Things to Do: June 25 – July 1, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of June 25 – July 1, 2018:

  • Thunder on the Island – June 27
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – June 28
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: West Side Story – June 28-30
  • Sunset at Southridge – June 29
  • Dust Devils Chamber Night – June 29
  • GESA Summer Concert Series – June 29
  • Play: Becky’s New Car – June 29 & 30
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – June 29 through July 3
  • Modern Makers, Heritage Crafts, & DIY Demos – June 30
  • Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader Home Bout – June 30
  • 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 27

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. Groove Principal will be the featured band at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018 on June 27th. Here is the rest of the summer line up:

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

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 28

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

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: West Side Story – June 28-30

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.
Info & Tickets:

Sunset at Southridge – June 29

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. Experience live entertainment, food trucks/vendors and kids activity. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.

Dust Devils Chamber Night – June 29

Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco

Get your tickets to the 2018 Tri-Cities Dust Devils Chamber Night at GESA Stadium on Friday, June 29th, 2018. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. and the pre-game BBQ will run from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $16 and include one general admission ticket, as well as dinner and Coca-Cola & Anheuser-Busch products at the pre-game BBQ.

This special deal is only available through the Pasco Chamber Chamber of Commerce. Buy your tickets today and pick them up at Will Call on game day!
Info & Tickets:

GESA Summer Concert Series – June 29

Flat Top Park in West Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Red Mountain Lions Club is sponsoring the outdoor summer concert series again this year with a fantastic line up for the public to enjoy free of charge. The season kicks off on June 29th with Bram Brata & OK 2 Botay. Concerts are held at the pavilion at Flat Top Park and begin at 7:30 p.m. The Red Mountain Lions Club will have refreshments for sale at a reasonable price. The schedule follows:

June 29: Bram Brata & OK 2 Botay
July 6: Tupelo Joe
July 13: Black Dolly
July 20: The Shades
July 27: Badger Mountain Dry Band

Play: Becky’s New Car – June 29 & 30

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 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.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – June 29 through July 3

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 compete  against our division rival the Boise Hawks for five evenings in a row!

Modern Makers, Heritage Crafts, & DIY Demos – June 30

East Benton County Historical Society, 205 West Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Meet Makers and DIYers who are passionate about their craft; from woodworking, fiber arts, jewelry making and more. This Pop Up Makers Market will feature live demonstrations and even an opportunity to take home a few locally crafted treasures.

Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader Home Bout – June 30

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
$10 Adults, $5 Students aged 11-17, Kids 10 and Under FREE with adult admission!

4:45 p.m. – Annihilators will host the The Marysville Derby Demons (juniors)
7 p.m. – Church of Atom will compete against the Queer Squad Washington (open gender)

Tickets are available online or at the door – cash or credit card.

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.

– 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 Exhibit: Philip Harding – June 25 through August 17

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
– Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
– Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon
– Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Free admission

The Artwork of Philip Harding focuses on the primary concerns of existence – how the universe came into existence, how life and consciousness came into existence, and the impact of evolution, the processes of entropy/disentropy, and how our minds experience and understand the world.

There will be an opening reception on June 28 at 6:00 p.m.

About the artist:

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.

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!
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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

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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 29: My House Has Stars at 7 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 8 p.m.
– June 30: 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.”

Submit Your Community Event

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