Things to Do: July 2-8, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of July 2-8, 2018:

  • Pasco’s Grand Old 4th of July Celebration
  • Camp Patriot Fun Run – July 4
  • River of Fire – July 4
  • The Richland Players: Speeches That Shaped America – July 4
  • Thunder on the Island – July 4
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – July 5
  • Sunset at Southridge – July 6
  • GESA Summer Concert Series – July 6
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night – July 6
  • Walla Walla Movie Crush – July 6-8
  • Yakima Folklife Festival 2018 – July 6-8
  • Day of IMPACT! – July 7
  • 8th Annual Retread Show & Shine – July 7
  • Evening for the Angels (benefit for Chaplaincy Hospice) – July 7
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Everett Aquasox July 7-9
  • 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

Pasco’s Grand Old 4th of July Celebration

There are a variety of activities taking place on the 4th of July in Pasco that include:
– Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7 a.m. @ Memorial Park
– Camp Patriot Fun Run – 8 a.m. @ Gesa Stadium
– Red, White & Boom Softball Tournament – 8 a.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
– HAPO Grand Old 4th Parade – 10:00 a.m @ Memorial Park
– Cardboard Regatta – 12:00 Noon @ Memorial Pool
– Inflatables from 12:00 noon – 6 p.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
– Camp patriot Show & Shine Car Show from 12:00 noon – 6 p.m. @ Pasco Sporting Complex
– 5 v 5 Adult Soccer Tournament – 12:00 Noon @ Pasco Sporting Complex
– Grand Old 4th Fireworks – 10:00 p.m. @ GESA Stadium (gates open at 4:30 p.m. – entertainment will be provided and concessions and beer sales will be available)

Note: there will be a variety of food trucks at the Pasco Sporting Complex.

Camp Patriot Fun Run – July 4

GESA Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Event Day Registration is 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m.
Fun runs begin at 8 a.m., 100 Pound Ruck March begins at 7:30 a.m.

Join the annual Camp Patriot Fun Run on July 4th featuring:
– 1 Mile Run/Walk (12 & Under) – $25.00
– 5K Run/Walk (12 & Under) – $25.00
– 1 Mile Run/Walk (Adult) – $35.00
– 5K Run/Walk (Adult) – $35.00
– 5K 100 Pound Ruck March (Adult) – $35.00

Note: online registration has closed and no mail-in registration

River of Fire – July 4

Columbia Park in Kennewick
Suggested donation: $5 per carload

The HAPO Community Credit Union River of Fire will once again light up the Columbia River in celebration of Independence Day on July 4th, but spectators can expect a few changes in Columbia Park.

Columbia Park will open at 9 a.m. for the fireworks show parking. A $5 per car donation is requested to help the non-profit Tri-City Water Follies Association cover expenses.

– A Family Fun Golf Tournament at the Columbia Park Golf Course kicks off the fun with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.. Cost is $35 per team. Call 586-3111 to register.
– Food vendors and kids activities will be available at the east end of the park beginning at noon.
– The J&S Dreamland Express will be running throughout the day thanks to BNSF Railway.
– Live music starts at 3 p.m., featuring Country Band Chris Loid and Green Light Polly and Stingray.
– A beer garden will be open across from the bleachers from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Instead of using a barge anchored in the Columbia River west of the Blue Bridge, the fireworks will be launched from the Neil F Lampson pit area at the east end of Columbia Park.

The Richland Players: Speeches That Shaped America – July 4

The Fingernail at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is free – donations accepted

The Richland Players are pleased to present their second annual celebration of Historical Speeches on Independence Day. Local actors will present a combination of patriotic speeches, songs and poetry. This is a perfect family friendly break in your Independence Day Celebrations to celebrate America’s history.

This year’s production will feature:
-Poem – “Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes
-Speech – “Light on the Indian Situation” by Carlos Montezuma 1912
-Song – “Marine Hymn”
-Speech – by FDR

Presenters include: Rhoda Williams, Chad Everett, Elizabeth Vann-Clark, Ted Miller, Joe Escamillo, Jeff Dagle, Nathan Dirkmaat, Ron Mabry. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Water is recommended.

