, painting, drawing, illustration, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. Other awards include the Dean’s Award, Faculty Award, Juror’s Award, CBC Foundation Purchase Awards, Gallery Purchase Awards, and ASCBC Purchase Awards.
Juror: Greg Tate

Ashleigh Rogers Art Show through June 17

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DrewBoy Creative showcases rising star Ashleigh Rogers in her first solo show. Winner of the People’s Choice and Gold awards at this year’s Yellow Show, Rogers brings her unique portraits to DrewBoy Creative this May.

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.  Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.

May Events Flyer

Info: and

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:

  • May 25: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
  • May 26: Kaluoka’hina: the Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m. and The Life of Trees at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: and

LIGO Public Tours

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration.


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