Things to Do: May 28 – June 3, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 28 – June 3, 2018:

  • Memorial Day Observances – May 28
  • Live @ 5 Summer Concert – May 31
  • Senior Symposium – June 1
  • Maya Color Run 2018 – June 1
  • Sunset at Southridge – June 1
  • Kahlotus Days – June 2
  • Pancakes for Kids 2018 – June 2
  • Insane Inflatables – June 2
  • Old Fashioned Day – June 2
  • Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show – June 2
  • Tri-Cities Pride Festival – June 2
  • Stone Cool Car Show & Dance Bash – June 2
  • Wine & Musical Festival – June 2
  • Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities
  • 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

Memorial Day Observances – May 28

It’s Memorial Day, when we salute those who’ve served (and are still serving) our country to protect our freedoms and way of life. The following Memorial Day Observances are taking place in the Tri-Cities:

  • Riverview Heights Cemetery, 10th Ave. and Olympia St. in Kennewick. Starts at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785.
  • Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th Ave. and Union St. in Kennewick. Starts at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785.
  • Columbia Memorial Gardens, 224 S. 24th Ave. in Pasco. Starts at 10 a.m. The event will feature a presentation from Matt Boehnke, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Kennewick city councilman. Sponsored by the Pasco American Legion Post 34.
  • City View Cemetery, 1300 N Oregon Ave. in Pasco. From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. with a skydiving jump, followed by a presentation at 10:30 a.m. featuring three speakers: Army veteran Gordon Walsh, Marine Cpl. Bryant Scott, and Mary Tallouzi with the Wounded Warrior project. Following the event, there will be a balloon release, a police dog demonstration, mural coloring and food vendors.
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  • Sunset Gardens at Einan’s, 915 Bypass Hiway in Richland. Starts at 11:00 a.m. The keynote speaker will be 1st Sgt. Adam Davison with the United States Marine Corps. The event will feature over 1000 flags on display and complimentary hot dogs, soda, and ice cream will be served.

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – May 31

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

The Live @ 5 summer concert series kicks off with a performance by The Shades on May 31. This family friendly concert in the park is Free every Thursday through July 26 with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.

May 31 – The Shades
June 7 – Groove Principal
June 14 – Fallout
June 21 – Badlandz
June 28 – VooDoo Alley
July 5 – The Black Rose Concept
July 12 – Stompin Ground
July 19 – Colorblind
July 26 – Nerve Centr

Senior Symposium – June 1

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive in Richland
From 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to all constituents in the 4th Congressional District

Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) will host a Senior Symposium that will feature panels on benefits, fraud/ID theft, and veterans issues.

Benefits Panel (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) will include information about Social Security and Medicare, other healthcare benefits, retirement, and long-term care.

Fraud & ID Theft Prevention Panel (2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) will provide information about tax filing and protecting your identity against recent threats.

Veterans Issues Panel (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) will provide information about services available to veterans in the area, obtaining benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and receiving care at VA medical centers and clinics.

Maya Color Run 2018 – June 1

Maya Angelou Elementary, 6001 Road 84 in Pasco
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 per runner plus fee, 4 and under free

Registration is now open for the Maya Color Run, join us for this 1-mile fun run for the whole family! You’ll run through multiple color stations where you’ll be covered in color powder then end up back at the school for a carnival featuring food vendors, inflatables, kids activities and more! You do not need to have children attending Maya Angelou Elementary to participate.
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Sunset at Southridge – June 1

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free family fun

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Join us for food trucks, music from the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association, kid’s interactive cooking (sugar cookie fruit pizza) and a visit from Queen Elsa. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.

Kahlotus Days – June 2

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Kahlotus Days located in Kahlotus, Washington which is about 55 miles from the Tri-Cities.

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pancake breakfast
7 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
8 a.m. Softball Tournament
11:00 a.m. Parade
12 noon – 5 p.m. Vendors
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kid Zone
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Open Mechanical Bull
6 p.m. Mechanical Bull Competition
8 p.m. Street Dance

DJ will be present all day! Butch T Cougar will be present during the parade! Come join in all the fun! It’s a great small country town!

Pancakes for Kids 2018 – June 2

Jefferson Park, 100 Symons St. in Richland
From 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
By donation

Our pancake breakfast raises funds to help SARC to help children who have been abused and to help Safe Harbor fund My Friend’s Place, a shelter for homeless youth. You decide how much you want to donate to help our kids.