Thunder on the Island – July 4

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. Blue Tattoo and Rail will be the featured band at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018 on July 4th. Here is the rest of the summer line up:

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 – July 5

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 The Black Rose Concept on July 5. 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.

July 5 – The Black Rose Concept
July 12 – Stompin Ground
July 19 – Colorblind
July 26 – Nerve Centr

Sunset at Southridge – July 6

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.

GESA Summer Concert Series – July 6

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. Tupelo Joe will be performing on July 6. 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:

July 6: Tupelo Joe
July 13: Black Dolly
July 20: The Shades
July 27: Badger Mountain Dry Band

Family Outdoor Movie Night – July 6

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Starts at sunset
Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on July 6 is “Lego Ninjago.”

Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!

Walla Walla Movie Crush – July 6-8

Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla
Tickets: $15 – $50

The 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short cinema over the course of three days. Once again, the festival will showcase narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages. The Walla Walla Movie Crush will showcase nearly 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds. Movies will screen in hour-long blocks.
Info & Tickets:

Yakima Folklife Festival 2018 – July 6-8

Celebrating over 35 years of Music & Fun in Downtown Yakima
Always Free!

As always, this year’s festival is held predominantly at Yakima’s Franklin Park on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, several other venues in Downtown Yakima will offer a variety of music for everyone on Friday and Saturday evening.

Sagebrush Hills Film Festival is also proud to partner with Yakima Folklife Festival 2018 to present a taste of folk music on film! Step inside the Museum on Saturday and take a trip around the world. You’ll find a series of short films that spotlight and explore a wide variety of global music traditions, celebrating the many ways that people create music and use it to bring themselves together.  A collection of animated children’s films will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by an interactive activity. Folk music short films will run from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Info & Schedule:

Day of IMPACT! – July 7

Howard Amon Park, in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Donations accepted

Community outreach and community-building event, hosted by iMPACT! Compassion Center, a local, 501c3, nonprofit organization –

The main event will launch at Howard Amon park, at the “fingernail,” where volunteer teams will gather and proceed to their project sites. Some activities will take place, at the park of a large, community-wide event, with awareness booths and activities from social service organizations in our community, food drive (with Harvest Outreach), blood drive (with Red Cross), mobile medical clinic, free haircuts and basic need supplies for homeless and those struggling financially, sporting equipment drive to benefit each of the area school districts, food vendors, music, “Hero’s, Villains, and Princesses” fun-run, obstacle course, arts/crafts/bake sale, family activities, creating support greeting cards for military on-duty and law enforcement, emergency vehicles for display, and much more!

8th Annual Retread Show & Shine – July 7

Andy’s North Restaurant & Lounge, 3321 W Court St. in Pasco
From 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission and kid friendly

Join us for our 8th Annual Car Show!
– We will have a BBQ going on for $7.
– DJ on site Rockin’ Some Classic Tunes.
– No Registration Required! All cars are welcome – come show off your ride!
– Car show T-Shirts will be available for purchase – $20

Evening for the Angels (benefit for Chaplaincy Hospice) – July 7

Richland Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way in RIchland
Social hour starts at 6 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m. and features wine and decadent chocolates.
Tickets: $75 per person (advanced reservations required)

We would be honored to have you join us for a beautiful evening under the stars benefitting the loving care provided to patients and families at our community hospice house in Kennewick.

This year’s Evening for the Angels performance is centered around the Great American Songbook. This fun and uplifting show will be headlined by local talent Cathy Kelly along with Melena Hall and Paul Francik on vocals and Gary Danielson, sax and Steve Haberman, piano.

Guests will enjoy decadent chocolates and a variety of delicious wines. We will also be holding a raffle with lots of fantastic items and packages.
Tickets & Info:

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Everett Aquasox – July 7-9

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 Everett Aquasox!

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 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.

About the artist:

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.

July 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:
– July 6: Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
– July 7: 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:

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