Things to Do: June 18-24, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of June 18-24, 2018:

  • Thunder on the Island – June 20
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians – June 20-22
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Why Don’t We Have Nice Things – June 21
  • Hogs & Dogs – June 21
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – June 21
  • Day’s Pay REACH Foundation Fundraiser – June 21
  • Lecture: Sasquatch Man-Ape or Myth? – June 21
  • Cool Desert Nights – June 21-24
  • Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge – June 21-24
  • Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps Free Concert – June 22
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: West Side Story – June 22 & 23
  • Play: Becky’s New Car – June 22-24
  • Celebrate Invertebrates! – June 23
  • Richland Flyin / Aviation Celebration – June 23
  • Bees of Summer Seminar – June 23
  • Richland Players: Summertime High Tea – June 23
  • FEAST – The Festival @ Walla Walla – June 23
  • 13th Annual Mariachi & More Festival – June 24
  • A Community Celebration of Faiths and Cultures – June 24
  • Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2018
  • Summer Camps 2018
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • 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

Thunder on the Island – June 20

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free family fun – food and beverages will be available for purchase. Stompin’ Ground will be the featured band at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018 on June 20th. Here is the rest of the summer line up:

June 20 – Stompin’ Ground
June 27 – Groove Principal
July 4 – Blue Tattoo and Rail
July 11 – No Direction
July 18 – Edge of Blue
July 25 – Junkyard Jane
August 1 – Cody Beebe and the Crooks with Austin Jenckes
August 8 – Black Rose Concept
August 15 – Fallout

Tri-City Dust Devils vs.  Spokane Indians – June 20-22

Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 7:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
General Admission $8

Join the Dust Devils for a night of fun as we kick off the 2018 season on Wednesday, June 20th against our division rival the Spokane Indians. On this night fans will enjoy a Post-Game Fireworks Show courtesy of CO-Energy! We play two more games against the Spokane Indians on June 21 & 22.

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Why Don’t We Have Nice Things – June 21

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ost: Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30 (includes lunch buffet)

Aquatics, Arts, Convention Center: Why not?
Why don’t we have first-rate public facilities like a competitive convention center, performing arts center, an aquatic center; the things a community of 300,000 ought to have? We’re pretty young as cities go. Is that it? Or are the rivers in the way? Are we really just three little towns out in the desert all by themselves? Or do we need a different political structure to address these important earmarks of a successful community?

It seems obvious that something needs to change before the voters will be willing to invest their trust—and their money—in public facilities. Let’s plan to have a civil—but spirited—conversation on June 21 about how we can stop worrying about catching up with Yakima and Wenatchee and start taking our place as a respected competitor with Spokane and Boise.

Join Martin Conger, Mayor Matt Watkins and Kirk Williamson as panelists.
Info & Registration:

Hogs & Dogs – June 21

Bombing Range Sports Complex in West Richland
From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to attend

Hogs & Dogs Regional Family Festival is a family-friendly community event with a motorcycle and classic car show, vendor booths, live music, kids zone with activities, food and much more!

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 21

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

Attend the  Live @ 5 summer concert with a performance by Badlandz on June 21. 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.

June 21 – Badlandz
June 28 – VooDoo Alley
July 5 – The Black Rose Concept
July 12 – Stompin Ground
July 19 – Colorblind
July 26 – Nerve Centr

Day’s Pay REACH Foundation Fundraiser – June 21

Reach Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $30 per person

Join the REACH Foundation for an evening to benefit the REACH Museum with dinner, wine, and fun! There will be an opportunity to raise the paddle and participate in a fine wine grab. Enjoy listening to the Tri-Cities Big Band and Bluezette on the REACH Patio. Please RSVP to Dianna at (509)943-4100 ext. 103 or

Lecture: Sasquatch Man-Ape or Myth? – June 21

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by David George Gordon –

Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch—a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid—for hundreds of years. Yet aside from a collection of large footprint casts and a sizable assemblage of eyewitness accounts, some attributable to the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being’s existence.

Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature.

Cool Desert Nights – June 21-24

Richland Uptown Shopping Center

Cool Desert Nights, a classic car, street rod, and motorcycle event, is open to all vehicle makes and models. Join us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary in 2018. Cool Desert Nights features Car Cruises, Street Dances, Show N’ Shines, Games & Activities, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Zone, Judging, Awards, Autocross & more!

Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge – June 21-24

Sacajawea State Park
(Note: Parking Fee – Daily Access Pass ($10) or a Washington State Discovery Pass ($30) is required for parking at Sacajawea. If you don’t have a Discovery Pass, you will be able to purchase either pass at the park entrance.)

– Free, family friendly weekend for new and experienced geocachers.
– Travel around Tri-Cities (including West Richland) to find 28 out of 32 geocaches and earn a trackable geocoin.
– Those who complete the challenge will receive a free geocoin. Coin details in progress.
– Kids (13 and under) who complete the challenge will receive a prize.