Pancake Chefs:
Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller
Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher
Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond
Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant
Benton County Coroner John Hansens
Benton County Commissioner Jerome Delvin
Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg
Interim Richland Police Chief Jeff Taylor
West Richland Police Chief Ben Majetich

Insane Inflatables – June 2

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
From 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $57 per person

The Insane Inflatable 5K presented by Total Care Clinics and Core Concepts is coming to the Tri-Cities! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice! Note: you must register for a time slot.

Old Fashioned Day – June 2

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
From 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend – No Discover Pass is required for entrance (Washington State Park Fee Free Day)

Old Fashioned Day is a free event for the whole family that will feature several exciting activities:
– Historic re-enactments by Northwest Historians
– Mountain Men
– City of Pasco Parks and Recreation
– Pasco Police and Fire Departments
– Franklin County Museum
– Benton County Museum
– The REACH Museum
– Big Top Clown with his balloons
– Doris Mahar with her owls
– Dr. Coler’s bug collection
– Tri-City Geocache
– Model A and Model T car clubs
– Many old fashioned games

Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show – June 2

Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Open to the public from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Invite your neighbors, friends, and family! We will have a room full of fragrant and colorful roses, music, rose cards and cut roses in vases with ribbons for sale and rose friends to make it a ‘Carousel of Roses’ kind of day!

Tri-Cities Pride Festival – June 2

Downtown Pasco Farmers’ Market
From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to participate

Tri-Cities Pride Festival is Proud to announce that this year we will be ‘Glowing With Pride’ in Downtown Pasco!

Join us for a day of fun! There will be a Drag Show hosted by Vida Amoré and Tatiana Rexia plus live bands, food trucks, belly dancers, inflatables, and lots of exhibitor booths to browse! There will even be an opportunity to DUNK a Drag Queen! This is the ultimate Free family friendly Pride event! We can’t wait to see you there!

Stone Cool Car Show & Dance Bash – June 2

Stone Ridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $8 at the door (Tickets will be available at the door until we are sold out. We highly recommend getting tickets in advance!)

All ages welcome at this 2nd annual series of Car Shows and Sock Hops at Stone Ridge Event Center. We will be rockin’ all your favorite 50 & 60’s tunes. Dancing in the garden under our 30′ gazebo! Beer garden for 21+.

Event Schedule
– 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Show n’ Shine Registration: No fee. If your ride is out of sight, come show it off! All cars, trucks, bikes. All makes, models. Best in Show awarded by popular vote.
– 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Show n’ Shine: Enjoy music by DJ Dragon Entertainment, Beer Garden, Snacks & Food and check out all the cool cars!
– 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live Music by Cruise Control! Dust off your dancin’ shoes and get your groove on! Outdoor Sock Hop & Dance Bash.

– 7 p.m. Best in Show Trophy Awarded
– 8 p.m. Best ’50s Costume Contest
– 10 p.m. Time to Shag. See you at the next car show!
Future dates: July 11, August 4 and September 29
Info & Tickets:

Wine & Musical Festival – June 2

Col Solare Winery, 50207 Antinori Rd in Benton City
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $85.00 per person includes all-inclusive food and wine tastings

Bask in the ultimate Tri-City wine experience in the beautiful Red Mountain AVA at the Wine & Music Festival hosted by the Auction of Washington Wines. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment from ARNY Bailey and friends, tasty appetizers from Olive Catering and wine tastings from 20+ Washington vintners benefiting Seattle’s Children’s and the Viticulture and Enology Program at Washington State University.

Note: 50% of the ticket price is considered a donation to our beneficiaries and is tax deductible.
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Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities

There are several Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities that are open from May through October. The following is a list of Farmers’ Markets and their opening dates:

Historic Kennewick Farmers Market – June 7, 2018 through October 17. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Kennewick.

Pasco Farmers’ Market – May 5, 2018 through October 27. It’s open two days, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue.

Market at The Parkway – June 1, 2018 through October 26. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way.

For more information on Farmers’ Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

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.
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Art Exhibits

Gallery at the Park: New Horizons through July 1

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

“New Horizons” is a woodturning show that features the works from 34 of the most noted wood artists in the U.S. and Canada.

A reception will be held on June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Several artists will also be doing live demonstrations.

On June 2 at 2 p.m., Jim Christiansen will demonstrate basic turning and design concepts by turning a small bowl and showing how attention to detail affects the final product. On June 23 at 2 p.m., John Barany will showcase various techniques for applying detailed images using an air brush.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, produced this exhibition. Learn more about “New Horizons” by visiting

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

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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:
– June 1: My House Has Stars at 7 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 8 p.m.
– June 2: Planet Nine at 2 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! 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.”

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