Thursday – Lab Cache and Poker Run Kick-Off
Friday – Meet & Greet
Saturday – Kick-Off Event
Sunday – CITO & Breakfast Event
Info & Registration:

Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps Free Concert – June 22

Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Bring the whole family and join us for this free concert in Memorial Park. The merchadise booth will be set-up so this is your chance to get new merchandise! We take cash, check and credit/debit cards.

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: West Side Story – June 22 & 23

Performances will be at the Columbia Park Band Shell in Kennewick
Starts at 7:30 each evening
Tickets: $15-$25 adults, $10-$20 students, $13-$23 Seniors

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre and the Fox Vance Family Foundation proudly present: West Side Story –

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Seating is either on the lawn or bleachers. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for lawn seating. Outside food and drinks (non-alcoholic) are permitted.
Future dates: June 28-30
Info & Tickets:

Play: Becky’s New Car – June 22-24

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $17 adults, $15 seniors/students

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. BECKY’S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Rated R: Some Adult Subject Matters.
Future Dates: June 29 & 30

Celebrate Invertebrates! – June 23

McNary’s Education Center, 311 Lake Road in Burbank
From 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Free to participate

Join us at McNary National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate Invertebrates in our local environment. This free event will include hands on activities learning about aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, displays, nature walks, crafts and presentations. Refreshments and door prizes too.

Richland Flyin / Aviation Celebration – June 23

Richland Airport (Sundance Aviation), 1903 Terminal Dr. in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Kids Fly Free – Antique & Experimental Aircraft on Display

From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Free Airplane Rides (Young Eagles) Children 8 to 17 Years Ok
Note: Pre-Registering for Your Young Eagles Flight is Preferred:
From 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Antique and Experimental Aircraft on Display
From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Food Concessions
Info: &

Bees of Summer Seminar – June 23

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for MCBA Members, $50 for Non Members

The Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association is presenting “The Bees of Summer Seminar” featuring Randy Oliver of Randy will be live for the morning session via remote link and his talks will be “Reading the Combs” and “Using the Varroa Model for Mite Control.”

In the afternoon we will have Dr. Brandon Hopkins of the WSU Bee Lab presenting “Caging Queens for Varroa Control” and then Dr. Nicholas Naeger and Dr. Jennifer Han presenting “Fungal Extracts as a Treatment for Honey Bee Viruses.”

Lunch is included and will be a fantastic Deli Spread with lots of stuff to make a great sandwich, pasta and fruit salad, potato chips, and lots of condiments.

Richland Players: Summertime High Tea – June 23

The Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Pkwy. in Richland
From 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Reserved tickets: $50 – must be 21 and over

Dress to impress at our first Summertime High Tea. Enjoy tea time with a light lunch composed of all the traditional tea time favorites along with some new artisan twists. Mingle and sip on an assortment of beverages while being entertained on a beautiful summer day.

Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase and Vegan, Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar free options will be available. There will also be a Silent Auction benefiting structural improvements for the theatre. Wheelchair accessible.

Call our Box Office for questions or to pay by cash or check. 509.943.1991
Limited tickets on sale until June 22nd.
Info & Tickets:

FEAST – The Festival @ Walla Walla – June 23

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St. in Walla Walla
From 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
VIP admission: $75 in advance, General admission: $50 in advance. Admission on the day of event: $60 You can also purchase additional tokens in advance or at the event.

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is pleased to present a new and improved version of FEAST Walla Walla. This year’s event will be held on June 23 from 3 to 8 pm and will be at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

FEAST — The Festival @ Walla Walla continues to share the best of the region’s wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and food trucks. In addition to the traditional “Sips & Bites,” we will have live music. The event will take place on the outdoor stage and the grassy area adjacent to the historic fair Pavilion.
Info & Tickets:

13th Annual Mariachi & More Festival – June 24

Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free to the public

This is a family friendly event that is held every year at Columbia Park in Kennewick. The focus is to provide traditional Mexican entertainment to a wide audience from around the region. The event will feature the sounds of top Northwest mariachi bands, local bands, the taste of authentic Mexican food, and children’s activities.

A Community Celebration of Faiths and Cultures – June 24

The Fingernail at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

The Honey Hive Huddle Network brings you a free family festival to celebrate the diversity that dwells within the Tri-Cities. We aim to bring people of all walks of life together.

Please join us for a day of community building. There will be music, games, and team building activities for all ages. We all live in Tri-Cities, let’s get to know each other! Food will be provided by Fast and Curryous. They offer vegetarian, vegan, and halal options.

Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2018

This summer take your kids to the movies for free or at a discounted rate! Movies are being offered through:

– AMC Classic Kennewick 12
– Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco
– Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8
– Richland Parks & Recreation Department

For details, visit:

Summer Camps 2018

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2018. For more information, visit:

J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. through September
Rides are $1 per person

Proceeds go to the HHH Kiwanis Club which funds various programs within our schools, communities and scholarship opportunities.

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact call Dick Nordness at (509) 948-2433 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including being a member of our service organization.

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.

– 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

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.

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

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 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 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.

June 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:
– June 22: Supervolcanoes at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– June 23: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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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